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UCSF Dentistry Has Major Presence at First UCSF All Alumni Event

April 24, 2012

The UCSF School of Dentistry and UCSF Dental Alumni Association were part of a strong showing at UCSF's first All Alumni Weekend in April, incorporating the DAA's 116th Scientific Session and Alumni Meeting, centered at the Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco.

UCSF Dentistry attendance alone surpassed 550 registrants, by far the largest contingent among all of UCSF's professional schools - a fact noted approvingly by UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann in her address to the awards luncheon on the second full day of the event.  The Chancellor had positive words for Dean Featherstone, his administrative team, and the entire UCSF Dentistry community - particularly alumni, for their continued engagement and commitment to the School's future through challenging times.

The awards luncheon was also highlighted by the induction of two new UCSF Dental Alumni Association Medal of Honor honorees, Ted Camaisa (D'89) and Peter Milgrom (D'72), as well as a gift to the School of an Endowed Scholarship by the Class of 1961, presented by Pete Giers (D'61), who led the effort, and a gift to the Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Program by the UCSF Dental Hygiene Class of 1962.

"It brings me so much joy when I think about my years at UCSF," said Sahar Mirfarsi, DDS, a 2008 graduate of the UCSF School of Dentistry in a story posted to the UCSF News Center.  "This event is an amazing opportunity for me to…visit my colleagues, mentors and friends," Mirfarsi said. "Not only is it vital for our profession, but also individually to stay in touch, exchange ideas and communicate with one another…What a great event to combine it all. I cannot wait to see my colleagues, especially my favorite mentors."

In addition to the event's numerous social gatherings and class reunions - such as this year's Dentistry and Hygiene Classes of 1962 inductions into the "Half Century Club" - a diverse and exciting array of continuing dental education sessions were offered throughout the weekend, a highlight of which was the standing-room-only Jean Poupard Memorial Lecture "Current Research in Dental Hygiene", presenting the work of the first-ever Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Class of 2012.

And for the first time, the all-alumni nature of the gathering afforded dentistry alumni the opportunity to celebrate with friends and classmates from across UCSF.

"It seemed like our council worked double time this year, and it was really appreciated" said Roy Nesari (D'06) of UCSF Dental Alumni Association, one of the main organizers of UCSF Dentistry's participation.  Noting the popular and ever-growing student research poster presentations, also known traditionally as the "table clinics", Nesari noted that "the students loved the poster session, and really enjoyed engaging with the alumni."

Looking ahead to the next year's Scientific Session and All Alumni Event, Nesari noted that there will be "lots to improve upon, but there is still room to grow", adding that "expectations will remain high in 2013!"

Pictured

UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann speaks to the UCSF Dental Alumni Association awards luncheon (top); from left: Dean Featherstone with alumni Albert Gardi, D'42, and Herb Gabriel, D'43 (middle); Dental Hygiene Graduate Program Director Margaret Walsh kicks off the Jean Poupard Memorial Lecture "Current Research in Dental Hygiene" by the Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Class of 2012 (bottom).

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