December 06, 2011
Pacific pride was in the air during a recent alumni gathering in the Big Apple. Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry graduates living in the New York City area as well as a handful of pediatric residency program interviewees met for an informal reunion dinner on Nov. 27. Nearly 25 alumni and guests met to catch up on careers and residency programs, and to hear about recent Dugoni School happenings. The dinner was held in conjunction with the Greater New York Dental Meeting, an annual event for dental professionals in the New York area.
The reunion event at Carmine's Restaurant was spearheaded by Dr. Paul Chu '02, a former Dugoni School class president and current director of the Pediatric Dental Residency Program in the Department of Dentistry at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. Chu organized the dinner, which attracted alumni representation spanning the Class of 1980 through the Class of 2011.
Among the alumni in attendance was Dr. Matt Hashimoto '08, who invited the group to see his band perform at the Village Lantern on Nov. 29. Hashimoto, known for his singing abilities and a performance on Oprah's Karaoke Challenge in 2009, had the dental school family cheering him on as he performed. He recently graduated from Columbia's Periodontal Residency Program and now practices —and sings — in New York.
Dr. Craig Yarborough, associate dean for institutional advancement, and his wife Nancy joined the alumni for dinner and brought updates from California, including the latest news about people and programs, as well as the school's plans to move to the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco in 2014.
"No matter where Nancy and I go, the pride and passion for Pacific Dugoni comes out at events like these," said Yarborough. "Thanks to our strong clinical program and the faculty and staff who support them, our graduates are thoroughly prepared for any specialty, AEGD or GPR residency programs they attend. Kudos to Paul Chu for his leadership in coordinating the dinner."
For more information about upcoming events for alumni around the country, visit the Alumni Association's website at www.dugonionline.org.
Category Type: Special Events, Alumni
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