Cindy del Rosario-Tapan
Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations
Posted in Alumni
The Academic Awards Committee of Columbia College is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of the student-nominated Lionel Trilling Book Award and Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching. Gareth Williams, the Violin Family Professor of Classics and chair of the Department of Classics, will be awarded the 43rd annual Lionel Trilling Book Award for his book Gauri Viswanathan TC’85, the Class of 1933 Professor of English and Comparative Literature and director of the South Asia Institute, will be honored with the 57th annual Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching for her unparalleled dedication to teaching and to her students.
Eighteen first-year students in Columbia College, Columbia Engineering and the School of General Studies have received 2018 Presidential Global Fellowships. The students, whose academic interests range from political science to the arts, from American studies to computer science, from astrophysics to history, from English literature to history, and from sustainable development to engineering, were selected from a pool of more than 142 for the University’s undergraduate global summer fellowship program.
My Columbia College Journey is a tool designed to encourage students to reflect and assess their ongoing personal development.
Columbia College is pleased to announce that Academy-Award winning producer and Plan B Entertainment co-president Dede Gardner CC’90 will deliver the keynote address at the 2018 Columbia College Class Day ceremony.
Columbia University’s Earl Hall was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, in recognition of Earl Hall as a venue for meetings and dances of Columbia’s Student Homophile League, which was the first gay student organization in the country.
David Vasquez CC’13, a fellow at the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Career Program, has been selected as a member of the inaugural class of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program at Stanford University. He will pursue an M.B.A. at the Graduate School of Business.
As chair of the JED Steering Committee, Dean James J. Valentini recently provided an update to students regarding Columbia’s multi-year plan to assess undergraduate health and wellness resources, which included 14 key objectives.
On January 24, the Eric H. Holder Initiative for Civil and Political Rights hosted American Voter Project: The Impact and Future of the Electoral College, the first in its five-part American Voter Project series being held this spring.
Columbia College has appointed Kecia Hayes, a Teachers College alumna with more than 20 years of education experience, as the new executive director of the Roger Lehecka Double Discovery Center (DDC), a program that works to enhance higher education opportunities for local low-income and first-generation youth ages 12–27. DDC’s academic enrichment program, which serves approximately 1,000 students annually and has become a model for similar programs throughout the United States, focuses on ensuring high school graduation, college enrollment and completion, and responsible adulthood. Hayes will formally begin transitioning into her new role on Monday, January 29 and will be fully on board on Monday, February 19.