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Published in Alumni Publications on January 01, 2012

The Dean's Corner

I can't believe it, but another year has passed since the last newsletter. We have been very busy. We started the academic year off with thirty-four new D1 students, the Class of 2015. They are an extremely bright and diverse group of students (21 women, 13 men) who have a science average GPA of 3.60, overall average GPA of 3.71, academic DAT average of 18.5, and perceptual DAT average of 19.5. Congratulations, Class of 2015. We are very proud of each of them and wish them well in their education.


The D2 and D4 classes are preparing to take the National Boards. Some have already taken Part II and have done very well. We are hoping they keep up the excellent performance at scoring above the national averages on these exams as they have done in the past.

Renovation on the fourth floor Restorative Laboratory is under way and is anticipated to be complete by February 19. The construction company that received the bid was Benson Builders and Properties out of Ridgeland, Miss. They have 210 days in the contract to complete the project from their starting date.

A webcam has been installed in the lab by UMMC Information Systems to be able to follow the progress of the renovation. It can be accessed by going to UMMC School of Dentistry web site, EXCEL Campaign, read more - it will connect you to the whole article and at the end of the article it will have a statement to click here to see the progress of the renovation. Please join us in watching this wonderful transformation of our 4th Floor Restorative Laboratory. I thank you again for your support of this EXCEL Project.

I would like to welcome a new faculty member Dr. Stone Thayer, assistant professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Thayer attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and graduated with honors in 2001. He then went on to serve with the United States Naval Forces as part of the Navy and Marine Corps amphibious platform. Dr. Thayer completed his active duty obligations in 2004 and then began his surgical training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern/Parkland Hospital in Dallas. During his training he also acquired his medical degree and completed a General Surgery Internship at the University of Texas. He completed his residency in 2010 and then did a fellowship in craniofacial and reconstructive surgery at the Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia. He is trained in treating pediatric craniofacial defects, pathology and reconstructive procedures.

I hope you enjoy this newsletter and read more about other activities that have been occurring this past year at the school. None of these activities could have happened without the strong support from our alumni and friends. Thank you for your continued support.

Dr. Gary W. Reeves
Interim Dean