Alumni Awards


2019 Award Winners (l to r): Honorary Life Membership Award - Dr. Jennifer K. Kallio; Distinguished Service Award - Dr. Charles “Fritz” Craft; Alumni Achievement Award - Dr. Eugene E. Keller; Outstanding Educator Award - Dr. Henry A. St. Germain, Jr.
About the 2019 Alumni Association Award Winners 

2019 Alumni Achievement Award

Eugene E. Keller, DDS, MS

Dr. Keller graduated from the UNMC College of Dentistry in 1965 and then began a residency in oral surgery at the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education where he received an MS in dentistry in 1968. He served in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps from 1968-2001 and retired as Captain. He has been a professor of surgery at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Surgery since 1994 and was the chair of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from 2001-2008. Among his many accomplishments, he received the Mayo Fellows Association Teacher of Year Award three times, the Mayo Karis Award in 2002, the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Career Award in 1996, and Mayo Clinic Hall of Fame designation in 1989 and 2009. He has held 25 visiting professorships, published 67 peer-reviewed articles and 20 book chapters, and has made multiple international presentations and held mentorships as a Mayo Clinic visiting clinician. 

2019 Distinguished Service Award

Charles “Fritz” Craft, DDS

Dr. Craft graduated from the UNMC College of Dentistry in 1980 and then joined the U.S. Public Health Service assigned to the Indian Health Service in Alaska. For 20 years he served Native American patients. In 1995, Dr. Craft founded the East meets West Dental Program in Da Nang, Vietnam. Over the past 20 years this international humanitarian relief organization has provided free dental care to more than 165,000 underserved children. Dr. Craft has received numerous professional awards including the Outstanding Service Medal from the U.S. Surgeon General, the Meritorious Service Medal from the Department of Defense, and the Royal Sahametri Knight Medal from the Prime Minister of Cambodia. He joined the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and became the State Dental Director in 2014.

2019 Honorary Life Membership Award

Jennifer K. Kallio, DDS

Dr. Kallio enlisted in the Army Reserves out of high school and served for almost ten years as both an enlisted and commissioned officer. She received her undergraduate degree in biology in 2000 and her doctor of dental surgery degree in 2004, both from Creighton University. Dr. Kallio worked as a general dentist at the Lincoln Lancaster Health Department and was in private practice in Loveland, Colo. She joined the UNMC College of Dentistry faculty in 2011. Dr. Kallio is the local director of the Special Olympic's Healthy Athletes Special Smiles program and was recently inducted into the UNMC Interprofessional Academy of Educators.

2019 Outstanding Educator Award

Henry A. St. Germain, Jr., D.MD, MSD., M.A.Ed.

Dr. Henry St. Germain received his D.MD degree from Tufts University in 1975, an MSD. in operative dentistry from Indiana University in 1983, and a M.A.Ed. from George Washington University in 1992.  He completed a 24-year active duty career in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps in 1995, then became an associate professor and director of operative dentistry at the UNMC College of Dentistry. In 1997, he became chairman of the Department of Adult Restorative Dentistry, returned to the full-time faculty in 2013, and retired in 2017. He continues to teach as a professor emeritus. Dr. St. Germain received the UNMC Award for Distinguished Teaching, the OKU 4-Year Teaching Award, the Dr. Ken Batenhorst Memorial Teaching Award, the UNMC College of Dentistry Alumni Association's Honorary Alumni Award, and seven faculty teaching recognition awards from dental students. 

Past Award Recipients 

Alumni Achievement: Chris Nix, DDS
Distinguished Service: Wayne B. Kaldahl, DDS
Honorary Life Membership: David H. Shaw, PhD
Outstanding Educator: William W. Johnson, DDS, MS

Alumni Achievement: Scott L. Morrison, DDS, MS
Distinguished Service: Roger E. Jurgens, DDS, MS
Honorary Life Membership: Jillian A. Wallen, B.D.S., MS
Outstanding Educator: Larry D. Crouch, PhD

Alumni Achievement: Gwen L. Hlava, R.D.H., MS
Distinguished Service: Merlyn W. Vogt, DDS
Honorary Life Membership: Janet M. Guthmiller, DDS, PhD
Outstanding Educator: Julie A. Marshall, DDS

Alumni Achievement: Darold D. Opp, DDS
Distinguished Service: Kenneth L. Kalkwarf, DDS
Honorary Life Membership: Jeffrey B. Payne, DDS, M.Dent.Sc.
Outstanding Educator: Michael Houk, DDS

Alumni Achievement: Wayne W. Barkmeier, DDS, MS
Distinguished Service: Richard J. Schilling, DDS
Honorary Life Membership: Dr. Henry A. St. Germain, Jr., D.MD, MSD., MEd
Outstanding Educator: Myron L. Pudwill, DDS, MS

Alumni Achievement: David Neumeister, DDS
Distinguished Service: Paul Swanson, DDS
Honorary Life Membership: John W. Reinhardt, DDS
Outstanding Educator: Eric Fung, PhD

Award Nominations 

Do you know alumni or others who deserve recognition for their outstanding contributions and/or service to the College of Dentistry, CODAA, or their communities? Nominate them for one of the following CODAA Awards.

Alumni Achievement Award
The Alumni Achievement Award is given on the basis of outstanding achievements in the dental or dental hygiene careers and/or civic involvement. 

Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award is given each year to someone on the basis of their contribution to the UNMC College of Dentistry Alumni Association and the contributions they made to the dental profession. 

Honorary Life Membership Award
The Honorary Life Membership Alumni Award is given each year to someone who is not a dental alumnus but who has demonstrated a dedication to, and support for, the UNMC College of Dentistry. 

Outstanding Educator Award
The Outstanding Educator Award is given each year to someone because of their accomplishments in the dental profession and their sincere dedication to dental education.

Nomination Process

To nominate a person for any of these awards, please send a short (one typed page or less) description of the person's achievements, service activities or other contributions which make them eligible for receiving the award. Include your (nominator's) name and contact information. Nominations are accepted continuously and the CODAA Board of Directors selects award winners annually.

Nominations may be sent to:
UNMC CODAA, c/o Dean's Office
UNMC College of Dentistry
4000 East Campus Loop South
Box 830740
Lincoln, NE  68583-0740
Fax: 402-472-6681 (Dean's Office)
Email: Dr. James Jenkins, Director of Alumni Affairs