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2017 Reunion

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Affinity and Alumni Interviewers Receptions
Saturday, June 3 | 4:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

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Alumni of Color Reception
Hosted by the Asian Columbia Alumni Association, Black Alumni Council and Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University. Refreshments will be served.

Alumni Interviewers Reception and Awards Ceremony
Learn more about interviewing Columbia applicants and join us to celebrate the accomplishments of current alumni interviewers. Refreshments will be served.

Great Teacher Awards Reception, sponsored by the Society of Columbia Graduates
Join the Society of Columbia Graduates, and the deans of the College and Engineering to bestow the annual Great Teacher Awards upon the faculty recipients. Recipients of the Great Teacher Awards for 2017 are Professor Patricia Kitcher, the Roberta and William Campbell Professor of Philosophy and Carnoy Family Program Chair for Contemporary Civilization, and Professor Jay Sethuraman, Department of Industrial Engineering & Operations Research Vice Chair and Director of the PhD Program. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

LGBTQ Tea (4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Join students and alumni from the College, Engineering, Barnard and General Studies. All are welcome at this event for members of Columbia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning community.

Performing Arts Groups Affinity Reception
Mingle with alumni who participated in Columbia’s singing, instrumental and/or performance groups. Refreshments will be served.

Varsity Athletics Reception
Reminisce and reunite with former teammates. Mingle with current coaches and staff while playing lawn games and enjoying light fare.

Veterans Reception
Crisis Response: Lessons Following a Terrorist Attack

Major Michael Abrams, Executive Director of Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration

On the morning of July 16, 2015, a deranged young man opened fire on a Marine recruiting substation in Chattanooga, Tennessee, wounding one Marine. He then drove several miles to a nearby Naval Operational Support Center and rammed his rental car through the front gate. In less than ten minutes, he made his way throughout the facility killing four Marines and mortally wounding a Sailor, before being killed by a Chattanooga Police Officer. This was the largest loss of life in one day for 14th Marine Regiment since World War II.

The Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps Reserve unit that day was Major Michael Abrams. Major Abrams, recently appointed to the role of Executive Director for Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration, will host a lecture on leadership and crisis management, drawing on his experiences following the terrible attack in Chattanooga in 2015 to explore lessons learned in the days following this tragedy.

Hosted by the School of General Studies. All alumni and guests welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Friends of Bill W. Meeting (AA)