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The presidential candidates should avoid the "ideological food fights" common to most campaigns and offer the American people a "game plan" for the future, Tom Brokaw told the Oct. 17 crowd at San Antonio's Alamodome.

"That was pretty special, wasn't it?" said a dentist coming out of San Antonio's Alamodome on the morning of Oct. 18. His was more an observation than a question, but it was on the mark.

For several years, Dr. Sam Smiley of Dublin, Ohio, has served as a member of the board of directors for a local bank and an insurance company. Having recently completed his second session of the three-part ADA/Kellogg Executive Management Program for Dentists, Dr. Smiley says he looks at aspects of business management in an entirely different way.

Dental students, practicing dentists and retired dental health professionals can all make a difference and learn more about career opportunities by volunteering with Indian Health Service and tribal dental clinics.

The ADA has played a "vital leadership role" on a host of issues confronting the profession this year, but none more challenging than access to care, ADA President Mark J. Feldman told the House of Delegates Friday.

In light of the number of calls the Council on Dental Benefit Programs receives from dentists about their dental benefit concerns, CDBP members say it's critical that dentists are familiar with the ADA Policy on Standards for Dental Benefit Plans.

It has been many years since I could call myself a new dentist, but my memories of those days are still vivid in my mind even after 30 years—an indication of how stressful this period in my life was.

Dr. Ron L. Tankersley of Newport News, Va., is the ADA's new president-elect, chosen in balloting today at the second meeting of the 2008 House of Delegates.

In September, 12 dentists completed their year-long participation in the ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership.

The 2008 annual session marked the introduction of several new products and programs that coincide with the upcoming 2009/2010 edition of the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature.

At the first meeting of the 2008 House of Delegates, candidates were nominated for speaker of the house and five trustee offices. Declared elected were Speaker J. Thomas Soliday, Drs. W. Ken Rich, 6th District; Charles L. Steffel, 7th District; Edward J. Vigna, 10th District; Charles H. Norman III, 16th District; and Samuel B. Low, 17th District. Balloting for president-elect and second vice-president is scheduled for Oct. 20.

This month marked the launch of a new section on that will serve as a clearinghouse for information about the sesquicentennial celebration marking the Association's 150th anniversary.

The ADA Foundation Board established the Tarrson Award in 2003 in memory of Emanuel "Bud" Tarrson, the former chief executive of John O. Butler Co. and noted philanthropist who championed the importance of dental education.

They came to the sprawling Fort Sam Houston in a spirit of awareness—the officers and trustees of the American Dental Association and leaders past and present of the Army Dental Corps met in a context of war and recovery.

His eight-page curriculum vitae chronicles a lifetime of service: a general dentist now retired from private practice after nearly 40 years, an educator, author, editor, spokesman and leader. And now Dr. Leslie W. Seldin has another entry for his impressive resume.

Arkadelphia, Ark.—Dr. Miranda Childs-Bebee is the first to admit that if she'd known what coordinating a Mission of Mercy program involved, she might never have suggested bringing one to Arkansas.

The ADA will hold the fifth interactive mega topic discussion session Oct. 17 from 1-3 p.m. in the Marriott River Center, Salons E and F.

Dr. Leslie Anthony is "about to build a new office." Dr. Gregory Davenport thinks it's time to remodel. Dr. Tom Ciandella came to see the office designs for other practices.

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