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Lopez Retires After 30 Years Working in Texas Medical Center

Dean John Valenza presents a certificate of appreciation to Rebecca Lopez at her retirement party.

Dean John Valenza presents a certificate of appreciation to Rebecca Lopez at her retirement party Jan. 30.

Rebecca Lopez, administrative assistant II in the Office of Professional Development and Faculty Affairs,  Center for Teaching and Learning, this week wrapped up 30 years in the Texas Medical Center, where she worked for The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth) School of Dentistry, Medical School and UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Her last day was Thursday, Jan. 30.

In recent years, Lopez has coordinated the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She was first hired in 1984 to work at MD Anderson’s Office of Patient Admissions. Five years later, she was hired by Dr. Paula O’Neill  to work in the Department of Educational Resources at MD Anderson, later following O’Neill to the Medical School and School of Dentistry, where Lopez logged 16 years in all. Read more

 

Alpha Omega Volunteers Help Out at Houston Food Bank

UTSD’s Alpha Omega chapter spent a recent Saturday volunteering at the Houston Food Bank.  Pictured (front, from left) are dental students Zelina Moncivais, Erika Mendez, Adrien Lewis and Diana Reyes; (back row from left) Nick Ayoade, Shola Anifowose and Diana’s husband, Florentino Reyes.

UTSD’s Alpha Omega chapter spent a recent Saturday volunteering at the Houston Food Bank.  Pictured (front, from left) are dental students Zelina Moncivais, Erika Mendez, Adrien Lewis and Diana Reyes; (back row from left) Nick Ayoade, Shola Anifowose and Diana’s husband, Florentino Reyes.

Members of the Beta Eta Chapter of Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity at The University of Texas School of Dentistry spent a recent Saturday volunteering at the nonprofit Houston Food Bank. Alpha Omega volunteers sorted and packed 13,968 pounds of food, allowing for 11,640 meals to be supplied for families in Houston.

A food bank is a non-profit organization that collects and distributes food to hunger relief charities. Food usually comes from various sources in the food industry, like grocery stores and wholesalers, that have thousands of pounds of food to give away -- edible food that might otherwise be wasted.  The Houston Food Bank warehouses the food and, with help from volunteers like those from Alpha Omega, sorts, packs and re-distributes the food to the community.  Read more

 

American College of Dentists Inducts Six from UTSD Faculty, Alumni

Among UT School of Dentistry faculty and alumni recently inducted into the American College of Dentists were (from left)   Drs. Ray Koeppen, Jay Welch, Karen Walters, Karen Frazer and Boyd Shepherd. Not pictured: Dr. Jeryl English.

Among UT School of Dentistry faculty and alumni recently inducted into the American College of Dentists were (from left)   Drs. Ray Koeppen, Jay Welch, Karen Walters, Karen Frazer and Boyd Shepherd. Not pictured: Dr. Jeryl English.

The newsletter of the Texas Section of the American College of Dentists arrived in local mailboxes recently, and the back page featured the names and photos of University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston alumni and faculty inducted as ACD Fellows at the 2013 Convocation in New Orleans.

Faculty inductees include Raymond Koeppen, DDS, chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics; Clinical Associate Professor and Professional Resource Center Co-Director Boyd Shepherd, DDS ’88, JD; Associate Professor J.G. “Jay” Welch, DDS ’81; Department of Orthodontics Chair and Professor Jeryl English, DDS; and alumni Karen Walters, DDS ’78, of Houston; Robert Wiggins, DDS ’89, of Abilene; and Karen Frazer, DDS ’85, of Austin. Read more

 

Houston Endodontic Group Honors Outgoing President

Dr. Jeffery Hoover (center) with his fellow HEAF members and a plaque honoring his service as president for 2012-13.  From left are Dr. Tod Bruchmiller; incoming president Dr. Chris L. Coleman; Hoover; Dr. Kim Freeman and Dr. Sam Dorn. The plaque is on permanent display in the Department of Endodontics. Photo by Rhonda Whitmeyer.

Dr. Jeffery Hoover (center) with his fellow HEAF members and a plaque honoring his service as president for 2012-13.  From left are Dr. Tod Bruchmiller; the new president Dr. Chris L. Coleman; Hoover; Dr. Kim Freeman and Dr. Sam Dorn. The plaque is on permanent display in the Department of Endodontics. Photo by Rhonda Whitmeyer.

Houston Endodontic Alumni and Friends Inc. (HEAF) is a newly created group organized to support the Endodontic Residency Program at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston.

Membership is open to all endodontists and friends of the program.  Donations are tax-deductible. Read more

 

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