Many readers have asked why this publication is called the Beacon. Just as lighthouse beacons shine on the land and sea around them, the Beacon's purpose is to illuminate developments at the New Jersey Dental School and the many accomplishments of its alumni, faculty, staff, and students.
Here is one of those developments. We are pleased to announce that we have recently employed a new Alumni Association coordinator, Carolyn Dennis-Phillips. As many of you are aware, our association has been without a coordinator for the last two years. Ike van Staveren's job was eliminated by the previous dean, Dr. Richard Buchanan, in one of his last acts prior to resigning his position in August 1996.
We are extremely fortunate to obtain the talents of Ms. Dennis-Phillips, who took the reins of the association last fall. Previously, she was second-in-command at the New Jersey Medical School Alumni Association. We feel that our association is in very capable hands, and we look forward to a long relationship with Ms. Dennis-Phillips.
We are also extremely pleased with the appointment of Dr. Robert Saporito as Dean of New Jersey Dental School. Bob has been very supportive of the Alumni Association and a wonderful influence on the dental school. Again, we look forward to a long, symbiotic relationship with Dr. Saporito.
On another matter, the editorial board wishes to express a sincere apology to Clinton Ives and his family for listing him in "In Memoriam" in the premiere issue of the Beacon. To paraphrase Mark Twain, "the reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated." We hope our egregious error has not caused any irreparable damage.
Finally, we will be bidding farewell to the only president UMDNJ has ever had, Dr. Stanley S. Bergen, Jr. It is difficult to imagine the University without Dr. Bergen. His name has been synonymous with UMDNJ. (Did they really name Bergen Street after him?) The dental alumni have always felt they had a friend in Stan Bergen. He always took time to share and celebrate with us on many occasions. He has been generous with his time, magnanimous with his support, and philosophical with his advice. We, the dental alumni, hate to see him leave, but we understand his decision. God bless you, Stan.
Arthur J. Crosta, D.M.D. ('67), Editor