In 2007, an employee in the VCU School of Dentistry development office asked dental hygiene alumna and faculty member Tammy Swecker why none of her peers returned for Reunion Weekend. She explained that dental hygiene graduates had no voice in alumni relations. Later that year, Swecker was named a trustee on the board of the MCV Alumni Association of VCU and worked with the development office to plan a dental hygiene alumni reunion dance party.
Since then, she has spent countless hours forging connections between alumni and students. “As an alumna, I have walked in the same hallways, taken the s¬ame classes and know [students] have chosen the absolute best place to learn dental hygiene,” she says. “VCU is a family that loves its community and each other.”
Swecker, who received an M.Ed. in adult education from the School of Education in 2005, is now a full-time faculty member in the VCU School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach and serves as a dental hygienist at VCU Health. She has received numerous awards, fellowships and honors for teaching excellence, including the 2014-15 VCU Service-Learning Faculty Fellowship, and was appointed by the governor to the Virginia Board of Dentistry.
As an MCVAA trustee, Swecker plays a significant role in the annual MCV Campus Reunion Weekend. Her lengthy tenure on the board ensures that the dental hygiene program always has a voice in important decisions.