Dean’s High Five – November 2021

Everyday, there are special achievements and newsworthy headlines happening at the School of Dentistry. In an effort to give proper acknowledgment and share these successes, please tune in for the monthly Dean’s High 5 as we acknowledge those responsible for the top five stories happening at Detroit Mercy Dental.
Congratulations on your hard work – you make Detroit Mercy the place to lead and learn.

Promotions within the Office of Academic administration and Student Services & Enrollment Management

Adrianna Moreno, M.A., has been promoted to Associate Registrar for the School of Dentistry after having worked in student services for the past five years. Moreno originally joined the University as the Student Services Coordinator and later advanced to Associate Director for Student Services. Monroe enhanced student programs, educational support services and academic enrichment activities for the School.

Danielle Harris, M.A., has been promoted to Assistant Director for Student Services. After working in the Office of Admissions for 13 years, Harris brings her talents, expertise and student affairs experience to serving students by providing oversight and leadership for the day-to-day functions of the student services programs, resources , and co-curricular experiences.

Congratulations to both.

Michigan Dental Association presents check to Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Michigan Dental Association (MDA) Board of Trustees presented the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) with a $6,000 check for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Grant. The MDA DEI Grant will aid Michigan residents to participate in the ODI’s Summer Enrichment Program (SEP). Contributions will be continuously made to the fund, and an annual assessment of fundraising progress will be done to determine how much to give each year.

SEP provides educational and professional development experiences for underrepresented minorities and/or disadvantaged students to help them successfully gain admission into dental school and pursue a career in dentistry. Students participating in SEP are provided free housing and DAT preparation as well as a travel and food stipend.

To read more about the ODI’s Summer Enrichment Program see the following link:

Dean Mert N. Aksu receives Pierre Fauchard Academy Distinguished Service Award

Detroit Mercy Dental Dean Mert N. Aksu received the Pierre Fauchard Academy (PFA) Distinguished Service Award. The award is the highest honor given by the PFA Michigan Section and is awarded to Fellows whose actions and deeds reflect the highest examples of honorary dental service for the Academy, the community, education, mentorship and/or philanthropy. Aksu was the Academy’s 2019 award recipient, however, due to the pandemic, he officially received the award on Oct. 3.

“After examining Dr. Aksu’s extensive CV, I think there’s no doubt that this year’s recipient qualifies in many of those categories. He has always remained steadfast in supporting the School’s mission of educating students who are both clinically proficient and humanistically focused on the service of their fellow man. It was a privilege to present the PFA’s Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Mert Aksu.” said Michael Maihofer, DDS ’78, Editor, PFA Michigan Section and president of the Michigan Dental Association.

Congratulations, Dean Aksu, on this prestigious award.

Anthony Neely appointed Program Director of Graduate Periodontics

Congratulations to Associate Professor Anthony Neely, who has been appointed to Program Director of Graduate Periodontics for Detroit Mercy Dental. Neely has been a full-time faculty member since joining the School of Dentistry in 1998. He earned his D.D.S. from the University of Minnesota, Certificate of Periodontology and Master of Dental Science in Periodontopathobiology from the University of Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale University’s School of Epidemiology and Public Health.

Congratulations, Professor Neely.

David Kacir appointed Division Director of Clinical Essentials and Simulation

Congratulations to Clinical Associate Professor David Kacir, who has been appointed to division co-director of Clinical Essentials and Simulation. Kacir joined the School of Dentistry in 2011 as an adjunct faculty. He earned his D.D.S. from University of Detroit Mercy and an M.S. from the University of Toledo. Most recently Kacir served as Clinic Lead in the Division of Clinical Dentistry.

Congratulations, Professor Kacir.