Celebrating Our Centennial Year: A Proud Past, A Brilliant Future
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry’s Centennial Celebration throughout 2013 featured special events in which hundreds of alumni, faculty, staff, and students, as well as Loyola and Northwestern alumni and friends of the College, gathered to celebrate under the theme A Proud Past, A Brilliant Future.
“It was a year of honoring not only the College’s history, but the students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and corporate and organized dentistry partners who have embraced our commitment to excellence in dental education and who have been inspired by our Vision to make our College a world leader over the past 100 years,” said Former Dean Bruce Graham, who stepped down as Dean in December.
Events were planned by Ana Lisa Ogbac, Associate Director of Advancement and Alumni Affairs.
The College kicked off the Centennial Celebration with a Pizza Party preceding the UIC Flames-Loyola Ramblers basketball game the evening of Jan. 16. More than 60 people attended, including alumni of both UIC and Loyola. Dr. Benjamin LoGiudice, ’98, was honored by being chosen to Light the Flame before the game. UIC won 61-59.
To celebrate the Centennial, the College held a reception in conjunction with the Chicago Dental Society (CDS) Midwinter Meeting the evening of Feb. 22. More than 120 people attended.
Clinic and Research Day
The annual Clinic and Research Day held on March 7, as one of the official events of the College’s Centennial, featured a special keynote presentation, as Dr. Thomas G.H. Diekwisch, Head of the Department of Oral Biology, Allan G. Brodie Endowed Chair for Orthodontic Research, and Director of the Brodie Laboratory for Craniofacial Genetics, was the keynote speaker, discussing the history of research at the College. To see Clinic and Research Day photos, click
More than 250 UIC College of Dentistry and Loyola University Chicago School of Dentistry alumni, spouses, faculty, guests, and dignitaries—the largest Reunion attendance in decades, enjoyed an evening of reconnecting, awards, and music the evening of April 26 at the College’s Centennial Reunion Dinner at the Carlisle in Lombard, IL.
Spirit of Peoria Riverboat Tour
The College hosted a Spirit of Peoria Riverboat Tour on the Illinois River on Saturday, June 15, in Peoria, IL. The event began with a dockside cookout, and the Spirit of Peoria cruised the river for several hours. The theme was “Tropical Rock & Roll for Your Soul and Jimmy Buffett Night,” and the Caribbean-themed cruise featured a Jimmy Buffett cover band.
MicroDental Chicago at Albert Tassi Dental Studio was the sponsor.
Centennial Oral Biology Legacy Conference
The College celebrated 100 years of leadership in Oral Biology and Orthodontics with the “Legacy in Oral Biology” conference June 16 through June 20. The conference featured more than 60 speakers and included some of the top scholars in the world. It was chaired by Dr. Thomas G.H. Diekwisch, Head of the Department of Oral Biology and Brodie Chair and Director of the Brodie Laboratory for Craniofacial Genetics at the College.
Sponsors included Active Motif; Colgate Palmolive Co.; GC America; GlaxoSmithKline; Dr. Arthur Litowitz, Dr. Robert Litowitz, ’47, MS Orthodontics ’48, and the Litowitz Foundation; the George Matula Endowment Fund for Research and the Study of Oral Biology; the Rush University Department of Biochemistry; Thermo Fisher; the UIC Department of Biology at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the UIC College of Dentistry and its Department of Oral Biology and Department of Orthodontics; Dr. Dennis F. Weber, MS Histology ’63; Dr. Samuel S. Wexler, ’64, and Charlene Wexler.
Continuing Education at Sea
A seven-day Alaskan Silversea Cruise on the ship the Silver Shadow was held July 4 through 11 and offered Continuing Education.
Dr. Rand F. Harlow, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Predoctoral Implant Education, presented the course Implant Dentistry: Past, Present, and Future.
The ship cruised several glaciers and visited Sitka, Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan, Alaska.
Students, staff, and faculty were invited to the College’s Centennial Picnic on Aug 14 along Marshfield Avenue adjacent to the dental school. College personnel enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, and vegetarian treats as they visited with their co-workers. Prize drawings also were held.
The College’s 22nd annual Golf Outing on Sept. 11 was a special one. The event returned to Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, IL, and some golfers played Dubsdread, home of the Western Open. There was a 1 p.m. shotgun start, and a special Centennial dinner in the evening.
Attendance doubled from the previous year, as 86 golfers enjoyed the event.
Celebrating A Proud Past Book Preview
Approximately 80 alumni, faculty, staff, students, retirees, and friends attended the Celebrating A Proud Past Book Preview on Sept. 15. Preview copies of the College’s history book, Celebrating A Proud Past, were on hand.
Delta Dental of Illinois sponsored the Book Launch.
The College held a Centennial Alumni Reception during the Illinois State Dental Society Annual Session in Bloomington, IL, on Sept. 20. Delta Dental of Illinois and MicroDental Chicago at Albert Tassi Dental Studio were the sponsors.
Centennial Gala Celebration Dinner
Centennial year culminated with the Centennial Gala Celebration Dinner on Nov. 15 in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago. More than 330 alumni, faculty, students, staff, retirees, benefactors, and friends of the College attended.
“The Gala capped a year of honoring not only the College’s history, but the members of our College community who have embraced our commitment to excellence in dental education and who have been inspired by our Vision to make our College a world leader over the past 100 years, Dean Bruce Graham said.
After dinner, Dean Graham and his wife, Linda, were surprised when Dr. Bill Knight, Interim Dean, and Mark J. Valentino, Assistant Dean for Advancement and Alumni Affairs, came up on stage and announced the creation of the Dr. Bruce S. Graham and Linda M. Graham Scholarship Fund. Ana Lisa Ogbac, Associate Director of Advancement and Alumni Affairs, presented them with a check for $61,000 representing money already raised for the scholarship fund.
Sponsors were ProCare Dental Group P.C., the KaVo Kerr Group, the UIC Dental Alumni Association, and the UIC College of Dentistry. The event was planned by Ogbac.
History Book Celebrating A Proud Past Published by College
In conjunction with its Centennial celebration, the College of Dentistry has published a four-color, 226-page book about its history, Celebrating a Proud Past.
The book recounts the rich history of the College, with hundreds of photos supplementing the text. There is a section with notable faculty of the past, and another highlighting current faculty, alumni, staff, and friends of the College.
Celebrating a Proud Past is available for $40, plus $5 for postage and handling per book. To purchase copies of Celebrating a Proud Past, send a check made out to UIC College of Dentistry to William S. Bike, Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs, UIC College of Dentistry, 801 S. Paulina St., Chicago, IL 60612. To use a credit card, or for more information, contact Bike at (312) 996-8495 or firstname.lastname@example.org.