Bob Berne ’60 Honored With 2006 Alexander Hamilton Medal
PHOTOS: EILEEN BARROSO
Top, Dean Austin Quigley shares a laugh with guest of honor, Bob
Berne ’60 (left). Middle, three members of the Ivy League champion
women's soccer team — from left, Meghan Hurlbut ’07, Bailey Schroeder
’07 and Shannon Munoz ’07 — were introduced at the dinner. Bottom,
several faculty members were in attendance, including (from left)
James F. Bender Professor of Physchology Donald Hood, Gustave M. Berne
Professor in the Core Curriculum Christia Mercer, Dean of Academic
Affairs Kathryn Yatrakis and Hood's wife, Dr. Nancy Epstein.
here for a slideshow of The Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner
Low Rotunda was the setting on November 16 as Bob Berne ’60, ’62
Business was presented with the 2006 Alexander Hamilton Medal. Nearly 400
alumni, students, faculty, administrators and friends of Columbia College
attended the event, which raised almost $900,000 for scholarships.
Each fall, the Columbia College Alumni Association presents the medal
to an alumnus or faculty member for distinguished service and accomplishment.
It is the highest honor the College bestows.
In addition to remarks by Dean Austin Quigley, President Lee C. Bollinger,
junior class president Neda Navab ’08 and Christia M. Mercer, Gustave
M. Berne [’22] Professor in the Core Curriculum, the evening was
capped off with a visit from Roar-ee the Columbia Lions mascot and an
a capella performance of "Roar, Lion, Roar" by Carl Rosenthal ’07,
a nod to Berne’s 2000 donation of a new lion suit to the athletics
department and his longstanding support of the athletics program. Berne
served as the Lion mascot during his student days.
Berne, an active and enthusiastic alumnus, has been a class officer
and reunion organizer. He served 13 years on the Board of Visitors, four
as an ex officio member. From 1998 to 2000, he was chairman of the Columbia
College Fund, and from 2004 to 2006 he served as president of the Columbia
College Alumni Association.
Please click here for the text of Berne’s acceptance speech.