Ostrow celebrates part-time, volunteer faculty members at annual event
19 May 16
The Trojan dental community came together on May 18 to celebrate the part-time and volunteer faculty members of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.
“Tonight, we celebrate the unsung heroes of the dental school,” said Dean Avishai Sadan during his speech.
“These men and women come from all across Southern California to give back to the dental profession in some of the most meaningful ways,” he added, citing the mentorship, real-world experience and clinical knowledge the part-time and volunteer faculty members share with Ostrow students.
Ostrow currently employs 277 volunteer and 154 part-time faculty members
Among the night’s honors were Years of Service Awards, celebrating milestone anniversaries, as well as Division Awards, recognizing educational excellence in each of Ostrow’s six dental divisions.
“I think the part-time faculty members are the backbone of the teaching staff,” said Dr. David Stevenson, a volunteer faculty member who took home the 50 Years of Service Award. “They have no ulterior motive except to share their knowledge in an unselfish manner.”
Stevenson joined the faculty in 1966 and has been a clinical professor since 1990. When he’s not at Ostrow, he works as a clinical examining dentist for the Denti-Cal program.
“I do the best I can to make them the kind of graduates and practitioners that USC is known for throughout the world.”
–Frank Enriquez ’69, DDS ’73, PEDO ’75, Clinical Associate Professor
“There is a saying that sharing knowledge is a way to immortality,” Stevenson said. “I wish to be remembered by my students, fellow faculty members and patients as someone who always tried to do the best things, both as a professional and as a human being.”
Part-time faculty member Frank Enriquez ’69, DDS ’73, PEDO ’75 took home the 40 Years of Service Award.
“I tell my students that I am here to protect the investment in my degrees,” said Enriquez, Ostrow clinical associate professor. “I do the best I can to make them the kind of graduates and practitioners that USC is known for throughout the world.”
Enriquez has been in private practice for more than 30 years.
“I stand up here before you tonight, not as a dean, but as a colleague acknowledging the sacrifices and commitment you make to this profession every single day,” Sadan said to the crowd. “It is because of you that we are able to continue our long-held tradition of excellence here at USC.”
Here’s a full list of the Years of Service Awards and Division Awards presented at the Part-Time Faculty Appreciation Dinner and Awards:
YEARS OF SERVICE AWARDS
Jo Ann Hirose
James H. Kim
Division of Dental Public Health and Pediatric Dentistry
Division of Periodontology and Diagnostic Sciences
Division of Endodontics, Orthodontics and General Practice Residency
Division of Restorative Sciences
Division of Biomedical Sciences
Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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