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Student Scene - Jan Feb 2009

Psi Omega & SNDA Group

(L to R) Aja Thompson, Valerie Vargas, Alan Skinner, Courtney Jones, Danielle Scott, Scott Eckhart, Nina Skinner, Rev. Diana Luck, Father George Luck

Student members of Psi Omega and the Student National Dental Association fed their desire to serve others and ended up truly feeding others.

The two groups co-sponsored a food drive in November to support the East Dallas Food Pantry. The students' efforts and the generous donations of HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry faculty, students and staff yielded four large car-trunk loads of food. The center is one of the only food pantries that serves the community surrounding HSC-BCD.

"The folks at the food pantry were overjoyed to get this huge amount of food as the need has been very great this year," said Moira Allen, director of student affairs. "They distribute food once a week and...had completely run out of food and were concerned about what they would do the next week.

"Thanks to our wonderful BCD family and their giving spirit, and thanks to these students who spearheaded this effort, the food pantry is stocked," Allen continued. 

BCD's got talent

MCWith hopes of raising some funds and fun, the second-year dental students revived a long-lost tradition.

The "BCD Talent Show" made its return Jan. 29 on the stage at Baylor University Medical Center's Beasley Auditorium.  Second-year dental student Andrew Yang, who served on the organizing committee, says the impetus of the event was to "...try to promote more school spirit, camaraderie and some entertainment at Baylor."

The JudgesIt just would not be a true talent show without a little friendly competition, and who else to serve as judges than members of the faculty and administration? Serving on the judging panel were Ms. Moira Allen, director of student affairs, Dr. Brent Hutson and Dr. Mark Gannaway, associate professors in the restorative sciences department.   

Yang was among the winners, receiving second place for a violin duet with pianist Jaime Wong.  The two performed a moving rendition of the tango "Por Una Cabeza."  First Place award went to the band "Sir Hollow," composed of second-year dental student James Tovar and his brothers.   

The all-second-year dental student band "According to Shillingburg" received the Crowd Favorite award.  Members of the band include Jane Lee (vocals), Chuck Town (rhythm guitar/vocals), Martin Pak (lead guitar), Cuong Ha (drums), James Tovar (bass guitar), Jesse LaPointe (cello) and Andrew Yang (violin.)

Talent Show group