A group of faculty, staff and students from Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry traveled to College Station, Texas, Jan. 16 to attend the HSC-wide convocation held at the Leonore and Walter Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at the George Bush Library Complex.
The convocation is a biennial event that brings together faculty, staff and students from all HSC components to celebrate the HSC’s achievements and future endeavors. The theme of this year’s event was “Blueprint for the Future.”
Carrying the dental school’s gonfalon, fourth-year dental student Jonathan Calderon led the HSC-BCD faculty during the procession.
HSC President Dr. Nancy W. Dickey presented two HSC-BCD faculty members – Dr. Stephen Griffin, professor and director of clinics, and Dr. Eric Solomon, executive director of institutional research – with Presidential Awards of Excellence during the ceremony. (See Awards and Honors)
Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Antonia C. Novello delivered the keynote address in which she implored students from each of the HSC components to serve their communities with compassion and an open eye to the underserved populations.
Additional remarks were provided by A&M System Chancellor Dr. Michael D. McKinney, A&M System Board of Regents Chairman Bill Jones, Speaker of the Faculty Senate Dr. Catherine Hawes and student leader Nina M. Williams, who is 2008 chair of the President’s Student Advisory Board.
Earlier in the day, the HSC and the City of Bryan, Texas, hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for a campus that will allow the HSC to consolidate its Bryan-College Station academic programs and into a single campus. The first buildings are expected to open in 2010.