Sydney S. Gross
Director of Communications
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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 Experience 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.
Delhi-based entrepreneur Sharik Currimbhoy CC ’02 has pledged $12.12 million to Columbia in a gift that will span multiple schools at the University and will support research and fellowships with a focus on India and emerging markets. The announcement of the gift was timed to coincide with 12:12 p.m. on December 12, 2012 — 12:12 on 12-12-12. This is the largest gift from an alumnus in India to Columbia.
Columbia College has announced the names of 22 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.