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Season’s greetings as we celebrate a special year here in San Francisco!

Enjoy an entertaining look back at the first 125 years of University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

While the times have changed, thanks to you, our commitment to excellence, innovation, leadership, and service remain as strong as ever.

Wishing you the very best this holiday season!

Dean Nader A. Nadershahi

Happy Lunar New Year to the Dugoni School family and to those around the world who celebrate. We are saying goodbye to the Year of the Rat and welcoming the Year of the Ox. While the traditions may change this year, there will be millions who will connect with friends and family virtually to mark the special occasion. Enjoy an article with some pictures and history of the Lunar New Year holiday.

A reminder that today Ed Bryan ’57 joins us for an alumni spotlight as part of our Black History Month activities. We look forward to learning more about his life experiences and career in dentistry. Thank you to our Student National Dental Association chapter and the Office of Student Services for organizing the activities this month. Read a Contact Point story about Dr. Bryan

Thank you to everyone who is helping at our COVID-19 vaccine clinic tomorrow for SF Fire Department employees and SF Department of Public Health employees. Since we had additional appointments still available, we were able to open up the vaccine clinic to San Francisco residents age 65+. Appointments and IDs are required.

Our campus will be closed this coming Monday, February 15 for the Presidents’ Day holiday. I hope you enjoy the extra time off. I know you have all been working hard this quarter.  Please enjoy the holiday in the safest way possible and avoid risky behavior. Even if you may have had one or two of the vaccine doses, it is very important to stay safe and model good behavior as healthcare professionals.

As we all continue to be hopeful and guardedly optimistic about some positive steps forward in this pandemic, I thought we could reflect back on these words.

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

As we prepare to celebrate the 4th of July and the extended holiday weekend, I wanted to send a note to remind everyone to be careful and stay safe. By making smart choices, wearing face coverings, washing hands, and physical distancing, we can keep the Dugoni School family and our communities as healthy as possible. This virus continues to spread in the community, and we should certainly not be letting down our guard.

You may be interested in a special online event today: Harvard Business Review is hosting a session on LinkedIn with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discussing the topic “What It Will Take to Defeat COVID-19.” It takes place at noon PST today.

Also, this weekend, be sure to make time to stay in touch with your friends and families, or others who have helped you get to where you are today. Tell them how much you appreciate how they have touched your life. We are all going through this pandemic together, and when faced with such prolonged uncertainty and challenge, we all need somebody to lean on. I know that I certainly do from time to time.

I hope you enjoy this video that brings to life the importance of taking care of one another.

Be well, enjoy your holiday weekend, and stay safe.