Over 100 alumni and their guests traveled to Cleveland Oct. 12-15, to celebrate Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, including two members from the Class of 1958 and three members from the Class of 1963. There were over a dozen members from the Class of 1973 celebrating their golden 50th anniversary and over twenty members from the Class of 1983 celebrating their 40th anniversary. The classes from 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2013 were also represented.
Many attendees started their weekend by watching a live Yomi Robot implant surgery conducted by Gian Pietro Schincaglia, DDS, PhD, FACD, professor, chair and graduate program director of the Department of Periodontics. This was the 53rd such surgery completed by the department and was covered by Fox 8 News.
Classes gathered at a Welcome Reception at the House of Blues to meet each other, learn about the state of the school from Dean Kenneth Chance, DDS (DEN '79), enjoy live music from Tom Leatherman, DDS (DEN ‘85) and his band Cloud9CLE and enjoy cocktails and appetizers. After this event, the Class of 1973—celebrating their 50th anniversary—gathered in a hospitality suite at the InterContinental Hotel for a buffet dinner. During the dinner, each dentist stood and shared some of their life story. They were also treated to some comedic relief from Ron Stark, DDS (DEN ‘73). The Class of 1983 traveled to Johnny’s Downtown and the Class of 2013 made their way to the Society Lounge.
Early Saturday morning, the dentists arrived at the Health Education Campus to enjoy breakfast, experience both the HoloLens Anatomy and CWRU JAWS at work applications and take tours of Samson Pavilion and our state-of-the-art Dental Clinic.Some attended a presentation by students from the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine and Nursing about their Student Run Health Clinic, while others enjoyed a private docent-led tour of the Cleveland Museum of Art.
The festivities concluded with a Night of Celebration at the InterContinental Hotel. After a cocktail reception, Dean Kenneth Chance and Michael Gallagher, DDS (DEN ‘83), Alumni Association Board president, presented the 2023 Alumni Association Awards to Jack Love, DDS (ADL’ 56, DEN ‘58) Distinguished Alumnus, Tania Markarian-Skowronski, DDS, MSM (DEN ‘97, MGT ‘19) Special Recognition, and Winnie Wong, DMD (DEN ‘16) Outstanding New Dentist.