Chair’s Message

Chairperson’s Message    Duerst-Lois 2017

You’re Invited to the 2017 Star of the North

On behalf of the Scientific Session Committee, I would like to welcome you to the 2017 Star Of The North Meeting. Be prepared for three days of state of the art education, camaraderie with your colleagues and fist pumping entertainment.  While other national meetings are seeing a decrease in participation, the Star of the North meeting has held strong due to a membership that cares about their profession and a staff that cares about what the membership desires in a meeting.

We have listened to what you want in content.  This year you will find some recent favorites back by popular demand including Dr. Samson Ng, Dr. Brian Novy and Ms. Elizabeth Somer.  We also have some past favorites who we are happy to welcome back such as Dr. Rella Christensen, Ms. Karen Baker and Dr. Robert Margeas.  In addition, we have some newcomers who we are so excited for you to meet including Dr. Jonathan Ng, Ms. Janet Press and Mr. Gary Zelesky.  Of course, we have added some of our own favorites such as Dr. Lee Ann Brady and Dr. David Clark.  We have also heard the desires of the staff members.  We have increased the number of hygiene and assistant lectures and workshops.  There is truly something for everyone!

We have listened to what you want in format.  This year you will notice that there are one hour, two hour, three hour and all day seminars.  This format allows you flexibility to potentially earn more credits, walk the exhibit floor during quieter times, or listen to a wider variety of topics.  We have also expanded our very popular “Star Series” onto Saturday’s line-up with some local favorite speakers.  Lastly, we are expanding our meeting space into the Saint Paul Hotel so we can accommodate more attendees in our larger, more popular courses.

We have listened to what you want on the exhibit floor.  We again will be offering exhibit floor hours on Thursday afternoon, all day Friday and Saturday until 1:30 pm allowing plenty of time to visit our nearly 300 vendors.  The very popular Thursday evening Exhibit Hall Premiere Night with food and drink is returning, along with the Cash Cube and thousands of dollars in prizes and give a ways.  Also, look for some one credit courses offered by the vendors on the exhibit floor.

We have listened to what you want for team activities. We heard that attendees missed having a keynote speaker; so we are having Gary Zelesky, a charismatic motivational speaker, present a keynote presentation on Saturday morning.  This event is for the whole team and includes breakfast! Also, back by popular demand, Hairball is returning for a Big Party encore performance!  If you missed them last year, this is a must see.  Take advantage of the free Hairball admittance Friday night, stay overnight at one of our local hotels and bring your whole team to the breakfast Keynote on Saturday morning.  Now that is team bonding!

The 2017 Star of the North meeting is YOUR meeting, so take advantage of all there is to be offered.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Lois F. Duerst, D.D.S.
Chair, 2017 Scientific Session Committee