Three graduates of the School received the Distinguished Alumnus Award: David Edwards, D.D.S., Daniel Joseph, D.D.S., and Louise Veselicky, D.D.S.
Dr. Edwards has practiced dentistry in Wellsburg for 45 years since graduating from WVU in 1973. He has been a clinical associate professor at the WVU School of Dentistry for 10 years and has lectured in dental assisting and dental hygiene at state colleges. He has memberships in 12 state and national dental societies, including election to the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists. Since 2004, he has served on the West Virginia Board of Dental Examiners, including two years as president, the Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners and the Southern Regional Testing Agency Board of Directors.
Dr. Joseph has practiced orthodontics in Wheeling for 32 years. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from WVU in 1978. He is a member of 15 state, national and professional organizations, including election to the American College of Dentists and International College of Dentists. He has been elected to several leadership positions, including president of the Wheeling District Dental Association, delegate in the West Virginia Dental Association, president of the West Virginia Association of Orthodontics, board member of the Southern Association of Orthodontics and leadership conference member of the American Association of Orthodontics. Joseph has been the orthodontics examiner on the West Virginia Board of Dental Examiners for 17 years. As the founder of two funds, he has also received the WVU Outstanding Philanthropy Award.
Dr. Veselicky, a two-time graduate of the WVU School of Dentistry, currently serves as a clinical associate professor in the WVU Department of Periodontics. In 1975, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene, and in 1988, she graduated with her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. She has also earned a master’s in counselor education, a master’s certificate in periodontics and completed graduate courses toward a Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. Veselicky started teaching periodontics at WVU in 1996 and became a tenured associate professor in 1997. She was appointed associate dean in 2000 then served as interim dean from 2007 to 2011. During her time as interim dean, she also served as president of the Southern Conference of Deans, provided assistance and promotion for the School’s research activities, presented at educational meetings throughout the state, created several development activities and successfully led the School through accreditation in 2009. She was elected national president of Omicron Kappa Upsilon in 2011-2012 and to the Pierre Fauchard Academy, American College of Dentists and Sigma Phi Alpha. Veselicky also received the award for Outstanding Teaching in Periodontics from the American Academy of Periodontolgy.
The final award, the Alumni Achievement Award, was presented to the late Elliot Shulman, D.D.S., professor of pediatric dentistry at WVU, who died in February. The award is presented to an individual for service to the profession, the state and the WVU School of Dentistry.
Originally from California, Dr. Shulman received his dental degree from Loma Linda University and his post-doctorate degree in pediatric dentistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He then entered the United States Air Force, and for more than 20 years served his country in numerous capacities, including Commander Dental Surgeon; Dental Squadron Commander; instructor in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program; and the Air Force Special Consultant to the Surgeon General. Because of his accomplishments, Shulman received numerous awards, including the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Award. He retired from the Air Force as Colonel in 2005 and began his teaching career.
After arriving in Morgantown, he presented more than 50 continuing education programs and traveled through the state and the country to educate dentists, physicians and citizens on various aspects of pediatric dentistry.
Shulman was a leader in the dental community. He served on the board of the American Association of Pediatric Dentists, served as president of the West Virginia Association of Pediatric Dentistry and this year was installed as president of the Alpha Beta Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon.
His wife, Marilyn, accepted the award on his behalf.
For more information on the WVU School of Dentistry, see http://dentistry.hsc.wvu.edu/Pages.
Photo identifications: Top left photo -- (from left to right) Dr. Daniel Joseph, Dr. Louise Veselicky, and Dr. David Edwards. Bottom photo: Marilyn Shulman.
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