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Major gift creates Septodont Lecture Hall at New York University

Renovations include new lighting and more

June 03, 2013

Support: Chris Corsette (left), director of marketing for Septodont, poses for a photo with NYU College of Dentistry Dean Charles N. Bertolami.
New York—The New York University College of Dentistry has named its Saklad Auditorium the Septodont Lecture Hall in honor of a major gift the dental product development and manufacturing corporation made last month.

Renovations that include technology upgrades, new lighting and other amenities are under way on the 443-seat lecture hall and expected to be completed in

To perpetuate the memory of Dr. Maurice J. Saklad, NYU alumni trustee and longtime member of the college's prosthodontics faculty, the area adjacent to the hall has been renamed the Saklad Atrium.

“Since its establishment in 1979, the Saklad Auditorium has been the site of nearly 32,000 classes for more than 28,000 students,” said Michael P. O'Connor, executive vice dean for administration and finance.

“Thirty-four years of extreme utilization have contributed to extensive wear and tear, and the once-splendid auditorium facilities have become worn out and antiquated. Septodont's visionary gift will allow NYUCD to transform the space into a 21st-century facility that boasts the latest in technology, design and function.”

“Our contribution to the modernization of the new Septodont Lecture Hall is an opportunity to further enhance the excellent educational environment that NYU is known for around the world,” said Oliver Schiller, third generation heir to Septodont and current CEO. “We recognize the quality of dentistry that comes out of this fine school as well as cutting- edge research that will make such a positive difference in how dentistry is practiced in the future.”

Added Dr. Charles N. Bertolami, NYU dean:

“We are confident that our academic community and visitors will appreciate the new look and feel of the space for years to come.”