A Happy Homecoming
Alumni return for a weekend of business and pleasure
The 2013 Dental Homecoming and Reunion Weekend in May kicked off with the Toast to Tufts at Boston’s Intercontinental Hotel in Boston. Kevin Burke and Ellen Hoffman, the president and vice president of the D13 class, were emcees for the evening; they introduced Tufts President Anthony P. Monaco and Dean Huw Thomas, who thanked the 350-strong Tufts School of Dental Medicine leadership donors and volunteers.
Saturday morning began with a breakfast and a continuing education program on the “Changing Face of Dental Education,” featuring Richard W. Valachovic, executive director of the American Dental Education Association, and Nadeem Karimbux, associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Dental Medicine, moderated by Mark Gonthier, executive associate dean. Following that, a panel that included Karimbux, Valachovic, Dean Thomas and James Hanley, D75A, DG79, associate dean of clinical affairs, engaged in a lively discussion about dental education and how it has evolved through the years.
Family and friends who didn’t attend the continuing education program had the opportunity to tour the recently expanded upper floors at One Kneeland Street or walk the Boston Freedom Trail.
The Dental Alumni Association annual meeting and luncheon recognized the 50th-reunion class, the D63 graduates. The association also honored three alumni with Achievement Awards—Peter A. Delli Colli, A69, D73; John P. Ficarelli, D73, DG76, D10P, DG12P; and Allyn Segelman, D73, DG77—and Melissa Friedman, G11, director of admissions, received the Alumni Staff Recognition Award.
Tufts Provost David Harris, the keynote speaker, shared his thoughts on the array of challenges Tufts is facing in a rapidly changing higher education landscape, and Thomas presented an update on the dental school’s plans. The meeting concluded with voting in the slate of officers. The newest addition is Richard J. Catrambone Jr., D85, DG89, who was elected a director on the Executive Board.
On Saturday night, alumni and their guests enjoyed a reception, sat for class photos, attended individual class dinners and danced to music that spanned every reunion year.
This year’s reunioners were a generous bunch: Nearly 500 of them made a gift to the Tufts Dental Fund between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, for a total $335,816 in annual giving. Thirty percent of the gifts made to the Dental Fund each year come from reunion classes. The cumulative total of annual and capital gifts made since these classes held their last reunions in 2008 is more than $1.7 million.
The 50th-reunion class, D63, won the Porcelain Bridge Award for the highest participation rate: 43 percent of the class made a gift to the Tufts Dental Fund. The Golden Crown Award was also presented to the D63 class for the largest total of annual and capital gifts, $580,755, given since its last reunion, five years ago. The award for the largest Dental Fund reunion gift went to the class of 1983, which raised $68,158. The class of 2003 took the school’s newest philanthropic honor, the Impression Award, presented to the fifth- or 10th-reunion class with the highest participation; 17 percent of the class made a gift to the Dental Fund.