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UNC DentistrE News

July 2, 2012

Dear Friend of the UNC School of Dentistry,

July is here and summer classes are well underway for our students. I'm thrilled to report the students are taking full advantage of our new, wonderful space in Koury Oral Health Sciences Building, and everyone loves the new classrooms, labs and communal areas. Everyone feels incredibly fortunate to have such a state-of-the-art facility to learn and work in each day; thank you for the part you played in making our new building a reality.

As happens every year, in late June the first members of our new student classes arrived! The dental assisting class of 2013 joined us on campus to begin their orientation on Friday, June 22. The six-week summer session of classes began for this group of 24 students the following Monday, June 25. They, like the rest of our current students, will be here - and be busy! - until early August when summer session ends.

Converse to the annual nature of the incoming dental assisting class beginning, this particular late June and early July brings our school a number of personnel changes.

On June 25, Mr. Derek Hoar joined us as assistant dean for human resources. Mr. Hoar comes to the School of Dentistry from the UNC Office of Human Relations, where he's been since 2006. He's also been employed by SAS Institute (1995-2006), Wake Medical Center (1992-1995) and General Motors (1988-1991).

On July 1, a number of changes took effect:

We're gearing up for a busy fall and hope you can attend some of our upcoming events! Watch your mail for your invitation for the UNCDAA Football Tailgate Party and Unveiling of the Dean John Brauer Sculpture on Saturday, September 29. If you're headed to San Francisco for the ADA Meeting in October, make sure to come by the UNC Alumni Reception on Friday, October 19. The reception will be in Yerba 2 and 3 at the Marriott Marquis San Francisco.

As you know, June 30 marked the end of the 2011-12 fiscal year for the school. We had a successful and exciting year, and that is in large part due to each of you! Please accept our most sincere thanks for your support. The Dental Foundation, UNC Dental Alumni Association, School of Dentistry and its students all greatly appreciate the gifts of your time, interest and money.

As we enter our new fiscal year, we invite you to make your annual gift, set-up a recurring gift, or make a one-time donation to the Dental Foundation. You may donate by clicking here to give online, or contact our office (, 919.537.3257) to discuss your giving options. 

Thank you for your continued investment in our school!

Best regards,

Tiffany N. Brannan
Director of Communications, UNC School of Dentistry