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Pacific’s ADEA Student Group Named Distinguished Chapter, Receives Award for Outstanding Advocacy and Ethics

Pacific's ADEA Student Chapter received two honors at this year's event.

March  21, 2013

A contingent of students, faculty and staff leaders from University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry were among the more than 2,100 attendees from throughout the country who gathered for the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Session & Exhibition in Seattle March 16-19.

Pacific's ADEA Student Chapter received two honors at the event: a Distinguished Chapter Award, given to only five ADEA student chapters, and the Outstanding Advocacy & Ethics Award, given to one student chapter this year. Student representatives accepting the honor were Alex Blaseio '13, C.T. Do '14, Bartolo Espana-Austin '14 and Jesse Wright '13.

Alan W. Budenz, D.D.S., M.B.A., M.S., Professor and Director of Oral Diagnosis and Patient Intake at the Dugoni School received an ADEA Presidential Citation. Dr. Budenz was a significant contributor to the ADEA Council of Sections task force which updated "Competencies for the New General Dentist," a resource for dental schools as they undergo curricular changes. 

In addition, Dr. William C. Sands, Assistant Professor of Dental Practice and Vice Chairperson, Clinical Practice Strand at the Dugoni School of Dentistry, was among the educators announced as a member of the 2014 class of the ADEA Leadership Institute.

Finally, the Dugoni School's chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), the Delta Delta Chapter, was recognized with the annual Chapter Award at the OKU national chapter meeting held during the Annual Session. This award is given to one chapter in recognition of  programs that encourage excellence in educating and motivating students, faculty, and the dental community. The Delta Delta Chapter was recognized for activities such as sponsoring Second-Year Retreat; Future Educators Night; OKU Excellence Day; and several monetary awards to students.

Educational sessions, leadership training, awards, networking and other activities at the ADEA event highlighted best practices in dental education amid the changing world of healthcare.

The event's theme, Landscape of Learning, encompassed key issues and future-oriented concepts in dental education and oral health, while underscoring academic dentistry's commitment to lifelong learning. Pacific faculty and staff members spoke on topics including design and delivery of programs to support curriculum change, engaging learners of different ages using today's technology and the National Dental Pipeline Program. 

The mission of ADEA is to lead individuals and institutions of the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research, and the delivery of oral health care for the health of the public. ADEA's activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications. ADEA members include all U.S. and Canadian dental schools and many allied and advanced dental education programs, corporations, faculty, and students. For more information, visit

Category Type: Honors and Awards, Special Events

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