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For Release: February 10, 2006
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DMS Students Showcase Talents to Raise Funds for Katrina Victims

Dr. Jonathan Skinner
James Town and Judy Lin, both DMS I,
were among several students who performed
in the "Storm Rider" dance

The DMS Winter Extravaganza, organized by several dedicated students, raised several hundred dollars and featured an extraordinary array of talented medical students. Organized by first year students Judy Lin and Marius Pakalniskis, the event provided a venue for students and alumni whose expertise extends beyond the classroom and the laboratory.

Held on January 29 at Collis Common Ground on Dartmouth College's campus, the Extravaganza showcased the skills of medical students, teachers and alumni. In an open invitation for performers, Judy and Marius implored talented colleagues to, "Dust off that book of Chopin etudes, stretch out those dancing legs, and keep those operatic vocal chords warm!"

Dr. Jonathan Skinner
Christopher Jordan-Li, DMS II, sings
an encore of Simon and Garfunkel's
"Homeward Bound"

"Among us, there are pianists, singers, dancers, guitarists, and other wonderfully talented people," said Marius. "The extravaganza was a fun, exciting way to share these talents with members of the DMS community."

The event featured pianists, singers, dancers, guitarists and an array of other gifted performers. One highlight of the show was a duet by Dr. Sarah Johansen, DMS '90 and Susan Kelly, DMS I. They chose a poignant song, For Good, from the Broadway musical "Wicked."

Dr. Jonathan Skinner
Austin Kim, DMS II, on piano

In addition to astounding the enthusiastic audience, the event raised over six hundred dollars for the DMS Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund through the efforts of Folasade Ajayi, DMS II. And drawing on the students whose talents excel in the kitchen, Katie Roatzan. DMS I, organized a bake sale with student-baked goodies that were sold at intermission.

"If success were to be measured by smiles, laughter and applause, the Extravaganza was off the charts!" exclaimed Marius. "It was simply a magical evening!"


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