An anonymous donor is providing the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College with the largest gift in its 50-year history.
The donation totals just over $300,000 and is designated specifically to the Dental Hygiene Department at UC Blue Ash. It will support a variety of initiatives, including new computers for each of the 34 patient care stations in the Dental Hygiene Clinic, new laptops that allow professors to integrate lessons from the classroom to the clinic, updated equipment in the clinic, and funding for new student scholarships.
“This substantial gift is so important to building on the tremendous momentum at UC Blue Ash College and to continuing the growth of the dental hygiene program,” says University of Cincinnati President Neville G. Pinto. “This is one of the premier programs in the Midwest and this investment will help us maintain a state-of-the-art clinic, as well as enhance the way we prepare our students for their professional careers.”
Over the past five years, UC Blue Ash has grown the number of scholarships available to students through a variety of fundraising initiatives. So, the $50,000 dedicated to scholarships as part of the donation is especially fitting, and timely. The amount was selected in recognition of the college’s 50th anniversary, which will be celebrated later this year.
“Increasing the number of scholarships we offer our students is one of our top priorities. We are very excited about everything this gift brings, and the fact that such a large amount will be dedicated to supporting student scholarships is an amazing tribute to our students and their future success,” says Cady Short-Thompson, dean of UC Blue Ash College.
The new computers in the Dental Hygiene Clinic will complement recent enhancements that include new ergonomically correct dental chairs that are more accessible and comfortable for patients, digital x-ray equipment similar to that found in the most advanced dentist offices, and new dental ultrasonic and hand instruments. These improvements add to the patient experience and, just as importantly, make sure the students have the opportunity to train on the same type of equipment and technology they will be expected to use in their professional career.
The financial support also helps the dental hygiene program continue to give back to the community through a variety of projects. The college recently hosted its 2nd Annual Community Dental Day, where it offered free restorative care services, such as fillings, extractions, and sealants, to the general public. It also hosts UC Smiles, a program that brings hundreds of area school children to campus each year to learn about the college and to receive a free teeth cleaning and oral health exam by dental hygiene students.
The donation is historic for UC Blue Ash College and it’s clearly a gift that will keep on giving for many years. That is something that should make everyone smile.