Scores of colleagues, family, and friends gathered in late June to celebrate the official naming of the Michael C. Alfano Commons in honor of NYUCD’s immediate past Dean and the current Executive Vice President of NYU, whose tenure from 1998 to 2006 helped to transform the College on multiple levels.
In dedicating the Alfano Commons, former Interim Dean Richard I. Vogel said, In deciding how to honor Mike for his extraordinary leadership of the College, we felt that any facility bearing his name should reflect not only his stature as a leader, but also his warmth, accessibility, and the remarkable esprit de corps he helped to build among NYUCD students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. We believe that the Alfano Commons sends exactly that message.
Among the many gifts to the Campaign to Establish the Alfano Commons was a major leadership gift from the Adele and Leonard Block Fund and Mrs. Peggy Danziger. Mrs. Block and her daughter Mrs. Danziger are members of the family that owned the Block Drug Company, Inc., a major producer of oral and general healthcare products, which is now a division of GlaxoSmithKline. Prior to joining NYUCD, Dr. Alfano was a Senior Vice President of the Block Drug Company.
The 13,000-square-foot, $4 million facility is a spectacularly attractive and hospitable gathering area for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The Alfano Commons features a food court offering a wide variety of delicious meal options, two student lounges with wall-mounted 60 plasma screen TVs, a pool table, and computer stations. The locker room, Schein Dental Supply Store, student council offices, and laundry/lab coat room are also located on the Commons.