Dental Alumni Society and Membership Benefits
A Note from Rebecca P. Henderson,
President of the Dental Alumni Society
What excitement 2019 has brought to the Dental Alumni Society (DAS)! We welcomed eight new board members at our February board meeting. I was happy to further populate our society committees for additional contributions to our programming and upcoming events for the year.
For the past five years, the DAS has been recognized by the Ohio State University Alumni Association (OSUAA) as a scarlet level Outstanding Alumni Society. To be recognized for this accomplishment, we are held accountable for several initiatives. An example of the initiatives include:
- A minimum of two annual board meetings (We hold 3 full board and 3 executive committee board meetings.)
- A scholarship fundraiser (We sell raffle tickets for a home OSU football game.)
- A minimum of five events categorized as: networking, lifelong learning, community service, student programming, special interest, diversity, the arts, or health & wellness (So far, our plans include several student programming events, a Young Alumni happy hour/networking event, a game watch + CE lifelong learning event and a Buckeyes in the Kitchen + Yoga health & wellness activity. Participation in the Feed the Funnel community event was done in October.)
We are working hard to demonstrate value for your membership while supporting our society mission of encouraging fellowship among our alums and the college. Follow us via our website, email or social media on Facebook & Instagram for information on upcoming events!
During our February board meeting, we hosted a pizza lunch/networking session in one of the newly renovated classrooms in Postle Hall with dental and dental hygiene students. Before reconvening for the afternoon, the board members enjoyed a mini tour of the newly renovated portions of the college and got to see the construction site of the new Postle Hall for themselves (see image inset). It was an exciting sight for all!
I look forward to seeing you at upcoming events throughout the year, and especially during the “mega weekend” of alumni engagement opportunity this autumn (October 4-6) during The Ohio State University Homecoming weekend, the College of Dentistry’s Post College Assembly and the Ohio Dental Association Annual Session. Efforts are being coordinated to streamline event participation – stay tuned!
Lastly, I would like to thank the more than 70 alums who engaged and purchased items from our inaugural DAS Apparel pop-up shop to show their college and society pride! Look for two additional on-line shops opening throughout the remainder of 2019.
Rebecca P. Henderson, ’01 BSDH, MS
President, Dental Alumni Society