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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.

Dear Dugoni School Family,

This has been a long week, so today’s update is focused on the importance of our families and, in particular, moms around the world.

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and I hope you take a moment to connect with your mom, or spend some time reflecting on positive memories of your mom.  Some of you may even be living at home right now with your parents, while others may be far away from them.  No matter where you are, we can all celebrate the people who have influenced us and the importance of the support from our families.

I am so grateful for my mother as she was one of the most influential people in my life that helped shape who I am today.  There is not a Mother’s Day that goes by or, in fact, any day where I do not think of the wonderful example she set for my brother, for me, and for our broader family.

If you are looking for some musical inspiration this weekend, click here for a Mother’s Day playlist with a few mom-related songs.

Have a great Friday, enjoy your weekend, and happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there.