March 2017 Print

President's Report

Fellow UT School of Dentistry Alumni and Colleagues,

I hope everyone is excited and optimistic about the New Year. I would like to start by expressing I am truly honored and privileged to serve as your 2020 President for the UTSD Alumni Association. The new Officers, Board and Executive Director have accepted the leadership of the Association on January 1st. I do not want to miss the opportunity to thank the 2016 leadership for a job well done. I especially want to thank Dr. Linda Sierra for her leadership and dedication during her Presidential year.
Our leadership is focused on the mission and vision of our Association;
-To unite and support alumni and future alumni.
-To promote pride and esteem within the UTSD community.
-For graduates of UTSD to recognize the ‘value of membership’ and importance of supporting the UTSD Alumni Association.
With these goals and direction, we will be focused on membership growth. To reach out to alumni and thank them for their membership, to renew membership and to ask those non-members to join.
We have a busy year to display the value of our Association:
-A great Alumni Luncheon at the Star of the South Dental Meeting
-UTSD Senior Social
-UTSD Alumni Reception
-White Coat Ceremony
-Alumni Round-Up with featured speaker Dr. Gordon Christensen
-Class Reunions
-Our annual ‘GALA’ - which will be at a new location for 2017
-The philanthropic activity of our Foundation
Look for more information throughout the year on our website, emails, e-blasts and mail.  
So join, get active and become an asset of our UTSD community.
I also don’t want to miss the opportunity to highlight a true ‘GEM’ within our Association, the ‘Foundation’. In 1985, leaders of the Alumni Association had the vision to approach 100 dentists to commit $5,000 each to establish the ‘Founder’s Fund’. That $500,000 has grown to $1.5 million with over $1 million of support for UTSD. Now we have the opportunity to support the ‘Legacy Fund’, introduced in 2012, to encourage 200 dentists to donate $10,000 each to raise $2 million. As Dean Valenza states, “This commitment by alumni will be a difference maker for the future of our school”.
Dentists and especially our alumni have a history giving back, to appreciate the joys of giving and the blessings that we receive in return”. So I ask all alumni and future alumni to:
-Pay your alumni dues. You can go online @ or contact our outstanding Executive Director, Tricia Fullerton, @ 713-822-6741 for any questions or issues.
-Become active and support ($ and time) any of the many events or functions.
-Support and donate to our Foundation at any level. The more we give the more we can accomplish.
Lastly, I want to wish everyone in the UTSD community a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.
Thank you again for this honor and for your support,
Greg Oelfke, DDS

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Alumni Assistance??

Welcome New Association members! We hope you peruse the website for vital information regarding membership, community service projects, Annual Round-Up Gala, and many more activities.  You may want to particiapte in upcoming events like Alumni Round-Up, Alumni Luncheon at Star of the South Dental Meeting, Senior Dental Class Social, and White Coat Ceremony. These events occur throughout the year and we hope you can participate in many of the events.

We encourage new Alumni members to get involved with committees that may interest them such as Tooth Collection Program, Alumni Round-Up Gala committee, Sponsorship, and Website.  We also have Board of Director and Board of Advisors positions available.  For more information about committees or board positions, please contact  Tricia Fullerton via email or phone.  We need all alumni active in helping support our UTSD Dental School.



Greg Oelfke, DDS

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