What a Month…

What a month it has been! March has been packed with important events and activities.

Pacific ADEA attendees gathered after the Gies Awards ceremony to celebrate the school's award.
Pacific ADEA attendees gathered after the Gies Awards ceremony to celebrate the school's award.
On the weekend of March 4, the Alumni Association hosted its 112th Annual Alumni Meeting here in San Francisco. It was the first time since my return from Stockton that I really got to reconnect closely with the greater Pacific Dugoni alumni family. We’re fortunate to have one of the largest alumni reunions of any dental school and it really shows the pride people have in their alma mater. The best moment for me — during a weekend of many wonderful moments — was during the Friday Alumni Luncheon, when I was presented with the Medallion of Distinction. What a terrific “welcome home” gift.

Then this past Monday, I had the pleasure to attend the Gies Awards ceremony at the ADEA Annual Session where the school received its award for Outstanding Vision — Academic Dental Institution. I was so proud to accept the award on behalf of the entire school in a ballroom filled with leaders in dental education.

The vision, talent, and collaborative hard work of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends keep us on the forefront. Our peers continue to take notice of our many student and faculty accomplishments, curriculum enhancements, community service, international partnerships, facilities planning, and other projects identified as part of our school’s strategic plan implementation.

Congratulations to our entire school community — this is your award. Thank you for your commitment to living our vision — “Leading the Improvement of Health by Advancing Oral Health” — and for making our school such a special place.