The Dean’s Scholarship Reception is a wonderful opportunity for our generous donors and outstanding students to meet one another. It is an evening for alumni and students spanning generations to discuss how Columbia College has changed, how it has stayed the same and how it may be in the future. It is an evening when our donors meet the talented young men and women they support with their generosity; and those young men and women meet the people who make our full-need and needblind financial aid policies possible.
Listening to our event speakers, James Brett ’84 and Brandon Lewis ’13, discussing the impact of financial aid on their lives reaffirmed that Columbia’s financial aid policy gives our students a tremendous opportunity to change their lives and the world.
This year, in an effort to be more environmentally conscious, we printed a small program and moved our Scholarship Directory online. The following pages include a letter from Maria Sulimirski ’13, Senior Fund chair, highlighting the impact of her scholarship; a story about the bond that scholarship donor Robert J. Rosenberg ’67 and recipient Brad Collins ’11 forged after meeting at this reception in 2008; a video of Peter Hatch ’92 discussing why supporting scholarships is important. We also have bios of the speakers, James and Brandon; a video of the program; and a list of all of our scholarship donors and recipients.
For those who attended the reception, I hope you enjoyed meeting your donors and recipients and will keep in touch with one another. If you were unable to attend, or your donor or recipient was unable to attend and you would like to meet him or her, please contact Saskia D. DeCaires, director of donor relations: 212-851-9719 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She will be more than happy to put you in touch.
Thank you again for your commitment to Columbia College. You, our donors and recipients, make Columbia College the greatest college in the greatest university in the greatest city in the world.
Roar, Lion(s), Roar!
James J. Valentini
Dean of Columbia College and
Vice President for Undergraduate Education