School of Dentistry honors Dental Hygiene Class of 2022
The School of Dentistry celebrated the graduating dental hygiene Class of 2022 with a senior awards banquet on Thursday, July 21.
Graduates gathered to celebrate and honor the entire graduating class, as well as announcing the winners of 15 awards.
“This is our favorite time of year,” reflected Cyndee Stull, DHSc, MDH, RDH, director of dental hygiene as she kicked off the evening. “Tonight, we get to say: job well done.”
Karl Self, DDS, MBA, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, shared a few words with attendees on their accomplishments. “Success is a combination of hard work, determination and drive,” he said. “You have just completed a rigorous program very successfully. Now it is time to take those efforts and initiatives into your future.”
Dental Hygiene Awards
Kathleen J. Newell Dental Hygiene Student Achievement Award
This annual award which includes a $750 monetary prize is presented on behalf of the school of dentistry alumni society. This award is presented to the most outstanding dental hygiene student overall on the basis of personal character, leadership, and scholarship. These characteristics are embodied by Dr. Kathy Newell, a distinguished alumnus who has dedicated over 30 years to the dental hygiene program at the school of dentistry.
American Association of Public Health Dentistry Award for Achievement in Community Dentistry and Dental Public Health
This award recognizes and honors a student’s special interest and achievement in community dentistry and dental public health.
Colgate Student Total Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award
This award is given in recognition of a student’s dedication to the dental hygiene profession, compassion in patient care, and enthusiasm for the role of dental hygienist and community service.
Dental Hygiene Writing Award
This award recognizes and honors a student’s achievement in writing and is accompanied by a $400 summer semester scholarship.
Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award
This award is given to a dental professional that demonstrates exceptional talents and skills. The award celebrates the recipient’s accomplishments, with the hope that they will proudly display it as a testament to their professional dedication.
Louise C. Ball Scholarship
Dr. Louise Ball had a particular interest in preventive dentistry and established the Louise C. Ball scholarship to financially assist students in the dental hygiene program. The student selected has achieved a higher than average scholastic record, and shows great promise in the field of dental hygiene.
Metro Dentalcare Fellow Student Mentor Award
The Metro Dentalcare Fellow Student Mentor Award is given by Metro Dentalcare, a group practice of more than 40 clinics located in the twin cities area. The award recipient is chosen by their underclass as someone who exhibits a high level of interpersonal communication skills, is involved in other activities, and is supportive of dental hygiene students in the underclass.
Naomi Rhode Dental Hygienist Patient Relationship Award
This award is given in recognition of a graduating student who has exhibited exceptional interpersonal skills with their patients.
Park Dental Service Excellence Award
The Park Dental Service Excellence Award is presented to a senior student in recognition for their commitment to quality patient care and service to the community. The award is given to a true professional who provides excellent patient service, education, and relationship building.
River Town Dental Scholarship
This award is presented to a student who has maintained at least a 3.5 GPA and has shown great academic success throughout their program.
Schwegler/Lane Family Scholarship
This scholarship recognizes a student who has exhibited dedication to providing dental hygiene care to underserved communities and does so with enthusiasm.
Shirley Burgan Lichtwardt Scholarship
This scholarship is given to students with good academic standing and outstanding potential as a dental professional.
Sigma Phi Alpha Award
This award is presented to outstanding members of each dental hygiene class for maintaining the highest academic standing.
Sigma Phi Alpha Elected Student Award
This award recognizes and honors scholarship, leadership, character, contribution to the profession and potential of professional growth among graduating dental hygiene students. Each year, faculty select 10% of the graduating class to membership.
Special Care Dentistry Association Student Award
This award is presented to the student who demonstrates a sincere interest and concern for the care of patients with special needs.
Dental Therapy Awards
We’d also like to extend our congratulations to the Dental Therapy Class of 2022 awardees, who were celebrated earlier this summer.
Karl D. Self Student Achievement Award
This award is presented to a senior dental therapy student in recognition of outstanding leadership, scholarship and personal character.
Congratulations to the awardees and the entire School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy Class of 2022!