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Student Scene - November 2008

TAWD sends largest group yet to Race for the Cure

TAWD group at sunriseThe Baylor College of Dentistry chapter of the Texas Association of Women Dentists sent its largest group yet and raised more than $1,800 for the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure Oct. 18.

A group of 30 participants – including TAWD members, HSC-BCD staff, friends and family – gathered at 6:30 a.m. to take part in the 26th annual race and fundraising event for breast cancer research. The TAWD race team met around a tooth-shaped sign adorned with pink ribbons and the college’s logo. The team carried the tooth sign throughout the race.

Before race day TAWD members had spent weeks raising money for the cause, and with great success. The team nearly doubled its $1,000 fundraising goal, and it was the third-highest fundraising group in the race’s school category.

Beyond raising money, TAWD members enjoyed spending time with their classmates and friends.

“We all got some good exercise and we got to know each other a little better,” says Abby Mann, D2 student and secretary/historian for TAWD. “Best of all, it was all for a great cause.”

The HSC-BCD chapter of the Texas Association of Women Dentists is composed of students, both female and male, who have an interest in supporting women in dentistry. Its purpose is to share mutual support, offer opportunities for personal growth, provide role models and offer member enrichment through association with others in the dental profession.

The TAWD’s 2008-2009 officers include:

  • President: Sarah Parker, D3 student
  • Vice president: Tamara Carrell, D2 student
  • Treasurer: Lindsey Loveless, D3 student
  • Secretary/historian: Abby Mann, D2 student
  • Social chairs: Kirsten Creighton and Kim Fretty, D2 students
  • Lunch and Learn coordinator: Melodie Balarsky, D2 student
  • Community service coordinator: Jung Shin, D4 student
  • D2 representative: Sarah Denny
  • D3 representative: Dakota Davis
  • D4 representative: Stephanie Bangs


The TAWD faculty adviser is Dr. Margaret Yanus, associate professor in restorative sciences.

TAWD team