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Alumni Host Cioppino Welcome Event for New Students

Class of 2013 students at the Cioppino Dinner.

July  20, 2010

Alumni from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry proudly welcomed the DDS Class of 2013 and IDS Class of 2012 to the dental school family on July 16, 2010 with a one-of-a-kind San Francisco treat. During the annual Cioppino Dinner, held at the dental school's Café Cagnone, alumni gathered to prepare the cioppino — a traditional fish stew — and to serve it to the 165 new students.

A dish with roots which can be traced back to the beginning of the last century in San Francisco, Cioppino combines a variety of seafood with tomatoes, wine and herbs, and is traditionally served with pasta. The hosting alumni began preparing and cooking the Cioppino in the early morning in the kitchen of Gaspare's Pizza House and Italian Restaurant in San Francisco.

This symbolic gesture — alumni serving new students — is a unique tradition celebrated by Dugoni School of Dentistry. In addition to making students feel welcomed into the dental school family, it gives them a chance to interact with alumni, faculty and administrators in a relaxed atmosphere.

"The best way to welcome a person into a family is to have a meal, so that's what we're doing today," commented event co-host Paul Senise '65. "This has become a tradition for us and for the students, and we're happy to do it."

"This has been a great first week," said Melanie Seto, Class of 2013 student. "The Cioppino Dinner is a really fun event for the students. It's welcoming us into the family which is what Pacific is all about."

The first Cioppino Dinner took place in 1988. Since its beginnings, the dinner has been hosted by alumni Drs. Ken Frangadakis '66, Ernie Giachetti '67 and Senise. Special assistance this year came from Drs. Jim Kinsel '98, Gary Pagonis' 76; Milt Pagonis '72; JJ Salehieh'92, '93 AEGD; Tony Santos '76; and Kimberly Senise, a Dental Hygiene graduate. Indelicato Gaspare, owner of Gaspare's Pizza House and Italian Restaurant, generously provided kitchen space for the Cioppino preparation.

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