Erin Ross and Jessica Locklear, first-year dental hygiene students, have been selected to serve as student delegate and alternate delegate, respectively, at the upcoming American Dental Hygienists’ Association Annual Session.
The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry students will be among 12 delegates and 12 alternate delegates nationwide at the meeting, to be held June 20 to 27 in New Orleans. Ross and Locklear will represent District IV, which includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
Student delegates will represent all student members of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and attend the Student House of Representatives. They will vote on one student delegate who then votes on behalf of all student members during the ADHA House of Delegates proceedings.
“As long as I have been teaching here at UNC, this is the first time our dental hygiene students have been chosen as delegates to attend the 2007 ADHA Annual Session,” said Laura Jansen Howerton, clinical associate professor in the Department of Dental Ecology and student ADHA adviser. “I am extremely proud of them and am certain that they will bring back valuable information for their classmates.”
The ADHA formed in 1923 to develop communication and mutual cooperation among dental hygienists and is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of more than 120,000 registered dental hygienists nationwide.