The entire clinical floor of more than 400 people was silent on Monday, Feb. 4, when Interim Dean Dr. Gary Chiodo came onto the intercom asking for everyone’s attention. All students and patients at Oregon Health Sciences University were waiting on edge to hear what this important announcement was. They had no idea what they were about to hear next.
A few weeks earlier, third year dental student Jason Greyslak had approached the dean to ask for his help in his proposal to fellow dental student, Rose Vaughan.
Jason and Rose met as first year dental students and it didn’t take long before they were dating. As first years at OHSU, they attended an annual retreat for new students hosted by the Alumni Association. This retreat involved a trip to picturesque Cannon Beach, Oregon, where ice-breaker activities like a sand castle building competition took place. It was here that Rose and Jason started their friendship that evolved to a lasting relationship.
Jason’s friend had suggested the idea of a proposal at school. After asking for permission from her parents and setting up a plan with the dean, he was ready to propose. So on Feb. 4 (Rose’s birthday), Jason took to the intercom after the Dean’s introduction.
Jason began by asking everyone to “wish Rose a happy birthday” and continued by stating that today was “no ordinary celebration.” He described their relationship and shared what he loves about her. Then he asked the oh-so-important question, “Will you marry me?”At that point, the intercom cut out allowing everyone to hear the cheers for their colleagues in clinic. Once the intercom was back on, Jason let Rose know he would be coming to see her now and hoped she would say yes!
As Jason made his way to the clinic floor, he passed through a large crowd of patients, students and faculty. Rose met him there where he got on one knee and presented the ring he picked out with the insight of Rose’s best friends and his own take on what she would like. Rose answered his proposal with a big “YES!” among the cheers of everyone around. Jason said that patients were taking pictures and crying in the waiting room. Faculty members were equally excited to see something like this take place at school.
I want to wish these two a big CONGRATS personally and on behalf of ASDA! I actually went to middle school in Oregon with Rose and to college in Arizona with Jason so it’s feeling like a small world to me and I’m very happy for the two of them! Best wishes for your futures together in dentistry and in life.
For everyone else, we are wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day!
~Katie Divine, Minnesota ’13, editor-in-chief