News Briefs

Hamilton Dinner recrop

At the dinner, left to right, were: Dean Josef Sorett, Shipman, President Lee C. Bollinger and Columbia College Alumni Association president Ted Schweitzer ’91, LAW’94.


Claire C. Shipman ’86, SIPA’94 was honored with the Alexander Hamilton Medal on November 17 at a black-tie dinner in Low Rotunda. Shipman, a journalist, author and public speaker with deep expertise in international relations, U.S. politics and women’s leadership, is the second woman to be presented the Hamilton Medal in the 74 years since its inception. This year’s event raised more than $600,000, which will benefit College students by supporting the Core Curriculum and financial aid.

Columbia Giving Day

The 11th annual Giving Day, held on October 26, raised $29,999,683 for the University through 19,229 gifts. Columbia College led the way among the schools, with 1,868 contributions totaling $3,724,122.08. These gifts provide resources for the College’s central priorities: financial aid, stipends for internships, the Core Curriculum and student life.

2023 John Jay Awards

The John Jay Awards Dinner, which celebrates alumni for their distinguished professional achievement, will be held on Wednesday, March 1. The 2023 honorees are Anna Brockway ’92, co-founder and president, Chairish; Alicia D. Guevara ’94, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City; Dr. Ashish K. Jha ’92, a national leader on public health and Covid-19 response; Victor Lopez-Balboa ’82, vice-chairman, Global Financial Institutions Group in Global Banking & Markets, Goldman Sachs; and Raymond Yu ’89, SEAS’90, president, Yuco Real Estate Co. and Yuco Management. For more information, go to

Sherwin Award Recipients

Left to right: Outgoing CCAA president Ted Schweitzer ’91, LAW’94; honorees Richardson and Heinrich; and Dean Josef Sorett.

The Gerald Sherwin Young Alumni Service Award, which honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional service to the College’s young alumni community, was presented to the 2022 recipients, Julian Richardson ’14, BUS’21, SIPA’21 and Andrew Heinrich ’13, at the Columbia College Alumni Association Board of Directors meeting on October 22.

Richardson, an investment banker at Credit Suisse, is president of the Columbia College Young Alumni Board, CCAA Executive Board, CCAA Mentorship Committee and CCAA Nominating Committee. Heinrich, the founder and president of Project Rousseau, is a Young Leaders Council board member, co-chair of the 10th Reunion Committee and a Class Agent. Both Richardson and Heinrich are active members of the Alumni Representative Committee and the Odyssey Mentoring Program.

Four Lions Name Rhodes Scholars


Clockwise from top left: Logani, Bryant, Charité and Liden.

One alumna and three College students have been awarded 2023 Rhodes Scholarships, which provide funding for two or three years of postgraduate study at Oxford. The honors this year are especially significant for Columbia; for the first time, three Lions were selected to be part of the U.S. cohort: Ilina Logani ’22, Sophie A. Bryant ’23 and Astrid Liden ’23. And Gloria Charité ’23 was awarded the scholarship for the East Africa constituency, making her the first Columbia recipient from the region.

Logani, an economics major; Bryant, a double major in East Asian language and cultures and mathematics; and Liden, a double major in Latin American and Caribbean studies and political science, are among 32 Americans chosen for the prestigious scholarship. The Rhodes for East Africa selects a single scholar each year; applicants come from Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi. Charité, who is majoring in psychology, came to the United States from a small village in Rwanda in 2019, when she was admitted to the College.

“I am thrilled to see Ilina, Sophie, Astrid and Gloria recognized in this way,” says Ariella Lang, associate dean of academic affairs and director of undergraduate research and fellowships. “They are part of an inspiring group of nominees and finalists. I want to recognize as well the faculty, advisors, staff members, alumni recipients of this award and many others who so generously supported, mentored and cheered on our applicants.”