Gingerbread Adds Friendly but Keen Competition to Holiday Party

Sonya Hasan DMD 15 and Pardis Koleini DMD 17
Sonya Hasan DMD 15 and Pardis Koleini DMD 17

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) students, faculty, and staff headed to Hiebert Lounge on the evening of December 12, 2013, to celebrate the holiday season and mark the end of the School’s 50th Anniversary celebration year.

The Scarlet Jazz Ensemble from the BU College of Fine Arts treated guests to live holiday music. The array of food included traditional Thanksgiving items, pastas, stir-fry, and many appetizers and desserts.

Santa (aka Equipment Technician Roger Reizovic) made the rounds to greet good girls and boys.

A gingerbread house building contest offered a new twist to this year’s event. Eight teams comprising students, staff, and faculty spent the morning assembling creative and delicious houses in the GSDM cafeteria. Teams carefully transported the completed structures across Albany Street, into the Medical School, and up to the 14th floor, where party guests would later vote for their favorites.

In the end, the team called “Ginger-Vitis,” from the DMD 17 class, were the winners. They included: Emad Abdallah, Erwin Apaza, Mcallister Castelaz, Jon Kuang, Armita Mashkouri, and Francesca Tesone.

Once again, separate raffles were held for staff/faculty and students. Prizes included: a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card (Christopher Connell and Farid Mohammadian), a $100 Amazon gift card (Jelena Vucijak and Pantaleon Morales), a $150 Marriott gift card (Mina Ebrahimi-Daryani and Molly Washburn) and an iPad Air (Derek Leung).

“Kathleen and I enjoyed sharing the spirit of the holiday season with all of the members of the GSDM community,” said Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter. “We especially appreciated seeing many of them come together to partake in the gingerbread house competition and the wonderful creations that came of their efforts. We greatly appreciated that Medical Campus Provost Dr. Karen Antman stopped by the party to admire the gingerbread houses as well.”

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