The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) has awarded Arthur A. Dugoni,DDS, its first ASDA Paragon Award. The award was presented to Dugonilast month at the ASDA Annual Session in Anaheim, Calif. Dugoni is deanemeritus and professor of orthodontics at the University of thePacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

The ASDA Paragon Award recognizes excellence in advocacy on behalf ofstudents, clinical practice, contributions to the lives of dentalstudents, innovation in dental education, and dedication to organizeddentistry.

“One of his famous quotes is, ‘At Pacific we build people, and along theway they become doctors,’ ” said Naomi Sever, 2010-2011 ASDA vice president, from the University of Texas Health Science Center, SanAntonio. “He’s a model of excellence and wonderful mentor … the type ofperson we aspire to become.”