SUNY Canton to honor online hygiene grad

A mother of six who works more than 50 hours a week as a hygienist and has an interest in the oral health of special needs patients has been selected as the State University of New York at Canton (SUNY Canton) Outstanding Graduate at the bachelor's degree level, the university announced.

Jill Lizak of Hamburg, NY, one of the inaugural graduates of the college's online dental hygiene program, will be honored May 22 during the school's commencement ceremony.

"I found online coursework to be an exceptional way for me to complete my studies while still maintaining both personal and professional commitments," Lizak said.

In 2009, Lizak was honored for having the highest cumulative grade point average in her program. She developed an oral health manual for a course during her junior year and donated copies to the direct care staff of multiple skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities to ensure better oral care for their patients.

In her senior year, Lizak created a continuing education course geared toward educating dental health professionals in treating the oral health of special needs patients, and SUNY Canton created a three-hour workshop for dental hygienists, dentists, and dental assistants based on her research.

Lizak is a member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association and recently joined the Special Care Dentistry Association.

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