I would like to wish everyone a happy Juneteenth, as our country officially celebrates our new federal holiday for the second year. Also, I encourage you to read a guest opinion piece written by Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, Vice President for DEI at University of the Pacific, which was published over the weekend in the San Francisco Chronicle.

As we kick off Commencement Weekend, we have a special surprise tonight to honor our graduates.

Starting at dusk, San Francisco City Hall will be lit up tonight in Pacific’s university colors of orange and black in honor of the Dugoni School’s Commencement Weekend. We reached out to City Hall to request this special civic recognition in honor of the many ways that our graduates have positively impacted the community and were pleased to hear the good news about this special lighting request for tonight.  Thank you to Dr. David Lam for the suggestion and Associate Dean Dan Soine for making the contact to obtain the approval.

A public webcam where you can view City Hall is located here.

Step through webcam images of the City Hall lights below.

Also, as a reminder, the livestream link for Sunday’s Commencement Ceremony is available on the school’s YouTube channel here (also linked below)

We look forward to a wonderful weekend in celebration of our graduates, and thank you to the entire Dugoni School family for helping them reach this important milestone!

dental hygiene class of 2022

A special note of congratulations to the Dental Hygiene Class of 2022, which celebrated its pinning ceremony last Saturday on campus. The milestone event also included awards, remarks from students and faculty members, senior superlatives, a student video, and more. We will have more opportunities to celebrate the graduates during the upcoming Commencement Weekend in June. Attached is a group picture from the event and more photos are available in the online photo gallery.

It is exciting to see more in-person community outreach events planned as part of the Dugoni School’s commitment to serving the public. Next week, the Union City Dental Care Center, the Southern Alameda County Dental Society and the Dugoni School are partnering on two outreach opportunities. Thanks in advance to all of the volunteers for your great outreach efforts.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness month. As dental professionals, we have a unique opportunity to potentially save lives through screenings, early detection, and treatment. About 54,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancers of the mouth, throat, tonsils, and tongue. A few resources to explore include the Top 5 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer from the American Dental Association and Oral Cancer Facts from the Oral Cancer Foundation.

Oral healthcare is critical to overall health and well-being and these are all examples of the important role that we play in diagnosis and prevention as we train outstanding humanistic providers and achieve our purpose of helping people lead healthy lives.

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." –Coretta Scott King

The American Dental Education Association has announced a call for Programs, Posters and TechExpo presentations for next year’s ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition, scheduled for March 11-14, 2023, in Portland, OR. Please take a look at the entry details and consider a submission so we can have a strong showing from the Dugoni School at the event. The Annual Session will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the organization. Submission details are available here.

Thank you to our CDA student leaders for stepping up to organize the recent CDA Contacts networking event last week and also to those who participated in the CDA Grassroots Advocacy Days. Our first-year student Kenza Schreiber was recently spotlighted in the CDA article “California dental students advocate for dentistry, patients during Grassroots Advocacy Days.”

We recently received some good news about an alumnus, Dr. Dan Hammer, who was selected as the HJF Hero of Military Medicine Navy Honoree. The HMM awards recognize outstanding contributions by senior leaders, medical professionals, and civilians who distinguished themselves through excellence and dedication to advancing military medicine and enhancing the lives and health of our nation’s wounded, ill, and injured service members, veterans, their families, and civilians. Read about Dr. Hammer’s path in the profession and service to others.