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.
You’ll read more about the construction of our new facility at 155 Fifth Street in the pages that follow. The work is moving along at a fast pace. The clinics, learning and meeting spaces, laboratories and other parts of the new campus are getting close to completion. We are working with our equipment and technology partners as they install simulation technology, new dental chairs and other equipment in the building.
The dental school family will soon have an opportunity to celebrate our new campus. Please mark your calendar for the weekend of March 7–9, when we host the 115th Annual Alumni Meeting in San Francisco. On March 7, we’ll host a special day of dedication activities at the new building, including an afternoon open house for students, faculty and staff, and an evening reception for alumni. We’ll also host a brunch on Sunday, March 9 at the 2155 Webster Street building where alumni will have a special opportunity to visit the building one last time and relive a few memories of dental school. You won’t want to miss this special weekend to celebrate our school’s past and future.
While we look to the future in this issue of Contact Point, we also look to the past through the eyes of a few alumni from the 1960s who have made history together. These lifelong friends share their memories of dental school and their lives thereafter. We hope you enjoy reading about their strong ties. Perhaps you’ll revisit some of your own memories and friendships forged during, and since, your time at dental school.
This issue also features our annual Honor Roll of Donors. We recognize that our success as a school is made possible by the generosity of our alumni, friends and other supporters. Thank you for continuing to give back. Here’s to another great year of the Pacific Dugoni family moving forward, together.
Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr. Dean