Class of 2020 Students Make it Over the Hump

Completing the first half of our dental program is a big accomplishment and our second-year DDS and IDS students organized an “Over the Hump” party to celebrate. The Class of 2020 students hosted a successful bash open to all students, faculty and staff at The Argonaut Hotel in San Francisco on Feb. 2. The night featured food, dancing and awards.

The Dr. Thomas R. Bales Family Endowment Good Samaritan Award is announced during this annual celebration. It recognizes a second-year student for demonstrating exemplary kindness to fellow classmates throughout the first half of the program. Dugoni School of Dentistry alumnus and benefactor Dr. Thomas R. Bales established the award in 2004 to honor a student who provided inspiration and a sense of purpose to his or her fellow first-year classmates.

This year’s winner and recipient of a plague and a check for $5,000 was Marwa Elkharsity.

Congratulations to Marwa and to the Class of 2020 on making it over the hump!