College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics

Dean's Message

The White Coat Ceremony is later today at 6:00 p.m. The white coat is given out at the end of a dental student's first year to signify the beginning of a dental student’s career as a health care professional. To our D1 students, we are excited that you are taking these first steps of entering the dental profession. It is a noble profession because of the efforts of dentists who came before you. As you take these steps today, we look forward to the great things that you will accomplish for our profession.  ~Clark Stanford

Updates for May 20, 2022–May 26, 2022

Janet Guthmiller

Always a Hawkeye: Janet Guthmiller named dean of UNC Adams School of Dentistry

Janet Guthmiller ('88 DDS), who has served as dean of the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry for eight years, has been named the dean of the University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry. She will begin her new role at UNC on Oct. 15.

Azeez Butali with Waheed Awotoye

Butali recognized for his efforts as a mentor

Butali serves as a mentor to numerous other students and researchers, and on May 12, he received a Faculty Award recognizing those efforts. Butali’s students shared their appreciation for their mentor with the Hawkeye Smile.   

Chichi Adeleke with Clark Stanford, and Megha Puranam

Two fourth-year dental students recognized for efforts to promote inclusive education

Fourth-year dental students Chichi Adeleke and Megha Puranam both received awards at the Center for Inclusive Academic Excellence Graduation Reception. Adeleke received the Dean's Achievement Award, and Puranam received the Student Leadership Award. Puranam also delivered the keynote address.   

Waheed Awotoye receiving International Student Academic and Scholarship Award

Waheed Awotoye receives Award for his Academic and Scholarly Work

At the 2022 International Student Graduation ceremony, Waheed Awotoye was presented with the International Student Academic and Scholarship Award. Earlier this spring, Awotoye defended his dissertation under the direction of Azeez Butali. Since 2020, Awotoye has been an author of 11 research articles in the field of genetics and genomics as part of Butali’s research team.

Elizabeth Serena

The College of Dentistry welcomes Elizabeth Serena

Elizabeth Serena is a support services specialist in Clinic Administration and Patient Care. She is originally from Bettendorf, IA and moved to Iowa City several years ago to further her education at the University of Iowa. She enjoys literary events and supporting her favorite downtown restaurants.


Scrubs sale with Hawkeye branding

Hawkeye scrubs are back! OPEN until May 27! Hosted by Delta Sigma Delta! Scrub tops and bottoms are split into tallgeneric, and petite options. The Cherokee brand has also released a new material called Core Stretch which is comparable to FIGS scrubs, please click into each option for more information. The scrubs will be embroidered and sent to the school or can be directly shipped to your home for an extra fee. If all goes according to plan, they should be distributed before summer vacation (two week after the store closes)Please reach out to Scott at cell 515.491.3673 or email to ‚Äčif you have any questions about the items. 


Why Iowa: D1 Year Highlights YouTube Video

Why Iowa: Highlights of the D1 year

The first year of dental school is a wild ride. With the White Coat ceremony today, it's helpful to reflect on everything that happened. 

A Google Review from a patient

Kudos to you!

"Excellent dental services @ ¼ the cost. Plus, everyone at the facility is super-nice! The UI Dental College makes going to the dentist “almost” fun!" Google Review from Ethel Chunningham

Social Shoutout

In response to a Facebook post about graduating fourth-year dental student Kobi Voshell and his future plans, Tiffany Wellington said, "Congratulations Kobi!!! I will miss your smiling face and easy going, comforting presence! All the best to you, friend!"



The 1919-1920 freshman dental class

Iowa Trailblazers: The 1919-1920 D1 Class

From the D1 class in 1920 to the D1 class in 2022, it has always been a journey!


May 20, White Coat Ceremony, Iowa Memorial Union, 6:00 p.m.

May 31, MS Thesis Defense: Olajide Obe, "Interaction of dental pulp stem cells with bacterial products modulates the protein expression of cathepsin B," mentored by Cristina Vidal, N212, 12:00 p.m.

June 2, Culturally Responsive Health Care Conferences at the University of Iowa, 8:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

June 3, Commencement for the College of Dentistry, Hancher Auditorium, 3:00 p.m.

June 10, Last Chance CE: Iowa Dental Reviews / Views from World Leaders in Operative Dentistry

August 5, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

August 11, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

August 26, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

September 8, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

September 9, CE Course: Olin Family Visiting Lectureship, Peter Nordland, Utilization of Periodontal Plastic Surgery to Assist in the Esthetic Outcome.

September 10, Pregame Professional Program, Iowa v. Iowa State.

September 15, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

September 16, Alumni Reunion Weekend Reunion and CE-Classes Ending in 2s and 7s (details forthcoming)

September 17, Pregame Professional Program, Iowa v. Nevada (University Family Weekend)

September 17, Alumni Weekend Tailgate, Iowa v. Nevada

September 23, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

September 30, CE Course: Elevating Patient-Centered Restorative Care: Integrating Technology and Biology to Optimize Outcomes

October 1, Pregame Professional Program (Michigan)

October 1, Alumni Tailgate, Iowa v Michigan

October 3, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

October 14, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

October 21, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

October 29, CE Course: Pediatric Dentistry Legends in the Fall

October 29, Pregame Professional Program (Northwestern/University Homecoming)

October 29, Alumni Tailgate, Iowa v. Northwestern (University Homecoming)

November 4-5, Iowa Mission of Mercy, Des Moines

November 11, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

November 11, CE Course: A Full Day Endodontic Experience

November 12, Pregame Professional Program (Wisconsin)

November 16, Virtual Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

Notes and Resources 

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M-R: 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; F: 7:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

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