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
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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.
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
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.
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.
For additional pictures, please visit our web site at: www.umdnj.edu/okuweb
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
- Class of 1999
Dr. William S. Kramer Award of Excellence
OKU-Omega Omega Foundation Scholarship