Awards, DDS, Dental Hygiene, Faculty and Staff, Students

Students, Faculty, Staff Honored at Annual Spurgeon Banquet

Nearly 250 students, faculty and staff members and other guests attended the 2016 Spurgeon Dental Society Annual Awards Banquet, which is held annually in April. The event recognizes faculty, staff and student contributions to the profession of dentistry and to the mission of the school.

The Spurgeon Award Banquet is coordinated by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Spurgeon Dental Society. Kaushal Gandhi, DDS Candidate 2017, served as president of Spurgeon during 2015-16. The other executive board officers included Vice President Mallory Cochran, DDS Candidate 2018; Treasurer LaShawn Hart, DDS Candidate 2019; Secretary Kayleigh Bullard, DH Candidate 2017; and periodontology resident Elizabeth Campbell as the graduate representative.

Dr. Valerie Murrah, chair of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences, became the first female professor to receive the Richard F. Hunt, Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence in Predoctoral Teaching. The Hunt Award is considered the school’s most prestigious teaching award. Students nominate and select the recipient of this honor, named in memory of Dr. Richard F. Hunt, a member of the DDS Class of 1955.

The 2015-16 James Harrell Award for Citizenship and Leadership, awarded for bringing exceptional leadership, extraordinary enthusiasm, and strong sense of service to the community, went to Kandice Lee, DDS Candidate 2017. Chris Walker, DDS Candidate 2016, received the Robert E. Tormey, Jr. Memorial Award, which is given annually in memory of Bob Tormey (DDS Class of 1990) to a fourth-year student who demonstrates humor, loyalty and great caring for others. The Zane E. Eargle, Jr. Memorial Award, which honors the late Zane Eargle (DDS Class of 1988), was awarded to Mary Morgan Bitler, DDS Candidate 2018. Bitler was nominated for the award by her classmates who identified her as the member of the class who best exemplifies a strong dedication to community, faith and dental school.

Following is a full list of the awards and recipients.




Academy of Dentistry International Student Servant/Leadership Award              

Daniel Bernstein, DDS ’16


Academy of General Dentistry Awards

Mackenzie Hatfield, DDS ’16

Caroline Mikaloff, DDS ’16


Academy of Operative Dentistry Award

Michael Cvelich, DDS ’16


Academy of Osseointegration Award

Michael Cvelich, DDS ’16


Alberta Beat Dolan Scholarship Award 

Savanna Wall, DH ’17


Alpha Omega Award

Michael Cvelich, DDS ’16


American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry             

Emilee Pilkington, DDS ’16


American Academy of Implant Dentistry             

Preston Colven, DDS ’17


American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Award

Colin Sherwood, DDS ’16


American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Certificate of Merit Predoctoral Student Award

Kelly Lipp, DDS ’16


American Academy of Periodontology Dental Student Award for Achievement in Periodontology

Claus Ullstad, DDS ’16


American Association of Endodontics Student Achievement Award

Jordan Van Dyke, DDS ’16


American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Award

Kelly Lipp, DDS ’16


American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Dental Implant Student Award            

Blake Nelson, DDS ’16


American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Student Achievement Award               

Omar AbdelBaky, DDS ’16


American Association of Oral Biology Award

Kelly Lipp, DDS ’16


American Association of Orthodontics Award

Virginia Mayo, DDS ’16


American Association of Public Health Dentistry Student Awards

Cynthia Ellison, DH ’16

Katherine Rossitch, DDS ’16


American Association of Women Dentists Eleanor Bushee Award

Caroline Mikaloff, DDS ’16


American College of Dentists Outstanding Student Leadership Award

Chris Walker, DDS ’16


American College of Prosthodontics Award

Charles White, DDS ’16


American Dental Association/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Program Award

Shannyn Holder, DDS ’19


American Dental Society of Anesthesiology Horace Wells Senior Student Award

Sarah Brobeck, DDS ’16


American Student Dental Association Advocate Award

Dr. Lewis Lampiris, Dental Ecology


American Student Dental Association Award of Excellence 

Tiffany Pinnix, DDS ’18


American Student Dental Association Spotlight Award 

Dr. Matt Morano, Academic Affairs


Carolina First Campaign Scholarship

Kayla Ramsey, DH ’17


Class of 1958 Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Anne Sanders, Dental Ecology


Colgate S.T.A.R. Award (Student Total Achievement Recognition)

Kayleigh Bullard, DH ’16


DA Awards

Faculty:  Professor Lynn Smith, Dental Ecology

Staff: Ms. Carletta Jo Keith, Clinical Affairs

Student: Ezie Ozoma, DA ’16


DA Clinical Achievement Award

Katie Creech, DA ’16


DDS-1 Awards

Faculty: Dr. Gina Donato, School of Medicine

Staff: Ms. Tammy Collins, Clinical Affairs

Teaching Assistant: Dr. Arash Khani

Student: Jordan Sawyers, DDS ’19


DDS-2 Awards

Faculty: Dr. James Fiordalisi, School of Medicine

Staff: Ms. Crystal Brown, Clinical Affairs

Teaching Assistant: Dr. Anthony Gragg

Student: Clara Hicks, DDS ’18


DDS-3 Awards

Faculty: Dr. Rick Walter, Operative Dentistry

Staff: Mr. Richard Scoltock, Clinical Affairs

Resident: Dr. Anthony Gragg

Student: Ian McDonald, DDS ’17


DDS-4 Awards

Faculty:  Dr. Carol Haggerty, Operative Dentistry

Staff: Ms. Carletta Jo Keith, Clinical Affairs

Resident: Dr. Anthony Gragg

Student: Chris Walker, DDS ’16


Denise Hancock Memorial Award

Ms. Lori Self, Orthodontics


DH Alumni Award

Sommer Wisher, DH ’16


DH-1 Awards

Faculty/Staff: Professor Jennifer Harmon, Dental Ecology

Student: Katrina Knapp, DH ’17


DH-2 Awards

Faculty: Dr. Cheryl Hayes, Dental Ecology

Staff: Ms. Crystal Brown, Clinical Affairs

Student: Sommer Wisher, DH ’16


Dental Ecology Community Dentistry Award

Bianca Morris, DH ’16


DENTSPLY International Award in Removable Prosthodontics

James Little, DDS ’16


Dwight Clark Memorial Awards

Autumn Murray, DA ’16

Sommer Wisher, DH ‘16

Chris Walker, DDS ’16


Eleanor A. Forbes Clinical Achievement Award

Heather McClung, DH ’16


Four Corners Study Club Faculty Mentoring Award

Dr. Ceib Phillips, Orthodontics


Graduate Programs Awards

Faculty: Dr. Tung Nguyen, Orthodontics

Staff: Ms. Nikki Parkstone, Orthodontics

Student: Dr. Joseph Pittman, MS ’16


Grover C. Hunter Award              

Kelly Lipp, DDS ’16


Hillenbrand-Lupton Student Award

Joshua Munson, DDS ’16


Hinman Scholars

Preston Colven, DDS ’17

Caroline Latta, DDS ’17

Sara Medlin, DH ’16


Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award

Alex Peace, DH ’16


International College of Dentists Humanitarian Award

Omar AbdelBaky, DDS ’16


International College of Dentists Student Leadership Award     

Tayla Cunningham, DDS ’16


International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)/Sullivan Schein Award

James Little, DDS ’16


James Harrell Award for Citizenship and Leadership

Kandice Lee, DDS ’17


Linda Pascall Jarvis Memorial Scholarship

Jessica Castaneda, DH ’16


Linda Stewart Professional Excellence Award

Ezie Ozoma, DA ’16


Kermit Knudtzon Award

Andrea Bojanski, DA ’16


Markie Thomas Award

Shianne Webb, DH ’16


Marvin Block Community Dentistry Achievement Award

Kaushal Gandhi, DDS ’17


Monte Miska Award in Fixed Prosthodontics

Zachary Flink, DDS ’16


N.C. Dental Hygiene Academy of Advanced Studies

Kayla Cunningham, DH ’16


N.C. Dental Hygiene Academy Award

Chelsea Wendel, DH ’17

Jessica Castaneda, DH ’16


N.C. Dental Society Student Leader Award

Ben Anders, DDS ’16


Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society Inductees

Omar AbdelBaky, DDS ’16

Katya Avanesyan, DDS ’16

Daniel Bernstein, DDS ’16

Michael Cvelich, DDS ’16

Kelly Lipp, DDS ’16

Blake Nelson, DDS ’16

Emilee Pilkington, DDS ’16

Blair Powell, DDS ’16

Mary Lanier Zaytoun, DDS ’16


Pankey Study Club of North Carolina Scholarship

Dr. Alex Yarborough, Prosthodontics


Pat Jacques Memorial Scholarship

Makalia Nyberg, DA ’16


Pierre Fauchard Academy Junior Student Award

Kaushal Gandhi, DDS ’17


Pierre Fauchard Academy Senior Student Award

Katherine Avanesyan, DDS ’16


Priscilla Levine Scholarship

Roxanne Dsouza, DH ’16


Quintessence Award for Clinical Achievement in Periodontics

Chris Walker, DDS ’16


Richard Hunt Award for Teaching Excellence

Dr. Valerie Murrah, Diagnostic Sciences


Robert E. Tormey, Jr. Memorial Award

Chris Walker, DDS ’16


Sara O’Daniel Dental Assisting Clinical Experience Award

Octavia Humphrey, DA ’16


Sheila Harris Award

Andrea Bojanski, DA ’16


Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society

Roxanne Dsouza, DH ’16

Beth Kornegay, MSDH ’16

Hannah Roe, DH ’16

Shianne Webb, DH ’16


Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics Award

Emilee Pilkington, DDS ’16


Student Research James Baldwin Mentor Award

Dr. Michael Roberts, Pediatric Dentistry


Susan P. Foy Award

Colin Sherwood, DDS ’16


Whip Mix “Best of the Best” Award in Prosthodontics

Gabrielle Jackson, DDS’16


UNC School of Dentistry Leadership Award

Dr. Ingebord De Kok, Prosthodontics


Zane Eargle, Jr. Award

Mary Morgan Bitler, DDS ’18