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TMCC Dental Hygiene Program Earns Awards

Posted: Mar 31, 2011

TMCC’s Vickie Kimbrough-Walls recognized for outstanding achievement and dedication to the profession of dental hygiene

RENO, Nev. – Truckee Meadows Community College is proud to announce Vickie Kimbrough-Walls, director of the college’s dental hygiene program, was recently awarded the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) 2011 Colgate Irene Newman Professional Achievement Award. The award recognizes an ADHA member of 15 years or more in outstanding achievement and dedication to the profession of dental hygiene.

“I am grateful to the leaders of the Northern Nevada Dental Hygienist Association, many of which are graduates and faculty of TMCC, for nominating me for this incredible award,” said Kimbrough-Walls. “This award recognizes the many dental hygienists contributing to improved oral health and the education of those who choose to enter this outstanding profession.”

The award recognizes someone in the dental hygiene profession who has previously been recognized by awards, honors or appointments received within the profession for social, political, educational or community service. Additionally, the nominee must write an essay discussing the three most influential factors that have impacted his or her philosophy and approach to dental hygiene care as well as an essay regarding the greatest obstacle encountered in practice and the skills used to overcome it.

As the 2011 recipient of this prestigious award, Kimbrough-Walls will receive an all-expense paid trip to the ADHA Annual Session in Nashville, Tenn. this June, one year’s paid membership dues and $1,000.

In 2010, Julie Stage, professor of dental hygiene, received the Alfred C. Fones award for her outstanding dedication to community dental health and services. Truckee Meadows Community College’s Dental Hygiene program was recently named the recipient of the 2011 Hu-Friedy Scholarship award. This award comes with special recognition to the class of 2010/2011 for their community service. This distinct award is presented to just one school each year and will be given to TMCC at the Annual Session in Nashville, Tenn. this summer.

These awards serve as indicators of the high-caliber and integrity of the faculty at TMCC, their involvement with the professional association and their commitment to the multi-faceted profession of dental hygiene.

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