Alumni Day 2009: Auditorium
The breezeway was packed and the big auditorium was full as an excited
crowd estimated at 350 converged on the LSU School
of Dentistry for a full day of Alumni Day
activities. These included continuing education
courses provided pro bono by The Dawson Academy
and the dedication of a $3.2 million renovation to
Auditoriums A and B.
History was made when the school’s first-ever
Distinguished Faculty Award was presented to Dr.
Shawky Mohamed, beloved teacher for the past 31
years in the Department of Prosthodontics.
In honor of decades of loyal support, the
Outstanding Alumna of the Year award was given to
Dr. Virginia Angelico-Tatum (’79).
“Our message to the world is that we are going
forward,” Dean Henry Gremillion (’77) told the
crowd at the auditorium dedication. “Today we can
feel the energy of getting things done.”
The auditoriums are used daily as classrooms
incorporate the latest in technology. Starting in
2010, the rooms will also be used for continuing
education courses, with the capacity to link to
locations in other Louisiana cities. Since 1969,
more than 900 LSUSD continuing education courses
have attracted more than 50,000 attendees.
The completed auditoriums are the first step in
a multi-year rebuilding of the dental school. Dr.
Gremillion, who became dean just one year ago,
shared plans for the total renovation of the wet
labs and preclinical labs. “We have to face the
reality that most of the teaching labs and
classrooms have not been renovated since the 1970
and are outdated. Going forward means upgrading
If humor is the best medicine, then it could be
said that the live auction conducted by
fourth-year students Ben Foster and Chris Feldman
was balm for the soul. The two had the audience
laughing non-stop while successfully raising
$6,000 to benefit the LSUSD Alumni Association.