Cindy del Rosario-Tapan
Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations
This year’s John Jay Award honorees have made a mark on the world of entertainment, finance, public service and beyond — and Columbia College will celebrate their professional achievements on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at the 40th annual John Jay Awards Dinner, which raises funds for the John Jay National Scholars Program.
Columbia College has announced the names of 24 seniors who will be initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society, on Friday, January 19.
Tomas Luksic CC’18 has been named a member of the Class of 2019 Schwarzman Scholars.
Lulu Cerone CC’21 has been selected as one of the 2017 Women of Worth honorees by L’Oréal Paris for her work with LemonAID Warriors, a non-profit youth-activism organization that she founded to connect children to worthy causes and provide unique action plans to create tangible social good.
Columbia College awarded University Trustee Jonathan S. Lavine CC’88 was awarded the Alexander Hamilton Medal on November 16 at a black-tie dinner held in Low Rotunda. The medal is the highest honor awarded to a member or members of the College community for distinguished service to the College and accomplishment in any field of endeavor.
Columbia College has announced the Eric H. Holder Initiative for Civil and Political Rights. Named after former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., a 1973 graduate of Columbia College and a 1976 graduate of Columbia Law School, the Holder Initiative will carve out a distinctive experience for Columbia University’s undergraduate students. Through an anonymous donor, $10 million has been raised to secure the Holder Initiative, halfway towards its $20 million goal of becoming an institute.
Columbia College mourns the passing of long-time Columbia College employee Peter V. Johnson.
University Professor Ronald C. D. Breslow, a trailblazing chemist who led the creation of the field of biomimetic chemistry and developed the anti-cancer compound Zolinza, passed away on October 25. He was 86. Breslow was a beloved Columbia College instructor for more than 60 years, and was instrumental to the College’s move to coeducation.
Columbia University announced that Alexander “Alex” Navab CC’87, a partner and former head of the Americas Private Equity business at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., and Li Lu CC’96, LAW’96, BUS’96, founding general partner at Himalaya Capital, have been elected to its Board of Trustees.
New students in the Class of 2021 arrived on campus on August 27, greeted by cheering New Student Orientation Program (NSOP) leaders who helped them move into their residence halls. Later that evening, the Class of 2021 began its Columbia journey under white tents on Low Plaza at Convocation. Following a procession of faculty, alumni marched with banners representing their class decades in the Alumni Procession to demonstrate to new arrivals their lifelong connection.