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From the Editor's Desk, Volume 4

Since becoming a grandfather last June, I've become increasingly aware of how quickly time passes and of the good kind of pride. Both of these elements apply to the New Jersey Dental School. It's been a short 39 years since the first graduates received their dental degrees from the then Seton Hall College of Medicine and Dentistry. The school and the University have made remarkable strides since their inception. Last fall, NJDS was visited by an accreditation team and received nothing but praise for its facilities and its programs.

We can rightfully be proud of NJDS, and even more, its graduates and students. This issue of the Beacon highlights some of the reasons for this pride, including a salute to all alumni who have served or are serving in the military. While these graduates give to their country, another alumnus, Dr. Robert Wong ('77), gives of himself to less-fortunate children. Read about him and some NJDS students who volunteer. Some alumni, like Dr. Peter DeSciscio ('85), president of the New Jersey Academy of General Dentistry and president-elect of the Dental Alumni Association, have taken leadership positions in our profession. We're also proud of a new program for senior students, New Horizons in Dentistry, which explores the many paths dentists can take. In another article, learn why two alumni, Dr. John Little ('93) and Dr. Robert Logan ('75), and faculty member Dr. Paul Sauchelli chose a second career, the law.

Another article in this issue highlights the tremendous diversity in our student population. UMDNJ is fulfilling one of its missions in educating one of the highest number of minority students of any American dental school. We have, for the first time, more women than men in the Class of 2002. Travel back in time and read the life story of Dr. Frank Frates, the "Coach," who instilled pride in many of the school's early graduates.

New Jersey Dental School is a proud institution - proud of its programs, proud of its leadership, proud of its achievements, and mostly, proud of its graduates.

The Beacon would like to present more stories featuring NJDS alumni. Please share your story ideas with me or the alumni office. Let's share our successes with the entire NJDS family.
Have a fruitful spring and a healthy and joyful summer!


Arthur J. Crosta, D.M.D. ('67), Editor


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