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Award Winners 2007-08



The Zane E. Eargle, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Award


The 2008 Eargle Scholar is Savannah Gelesko. The 2008 Eargle Scholar is Savannah Gelesko.

Savannah’s nomination states that “Savannah is the most community-minded and involved person I have ever met. She works tirelessly with the School’s community service group ENNEAD, organized Miles for Smiles, and frequently volunteers for the Mission of Mercy clinics. In addition to all of this, she is a stellar student with an incredible work ethic and compassionate demeanor. She will make a great oral surgeon one day and deserves this award as a sign of appreciation for all that she does for our dental school and our community.”

The award was presented at the 2008 Spurgeon Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 10, 2008. The Dental Foundation congratulates Savannah on receiving this honor.



The Richard F. Hunt Memorial Award


The 2008 Richard F. Hunt Award for Teach Excellence recipient is Dr. Ed Kanoy.The 2008 Richard F. Hunt Award for Teach Excellence recipient is Dr. Ed Kanoy.

A nomination for Dr. Kanoy stated the following: “He is not only an excellent clinician but an excellent teacher. He goes out of his way to accommodate students in order to fill the dental school experience with less stress and more learning. I have never seen him turn away a student who is in need of guidance or counsel. He has made me proud to be a part of UNC-SOD over the past four years.” Dr. Ed Kanoy received this very same award eight years ago, and this makes the 15th time Dr. Kanoy has been honored by the students of this school since joining the faculty in 1978. In 2007 Dean Williams appointed Dr. Kanoy to lead the School’s newly formed Workgroup on Clinical Education, a group of professors charged with enhancing learning opportunities for predoctoral students and reorganizing the 4th year clinical system. Prior to that, he served as the Chair for the Department of Prosthodontics. His work has been widely published, presented, and revered, and his reputation as a dedicated teacher is legendary.

The Hunt Award was presented at the 2008 Spurgeon Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 10, 2008. The Dental Foundation congratulates Dr. Kanoy on this tremendous honor.



The Robert E. Tormey, Jr. Memorial Scholarship


The 2008 Tormey Scholar is Cammie Morris.The 2008 Tormey Scholar is Cammie Morris.

Cammie nomination states that “Cammie has been called several things in our class, including, but not limited to, ASDA representative, Patterson salesperson, CITA rep, future Dean of the Dental School, and scrub sale girl. We have all enjoyed the numerous events she has organized for our class with the connections she has made. We have all relied on her for information at some point in the last four years and she has never hesitated to help anyone in any way she could. She has been invaluable to our class and exemplified the traits of sociability, humor, loyalty and caring for others that this award honors.”

The Tormey Scholarship was presented at the 2008 Spurgeon Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 10, 2008. The Dental Foundation congratulates Cammie on receiving this honor.



The James A. Harrell Citizenship & Leadership Award


The Harrell Citizenship and Leadership Award recipient for 2008 is Nurica Good.The Harrell Citizenship and Leadership Award recipient for 2008 is Nurica Good.

To say Nurica is the citizen and leader this award suggests is an understatement. She serves as ASDA co-president, a student housing coordinator for the NCDS Annual Session, and as a voice to the Clinical Affairs Committee on behalf of the Class of 2009. She planned and executed a Halloween service event at UNC Hospitals, led a 10K training group for her class and served as a Team Leader for the Mexico Project. In addition, she worked actively to meet her classmates’ needs when it came to improving the White Coat ceremony and procuring elective credits toward graduation. A nomination states, “Nurica stands apart as she not only notices areas for improvement, but she also takes the initiative to constructively convey that information to administration. She has an ear tuned to others and rather than just letting comments fall on deaf ears, Nurica creatively thinks of various ways to solve the problems. She always has everyone’s best interests in mind and she seeks to close the gap between administration and students.”

The Harrell Award was presented at the 2008 Spurgeon Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 10, 2008. The Dental Foundation congratulates Nurica on receiving this honor.



Dr. Henry Zaytoun, Sr. Award


The 2008 Dr. Henry Zaytoun Award recipient is Kimberly Hammersmith.The 2008 Dr. Henry Zaytoun Award recipient is Kimberly Hammersmith.

In nominating the 2008 winner, Dr. Eugene Sandler wrote: “this person is a star academically, has done MORE DISC Rotations than anyone ever has previously done, managed ENNEAD for me for over 2 years and managed more volunteer projects than any student has previously done.” She graduated with honors from Duke University in 2003 and during her time here at the School has served as secretary of ENNEAD, participated in countless Missions of Mercy clinics and extramural rotations, and received an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. She has served as an on-call dental assistant for the UNC Hospitals Dental Clinic, traveled as far as Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru to volunteer on dental missions, and even appeared in USA Today’s Weekend Magazine as a part of their Make A Difference Day Awards. When not in class or clinic you can find her observing, shadowing, volunteering and otherwise serving the School and dental community in any way she can find. She will graduate this spring – again, with honors.

The Zaytoun Award was presented at the 2008 Spurgeon Awards Banquet Thursday, April 10, 2008. The Dental Foundation congratulates Kimberly for receiving this honor.