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School honors staff for years of service, 'Making a Difference'

Dean Laurie McCauley delivers opening remarks during the annual staff recognition reception Thursday in the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry atrium.

Ann Arbor, Mich., Nov. 11, 2016 -– The School of Dentistry took time out Thursday to honor its longest-serving staff and to recognize those nominated for the “You Make the Difference” program.

The 2016 Staff Service Awards, announced at a reception in the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry atrium, are:

• 30 Years (1986-2016) – Karel Barton, Sharon E. Meyer, Gerhard P. Mora, Paul E. Spears and Rozeta Warren.

• 20 Years (1996-2016) – Alicia K. Baker, Jennifer M. Bronson, Carolyn M. Campbell, Thalia Colliau, Michelle S. Lear and Trupti R. Patel.

• 10 Years (2006-2016) – Mary Grace Ash, Mary Jo Gray, Sharon K. Grayden, Lori Jackson, Lisa M. McIntosh, Barrie McKinney-Vorobiev and Dion Taylor.

The “You Make the Difference” program is a year-round initiative that encourages faculty, staff and students to recommend colleagues whose contributions and good deeds in the workplace help make the School of Dentistry a great place to work and learn.  Reasons for nominations can be big or small, for such actions as great customer service, volunteering, helping lost visitors, being a good team player and going above and beyond to resolve a problem.  Nominees receive a thank-you note, lapel pin and recognition at the annual staff awards gathering.

For the list of the 207 employees who have “made a difference” this year, click on the document image at left.


The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s leading dental schools engaged in oral health care education, research, patient care and community service.  General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan.  Classroom and clinic instruction prepare future dentists, dental specialists, and dental hygienists for practice in private offices, hospitals, academia and public agencies.  Research seeks to discover and apply new knowledge that can help patients worldwide.  For more information about the School of Dentistry, visit us on the Web at:

Sharon Grayden, Communications Director, at (734) 615-2600,, or Lynn Monson, Writer, at (734) 615-1971.