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Dec. 19, 2006 -- No. 606

UNC recognizes town volunteer
for international relations work

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services recently recognized Karen Durovich, a Chapel Hill resident who has led and organized mentor programs for the university's international students for more than a decade.

Durovich received the 2006 John Eaves Community Volunteer Award for her work as host and tutor for two of the office's programs: the International Friendship Program and the International Women's English Conversation Group.

The friendship program matches international students with area families and individuals, providing a casual atmosphere to visit, share meals, celebrate holidays and participate in community events. The conversation group allows women from Chapel Hill and around the world to meet, share culture and practice English.

"Karen has reached out to international students, scholars and their families to make them feel welcome and comfortable in their new academic and cultural situations," her award commendation read. "Time and time again, she demonstrates a commitment to serve others, a generosity of spirit and an insatiable curiosity about the world and its people."

Durovich also has hosted several international students in her home and sponsored an annual pumpkin-carving event for visiting students and their friends. Visit http://oisss.unc.edu/ for more information.

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Guthmiller appointed associate dean
for academic affairs at School of Dentistry

Dr. Janet M. Guthmiller, associate professor within the University of Iowa College of Dentistry's department of periodontics and Dows Institute for Dental Research, has been appointed associate dean for academic affairs at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry.

Guthmiller will begin transitioning to UNC-Chapel Hill in January 2007, and plans to focus on a major revision of the school's predoctoral curriculum. She will fully begin her new role in July.

Besides leading the curriculum revision, Guthmiller will ensure that the School of Dentistry recruits and enrolls highly qualified students in the dental, dental assisting, dental hygiene and all graduate and advanced dental education programs; lead the preparation and self-study process to undergo predoctoral accreditation; ensure compliance with UNC-Chapel Hill and school academic policies for students and faculty; and conduct systematic and regular assessment of all academic programs to assure desired outcomes.

Guthmiller currently directs the Dental Student Research Program at the University of Iowa, one of the largest programs in the country, with about 70 students engaged in research per semester. She has mentored more than 35 predoctoral, dental, graduate and postdoctoral fellows in their research endeavors.

In August, she received the University of Iowa Collegiate Teaching Award for her teaching and mentoring activities.

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White receives award honoring outstanding
contributions to oral, maxillofacial surgery

Dr. Raymond P. White Jr., Dalton L. McMichael distinguished professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Dentistry, recently received the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation's Torch Award.

The Torch Award recognizes outstanding contributions to education, research, patient care and involvement in service to the surgical specialty. The award was presented at the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons' annual meeting.

White, who was dean of the School of Dentistry from 1974 to 1981, is the principal investigator for the Third Molar Clinical Trials, a series of clinical studies designed to improve third molar treatment. The study, now in its eighth year, is sponsored by the foundation and the surgeon's association.

The longitudinal clinical trial's study findings include indications that enrolled participants ages 20 through 35 with retained molars may face serious health risks including chronic oral inflammation from periodontal disease, even if the retained third molar shows no outward signs or symptoms of disease. White presented a report on the findings at the annual meeting; among the information presented was the study researchers' recommendation that third molars be removed in early adulthood.

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UNC service-learning class
awards grants to nonprofits

A class offered through UNC's Carolina Center for Public Service ended the 2006 fall semester by awarding grants to two local nonprofit organizations.

Piedmont Health Services, based at several central North Carolina locations, and The Women's Center, based in Chapel Hill, received a combined $2,500 from the class. Funding came from "Helen's Fund," administered by the Fund for Southern Communities, a foundation in Decatur, Ga.

Piedmont Health Services will use the funds to care for low-income senior citizens in northern Orange County. The Women's Center will use its grant to create a Spanish-language financial literacy and home-ownership education program for Latinos.

The UNC class, "Promoting Change Through the Nonprofit Sector," teaches students about grant-making and includes guidance from area philanthropic organizations. Upon completing the course, the students award grants to selected North Carolina nonprofits. The students will monitor the projects they funded during the upcoming spring semester.

"This class greatly benefits those with a future in the nonprofit and philanthropic world," said class member Stephanie Wilkins, a sophomore.
The one-hour credit class is offered to students in the public service scholars program, in which students seek to perform 300 hours of community service; complete a course that combines service and learning; receive skills training in four areas; and maintain a minimum grade-point average.

Upon graduating, students who have fulfilled these requirements receive notations on their transcripts of "special recognition in public service" or the higher mark of Public Service Scholar. They receive a certificate of achievement and their names are listed in the commencement program. Public Service Scholars wear blue and white cords at graduation to represent their designation.

For more information, call the center at (919) 843-7568.

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