Fall 2016
Alumni President Message

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Honored to Serve

Sharon Frank, M.D.Our beloved alma mater has a new name: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. We are very proud that many of our alumni participated in the renaming of our school through surveys and focus groups. This institution remains the very foundation upon which we have built our careers and answered our calling to medicine.

It is an honor to serve as President of the School of Medicine Alumni Association for the next two years; I stand on the shoulders of a line of very dedicated alumni presidents and boards of directors. I am grateful for the help and support of the new slate of officers, each of whom brings distinct gifts and talents to our organization.

The mission and commitment of our Alumni Association remains the same, to keep our alumni connected to our school, and each other, and to support the students who will follow as future physicians. Building on traditions from the past, creating new ones and refocusing our efforts to build upon a strong history and foundation will be our goal as we move forward.

We began this term by attending the Hooding Ceremony of the Class of 2016 where outgoing President Helen Gray, M.D.'08, administered the Physician's Oath and welcomed our newest alumni. We also attended the Dean's Dinner and held our annual board of directors meeting on campus. We were also represented at the Clinicians Ceremony in June by Reka Danko, M.D.,'08, who shared memories of her student clinical years with the Class of 2018. Dr. Danko's recollections were warmly received and appreciated as our third-year students begin this crucial part of their training.

Just as our alma mater is returning to Reno, our Annual Alumni Reunion and Reception was held in conjunction with the University's Homecoming Week in October. We were especially excited to welcome back the Class of 2006 for its 10-year reunion, as well as the Class of 1991 and Class of 1976, for their 25th and 40th reunions, respectively. And we celebrated our 2016 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Ann Jobe, M.D.‘81. You can read more about her impressive career on page 25.

As we reflect back on where we have been over the past 47 years and where our school is going, we should think about how we can help meet the needs of those who will follow us. Many alumni are already participating at so many levels, giving of their time, talent and treasure. In big ways and in small, your contributions are important and valuable. As alumni, we are a vital thread in the fabric of this institution, and your support and participation is as needed as ever as we enter this new era in our school's history.

Sharon Frank, M.D.'81
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Alumni Association

2016-2017 Alumni Board of Directors

Sharon Frank, M.D.'81

Joseph Hollen, M.D.'76
President Elect

Helen Gray, M.D.'08
Immediate Past President

Tracey Delaplain, M.D.'87
Vice President for Membership

Jill Oswalt, M.D.'87
Vice President for P.R. and Communications

Jonathan McCaleb, M.D.'07

Jerry Jones, M.D.'81

Reka Danko, M.D.'08

Donielle Freedman, M.D.'90