Dental Alumni Society and Membership Benefits
A Note from Rebecca P. Henderson,
President of the Dental Alumni Society
What a fun year it has been serving as your President of the Dental Alumni Society! We have been busy and worked hard. We have hosted three alumni receptions at the ODA, ADA and ODHA, held four alumni events including the zoo, hockey night, Buckeyes in the Kitchen and a CE/game watch, as well as more than six annual student events. In addition, we have made inward and outward changes honing the Society into the best version of ourselves to more readily fulfill our mission of supporting alumni as well as students, faculty and staff of the college. Highlighted below are some of these changes:
Processes. We have better defined roles and responsibilities of our executive board and committee chairs to increase productivity. For example, the role of the Treasurer for the Dental Alumni Society has been graciously fulfilled by hard-working and committed individuals for many years. It is a robust task for a volunteer position with significant numbers of transactions, tracking, and reporting. We streamlined responsibilities through cross-training, incorporating more technology, creating reporting templates, and utilizing our Society’s accounting team. Completing day-to-day operations is much more transparent and easy for all!
Membership. Although we’ve had online membership renewal for a few years, we’ve automated annual membership renewal ($25), maintained the traditional Lifetime membership ($400), and added a Gradual Lifetime membership option. (This option is $125 – invoiced annually for four years, providing annual membership for four years and then transitioning to a lifetime member at the end of the fourth year). Explore these membership options at osudas.com.
Branding. We’ve had two successful online pop-up shops where 100+ alumni purchased more than 200 apparel items to show their Dental Alumni Society pride. We’ve said THANK YOU to over 2,000 Lifetime members by providing them a membership certificate to display in their home or office.
Accolades. We’ve chosen recipients for two Dental Alumni Society student scholarships in addition to the 100+ annual scholarships generously funded by alumni donors. For the second year, we’ve identified three alumni for our Distinguished, Young and Dental Hygiene alumni awards -- given at our annual Alumni Awards Ceremony which kicked off Homecoming Weekend. And, as a Society we achieved scarlet-level Outstanding Alumni Society recognition from OSUAA for the sixth year in a row. We should feel especially proud for our alumni and society contributions to support our students and to recognize the outstanding professional efforts of our own.
I have enjoyed leading the Dental Alumni Society over the past year and am confident in the future of our Society. As a faculty member, I can assure you the dental profession is in good hands and we will continue to fuel our alumni base year after year. I look forward to seeing you at future alumni events and hope that, in some way, I have inspired you to join or renew membership in the Society to assist in fulfilling our obligation of supporting students, faculty and staff of the college.
All my best & Go Bucks,
Rebecca P. Henderson, ’01 BSDH, MS
President, Dental Alumni Society