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Welcome back and I hope you enjoyed the break. We are looking forward to a fruitful quarter full of learning and growth.

Our Alumni Association board met on September 24th, and I had the opportunity to share some updates about all of your wonderful efforts.  We have so much to be proud of and that has been possible because of what you do to lift and pull one another up.  Thank you for your incredible efforts.

There are two ways of exerting one’s strength.  One is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” –Booker T. Washington

We are so grateful for our volunteers who participated in the COVID-19 vaccine clinic on campus yesterday afternoon. Thanks to their efforts we were able to administer vaccines for 120 members of the San Francisco community who qualified. Each of these valuable doses will help protect someone and moves us one step closer to a healthier society.

Another update related to vaccine distribution is news that Registered Dental Hygienists in California will be eligible to give COVID-19 vaccinations, under supervision of an eligible vaccine provider, following training and certification. This step will expand the vaccine workforce, particularly if help is needed in the future at mass vaccination sites, community clinics, or other places. Read more on this from the CDA

We are looking forward to the 122nd Annual Alumni Meeting next week, with a theme of “Digital vs. Traditional: It’s New, but is it Better?”  It all takes place virtually from Thursday, February 25 to Saturday, February 27. Activities include CE lectures, a virtual recognition program with Medallion of Distinction awards, a virtual vendor floor, the Legacy Ball: “Through the Looking Glass,” and much more.

Look for more information next week from our Alumni Association as the meeting approaches. If you have specific questions, please email at dugonialumni@pacific.edu or call 415.351.7146.

Dear Dugoni School alumni family,

I hope you are staying well amid all of the disruptions of the recent days and weeks. Our thoughts are with you, your families, your patients and others who are being affected by COVID-19.

Our team has been meeting daily to monitor the situation, communicate with colleagues across the country and communicate updates regularly to the Dugoni School family.  I want to take this opportunity to also update you about how the Dugoni School is helping to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, patients and community. In response to the rapidly changing environment, we have adjusted our operations in a variety of ways, including the following:

  • After the San Francisco directive to “shelter-in-place” earlier this week, we have temporarily closed our San Francisco Campus from March 17 – April 7. Due to the sudden directive, we have shifted our final exams to next week. Those exams will be held online. Starting March 30, our didactic courses will be delivered online at the start of our Spring Quarter. Faculty and students have been trained and we have conducted pilot deliveries of this methodology. Our clinics are now closed with the exception of emergency phone consultations with patients of record. We will re-open our campus after we learn more about the ending of the shelter-in-place directive and public health advice.
  • Our employees are working from home and we have enhanced our telecommuting capabilities to allow us to service the needs of the Dugoni School family.
  • As advised by public health leaders, we are canceling all on- and off-campus university events in the coming weeks. This includes events such as our Dugoni Discovery Day admissions open house and an upcoming CE program. We also have suspended international and domestic travel for non-essential university-related business in accordance with our university guidelines.
  • If you have any needs from our Alumni Association, our staff is always available for you. Please reach out and learn more via the Alumni Association web page.
  • Please note that to date, there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases on any of Pacific’s three campuses. More university-wide updates are available on a university web site FAQ page.

Additionally, I want to share several links you may find of use for yourselves or your dental practice team members:

  • Friday, March 20: An on-demand COVID-19 infection control webinar. Our own faculty member, Professor Eve Cuny will co-lead an on-demand webinar for the ADA, representing the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), to provide the dental community with practical guidance and education as we all navigate the challenges that COVID-19 is presenting to our profession. If you are interested in receiving a link to the webinar (available on demand on Friday afternoon), please sign up here.

The steps we have taken are to ensure the best path for us to help keep everyone in the Dugoni School family and the broader community healthy. Our purpose of helping people lead healthy lives seems to be in laser focus during this time period.

Together, I know that we will weather this storm both as a school, as a university, as a community, and as a profession.

We deeply value our relationship with all of you – our alumni, friends and supporters.  We will keep you updated with new information as we look ahead and resume our normal programs and events when we are able to do so.

Be well and take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

Sincerely,

Nader A. Nadershahi, DDS, MBA, EdD
Dean

Dear Dugoni School Family,

A member of our alumni family recently demonstrated one of our core values of leadership and is making his mark on the world stage.

I am pleased to share news about Dr. Arif Alvi ’84 who was elected as President of Pakistan this week. Dr. Alvi completed our Graduate Orthodontic Program in 1984 in San Francisco. He has served as a leader in the profession and in his country for many years.

Feel free to visit the links here and here to learn more about his background in dentistry and public service.

This is an inspiring example of how leadership can take many forms and can even propel us into new fields of service beyond healthcare.