Sydney S. Gross
Director of Communications
Cristen Scully Kromm has been appointed Dean of Undergraduate Student Life for Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, effective February 1, 2015. Kromm , where she is responsible for residential life within the College and Engineering and is actively involved in the co-curricular life of students.
Five accomplished alumni will be presented with a 2015 John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement at the annual John Jay Awards Dinner.
Columbia College has announced the names of 24 seniors who will be initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society. The students were chosen by a faculty selection committee of Phi Beta Kappa members based on the breadth, depth and rigor of their academic programs, as well as recommendations from faculty members who have worked closely them.
Daniel Listwa CC’15 has been selected as one of 12 recipients of the prestigious George J. Mitchell Scholarship. Mitchell Scholarships provide one year of postgraduate study in an Irish university in either the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Listwa will study Philosophy and Public Affairs at University College Dublin.
Columbia College topped the leaderboard charts for the third annual Columbia Giving Day, a 24-hour University-wide event in which the goal is to support and increase awareness of annual funds across all schools. This year’s event took place on October 29 and more than 1,200 College-related donors — comprising alumni, parents, students, staff and friends — contributed a record-breaking total of $3.09 million, a passionate show of support to continuing to build the best undergraduate experience for our students.
Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science have created a new honors designation for talented undergraduates from schools and communities surrounding the University. Up to 40 students from West Harlem, Washington Heights and the South Bronx will receive this honor each year.
On September 29, the Center for the Core Curriculum, the Global Mental Health Program and Refuge Drama Productions, a London-based company specializing in drama therapy productions, sponsored a panel, discussion and screening in Lerner Hall with the Syria: Trojan Women project, a group of Syrian women refugees in Amman, Jordan who have produced a modern day adaptation of Euripides’ play The Trojan Women.
The Double Discovery Center received a $10,000 grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation, which will assist with the daily operating costs of the Upward Bound and Talent Search programs.
Valerie Purdie-Vaughns CC’93, associate professor of psychology, and Brent Stockwell, professor of biological sciences and chemistry, have been named National Academies Education Fellows in the Sciences for the 2014-2015 academic year.
On September 19, nearly 2,450 students were introduced to more than 130 employers at the Center for Career Education’s annual Fall Career Fair.