he annual UFCD Holiday Luncheon
was held Dec. 18, 2007. This year's
luncheon, organized by the Special
Events Planners, was held in the Dental
Courtyard due to the university budget
cuts. In accordance with this year's theme
"Giving is Sharing and Caring," UFCD fac-
ulty and staff donated non-perishable food
items and gifts they brought with them
to two charities, Gainesville Harvest and
Partnership for Strong Families.
Lois was born and grew up in
Jacksonville. She then went to Santa Fe
Community College and took business
classes. Before coming to UFCD, she
worked as a multiline insurance agent
for 19 years in Florida, selling all sorts
of insurance. Lois is a family person: she
has 5 sisters, 5 brothers, 5 children, 10
grandchildren, and 3 great grandchil-
dren. All the students in OHMC also see
her like a mother in addition to her large
family. She loves working at OHMC and
wants to stay there till they run her out.
Q. What's the oddest job you ever had?
A. When I first walked in the dental
school, everything was odd to me; I was
like a cold turkey.
Q. What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
A. Ice cream butter pecan is one of my
Q. What is your ideal day away from
A. At the casinos. We go down to Tampa
with my sister; it is our pleasure time.
Favorite Book: Birds and Bloom maga-
Favorite TV show: I watch all news pro-
grams, but I haven't showed TV shows
Favorite Movie: All Clint Eastwood mov-
Unknown fact: I was a racecar driver
back in the 60s and 70s and raced all
around the area.
February 12-14 February 26
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Over the next three months,
UFCD will house three of the
core courses for the Pro-3
Certification. Trainers from the
UF Human Resource Services
will teach three courses at the
Dental Sciences building.
Guide to OPS Employment for
UF Administrators (PR0313)
February 26, 9 a.m. 12
This workshop will discuss
general OPS employment,
student employment, and
Academic OPS. Learn about
the OPS hiring process and
review other relevant policies
and procedures, including "at
will" employment, nepotism,
workers' and unemployment
employment/lump sum pay-
ments, and FICA eligibility.
March 25, 9 a.m. 12 p.m.,
The workshop is organized
to increase your understanding
of the university's classification
and compensation structure
for UF staff, with emphasis on
describing jobs accurately and
understanding options that are
available to ensure employees
are classified and paid properly.
Interviewing and Hiring
April 23, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.,
Using group participation,
interactive exercises, and a
video presentation, this train-
ing will show you how to take
the guesswork out of hiring
so that you can hire not just
"an" employee, but "the right"
employee. Get tips on screening
and interviewing plus ways to
make a good job/person match.
UFCD faculty and staff did it again this year. Halloween was a
success, and we had staff and faculty running around the build-
ing in all sorts of costumes and fun attire. L-to-R: Cindy Bachus,
Terry Pendrey and Valerie Buie decided to show-up in their house
clothes and impress us with their domestic looks. Gail Mitchell,
Censeri Abare and Christina Haskins (L-to-R) decided to give us
their best looks and dressed as the Moulin Rouge girls they
looked like they just arrived from Paris. And there were "Dolan's
Mustang Dudes" featuring Dean Teresa Dolan, Butch Dees,
Charles Lesch, Sam Brill, Lee Mintz and David Soares (L-to-R).
Thanks to all for showing us a great Halloween!
The College of Dentistry and the Dental College Council
has impressed everyone with an amazing Homecoming
float once again. Thanks to Dr. Gremillion for hosting
the float decorations at his home this year, too.
The Department of Operative Dentistry
T here is a department in UFCD that dental stu-
dents can't avoid since all students must spend
time in its labs and clinics from the time they start
dental school until they graduate. The department of
operative dentistry is responsible for a major portion of
the clinical instruction in the college, providing nine-
teen core courses both pre-clinical and clinical. The
department is responsible for student instruction and
patient care in the Sim Lab, Ackley Operative Clinic,
and Oral Health Maintenance Clinic.
In addition to the pre-doctoral program, the
department houses the Internationally-Educated
Dentist Program where dentists from other countries
complete two years of training which qualifies them for
the Florida Dental Licensure Examination. Operative
Dentistry also enjoys an affiliation with Santa Fe
Community College, where students from the dental
hygiene and the dental assisting programs come to
UFCD to gain hands-on experience with patient treat-
"Operative dentistry has
evolved to focus on providing
esthetic dentistry with mini-
mum invasion and minimum
loss of tooth structure."
The department members carry on various research
efforts; most noted of these being a $25 million grant
from NIH-NIDCR to initiate a Dental Practice Based
Research Network (DPBRN) in collaboration with
the University of Alabama, Birmingham. The DPBRN
conducts clinical research among practicing dentists to
study the outcomes of dental diagnosis and treatments
under real-life conditions.
The department is committed to staying abreast
of the latest evidence-based techniques in dentistry.
"Operative dentistry has evolved in the last three-four
years to focus on providing esthetic dentistry with min-
imum invasion and minimum loss of tooth structure,"
said Paul Blaser, D.D.S., M.S.D., chair of operative
CEREC, one of these new technologies, is an
impressive machine that creates crowns, veneers, and
partial crowns of ceramic that are beautiful life-like
replacements for diseased tooth parts. The CEREC
machine consists of a computer system that creates a
virtual three-dimensional model of the patient's tooth
from a digital photo image. The software then proposes
a restoration that is transmitted to a robotic milling
unit that produces the crown from a solid block of
porcelain. The porcelain is then bonded to the tooth,
strengthening and restoring the tooth in appearance
Operative Dentistry faculty and staff are dedicated
to providing dental students with a quality education
in contemporary, minimally invasive dentistry and
committed to research and scholarly activity keeping
abreast of the rapidly developing and evolving art and
science of operative dentistry.
Paul BLASER, Chair
Amer A. ABU-HANNA
Thurston D. CLARK
Valeria A. GORDAN
Ivar A. MJOR
Nick A. MINDEN
K. David STILLWELL
Henry M. YOUNG
Training Schedule Spring 2008
Enhance your current skill
set and/or learn something new
by taking courses in the Project
Management Series, Supervisory
Workshops, Pro3 Series, etc! To
view the Spring 2008 course
schedule, visit: http://www.hr.ufl.
Please work with your supervi-
sor for scheduling purposes prior to
enrolling in each course. To enroll,
log on to myUFL and navigate to
My Self Service > Training and
Development > Request Training
Enrollment > search by course
name or course number.
If you have any questions or
concerns, please contact the col-
lege's Human Resources office at
Everyone's W-2 forms for 2007 will be
issued or mailed by Jan. 31st. If you
have any questions, contact the college's
Human Resources office at 273-5784.
The performance appraisal process will
begin March 1st, and the appraisals need
to be issued and signed by the employees
and the supervisors by March 26th.
A Farewell to
Director of almost five years,
has accepted a position at
the Fredric G. Levin College
of Law as the Associate
Director of Communications
and UF Law Magazine
A farewell reception for
Lindy was held Nov. 29 from
3:30-4:30 in D4-16.
We will miss her a lot,
and we wish her the best of
luck in her new position.
NEW HIRES I DECEMBER 2007-JANUARY 2008
Swapna Ambati Amanda Brown
Senior Biological Scientist Office Assistant
Oral Biology Periodontics
Hialeah Dental Clinic
Andrea Stacy Walls
Community Dentistry &
Jacksonville Dental Clinic
It has been a pleasure to
work with someone as tal-
ented as Lindy for the last
four years. Each task she
has been assigned has been
done meticulously, and she
has taken communications in
the College of Dentistry to a
much higher level than we ever
imagined! We will all miss her
and wish her well in her new
Lindy is the best editor
with whom I have had the
privilege of working. The
quality of her work is always
exceptional. The College of
Dentistry will miss her talent
and spirit tremendously!
The D.M.D. and Advanced and Graduate
Education Accreditation site visit will take place
on Feb. 12-14, 2008. The college undergoes a
site visit once every seven years as required by the
Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).
All components of these educational programs
will be reviewed by the site visit team using the
written self-study report with supporting docu-
mentation submitted in December and informa-
tion acquired during the site visit.
A list of members on the CODA site visit
team and a schedule for the D.M.D. site visit
is available at: http://www.dental.ufl.edu/
During the visit, site visitors will be touring
our facilities throughout the dental tower and at
the 1329 Building. Please be aware that during
the site visit, the college will be conducting busi-
ness as usual, and all patient clinics, teaching and
research activities will be in full swing.
Staff members can assist the site visit team
SBeing sure to wear their UFCD identifica-
tion badges at all times.
SEnsuring that their areas are clean and neat
and reporting any facilities issues to the Dean's
Office at 273-5800.
SGreeting site visitors with a smile and
assisting them with requests.
SWearing proper attire and paying particu-
lar attention to following all guidelines related to
infection control and quality patient care.
Questions or concerns can be addressed
to Dr. William McArthur or Jean Sweitzer at
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