Friend Gifts

The Friends donor roll includes non-alumni, non-parent donors who contributed $1,500 or more to support the undergraduate experience through gifts to Columbia College, Athletics, Arts & Sciences and the Columbia Libraries.

Dean's Platinum Circle $250,000 or more
Mark Tagliaferri and Helene Halperin Tagliaferri SEAS’83
Ehsan Yarshater
Dean's Gold Circle $100,000 to $249,999
Catherine and Rocco B. Commisso SEAS’71, BUS’75, P: SEAS’06
Julia K. and Richard B. Esser
H.F. Lenfest LAW’58
Yan Cheung and Ming C. Liu P: SEAS’09
Patricia L. and Laurence A. Shadek
Talal Shair
Gordon Shaw BUS’92
Dean's Silver Circle $50,000-$99,999
David Boies
Constantine M. Dakolias SEAS’89
Gale L. and Shelby M. Davis
Carolyn T. and William Y. Epling Jr. SEAS’81, BUS’83
Ji Y. Kim
Dean's Circle $25,000-$49,999
Mercedes T. Bass
Scott M. Birnbaum
Susan K. Feagin GS’74
Rachel Scott
Sameer S. Shetty SEAS’93
Wenbin Sun
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump
Fred W. Wang SEAS’95
Weiming D. Wu SEAS’02
Scott A. Yeager and Helen D. Yeager BC’85
Patron $10,000-$24,999
Max W. Berger LAW’71
Debra R. and Leon D. Black
G. Cheston Carey BUS’93
Maya Furumoto and Augustus W. Cheh SEAS’89, BUS’91
Rebecca G. and Peter C. Clapp P: SEAS’14
Walter L. Day
Richard B. Freeman
Dorothy P. and Michael Jones
Jung E. Kim
John R. Lima BUS’93
Helen U. Lowenstein SW’78
Caroline M. and Eric S. Mann P: SEAS’17
Raja M. Flores PH’04 and Kathryn Quadracci Flores PS’95
Eunice and John C. Rim SEAS’82
Steven Rubenstein
Daniele Pelessone and Theresa A. Sgammato SEAS’84, P: SEAS’16, SEAS’18
Robert K. Steel
Mariella and Michael D. Trager
Sponsor $5,000-$9,999
Isaac Applbaum
Kyriacos A. Athanasiou SEAS’85, SEAS’88, SEAS’89
Mirka D. Christenson
Debra Blair and J. Richard deBart GS’77
Bessie Karageorgis
Peter Klosowicz
Ken Langone
Debra C. Lienhardt LAW’93
Edwin E. McAmis
W. Kurt Meinen BUS’87
M. Dianne Murphy
Yizhong Chen and Hong Pan P: SEAS’17
Marylee Jenkins SEAS’88 and Paul G. Petrylak SEAS’83, BUS’87
Philippa F. Portnoy BUS’90
Kevin T. Roach SEAS’77, BUS’78, SEAS’81
Beth L. and Donald W. Rowley
Gary Smith
Jeffrey J. Temple
David Turner
James J. Valentini
Mortimer B. Zuckerman
Fellow $3,500-$4,999
Eve A. Konstan LAW’92
Colleen R. Leth
Patricia N. and Donald F. Mango P: SEAS’16
Alice B. Ruiz BUS’89
Andrew L. Tan SEAS’14
Member $1,500-$3,499
Alan Alda
Corey Aronstam
Samir Arora
Charles P. Assicurato SEAS’70
James D. Balakian
Judith G. Bartlett
Judith N. Batty
Andrew T. Block LAW’92
Sarah M. Bolster
Megan Hall and Megan E. Bramlette SEAS’02
Margarita S. Brose
Diana B. Caskey
Patricia R. Chalian
Chang-ho Chung
Joseph B. Commisso SEAS’06
Philip Esformes
Michael S. Ferrara SEAS’89
Stephanie B. Glance
Loomis J. Grossman Jr. BUS’63
Paul Gruber SEAS’72
Jennifer Y. Han LAW’85, GSAS’86
Harvey and Ellen S. Hirsch BUS’78
Jackie J. Hoffman
Miriam and Kevin B. Jackson P: SEAS’16
Mary M. Jones
Eri Kang
Brie Katz
Jaideep Khanna SEAS’90, SEAS’91
Debra Lau-Block
Yir-chung Liu
Harry S. Malakoff GSAS’79
Lori and Dave F. Marquardt SEAS’73
Parker S. Meeks SEAS’03
Edward J. Miller LAW’73
Diana and Jeffrey Mobley
Steven Mufson
Gregory J. Muth SCE’07
Hugh T. Patrick
Marie Brenner and Ernie Pomerantz
Alexandra Porges
Frederick W. Post SEAS’83
Patricia Denison and Austin Quigley
Leroy Elazar Rabbani PS’84
Jennifer P. Reiner BUS’96
Dylan J. Roddick
Wendy J. Rosov
Allen Rosso
Chinyu Sarkar
Andrew P. Schwartz SIPA’97
Emel and Ahmet Selamet P: SEAS’17
Eytan M. Shapiro
Christina E. Steck
Andrew D. Steginsky
Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr.
John A. Chandler and Elizabeth V. Tanis
Peter Romano and Robin Tauck
Keith M. Thomas GS’88
Julie Huang JRN’96 and Jarlon Tsang
Helen S. and Steven Tucker
Chaim Wachsberger LAW’76
Steven G. Warshaw SEAS’89, SEAS’90
Henrik Schroder and Christina Westholm-Schroder
Kent Yang GSAPP’96
Kirk K. Tong LAW’97 and Qiong Zhang BUS’99
Donor Up to $1,500
Robert D. Schumacher
Jeffrey S. Vasser SIPA’94
John P. White

Why I Give Back

... I am constantly reminded that my time at Morningside Heights represented the starting place of my journey as an adult — a journey comprising infinite experiences — bound by nothing. ... Instilled by the Core and nurtured by interactions with classmates and friends, I departed from Columbia with one critical realization at the forefront of my mind: that the intellectual process is many times, if not most, more valuable than the answer. As I approach my ninth year as an alumnus, I strive earnestly each day to transform that realization into a reality — a challenge I find befitting of a Columbia College graduate.

Ganesh Betanabhatla ’05

Attending Columbia was single-handedly one of the best decisions I've made. Columbia fostered my academic interests in science in ways unimaginable and afforded me the opportunity to work in the labs of several esteemed scientists, including Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Kandel [P: BUS88]. My first journal publication is from research I completed in a neuroscience lab as an undergraduate. ... As an alumna, I donate to the College and am a volunteer ... because it’s important for me to remain connected to this institution and ensure that students continue to have the same amazing experiences I had.

Brittany Dubose ’08

My Columbia College education made me more uncomfortable about the course of world events on the one hand, and more self-reflective on the other. When students and former students embrace their College education, they join a community of lifelong learners. Members of this community share a Core and a commitment — to better know ourselves as individuals and to enlighten the course of civilization. This voyage challenges us like no other, but as Aeneas says in 1:239, ‘A joy it will be one day… to remember even this.’

Chuck Callan ’78

My Columbia experience has been truly enriched by my involvement in the Columbia College Student Council. ... In my current role as the Class of 2015 president, I’m always astounded by how the definition of this community evolves because of the diversity that exists in thought, experience, ethnicity, academic pursuits, concerns and more within the student body. For me, it creates a renewed sense of curiosity and I believe this is what truly makes Columbia unique — it’s a university where the diversity within our gates reflects that of New York City and the world.

Kareem D. Carryl ’15

It’s easy to forget that the Columbia experience isn’t over when you graduate and go beyond College Walk. Having worked and studied on three continents, I’ve found Columbia alums, current students and faculty all over the world. From seeing the unveiling of Greg Wyatt ’71’s statue of Macbeth in Stratford-upon-Avon, to welcoming the next generation of students in Beijing, Columbians are doing amazing things and creating communities everywhere.

Stephanie Lung ’04

Nearly a decade after graduation, as I follow my classmates’ extraordinary accomplishments in government, academia, medicine, law and the arts, and at their own start-ups, my respect and appreciation for the education we received at the College (and my desire to give back as an alum) continues to grow. My commitment to a career in public service was solidified by my undergraduate experience organizing Columbia Community Outreach, with support from the alumni community. 

Diana Benton Schecter ’05

Having been born in Colombia, and having lived in the United States, Switzerland and now Brazil for the past 25 years, I can tell you that no matter where you live in the world, being a part of the Columbia community will always be rewarding. The education that I received at our alma mater and the Core both gave me a foundation for life. The Columbia community has been an important part of my life ever since, always central and key in my success.

Diana Moreinis Nasser ’87

... We are hopeful that by giving back we can influence the next generation of leaders who will continue the cycle of giving. The experiences [we’ve had] and people we’ve met because of Columbia have been invaluable to our careers and lives in general. We are both extremely grateful for the doors the College has opened for us and the friends we've made (and continue to make) through CU. Columbia holds a special place in our hearts, as we never would have met otherwise. We are engaged to be married in 2015.

Ralph DeBernardo ’09 (football) and Kaitlyn Busler ’10 (field hockey)

Columbia’s commitment to the Core has provided my friends and me a breadth of knowledge just wide enough that it doesn’t sacrifice depth. Because the Core is built this way, each of us can take the bits and pieces that are meaningful to us to forge a unique relationship with Columbia that extends far beyond the gates of 116th and that somewhat fuzzy May of senior year.

Vesal Yazdi ’11

A freshman commuter, I learned to read ‘Homer’ while holding the handrail on the subway to Sheepshead Bay. A year later, with a scholarship, I was able to live on campus until graduation. We pre-meds were obsessed with excelling in our science courses, especially organic chemistry. ... I became a professor of anesthesiology at P&S. Some time ago, I was asked to anesthetize [an] esteemed professor of organic chem. ‘Any questions for me, sir?’ ‘Yes, I have one. What were your grades?’ ‘B+, B+, both terms.’ ‘Not bad, not bad.’ We shook hands and smiled. We knew we just shared a unique Columbia moment.

Allen Hyman ’55, P: ’85, ’88, PS’90

A person will face any number of challenges throughout his or her life — both personal and professional — but it is the thought process to solve those problems that is the key to success. Columbia gives students the tools to think critically and expand their worldview. It is a path we embarked on College Walk and continue on today.

Joanna Herman ’98 and Brooks Herman ’98

I spent four years at Columbia College as a student who learned so much from my professors, my classmates and the two deans of Columbia College. Dean Lawrence Chamberlain [GSAS’45] and Dean Nicholas McKnight [’21] were always concerned with having the best faculty in the country. They were brilliant and warm individuals. I found learning and warmth from faculty, and classmates provided me with good thoughts and good relations and I am very grateful. Graduating from Columbia inspired in me an urge to create and succeed.

Howard Falberg ’54

We support the College because it is the best thing that has ever happened to our son Ricardo ’16. He feels that everyone in this world should have the opportunity to experience the Core. We are so impressed by his knowledge, maturity and changes! We are confident that because of Columbia and the Core, he will be prepared to handle any situation. We are also so grateful for the brilliant professors who give him time and attention outside the classroom, so we want to help the College continue this amazing work.

Lucila and Alejandro Vollbrechthausen P: ’16