Autumn 2013

Passion for Pacific: Alumni Give Back

Such rough conditions were very real at the old dental school, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, where in the early 1960s four students—Paul Senise, Ernest Giachetti, Kenneth Frangadakis and Morel Fidler—became roommates and forged a deep friendship that still continues after more than 50 years.

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SoMa: A Neighborhood on the Move

Diverse and dynamic are two words that describe the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood, which has grown into an incredibly vibrant district of residents, cultural organizations and businesses. It bustles with world-class museums, shopping, dining, convention space, hotels, housing and educational institutions, the most recent of which is Pacific’s new campus.

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There and Back Again: The Dental School Family Returns to its Roots

A look at the history of the Dugoni School’s various locations in San Francisco.

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Building Bridges with Students from China, Turkey and Egypt

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry’s international ties were strengthened this fall as the school hosted several groups of dental students as part of its cross-cultural exchange programs.

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Sam Christensen ’05 | Teaching is in His DNA

Dr. Sam Christensen ’05 has taken an interesting career path to get where he is today—from middle-school science teacher to dental student to practitioner and now faculty member.

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Fast Forward

Pacific Dugoni is a busy place of learning and achievement in the fall season. Our new students are getting adjusted to their course schedules. Classes and clinics are in full swing, and our upcoming graduates are one step closer to finishing up their studies and joining the ranks of our alumni. Our faculty and staff are also working hard to prepare for our move next year to our new downtown San Francisco campus.

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A Dream is Taking Shape

The physical structure of the building at 155 Fifth Street, completed in less than 18 months, represents the culmination of a vision created through a lengthy and carefully planned process involving the input of hundreds of people. What went into this dream? What impact will it have for students, patients, faculty and staff, alumni, the greater University and San Francisco itself?

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