Sydney S. Gross
Director of Communications
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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.
The Office of Global Programs will hold its annual Study Abroad Fair from 12:30 to 3:30 on Friday, Sept. 28, in Roone Arledge Auditorium in Alfred Lerner Hall. The fair will feature more than 50 approved study abroad programs and international universities. Returned study abroad students, faculty directors, and Office of Global Programs staff will also be hand to answer any questions about studying abroad.
The Center for Career Education’s inaugural open house featured an employer relations station for students to set up job agents and learn about LionSHARE, power half-hours on the “Job/Internship Search” and “On Campus Recruiting,” an internship station, quick meetings with career counselors, representatives of student professional groups and Columbia Student Enterprizes, and a photograhper shooting headshots for students’ LinkedIn profiles.
Columbia has been ranked fourth place in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of National Universities for the third year in a row. Harvard and Princeton are tied for first place this year, followed by Yale. U.S. News’ “Best Colleges 2013” rankings were released on September 12.
Members of the Class of 2016 arrived on campus for Convocation on Monday, August 27, and were welcomed by President Lee C. Bollinger and Dean James J. Valentini, among other speakers. They came from 48 states and nearly 60 countries and represent almost 90 prospective majors, according to the dean. This year’s program also featured the first Alumni Procession at Convocation, with approximately 75 alumni grouped by decades marching behind banners to rousing applause from the students, parents and guests.
Jonathan Schiller ’69, ’73L will be presented the 2012 Alexander Hamilton Medal on Thursday, November 15, at the Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner, an annual black-tie event in Low Rotunda. The medal, the highest honor paid to a member of the Columbia College community, is awarded by the Columbia College Alumni Association to an alumnus/a or faculty member for distinguished service to the College and accomplishment in any field of endeavor.
Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger announced today that James J. Valentini will be the new Dean of Columbia College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education effective July 1, 2012. Dean Valentini, known better as “Deantini” to the students of the College, has been acting as Interim Dean since September 2011.
More than 3,700 College alumni and their guests descended on campus from May 31–June 3 for Alumni Reunion Weekend and Dean’s Day 2012. The 50-year milestone belonged to the Class of 1962, which capped off its Saturday dinner by presenting a $1.13 million Class Gift to the Columbia College Fund — the largest reunion Class Gift ever given by a 50th-anniversary class. The Class of 1987, meanwhile, celebrated not only its 25-year reunion but also its silver anniversary as the College’s first fully coeducational class.
Columbia College initiated 87 seniors into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society, on Tuesday, May 15. 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 and know their commitment to scholarly endeavor.