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WINTER-SPRING 2017

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4 2 | L O U I S V I L L E . E D U Business school faculty focus on community engage- ment in curriculum Beth Davis-Sramek, supply chain marketing professor in the College of Business, was recently tapped for a new role in the college: Head of Diversity and Community Initiatives. Davis-Sramek also is one of the college's many champions for community engagement. In 2015, she helped start the Elevate Portland Initiative, through which COB students, faculty, staff and others have donated warm clothing, snacks and tablet PCs to the West Louisville elementary school, which is part of UofL's Signature Partnership Initiative. Many COB classes have a community engagement element and the college has been helping local nonprofi ts for decades. College of Business Acting Dean Alan Attaway noted that community outreach is part of the college's mission statement. "I really believe it is incumbent on any metropolitan school to be active in their own community," he said. Instructor Christy Burge's honors students have, among many other things, donated food and blankets to the homeless, put together care boxes for soldiers headed to Iraq and adopted a refugee family. "It's just amazing what these kids can do with a little guidance and a little knowledge and a little push," Burge said. Bruce Kemelgor, associate management professor, teaches courses that are 100 percent community engagement. "No tests, no exams," he said. The students help nonprofi ts and other businesses reach a goal or achieve a strategic initiative. The college also houses the Center for Nonprofi t Innovation. Center Executive Director Robert Barker said all students in the Computer Information Systems program have done volunteer work with local nonprofi ts through the center. "Every student graduates having worked with an actual client to design, develop and implement an actual system, so they have work experience," Barker said. "The activities of the center have been a 'win/win' for both the students in the CIS major and the clients we serve." COLLEGE OF BUSINESS College of Business students participated in a pep rally on Oct. 28, 2016, at Portland Elementary School, whose students received warm sweatshirts from the college's Elevate Portland Initiative. Kentucky children still face pressing oral health needs The School of Dentistry recently partnered with Delta Dental of Kentucky and Kentucky Youth Advocates on a statewide study that found although access to oral health care has increased since 2001, more children face urgent dental needs. Issued in Fall 2016, the report, Making Smiles Happen: 2016 Oral Health Study of Kentucky's Youth, presents fi ndings of the fi rst oral health surveillance study of Kentucky children in 15 years. To carry out the study, UofL dentists visited 60 schools across fi ve regions of the state to observe the mouths of third- and sixth-graders. The study also asked parents about family oral health history, resulting in the collection of data for more than 2,000 students. Highlights from the study: • More third- and sixth-graders are in need of early or urgent dental care since 2001. • Two out of fi ve third- and sixth-graders have untreated cavities. • Despite a 14 percent increase in the number of third- and sixth-graders with a dental sealant on a permanent molar between 2001 and 2016, more than half of third- and sixth-graders did not have at least one dental sealant on a permanent molar during the 2015–16 school year. • The third- and sixth-graders eligible for free or reduced lunch were more likely to have recently experienced a toothache, and be in need of urgent dental care. Helping meet the oral health needs of Kentuck- ians is foundational at the School of Dentistry, which strives to improve the oral health of chil- dren through statewide health fairs and its annual Halloween outreach at local elementary schools, as well as screening and treatment initiatives. SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY UofL dentists visited 60 schools across the state to examine students as part of the Making Smiles Happen study.

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