Courtesy Michael Behringer ’89
The CCAA serves both College alumni and students. Founded in 1825, its membership comprises more than 50,000 College alumni worldwide. By tradition, we also recognize College students, faculty and administrators as members.
The CCAA is your liaison and representative for all things relating to the College. Its mission is to promote alumni engagement, raise funds on behalf of the College and provide counsel to the dean and other senior administrators. Our leadership, a 70-member Board of Directors elected to two-year terms, meets regularly with Dean James J. Valentini. Examples of the CCAA’s work are leading and supporting the Columbia College Fund, supporting the Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner and John Jay Awards Dinner, and maintaining several committees that address topics of importance to students and alumni, such as career education, student life and athletics.
This fall, six new members join me on the Steering Committee: Steve Coleman ’83, VP of engagement; Ted Schweitzer ’91, VP of development; Alex Wallace Creed ’88, VP, state of the College; Stefanie Katz-Rothman ’88, communications adviser; Chris Della Pietra ’89, secretary; and our chair, Doug Wolf ’88.
The CCAA is fortunate to have such a dedicated group of volunteers. Steve has been an Alumni Representative Committee (ARC) regional chair for Boston. Ted, a prolific fundraiser, is a former chair of the Fund Development Council. Alex is a John Jay Award recipient and was the Class Day speaker in 2011. Stefanie co-led the planning for the Columbia College Women 30th celebration symposium this past April. Chris, the quarterback of our 1988 football team that broke “the streak,” was presented the President’s Cup for his reunion leadership. Doug led the CCAA as president for the past three years.
For this year the board has identified several priorities:
We need passionate alumni to help with these initiatives. If you’re interested in volunteering, or have questions and/or suggestions, please email me or friend me on Facebook. I’d love to hear from you.
Also, please mark these fall events on your calendar. Homecoming is Saturday, October 14; the Lions will host Penn. The Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner is Thursday, November 16. The Alexander Hamilton Medal, the CCAA’s highest honor for service to the College, will be awarded this year to one of our most dedicated and loyal alumni, University Trustee Jonathan S. Lavine ’88. I hope you can join us in celebrating Jonathan for all he has done for Columbia.
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