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Dental Hygiene Students Earn Statewide Recognition



Dental Hygiene Students Earn Statewide Recognition

April 22, 2011 – Collin College’s dental hygiene program received statewide recognition during the Texas Dental Hygiene Educator’s Association/Student Dental Hygiene Association’s annual meeting from April 8-10 in San Marcos.

Collin College dental hygiene student Staci Taylor of Frisco was selected as the Outstanding Dental Hygiene Student in Texas and will be honored in the Texas Dental Hygiene Times magazine. She also applied and received a scholarship from the Texas Dental Placement Network.

In addition, Taylor and her research partner Mary Hanacik of Plano earned first place honors for their table clinic, “Probiotics: Prevention of Oral Diseases” while Collin College dental hygiene students Terra McClain of Plano and Mandy Spaugh of Allen took home second place honors for their table clinic, “Periodontal Tissue Regeneration: A Promising Future.”

As a result of their work, Taylor and Hanacik along with Spaugh and McClain have the opportunity to present their research topics at the American Dental Hygiene National meeting held on June 17-22 in Nashville, Tenn. Hanacik, McClain and Spaugh will also join Taylor in Texas Dental Hygiene Times.

“It was very rewarding to see the students accomplishment and success,” Susan Moss, Collin College’s director of Dental Hygiene, said. “It reflected quality preparation provided by faculty and students to meet the criteria for research opportunities. It is always special when your students are recognized for their accomplishments and successes educationally and professionally.”

Overall, 23 Collin College dental hygiene students and two faculty advisors attended the Texas Dental Hygiene Educator’s Association/Student Dental Hygiene Association annual meeting.

“We are very proud of the students' hard work,” Moss said. "They professionally represented Collin College and the dental hygiene program in an exemplary way.”

Collin College serves more than 51,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.