Sydney S. Gross
Director of Communications
More than 1,000 alumni, students, parents and friends gathered on October 15 at the Baker Athletics Complex on West 218th Street for Homecoming 2011, which included a gourmet barbecue and carnival under the Big Tent, music and camaraderie. A boisterous crowd of 9,124 attended the game against the Penn Quakers at Robert K. Kraft Field. The fans saw the Lions lead most of the way before succumbing to the two-time defending Ivy champion Quakers 27–20 on a touchdown with just 25 seconds left to play.
Renowned Russian conductor Valery Gergiev spoke to a crowd of Music Humanities students and other members of the Columbia College and University community at a World Leaders Forum event at Miller Theatre on Friday, Oct. 7. The event was sponsored by the Center for the Core Curriculum, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Miller Theatre.
Renowned Russian conductor Valery Gergiev will speak at a special event for Music Humanities students at Miller Theater from 11 to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7. The event, part of the University’s World Leaders Forum, is sponsored by the Center for the Core Curriculum, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Miller Theatre. It is geared towards Music Humanities students, but is also open to the greater Columbia College and University community.
Nearly 1,900 students attended the Center for Career Education’s Fall Career Fair on Friday, Sept. 23, including students from Columbia College and the six other undergraduate and graduate schools served by the Center for Career Education. More than 130 employers were represented at the career fair, which also featured three alumni panels.
Cellist Alisa Weilerstein ‘04 has been named a 2011 MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which called her “a young cellist whose emotionally resonant performances of both traditional and contemporary music have earned her international recognition.” She will receive $500,000 during the next five years to be used in an area of her choice.
Columbia has been ranked fourth place in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of National Universities for the second year in a row. The ”Best Colleges 2012” rankings were released on September 13.
Chemistry Professor James Valentini will assume the responsibilities of Dean of the College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education on an interim basis.
The Columbia College Fund exceeded its Fiscal Year 2010–11 goal of $14.5 million and raised a record $15.6 million, thanks to the 11,000 alumni, parents, friends and Class of 2011 donors.
University Trustee H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest ’58L, a benefactor whose gifts of over $100 million have done more than any other to build the faculty teaching in Columbia College, will receive the 2011 Alexander Hamilton Medal on Thursday, November 17. Lenfest’s 2006 pledge to match gifts for endowed faculty chairs in the Arts and Sciences inspired other donors to create 25 new endowed professorships. The Distinguished Columbia Faculty Awards, established by Lenfest in 2005, also build this faculty by recognizing those who excel not only in research but in the instruction and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. So far 53 faculty members have received the honor.
Dean Michele Moody-Adams was interviewed by Richard Heffner ’46 for an episode of his long-running PBS series, Open Mind, that first aired on June 18. In the wide-ranging conversation, Heffner, who recently celebrated his 65th reunion, and the Dean discussed the importance of a liberal arts education, the necessity of making such an education available to as many students as possible, the value of coeducation vs. single-sex education, the use and misuse of history and the mood on the Columbia campus today. To view the program, log onto http://www.thirteen.org/openmind.