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Please join me in congratulating Kathryn Shimizu from the DDS Class of 2022 for having her essay, “More Than Teeth: What Your Dental Team Wants You To Know About Health Misinformation,” selected to represent the Dugoni School in the American Dental Association’s 2021 Health Literacy in Dentistry Essay Contest. Thank you Kathryn for taking the time to share your thoughts in this national contest! 

Also, congratulations to Dental Hygiene Program Director, Professor Lory Laughter and her fellow co-authors of “Carranza’s Clinical Periodontology for the Dental Hygienist,” for being recognized as a finalist in the Association of American Publishers PROSE Awards honoring scholarly works published in 2021. Their publication was highlighted in the “Nursing and Allied Health” category. Read more about the awards.

I have some good news to share as we finish up the week. On Tuesday, the Dugoni School received the Community Excellence Award for Community Engagement from the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District in honor of the many ways we served the neighborhood in 2021. Some of these activities included our clinical services, vaccination efforts, patient emergency care and funding, community outreach, and our public awareness campaign about the importance of oral health.

All of our students, residents, faculty, and staff played a part in making these efforts a success so thank you to each of you. I hope you feel good about your positive impact on the lives of others.

Please learn more in this news story. Also, I had the opportunity to make comments on behalf of the school during a virtual awards presentation you can watch on YouTube below (The school’s section starts at 4:19 and includes pictures of some of our volunteers.)

A special note of congratulations to several members of the Dugoni School family who received awards at the Faith Davies All-University Leadership Awards Ceremony held virtually on May 7. This event is designed to celebrate the successes of Pacific students, faculty, staff, and student organizations across all three campuses. During the many challenges of the past year, you can be proud that we had three Dugoni School family award recipients in these all University awards.

  • Outstanding Graduate Student Leader Award — Anthoula Vlachos DDS ’21
  • Pacific Tiger Award — American Student Dental Association Chapter
  • Podesto Award for Excellence in Student Life, Mentoring and Counseling — Janelle Palomares

These awardees have made such a positive impact on so many people here at the school and in our community. Thank you all for what you have done as leaders at the Dugoni School.

Click through the awards program to learn more about the recipients.

I would also like to congratulate all our Tau Kappa Omega honorees for the well-deserved recognition of your hard work. Last evening’s virtual ceremony was a great success because of you as well as our wonderful, sometimes comical, co-presidents Savana Brown, Maryam Moghaddam and Kenji O’Brien. Thank you also to Dr. Budenz. Thank you to our students, staff, and faculty recognized last evening for your leadership and commitment to excellence in academic dentistry.

This is a week of good progress for the Dugoni School. We are off and running with the start of our new quarter and new academic year. Yesterday was the first day of a fuller resumption of clinical care following the clinic orientations that were held Monday. On Tuesday, we treated 177 patients in our clinics. We will be increasing the patient flow slowly as we move through July and into next month according to the health and safety guidelines.

I had the opportunity to observe our clinics yesterday and was able to see many of our students, residents, staff, and faculty, including some people who had not been back on campus for many weeks. It was wonderful to see your faces — even behind your masks. Thank you to everyone for working together, as we provide care to our patients and learning experiences for our students and residents.  Our patients were excited to be continuing their care.  There is a large pent-up need for oral health care in our community.

Speaking of working together, two members of the Dugoni School family have been recognized for outstanding service to others.

Congratulations to Emilio Fastidio, Sergeant in the Department of Public Safety, for being selected as the Employee of the Quarter for the Spring Quarter. We had the opportunity to thank him on Monday (see pictures attached). During the shelter-in-place, Emilio and the entire team worked tirelessly to ensure that the essential campus operations could continue in a safe manner, while helping to prepare us for the eventual resumption of operations. Just one example is his work with the Emergency Clinic staff and Building Operations team to prepare the clinic entrance to safely receive emergency patients, setting up the proper protocols with Eve Cuny, and posting the latest information from the SFDPH. Emilio is continually thinking and taking action on ways to further the school’s humanistic approach and values. His devotion to our campus is extraordinary.

According to John Feeney, director of the department: “Emilio is a rock and many here lean on him for so many things outside of his job description. Our team would not be as strong as it is without Emilio’s commitment to our mission and his attention to detail.”  Congratulations Emilio!

In another accolade, Dr. Craig Yarborough, Associate Dean for Institutional Advancement and Director of our Center for Success, was recently honored by the American Dental Education Association. Dr. Yarborough received a Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors citation during a virtual event on July 10. The award is presented to leaders who have demonstrated exceptional service to the Association and the dental education community. Dr. Yarborough has made such an impact on the lives of thousands of our students and residents. We are very proud to see this recognition!

Also, back in May, I had communicated about the Dugoni School’s ADEA Chapter, which was selected for a Bronze Level Chapter Designation by the ADEA Council of Students, Residents, and Fellows (CoSRF). This designation is determined by several factors, including the number of active chapter members, the number of events hosted by the chapter, and representation of attendees at national events. Congratulations again to our student leaders for your involvement in the chapter.

You can learn more about the award for Dr. Yarborough and our student chapter designation on the ADEA website.

It is amazing what we can accomplish by working together, living our values, and supporting each other, especially during times of change and uncertainty.

Be well and continue practicing safe habits.