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LLUSD students dedicated for service

As it does late on the Friday afternoon of each years Alumni Student Convention, the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry held a dedication service for its Doctor of Dentistry, International Dentist Program, and Dental Hygiene students on February 11, 2011, in the Loma Linda University Church sanctuary.

LLU provost, Ronald Carter, PhD, carries the University mace.

The prayers of dedication, the very best in gospel music, the heartfelt homily—all characterized a ritual that makes obvious the unabashedly faith-based and service oriented nature of oral health care education at LLUSD.

School of Dentistry dean Charles Goodacre, DDS, MSD, welcomes students, family members and friends.

Dignifying the event were academically robed leaders of the University and the School. In welcoming all present, LLU Provost Ronald L. Carter, PhD, expressed the Universitys pride in the School of Dentistry and his appreciation for the dedication of its students and the families and friends who encourage and support them.

The Mt. Rubidoux SDA Church Choir raised the roof.

The nationally celebrated Mt. Rubidoux SDA Church Choir performed Your Love Divine in musical praise, and in response to the opening prayer by School of Dentistry Charles Goodacre, SD71, MSD, Dean, School of Dentistry, sang Total Praise.
 

Alan Woodson, DDS, class of 1987, challenged the students to service.

Alan Woodson, SD87, director of the Mt. Rubidoux Choir, then moved to the podium to deliver the dedication address. Entitled Extreme Makover, Dr. Woodsons homily focused on how the effort by his Upland, California, private practice to help a local homeless man not only restore his oral health but restore his life, had proved such a blessing to the dentist and his staff.

Dental student Thomas Szutz, class of 2011, receives the Christ-like Service Award from Fred Kasischke, DMin, associate dean, Admissions and Service Learning.

Following Dr. Woodsons address, the School of Dentistry and its Alumni Association presented the first year Dentistry, International Dentist Program, and Dental Hygiene students with leather Bibles embossed with the School of Dentistry insignia and their names; while the members of each senior (2011) class were assisted in donning white coats embroidered with the School of Dentistry insignia and their names.

Graham Stacey, PhD, associate dean, Student Affairs, reads the names as Dean Goodacre hands a Bible to first year dental hygiene student Chantal Cohanzad.
 
First year dental student Charles Toews with his Bible.
 
First year dental student Diana Torres negotiates the steps with her new Bible.
 
First year dental students Ronald Walker (foreground) and Elijah Wang appear pleased to have their Bibles.
 
Gregory Mitchell, DDS, director, International Dentist Program, helps class of 2011 dental student Christy Pogue with her coat.
 
Dr. Mitchell helps class of 2011 dental student Ray Arsenault with his coat.
 
Dr. Mitchell helps class of 2011 dental hygiene student Heather Dunn don her coat.

A prayer of dedication by Gregory Mitchell, SD84, director, International Dentist Program, was followed by Dies Irie, performed by a trio of LLU student siblings: David Roquiz, School of Dentistry third year (cello); Deborah Roquiz, School of Medicine first year (piano); and Andrew Roquiz, School of Medicine senior (violin).

Roquiz siblings David (dentistry class of 2012), Deborah (School of Medicine freshman), and Andrew (School of Medicine senior) play "Dies Irie."
 

Fred Kasischke, DMin, associate dean, Admissions and Service Learning, offered the benediction. 

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