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Department News - February 2012

Dental Hygiene


DH2 Shelley Burleson is the recipient of the Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association B.J. Long Memorial Scholarship, which was announced during the awards banquet at the TDHA-sponsored 2012 Student Annual Session. Burleson also was the recipient of the Dallas Dental Hygienists’ Society B.J. Long Memorial Scholarship, which was presented Feb. 9.

Shelley Burleson and Laurie Inglis
DH2 Shelley Burleson and Laurie Inglis '02

Photo courtesy Lana Crawford



Thirty DH1s and DH2s from the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene made the trip to San Marcos, Texas, for the 2012 Student Annual Session, which was Feb. 3-4 and sponsored by the Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association. Faculty members Leigh Ann Wyatt, Cherri Kading and student adviser Dr. Janice DeWald also were in attendance for the Texas Dental Hygiene Educators’ Association session, which met in conjunction with the student meeting.

On Feb. 9, 25 DH2s attended Senior Night, hosted by the Dallas Dental Hygienists’ Society at Prestonwood Country Club. This was another opportunity for DDHS mentors to meet with students before graduation. Faculty members Lisa Mallonee, DeWald and Kading also attended. Lana Crawford ’68 gave a motivational talk to the students regarding boards, the practice of dental hygiene and what it means to be a professional. 


General Dentistry


Dr. Linda Cheng received honorable mention in the 2012 Southwest Dental Conference Photography Contest Nature/Animals category for her photo of lily pads titled “Kermit, where are you?”

Cheng took the photo at the New Orleans Botanical Garden five years after Hurricane Katrina. The photo will be reproduced on note cards as part of a Dallas County Dental Society fundraising initiative.


Dr. Linda Cheng's entry "Kermit, where are you?" received honorable mention in the 2012 Southwest Dental
Conference Photography Contest.

Photo courtesy Dr. Linda Cheng


Office of Advancement, Communications & Alumni Relations


On Feb. 9, Jenny Fuentes gave a presentation to 40 fifth-grade girls at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Little Elm, Texas, about writing opportunities in middle school, high school and beyond. Afterward, she met with writers of the school’s newsletter, The Eagle’s Claw, to discuss ways to expand readership and increase student participation.

Jenny Fuentes
Jenny Fuentes and writers of The Eagle's Claw newsletter

Photo courtesy Jenny Fuentes

Public Health Sciences


During the Texas A&M Health Science Center academic convocation Jan. 20, the Department of Public Health Sciences was honored as the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Community Outreach. The award recognizes contributions to the health and well being of underserved and/or rural communities. One of the department’s recent outreach projects focuses on the South Dallas community of Pleasant Grove, where faculty and students rotate through the Southeast Dental Clinic, providing dental care for nearly 2,000 children, and reach thousands more through visits to area schools, where they provide oral health screenings, education and hygiene kits. 



Elain Benton contributed a chapter in the following text:

Wilkins Esther M, Wyche Charlotte J. Clinical practice of the dental hygienist. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2013.