Cindy del Rosario-Tapan
Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations
Posted in College
For the second consecutive summer, a group of talented New York City teenagers from low and moderate income families have come to Columbia University for an introduction to rigorous, college-level coursework in the humanities thanks to a unique collaboration between the University's Center for American Studies and its Double Discovery Center for local high school students.
More than 3,000 alumni and guests celebrated their reunion from June 3-6 and Dean's Day on June 5, with events on campus and in venues around New York City.
As the Class of 2010 celebrated Class Day on May 17, the College’s newest alumni were treated not just to mild temperatures and sunny skies but also to a rousing call to arms from keynote speaker Benjamin Jealous ’94, NAACP president.
For the seventh year, the procession included the Alumni Parade of Classes, with 115 alumni from as far back as the Class of 1936 marching with their class banners to welcome seniors into the alumni community.
Jenny Davidson, associate professor of English and comparative literature, received the 49th annual Mark Van Doren Award, and Katharina Volk, associate professor of classics, received the 35th annual Lionel Trilling Award, at a ceremony to be held in the Faculty Room of Low Library on Wednesday, May 5.
Hannah Perls, CC'11, and Todd Nelson, CC'12, have won the Udall Scholarship. This is the first time that Columbia has ever had two winners in the same year. The Udall Scholarship is the most prestigious award that can be given to an undergraduate in the field of Environmental Science. Named in honor of Congressman Morris Udall, the award recognizes those students who have shown deep commitment - through their scholarship and activism - to protecting the environment and who plan to become leaders in their chosen field. The scholarship provides a grant of $5000 as well as the opportunity to attend a symposium in August that will allow them to meet and network with elected federal officials and leaders in environmental protection, public policy, and Native American and Tribal Affairs.
Max Horlbeck, CC'11 wins Goldwater Scholarship. Ilya Belopolski, CC'12 designated Honorable Mention.
Max Horlbeck, a junior double major in Biochemistry and Computer Science and a Rabi Scholar from New York City, has won the Goldwater Scholarship. Max plans to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. program so that he can conduct biomedical research to develop gene-targeted therapies, treat patients, and teach at the university level.
Ilya Belopolski, a sophomore double major in Physics and Mathematics and also a Rabi Scholar from New Canaan Connecticut, was designated as having received honorable mention. Ilya plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Astrophysics, researching gravitational-wave astrophysics and then intends to teach at the university level.
Matthew Franks, CC '09, has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a year-long, federally-funded fellowship for study and work in Germany. Mr. Franks was selected as one of 75 participants (from more than 630 applicants) for this unique fellowship program. Since 1984, approximately 1,500 Americans have been awarded this opportunity to gain cultural, theoretical, and practical work experience in Germany, and Mr. Franks will be participating in the 27th year of the CBYX program (2010-2011).
Columbia is pleased to announce a new summer study abroad fellowship for summer 2010 (dates June 25--July 15) with Columbia alumnus Greg Wyatt at the ancient site of Ephesos. The purpose of this summer workshop will be to introduce students to the reflective thought and artistic practices required to draw and paint ancient Greek sites in situ. It will also provide for study of these sites’ cultural, architectural, art historical, and sociological contexts firsthand. The on-site archaeology studies at Ephesos will also speak to the noble examples of classical architecture in innovative and interdisciplinary ways. This workshop will be led under the supervision of Greg Wyatt, Columbia ’71.
Benjamin Jealous '94, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, will address the Class of 2010 at Class Day, Monday, May 17, on South Lawn.
Five accomplished College alumni were honored on March 3 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City with 2010 John Jay Awards for distinguished professional achievement.
Brian C. Krisberg '81, an attorney; Frank Lopez-Balboa '82 and Tracy V. Maitland '82, both from the finance sector; David Rosand '59, the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History; and Julia Stiles '05, a stage and film actress, were joined by alumni, faculty, students, family and friends at the black-tie event, which drew more than 600 attendees and raised more than $1 million for the John Jay Scholars Program.