Sydney S. Gross
Director of Communications
Posted in college
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.
The Columbia University Office of Financial Aid and Educational Financing has recently expanded its walk-in hours to better accommodate students. Students can now visit the financial aid office and meet with a financial aid officer any time Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
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.
New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor CC ’96 spoke to students at the Robert K. Kraft Family Center for Jewish Student Life on December 4 in a 90-minute conversation that ranged from politics and the Obamas to journalism, reflections on her own career path and practical advice for students.
Teodolinda Barolini, the Lorenzo Da Ponte Professor of Italian and chair of the Department of Italian, and Richard Lansing CC ’65, professor of Italian studies and comparative literature at Brandeis, are receiving the Modern Language Association of America’s 15th annual Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies for their work, “Dante’s Lyrics: Poems of Youth and the Vita Nuova.”
Benjamin Jealous CC ’94, president of the NAACP since 2008, has been named to Fortune’s “40 Under 40” list for 2012. Jealous, 39, is a fifth-generation member of the civil rights organization and the youngest president in its history.
The annual Columbia University Treelighting Ceremony will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, on College Walk, followed by the annual Yule Log Ceremony from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in John Jay Lounge. All Columbia University community members are invited to participate in the Treelighting.