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Buccal Bits & Lingual Views: Volume 5

Visit the Best School in the Galaxy

NJDS is such a high-tech dental school, aliens are sending elite members of their planet to study here. One friendly alien visitor has had a "home" for several months - the NJDS website. Now the visitor has a name - Les Dekay. Junior Sanford Jacoby entered the moniker in the "Name the Visitor" Contest - which was open to all NJDS students and staff - and won a lap-top computer. Visit the website at: www.umdnj.edu/njdsweb

First Place: Les Dekay
Winner: Sanford Jacoby, '02
Second Place: Cav E. Tee
Winner: William Panico, '01
Third Place: Rumpletoothskin
Winner: Qamara Lambert Williams,
Staff member-Office of Interdisciplinary and Extramural Programs

NJDS Phone Numbers

(All numbers are in the 973 area code)

Academic Affairs ­ 972-4440
Alumni Affairs ­ 972-6883
Clinical Affairs-Assoc. Dean ­ 972-3247
Continuing Education ­ 972-4267
Dean's Office ­ 972-4633
Endodontics-Chair ­ 972-4690
Foundation of UMDNJ ­ 972-4830
General Dentistry and Community Health-Chair ­ 972-5355
Office of Student Affairs and Graduate Dental Education-Assoc. Dean ­ 972-5065
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery-Chair ­ 972-4185
Oral Pathology, Biology & Diagnostic Sciences-Chair ­ 972-7210
Orthodontics-Chair ­ 972-4729
Pediatric Dentistry-Chair ­ 972-4622
Periodontics-Chair ­ 972-4210
Planning and Assessment ­ 972-7615
Planning and Assessment-Assoc. Dean ­ 972-7605
Prosthodontics & Biomaterials-Chair ­ 972-4615
University Library-Administration ­ 972-4353



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Dr. McLaughlin Elected to Delta Dental Board

Dr. George McLaughlin ('75) was recently elected as a trustee of the Board of Delta Dental Plan of New Jersey and named to serve on the company's Dental Advisory and Policy Committee.

A clinical associate professor of General Dentistry and Community Health, Dr. McLaughlin has a private general practice in New Brunswick, N.J. He is also president of the NJDS Academic Assembly, where he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Office of Minority Affairs, and the school's representative to the Affirmative Action Council, which reports to the UMDNJ Board of Trustees.

In addition, Dr. McLaughlin chairs the New Jersey Dental Association's Council on Dental Education and the New Jersey Academy of General Dentistry's Committee on Constitution and Bylaws. He is a past president of the N.J. AGD and the Commonwealth Dental Society of New Jersey. He also holds leadership positions in his church, the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, N.J.

Frates Scholarship Announced

An award program has been initiated by Drs. Alan and Mimi Vella ('61 and '63) to honor Dr. Frank Frates, Jr. The award will be given every year. If enough donations are received, the award can be self-sustaining. To participate, send the donation to the Office of Alumni Affairs marked "Frates Award." In order to establish a self-sustaining scholarship, $25,000 is required. This year's recipient: Lauren Hebel '99


New President for the Foundation of UMDNJ

Michael S. Bassoff is the new president of the Foundation of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Previously, he was executive director of development at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. A hallmark of his success there was building an organization of volunteers who solicited many of the largest gifts ever received by the University of Arizona.

The Foundation of UMDNJ is a not-for-profit corporation governed by a volunteer board of trustees who solicit private sector support for the University's educational, research, health care delivery, and community service programs.



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NJDS Provides a Helping Hand for Kids

Whether making oral health part of a fun game at the Happy Tooth Carnival, running the Children's Dental Health Fair at the Turtleback Zoo, or keeping Special Olympics athletes in top dental form, NJDS faculty, students, and alumni are involved in many facets of community health outreach to young people.

Last June, for example, about 300 UMDNJ volunteers­including NJDS faculty and alumni, allied health personnel, and community optometrists, dentists, and lay persons, were on hand at the New Jersey Special Olympics event. They were part of UMDNJ's Sports and Wellness Park, through which more than 1,400 athletes received dental health examinations, oral health instruction, height/ weight evaluations, blood pressure screenings, eye and hearing evaluations, nutritional counseling, and strength and flexibility tips. Athletes received sports mouth guards, protective eyewear, Colgate toothbrushes, Total® toothpaste, and other health-related goodies. The Park was sponsored by cash grants from the Colgate-Palmolive Company and the Foundation of UMDNJ.

1999 OKU Scholarship Golf Classic

  • Once again, the OKU Golf Classic raised over $25,000 in scholarship money.
  • This year's winner: Dr. George T. Travis ('70), who shot a 6 over par 78. Dr. Travis is also an alumni member of OKU.
  • Major corporate sponsor: Colgate-Palmolive Company
  • The Classic was attended by more than 130 alumni and friends of Omega Omega Chapter, including the President of the Supreme Chapter of OKU, Dr. Michael A. Siegel.

For additional pictures, please visit our web site at: www.umdnj.edu/okuweb

Eight NJDS Alumni Inducted into National Dental Honor Society

The Omega Omega Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU),the National Dental Honor Society, welcomed new members and presented awards at its annual dinner last May. The Beacon extends congratulations to:

Alumni Members - Class of 1999
Fabio G. Apolito
Joshua Z. Epstein
Scott D. Galkin
Jennifer D. Marzarella
David A. Lipani
Suzanne M. Quigley
Nina D. Ranaldi-O'Connell
Xueyu Shen

Faculty Membership
Robert M. Sanders

Certificate of
Academic Excellence
Lisa Doe ('02)
Matthew Peluso ('02)
Agnieszka D. Bara ('01)

Dr. William S. Kramer Award of Excellence
Suzanne Bunn Reinhardt ('00)

OKU-Omega Omega Foundation Scholarship
Suzanne Bunn Reinhardt ('00)


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