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Yesterday, Pacific staff, faculty and ASDA students joined ASDA students from UCSF as volunteers at the San Francisco Food Bank. We had a great time preparing packages of food for hungry San Franciscans.

This event was organized as part of our commitment to giving back to San Francisco. We have two exceptional dental schools here in the city, and as students, we know it’s important we give back to our community.

A few times each year, students from both schools get together and volunteer. It’s a great chance to do something good for San Francisco, and a welcome opportunity for us Pacific students to get to know our colleagues at UCSF!

Take a look at a short video from the San Francisco Food Bank event below.

Posted by Armin Vahidnia
Class of 2012
ASDA Northern California Community Outreach Coordinator

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The graduating classes of 2011; the reunion classes of 1991 and 2006; and participating faculty and staff had a great time at this year's Asilomar Retreat held in Pacific Grove, CA. From the weekend’s abnormally nice February temperatures, to the beach bonfire, educational sessions and some wild karaoke, the 2011 weekend was a huge success!

Check out a video recap, with footage filmed throughout the weekend by DDS student Scott Sutter, below:

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Pacific's chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) recently hosted a week-long series of events to highlight the ADA's American Dental Political Action Committee (ADPAC). Throughout the week of Jan. 31, students, faculty and staff participated in educational discussions focused on public policy, dental politics and the legislative process.

Invited speakers included Dr. Rhett Murray, chairman of the ADPAC Board of Directors and Dugoni School of Dentistry alumnus; Dr. Matt Campbell, member of the 13th District ADPAC Board of Directors; and California State Senator Leland Yee.

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