June 14, 2024


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Two $25K gifts boost patient care, student learning at WVU School of Dentistry | WVU Today

Dr. Bryan Dye (ideal) will work with DDS university student Payal Patel in the School’s simulation laboratory. A matching gift from Dye and his wife, Dr. Lora Graves, will help people in want and enrich instructional options for School of Dentistry college students.
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Two $25,000 items to the West Virginia University College of Dentistry will assist increase oral wellness care for people in need and raise hands-on finding out options for the following technology of dentists and dental hygienists. 

Married associate professors Dr. Lora Graves and Dr. Bryan Dye matched a $25,000 contribution from Dr. Sanjay Chaudry– for a complete of $50,000 – to endow the present Job Smile Fund. The fund was proven by WVU’s Chi Chi chapter of Delta Sigma Delta, an intercontinental dental service fraternity, to guide qualifying lower-earnings WVU Dental sufferers with cure costs. 

“We are extremely appreciative of the quite generous contributions from Dr. Chaudry, Dr. Graves and Dr. Dye to assistance the mission of our Faculty,” stated Dr. Stephen Pachuta dean of the School of Dentistry. “These money permit us to give procedure that may possibly be further than patients’ implies and drastically contributes to their quality of daily life. 

“Our alumni and mates of the College of Dentistry proceed to make a serious change in the lives of our people and our pupils. Their unwavering aid, motivation and self confidence in our University makes it possible for us to carry on to meet the mission of educating the upcoming era of dental healthcare experts.”

Graves, a WVU alumna who teaches in the Office of Dental Practice & Rural Well being, serves as adviser to the Delta Sigma Delta Chi Chi chapter. She worked with chapter leaders to produce the Venture Smile Fund in 2018. To day, the fund has delivered dental treatment method for four clients, with a fifth prospect awaiting approval. 

Graves normally hoped the Challenge Smile Fund would go on past her tenure at WVU. When Chaudhry showed curiosity, his matching contribution built it feasible for Graves and Dye, chair of the School’s Division of Restorative Dentistry, to be part of him in endowing the fund.

Though Chaudhry is a gastroenterologist now centered in St. Clairsville, Ohio, he has known as West Virginia residence for most of his grownup life. His daughter Nisha is a existing DDS scholar and Delta Sigma Delta member at WVU his daughter Pooja designs to be part of her at the College of Dentistry this fall. 

He was compelled to make a reward following Nisha advised him how quite a few patients struggle to manage cure, even with the diminished costs offered at the student clinic. 

“I hope that it is in a position to help the people today in finest need for dental care, the people who can not afford it,” Chaudhry claimed. “It has a twin reason: One objective is to support the needy, the indigent kinds. The next intent is dental students at WVU want to get extra encounter, they need to catch the attention of additional sufferers. A ton of periods, funds will get in the way. Ideally we can appeal to additional people to appear to the WVU [School of Dentistry], so the college students can get better knowledge discovering.”

Graves claimed other Delta Sigma Delta chapters are taking steps to develop packages identical to Job Smile just after customers at WVU shared their results at a nationwide meeting. As she nears retirement, Graves is energized to depart powering a legacy of philanthropy that boosts instruction and individual treatment at the College of Dentistry and further than. She encourages many others to assist the College in any way they can.

“If you have the implies out there, it is quite gratifying to support our students – regardless of whether it’s in the line of a scholarship, or what we’re accomplishing seeking to aid them succeed, or as a mentor,” Graves said. “People can give other than monetarily. … It just relies upon on what style of benefits you want. 

“I sense like this has finally come complete circle for me, for the reason that it was my brainchild and I’m actually delighted that it seems to be like it will go on to propagate money and proceed helping college students in this manner.”

The Project Smile Fund has been renamed in recognition of each individual donor’s generosity. Their gifts have been designed via the WVU Basis, the nonprofit firm that receives and administers personal donations on behalf of the University.

To make a gift to the Delta Sigma Delta Drs. Graves/Dye/Chaudhry Smile Fund, go to the Foundation’s safe online giving website page and specify fund variety 2W1228 as the designation. Fascinated donors are also inspired to get in touch with Karen Coombs, director of improvement for the University of Dentistry, at [email protected] or 304-216-3784.



Get in touch with: Cassie Rice
Communications Professional
WVU Foundation
304.554.0217 [email protected] 

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