International Partners in Health
International Programs to Hold First Global Alumni Reunion

Views of Villa La Pietra, NYU’s famed Center for Study Abroad in Florence.

NYUCD’s Office for International Programs will host its first Global Alumni Reunion at Villa La Pietra, NYU’s famed Center for Study Abroad in Florence, from May 8 to 11, 2008. The event will celebrate the achievements of International Programs alumni from more than 55 countries.

NYUCD offers nine Advanced Programs for International Dentists and has hundreds of alumni worldwide. Under the leadership of Ms. Dolores Spinelli, who assumed the position of Senior Director for International Programs in 2000, enrollment has grown from 45 students to classes approaching 100 students annually.

Dr. Stuart M. Hirsch, Associate Dean for International Programs and Development, said: “With such rapid growth in enrollment, we feel that the time is right for a reunion that will enable alumni from around the world to reconnect with one another.

“We expect that hundreds of alumni will be coming to La Pietra. In addition to receptions and other gatherings at which alumni can renew acquaintances and network, there will be exciting lectures taught by top specialists in their fields, as well as presentations by alumni. This event is a way for us to continue our relationship with international alumni and express gratitude to them for helping NYUCD to become the global oral health leader that it is today.”

The reunion agenda will include a welcoming cocktail reception on Thursday, May 8, and presentations on Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10, followed by a gala dinner on Saturday for alumni and their guests in the gardens of La Pietra, situated in the magnificent Tuscan hills. On Sunday, reunion attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, including a cooking class in Italian cuisine at the famous Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence.

For additional information, please contact Koryn Kennedy, Office for International Programs Alumni Reunion, by telephone at 001212.998.9901; by fax at 001212.995.4240; or by e-mail at