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Alumni Association Welcomes New Students with Annual Cioppino Dinner

Dr. Paul Senise gets to know some of the incoming students at the Cioppino Dinner.

July  22, 2013

The aroma of fresh-cooked seafood stew and pasta wafted through the halls of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry July 19, when the school's Alumni Association hosted its annual Cioppino Dinner to welcome new students to the Pacific Dugoni family.

The dinner is a long-standing school tradition that gives alumni an opportunity to serve new students a meal, share some words of wisdom and officially welcome them in a celebratory atmosphere. 

In addition to eating, the students heard remarks by Alumni Association President Dr. Suzanne Saidi '91, Dr. Paul Senise '65 and Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr. "Breaking bread together and enjoying a meal is one of the best ways to we can welcome our students to the Pacific Dugoni family," said Senise. 

The first Cioppino Dinner took place in 1988. For the past quarter century, the dinner has been hosted by Alumni Association board members, volunteers and staff members at the start of the school's academic year. 

A stew whose roots can be traced back to the late 19th or early 20th century in San Francisco, cioppino combines various types of seafood with tomatoes, wine and herbs, and is traditionally served with pasta. For the Cioppino Dinner, the hosting alumni spent the early part of the day preparing and cooking in the kitchen of Gaspare's Pizza House and Italian Restaurant in San Francisco before bringing the finished product to the dental school's cafe.

Category Type: Alumni, Special Events, University

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu