Earth Day, Administrative Professionals and Updates

Dear Dugoni School Family,

As we continue every day to work toward our return plan and you are working and learning from home, I would like to share some different news and updates. The world’s first “Earth Day” was celebrated back on April 22, 1970, to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Today marks the 50th anniversary of the event. One interesting aspect of the current pandemic is how air quality and some other aspects of the environment have improved since so many people are staying home, reducing automobile pollution, and reducing our impact on the planet. As humanity emerges from the impact of this pandemic, I hope that one silver lining may be that our environmental researchers can learn from this unique moment and identify some evidence-based steps for us to take in ensuring a healthier planet for this and future generations. You can learn more about the history and impact of Earth Day here.

April 22 also is the national celebration of Administrative Professionals Day. I encourage you to take a moment to thank and acknowledge the important role of the administrative professionals we are fortunate to have as part of the Dugoni School family. We would not be as successful as we are without the dedication of our administrative assistants, support specialists, and others who help us deliver excellence across our departments. All areas of our school function better thanks to their talents and they are truly some of the unsung heroes of our ability to transition so quickly and successfully during this unusual time.

I look forward to connecting with our Class of 2022 today at 1:00 pm. Also, I invite everyone to please remember to join us for a Virtual Town Hall this Friday, April 24, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm by WebEx. The event is open to all students, residents, faculty and staff. An invite with the link has been sent out. Members of our Crisis Management Team and I will discuss our school’s “roadmap to reopening” and some other important updates. If you would like to ask a question in advance, please email it to You can also ask questions during the town hall.  We will successfully make it through by keeping our strong culture and continuing to share ideas through open lines of communication.

After I shared the video of a singing dentist last week, I have received a few other links to videos, including this one from Dr. Eddie Hayashida entitled “Dentist Singing Disney’s Reflection.” This dentist is our alum Sarah Kym, a DDS graduate of the Class of 2015 who practices in Tucson. What a beautiful rendition! Enjoy the video here.

Thank you for your incredible show of strength as you are enduring this shelter in place and for your outpouring of positive thoughts and well wishes for one another.

Be well,

Nader A. Nadershahi, DDS, MBA, EdD