MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In recognition of military veterans and those currently serving, the West Virginia University School of Dentistry is hosting Red, White, and Blue Day on Thursday, Nov. 14 at the WVU Health Sciences Center.

“The day of recognition allows us to unite around the theme of service,” Shelia Price, D.D.S., Ed.D., associate dean for Admissions, Recruitment and Access in the School of Dentistry, said. “The assembly is a special way to honor veterans who have demonstrated the pinnacle of service.”

U.S. Marine Corps veteran, author and West Virginia native Jamie Summerlin will present “Dreaming Big, Going Further.” Summerlin recounted his cross-country run to generate awareness and raise funds for veterans in his book “Freedom Run.” For more information on Summerlin, visit

Other participants in the program include the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard, second-year dental student Ethan Lafferty, who will perform the National Anthem, and David Felton, D.D.S., M.S., dean of the School of Dentistry.

“It’s truly an honor for the School of Dentistry to host this event honoring our veterans and to have Mr. Summerlin speak to our students, faculty, and staff,” Dr. Felton said. “Raising awareness of the plight of many of our veterans, and particularly those with dental needs, is important for future generations.  We should never forget their service, many of whom paid the ultimate price for our freedom.”

All who attend the event are encouraged to wear red, white and/or blue. The assembly will begin at 12:10 p.m. in the Okey Patteson Auditorium.
For more information: Angela Jones-Knopf, News Service Coordinator, 304-293-7087
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