Spring 2013
Alumni Notes

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Tracy Delaplain

Message from the president of the alumni association

We are sincerely grateful to every one of you who took the time to answer our online survey. We received valuable feedback. Your replies were split between Northern and Southern Nevada with a few replies from rural Nevada and from our colleagues out-of-state. Your answers served to reinforce the association's mission to engage all alumni.

We were satisfied to see that both urban regions of Nevada are well represented. We are working on plans to insure that our rural alumni and those outside of Nevada continue to feel a connection to the medical school through the association. Board members, Dodd Hyer, Sharon Frank and Lisa Lyons are Clark County alumni and they have been working on planning alumni events in Southern Nevada. Board member Jill Oswalt is our rural representative and keeps us engaged with the rest of the state. Helen Grey, Susan Park, Joe Hollen, Reka Danko and I have the privilege of representing Northern Nevada. All of us strive to connect our school with our friends and colleagues living outside of Nevada.

You told us that you would like to see alumni events in Reno and Las Vegas. You prefer fall events. A majority of you would come to events to see your classmates and former or current faculty. You were less interested in CME events and fancy gala events. Therefore, we have moved the annual alumni event and reunions for the classes of 1973, 1988, 1993 and 2003 to homecoming week at the University of Nevada, Reno. These events will be held in October 2013, but the date isn't set until the conference football schedule is finalized.

We are especially thankful for those who sent in membership renewals and donations to our endowments. The alumni association exists to build and foster a community of support for lifelong learning, service and connection to the School of Medicine for the benefit of students and alumni. The board serves to promote education, engagement, information and philanthropy. If you have not renewed your membership then please take the time to send in your dues or your donation to the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, Student Project Grant or the David Lupan Student Research Endowment.

Perhaps this is the year you pay it forward through financial support or by volunteering your time to the School of Medicine.

To pay your dues online or to donate to our endowments please visit the School of Medicine Alumni Association.

Tracey Lane Delaplain, M.D. '87, FACOG
President, University of Nevada School of Medicine Alumni Association