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Alumni Association Honors Drs. Eibeck, Nadershahi and Tanita with Annual Medallion of Distinction Award

Drs. Daniel Tanita, Pamela Eibeck and Nader Nadershahi (left to right).

March  13, 2013

More than 1400 alumni and friends of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry gathered for the 114th Annual Alumni Meeting held March 8-9, 2013 in San Francisco. The weekend featured numerous continuing education courses, alumni recognition opportunities, reunion dinners and social events, and the much-anticipated 2013 Legacy Ball.

During the Alumni Recognition Luncheon held at the Fairmont Hotel on March 8, Drs. Pamela Eibeck, Nader Nadershahi and Daniel Tanita were awarded the Alumni Association’s highest honor, the Medallion of Distinction. This recognition is given to individuals in recognition of service, support and dedication to the dental school, the Alumni Association, the profession of dentistry or to society in general.


University President Pamela Eibeck has been a strong supporter of the dental school’s Alumni Association activities since the start of her presidency in 2009. She has been a driving force behind the dental school’s upcoming move to its new building at 155 Fifth Street in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco, and is also working to increase the University’s presence in San Francisco. She has consistently included dental school faculty and administrators on main campus committees and collaborations.


Dr. Nader Nadershahi has been a part of the Dugoni School family since 1991, when he matriculated as a member of the Class of 1994. After graduation he joined the faculty, holding various roles including group practice leader, and today holds the title of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Executive Associate Dean. He serves as treasurer of the Alumni Association and is a member of numerous committees and cabinets here at our school as well as with other dental professional organizations.


A member of the Class of 1973, Dr. Daniel Tanita has been involved with the dental school and the Alumni Association since his graduation. He is past president of the Pacific Dugoni Foundation and is currently the annual fund chair. He maintains a private practice in San Pablo, Calif. and has founded two volunteer dental clinics at elementary schools for the undeserved in West Contra Costa County, one of which is now a fully-funded federal program.


The classes of 1948, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008 participated in reunion events – including dinners held throughout the city on March 8. Earlier in the day these same classes showed their generosity and school spirit through a presentation of class gifts to benefit the Pacific Dugoni Annual Fund, endowments and other programs at the school.

The Class of 1983 donated a generous $1,074,541 and received the Boxton Bowl, awarded to the class with the largest reunion gift. The Class of 1988 donated $865,659.23 and received the McDowell Bowl for highest amount of Dean’s Fund giving over the last five years; the Sloman Bown for highest percentage of a class attending the reunion; and the Dugoni Bowl for the highest percent of a class in the Endowment & Legacy Society. The Class of 2008 received the Tocchini Bowl for the highest percent of a class participating in a class gift and the Redig Bowl for the highest percent in the Dean’s Fund Leadership Club.

The weekend also featured the 2013 Legacy Ball, with a theme of “Downtown,” held March 9 at the San Francisco Galleria and Design Center. The Legacy Ball is an annual opportunity for the dental school to thank and honor its many donors and supporters. Guests enjoyed an evening of hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, music and dancing, and entertainment – including a personalized performance by cast members of Beach Blanket Babylon, the longest running musical revue in the United States.

The below video, "Downtown!," made its debut at the Legacy Ball and features many familiar Pacific Dugoni faces.

Category Type: Alumni, Honors and Awards, Special Events

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