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Dean visits Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Drs. Lawrence Wolinsky and Amerian Sones

On Nov. 6, Dean Lawrence Wolinsky, center, met with Dr. Frank Pezold, right center, dean of the College of Science and
Engineering at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, along with predental students at the school. Also pictured are Drs.
Chad Allen '04; Amerian Sones, director of continuing education at TAMHSC-BCD; and Suzzette Chopin, Regents Professor
of biomedical sciences at TAMU-CC.

TAMU-CC/Jeff Janko


Bonnie Sue Minor Shannon

Sympathy is extended to Debbie Ruff, purchasing manager, and to Steve Ruff, dental lab technician II in Professional Services. Bonnie Sue Minor Shannon, Debbie Ruff’s sister and Steve Ruff’s sister-in-law, passed away Oct. 24.

Funeral services were Oct. 27 at the Roller-Swift Chapel in Osceola, Ark.

Gloria Sue Vitasek

The college offers condolences to Dr. Charles Arcoria, associate professor in restorative sciences, and to his wife, Bunny Vitasek-Arcoria, a former faculty member. Vitasek-Arcoria’s mother, Gloria Sue Vitasek, passed away Oct. 25.

Memorial services were Oct. 28, followed by interment at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.

James Waldon

Sympathy is offered to Barbara Karbowski, programs coordinator in academic affairs, and her husband, Dr. Steve Karbowski, chair of restorative sciences. Barbara Karbowski’s father, James Waldon, passed away Nov. 9.
Funeral services were Nov. 13 at Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Hughes Springs, Texas. Condolences can be made at reeder-davis.com.



Clear your schedules for Dean’s Holiday Coffee Break

Students, faculty and staff are cordially invited to the Dean’s Holiday Coffee Break, scheduled for 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 11 in the sixth floor lobby. More details are coming soon about the occasion, but one thing is sure: There will be ample caffeine, sweet treats and holiday cheer!


‘Tis the season for snowmen

We may not have the snow, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative and submit an entry to the Snowman Winter Creativity Contest, a fundraiser of The Graduate Association of the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Students, faculty and staff are invited to submit a creative work of art of any kind — think centerpieces, cakes, ornaments, decorations — as long as a snowman is included.

From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, you can vote for your favorite entries with just 25 cents, and if you want to cast a bid for the silent auction to take home one of the entries, you’ll need a minimum of $5. Winners will be determined based on the dollar amount of votes and will be announced via email that day.

For more information, contact Leslie Smith at lesmith@bcd.tamhsc.edu or Wendy Vu at WVu@bcd.tamhsc.edu.


Omni Hotel Dallas to be destination for 2013 alumni homecoming

The 2013 Baylor College of Dentistry Alumni Association Homecoming Reception is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 18. The event, which runs from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Trinity Ballroom at the Omni Hotel Dallas, will serve as a time for alumni to reconnect. 


Milestone year for dental hygiene cause for celebration

Dental hygiene professionals in North Texas are planning a reception to celebrate 100 years of the profession in conjunction with the Southwest Dental Conference. From 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, there will be a reception at the Omni Hotel Dallas for dental hygienists in the area to gather and honor the profession.

The event is open for up to 200 attendees, and cost has yet to be determined. For more information, email rdh.100years@gmail.com or contact Lana Crawford ’68 at 214-868-3465.

Dental Hygiene Reception

The West End Lounge, site of the dental hygiene 100-year reception

Photo courtesy Omni Hotel Dallas


Mark your calendars for the 2012 Winter Break

The 2012 Winter Break for faculty and staff runs from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1, 2013. Enjoy the vacation! 


Clinic closures in January

Dental and dental hygiene clinics will be closed Jan. 18 for the 2013 Southwest Dental Conference. 


Last call for continuing education in 2012

There are just a few continuing education courses remaining for the 2012 calendar year. The following topics are available:


In the news

D2’s article makes front page of ASDA News

You can check out D2 Sara Mahmood’s article on the effects of triclosan on the front page of the October issue of ASDA News. The American Student Dental Association publication focuses on dental, student and association news and is distributed monthly.


New faces

The college’s most recent hires

Kevin Chuang




Kevin Chuang

laboratory technician, biomedical sciences

Erica Espiricueta




Erica Espiricueta

dental dispensing technician, clinical affairs

Dionne Haggerty





Dionne Haggerty

dental assistant II, restorative sciences   



Peace Ossom




Peace Ossom     

library associate, Baylor Health Sciences Library 

Mallika Prakash




Mallika Prakash   

research assistant, biomedical sciences   

Moufida Abufarwa




Moufida Abufarwa   

laboratory technician, biomedical sciences   

Dr. Jenn Hwan Ken Chen




Dr. Jenn-Hwan Ken Chen

assistant professor, general dentistry  


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