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UT Health Science Center San Antonio, School of Dentistry
and the Dental Alumni Association proudly announces
the 2015 Honoree of the Distinguished Faculty and Service Award
Richard H. Carr, Jr., D.D.S. Endowed Scholarship Award
Rebecca S. Nixon and John R. Gildersleeve DDS

REBECCA S. NIXON, was hired in the Office of Continuing Dental Education in October 26, 1981 as an Administrative Clerk in the Office of the Dental Dean.

A loyal and hard working employee, Becky has remained in the Office of Continuing Education, despite other offers both internally and externally to entice her away. It has always been obvious that she had chosen a career in lifelong learning. Becky worked long hours, was willing to accept and learn new responsibilities, always was willing to be the “volunteer”, and accepted any challenge that was thrown her way. Her career path moved her through the various promotion steps to her current position. Through out her entire career, she has remained committed to making a difference for members of our office, dental school staff and students, and the dental professionals worldwide. Becky has had a vital role in introducing over 84,000 dental professionals, more than 600 internationally known speakers, and over 3,700 alumni to our Dental School.

Becky was promoted to Office Manager in May of 2007 after having served as Administrative Assistant II to the Director since September 1997.

Ms. Nixon’s promotion to Office Manager was largely due to her increased responsibilities and willingness to provide oversight to the Dental School Alumni Association. On September 1, 2002 the Office of Continuing Dental Education was charged with the responsibility of managing the affairs of the Alumni Association. We are now completing 12 years of a challenging, enjoyable, and rewarding opportunity with Becky being the key contact to over 3,700 alumni of our Dental School.

The past 12 years can be best described “extremely successful for the Alumni Association” as we continued to maintain our budget goals, establish reserves, and for the first time made plans to use our resources to support the Dental School efforts to meet budget reductions and also enable us to remain solvent in the future. Becky was instrumental in helping establish our strategy and her efforts have worked extremely well; as we have been able to recover all our costs, and stabilize our monthly cash flow.

Becky was a recipient of the Presidental Employee Excellence in Service Award in 2014 from The University of Texas Health Science Center.

 

 

 

 

JOHN R. GILDERSLEEVE, DDS, received his dental degree from The University of Tennessee Dental School in Memphis, Tennessee in 1973. He practiced as a state public health dentist for two years at the Georgia Department of Corrections and the Georgia Department of Public Health until 1975. He returned to teach at the University of Tennessee as clinical instructor for one year. He then served as director of dental services at Green Valley Developmental & Rehabilitation Hospital and maintained a private practice in Greeneville Tennessee from 1977-1979. Dr. Gildersleeve joined The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Dentistry in 1979 and served as Director of the Dental Auxiliary Utilization program until 2001. He was an Associate Professor in Comprehensive Dentistry at the School of Dentistry where he was teaching clinical dentistry to the junior and senior dental students. Dr. Gildersleeve was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor in 1987. In 2001, he assumed the role of Director of Clinical Practice Management.

He also practiced general dentistry as part of the Dental Faculty Practice at the School of Dentistry. His areas of research interest included dental equipment, clinical work posture, dental treatment room lighting, mirror image vision, and clinical time management. Over the years, Dr. Gildersleeve had served on numerous committees in various capacities at the
School of Dentistry.

During his twenty-two year tenure in Dental Auxiliary Utilization, he had presented over fifty continuing education courses on the topics of four-handed dentistry and expanded duties for dental auxiliary personnel at The University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Dentistry and had lectured on work posture at the Texas Dental Association Annual Sessions. Dr. Gildersleeve had also served as a dental consultant in the realm of auxiliary utilization and chairside efficiency.

Among his honors, Dr. Gildersleeve had served as the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation Consultant – Allied Health Site Visitor. He was President of Mu Nu Chapter of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society from 2002 to 2003.

Dr. Gildersleeve’s professional affiliations were the San Antonio District Dental Society, Texas Dental Association, American Dental Association, and the American Association of Dental Schools. Dr. Gildersleeve retired from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Dentistry in 2013.

 

The graduates of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Dentsitry fondly remember the many dedicated faculty and staff who challenged them throughout their student years. This relationship strengthened as each alumnus continued his or her professional career. School of Dentistry faculty and staff have influenced up to three decades of students and have helped establish the reputation of the Dental School as a leader in dental education.

To recognize the dedication of our faculty and staff, the Dental Alumni Association established the Distinguished Faculty and Service Award–Richard H. Carr, Jr., D.D.S. Endowed Scholarship in the fall of 2000. The endowment provides an award of $1,000 to a third or fourth year student.

Past Honorees

Richard H. Carr, Jr., DDS • Thomas D. Marshall, DDS • JoAnne T. Hayashi, MA
David E. Snyder, DDS • James B. Summitt, DDS, MS

Past Recipients of the Distinguished Faculty and Service Award–
Richard H. Carr, Jr., D.D.S. Endowed Scholarship

Michael S. Cole, 2000 • Amjad Sheikh, 2001 • Kyle Sparkman, 2002 • C. Michael Larsen, 2003 Pennie Moreland, 2004 • Steve Tseng, 2005 • Brook Loftis, 2006 • Roel Valadez, 2007
Candace L. Culpepper Light, 2009 • Katherine Y. Shao, 2010 • Naomi S. Sever, 2010
Sheridan Davies Bunch, 2010 • Steve Hogan, 2011 • Rebecca Davenport, 2011
Whitney G. McBrayer, 2012 • Katie Corinne Bemis, 2013 • Peyton D. Cometti, 2014

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The graduates of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Dentsitry fondly remember the many dedicated faculty and staff who challenged them throughout their student years. This relationship strengthened as each alumnus continued his or her professional career. School of Dentistry faculty and staff have influenced up to three decades of students and have helped establish the reputation of the Dental School as a leader in dental education.

To recognize the dedication of our faculty and staff, the Dental Alumni Association established the Distinguished Faculty and Service Award–Richard H. Carr, Jr., D.D.S. Endowed Scholarship in the fall of 2000. The endowment provides an award of $1,000 to a third or fourth year student.

Past Honorees

Richard H. Carr, Jr., DDS • Thomas D. Marshall, DDS • JoAnne T. Hayashi, MA
David E. Snyder, DDS • James B. Summitt, DDS, MS

Past Recipients of the Distinguished Faculty and Service Award–
Richard H. Carr, Jr., D.D.S. Endowed Scholarship

Michael S. Cole, 2000 • Amjad Sheikh, 2001 • Kyle Sparkman, 2002 • C. Michael Larsen, 2003 Pennie Moreland, 2004 • Steve Tseng, 2005 • Brook Loftis, 2006 • Roel Valadez, 2007
Candace L. Culpepper Light, 2009 • Katherine Y. Shao, 2010 • Naomi S. Sever, 2010
Sheridan Davies Bunch, 2010 • Steve Hogan, 2011 • Rebecca Davenport, 2011
Whitney G. McBrayer, 2012 • Katie Corinne Bemis, 2013 • Peyton D. Cometti, 2014

Click here to support this distinguished honor