Spring/Summer 2018
Alumni Association

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alumni reception May 2018

In celebration of the class of 2018, the School of Medicine Alumni Association invited students and alumni to a reception Wednesday, May 16 at the Wild River Grille-across the street from the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts-where the class of 2018 would be hooded just two days later. Photo by Brin Reynolds.

2018-20 School of Medicine Alumni Association Board

President: Joe Hollen, M.D. '76
President Elect: Jonathan McCaleb, M.D. '07
Secretary/Treasurer: Reka Danko, M.D. '08
VP for Public Relations and Communications: Kyle Yamamoto, M.D. '09
VP for Membership: Jerry Jones, M.D. '81
Member at Large: Cathy Endo, M.D. '93
Member at Large: Donielle Freedman, M.D. '90
Member at Large: Jill Oswalt, M.D. '87
Immediate Past President: Sharon Frank, M.D. '81

A note from Sharon Frank, M.D. '81

Spring at UNR Med brought great joy to the School of Medicine Alumni Association as we welcomed the 69 graduates from the class of 2018 into our ranks.

The celebration began May 16, as we sponsored an alumni welcome reception at Wild River Grille, with graduates ranging back to the class of 1976, as well as an abundance of our soon-to-be grads.

The festivities continued at the Dean's Dinner where alumni board members shared a table with students from the class of 2020 and new School of Medicine director of development Shari Netzel.

The culmination of many years of hard work by the students and support from their families came to fruition Friday, May 18 at the Pioneer Center when the Degree of Medical Doctor was conferred. As president of the Alumni Association, I had the honor to be onstage to hand these amazing young physicians their copy of the Physician's Oath and lead them in its recitation.

This writing is my last official duty as president of the School of Medicine Alumni Association. It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve on the board of directors for the last 10 years, including the past two years as president.

It is through the hard work and diligence of the board that our organization continues to grow and thrive. The accomplishments of the past two years have only been possible with their hard work, and they have my gratitude. Thank you to my colleagues who are rotating off the board - Tracey Delaplain, M.D. '87 and Helen Gray, M.D. '08. I feel confident that service to our alumni and beloved alma mater will continue under the guidance of our new president, Joe Hollen, M.D. 76, and our 2018-20 board members.

My thanks to the many University team members who have helped and extended their kindness to me, including Christina Sarman, Seema Donahoe and Shari Netzel.

Finally, I extend my utmost gratitude to Dean Thomas Schwenk, he has been unceasingly instrumental in his support of the Alumni Association and always making sure that the alumni have a seat at the table.

Sharon Frank, M.D. '81
School of Medicine Alumni Association President

2018-20 School of Medicine Alumni Association Board

President
Joe Hollen, M.D.
(two-year UNR Med alumnus)

President-Elect
Jonathan McCaleb, M.D. '07

Secretary/Treasurer
Reka Danko, M.D. '08

VP for Public Relations and Communications
Kyle Yamamoto, M.D. '09

VP for Membership
Jerry Jones, M.D. '81

Members at Large
Cathy Endo, M.D. '93
Donielle Freedman, M.D. '90
Jill Oswalt, M.D. '87

Immediate Past President:
Sharon Frank, M.D. '81

If you would like to get involved with the School of Medicine Alumni Association, please contact Shari Netzel, director of development, at (775) 682-6077 or snetzel@unr.edu. To become a dues-paying member, please visit med.unr.edu/alumni. Annual membership begins at just $50.