Dear Fellow Alumni,
My two-year-old daughter is constantly asking, “Why?” As many of you parents know, this question can become a very tedious one to answer. Instead, I am going to ask you the question, “Why not?” Should you become a member of the Alumni Association? Sure! Why not?
While our experiences may have varied, there is no doubt we all thought the classes were tough and the time commitment was intense! Well, Temple is a school that creates doctors. It’s not supposed to be easy -- we are producing world class dentists here – but it’s not the same school it was 30, 20, or even 10 years ago. The facilities are greatly improved, the professors enjoy teaching and helping the students, and the time commitment… well, that’s still intense, but again, we’re creating doctors here.
Let’s go back to my original question. Why not? The students need our help. The Temple Dental Alumni Association provides opportunities to engage in events and activities which benefit our students and the patients served. We helped fund mission trips to Haiti, Peru, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. We’ve created a mentoring program that pairs current students with alumni in an effort to help bridge the education gap between student and practicing dentist. We’ve also created a FREE CE program available to all members of the Temple Dental Alumni Association -- it provides 9 credits of FREE LIVE CE on topics that are invaluable to improving overall care to our patients. We are currently working on expanding this program to include an additional 6 credits.
In essence, by joining the Alumni Association, you will no longer need to worry about obtaining the 15 credits per year needed for license renewal!
Additionally, as Temple University alumni you get great benefits for you and your family including:
Major discounts to popular family attractions.
Savings through our hotel partnerships when you visit campus.
Earning cash back on your electricity usage through Energy Plus.
The new Temple University BankAmericard Cash Rewards™ Visa Signature® credit card that lets you earn more cash back for the things you buy most, all while helping support Temple initiatives.
Temple has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to you at a discount.
As you can see, the answer is clear -- you should join the alumni association.
The $95 yearly dues are minimal, you receive a potential of 15 CE credits plus the additional benefits outlined above, and it allows the current students to have an improved experience. We need your help to make this association one of the strongest in the country! Temple has afforded us very nice lives and an unbelievable earning potential. All we ask is to help give back a little, or more if you’d like, to continue the upwards path we are on. So PLEASE, don’t hesitate -- pay your dues online and let’s get this train rolling! We can be the change we wish to see in our alma mater.
Jason Bresler, DMD, Class of 2006
President, Kornberg School of Dentistry Alumni Association