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Dean's Desk: dental school news and views from our dean

Commencement marks start of professional connection for years to come

Dr. Lawrence E. Wolinsky

Dr. Lawrence E. Wolinsky, dean, Texas A&M
Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry

Media Resources/Steven Doll

It’s been just a couple weeks since we gathered at the Meyerson Symphony Center for commencement. On that morning, the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry community — including current students, faculty, staff and proud family members — paused to recognize graduates’ hard work.

I direct this message to you, graduates and new colleagues, and can say with confidence that I look forward to seeing how you grow in the profession through the coming months and years. Even if your career takes you beyond the Dallas city limits or Texas border lines, we’ll see each other soon, because establishing contact with alumni remains a major priority throughout my first year as dean and beyond.

So far, the opportunities to reconnect with alumni have been plentiful, starting with the homecoming reception during the Southwest Dental Conference in January. At the March 2012 Academy of Osseointegration Annual Meeting in Phoenix, I had the pleasure of meeting alumni based in the greater Southwest, as did my wife, Dr. Amerian Sones, director of continuing education. The reception at the 142nd Annual Session of the Texas Dental Association in San Antonio was a gathering of even bigger proportions. Most recently, during Memorial Day weekend, I visited with alumni at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry meeting in San Diego.

Graduates, throughout your education at TAMHSC-BCD you have relied on the strength of the college’s faculty and programs to equip you with the scientific knowledge, clinical experience and critical thinking skills you’ll need for a successful career in the dental and dental hygiene professions. 

As you advance your career, we at the dental school will need you. Whether it’s through service as an officer in the alumni association, expertise in the clinic or other contributions to enhance our programs, the relationship isn’t one-sided. The connection continues.

Congratulations, Class of 2012.

You can learn more about the dean’s background and vision for the dental school in the About the Dean page of the TAMHSC-BCD website.