Night at the Museum: a celebration of thanks

On Thursday, March 1, the School of Dentistry hosted a Night at the Museum, held at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). This special event thanked invitees for their support to Detroit Mercy Dental over the year. Attendees included groups of individuals who generously give of themselves to help us provide a meaningful dental education: part-time faculty, community partners, and Dean’s Circle donors.

Guests enjoyed beverages, a delicious assortment of appetizers, strolling food stations, and an exclusive opportunity to tour the DIA.

Dean Aksu began a short program by welcoming and thanking everyone, as well as introduced a video capturing the essence of service at Detroit Mercy Dental. Director of Development, Tom Sklut, shared a story about the personal challenges students may face when they make the decision to attend dental school, as well as described the struggles they encounter throughout their education. His story emphasized the importance of those willing to help students along their journey to accomplishing their goals.

A student’s success happens through the open-heartedness and charitable giving of so many. It comes in the form of thoughtful instructors who serve as role models and mentors; it comes via partnerships with organizations that help us to advance our efforts and improve community health and provide students with significant, real-life experiences; and it comes through generous donations that bring new opportunities, provide equipment and materials, and make a dental education a financial possibility.

We were honored to host a Night at the Museum and hope all our attendees enjoyed the occasion and sensed the infinite gratitude we, and our students, have for each one of them.