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Ben Shimel Honored with Delta Dental Student Leadership Award

Ben Shimel (center) with Delta Dental Vice President John Yamamoto (left) and Associate Dean for Administration Eddie Hayashida (right).

May  02, 2013

Class of 2013 student and Associated Student Body (ASB) President Benjamin Shimel was recently honored with the annual Delta Dental Student Leadership Award from Delta Dental of California. At a luncheon and ceremony at Delta Dental's San Francisco headquarters on April 25, Shimel received the award in recognition of his contributions to the dental school through leadership and participation in organized dentistry.

The Delta Dental Student Leadership Award is based on leadership skills as demonstrated by the student's activities and accomplishments during dental and pre-dental education; public service commitment; outstanding service or accomplishments in the field of dentistry or related science; and scholarship. Awards are given annually to a graduating student nominated from each of California's dental schools, with recipients each receiving $12,500.

In his role as ASB president, Shimel has represented Pacific at state and national meetings and has served as a liaison between the student body and school faculty, staff and administration.  In addition to his position as ASB president, he held the position of class president during his second year of dental school. He has been active in community volunteer activities, including participation in some Project Homeless Connect and SCOPE events, and has been a member of various school study clubs, committees, honor societies and organized dentistry groups.

"I am humbled and honored to receive this award," said Shimel. "For me, leadership and participation in dental school activities and groups has been tremendously rewarding. I feel that I've gained as much as I've been able to give back."

Shimel won't be flying the Pacific Dugoni coop just yet. Following graduation he will be entering an oral surgery residency through Pacific's Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program at Highland Hospital in Oakland, Calif.

Category Type: Honors and Awards

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