Spring 2017
Alumni President’s Message

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Supporting Opportunity

By Sharon Frank, M.D.‘81

Sharon Frank, M.D.The School of Medicine Alumni Association is actively working to uphold our mission of service to our alumni members, supporting our newly-branded alma mater and especially supporting University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine students. As matriculation 2017 approaches, we are proud of UNR Med and its continued tradition of excellence in preparing the next generation of physicians who will serve the good people of the state of Nevada, and indeed, the world.

The Board of Directors of the School of Medicine Alumni Association held its first quarterly meeting for 2017 in February. We were joined by Cicero Running Crane, president of the Class of 2017, and Jodi Shpargel from the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs. We were very impressed by Cicero’s presentation when he announced the Class of 2017’s intention to begin a new tradition of giving back in the form of a contribution toward scholarships to help those coming behind them. This is a tradition that we all applaud. We are so very proud of the Class of 2017, and welcome them as our fellow alumni.

In building upon our commitment to support UNR Med students, the School of Medicine Alumni Association also sponsored a celebration for the graduating class. This was among the events leading up to Hooding, in coordination with the UNR Med Office of Admissions and Student Affairs. We are honored to share in the joy of our graduates, and remember the great hope we all had as we moved on to the next phase of our careers. The Board of Directors also represented the alumni at the Dean’s Dinner, held the evening before Hooding. And in keeping with tradition, as president of the School of Medicine Alumni Association, I administered the Physicians Oath to the Class of 2017 at Hooding.

As the Class of 2017 moves into its next phase as alumni, we are reminded how critical alumni are for the continued success of UNR Med. Whether we teach in the classroom, the clinics, or give of our time, talent and treasure, we are all a part of the fabric of this institution. We are very fortunate to be a part of an institution that so greatly values our participation.

We are also reminded of the debt of gratitude that we all have to this school, a school that took a chance on each of us and provided us with the incredible opportunity to add the title of doctor to our names.

The School of Medicine Alumni Association is doing very important work to benefit our alma mater. If you haven’t done so yet, I invite you to become an active member and share in our efforts to support the school that was so very critical to our own success, as well as the opportunity to support those physicians that will come after us.

To join the School of Medicine Alumni Association or to make a gift, please visit the Development and Alumni Relations website.

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