Celebrations started early in the week, with the Fifth Annual Founders Ball held at the Phoenician on Thursday, June 9. Students, parents, friends, faculty and staff members dressed up for the formal occasion which began with a blessing given by Dr. George Blue Spruce, Assistant dean for American Indian Affairs and emceed by Dr. Jack. The students shared their online yearbook with the audience, filled with memories celebrating some of the highlights of their dental school, rotations and community service experiences. The Phoenician staff served a dinner of filet mignon and shrimp followed by dancing to the tunes of Dark Horse. It was a memorable, fun filled and emotional night for all who attended.
Saturday morning, ASDOH’s graduation was held at the Mesa Center for the Arts. The formal ceremony included two guest speakers, Stanley Bergman, CEO of Henry Schein, Inc. and Dr. Chris Holiday, Chief of staff to the US Surgeon General. Both shared personal experiences about life and opportunities to serve the larger community, particularly the underserved and especially American Indians.
There was not a dry eye in the audience as students and family members celebrated the students’ accomplishments and joy.
Janet Babin, reporter from NPR’s Marketplace, visited the Mesa campus on June 1. She is doing a story comparing traditional dental school educational models with the innovative model that has been implemented at ASDOH.
Ms. Babin visited the Mesa campus to interview Dr. Jack and randomly selected students as well as Dr. Chris Volcheck, the Dental Director at CASS Homeless Clinic in Phoenix. She also interviewed Dr. Ken Snyder, Dental Director of the St. Vincent de Paul Clinic. Both clinics provide clinical rotations for ASDOH fourth year students. The Marketplace program will air later this summer.
On Thursday June 2, Dr. Jack flew to San Diego where he attended the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation Dinner. The keynote speaker was community leader and author, Michael Milken. At the dinner, it was announced that ATSU would establish a San Diego based planning office in July to develop their future San Diego campus.
“Without peace, you cannot have freedom, education and societal success, said Dr. Jack Dillenberg during the dedication ceremony of the Tree of Peace at the ATSU Mesa campus on May 26.
The school unveiled the beautiful bronze tree sculpture created by internationally recognized artist Ms. Hedva Ser. The original Tree of Peace is on the campus of the Hebrew University Dental School in Jerusalem and celebrates the collaboration between the Hebrew University and the Palestinian Dental School, Al Quds, dental students and faculty also in Jerusalem.
Speakers at the dedication included Dr. Jack Dillenberg, Dr. Adam Stabholz, Dean of the Hebrew University School of Dentistry and Dr. Amid Ismail , Dean of the Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Ismail chairs the collaborative efforts of 20 dental schools here and abroad that wish to form an alliance for peace through oral health across borders.
Over 20 dental schools from the U.S. and abroad will be coming to Temple University on August 3 to sign a charter forming this new alliance.
During the weekend of May 14 and 15, Dr. Jack attended the annual meeting of the American Academy of Disability Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) in Hartford, Connecticut. As a board member, Dr. Jack also met with the board during the annual meeting. The AADMD develops and promotes policies to improve the health of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
It was decided that next years meeting would be hosted by ATSU in Mesa, Arizona which is very exciting for Dr. Jack, who believes it will help promote interprofessional opportunities at ASDOH’s campus.
Dr. Jack visited the home of the Lions, Alhambra High School, in West Phoenix on May 12 and presented a motivational speech on happiness, teamwork, and the importance of community service. As future leaders, he reminded students to follow their passion and find something that they love to do. This may take many years along with patience and flexibility, but happiness is key.
He also reminded students that once high school is over, the homework continues. We live in a world that is constantly changing and all of us need to continue to grow and be life-long learners.
During his recent trip back to Boston, Dr. Jack spoke at The Forsyth Institute on May 5-6. Putting Prevention into Practice: Future Direction was the theme for this year’s Institute, and Dr. Jack spoke about the Future Dentist at Friday’s luncheon to a crowd approximately 100 students, dental researchers and dental faculty.
Dr. Jack spoke of the need for the future dentist to be a leader in the community, not just a clinician. This “future dentist” needs to work in an interprofessional environment while helping to assure that the oral health needs of the underserved are met. He stressed the importance of community service, integrity, quality care and the scholarly activities required for this new dentist to succeed in a complex health care environment. This includes the need for dentists to address social and behavioral health.
In conclusion, Dr. Jack shared with his audience a quote from Albert Schweitzer, “Success doesn’t bring happiness, happiness brings success.” He suggested that happiness can be achieved by integrating all the elements of leadership into their future dental practices.
After a busy night at U of A, Dr. Jack’s Thursday evening was also filled with celebration. The Hard Hat Event for the new for the Center for Advanced Oral Health Education and ribbon cutting for the opening of the new Postgraduate Orthodontic Clinic. This center is comprised of the Post-graduate Orthodontic Program (POP) and Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency program.
The other parts of the center include a clinical research center, a maxillo-facial care area, and a maxillo-facial dental lab. The event brought together approximately 125 people in the undeveloped area of the 5835 building to celebrate and potentially donate to the development of these new areas. University leadership, ASDOH faculty and POP students and friends of the school attended.
The catered event allowed and encouraged individuals to select naming opportunities for the various components/areas of the center.
Dr. Jack attended the University of Arizona’s (U of A) awards dinner for the pre-dental club on April 27. Over 40 students and six dentists attended the dinner to promote various community service projects supported by the club members. It was an enthusiastic event with the six dentists mentoring the students by telling their stories and sharing their experiences that positively demonstrated their love of dentistry and the dental profession.
Kids and Critters are always a fun combination, and Saturday, April 23 confirmed this with a novel collaboration of an oral health clinic for both children and pets. After working out an agreement with the town of Jerome, ASDOH participated in a preventive-oriented clinic in collaboration with Dr. Virginia Kennaway, a local veterinarian and local volunteers. Dr. Roger Cooper, ASDOH faculty member, supervised ASDOH students as part of their dentistry in community program at the Jerome Humane Society Clinic.
The Henry Schein Cares Foundation generously donated the veterinary supplies for the event. ASDOH students saw “kids” ranging from three months old to 85. Steve Redacre, the 85 year old, founded the Jerome Humane Society in 1992 as a grass roots effort to deal with the unwanted and uncared for pets of the community. Dr. Virginia Kennaway and technicians saw over two dozen cats and dogs. Everyone had a good time, even Mr. Whiskers, a reluctant cat, who didn’t particularly care to have fingers in his mouth.
ASDOH hosted a lunch in honor of a very special visitor on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. The First Lady of Tanzania, H. E. Mama Salma Kikwete, visited the ASDOH ATSU campus for a lunch and tour. The visitors included the leadership of PROJECT C.U.R.E. (http://www.projectcure.org/) a non-profit organization that provides new and lightly used medical and dental equipment to underserved developing nations.
PROJECT C.U.R.E. sponsored the First Lady’s visit, as part of their First Ladies’ program as it has done the past six years in honor of First Ladies around the world who represent the countries the organization supports.
Students at ASDOH had a chance to meet the First Lady as she toured the clinic and the simulation lab. A Tanzanian ASDOH D2 student, Imran Patel, a D2, wore traditional Tanzanian dress and offered a welcome greeting to the First Lady. Opportunities for collaboration with the dental school in Dar es Salam were discussed. It was a wonderful visit!
"Leadership requires courage - for a turtle to go forward, he has to stick his neck out!" Dr. Jack Dillenberg