Alumni News

Posted on: Friday, 04/11/2014

2014 Annual Alumni Day Events

Join fellow UCLA School of Dentistry alumni members, faculty and students for the Annual Alumni Events, taking place on Saturday, May 17, 2014. This year’s events will be held at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel in conjunction with the CDA Spring Scientific Session. Please note the location change from the Marriott to the Hilton. All events to take place in the California C Ballroom.

Reunion & Awards Luncheon –11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This event is free-of-charge to UCLA School of Dentistry alumni, faculty, staff, and current dental students. Guests are $40.

We will be honoring our Co-Alumnus of the Year, Drs. Douglas Yoon and Adam Chen, our Co-Honorary Alumnus of the YearAlumni Luncheon from 2013, Mrs. Shirley and Mr. Ralph Shapiro, and th

e reunion classes of 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009. Please RSVP to Tina Cody at (310) 825-6238 or by emailing her directly at

Dean’s Reception – 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Join Dean No-Hee Park in kicking off the UCLA Centennial Campaign. The reception will follow the luncheon. Alumni and supporting friends are invited to join Dean No-Hee Park for hors d' oeuvres and cocktails. This is an invitation only event.

Dental Alumni Dance – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Following the Dean's Reception, our annual dance will begin at 7 p.m. and is free of charge. RS

VP is not required to attend. Music provided by Root Kanals.

For questions or for additional information, please call Alumni Affairs at (310) 825-6238.

Dinner for 12 Dental Students

The 2nd annual “Dinner for 12 Dental Students” will be held during the weekends of August 9 – 10 and 16 – 17.  The Dinners help create friendships and bonds between alumni and DDS students, and provides an opportunity for alumni to connect with students, while giving students an opportunity to build aprofessional networks.

Last year’s inaugural events were very successful. More than 120 students signed-up and nine Dinners took place

 over two weekends. The students found the Dinners to be “extre

mely insightful, opening their eyes to the world outside dental school,” and many praised the casual settinDinner for 12 Dental Students in 2013g that allowed them to comfortably converse with their mentors.  Likewise, the alumni “thoroughly enjoyed giving back to the school and connecting with the students.”

As the strength of the program depends solely on the amount of participation and enthusiasm generated by our alumni, the Office of Alumni Affairs is looking for individuals who would like to host a dinner. Increasing the number of Dinners in the surrounding Los Angeles area will allow more students to participate and will help students transition from dental school to working in the profession.

 If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact the “Dinner for 12” committee at

Recognizing Top Dentists 

Alumnus Dr. Joseph L. Dautremont ‘82, was selected as one of “Southern California’s Top Dentists” according to Los Angeles Magazine. Dr. Dautremont graduated from the School of Dentistry in 1982. He then completed a Hospital Dentistry residency at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Westwood, California in 1983.

Dr. Dautremont is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry – a distinction held by less than 2,000 dentists world-wide. He is a part-time lecturer at the UCLA School of Dentistry in the Division of Restorative Dentistry and has a private practice in Woodland Hills.

Dental Alumni Practice Management Course

This past March, the UCLA Dental Alumni Association held a Practice Management Course in Pasadena at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel. Twenty-five UCLA dental alumni were in attendance from classes in the '70s, 80's, 90's, and 2000's.

Alumni Course in Practice Management

The course's first speaker was Craig Valine, a marketing performance strategist. He discussed seven ideas to implement and improve a practice's profits. The speaker discussed monthly newsletters and building a patient list.  He also spoke about creating a referral culture and maintaining a good reactivation program. Next, David Fagan, an award winning marketing and media expert, discussed how to create an icon status in your own community. He gave out a formula to create website videos, and led the audience through a fun exercise where they shared practice building ideas. The full-day seminar was a success and attendees were appreciative of the opportunity to reconnect with other alumni and to learn new ideas that they could implement in their own practices.

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