Sydney S. Gross
Director of Communications
Dean James J. Valentini will visit Paris and London this month to meet with alumni, parents, students abroad and new Columbia students and their families. Join Dean Valentini and journalists Gregory Viscusi CC’85 (in Paris) and Albert Scardino CC’70 (in London) for lively discussions about Columbia College, undergraduate education at Columbia and the importance of global education.
Four accomplished alumni were presented with 2013 John Jay Awards for distinguished professional achievement at the annual John Jay Awards Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street on March 6.
Thomas Cornacchia CC ’85; Katori Hall CC ’03; Michael Schmidtberger CC ’82, LW ’85; and George Yancopoulos M.D., Ph.D. CC ’80, GSAS ’86, P&S ’87 will be presented John Jay Awards for distinguished professional achievement at the 2013 John Jay Awards Dinner on Wednesday, March 6.
The Center for Career Education is offering a new Columbia Exploration Overseas (CEO) program this summer in Mumbai, India. The program, made possible with seed funding from Citigroup, will offer internships in fields including law, publishing, non-for-profit, banking and consulting.
Ten faculty members will be honored next week with Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Awards for their outstanding scholarship, teaching and service. The awards, which were established in 2005 with a $12 million gift from University Trustee Gerry Lenfest, carry a $25,000 stipend for each of three years.
Columbia College’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter welcomed 22 new members on February 15 in an initiation ceremony at Low Library.
Donors of Columbia College named scholarships met their recipients at the annual Dean’s Scholarship Reception on February 7. Each year, nearly 1,200 Columbia College students receive named scholarships. Students are matched with scholarships based on their intellectual pursuits, extracurricular achievements, hometowns and plans for the future, among other factors.
Nearly 200 members of the Class of 2013 gathered on January 28 for the launch of the 2013 Senior Fund. The event raised nearly $7,500, securing a $5,440 pledge from College Dean James J. Valentini and placing the fund well on its way to its goal of $22,000 by May.
Join James J. Valentini, the new dean of Columbia College and vice president for undergraduate education, and Jon Abbott ‘84CC, president and CEO of WGBH Boston, for a lively discussion focusing on Dean Valentini’s unusual journey to Columbia, how he sees Columbia College as “the greatest college in the greatest university in the greatest city in the world,” how to make Columbia even better, and what “better” actually means.
Bernice Tsai CC ’96 has been named senior executive director of Columbia College Alumni Affairs. Tsai comes to Columbia from Citigroup, where she headed a new team focused on driving engagement and loyalty. She will assume her responsibilities on January 7.