Spring 2017

We’re Here for You

A message from the president of the Tufts Dental Alumni Association.

It is my honor and pleasure to serve as president of the Tufts University Dental Alumni Association for 2016-17. Our top priority is to expand our base of involved and connected alumni. I am eager to hear from you, so please do not hesitate to share your ideas with me or any of the board members. We have an active and dynamic group of dedicated individuals to assist you. Together with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations we will continue to make a positive impact on this incredible university.

Alumni are the lifeblood of Tufts. Our investments of time, talent and treasure enable us to give back to the institution that gave us so much and helped us get to where we are today. Our support also assists current students.

Our lives get busier every day. We get involved with our families, work, hobbies and other commitments. The alumni association can help you stay connected to friends you made at Tufts and to the resources of the university—from the faculty, to our libraries, seminars, symposia, websites, social media platforms and an extraordinary variety of “stay connected” programs. We are here to support you as you pursue your life and career.

Dean Huw Thomas, who is in his sixth year at Tufts, has provided the leadership and strategic planning that have helped advance the school as we prepare to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding. I urge you to join us as we mark this milestone in the school’s history.

Raina A. Trilokekar, DG88, DI91, A18P
President, Tufts University Dental Alumni Association


 

 

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