Archive for Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Heard on the Hill: I’m looking for awesome graduating students to write about; Fort Hays State wants to train midlevel dental providers for Kansas; student earns environmental honor

April 10, 2012


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• Each year, as graduation approaches, one of my favorite things to do is the annual profiles of graduating students who have done great things.

However, before I write about graduating students who have done great things, I need to find graduating students who have done great things.

I have a few ideas, but I could always use the help of Heard on the Hill tipsters, who I find are often smarter than I’ll ever be.

So, if you know someone who’s graduating and awesome, let me know at Be sure to tell me who they are and why they’re awesome.

Here’s one from the past (Jessica Roark died about a year after this story, by the way, and I still think of her from time to time.)

And another for good measure.

• Here’s an interesting article about the state of dental education in Kansas.

Kansas, as you probably know (but maybe you don’t?) has no dental schools. An arrangement allows Kansas students to attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s dental school for an in-state tuition rate.

A report from the Kansas Board of Regents in 2010 noted that UMKC’s school saves 85 slots for Kansas students, and they have historically filled all the spots.

Fort Hays State, however, is considering a program that would train midlevel dental providers — someone between a hygienist and a dentist — to help fill the “dental deserts” that exist in the western part of the state.

I found lots of other interesting perspectives in that article, too, including from other dental organizations.

• Nick Benson, a KU junior, has received the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Kansas Environmental Steward Award.

Benson has done quite a bit of work on the environment and sustainability during his time on campus, including serving as vice president of the KU Environs student group, vice chair of the Student Environmental Advisory Board and on the city’s Sustainability Advisory Board.

Benson has pioneered a number of different efforts on campus, including this push to institute recycling at Memorial Stadium, as covered by colleague extraordinaire Christine Metz.

• I can't train you to be a dentist, either, but I can take your tips for Heard on the Hill at


LadyJ 6 years, 1 month ago

Why can you not get your teeth cleaned without having x-rays? There are people that do not have dental insurance and the extra cost might prevent them from getting regular cleanings. Just a thought.

johnwoods 6 years, 1 month ago

I get my teeth cleaned without x-rays. I don't think there is any requirement that x-rays always be given during a cleaning.

gphawk89 6 years, 1 month ago

Me too. I was trying to figure out how this could possibly be a good thing.

johnwoods 6 years, 1 month ago

I also read that as midevil the first time! I thought they must really be hard up for dental care in western Kansas!

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