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Alumni Return to Celebrate 50 Years of Dental Hygiene at MTC. More Reunions Planned

Picture of Dr. Rhames and Mary Hook

On May 8 more than 100 alumni returned to the Airport Campus to mark the Dental Hygiene program’s 50th anniversary. MTC’s Dental Hygiene program is the oldest in South Carolina. The anniversary event was a free opportunity for dental hygiene alumni to celebrate and reconnect with classmates, faculty, and staff from the program. 

One alumni, Mary Hook of Lexington, represented the earliest class year in attendance. Hook, a graduate of the class of 1968, studied Dental Hygiene at Richland Technical College, one of the three higher-education institutions that eventually merged to become Midlands Technical College. Hook’s dental hygiene career spanned more than 30 years in the Midlands before she retired.

Tammi Byrd, MTC’s 2018 Distinguished Alumni, was also recognized at the event. Byrd is a 1979 graduate of the program. She went on to become the CEO and Clinical Director of Health Promotion Specialists, a program that provides accessible and affordable preventive dental hygiene care to children. 

Two leaders of the Dental Hygiene program, Dr. Martha Hanks and Becky Marchi, were also recognized for their years of dedication to the program. Hanks recently retired from MTC; and Marchi, who plans to retire later this year, was honored by the Foundation with a dental scholarship for students in her name. Retired dental faculty Florence Thompkins presented a history of the program that compared practices, uniforms, and even hairstyles to what they were many years ago and how things have changed today.

Upcoming reunion events.

On Saturday, June 16, the Respiratory Care Program will celebrate its 50-year anniversary at the Spring Valley Country Club. Tickets are $60 and include music, dancing, food, and spirits. Click here to purchase tickets to the Respiratory Care program's 50th Anniversary Celebration.

On June 19 at 4:30 p.m., MTC’s Human Services Program will celebrate the retirement of Dr. Mary Rawls as director of the program with a free dessert reception on the Airport Campus.  The event is open to anyone in the human services profession, as well as students and alumni of the program. Click here to RSVP for the Mary Rawls retirement drop in.