As the 20th Century was coming to a close, researchers, historians,
and the media were feverishly recording the outstanding events
that highlighted our country's past 100 years. Closer to home,
we, the graduates of New Jersey Dental School, are able to reflect
on the rich traditions and successes that have put our school
on the "cutting edge" of dental education in this country.
Success breeds success. This surprisingly simpleyet very
complexsecret has sustained New Jersey Dental School. Over
the past 40 years, each graduating class has set the mark, building
on the firm foundation from the previous class, and the succeeding
class has continually raised the bar. At New Jersey Dental School,
excellence is a habit, not a goal.
Tradition is the cornerstone on which New Jersey Dental School
was built. From its beginnings as the Seton Hall Dental School,
our institution stands proud, providing an exceptional educational
foundation for a future of infinite possibilities. As the world
grows smaller, NJDS changes with the times to embrace a global
culture right here in New Jersey.
And while the Dental School's tradition of fine education remains
the same, it is busy with major transformations and renovations
to the campus buildings. The New Jersey Dental School will undertake
a plan to greatly improve its physical plant. This will enable
us to continue the high standards we are recognized for nationally
and set a new benchmark to which others may aspire.
As exciting as this progress is, it brings a full set of additional
financial needs. Please take ownership of your dental school
and find it in your hearts to support us in our annual fund.
I thank all of you who have contributed thus far in achieving
The Dental Alumni Association will continue to reach out to its
constituents in the new millennium. Our reception at the Greater
New York Dental Meeting continues to be very successful in bringing
together our family and friends. The camaraderie that exists
among all the various classes is proof that the school and the
Alumni Association have grown closer to pave the way for our
This positive attitude is also very evident at our "Coming
Together Dinner," where we honor members of our dental family
who have contributed in various ways toward the success of our
We look forward to meeting with you at our luncheon at the New
Jersey Dental Association Meeting in Atlantic City and also at
the OKU Annual Golf Outing. These social gatherings (which are
listed in the Calendar of Events) serve as a forum for constructive
feedback on where we have been and insight on where we are going.
The momentum of greatness established in the 20thCentury will
undoubtedly continue to escalate in the 21stCentury. I am proud
to be an alumnus of the New Jersey Dental School.
Peter L. DeSciscio, D.M.D. ('85)
President, New Jersey Dental School Alumni Association
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