Communications & Public Relations

College of Dentistry Building

For the Media

The UNMC College of Dentistry has faculty and staff who are subject matter experts on a variety of oral health topics. We are ready to help with interviews, sources and information. To connect with an expert for your story or question, contact Erin Wirth,

Experts List 

James K. Wahl, III, PhD
Interim Chair of Oral Biology Department & Interim Associate Dean for Research
Epithelial cell-cell adhesion, cell biology, cell migration and metastasis

Thomas M. Petro, PhD
Immune system, infectious diseases, microbiology, virology

Jeffrey B. Payne, DDS, MDentSc
Oral health research - periodontics, oral and systemic disease

Community Outreach Events

2021-2022 Calendar 

College of Dentistry-Sponsored Events
Children's Dental Day - March 11, 2022
Western Dental Day - June 10-11, 2022

Event Partnerships
East Campus Discovery Days - Summer 2021
Asian Community & Cultural Center Harvest Moon Festival - Sept. 19, 2021
Clyde Malone Community Center Health Awareness Event - Sept. 25, 2021
Omaha Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk - Sept. 26, 2021
Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln Streets Alive Festival - Sept. 26, 2021
UNMC Student Alliance for People of All Abilities Trunk or Treat - Oct. 22, 2021
UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute Trunk or Treat - Oct. 24, 2021
UNO Health & Wellness Fair - Nov. 4, 2021


As part of our mission to improve the oral health of the people of Nebraska, we are happy to donate oral health items to nonprofit organizations, community events, etc. To request oral health item donations, please contact Erin Wirth,

Educational Campaigns

We develop and execute oral health educational campaigns in partnership with local organizations. See recent campaigns.

College of Dentistry Publications

Fast Facts - An Overview of the College of Dentistry 
Annual Reports 
Newsletters - Current College News 

2021 Issues: Feb. 3, Feb. 4, Feb. 8, Feb. 26, March 25, March 26, March 30, March 31, April 19, April 26, May 21, June 16, June 17, June 28, July 13, July 21, July 22, July 28, Sept. 8, Sept. 15, Sept. 21, Oct. 7, Oct. 12, Oct. 13, Nov. 3, Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Nov. 19

News is also published on the College of Dentistry's social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

College Awards

Awards Listings - Students, Faculty & Staff

College Events - Information

Commencement - Initial Instructions & Reminders
Caring for Champions Dental Clinic - Ribbon-Cutting
Opportunities Fair - Vendor Invite
White Coat Ceremony - 1:30 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
College of Dentistry Alumni Reunion - Invite

Contact Us

For questions or comments regarding College of Dentistry communications, marketing and public relations: Erin Wirth,