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Family & Friends Association Puts New Fridge, Microwaves in Student Lounge

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 2:40pm

Associate Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs Phil Pierpont, DDS, (left) with UTSD Family & Friends Association President Bruce Smith, DDS, in front of a new refrigerator donated by the association.

Associate Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs Phil Pierpont, DDS, (left) thanks UTSD Family & Friends Association President Bruce Smith, DDS, in front of a new refrigerator donated by the association. The group helped purchase the refrigerator and three additional microwave ovens for the Student Lounge. Photo by Rolando Garcia.

An additional refrigerator and three microwave ovens have been added to the Student Lounge on the third floor of The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, thanks to the help of the UTSD Family & Friends Association. 

A large double-door refrigerator and the microwaves were installed this month, with the association defraying part of the $5,000 price tag for the appliances. 

The lounge was already equipped with two refrigerators and four microwaves, but that was insufficient for the hundreds of students who work long days at the school and bring their lunches, said Phil Pierpont, DDS, associate dean for student and alumni affairs.

“This is basically their home from 7:30 in the morning until 5:30 in the afternoon, and they need a place to store their lunches and heat their food,” he said.

Helping provide these amenities is in keeping with the F&FA’s mission to support student programs and activities, said Bruce Smith, DDS, president of the association. Smith is also a clinical associate professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the father of fourth-year dental student Scott Smith. 

In the past, the F&FA helped pay for furnishings in the Student Lounge at the old Dental Branch Building, and the group currently sponsors annual events such as the student holiday dance, the White Coat Ceremony, and other functions.  For more information about the UTSD Family & Friends Association, contact Dr. Smith at brucesdr@sbcglobal.net.