Dental Alumni Society and Membership Benefits

A Note from Rebecca P. Henderson,
President of the Dental Alumni Society

After participating in various roles within the alumni society for over eight years, I am excited to be serving as President of your society for the 2018-2019 term!  Throughout my time on the board of governors, we have continued many well-established events and programs that uphold our mission to support our students, the college’s faculty and staff, and our alumni base.  We have grown by establishing a social media presence and have transitioned to online membership renewal and registrations. I would like to continue to utilize technology to ignite engagement within our society.

As many do with a new position, I am taking inventory and planning for what is to come.  I would like your help in identifying what existing activities are well liked and also plan for some new alumni events.  I would like to hear from you regarding the following questions at

  • What might you like to see from your alumni society?  What, if anything, is missing?
  • What types of events would you like to attend?   
  • In what types of volunteer opportunities are you willing to participate?

Depending how long ago your graduation from the college occurred, your perspectives are certain to be vastly different and can offer robust insight.  How could we as alumni best influence the student experience here in the college?  How can we best fulfill our society goals?  As a member of the colleges’ faculty, I can tell you that existing alumni support is very impactful.  Alumni contributions enhance the ability for us to keep up with the fast-changing landscape of dental education and aid in supporting and recruiting high-quality faculty. Generous alumni donors provide numerous scholarships to students, which greatly reduce or eliminate their financial burden.  It feels good to have these offerings from our alumni base.

With the construction of the new Postle Hall, our students are most definitely in need of our once-in-a-lifetime financial contributions; but this is not the only need from our alumni base. A valuable gift of time is one option, via participation in the college’s alumni-student mentor program. Earlier mentoring touches can happen as part of your daily clinical practice if you and your dental hygienists make efforts to promote the field of dentistry to middle and high school children.

Formal or informal networking is another avenue that can afford benefits to alumni and students alike. In April of 2018, four of our alumni volunteered for a Networking Night panel discussion where they shared their varied career paths and insights with soon-to-be alumni. The optional event was well attended and positively received by students. Alumni participation in these types of organized events or encountering informal networking opportunities at social events are fun, provide valuable insights and foster unexpected connections between our graduates and our developing dentists, dental hygienists, specialists and scientists.

To be an active and productive alumni society, I would like to work together to host or provide support for more of these types of opportunities. I hope you will not only join me, but also contact us to help you plan an event in your area. It is going to be a great year!

You can reach me at or contact our Assistant Director of College Alumni Affairs, Michelle Thomas, at to help your ideas come to fruition.

All my best in the New Year,

Rebecca P. Henderson, ’01 BSDH, MS
President, Dental Alumni Society

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