IU dental student organization honored by Indiana Dental Association

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IDA representatives Dr. Terry Schechner (left) and Dr. Richard Jones (second from right)
with dental students Gabrielle Johnson (center left) and Ewelina Ciula and dental school
dean, Dr. John Williams

The Indiana University Chapter of the Student Professionalism and Ethics Association (SPEA) received a Presidential Citation from Indiana Dental Association president Dr. Terry Schechner during the 2012 IDA annual session in downtown Indianapolis in June.

Dr. Schechner, who completed his term as IDA president at this meeting, recognized the group for its dedication to professional ethics. The award was accepted by dental students Ewelina Ciula, Class of 2013, currently a co-president (with Tadziu Kula, Class of 2014) of SPEA’s local chapter; and Gabrielle Johnson, Class of 2014, chapter treasurer. Other dental student officers are Josh Stevens, Class of 2014, public relations; and Crystal Chopp, Class of 2015, SPEA's Region 4 representative.

The foundation for this new national association, which is less than a year old and was a club prior to 2011, was built at a meeting at the University of Southern California by 10 dental students from six universities, including Ewelina Ciula, who currently serves as vice chair at SPEA’s national level. The American Dental Association officially recognized the association last fall. Also last fall, a video produced by a group of five IU dental students was runner-up in an ethics video contest sponsored by the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws, and Judicial Affairs.

June 29, 2012