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ASDA Chapter Hosts Vendor Fair Showcasing Newest Dental Products, Services and Technologies

An Apple representative demonstrates using the iPad for attendees at the ASDA Vendor Fair.

April  30, 2010

Representatives from more than 30 companies recently set up displays in Café Cagnone to showcase a variety of products, services and technologies to the school community. The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's American Student Dental Association (ASDA) organized the April 14 exhibitor fair as a way to educate students about some of the products in the marketplace while also raising money to support student activities.

Students, faculty and staff enjoyed complimentary appetizers, wine and other beverages while exploring the vendor tables and mingling with the exhibitors and each other. Raffle prizes including local restaurant gift certificates and dentistry-related items were given out at the end of the evening.

Vendors included Apple Computer, Brasseler USA, California Dental Arts, Colgate, Crosstex International, Designs for Vision, Health Professionals, Henry Schein Dental, Hu-Friedy, Indian Health Services, Jostens, Kerr Corporation, Kool Smiles, Matsco, Medical Protective, Mitchell & Mitchell, Ocean Dental, Orascoptic, Pacific Dental, Patterson Dental, Perioptix Inc., Philips Consumer, Premier Dental, Proctor & Gamble Oral, Q-Optics/Quality Aspirators, Inc., San Francisco Dental Society, SS White, SurgiTel/General Scientific, Suter Dental, Ultralight Optics and the U.S. Navy.

The money raised from this event assists the school's ASDA chapter in funding its various activities throughout the year, including a day to meet with state representatives in Sacramento and a trip to meet with members of Congress in Washington, D.C., as well as a visit to Baltimore for the annual ASDA meeting.

"Thank you to all of the companies involved in this year's Vendor Fair for showing their support," added Erin Kane, member of the DDS Class of 2011 and one of the main student organizers of the event. "The Vendor Fair exposes students to a variety of different companies and services available to them and it also brings members of the school together."

"We get a great education here at University of the Pacific," said Michael Rice, member of the DDS Class of 2012 and current president of the school's ASDA Chapter. "Vendor fairs and "lunch-and-learn" events give us information about products and companies so we can decide for ourselves what we like and how we want to practice. We're fortunate to have a supportive administration that encourages us to enrich our learning experience."

ASDA is a national student-run organization whose mission is to protect and advance the rights, interests and welfare of students pursuing careers in dentistry. More than 87% of all dental students nationwide join the association. At the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, 100% of DDS and IDS students are members of ASDA. For more information, visit

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