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Recently, I read an article in the June 16, 2008 issue of ADA News called "A dental student living in Harlem." If you get a chance, I would encourage you to read this opinion from this extraordinary young person who is a student at NYU. He is a shining example of what this generation is all about. It has been my experience of interacting with the students here at the Dugoni School that they have a similar strong commitment in helping citizens to overcome their many disadvantages. I am pleased to see our students involved in so many volunteer programs both in the United States as well as abroad. It shows their strong commitment to give back to society.

The student stated the following:

“We all can be mentors and leaders in our locales, but too many of us don’t even know the first names of our next-door neighbors.”

A very profound quote. Today we are all very busy with our own lives and the complexities of trying to achieve success. Do not misunderstand me — success is important. One needs to ensure that one's own financial success is addressed. But we cannot forget those around us; too many people today, especially in today’s economics, are struggling even harder than ever. We need to reach out to them.

Baby boomers often state that our young people do not care. I am pleased to see that this generation of students coming into the Dugoni School care a lot about people. We need to encourage them, support them and work side by side. As a baby boomer, I am encouraged that society is in good hands with our young people.