Sydney S. Gross
Director of Communications
News and Updates for Mar 2013
Nicholas Dames, Theodore Kahan Professor of Humanities and chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature, will receive the 2013 Mark Van Doren Award for excellence in teaching, and Boris Gasparov, Boris Bakhmeteff Professor of Russian and East European Studies, will receive the 2013 Lionel Trilling Book Award for his book, Beyond Pure Reason: Ferdinand de Saussure's Philosophy of Language and Its Early Romantic Antecedents, at an awards ceremony in Low Library on May 8. The honorees are selected annually by a student committee to honor faculty members for their contributions in the classroom and in print.
Alumni came back to campus for the Center for Career Education's annual Spring Career Fair on March 8 to recruit for their companies and give students career and professional advice. Nearly 1,400 people attended the career fair, including students and alumni from Columbia College and 12 other undergraduate and graduate schools.
Dean James J. Valentini will visit Paris and London this month to meet with alumni, parents, students abroad and new Columbia students and their families. Join Dean Valentini and journalists Gregory Viscusi CC'85 (in Paris) and Albert Scardino CC'70 (in London) for lively discussions about Columbia College, undergraduate education at Columbia and the importance of global education.
Trustee Michael B. Rothfeld CC ’69, JN ’71, SIPA ’71, BU ’71 was honored at Community Impact’s Gala Benefit Auction on March 7 with the “Making A Difference Service Award.” The award recognizes people whose belief and investment in Community Impact’s work helps the organization serve neighbors in need in Upper Manhattan. Rothfeld was selected as this year’s honoree because of his belief in and generous support of Community Impact’s work through the years.
Four accomplished alumni were presented with 2013 John Jay Awards for distinguished professional achievement at the annual John Jay Awards Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street on March 6.
Thomas Cornacchia CC ’85; Katori Hall CC ’03; Michael Schmidtberger CC ’82, LW ’85; and George Yancopoulos M.D., Ph.D. CC ’80, GSAS ’86, P&S ’87 will be presented John Jay Awards for distinguished professional achievement at the 2013 John Jay Awards Dinner on Wednesday, March 6.
The Office of Global Programs has partnered with Bogazici University to offer Columbia students a new summer program focused on the history, architecture and urban development of Istanbul. Students in the program will explore Istanbul’s rich topography, history, cultures and religions through research, fieldwork, coursework and excursions.