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It may be cool and foggy here at the dental school’s campus in San Francisco during July and August, but first-year students got a taste of what the rest of the country considers real summer weather when they travelled to Stockton for University of the Pacific's orientation program for new students.

To take advantage of the sunny weather, they played a vigorous game of Spongeball.

Seriously, if you see only one movie this year about dental students getting whacked with wet sponges, pick this one.

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Twice a year, our school's student body leadership and the dental school administration/faculty meet together over a nice dinner to join in a night of collaboration. It is a great forum for students to provide feedback, discuss issues, present goals and recognize achievements. Class officers from every year have opportunity to discuss issues with the entire school administration with all department chairs in attendance. Officers come prepared with issues to bring forward while the administration makes note of discussion items to be addressed. Later a report is sent out summarizing the decisions and actions taken regarding the various topics discussed during the meeting.

The Dean's Dinner is a longstanding tradition established years ago by Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni and proudly upheld by Dean Ferrillo. What's great about this event is that everyone in attendance shares in a common theme: how are we doing and how can we improve. This event not only facilitates discussion of important issues, it also effectively bridges the gap between students and administration enhancing the lines of communication.

Naturally, students and administration/faculty do not always agree on how to address every issue, however, the fact that such a collaborative tradition exists sends a resounding message to students/faculty/staff that student concerns are important and that it is a priority of the administration to listen and collaborate.

Events such as the Dean's Dinner are traditions that make students proud to be apart of the Pacific family.

Emerson Lake
Student Body President
University of the Pacific
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Greetings, Pacific family and other visitors to the new dental university website. My name is Emerson Lake, the current Student Body President. I look forward to contributing to this new blog with hopes of providing a student's perspective to those interested in knowing more about life here at Pacific. Of course I welcome any comments or questions that you may have about anything I blog about, and I will try my best to provide prompt responses.

So with introductions out of the way, I am happy to report that it is great to be back into the full swing of things as a third (and final) year Pacific dental student. The reality is that in the third year our clinic time doubles that of the previous year! All of a sudden, there are a lot more patients to manage, appointments to schedule and lab work that seems to never end. In this last year, we are tying together all that we have learned from the various disciplines over the past two years and applying it as we meet the needs of our patients down in clinic.

If the first few weeks of this new academic year are any indication, then the next ten months will fly by so quickly we won't know what hit us!