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For two weeks, the members of BU’s ASDA chapter spread some holiday cheer by collecting donations for Toys for Tots. “Some people think it is an exchange program where children are exchanged for train sets, but it’s actually a great way to give gifts to kids who are less fortunate” Said Jenny Lorenzo, a D4. USSDA also volunteered to help raise donations. “Volunteering like this is the right thing to do. Now I know how Scrooge must have felt after he sent a turkey to the Cratchit home.” Said [Fran's full name here]. Many people were in the giving mood as 96 toys were donated. When the final tally was reached, James Lee a D3, put his finger to the side of his nose, winked, and whispered “Looks like I have some work to do!” before disappearing up the nearest chimney
We ALL here at BUGSDM and BU ASDA would like you to wish you all a very Happy Holiday. Do not forget to reflect upon this year, and think of all the people who have made this year wonderful and joyous and thank you so much for your being a part of the ASDA community!
What better way to spend your weekend than on the biggest roller coaster in the United States with your ASDA District 1 friends? BU students had their ASDA fever and adrenaline pumping on October 20 with the twists, turns and the G-forces at Six Flags – New England.
The vendors and District cabinet made this trip possible. Our students got a chance to interact with students from U Conn, Harvard and Tufts, to learn more about issues facing District 1, and leadership opportunities. Venders gave students the opportunity to learn about the new products and services at a lunch presentation. Khamir Patel AS 2104 said – “The winding roller coasters were a great way to unwind after a few hectic weeks of exams.”
On the Friday October 19th, BU students and faculty braved the threat of rain to attend to ASDA Harbor Cruise. Once the glammed up members of the BUGSDM community were aboard the ropes were thrown and off we went! Appetizers and the cash bar kept the good vessel in good spirits as she toured the Boston Harbor.
Wyatt Traina DMD 2014 exclaimed, “Thanks to the BU ASDA Harbor Cruise, High Seas are more than just my average grades.” Danielle Fernandez DMD 2014 agreed, ”There’s nothing like a BU ASDA Harbor Cruise to keep you cruising through third year!”
Students and faculty alike found their sea legs and had time to wind down from another busy week.
BUSDM students (and some faculty!) turned out in throngs for the BU ASDA 2012 Mixer. The Vault in downtown Boston was kind enough to host all these rowdy students eager to celebrate after another long week of clinic and classes. Old friends caught up, and new friends were made as revelers enjoyed hot appetizers and cold drink. Smiling faces and snappy outfits were easy to find, and the camera did just that capturing many great photos of our classmates in something other than scrubs for a change.
On Sunday, September 30th, BU ASDA joined MDS to take part in the Phantom Gourmet Food Festival from noon-4pm. More than 80 Boston dental students ate, bowled, and networked at this annual event. MDS offered discounted tickets to dental students from the three area Boston schools, and there was an excellent turnout despite the overcast skies and occasional rain showers.
Students spent the day sampling cuisine from 100 different area restaurants and vendors. The event took place throughout Lansdowne and Ipswich Streets by Fenway. After everyone had their fill, students were invited to the top floor of Jillian’s Boston for a bowling party with other dentists and dental students.
Says Elizabeth Ponder DMD 2013: “Phantom Food Fest was awesome!” Secretary Danielle Berkowitz DMD 2013 added that “Although the weather was rainy, it was a fun experience; the food was great and the crowd was fun. MDS was very welcoming and friendly during the bowling as well. Overall, it was a great day.” From the sound of it, Phantom Food Festival will continue to be a pleasant diversion from the daily grind for dental students for years to come.
ASDA leadership organized another dental screening camp at a health fair under the guidance of Ms. Lituri. This health fair on Saturday, September 29, was part of the yearly celebration at the Pentacostal Church in Mattapan.
Our participation at this event last year was well received by the community and the residents of Mattapan were eager for our return.We screened around 65 patients, nearly double the patients that we had seen last year.
It was a new experience for DMD 1 and AS 1 students willing to give up their Saturday in getting a chance to interact with people through a wide age range and socio-economic status.
The unexpected Autumn chill in the air was counteracted by the warm welcome of the Mattapan Community and the warmth of our participating BU ASDA members!