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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.

Among the Feb. 11 honorees was Dr. Kenneth Chance, former acting chair of endodontics at NJDS and now dean of Meharry Dental School. He received the Outstanding Academician Award. Alumni Association Coordinator Mrs. Carolyn Dennis-Phillips was presented with the Student National Dental Association Award for her "dedicated service to future alumni of New Jersey Dental School." Ms. Kathleen Wood of the NJDS Admissions Office received the Staff Award; Mrs. Mary Mathis Ford, chair of the board of Concerned Citizens at UMDNJ, was presented with the Humanitarian Award; and Dr. Alexander Hall, president of the Commonwealth Dental Society, received the Commonwealth Dental Society Award.

The Rev./Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., Secretary of State of New Jersey, was the guest speaker. The afternoon's ceremonies, attended by faculty, staff, and students, was flavored by the music of the Cicely Tyson Concert Choir and the Syreeta Thompson Quartet. The event was presented by NJDS and the Student National Dental Association together with the Commonwealth Dental Society.


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