Sydney S. Gross
Director of Communications
News and Updates for Oct 2012
For more than half century, Jacques Barzun CC ’27, GSAS ’32, distinguished himself not only as one of Columbia's most outstanding professors but also in a wide variety of administrative positions. A prolific author for both the specialist and the general reader, Barzun served as an example of the potential of liberal education within the University and without.
Columbia College thanks its generous alumni, parents and friends who helped the College raise more than $1.2 million on Columbia Giving Day. The College had more than 900 donors on October 24, 2012, and raised $98,000 in matching funds for the College. All gifts went to the Columbia College Fund, which supports the Core Curriculum, financial aid, student services and internships, and directly impacts the lives of students.
Boren Awards provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East).
More than 1,200 alumni, students, parents and friends gathered on October 20 at the Baker Athletics Complex on West 218th Street for Homecoming 2012, which included a gourmet barbecue and carnival under the Big Tent, music and mingling. A special event this year was the dedication of The Campbell Sports Center, the new cornerstone of the revitalized Baker Athletics Complex.
The Lions will face off against Dartmouth at the 2012 Homecoming game this Saturday. The event will feature a pregame picnic lunch under the Big Tent and the Columbia Homecoming Carnival. An extra highlight this year will be the dedication of The Campbell Sports Center.
More than 800 Columbia parents and family members plan to attend Family Weekend 2012, which will take place from Friday, Oct. 19 to Sunday, Oct. 21. Family Weekend is an annual campus-wide celebration that features a series of intellectual, informational and social events planned for family members interested in experiencing what it means to be a Columbia student. The weekend overlaps with Homecoming festivities.
Dr. Robert J. Lefkowitz CC’62, P&S’66, a professor at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute researcher, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for studies of G-protein-coupled receptors. He shares the prize with Dr. Brian K. Kobilka, a professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine in California.
Columbia College’s Rabi Scholars will present their research at the Seventh Annual Rabi Scholars Program Science Research Symposium on Friday, October 12, from noon to 2 p.m., in Schermerhorn Hall, Room 603.
Terry A. Plank, a professor of earth and environmental sciences with Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and lecturer in the College's Frontiers of Science course, and Maria Chudnovsky, an associate professor of industrial engineering and operations research at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, are among the 23 MacArthur Foundation fellows named for 2012. Each will receive a $500,000 grant to continue to create and explore their extraordinary work.
Columbia College mourns the loss of Arthur Ochs 'Punch' Sulzberger, former publisher of The New York Times and chairman and chief executive of The New York Times Company, a dedicated College alumnus and University Trustee.