By Denise Kassebaum, D.D.S., M.S., CU School of Dental Medicine Dean
From the Summer 2022 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association
On May 27, the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine conferred Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees on the Class of 2022. During an outside commencement ceremony under a cloudless Colorado sky, distinguished CU alumna and past president of the CDA, Carrie Mauterer, D.D.S., provided the commencement address to this special class.
These enthusiastic new dental professionals will practice dentistry in a variety of practice venues in Colorado and beyond. Those not going directly into practice will either participate in general practice residencies or dental specialty programs, while others in this class have answered the call to serve our country as military dentists.
The education of these new dentists was strengthened by the school’s strong partnership with the CDA and its member dentists. The School of Dental Medicine takes great pride in the fact that past CDA presidents serve as community-based mentors as well as full-time members of the faculty.
As a partner, the CDA generously sponsors the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) dues for DS1 students and an endowed dental student scholarship each year to ensure our students are supported through dental school while being introduced to the value of organized dentistry and its positive impact on dentists throughout their dental careers. Through activities such as COMOM, dental students witness the service and dedication to our profession that CDA dentists demonstrate. By participating in the CDA Lobby Day, students see the importance of advocacy in keeping the profession strong.
On behalf of the CU School of Dental Medicine family and these new dentists, I want to express our appreciation to the members of the CDA, its leadership, and the CDA Foundation. Thank you in advance for welcoming these new Colorado dentists into the community.
The following CU faculty award recipients were selected by the graduating Class of 2022. Congratulations!
Altruism Faculty Recognition Award – Dr. Thomas Greany
Chancellor’s Teaching Recognition – Dr. David Gozalo
Outstanding Basic Sciences Instructor – Dr. Lisa Rabe
Outstanding Clinic Instructor – Dr. David Gozalo
Outstanding Didactic Instructor – Dr. Emanouela Carlson
Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Member – Dr. Kristin Lere
Outstanding Pre-Clinical Instructor – Dr. James DeLapp
President’s Excellence in Teaching – Dr. Thomas Greany