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Yetzer and Alkilani Named DDS and IDS Class of 2008 Valedictorians

June  16, 2008

Jacob Yetzer Named DDS 2008 Valedictorian

Jake YetzerThe Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry named Jacob Yetzer valedictorian of the DDS class of 2008. Yetzer ranked first in a class of 139 dental students and was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Tau Kappa Omega and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies for his scholastic achievements.

Yetzer also received the following graduation awards: Dean's Valedictorian Award, Alpha Omega International Dental fraternity Award, American Association of Oral Biologists Award, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Dental Student Award, Inesi Award in Physiology, Excellence in Oral Surgery Award and Herbert K. Yee Scholarship Award.

"I'm grateful for all that Pacific has done for me. I hope that I'll have the opportunity to pass on the learning experiences so many people on the Dugoni School faculty provided for me." Yetzer said.

While at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, he took an active role in student research and served as secretary for the school's Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Study Club. Yetzer received a bachelor's degree in exercise science from the University of Wisconsin.

Following graduation, Yetzer and his wife, Carly, will move to Jacksonville, Florida, where Yetzer will enter the oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program at University of Florida.

Tawfiq Alkilani Named IDS 2008 Valedictorian

Tawfiq AlkilaniThe Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry named Tawfiq Alkilani valedictorian of the school's International Dental Studies class for achieving the highest overall grade point average in didactic and clinical courses during the two-year program for foreign-trained dentists.

Alkilani earned a bachelor's degree in dental surgery from University of Jordan, School of Dentistry in Amman, Jordan, prior to entering the IDS program at Pacific. Alkilani has received numerous accolades for his academic accomplishments, including being inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon and Tau Kappa Omega dental honor societies. Alkilani also received the Dean's Valedictorian Award, the F. Gene and Rosemary Dixon IDS Endowment Award and Herbert K. Yee Scholarship Award. During his time at Pacific, Alkilani was active in student government, including serving as president of his class.

"It has been a great blessing to be part of this educational institution," Alkilani said. "I am very grateful for all that I have learned and experienced here: from state-of-the art clinical dentistry techniques to leadership skills. The Dugoni School experience has been life-changing, and I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to give back to dental education and my community in the future."

After graduation, Alkilani, his wife, Jill, and stepson, Timothy, will move to Virginia Beach, Virginia, where Alkilani will work in private practice. Alkilani also plans to pursue a part-time position as a dental educator.

Category Type: Honors and Awards

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