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  • EXCEL Campaign

    Help us educate our dental students for the future of dentistry.

    At Mississippi's only School of Dentistry, we work continuously to assure that our students receive one of the best teaching and training experiences anywhere.

    While the classroom experience is indispensable, most of the hands-on teaching and training takes place in the laboratory. Since the school opened in 1977, it has taken place in the teaching laboratory on the fourth floor of the school. Few alumni of the school have memories of the D3 and D4 years that don't include the days and evenings spent working and chatting in the lab, or relaxing over a cup of coffee and television.

    After 34 years, the time has come to renovate the laboratory for the next generation of dental students. In order to maintain our level of excellence and complete our mission to provide education, research and patient care, our physical facilities must continue to match the skills and talents of our students.

    1 $2.4 million transformation of the lab will soon begin with a complete renovation of the lab space. Specifically, the renovation will include contemporary lab benches with personal work stations and a digital imaging CAD/CAM room.

    While most of the renovation is being funded through a state appropriation, state funding will not cover the total cost of the project. For this reason, the School of Dentistry has launched the EXCEL (Enhance and eXpand Clinical Education Laboratory) Campaign to seek at least $300,000 in private funding for equipment and technology for the lab, including space for in-house dental technicians and a coffee-lounge area for students.

    Although we would ask you to consider a gift at one of the giving levels on the reply card, your gift in any amount will help UMMC school of Dentistry students progress into new and advanced technology with the introduction of digital impressions, printed "wax" patterns and CAD/CAM restorations.

    Your support for the EXCEL Campaign, combined with those of other alumni and friends, will have a substantial impact on our ability to offer cutting-edge academic programs. With your help, we can continue to create a state-of-the-art learning environment for students at Mississippi's only dental school.

    You will be proud to know you've helped support the future of dentistry.

    Click here to view the EXCEL brochure