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April, 1999 volume 4 was mailed to the NJDS Alumni on March 12, 1999. This issue contains feature stories of the peripheral achievements and interests of fellow NJDS Alumni like Dr. Robert Wong and his voluntary humanitarian efforts in the Dominican Republic or five NJDS alumni serving their country in the military. Volume 4 also contains the helpful and valuable services the students and alumni are doing for their community. And finally, an interview with incoming Alumni President, Dr. Peter DeSciscio.

You will find these and many other interesting articles in the Spring, 1999 NJDS Beacon.

Table of contents:


Frank Talk: In this first installment of a two-part article, the legendary, colorful "Coach" and retired NJDS professor, Dr. Frank Frates, shares tales from his early years and distinguished naval career.

Reaping the Rewards of Giving: Dr. Robert Wong ('77) has been a volunteer with Healing the Children, an organization providing healthcare to underprivileged youths, for 17 years. He will soon make his sixth trip to the Dominican Republic. With a sidebar, "Student Volunteers Who Make the Grade."

They Serve With Distinction: Military service can provide an education, adventure, professional growth, and a stellar career. Five NJDS alumni share their experiences as dentists in uniform.

Diversifying Dentistry: The dental profession is beginning to mirror America's cultural diversity, and NJDS is doing its part with active recruiting of women and minorities.

A New Horizon at NJDS: In a new program for senior dental students, prominent New Jersey dentists provide insight on careers beyond the traditional professional path.

Harmony Sounds at Heritage Celebration: With five people to honor, an inspiring speech, and sweet sounds, the Annual African American Heritage Day Celebration at New Jersey Dental School was in full harmony.

One Good Presidency Deserves Another: An interview with Dr. Peter DeSciscio ('85), president of the New Jersey Academy of General Dentistry and president-elect of the Dental Alumni Association.

Putting Teeth into the Law: Two alumni and an NJDS professor have merged the art of dentistry with their love of the law.



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