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Thank you for what you have been doing to keep each other healthy. Through our protocols, we are also keeping our patients, families, friends and others in the community healthy.

I would like to start this post by thanking Hiba Akhtar, Pacific ASDA, our office of student affairs, and all our participants for a wonderful Virtual Bridge Builders week. I loved the videos (some of which you can see on Instagram) and know that we are all grateful for everyone taking the time to share your culture and family with your Dugoni School family.

The American College of Dentists — Northern California Section held its virtual awards program this past Saturday. Congratulations to Kenji O’Brien DDS ’21 for being named the Outstanding Student Leader, and to Professor Eve Cuny for being named Outstanding Faculty Member. Your leadership over the past year has been admirable and we are proud of both of you!

Congratulations also to Dr. Ned Nix, associate professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Dugoni School, who was recently elected Regent, Regency 7, for the American College of Dentists. He will represent Hawaii, Northern California, Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico for three years beginning at the ACD Annual Meeting in October.

Tonight, we will hold the virtual Tau Kappa Omega (TKO) celebration for selected students and honorees. The dental school organized its TKO dental honor society in 1927 to promote honor and service to alma mater. Students are admitted on the basis of ideals, scholarship, and character, and those elected graduate with honors. I look forward to seeing our students virtually this evening to mark this wonderful achievement. Thank you to our student co-presidents and faculty advisor Dr. Alan Budenz.

Yesterday, we conducted a new interprofessional education opportunity. Six students from the Clinical Nutrition program at Pacific’s School of Health Sciences joined our dental students. They participated in the morning ICS 1 course and in the afternoon clinic ODTPs where they offered nutrition consultations for patients. Thank you to Dr. Michelle Brady and others here at the dental school for developing IPE opportunities with colleagues at the School of Health Sciences.

An update about travel for employees. All university-related travel must be approved in advance according to the school, program, or unit policies. Fully vaccinated individuals may travel within the United States if approved by their supervisor, manager, program director, department chair, or dean. People who are not fully vaccinated should delay travel until they have had a chance to complete vaccination and wait until two weeks after their final vaccine injection to travel. The updated interim travel guidance is available on the university website (scroll to click “Travel” section) at COVID-19 Information for Employees | University of the Pacific.

Finally, a reminder that we are hosting a first-dose COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children ages 12+ this Thursday, May 20, from 5:00 pm to 6:20 pm.  Appointments are still available so please spread the word to your family, friends, or community contacts. Sign up online

Dear Dugoni School Family,

Happy Friday morning. I hope you enjoyed our first full week of April as our Spring quarter moves into full swing. I want to congratulate our Dental Hygiene students and their faculty mentors on the research presentations completed this week.  I was able to attend a few of the virtual presentations on Wednesday and was impressed by the preparation and professionalism of our Dental Hygiene students.  Keep up the great work.

Congratulations to our student Pedrom Mashaw DDS ‘22, who recently created and launched the “Dental Giants” podcast to help inspire dental students and young dental professionals. I had the honor of being interviewed and sharing some of my background and thoughts about the dental profession. Thank you Pedrom for your passion for this podcast project and your leadership and initiative.

Listen to the podcast episodes on Apple Podcasts or Anchor FM.

Thank you to our volunteers who helped with our pop-up vaccine clinic last night and those helping at the vaccine clinic tomorrow for people with disabilities. Thank you also to our students, staff, and faculty who are volunteering for the virtual Dugoni Discovery Day tomorrow. We are very thankful for your willingness to help make these events a success.

I will end our message for today with a reflection on the importance of our thoughts on successful outcomes.

“Whether you think you can or think you cannot, either way you are right.”

Do you know of someone who would make a great member of the Dugoni School family as a student? We recently opened registration for our virtual “Dugoni Discovery Day” annual admissions open house. The event will take place online on Saturday, April 10. Learn more and RSVP. 

Thank you to our volunteers who are helping at tomorrow’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic on campus. This is a second dose clinic for members of the public and some of our internal students and employees who are part of our healthcare programs. We are expecting more than 530 people on campus for this clinic.

In case you missed it in the Positively Pacific newsletter, you can read the article about the vaccination volunteer efforts in San Francisco and Stockton

Please have a great Friday and weekend. We are entering the home stretch of this quarter and I know how hard you all have worked in your studies, patient care, school projects, and support for one other. We are also in the home stretch of marking one year from the time of the initial shelter in place orders. It is amazing to reflect on how we have been through and how much we have grown.

“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.” –John Maxwell

Good Friday morning and I hope you have had a safe and productive week.

This afternoon, we continue one of our long-standing traditions at the Dugoni School. The Asilomar Virtual Conference will be held for the DDS, IDS, and Dental Hygiene Classes of 2021.

We are looking forward to the program, slideshow video, guest speaker Mr. John Beede — Everest climber, global adventurer, entrepreneur, author and humanitarian — and other virtual activities. This will be the 53rd annual Asilomar gathering, and although we could not hold it on the Monterey Peninsula, we are still excited that we can continue the tradition of gathering together.

Thank you to the nearly 170 people who participated in our COVID-19 vaccine clinic on campus yesterday, either by getting the vaccine or by volunteering. We were also able to vaccinate members of dental teams and other health care providers who work in San Francisco referred to us by the San Francisco Dental Society and Department of Public Health.  It was wonderful to see more potentially lifesaving vaccines being administered by members of our Dugoni School family.

You may also have heard that the Moscone Convention Center is opening as a mass vaccination hub for members of the public who qualify for vaccines. Frontline healthcare workers and those age 65 and over who live and work in San Francisco qualify. Learn more and book an appointment.

As our collective fight against this virus continues, it is good to have additional tools at our disposal including the pending review of another vaccine by Johnson and Johnson on February 26 by an independent scientific review board.

Be well and enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend, and a remember to stay safe and healthy.