Dental Alumni Society and Membership Benefits
A Note from Cesar J. Augustin, ‛91 DDS,
President of the Dental Alumni Society
Dear Fellow Buckeyes,
First, let me say that it is my honor to serve as President of your Dental Alumni Society (DAS) for this 2019-2020 term. Your Dental Alumni Society has a Board of Governors, with a representative from each of the nine territories here in the State of Ohio, along with a dental and dental hygiene faculty member and student representative. We also have a number of state-wide at-large members, as well as alumni representatives from the States of Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida. Each of us brings various dental and life experiences to the group, which augments our dual duties as both participants in the student experience and representatives of dental alumni, as we interact and consult with Dean Lloyd during our quarterly meetings. We sponsor a number of student and alumni events throughout each term to promote your engagement. These events include the White Coat Ceremony, Alumni Football Tailgate at homecoming, football and other sport watch events tied to continuing education. Our dental CE events are discounted significantly over market rates.
This year, for the very first time, the Post College Assembly, OSU Homecoming, and Ohio Dental Association convention all occurred on the same weekend. The DAS hosted its second annual Alumni Awards Celebration with a wonderful ceremony during the weekend that celebrated the accomplishments of a distinguished alumnus, a dental hygiene professional, and a young professional. This year we also considered community involvement just as important as academic achievement. This allows us to recognize colleagues who represent us well in more varied ways. We are excited to see the growth of this program moving forward. Through the confluence of these 3 major events and our enhanced social media presence, we are advertising benefits of DAS membership to an increased number of alumni. We strive to imagine new avenues for alumni engagement and participation.
This is an exciting time in the life of the College of Dentistry. With expansion of Postle Hall well underway, its completion is expected in time for entry of the dental and dental hygiene classes for the Fall 2020 semester. The Ohio State University College of Dentistry will be at the forefront of dental education and research in the country. Be on the lookout for any number of opportunities to acknowledge and celebrate the completion of this enormous project. As with all things, financial alumni engagement is crucial for the vision of this project to be fully brought to life. There are a number of naming opportunities available, based on your giving level. However, every donor will receive recognition in Postle Hall, regardless of the dollar amount gifted for this project. Ted Backus, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (614)-292-9307, is Senior Director of Development for the College of Dentistry, and will explore all of your giving opportunities.
As a society, we ask for your input regarding the types of programming you would like to see us provide. You can reach the Assistant Director of College Alumni Affairs, Amanda Jovanovich, at email@example.com or (614) 292-1891. My personal email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Your involvement not only makes our Dental Alumni Society better, but also makes The Ohio State University College of Dentistry better.
Cesar J. Augustin, ‛91 DDS
President, Dental Alumni Society