September 30, 2010
The Dugoni School of Dentistry's Humanitarian Dentistry Organization (HuDen) recently presented Dr. Allen Wong with its first-ever Humanitarian Faculty Award. This award honors one faculty member per year for time dedicated to providing free dental service. The club voted to award $1,000 to Wong, director of the Hospital Dentistry Program, who recently helped provide dental care during a volunteer trip to Fiji. This trip was one of many dental mission trips and community service projects he has been involved with in recent years.
The award was generously funded by the Henry Schein company. Keith Wilson, a company representative, was on hand to present Wong with the award check during the school's C3 Advance, a day-long training event held on Sept. 21 for faculty and staff development.
"Pacific is a wonderful place to work and I enjoy volunteering with colleagues and future colleagues," said Wong. "The students are vibrant and have a genuine heart for those in need. They help to re-inspire me to continue to volunteer."
To support humanitarian efforts by students and faculty, Wong graciously gave the money back to the HuDen organization to be used for future dental service trips.
Becoming an officially sanctioned organization at the school in May 2010, HuDen was created to celebrate humanitarian dentistry, serve as a resource for current humanitarian dentistry groups and publicize ongoing volunteer and service projects. Through a handful of international humanitarian mission trips, Dugoni School students travel to remote locations throughout the Caribbean, South America and Asia to provide free dental treatment to people in need.
Category Type: Honors and Awards, Community Outreach, Special Events
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