School News

Emily Best named Chief Development Officer

“Emily’s existing experience and credibility at the University of Minnesota, strong relationships with donors, demonstrated leadership of the development and alumni relations team and commitment to advancing dental education distinguished her as the right candidate to fill this role,” reflected Dean Keith Mays, DDS, MS, PhD, in his announcement of the role. “I look forward to continuing my work with her and hope you will join me in welcoming her into the role of the Chief Development Officer.”

A Message from the Dean

Resolutions | January Dean's Message

January marks a time when new year resolutions are made. Some people don’t like the term resolutions, so they set goals. It is an interesting process, because many of the goals and resolutions aren’t pursued beyond Valentine’s Day. But I believe there is something hopeful, and even optimistic, about the mental exercise of placing the things of last year in the past and charting a path forward into the unknown of refreshed dreams, hopes and aspirations.

Dentistry donors break Give to the Max record with $37,408 raised

The more than $37,000 raised this year will fully go to funding scholarships and making a direct difference in students’ lives. The final total includes $15,288 in donations on the crowdfunding site, an $8,000 match challenge from the Class of 1981, and a $1,000 prize donation from a staff member.

Carol Dahlke, School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Class of 2007 and 2010, speaks with students after class.

Alumni introduce dental hygiene students to career options

When a student matriculates through the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program, there is an obvious career path: become a licensed dental hygienist and practice clinically, full time. Though that is a popular and successful path, it’s not the only option—and our alumni have shown that with their varied and engaging career decisions.

Serving those who served

Alvin Wee, DDS, PhD, MPH, wears plenty of hats in his position at the School of Dentistry. He is the Director of the Division of Prosthodontics, a leader in care for patients with complex oral rehabilitation needs and a researcher focusing on color sciences and early detection of oral cancer. But one of the obligations he treasures most happens outside the walls of Moos Tower: serving in private practice at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System.

Hibbing Community College Dental Clinic

Collaborating for Outreach at Hibbing Community College Dental Clinic

On a sunny day in mid-June, Amy Ahnefeld brings her two children into the Hibbing Community College Dental Clinic for oral health care. A single mother to Finn and Hannah, she knows what is important to her: community, efficiency and excellence in care. She gets all those things and more at Hibbing—and that is why she has continued to return for nine years.

Give to the Max 2021

Class of 1981 steps up for Give to the Max Day

Last year, the class of 1980 decided to do something big for their 40-year reunion. Disappointed that their in-person gathering was canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they banded together to create a match pledge and encourage record-setting giving on Give to the Max Day. It worked, too: the school raised $34,500, an 80% increase in funds raised from the previous year.

Laurie Sarkinen

Honoring our dental hygienists

The United States celebrates National Dental Hygiene month in October, honoring the dental hygienists who care for our teeth and promote healthy habits throughout our lives. At the School of Dentistry, we are proud to educate learners who are prepared intellectually, technically and ethically to meet the oral health care needs and challenges of the future.