Bulletin of Dental Education

Arcolian Dental Arts Society Provides Support to UIC COD

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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 UIC.” 

The society serves as a professional, social and charitable organization for Italian-American dentists.

Courtesy of William Bike, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry

Published on March 14, 2018

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