Let us introduce Tim Jung, our raffish regent for Regency 1! Tim kills it wearing a bowtie, has an amazing and outgoing personality, and can pretty much talk to you about anything. He loves San Francisco and knows all the hot spots to hit, so stick with him at Annual Session and he’ll show you everything there is to love about San Fran.
I’m a 4th year dental student at University of California, San Francisco. I’m originally from Korea but I have been in the Bay Area for awhile. I love trying different types of food and going on a hike on weekends! I absolutely love being in the city because you can truly embrace equality, diversity, and inclusion! You can also enjoy many types of activities such as street fairs, different types of cuisines and nature! I’m very excited that the SPEA 9th annual is at San Francisco and I encourage everyone to explore the city while you are here!
Pet peeves: talking during the movies
It’s time to get to know the Spartan of ethics, the Duke of professionalism, the King of SPEA, our Fearless Leader Josh Bussard. Josh seriously is a jack of all trades. Not only is he insanely talented, but he is well organized, easy to talk to, and always willing to listen to your opinion and input. Many changes have happened in SPEA this year that have been for the better because our leader Josh got the ball rolling. He is one person you will want to be sure to meet and talk to at Annual Session.
From Minot, North Dakota, Josh is currently in his 4th and final year at Indiana University School of Dentistry. His claim to fame is that he knew about Dots pretzel before they were cool (if you don’t know what those are, you are seriously missing out). Aside from dentistry, Josh’s biggest passion is ethics. He loves this association and loves helping others learn to be as passionate about ethics and professionalism as he is.
Why did you choose to become involved with SPEA: SPEA’s focus on developing future leaders of our profession through situational ethics and professionalism is something that I’m passionate about. One of my favorite parts about SPEA is that we strive to collaborate with other organizations and are inviting of all students to become members in some capacity. I’ve enjoyed meeting and collaborating with dental students across the U.S. and Canada during my time on SPEA’s National Board.
What is your advice to new students who would like to become involved with SPEA? Where do they start: Jump in! Attend Annual Session! Also, attend your local callout meetings, visit with upperclassmen, and consider running for positions locally as well as nationally. My involvement with SPEA has created some of my fondest memories and reminded why I chose to pursue dentistry.
What would other students be surprised to find out about you: I grew up playing soccer and was captain of my varsity soccer team in high school.
What gets you out of bed in the morning: As a proud North Dakotan would say, Coffee!
What non-dental accomplishment are you most proud of: My Undergraduate Senior Violin Recital. As a double major in Biology and Music Performance, one of my music requirements was to prepare over an hour’s worth of music celebrating my accomplishments.
What was your favorite class in Dental School: Fixed Prosthodontics. What dental student doesn’t love a challenge? Although a challenging IUSD course, it helped prepare me for clinic the most.
What advice would you give to other dental students: Don’t fake your understanding and focus on improving areas that challenge you. Ask questions!
What is your spirit animal: Owl.
If you could be a cartoon character, who would it be: Garfield hands down! He’s lazy, but I love his humor and he’s not afraid to bust a move.
Josh is a world traveler, a grade-A friend, a Vivaldi level violinist, an outdoor enthusiast, and a rockstar sibling. A long kept secret that Josh has, is that at SPEA Annual Sessions, underneath the fancy shirt, jacket, and tie, he always wears a t-shirt of Garfield. He’s always gotta rep his favortie cartoon character! Come see if you can spot his Garfield t-shirt at Annual Session. Annual Session this year will be held in the lovely city of San Francisco from Sept. 6-7. It is coming up soon! If you haven’t registered already time is running short. Hop on over to speadental.org/register-now to register.
Time to highlight our very own Courageous Co-Director, Andrea Fenton. Andrea graduated this Summer for UAB, but we were lucky enough to convince her to stay involved with SPEA even though she has moved on to bigger and better things!
I’m from Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from UAB School of Dentistry in June 2019. I’m currently in a GPR program at the UAB Hospital and planning to attend an endodontics residency next year. The second picture is me with my current co-residents. I’ve been a member of SPEA since my D1 year of dental school and I am excited to have recently returned as a member of the staff! One of my favorite adventures that SPEA has taken me on was going skydiving at our conference last year in Hawaii.
Biggest pet peeve: gum smacking and drivers who don’t give a “thank you” wave
Spirit Animal: my cockapoo pup
Biggest fear: …
Most embarrassing moment: …
Favorite season and why: summer! Being at the beach in the heat is my favorite thing!
Favorite thing about dental school: Making amazing friends
Least favorite thing about dental school: Cadaver lab
Andrea is adventurous, daring, and never afraid to jump into the unknown (or out of airplanes). Apparently, Andrea is not afraid of anything and chooses to live her life without ever getting embarrassed, which is something I envy about her. Some would describe her as a Sweet Pea with a smile brighter than amethyst. Although she is very busy with her GPR program she still makes time to serve in this wonderful organization, proving that SPEA can go well beyond dental school. Cool fact about Andrea, she has the best southern twang around!
Be sure to say hi to Andrea at Annual Session. She wants you there! Head on over to our website speadental.org or follow the link to go and register for Annual Session held in San Francisco from Sept. 6-7.