AROUND THE QUADS
REUNION 2002: Alumni
from classes ending in 2 and 7 are already getting ready for the
College's annual reunion weekend, which will take place from
Thursday, May 30 to Sunday, June 2, 2002. Following the successful
model of last year's reunion, one of the best attended in memory,
this year's reunion weekend will take advantage of New York City
culture and nightlife in addition to offering traditional on-campus
Featured events in the gala
weekend include Broadway shows, a Friday night spectacular at the
Hammerstein Ballroom that includes Casino Royale and an alumni
dance party, dancing under the stars on Low Plaza, talks by David
Denby '65, Professor Kenneth Jackson and Ric Burns '78, and tours
of Kykuit, Radio City Music Hall, Central Park, Harlem and the
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine as well as the Morningside
Heights campus. Of course, there will be many class-specific events
Reunion begins on Thursday
night, when reunion-goers can purchase discount tickets (first
come, first served) to a selection of Broadway shows; after the
performances, the College will host a reception at Sardi's, the
famous theater-district restaurant. On Friday, alumni can choose
from a series of tours, speeches and presentations during the day,
followed by Casino Royale and an alumni dance party at the
Hammerstein Ballroom on West 34th Street.
Saturday starts with Dean
Austin Quigley addressing alumni and presenting dean's pins at
convocation, followed by a day of activities that includes Jackson
and Burns, director of New York: A Documentary Film,
discussing post-September 11 New York City; class panels and
discussions; a presentation on college admissions; and jazz,
volleyball and a barbeque on South Field and Low Plaza. Individual
classes will host receptions, dinners and class photos, with all
reunion-goers invited to join in the Starlight Reception on Low
Plaza in the evening.
Information on reunion
events and registration materials, including registration for
on-campus accommodations, were sent to alumni in reunion classes in
February. If you are a member of a reunion class and did not
receive these materials, please contact the Alumni Office at (212)
870-2288, or e-mail email@example.com.
a complete program of events, general information, and online
registration, please visit the Reunion website: www.college.columbia.edu/alumni/reunion.
DEAN'S DAY: In a sure
sign that it's spring at Columbia, alumni, parents and faculty will
gather on the Morningside Heights campus on Saturday, April 13, for
Dean's Day. This annual day-long symposium gives participants a
chance to experience firsthand a Columbia College education as
distinguished faculty present a day of lectures, speeches and
year, the Dean's Day talks will center on the themes of religion,
the arts and the aftermath of September 11. As of press time,
faculty members scheduled to speak include Lisa Anderson, dean of
the School of International and Public Affairs; Arnold Aronson,
professor of theater arts; Roger Bagnall, professor of classics;
Marina Cords, chair of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and
Environmental Biology; Donald Davis, professor of economics; Robert
Harrist, the Jane and Leo Sergold Professor of Chinese Art History;
Archie Rand, professor of visual arts; Paul Richards, the Mellon
Professor of Natural Sciences; and Robert Somerville, the Ada Byron
Bampton Tremaine Professor of Religion.
Dean's Day registration
materials, including a detailed program of events, were mailed in
February. If you have not received a packet, please contact Heather
Applewhite in the Alumni Office at (212) 870-2757, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Information also
is available on the College's alumni Web site: www.college.columbia.edu/alumni.
endowment had a market value of $4.29 billion as of June 30, 2001,
according to figures for more than 600 colleges and universities
published January 25 in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Columbia, which ranked ninth overall, enjoyed an increase of 0.7
percent in its endowment since June 30, 2000. That bucked the
national trend, which saw an average decrease of 3.6 percent during
that period — the first decrease in a decade.
Harvard topped the list at
$17.95 billion, down 4.7 percent. Yale, at $10.7 billion, was
second, followed by Texas, Princeton, Stanford, MIT, California,
Emory, Columbia and Texas A&M.
GRANTED: The Bert W.
Martin Foundation has awarded $800,000 to Biosphere 2 to support
college undergraduates interested in attending the center's Earth
Semester program. Launched in fall 1996, Earth Semester is a series
of studies in earth systems and policy designed to foster an
understanding of critical global issues. The program is designed to
help students understand the connections among the physical,
biological and social components of the environment. Since its
inception, more than 1,000 undergraduate students have completed a
semester or summer program in Biosphere 2 Center's unique education
environment. The Martin Foundation is named for Chicago
industrialist and philanthropist Bert W. Martin, who was an early
advocate of sustainable forestry practices and also was responsible
for implementing reforestation programs to support his lumbering
and printing interests.
left, Executive Vice President for Administration Emily Lloyd,
President George Rupp and Provost Jonathan Cole '64 dig in for a
ceremonial scoop of earth Broadway and 100th Street, the site of
the new school and faculty residence.
Construction has begun on a 12-story building at the southeast
corner of Broadway and 110th Street, where the University plans to
provide housing for faculty members and create a private school for
650 kindergarten through eighth-grade students.
size of the building has been reduced from 20 stories, as
originally announced 18 months ago. Also, to address concerns that
the building might not blend with the neighborhood, the University
commissioned a design "that is not egocentric, not trying to jump
out," according to Karen Thomas of the architectural firm
Beyer Binder Belle.
site was formerly occupied by a two-story commercial building owned
by the University that housed a supermarket, a dry cleaner and
Mike's Papaya. Tenants for the new building's ground floor are
expected to include a supermarket and a bank. With the school
occupying the second through sixth floors, the building's top six
floors will include 27 three- and four-bedroom apartments for
faculty. The total cost of the project is $73 million.
Provost Jonathan Cole
'64 says that about half of the school's 650 students would be
children of Columbia faculty members and the other half
unaffiliated with the university. Community students will be
admitted by lottery and will be eligible for need-based financial
aid. Faculty members will receive a discount on tuition and also
may apply for financial aid. The residence is scheduled for
occupancy in summer 2003, and the school is to open that
Franklin's new title is senior development officer in the
Office of University Development and Alumni Relations, and she is
responsible for securing major gifts from College alumni in support
of College priorities. Her title was reported incorrectly in the
January issue. In addition, she had served as director of the
Columbia College Fund since April 1998, not 1988.