Alumni Weekend

Welcome to 2021 Alumni Weekend

Alumni Weekend 2021 - September 10-112021 Alumni Weekend

All events are scheduled in person with the exception of the discussion with Dean Mays

Register for events

Friday, September 10

  • Oral Biology Symposium
  • 12:00 PM (Virtual Event) Meet the NEW Dean: Alumni and Dean Conversation
  • School of Dentistry White Coat Ceremony
  • 5:00 PM Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration
  • 5:30 PM All Alumni Reception at Campus Club
  • Individual Class Reunions

Saturday September 11

  • 9:00 AM Dental Hygiene Alumni & Student Breakfast (RSVP HERE)
  • 9:30 AM Breakfast at Moos Tower
  • 10:00 AM Dental School Tours
  • 11:00 AM Gopher Football Game
  • Individual Class Reunions

Where to Stay

Football Game

  • Tickets coming in July - link will be updated soon!

Online store - School of Dentistry Apparel and Merchandise

  • Orders must be placed no later than August 2
  • You may select products to be delivered to your home ($10 shipping fee) or for pickup during Alumni Weekend at the School of Dentistry on September 11 from 9-10 a.m.

Place your order today

2020 Alumni Award Winners

Lesley Tuomi, RDH, BSDH '09Distinguished Dental Hygiene Alumni Award

Lesley Tuomi, RDH, BSDH '09

Tuomi works at NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, a multi-specialty health center located in North Minneapolis. In her work, Tuomi focuses on serving pregnant women and children from birth to age five, spending her time seeking out grant funding to promote dental health in the North Minneapolis community. She's passionate about reaching out to schools for health screenings and follow-up care, serving patients at community events in her spare time, and finding care for patients whether her clinic is able to see them or not.

Patricia Angela Rake, DDS '97Distinguished Dental Alumni Award

Patricia Angela Rake, DDS '97

Rake is a diplomat with the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and is a member of the Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Dental Association, and the Minnesota Dental Association. She is an avid fundraiser, biking to raise money for the Women's Foundation of Minnesota. She has served as a motivational speaker and leadership trainer. She is passionate about using safe practices in anesthesia and raising awareness regarding responsible prescribing of opioids.

2019 Alumni Award Winners

Watch 2019 winners Patt Carlson and Dr. John Kanyusik talk about their careers in dentistry by clicking on their photo

Patt Carlson, DHDistinguished Dental Hygiene Alumni Award

Patt Carlson, DH '72

"I sincerely appreciate this honor and recognition. Forty-eight years as a dental hygienist has been both rewarding and challenging. It has provided me opportunities in private practice, education, dental and medical research. I have met wonderful people throughout my career, many of whom remain my friends today. I would like to thank my colleagues, mentors, friends, and especially my family for all their support during my career. Thank you all for the fond memories." - Patt Carlson, DH '72. Read more about Ms Carlson's accomplishments

John Kanyusik, DDS, MSDDistinguished Dental Alumni Award

John Kanyusik, DDS '70, MSD '72

"Thank you so much for this high honor.  This is a bit uncomfortable, for when I think of the previous recipients I am humbled.  In particular Bob Isaacson, Jim Gjerset, Steve Litton, Arnie Hill, and Brent Larson are individuals who have all had a positive influence on my professional life.  I am proud of the quality education that the U of M provided me, it was a solid base to build from.  I am proud of and thankful for my classmates from the class of 1970, 54 years ago we for the most part were strangers and we formed delightful friendships over our 4 years together, I also am thankful for their encouragement to learn to tie a tie and to finally ditch my two clip-on ties in order to comply with AB Hall’s freshman dress requirements.  I am proud of the orthodontic residents that I have worked with through the years, and I am grateful for their infectious enthusiasm and all that I have learned from them.  Most importantly I am so proud and thankful for my wife Carolyn, our four children, and three grandchildren.  I treasure the blessing that they are in my life." -- John Kanyusik, DDS '70, MSD '72. Read more about Dr. Kanysik's accomplishments

Relive 2019 Alumni Weekend

Photos from the 2019 Alumni Weekend

2019 Alumni Weekend

2019 Alumni Weekend Photo Gallery

2019 Alumni Weekend

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Alumni Weekend 2019