The Arcolian Dental Arts
Society has been generous to the University of Illinois at Chicago College of
Dentistry (UIC COD).
Arcolian Frank Maggio, D.D.S.,
Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics at UIC COD, and Arcolian President
Stephen Esposito, D.D.S., presented Clark M. Stanford, D.D.S., Ph.D., Dean, with
a check for $1,000 to support the College’s Service Learning Fund and A.C.E.
(Achievement, Commitment and Empowerment) Scholarship Fund. The donation was
requested by Dr. Maggio as part of his being named Arcolian of the Year.
The society also presented a
scholarship for $2,000 to third-year dental student Andrew Bertagna.
“I am very proud of both my
Italian heritage and my career choice,” says Mr. Bertagna. “So, being
recognized by a dental society composed of Italian-Americans is a great honor
that I will always cherish.”
He plans to use the money to
support his research-related endeavors.
Mr. Bertagna expressed his
gratitude to all the members and executive board of the society “for seeing
potential in me and recognizing it with an award.”
He notes that, “when Italian
immigrants first came to America, they operated in a close network, relying on
their fellow immigrants for support and friendship. The Arcolians and
organizations like theirs re-establish this old dynamic within a professional
society by bringing together individuals of similar heritages, allowing for
relationships between individuals of similar heritage to be established and
flourish even in our modern, diversified society.
“These organizations recognize
intrinsic commonalities amongst dental professionals, as well as provide a
neutral and causal form for neophytes within the profession to meet and
establish relationships with and learn from older, more prominent members,” Mr.
Bertagna says. “These societies also provide an opportunity for peers to remain
in contact with each other long after graduation.”
The Arcolian of the Year Award
“recognizes my work as a periodontist, as a faculty member and Alumni Board
Director at the UIC College of Dentistry, as an active member of organized
dentistry, and as a person of Italian-American heritage,” Dr. Maggio says. “I
am proud and humbled that the society chose to honor me.
“I also am proud of the close
relationship between the Arcolians and the College of Dentistry,” he continues.
“Dr. Stanford and the faculty, staff, and students of the college understand
the importance of the good works provided by the Arcolians, and the Arcolians
understand that the future of the oral health profession is being created at
The society serves as a
professional, social and charitable organization for Italian-American dentists.
of William Bike, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
Published on March 14, 2018