2020 Alumni Association Award Recipients (Rolf "Buzz" Behrents, Brian Gallagher, and Itamar Carter)

Homecoming and Reunion Weekend | October 8-10, 2020

Reimagining Homecoming and Reunion 2020

Given the continued uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution for our alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends, this year’s Homecoming and Reunion Weekend will be held virtually October 8-10, instead of taking place on campus.

Homecoming is all about community. This year, we can’t wait to bring you exclusive downloads and interactive events you can enjoy with classmates and friends around the world without leaving the comfort of your own home!

Many events are open to the entire alumni community. The Class Happy Hour will be exclusive for classes celebrating milestone years (classes ending in 0 or 5).

If you have ideas for how we can make this virtual experience the best possible, please send them to dentalalumni@case.edu.

It’s All Digital! It’s All Fun!

We will be using the Zoom platform for most of our events. A Zoom account is not required if you are strictly joining Zoom events as a participant. We will invite you to the event, so you can join as a participant without creating an account.

School of Dental Medicine Events

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Blue Block Party – 7-9 p.m.

Join us for a virtual Blue Block Party as we kick off Homecoming weekend and recognize the participation in and support of Annual Giving in 2020. The program will highlight live music from the Case Western Reserve University Department of Music and a special introduction to Interim President, Scott Cowen.
Friday, October 9, 2020

Homecoming Awards Ceremony - 12:30-1:30 p.m.

The University Alumni Association will recognize the 2020 award recipients.

Parade of Classes – 4-4:20 p.m.

Take a look back over the years with a virtual photographic ceremonial processional of reunion classes from 1960-2015. You must register to receive the details for viewing the Parade of Classes online.

Dean's Welcoming Remarks & Class Happy Hours - 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Reconnect with fellow classmates to share fond memories and make new ones at our first virtual class happy hour. Bring your memories and a glass of your preferred beverage. Encourage someone you were hoping to see in Cleveland to attend virtually. Dean Kenneth Chance will provide brief remarks when you join your individual class Zoom room to connect and reminisce with classmates and old friends.

Times for each class:

1960 5 p.m. 1990 7 p.m.
1965 5 p.m. 1995 7 p.m.
1970 5 p.m. 2000 7 p.m.
1975 5 p.m. 2005 7 p.m.
1980 5 p.m. 2010 7 p.m.
1985 5 p.m. 2015 7 p.m.

You must register to receive the details on joining the Happy Hour.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Successfully Aging | Inter-professional Continuing Education Forum – 10-11:30 a.m.

Join us for an engaging conversation on the topic of successfully aging hosted by your Health Sciences Alumni Board Presidents. Featured speakers will include Suparna Mahalaha DDS, MPH (DEN ‘01) for the School of Dental Medicine, Mary Dolansky, PhD, RN, FAAN for the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and Jonathan Haines, PhD for the School of Medicine.

Dr. Mahalaha will discuss the current challenges and opportunities of the oral health needs of seniors. She will share the future of a Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine program, LifeLong Smiles.

Dr. Dolansky will share her work on the age-friendly healthcare being introduced nationally at CVS Minute Clinics, with an emphasis on quality and safety for older adults.

Dr. Haines will share his research into genetic protective factors and trying to understand the biology of Alzheimer’s and finding a new treatment.

The Presidents of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Alumni Association
School of Dental Medicine Alumni Association
School of Medicine Alumni Association

One hour of Dental continuing education credit available if survey completed after the discussion. Details on receiving continuing education credit will be provided during the discussion. You must register to receive the sign on details.

You will receive an email a few days before the event with the sign on details.

Virtual Tour of the Dental Clinic – 11:30-11:45 a.m.

Join us for an up-close virtual look at the facility where the next generation of outstanding dental professionals will treat clinic patients. You must register to receive the details for viewing the Tour of the Dental Clinic online.

Awards Celebration – 5:30 p.m.

Join Dean Kenneth Chance as he shares the state of the school. We will recognize the 2020 Alumni Association Award Recipients. We proudly recognize our alumni who have positively impacted the School of Dental Medicine, provided outstanding service to their local community, and/or modeled exceptional leadership in the dental profession. These individuals clearly articulate our most cherished values.

The 2020 award recipients are:
Distinguished Alumnus Award - Dr. Rolf "Buzz" Behrents (MS ’75)
Outstanding New Dentist Award - Dr. Brian Gallagher (DMD '16)
Special Recognition Award - Dr. Itamar Carter (DMD '19)

You must register to receive the details for viewing the awards celebration online.


Register for Homecoming events here!

Please contact Ms. Sara (Fields) Lyons at sara-lyons@case.edu or 216.368.3924 with any questions about the weekend events.