Celebrating 50 Years of Our Past by Building Our Future
The 2013-2014 fiscal year will mark the School of Dentistry’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, and a significant milestone in the history of this excellent dental school. The School was established in 1964 when the first 28 DDS students were enrolled to study about the art and science of modern dentistry within the rapidly developing Los Angeles metropolitan area. In the nearly five decades since it was founded, the School has earned an international reputation for excellence in education, patient care, research and community service.
As we look towards celebrating the past 50 years, there must also be a continued commitment to building a stronger future. Various planning committees composed of faculty, administrators and the Board of Counselors have recognized that the next challenge that our School must undertake, in order to maintain our stature and level of excellence, is to further support a strong faulty recruitment and retention plan. To that end, one year ago the School decided that the centerpiece campaign at our 50th Anniversary Celebration would be the establishment of an Alumni and Friends Endowed Chair Campaign.
This campaign has strong momentum and we are confident that with the support of our alumni, Board of Counselors and everyone else who makes up the School of Dentistry community, we will make the 50th Anniversary Celebration a year to remember.
To learn more and support the 50th Anniversary Celebration, contact the Office of Development at (310) 206-6079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bob & Marion Wilson Endowed Chair
The School of Dentistry is excited to announce the establishment of the Bob and Marion Wilson Endowed Chair. The Chair will support the teaching, research and public service activities of a distinguished faculty member for a term of five years, which may be renewed at the discretion of the University.
The Chair holder will have demonstrated leadership in Dental Surgery and/or postgraduate program education with consistently excellent outcomes as well as a strong track record in community service in the field of dentistry.
Robert “Bob” S. Wilson and Marion L. Wilson are longtime UCLA philanthropists. Bob graduated in 1953 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from UCLA while Marion graduated in 1950 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Art, also from UCLA. Bob pursued a very successful career in the field of commercial real estate development upon graduation, and they both have raised their family and remained dedicated in supporting their alma mater to fulfill its mission of educational excellence.
The impact of Bob and Marion’s generous philanthropy is evident across the UCLA campus. In 1996, they made their largest gift of $4.8 Million to support UCLA Athletics, the Schools of Education and Informational Science, UCLA College of Letters of Science and the School of Dentistry. Notably, they have been recognized for their support of UCLA by the dedication of the Wilson Plaza in their honor in 2000. In addition, they were recipients of the UCLA Medal in April of 2006.
Bob and Marion have demonstrated a commitment to dentistry and a passion to provide access to quality healthcare for the underserved populations as well. They have spearheaded fundraising campaigns in support of the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center (VDC). As a result, the VDC continues to serve thousands of low-income patients each year and provides an opportunity for our students to gain invaluable clinical experience.
“Bob and Marion have been friends and supporters of the School for decades, and we are tremendously grateful for their generosity,” said Dr. No-Hee Park, Dean of UCLA School of Dentistry. “The Bob and Marion Wilson Endowed Chair will serve to further the School’s mission.”
To learn more and support the Bob and Marion Wilson Endowed Chair, contact the Office of Development at (310) 206-6079 or email@example.com.
Building a Stronger Future through Endowed Chairs
The Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has recently embarked on a campaign to create an Alumni and Friends Endowed Chair, which may be held by a faculty member for a period of up to five years and is renewable after review. Endowed Chairs serve as an effective solution to one of the greatest challenges facing the School, which is the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty members. The Section’s goal is to reach $1 million, which will generate approximately $50,000 per year to support the research and professional activities of the Chair holder.
Within the academic community, appointment to an endowed chair is one of the most prestigious honors. It is both an acknowledgement of scholarly potential and an encouragement for future academic accomplishment. An endowed chair enables the UCLA School of Dentistry to attract and retain the very best faculty members by providing a reliable on-going source of research support.
To learn more and support the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Alumni & Friends Endowed Chair, contact the Office of Development at (310) 206-6079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renovating the Endodontic Clinic
The Section of Endodontics at the School has evolved into one of the leading academic programs of its kind in the country. To maintain our cutting-edge in education, the School is embarking on a renovation of the existing Endodontic clinic. The current clinic facility was built and equipped in the 1970s and has never been upgraded despite more than four decades of extensive use. To that end, the School has set out to raise $800,000 over the next five years to completely renovate the clinic. The new clinic will have new operatories with state-of-the-art equipment. This renovation is a major leap forward in establishing the Section as the global leader in Endodontic education, patient care, and research.
To learn more and support the Endodontic Clinic Campaign, contact the Office of Development at (310) 206-6079 or email@example.com.
The Orthodontics Residency program at the School has grown into one of the most academically lauded and clinically advanced residencies in the country. To ensure that this legacy continues, the School embarked on a campaign to raise funds for a Clinic Innovation Unit. The new unit will offer residents, international trainees, pre-doctoral students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to work with the most sophisticated tools available in the field of orthodontics. The unit will be equipped with cutting edge technology, including a NewTom 5G Cone-Beam CT, a 3D intraoral scanner, 3D model scanner, digital modeling software, 3D printer, and 3D photography (3dMd).
The new equipment will allow for full skull imaging abilities, eliminate the need for impressions and plaster models, and reduce storage needs. Real-time scanning will also streamline clinical protocol and improve case turn-around time.
The new unit will help to strengthen the reputation of the Section of Orthodontics at the School, which is already associated with the highest standards of orthodontic education and patient care in the field. The Section has set a goal of raising $300,000 to support this initiative.
To learn more and support the Orthodontic Clinic Innovation Unit, contact the Office of Development at (310) 206-6079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.