Sydney S. Gross
Director of Communications
News and Updates for Apr 2017
Columbia College has announced the names of 89 seniors who will be initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society, on Tuesday, May 16.
Seven Columbia College students have been awarded 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student grants; one of the students, Martin Ridge CC’17, was awarded a prestigious UK Partnership Award to study at Queen Mary University of London, an award given to only three American students each year.
On April 17, students were honored for their leadership and involvement on campus at the 2017 Leadership and Excellence Awards Ceremony in Alfred Lerner Hall's Roone Arledge Auditorium.
Michael Abolafia CC’17, an English and comparative literature major from Rochelle Park, N.J., and Hui Yu Wong CC’17, an art history major with an anthropology concentration from Singapore, have been named valedictorian and salutatorian respectively, the top academic honors for the Columbia College Class of 2017.
The Academic Awards Committee of Columbia College is pleased to announce the 2017 winners of the student-nominated Lionel Trilling Book Award and Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching.
Neil Gorsuch CC’88, a former judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, has been confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States.
President Lee C. Bollinger has appointed James J. Valentini, dean of Columbia College and vice president for undergraduate education, to lead a Steering Group on Mental Health, focused on Columbia’s undergraduate community.
Columbia College is pleased to announce that Sheena Wright CC’90, LAW’94, president and CEO of United Way of New York City (UWNYC), which seeks to improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers, will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 Columbia College Class Day ceremony.
Patricia Kitcher, the Roberta and William Campbell Professor of the Humanities and the Carnoy Family Program Chair for Contemporary Civilization, is the Columbia College faculty winner of the Society of Columbia Graduates’ 2017 Great Teacher Award.
David M. Friedman CC’78 has been appointed U.S. Ambassador to Israel.
Nineteen first-year students in Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of General Studies have received 2017 Presidential Global Fellowships.
The Office of Global Programs has announced a new study abroad program in Greece, to be offered to undergraduates for the first time in Summer 2017.
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering and the School of General Studies have announced a new Undergraduate International Travel Policy.
Sophie Wilkowske CC’17, a history major from Duluth, Minn., has received a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue an MPhil in political thought and intellectual history at the University of Cambridge.
Columbia College is pleased to share the Columbia College Annual Report 2015–2016.
The former President of the Republic of Estonia, the creator of Netflix show Orange is the New Black, and the president and CEO of Cantillon Capital Management, among others, are being honored for their professional achievements at the 39th Annual John Jay Awards Dinner on Wednesday, March 1.
Neil Gorsuch CC’88, a judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, has been nominated by President Donald J. Trump to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States that was created by the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.
Santiago Tobar Potes CC’20, a John W. Kluge Scholar from Miami, Fla., has been selected as one of five college students on the inaugural 17-member Better Make Room Student Advisory Board.
Columbia Entrepreneurship has announced that they will be sponsoring Innovation Grants for Columbia College and School of General Studies' students.
The Center for the Core Curriculum held the inaugural event in its new “Books That Changed My Life” series, which provides a space for Core professors to have intimate and informal conversations with small groups of students about books that had a deep impact on their lives.
Columbia College has announced the names of 23 seniors who will be initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society, on Friday, January 20.
Columbia University announced the establishment of the Mendelson Center for Undergraduate Business Initiatives, a joint program between Columbia College and Columbia Business School. The Center was established with a $10 million gift from the Mendelson family, whose relationship with Columbia spans four generations. The Center will foster an ongoing business education program for select Columbia undergraduates.
Undocumented students applying to Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science will now be eligible for the same need-blind admissions and financial aid policies as U.S. Citizens and permanent residents.
Columbia College has announced a series of new courses, “Food: An Interdisciplinary Perspective,” thanks to a $750,000 gift from the Chapman Perelman Foundation, a New York-based foundation that gives to health, human services and education causes. The courses will provide students with a holistic understanding of food in the 21st century, considering questions such as how to feed a growing global population in a way that is sustainable with regards to the environment and public health.
Harrison Hong, a professor in the Department of Economics, has been named as the first John R. Eckel Jr. Professor in Financial Economics.
Former Columbia College Dean and Columbia Law School Emeritus Professor Jack Greenberg CC’45, LAW’48, the legendary attorney who successfully argued many of the nation’s landmark civil rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, forming the legal basis for desegregation in America, died on October 12, 2016. He was 91.
University Professor Ronald Breslow, the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History Eric Foner CC’63, GSAS’69 and the Jacques Barzun Professor of History Kenneth T. Jackson will be presented the 2016 Alexander Hamilton Medal on Thursday, November 17.
Kellie Jones, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Art History and Archaeology, was named as a 2016 fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She joins a distinguished group of 23 talented people in a variety of fields who received fellowships this year for creative work that demonstrates notable originality, dedication and self-direction.
Columbia College is sponsoring campus membership to TurboVote, an online application that makes voting easier by allowing users to register to vote, request absentee ballots for their home states, and get text reminders about upcoming elections.
Columbia College and Columbia Engineering have created a new director of student wellness position to support the undergraduate community’s student wellness priorities and to help create a campus culture committed to wellness.
Robert M. Rosencrans CC’49, BUS’52, a cable TV pioneer and dedicated alumnus, died on August 3, 2016, in Greenwich, Conn.
Columbia College welcomes the new faculty members who will be teaching in the Core Curriculum during the 2016-2017 academic year. These faculty join approximately 50 returning faculty members already teaching in the Core Curriculum.
The Class of 2020 arrived on campus and began its journey at Convocation.
Andrew Plaa has been appointed Dean of Advising for Columbia College and Columbia Engineering. Plaa has served as an adviser in the James H. and Christine Turk Berick Center for Student Advising since 2005 and has been interim dean since September 2015.
Katie Meili CC’13, a former member of the Columbia Women’s Swimming and Diving team took the bronze medal in the 100-meter breaststroke at the Olympic Games on August 8.
Columbia rising junior Akua Obeng-Akrofi CC'18 is set to be part of the Ghanian 4x100m relay team at the Rio Olympics this month.
Nine Columbia College alumni have been awarded 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Student grants.
Jonah Belser CC’16, a political science major, has been awarded a prestigious Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellowship.
Dean Baquet, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and executive editor of The New York Times, urged Columbia College’s graduating seniors at Class Day not to be blinded by ambition.
Rock and doo-wop group Sha Na Na, a spin-off of the Columbia Kingsmen singing group, will return to campus for Reunion 2016 on Friday, June 3, 47 years after the group’s Columbia debut in 1969
Columbia College mourns the loss of former Provost and longtime history professor Fritz Stern CC’46, GSAS’53.
Christian Collier Domenico Vivadelli CC’16 was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy in a ceremony in Low Rotunda on May 19.
Alex Navab CC’87, chair of the Columbia College Board of Visitors, has been honored with the 2016 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, presented annually to U.S. citizens “whose accomplishments in their field and inspired service to our nation are cause for celebration.”
Three Columbia College students — Gabrielle De Haan CC’16, Jing Hao Liong CC’16 and Sasha Benincasa CC’16 — have been named 2016 Yenching Academy Scholars, an honor that provides winners with full fellowships for one-year, interdisciplinary master’s degrees in China Studies at Yenching Academy of Peking University in Beijing, China.
Three Columbia College students have been awarded prestigious 2016 U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships.
The Double Discovery Center (DDC), a Columbia College program that works to foster college matriculation for low-income and first-generation middle and high school students in New York City, will be renamed The Roger Lehecka Double Discovery Center, thanks to a $2 million gift from an anonymous donor.
Columbia College has announced the establishment of the Nobuhisa and Marcia Ishizuka Global Fellowship in East Asian Studies, a summer study abroad grant for students studying Japanese language and culture, or other East Asian languages and cultures, whose research and interests include Japan.
Great teachers are an inspiration to their students and admired by their peers. This year’s winners of the Columbia Distinguished Faculty Awards were nominated by department chairs and their fellow faculty members. Their students have gone on to do extraordinary research, win awards or become professors themselves.
Anuke Ganegoda CC’18, an applied mathematics and computer science/mathematics double major; Sahir Jaggi SEAS’17, a biomedical engineering major with minors in computer science and entrepreneurship; and Mathew Pregasen SEAS’18, a computer engineering major with a minor in computer science, have won first place in the Columbia Venture Competition’s Undergraduate Challenge for their mathematics technology, Parsegon, which renders mathematical equations without the need to learn a coding language. The award, which comes with $25,000 in funding, was announced by Dean James J. Valentini on April 29.
Michael E. Pippenger, Columbia University’s Dean of Undergraduate Global Programs and Assistant Vice President for International Education, has been appointed Vice President and Associate Provost for Internationalization at the University of Notre Dame. Pippenger will lead Notre Dame International, the university’s global initiative, overseeing efforts to broaden the Notre Dame’s international culture, programs, reach and reputation through expanded international research, collaborative projects and strategic relationships with global partners.
Seventeen first-year students in Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and General Studies have received 2016 Presidential Global Fellowships. The students, whose academic interests range from French to Portuguese, from Arabic to Chinese, from anthropology to art history, and from political science and human rights to sustainability, were selected from a pool of more than 160 for the University’s undergraduate global summer fellowship program.
Stephen S. Trevor CC’86 and Ronnie D. Planalp BUS’86 have given a $2.5 million gift to Columbia, which includes $2 million to establish the Planalp Trevor Dean’s Curriculum Innovation Fund for Entrepreneurship at Columbia College. The Fund will provide permanent support for the faculty teaching and the students enrolled in entrepreneurship courses support, accelerate, and motivate the Columbia community’s programs and culture around innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship at Columbia College. Their gift to the College is part of the Core to Commencement campaign.
Columbia College has announced the names of 94 seniors who will be initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society, on Tuesday, May 17. The students were chosen by a faculty selection committee of Phi Beta Kappa members based on the breadth, depth and rigor of their academic programs, as well as recommendations from faculty members who have worked closely them.
Bianca Guerrero CC’17, a political science major from Yonkers, N.Y., has been selected for a prestigious 2016 Truman Scholarship.
Max Lawton CC’16, a Russian Literature and Culture major who was raised in Brussels, Chicago and Milwaukee, has received the prestigious Clarendon Scholarship from the University of Oxford to pursue a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Modern Languages, where he will focus on Russian literature.
Sophie Wilkowske CC’17, a history major with a Russian language and culture concentration from Duluth, Minn., has received a prestigious Beinecke Scholarship.
Columbia College mourns the loss of Bill Campbell CC’62, TC’64, former chair of the University Trustees and former captain and coach to the Columbia Lions football team, who passed away on Monday at the age of 75. “We are devastated by the loss of Bill Campbell,” said James J. Valentini. “Bill was a remarkable entrepreneur, a dedicated and generous Columbia College alumnus; and a committed friend, adviser and mentor to me. He enriched the lives of many at Columbia and throughout the world and he will be missed by all who knew him.”
Felix Qiaochu Jin CC’16, a biochemistry and physics major from Rochester, N.Y., and Zoey Poll CC’16, an urban studies major from Los Angeles, have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, the top academic honors for the Columbia College Class of 2016. The awardees were selected by the faculty Committee on Honors, Awards and Prizes based on the strength, breadth, depth and rigor of their academic achievements, as well as on evidence of their intellectual promise, character and achievement outside the classroom.
Sasha DiGiulian CC’16, a professional rock climber and three-time U.S. National rock climbing champion, has been selected as one of Glamour’s 2016 “College Women of the Year.
Columbia undergraduates Katherine Jin CC’16, Kevin Tyan CC’16 and Jason Kang SEAS’16, cofounders of the startup Kinnos Inc., have been awarded the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Student Prize.
Shreyas Vissapragada CC’17, an astrophysics and computer science double major, has won a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate award in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.
Elana Shanti Sulakshana CC’17, a history and sustainable development double major from Newton, Mass., has won a prestigious Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, awarded to college sophomores and juniors in recognition of their leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.
Columbia College Dean James J. Valentini has appointed Lisa Hollibaugh GSAS’05 as Dean of Academic Planning and Administration, effective July 1. Hollibaugh will oversee the College academic administration and the Core Curriculum, as well as the James H. and Christine Turk Berick Center for Student Advising.
The Academic Awards Committee of Columbia College is pleased to announce the 2016 winners of the student-nominated Lionel Trilling Book Award and Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching. Susan Pedersen, the Gouverneur Morris Professor of History, will be awarded the 41st annual Lionel Trilling Book Award, for her recent book, The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire. Liza Knapp, associate professor of Slavic Languages, will be honored with the 55th annual Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching, for her unparalleled dedication to both the Department of Slavic Languages and the Core Curriculum. The honorees are selected annually by a committee of Columbia College students. They will receive their awards at a ceremony at on May 4, at 6 p.m., in Faculty Room, Low Library. All are invited to attend.
Columbia College announced today that the Executive Editor of The New York Times, Dean Baquet, will deliver the keynote address at the 2016 Columbia College Class Day ceremony. The annual event, which honors graduating seniors, will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, on the South Lawns of Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus.
Lauren Chadwick CC’15 has been awarded the competitive Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, which provides funding for recent college and graduate school alumni to work in Washington, D.C., on issues related to peace and security.
Daniel Lazour CC’16 is among the recipients of the Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater for the musical We Live in Cairo, which he wrote with his brother, Patrick.
Columbia College celebrated its more than 1,500 scholarship recipients and the donors who make financial aid possible at the annual Dean’s Scholarship Reception, held on on February 9 in Roone Arledge Auditorium. Nearly 450 named scholarship donors, alumni and student recipients attended the event.
Peter V. Johnson, Director of Enrollment Group Special Projects and special assistant to the Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, has been awarded the 2016 Black Alumni Council Heritage Award, which honors individuals who have made considerable contributions to the community and to their respective fields.
Columbia College is offering a new entrepreneurship course, “Venturing to Change the World,” which seeks to “expose students to the intellectual foundations and practical aspects of entrepreneurship.”
The Berick Center for Student Advising (CSA) has announced a new initiative that allows first-years to explore potential academic areas of interest before formally declaring a major or concentration.
The Office of Global Programs has announced a new summer study abroad program in Beijing, to be offered in the summer of 2016.
The Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation, established by Robert David Lion Gardiner CC’32, has donated $3 million to the Columbia University Faculty of Arts and Sciences to establish the Robert Gardiner-Kenneth T. Jackson Professorship in the history department. The new chair will focus on teaching New York history, Jackson’s specialty.
Beginning in the summer of 2016, the Columbia University Center for Career Education will be offering a new Columbia Experience Overseas (CEO) program in Seoul, South Korea.
Eight Columbia College alumni are presenting films at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Utah this month. College alumni who will be presenting include directors, producers, editors and screenwriters.
Five accomplished alumni will be presented with 2016 John Jay Awards for distinguished professional achievement at the annual John Jay Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 10, 2016.
We continue to mourn the loss of the three Columbia community members who lost their lives in Honduras last week. As a reminder, the University will hold a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 19) on Low Plaza to honor the memories of Columbia College student Olivia Erhardt, Barnard College student Daniella Moffson, and Columbia College parent, General Studies student and CUMC nurse Abigail Flanagan.
Below is a message that Barnard College President Debora Spar and Barnard College Dean Avis Hinkson shared with the Barnard community on Thursday.
We were deeply saddened to report the death of three members of our community, Columbia College sophomore Olivia Erhardt, Barnard College junior Daniella Moffson, and Abigail Flanagan, a General Studies student and nurse practitioner at the Columbia University Medical Center. These students were in a bus accident while on a humanitarian mission in Honduras. Several other students were injured in the accident, and we are working to provide support and help them return home. Columbia medical personnel and College staff are traveling to Honduras overnight to provide on-site assistance.
As a reminder, the following resources are also available to students:
Counseling and Psychological Services - (212) 854-2878
Office of the University Chaplain - (212) 854-1493
CC/SEAS Advising Deans - (212) 854-6378
CC/ SEAS Residential Life staff - (917) 881-7233
Columbia undergraduates Katherine Jin CC’16, Kevin Tyan CC’16 and Jason Kang SEAS’16, founders of the company Kinnos, have been named to the Forbes “30 Under 30” Healthcare list.
Columbia College has announced the names of 23 seniors who will be initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society, on Friday, January 22.
The Deans’ Student Assistance Fund supported more than 400 Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students with unanticipated costs during its initial semester, including providing students with FLEX meal funding during Fall Break and Thanksgiving Break, when the dining halls are closed. Other examples of situations when the Deans’ Student Assistance Fund may be used include travel home for a family emergency, unexpected health care costs and cold weather clothing needs.
The Columbia University community came together on December 3 to celebrate the holiday season at the annual Tree Lighting and Yule Log ceremonies.
Sara Sakowitz CC’18, founder and CEO of Blue Moon Box, has been selected for the Crain’s New York Business “20 Under 20” list.
The Office of Global Programs has announced the Columbia-Bogaziçi Summer Program in Balkan Transcultural Studies, a new summer study abroad program in Istanbul that will be offered in summer 2016.
Columbia College has launched a $400 million fundraising and engagement campaign to enhance its undergraduate liberal arts education and support students and faculty.
The Office of Global Programs has announced a new summer global health research abroad opportunity in partnership with the Columbia University Medical Center, to be offered in summer 2016.
Eric H. Holder Jr. CC’73, LAW’76, the former Attorney General of the United States, received the 2015 Alexander Hamilton Medal on November 19, at the Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner, an annual black-tie event in Low Rotunda.
As of November 13, 2015, all students on the Columbia University Undergraduate Program in Paris have been confirmed safe. Columbia's Office of Global Programs and the program staff continue to monitor the situation. Students needing assistance can contact Columbia Public Safety at 212-854-5555.
The Office of Global Programs has announced Columbia University in London, a new study abroad program in London.
Columbia College topped the leaderboard charts for the fourth annual Columbia Giving Day, a 24-hour University-wide event in which the goal is to support and increase awareness of annual funds across all schools. This year’s event took place on October 21 and nearly 1,700 College-related donors — comprising alumni, parents, students and friends — contributed a total of $3.7 million, a passionate show of support to continuing to build the best undergraduate experience for our students.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs is offering a new intercultural opportunity, the Global Ambassador Program, a year-long program that aims to foster intercultural dialogues and friendships within Columbia’s diverse student body.
Valerie Purdie-Vaughns CC’93, associate professor of psychology and adjunct professor at the Columbia Business School, and Brent R. Stockwell, professor of biological sciences and chemistry, will be leading a University Lecture program.
The Office of Global Programs has announced a new study abroad program in Mexico City. The program, the first in a series of global education programs created in partnership with the Department of Anthropology, will be offered in Spring 2016.
The Center for Career Education will host the first annual Undergraduate Career Fair in Alfred Lerner Hall on Friday, September 25, from 12-4 p.m.
Beginning in Fall 2015, undergraduate financial aid recipients from Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science are able to apply for funds through the Deans’ Student Assistance Fund. This resource is designed to assist students with the greatest financial need who face unanticipated personal expenses beyond those included in the Cost of Attendance.
Members of the Class of 2019 and their families were welcomed into the Columbia family at Convocation on August 31.
Sasha DiGiuilian CC’16, a professional rock climber, is the first woman to free climb Magic Mushroom, one of the most difficult routes on the North Face of the Eiger mountain in the Swiss Alps.
Eric H. Holder Jr. CC’73, LAW’76 will be presented the 2015 Alexander Hamilton Medal on Thursday, November 19 at the Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner, an annual black-tie event in Low Rotunda.
Katie Meili CC’13, a former member of the Columbia Women’s Swimming and Diving Team, registered the second-fastest time in the world in the 100-meter breast stroke during the prelims at the Pan American Games, held July 10–26 in Toronto. Her time of 1:05.64 was a Pan American Games record. Meili went on to win the gold medal in the finals with a time of 1:06.26.
For 50 years, the Double Discovery Center has worked to increase high school graduation, college enrollment and completion of high school education by low-income and first-generation college-bound youth from low performing schools in northern Manhattan.
The Center for the Core Curriculum has announced a new Literature Humanities syllabus for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Eight recently graduated seniors and alumni/ae have been awarded 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Student grants.
Columbia’s Center for Student Advising has been renamed the James H. and Christine Turk Berick Center for Student Advising in recognition of the couple’s dedication to and support for the University.
The Columbia College Class of 2015 celebrated Class Day on May 19 and Commencement on May 20.
Julian Brave NoiseCat CC’15 has been awarded a prestigious Clarendon Scholarship from the University of Oxford to pursue a Master of Studies in Global and Imperial History.
Miriam Rosen CC’15 has been awarded a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Study Scholarship to perform research in Berlin at the Humbolt University's Interdisciplinary Laboratory, Bild Wissen Gestaltung, during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Demarttice Tunstall CC’15 has been selected for a 2015 Humanity in Action Fellowship and for the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals.
Undergraduate students in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures (LAIC) have created a research journal, Portales: The LAIC Journal of Undergraduate Research.
Shriya Samavai CC’15, an art history major with a concentration in business management from West Lafayette, Ind., and Lauren Field BC’16, an English major and art history minor from Portland, Ore., have won first place in the Columbia Venture Competition’s Undergraduate Challenge for their clothing line, Academy Of.
Columbia College has announced the names of 94 seniors who will be initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society, on Tuesday, May 19.
The Columbia College Alumni Association has launched a newly formed brand.
Katherine Jin CC’16, Kevin Tyan CC’16 and Jason Kang SEAS’16, the student team behind Highlight, a pigmented bleach solution that improves decontamination of infectious diseases, has won the USAID Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge.
Mark Minghao Xue CC’06 has been awarded one of the prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans.
On April 20, more than 125 alumnae and female students gathered at Casa Italiana to celebrate the relaunch of Columbia College Women.
Concert Spirituals and the Black Soprano, a performance and panel discussion that reconsiders the role of singing concert spirituals among black sopranos in relation to political resistance, musical virtuosity and the sacred, will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, in St. Paul’s Chapel.
Harmann Singh CC'16, an economics-mathematics joint major from New York, has been selected for a prestigious 2015 Truman Scholarship.
Columbia College is sponsoring a new Startup Internship Fund beginning in summer 2015 to allow students on financial aid to take advantage of unpaid or low-paid opportunities in the startup sector.
Twelve first-year students in Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science have received 2015 Presidential Global Fellowships.
Beau Willimon CC’99, SOA’03, will be the speaker at the School of the Arts Celebration of Graduates on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The ceremony will be held in Miller Theatre at 2 p.m. on the Morningside campus.
Two science students have received the top academic honors for the Columbia College Class of 2015. Robert Lin, a mathematics and physics major from Bergen County, New Jersey, has been named valedictorian, and Stephanie Gergoudis, a biology major from Queens, New York, has been named salutatorian.
Brian Trippe CC’16, a biochemistry and computer science major, has won a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate award in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.
For ten years, Multicultural Affairs (OMA) in Undergraduate Student Life has promoted an inclusive University climate and served as an educational resource to help prepare students to succeed in a heterogeneous and ever-changing society.
The Academic Awards Committee of the Columbia College Student Council has announced the winners of the 2015 Mark Van Doren Teaching Award and the 2015 Lionel Trilling Book Award. Austin E. Quigley, Brander Matthews Professor of Dramatic Literature and former dean of Columbia College, is the recipient of the 2015 Mark Van Doren Teaching Award for excellence in teaching, and Zainab Bahrani, Edith Porada Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Art and Archaeology, is the recipient of the 2015 Lionel Trilling Book Award for her book, The Infinite Image: Art, Time and the Aesthetic Dimension in Antiquity.
Ben Horowitz CC’88, cofounder and partner at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), will give the keynote address for Columbia Engineering’s Class Day ceremony, which will be held on May 18, 2015.
Columbia College is offering four new fellowships during the summer of 2015 to give students more opportunities to study or do research abroad: the Columbia College International Summer Fund, the Undergraduate Global Policy Fellowship, the Beesen Global Experience Research Fellowship and the Harvey Krueger Global Experience Fellowship.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti CC’92 will deliver the keynote address at the 2015 Columbia College Class Day ceremony. The annual event, which honors graduating seniors, will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, on the South Lawn of Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus.
Columbia College is pleased to share the Columbia College Annual Report 2013–2014, which celebrates our students’ and faculty members’ achievements, thanks our alumni, parent, faculty and student volunteers and donors, and highlights some of our unique programs and opportunities, while also providing an overarching picture of Columbia College throughout the last academic year.
Columbia College is sponsoring an Undergraduate Challenge as part of Columbia Entrepreneurship’s Columbia Venture Competition. Students from Barnard College, Columbia College, General Studies and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science may enter to win funds for the most innovative and viable business proposal. The top three teams will split a $50,000 prize.
Yuntong Ma CC’12 has received a prestigious Gates-Cambridge Scholarship, awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the United Kingdom to pursue graduate degrees at the University of Cambridge.
The Office of Global Programs announced the Columbia University-Japan Study Tour, a one-time opportunity for undergraduates to participate in a fully-funded ten-day study tour in Japan from Sunday, May 17-Wednesday, May 27, 2015.
The Columbia Faculty of Arts and Sciences has announced this year’s awardees of the Lenfest Distinguished Teaching Award.
The Office of Global Programs has announced three new summer study abroad programs.
Cristen Scully Kromm has been appointed Dean of Undergraduate Student Life for Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, effective February 1, 2015. Kromm , where she is responsible for residential life within the College and Engineering and is actively involved in the co-curricular life of students.
Five accomplished alumni will be presented with a 2015 John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement at the annual John Jay Awards Dinner.
Columbia College has announced the names of 24 seniors who will be initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society. The students were chosen by a faculty selection committee of Phi Beta Kappa members based on the breadth, depth and rigor of their academic programs, as well as recommendations from faculty members who have worked closely with them.
The Office of Global Programs has announced the Consortium for Advanced Studies in Cuba, a new study abroad program in Havana, Cuba.
Columbia women’s basketball sophomore forward Devon Roeper CC’17 has been nominated for the third-annual Allstate WBCA Good Works Team.
Daniel Listwa CC’15 has been selected as one of 12 recipients of the prestigious George J. Mitchell Scholarship. Mitchell Scholarships provide one year of postgraduate study in an Irish university in either the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Listwa will study Philosophy and Public Affairs at University College Dublin.
Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science will be implementing significant financial aid enhancements and policy changes for 2015-2016 in order to better support undergraduates.
Columbia College topped the leaderboard charts for the third annual Columbia Giving Day, a 24-hour University-wide event in which the goal is to support and increase awareness of annual funds across all schools. This year’s event took place on October 29 and more than 1,200 College-related donors — comprising alumni, parents, students, staff and friends — contributed a record-breaking total of $3.09 million, a passionate show of support to continuing to build the best undergraduate experience for our students.
Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science have created a new honors designation for talented undergraduates from schools and communities surrounding the University. Up to 40 students from West Harlem, Washington Heights and the South Bronx will receive this honor each year.
On September 29, the Center for the Core Curriculum, the Global Mental Health Program and Refuge Drama Productions, a London-based company specializing in drama therapy productions, sponsored a panel, discussion and screening in Lerner Hall with the Syria: Trojan Women project, a group of Syrian women refugees in Amman, Jordan who have produced a modern day adaptation of Euripides’ play The Trojan Women.
The Double Discovery Center received a $10,000 grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation, which will assist with the daily operating costs of the Upward Bound and Talent Search programs.
Valerie Purdie-Vaughns CC’93, associate professor of psychology, and Brent Stockwell, professor of biological sciences and chemistry, have been named National Academies Education Fellows in the Sciences for the 2014-2015 academic year.
On September 19, nearly 2,450 students were introduced to more than 130 employers at the Center for Career Education’s annual Fall Career Fair.
Ai-jen Poo CC’96 is one of 21 members of the 2014 MacArthur Foundation Fellows Program (commonly known as “Genius Grants”), an award that recognizes creativity and achievement in a variety of fields and comes with a grant of $625,000 delivered over the course of five years.
The Office of Global Programs offered three new summer study abroad programs this summer.
The Office of Global Programs has announced a new study abroad program in Istanbul, Turkey, focused on the city as a cross-roads of Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
The University has taken many steps in recent months to help prevent sexual assault and other gender-based misconduct on campus, to make it easier for survivors to report such incidents and to educate students about the subject and the resources available to them. The actions include opening a second Sexual Violence Response and Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center, establishing a new Gender Based Misconduct Policy, significantly expanding student orientation sessions aimed at prevention, expanding faculty and staff training, and hiring case managers to support students through this process.
Constantine “Costa” Dimas CC’96 has been elected chair of the Board of Friends of the Double Discovery Center (DDC), a Columbia College program that works to enhance the higher education opportunities for low-income and first-generation youth in the surrounding community.
David Rosand CC’59, GSAS’65, an art historian and the Meyer Schapiro Professor Emeritus of Art History, passed away in New York City, where he resided, on August 8, 2014. Rosand played a significant role in creating the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, of which he was chair 1984–86 and 1997–2009. In 2003, he helped the University obtain Casa Muraro — the former intellectual enclave of Venetian art historian Michelangelo Muraro — as a study abroad home and resource in Venice for Columbia students. In the 2008 CCT profile, Rosand said, “I want Casa Muraro to be my legacy to alma mater.”
This summer, Columbia College welcomed 26 faculty members from 13 institutions from across the United States, Europe, and China to participate in a two-week intensive workshop on designing and teaching Core courses.
Wm. Theodore de Bary CC’41, GSAS’53, the John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and Provost Emeritus, has been named by President Barack Obama CC’83 as one of 10 recipients of the 2013 National Humanities Medal for his pioneering work in East Asian studies.
Attorney Jonathan D. Schiller CC ’69, LAW ’73 has become chair of the board of the Columbia University Trustees, succeeding William V. Campbell CC ’62, TC ’64, with whom he served as co-chair for the past six months. Schiller is a managing partner and co-founder of the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner, and one of the country’s most well-known and respected lawyers.
Nine recently graduated seniors and alumni/ae have been awarded 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Student grants.
On May 20, the Class of 2014 celebrated Class Day with a ceremony held on South Lawn. The keynote speaker was screenwriter and actor Dan Futterman CC ’89. University Commencement was celebrated on May 21.
Gene Finn has been appointed Vice President of Development, Arts and Sciences, and Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations for Columbia College.
On May 6, 2014, eight Columbia College students were honored at an induction ceremony in honor of their nominations for membership in Gamma Kappa Alpha, the National Italian Honor Society.
The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) has awarded 15 College affiliates 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.
Oladayo (Dayo) Osuntokun CC ’15 and Mario Rosser CC ’14 have been selected as the winners of the 2014 William Curtis Prizes in Informative Oration and Persuasive Oration respectively.
Columbia College has announced the names of 93 seniors who will be initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society, on May 20. The students were chosen by a faculty selection committee of Phi Beta Kappa members based on the breadth, depth and rigor of their academic programs, as well as recommendations from faculty members who have worked closely them.
Nilay Kumar CC ’15, a mathematics and physics major from Potomac, Maryland, has received a prestigious Josephine De Karman Fellowship, which recognizes and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect those of the late Dr. Theodore Von Karman, a world renowned aeronautics expert and teacher and the first director of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology.
Columbia College Dean James J. Valentini and Columbia Engineering Dean Mary C. Boyce have announced that, after a comprehensive examination of student affairs services during the recent search for a Dean of Undergraduate Student Affairs, they will instead restructure Columbia Student Affairs, the joint division that supports undergraduate students through advising, student engagement, residential life, and other co-curricular programming.
Nzingha Prescod CC ’15, Columbia women’s fencing squad captain and a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic fencing team, was selected as one of Glamour’s Top 10 College Women.
Amirah Sequeira CC ’12 has received a prestigious Gates-Cambridge Scholarship, awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the United Kingdom to pursue graduate degrees at the University of Cambridge.
The Columbia College faculty Committee on Honors, Awards and Prizes has announced the names of the Class of 2014 valedictorian and salutatorian. The valedictorian is Margarete Diaz Cuadros, a biochemistry major with a concentration in evolutionary biology of the human species, originally from Lima, Peru. The salutatorian is Samuel Walker, a comparative literature and society major with a concentration in philosophy from Westchester, N.Y.
On April 17, students were honored for their leadership and involvement on campus at the 2014 King’s Crown Leadership Excellence Awards Ceremony in Roone Arledge Auditorium.
Seven startups run by Columbia College young alumni — BoardRounds, Ply, Longneck & Thunderfoot, Rawr Denim, Shout, ModaBound and Bundle Organics — were chosen to take part in the new Columbia Startup Lab in SoHo. The lab will provide a dedicated Columbia-only shared workspace on the street level of the eight-floor Varick Street location of WeWork, a building that currently houses — and was the site of the founding of — Reddit. These startups are seven of a total of 31 teams of Columbia alumni from the College, Engineering, SIPA and the Business School that will be housed at the WeWork space beginning in June.
Students will honor Professor of Mathematics Robert Friedman with the 2014 Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching, which recognizes a faculty member’s “humanity, devotion to truth and inspiring leadership,” and Professor of History Rashid Khalidi with the 2014 Lionel Trilling Book Award, given to a member of Columbia’s faculty whose book was published in the previous year, for his book Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East, at an awards ceremony in Low Library on May 5. The honorees are selected annually by a student committee to honor faculty members for their contributions in the classroom and in print.
Twelve first-year students in Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and General Studies have received 2014 Presidential Global Fellowships. The students, whose academic interests range from Art History, French and Sociology to Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, and Industrial Engineering to Physics, Sustainable Development and Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, were selected from a pool of more than 100 for the University’s new undergraduate global summer program.
Acclaimed actor and screenwriter Dan Futterman CC ’89, known for his screenplay of the award-winning film Capote (2005), will deliver the keynote address at the 2014 Columbia College Class Day ceremony. The annual event, which honors graduating seniors, will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, on the South Lawn of Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus.
Katie Bentivoglio CC ’13 has received a prestigious Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellowship. The highly-competitive fellowship, at the think tank’s offices in Washington D.C., is offered to between 10 and 12 seniors and recent graduates each year from nearly 400 participating colleges, each of which may only nominate two candidates per year.
History Professors Elizabeth Blackmar and Christine Philliou CC ’94, Political Science Professor Virginia Page Fortna, English and Comparative Literature Professor Erik Gray, Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor Peter Kelemen, Art History and Archaeology Professor Ioannis Mylonopoulos, Psychology Professor Valerie Purdie-Vaughns CC ’93, French and Romance Philology Professor Joanna Stalnaker and Biological Sciences Professors Brent Stockwell and Rafael Yuste, will be honored this spring with Lenfest Distinguished Teaching Awards.
Samuel Zeng CC ’15 and Kun Leng CC ’15 have been awarded honors thorugh The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. The Goldwater Scholarship, a federally-endowed program honoring former U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater, is the premier undergraduate award for students interested in pursuing careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.
Abbee Cox CC ’14, a psychology major, has been named a 2014 Humanity in Action Fellow. The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together college students and recent graduates from around the world to explore different national histories of discrimination and resistance to injustice, as well as contemporary issues affecting minority groups.
Robert L. Belknap SIPA ’57, GSAS ’59, professor emeritus of Russian in the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, longtime Literature Humanities instructor and former acting College dean, passed away on March 17. “Bob was a magisterial teacher of literature in true Columbia tradition, a guiding intellect and scholar in the field of Russian literature and a committed educator who devoted his energy and vision to making Columbia an institution to be proud of,” said Liza Knapp GSAS ’85, department chair and associate professor of Slavic. “From start to finish he was a man of integrity, wit, wisdom and goodwill.”
The Teagle Foundation has awarded Columbia, along with Yale University and the University of Chicago, a $280,000 grant for a three-year collaborative research project to study the significance, impact and role of core curriculum programs housed within research universities, strengthen the three institutions’ core text-based programs and engage others in similar work.
“Retranslating Literary Classics: A Panel of Cervantes, Montaigne, and Dostoevsky,” this spring’s Literature Humanities Course-wide event, was held on March 7 in Miller Theatre and moderated by Susan Bernofsky, director of literary translation at Columbia.
Five accomplished alumni were presented with 2014 John Jay Awarsd for distinguished professional achievement at the annual John Jay Awards Dinner on March 5. This year marked the 36th annual dinner; 195 honorees and 11 decades of alumni have been honored. The dinner raised $1.1 million for the John Jay National Scholars Program, which provides financial aid and special programming to enhance the academic and extracurricular experiences of outstanding students.
On Wednesday, February 26, the Kenneth Cole Community Engagement Program is thrilled to present its 2014 Spring Forum featuring distinguished guest speaker Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation.
Columbia College is pleased to introduce the new Columbia College Annual Report, which for the first time not only highlights the Columbia College Fund, as in the past, but also provides an overarching picture of Columbia College throughout the last academic year.
Columbia has partnered with Tokyo’s Waseda University to launch a new summer program that will provide undergraduate students the opportunity to explore the influential works of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, director of the classic film Rashomon.
Columbia will offer a new program this summer that provides undergraduate and graduate students the unique opportunity to excavate and learn together at Hadrian’s Villa, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the most important of the Roman imperial villas, located in Tivoli near Rome.
Columbia College’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter welcomed 22 new members as Junior Phi Beta Kappa members on January 31.
Five accomplished alumni will be presented with 2014 John Jay Awards for distinguished professional achievement at the annual John Jay Awards Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street on Wednesday, March 5.
Columbia College has appointed Joseph Ayala CC ’94, an experienced non-profit leader with nearly 20 years of experience in youth development and advocacy, as the new executive director of Double Discovery Center (DDC), a Columbia College program that works to enhance the higher education opportunities for low-income and first-generation youth in the surrounding community.
Jonathan D. Schiller CC ’69, LW ’73, a managing partner and co-founder of the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, and one of the country’s most well-known and respected lawyers, has been elected as co-chair of the Columbia University Board of Trustees. He will serve along current board chairman William V. Campbell CC ’62, TC ’64.
The Columbia University community came together on December 5 to celebrate the holiday season at the annual Tree Lighting and Yule Log ceremonies.
The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of students and recent graduates on month-long summer programs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Lyon or Warsaw. Fellows study human rights and conduct original research exploring how and why individuals and societies resist intolerance and stand up for democratic values.
Columbia College’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter will welcome 22 new members in an initiation ceremony on January 31.
Lillian Jin CC ’13 is one of twelve recipients of the 2015 class of George J. Mitchell Scholarship.
Joel I. Klein CC ’67 was presented the 2013 Alexander Hamilton Medal on November 14 at the Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner, an annual black-tie event in Low Rotunda.
Dean of Columbia College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education James J. Valentini today announced a new undergraduate global opportunity, the Presidential Global Fellowship, which will provide support for 15 rising sophomores in Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Columbia School of General Studies to study abroad during the summer of 2014.
More than 1,200 alumni, students, parents and friends gathered on October 19 at the Baker Athletics Complex on West 218th Street for Homecoming 2013.
Students in the Class of 2017 committed themselves to a new honor code at the Columbia College Academic Assembly on August 27, pledging to uphold a high level of academic integrity, to respect others’ intellectual property and to be honest in their academic work. The new honor code comes after long standing conversations between students, faculty and administrators regardingthe importance of academic integrity on campus.
Columbia College and Columbia Engineering welcomed students in the Class of 2017 and their families at a Convocation ceremony on South Field on August 26. Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger, Columbia College Dean James J. Valentini and Mary C. Boyce, dean of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, addressed students, along with Interim Dean of Student Affairs Terry Martinez, New Students Orientation Program Coordinator Emma Kim Morimoto Chaves CC’14 and Hitoshi Tanaka EN ’63, MS’65, EngScD’76, president of the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association.
Almost 4,000 College alumni and their guests returned to campus and to venues throughout New York City for Alumni Reunion Weekend and Dean’s Day 2013 from May 30–June 2. Alumni who graduated in years ending in 3 and 8 gathered on campus this year, and all alumni and parents were invited to Dean’s Day for lectures and Mini-Core Courses that represent the Columbia College experience.
Columbia College initiated 95 seniors into Phi Beta Kappa on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
One hundred Columbia College students were honored with awards, prizes and fellowships at the annual Columbia College Academic Awards and Prizes Ceremony on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
The 2013 Senior Fund raised nearly $26,000, the most of any senior class in Columbia College history. More than 750 students contributed to the campaign.
Columbia College celebrated the accomplishments of the Class of 2013 at a Ceremony on South Lawn on Tuesday, May 21. Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally CC ’60 was the Class Day keynote speaker.
Columbia College has announced the names of 293 students in the Class of 2013 who will graduate magna cum laude, summa cum laude and cum laude. The students will be recognized at Columbia College Class Day on May 21, 2013.
Professor Nicholas Dames and Boris Gasparov were honored with the 2013 Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching and the 2013 Lionel Trilling Book Award at a ceremony on May 8 at Low Library. The honorees are selected annually by a student committee to honor faculty members for their contributions in the classroom and in print.
Thank you to the more than 2,050 Columbians who made a gift in April and met the challenge of A Million Reasons to Give! Your efforts earned the full $1M matching gift to the Columbia College Fund, and showed the collective generosity of our community.
Columbia College has announced the names of 95 seniors who will be initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society, on May 21. The students were chosen by a faculty selection committee of Phi Beta Kappa members based on the breadth, depth and rigor of their academic programs, as well as recommendations from faculty members who have worked closely them.
Columbia College student athletes were among those honored at the 15th annual Academic Achievement Luncheon hosted by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education on April 9. The luncheon celebrated 181 student athletes and recent graduates from the College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, General Studies and Barnard who made Dean’s list at their schools within the past year.
The Columbia College Committee on Honors, Awards and Prizes has announced the names of the Class of 2013 valedictorian and salutatorian. The valedictorian is Leah Friedman, a Russian Literature and Cultures major from New York. The salutatorian is Yoshiaki Ko, a Neuroscience and Behavior major from California.
Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally CC ’60, one of the American theater’s most acclaimed writers, will deliver the keynote address at the 2013 Columbia College Class Day ceremony. The annual event, which honors graduating seniors, will take place on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, on the South Lawn of Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus.
Kevin Shollenberger, Dean of Student Affairs for Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, will be leaving Columbia to become Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Johns Hopkins University. Terry Martinez, Dean of Community Development and Multicultural Affairs, will serve as Interim Dean of Student Affairs.
Five students from the Class of 2015 have been accepted into the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program. Established by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the MMUF program provides faculty mentorship and research opportunities for undergraduates who plan to pursue careers in academia.
The Office of Global Programs will hold a Marshall Scholarship Information Session with Ann Reinking, media and public affairs coordinator from the British Consulate-General in New York, and three Marshall Scholarship Programme alumni on Monday, April 15, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., in 202 Hamilton Hall.
Columbia undergraduates and student organizations will be honored for their leadership and involvement on campus at the 2013 King’s Crown Leadership Awards Ceremony in Low Library on April 11.
The Office of Global Programs will hold an information session on Fulbright Grants with Walter Jackson, program manager of Fulbright U.S. Student Programs at the Institute of International Education, on April 11, from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Core Conference Room.
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.
The Center for Career Education is offering a new Columbia Experience Overseas (CEO) program this summer in Mumbai, India. The program, made possible with seed funding from Citigroup, will offer internships in fields including law, publishing, non-for-profit, banking and consulting.
Ten faculty members will be honored next week with Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Awards for their outstanding scholarship, teaching and service. The awards, which were established in 2005 with a $12 million gift from University Trustee Gerry Lenfest, carry a $25,000 stipend for each of three years.
Columbia College’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter welcomed 22 new members on February 15 in an initiation ceremony at Low Library.
Donors of Columbia College named scholarships met their recipients at the annual Dean's Scholarship Reception on February 7. Each year, nearly 1,200 Columbia College students receive named scholarships. Students are matched with scholarships based on their intellectual pursuits, extracurricular achievements, hometowns and plans for the future, among other factors.
The Columbia University Office of Financial Aid and Educational Financing has recently expanded its walk-in hours to better accommodate students. Students can now visit the financial aid office and meet with a financial aid officer any time Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nearly 200 members of the Class of 2013 gathered on January 28 for the launch of the 2013 Senior Fund. The event raised nearly $7,500, securing a $5,440 pledge from College Dean James J. Valentini and placing the fund well on its way to its goal of $22,000 by May.
Join James J. Valentini, the new dean of Columbia College and vice president for undergraduate education, and Jon Abbott '84CC, president and CEO of WGBH Boston, for a lively discussion focusing on Dean Valentini's unusual journey to Columbia, how he sees Columbia College as "the greatest college in the greatest university in the greatest city in the world," how to make Columbia even better, and what "better" actually means.
Bernice Tsai CC ’96 has been named senior executive director of Columbia College Alumni Affairs. Tsai comes to Columbia from Citigroup, where she headed a new team focused on driving engagement and loyalty. She will assume her responsibilities on January 7.
Delhi-based entrepreneur Sharik Currimbhoy CC ’02 has pledged $12.12 million to Columbia in a gift that will span multiple schools at the University and will support research and fellowships with a focus on India and emerging markets. The announcement of the gift was timed to coincide with 12:12 p.m. on December 12, 2012 — 12:12 on 12-12-12. This is the largest gift from an alumnus in India to Columbia.
Columbia College has announced the names of 22 seniors who will be initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society. The students were chosen by a faculty selection committee of Phi Beta Kappa members based on the breadth, depth and rigor of their academic programs, as well as recommendations from faculty members who have worked closely them.
The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of students to study human rights and to produce original research exploring how and why individuals and societies resist intolerance and stand up for democratic values. Fellows participate in month-long programs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Lyon or Warsaw. Current sophomores, juniors, seniors and recent graduates in all academic disciplines are eligible to apply. Applications are due January 10, 2013.
New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor CC ’96 spoke to students at the Robert K. Kraft Family Center for Jewish Student Life on December 4 in a 90-minute conversation that ranged from politics and the Obamas to journalism, reflections on her own career path and practical advice for students.
Teodolinda Barolini, the Lorenzo Da Ponte Professor of Italian and chair of the Department of Italian, and Richard Lansing CC ’65, professor of Italian studies and comparative literature at Brandeis, are receiving the Modern Language Association of America’s 15th annual Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies for their work, “Dante’s Lyrics: Poems of Youth and the Vita Nuova.”
Benjamin Jealous CC ’94, president of the NAACP since 2008, has been named to Fortune’s “40 Under 40” list for 2012. Jealous, 39, is a fifth-generation member of the civil rights organization and the youngest president in its history.
University Trustee Jonathan S. Lavine CC ’88 will be honored with the Anti-Defamation League's 2012 Distinguished Community Service Award, the highest honor bestowed by the ADL in New England. Lavine is also a recipient of the John Jay Award for professional achievement.
The annual Columbia University Treelighting Ceremony will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, on College Walk, followed by the annual Yule Log Ceremony from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in John Jay Lounge. All Columbia University community members are invited to participate in the Treelighting.
Boren Awards provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East).
University Trustee Jonathan D. Schiller CC ’69, LW ’73 received the Alexander Hamilton Medal at a gala dinner in Low Rotunda on November 15. The medal, the highest honor paid to a member of the College community, is presented by the Columbia College Alumni Association for distinguished service to the College and accomplishment in any field of endeavor.
The Center for the Core Curriculum will present Sophocles’ Oedipus the King for students in the first-year Literature Humanities course at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in Low Library. The play will be performed by the Acting Class of the Theatre Department of the School of the Arts. Members of the Columbia College community are welcome to attend.
For more than half century, Jacques Barzun CC ’27, GSAS ’32, distinguished himself not only as one of Columbia's most outstanding professors but also in a wide variety of administrative positions. A prolific author for both the specialist and the general reader, Barzun served as an example of the potential of liberal education within the University and without.
Columbia College thanks its generous alumni, parents and friends who helped the College raise more than $1.2 million on Columbia Giving Day. The College had more than 900 donors on October 24, 2012, and raised $98,000 in matching funds for the College. All gifts went to the Columbia College Fund, which supports the Core Curriculum, financial aid, student services and internships, and directly impacts the lives of students.
Boren Awards provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East).
More than 1,200 alumni, students, parents and friends gathered on October 20 at the Baker Athletics Complex on West 218th Street for Homecoming 2012, which included a gourmet barbecue and carnival under the Big Tent, music and mingling. A special event this year was the dedication of The Campbell Sports Center, the new cornerstone of the revitalized Baker Athletics Complex.
The Lions will face off against Dartmouth at the 2012 Homecoming game this Saturday. The event will feature a pregame picnic lunch under the Big Tent and the Columbia Homecoming Carnival. An extra highlight this year will be the dedication of The Campbell Sports Center.
More than 800 Columbia parents and family members plan to attend Family Weekend 2012, which will take place from Friday, Oct. 19 to Sunday, Oct. 21. Family Weekend is an annual campus-wide celebration that features a series of intellectual, informational and social events planned for family members interested in experiencing what it means to be a Columbia student. The weekend overlaps with Homecoming festivities.
Dr. Robert J. Lefkowitz CC’62, P&S’66, a professor at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute researcher, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for studies of G-protein-coupled receptors. He shares the prize with Dr. Brian K. Kobilka, a professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine in California.
Columbia College’s Rabi Scholars will present their research at the Seventh Annual Rabi Scholars Program Science Research Symposium on Friday, October 12, from noon to 2 p.m., in Schermerhorn Hall, Room 603.
Terry A. Plank, a professor of earth and environmental sciences with Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and lecturer in the College's Frontiers of Science course, and Maria Chudnovsky, an associate professor of industrial engineering and operations research at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, are among the 23 MacArthur Foundation fellows named for 2012. Each will receive a $500,000 grant to continue to create and explore their extraordinary work.
Columbia College mourns the loss of Arthur Ochs 'Punch' Sulzberger, former publisher of The New York Times and chairman and chief executive of The New York Times Company, a dedicated College alumnus and University Trustee.
The Office of Global Programs will hold its annual Study Abroad Fair from 12:30 to 3:30 on Friday, Sept. 28, in Roone Arledge Auditorium in Alfred Lerner Hall. The fair will feature more than 50 approved study abroad programs and international universities. Returned study abroad students, faculty directors, and Office of Global Programs staff will also be hand to answer any questions about studying abroad.
Churchill Scholarships, offered by the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States, provide for one year of post-baccalaureate study in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics at the University of Cambridge.
The Center for Career Education's inaugural open house featured an employer relations station for students to set up job agents and learn about LionSHARE, power half-hours on the “Job/Internship Search” and “On Campus Recruiting,” an internship station, quick meetings with career counselors, representatives of student professional groups and Columbia Student Enterprizes, and a photograhper shooting headshots for students' LinkedIn profiles.
Columbia has been ranked fourth place in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of National Universities for the third year in a row. Harvard and Princeton are tied for first place this year, followed by Yale. U.S. News’ “Best Colleges 2013” rankings were released on September 12.
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished new Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. Up to thirty fellowships are awarded each year. Each fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study in the U.S., in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program.
Members of the Class of 2016 arrived on campus for Convocation on Monday, August 27, and were welcomed by President Lee C. Bollinger and Dean James J. Valentini, among other speakers. They came from 48 states and nearly 60 countries and represent almost 90 prospective majors, according to the dean. This year’s program also featured the first Alumni Procession at Convocation, with approximately 75 alumni grouped by decades marching behind banners to rousing applause from the students, parents and guests.
Jonathan Schiller ’69, ’73L will be presented the 2012 Alexander Hamilton Medal on Thursday, November 15, at the Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner, an annual black-tie event in Low Rotunda. The medal, the highest honor paid to a member of the Columbia College community, is awarded by the Columbia College Alumni Association to an alumnus/a or faculty member for distinguished service to the College and accomplishment in any field of endeavor.
Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger announced today that James J. Valentini will be the new Dean of Columbia College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education effective July 1, 2012. Dean Valentini, known better as “Deantini” to the students of the College, has been acting as Interim Dean since September 2011.
More than 3,700 College alumni and their guests descended on campus from May 31–June 3 for Alumni Reunion Weekend and Dean’s Day 2012. The 50-year milestone belonged to the Class of 1962, which capped off its Saturday dinner by presenting a $1.13 million Class Gift to the Columbia College Fund — the largest reunion Class Gift ever given by a 50th-anniversary class. The Class of 1987, meanwhile, celebrated not only its 25-year reunion but also its silver anniversary as the College’s first fully coeducational class.
Columbia College initiated 87 seniors into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society, on Tuesday, May 15. The students were chosen by a faculty selection committee of Phi Beta Kappa members based on the breadth, depth and rigor of their academic programs, as well as recommendations from faculty members who have worked closely them and know their commitment to scholarly endeavor.
The Columbia College Alumni Association (CCAA) welcomed its newest members, the Class of 2012, on May 15 as the 1,132 graduates were supported by family and friends on South Lawn under tents that protected all from the morning’s passing showers. For the ninth year, the Class Day festivities included the Alumni Parade of Classes, with 175 alumni from as far back as 1949 marching with their class banners to shepherd the seniors into the alumni community.
Sahrula Kubie CC'14 and Shamm Petros CC'14 were among the 575 US undergraduate and graduate students who were awarded 2012 Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) by the US Department of State. Kubie will go to Russia to study the language and Petros will study Arabic in Oman.
More than 900 seniors celebrated the last day of classes at the annual Senior Dinner on April 30 under a tent on South Lawn. The soon-to-be alumni enjoyed a gourmet meal, upbeat music, a slideshow of memories and remarks from Dean James J. Valentini, Columbia College Student Council Class of 2012 President Sarah Chai ’12, Senior Dinner Co-chairs Eylul Kayin ’12 and Randy Subramany ’12, CCSC President Aki Terasaki ’12, Columbia College Alumni Association President Kyra Tirana Barry ’87 and Columbia College Young Alumni Board President Justin Ifill ’06.
This weekend, four Columbia College students were named the 2012 winners of the Core Scholars Program.
The Columbia College Committee on Honors, Awards, and Prizes yesterday announced the names of the Class of 2012 Valedictorian and Salutatorian. The Valedictorian is Zachary Brill, a Chemistry major from New Jersey. The Salutatorian is Zachary Levine, an Anthropology major from California.
The Columbia Global Scholars Program (GSP) offers highly motivated students of diverse disciplines the opportunity to investigate issues from a global perspective. Based at Columbia Global Centers | Europe in Paris (CGC|E), the program encourages students to delve into another society and culture as they pursue their own projects, test their own goals against other peoples’ educational and intellectual systems, and develop a range of research, language, and networking skills to help them in this innovative intellectual endeavor. The GSP curriculum is designed to enable students to conduct individual research projects during the spring and summer semesters of their junior year. The program, the first of its kind at Columbia, takes place during the spring and summer semesters. The GSP for academic year 2013 is now recruiting students.
Eight Columbia University professors received Guggenheim Fellowships on Friday, April 13, more than any other institution this year. Literature Humanities chair Christia Mercer and Contemporary Civilization chair Matthew Jones were among the professors to win the prestigious fellowships.
The Columbia College Student Council's Academic Awards Committee announced this year's winners of the Mark Van Doren and Lionel Trilling awards.
Five more Columbia students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships, bringing the school’s total count of winners of the international prize this year to seven.
Three Columbia College juniors are among the 282 winners of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships announced this week. Woo Chang Chung ’13, Adam Formica ’13 and Katharina Shaw ’13 each will receive up to $7,500 toward the cost of their tuition and other college fees from their senior years.
Earlier this month, a new publication hit Columbia's campus. Columbia Class Notes, a student-run publication on academic affairs at Columbia, published its first edition on March 19, 2012. The journal aims to provide an open forum for students, faculty, and administrators to constructively discuss undergraduate education at Columbia.
Emily Tamkin ’12 and Cristian Gonzalez ’10 will study in Germany next year as Fulbright Scholarship winners.
On March 7, five accomplished alumni were presented with 2012 John Jay Awards for distinguished professional achievement at the John Jay Awards Dinner, an annual black-tie event, held this year at Cipriani 42nd Street. The honorees were Dede Gardner ’90, Ellen Gustafson ’02, Ben Horowitz ’88, Daniel S. Loeb ’83 and Li Lu ’96, ’96L, ’96 Business.
John R. (Rick) MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper’s Magazine, will speak at Columbia College Class Day 2012. The award-winning journalist and author earned a bachelor's degree in history from the College in 1978.
Gerald Sherwin ’55, one of the College’s most active alumni and a marketing consultant, and Joe Brown ’66, a senior project consultant at Noviant Advanced Information Solutions, were honored at the annual Black Alumni Council Heritage Reception on February 21 at Columbia University Club of New York.
Columbia College initiated 22 seniors into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society, on Friday, February 17.
Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger has appointed John H. Coatsworth, Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs, as Provost of Columbia University. Coatsworth is a leading scholar of Latin American economic and international history. He has served as interim University Provost since July 2011.
Andrew Delbanco, the Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities and director of the Center for American Studies, received the 2011 National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama ’83 in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on February 13.
Roone Arledge Auditorium in Alfred Lerner Hall was filled on February 2 as almost 500 scholarship donors and student recipients met and mingled at the annual Dean’s Scholarship Reception.
Columbia College alumnus Macky Alston won a prize for his documentary Love Free or Die at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in January. Alston was one of seven Columbia College alumni presenting films at the annual festival in Park City, Utah.
The Core Scholars Program will begin accepting reflections on the Core Curriculum on February 1. Students who create exceptionally creative and well executed Reflections will be honored as 2012 Core Scholars.
The Columbia Office of Fellowship Programs is pleased to introduce new team members Assistant Dean of Fellowship Programs Paul Bohlmann and Fellowship Programs Coordinator Therese Workman, who both joined the staff in early January 2012.
Dean James J. Valentini announced a fundraising challenge,“the 3-2-1 Challenge," for the Columbia College Class of 2012 at the Senior Fund Kickoff event on January 18.
Columbia College has announced the names of 22 seniors who will be initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society, on February 17. The students were chosen by a faculty selection committee of Phi Beta Kappa members based on the breadth, depth and rigor of their academic programs, as well as recommendations from faculty members who have worked closely them.
Seven Columbia College alumni are presenting films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, which takes place from Jan. 19 to 29.
On Wednesday, March 7, five accomplished alumni will be presented with 2012 John Jay Awards for distinguished professional achievement at the annual John Jay Awards Dinner. This year’s honorees are Dede Gardner ’90, Ellen Gustafson ’02, Ben Horowitz ’88, Daniel Loeb ’83 and Li Lu ’96, ’96L, ’96 Business.
Several Columbia community members, including two Columbia College students, attended the first White House Asian American Pacific Islander Youth Leadership Briefing in January.
The Columbia University Libraries' Rare Book and Manuscript Library is launching two online exhibitions on the Core Curriculum: "Core Curriculum: Contemporary Civilization," and "Core Curriculum: Literature Humanities."
Julian Geiger ’67, ’70 Business has been named president and CEO of New York City-based Crumbs Bake Shop, Inc., a national bakery chain that specializes in cupcakes.
Peter K. Mangurian, former head football coach at Cornell and a longtime assistant coach in both the college and professional ranks, has been named the Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football.
Columbia College Senior Madeleine Jensen has received a travel award from The Biophysical Society to attend its 56th Annual Meeting at the San Diego Convention Center in February. She will be recognized, along with other award recipients, at a reception on Feb. 25.
First-year Tyler Hamblin has been named a 2011 National High School Scholar-Athlete from the Midwest Region by The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. Hamblin, who is from Minneapolis, Minn., will be honored at an awards luncheon on Tuesday, December 6 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.
Columbia College senior Brian Lewis was recognized in November at The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students for his poster presentation on "Combination of Chitosan and Dextran as a Novel Gene Delivery System.” The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students is the largest, professional conference for biomedical and behavioral students.
A group of College students interested in careers in the entertainment industry gathered at the Columbia Alumni Center on November 28 for a dinner and discussion with actor and screenwriter Dan Futterman ’89, his wife and co-writer, Anya Epstein, and playwriting student Jason Kim ’08. The event was hosted by the Center for Career Education and the Columbia College Alumni Association Career Education Committee. It was the first event in a series designed to bring together alumni in specific fields and students looking for career advice and guidance.
Alex Frouman ’12 has received a 2012 Marshall Scholarship, which will finance him to study for up to three years towards a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Frouman, who is majoring in math and concentrating in economics, is member of the University Senate and co-chair of the senate’s Student Affairs Committee. He hopes to study economics at Oxford.
H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest ’58L, the benefactor who has done more than any other to build the faculty teaching in Columbia College, received the 2011 Alexander Hamilton Medal on November 17 at a black-tie dinner in Low Rotunda. A highlight of the dinner was the announcement by President Lee C. Bollinger that Lenfest and his wife, Marguerite, have pledged $30 million to help build a multidisciplinary arts venue on the Manhattanville campus. It is the largest gift ever made for the arts at Columbia.
The Center for Career Education and the Columbia College Alumni Association Career Education Committee are inviting Columbia College students to an intimate dinner with professional actors, writers, and producers to learn the ins and outs of the film and TV industries.
The Center for the Core Curriculum will present a lecture on “Mozart’s Don Giovanni and the Literary Imagination” at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Miller Theater. Professor Elaine Sisman, Chair of Music Humanities, will discuss the literary tradition of the Don Juan story and its reinvention by Mozart to become an opera of unsettling moral ambiguity.
The Center for Career Education is holding three "Get the Internship" workshops this Friday to help students find a summer internship in a variety of fields. The workshops are entitled “Get the Internship: On Campus Recruiting Program,” “Get the Internship: How to Fund an Unpaid Internship,” and “Get the Internship: Develop an Effective Plan." They will take place in Room 501 of the Northwest Corner Building.
The Center for the Core Curriculum will present Euripides’ Iphigeneia at Aulis, for students in the Literature Humanities course and other members of the Columbia College community at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Miller Theater. The play will be performed by the Acting Class of the Theatre Department of the School of the Arts. There will be a discussion after the performance.
Social activist and educator Geoffrey Canada, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harlem Children’s Zone, will speak at the Kenneth Cole Community Engagement Forum at Columbia University's Miller Theater on Friday, Oct. 28th. The forum is the culminating event of the 2011 Kenneth Cole Community Engagement Program, a new initiative of Columbia College and Columbia Engineering that seeks to inspire and empower the next generation of community leaders and help students become effective agents of change. The program is run in partnership with fashion designer and Columbia parent Kenneth Cole.
More than 1,000 alumni, students, parents and friends gathered on October 15 at the Baker Athletics Complex on West 218th Street for Homecoming 2011, which included a gourmet barbecue and carnival under the Big Tent, music and camaraderie. A boisterous crowd of 9,124 attended the game against the Penn Quakers at Robert K. Kraft Field. The fans saw the Lions lead most of the way before succumbing to the two-time defending Ivy champion Quakers 27–20 on a touchdown with just 25 seconds left to play.
Renowned Russian conductor Valery Gergiev spoke to a crowd of Music Humanities students and other members of the Columbia College and University community at a World Leaders Forum event at Miller Theatre on Friday, Oct. 7. The event was sponsored by the Center for the Core Curriculum, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Miller Theatre.
Renowned Russian conductor Valery Gergiev will speak at a special event for Music Humanities students at Miller Theater from 11 to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7. The event, part of the University’s World Leaders Forum, is sponsored by the Center for the Core Curriculum, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Miller Theatre. It is geared towards Music Humanities students, but is also open to the greater Columbia College and University community.
Nearly 1,900 students attended the Center for Career Education's Fall Career Fair on Friday, Sept. 23, including students from Columbia College and the six other undergraduate and graduate schools served by the Center for Career Education. More than 130 employers were represented at the career fair, which also featured three alumni panels.
Cellist Alisa Weilerstein '04 has been named a 2011 MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which called her "a young cellist whose emotionally resonant performances of both traditional and contemporary music have earned her international recognition." She will receive $500,000 during the next five years to be used in an area of her choice.
Columbia College's Rabi Scholars will present their research at the Sixth Annual Rabi Scholars Program Science Research Symposium on Friday, September 23, from noon to 2 p.m., in the Satow Room of Lerner Hall.
Columbia has been ranked fourth place in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of National Universities for the second year in a row. The "Best Colleges 2012" rankings were released on September 13.
Chemistry Professor James Valentini will assume the responsibilities of Dean of the College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education on an interim basis.
Columbia College welcomes the 1,074 students in the Class of 2015 to campus. Students moved in on Monday and Tuesday, a day or two late, after Hurricane Irene shut down New York City and much of the Eastern seaboard on Sunday.
The Columbia College Fund exceeded its Fiscal Year 2010–11 goal of $14.5 million and raised a record $15.6 million, thanks to the 11,000 alumni, parents, friends and Class of 2011 donors.
University Trustee H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest ’58L, a benefactor whose gifts of over $100 million have done more than any other to build the faculty teaching in Columbia College, will receive the 2011 Alexander Hamilton Medal on Thursday, November 17. Lenfest’s 2006 pledge to match gifts for endowed faculty chairs in the Arts and Sciences inspired other donors to create 25 new endowed professorships. The Distinguished Columbia Faculty Awards, established by Lenfest in 2005, also build this faculty by recognizing those who excel not only in research but in the instruction and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. So far 53 faculty members have received the honor.
Dean Michele Moody-Adams was interviewed by Richard Heffner ’46 for an episode of his long-running PBS series, Open Mind, that first aired on June 18. In the wide-ranging conversation, Heffner, who recently celebrated his 65th reunion, and the Dean discussed the importance of a liberal arts education, the necessity of making such an education available to as many students as possible, the value of coeducation vs. single-sex education, the use and misuse of history and the mood on the Columbia campus today. To view the program, log onto http://www.thirteen.org/openmind.
More than 2,400 alumni and guests enjoyed Alumni Reunion Weekend and Dean’s Day 2011, held June 2–5. Attendees renewed friendships at class-specific events, revisited their classroom days by attending mini-Core courses and thought-provoking panels, checked out campus changes via guided tours, and enjoyed good food and company on campus and at venues around New York City. Celebrating reunion this year were classes ending in 1 or 6, from 1946–2006.
Dean Michele Moody-Adams addressed the topic, “Whatever Happened to Civil Disagreement?” and led a lively (but civil) question and answer session before an audience of more than 150 alumni and guests on May 24 at the Columbia Alumni Association’s fifth annual Spring Faculty Lecture at NYC’s Morgan Library. The evening, which was emceed by CAA Chair and University Trustee James Harden ’78 Business, ’83 PH, began with a reception and included tours of the Morgan Library and Museum.
Mark Albert Momjian ’83, ’86L, a leader of the Columbia University Club of Philadelphia and chair of the Alumni Representative Committee of Philadelphia for the past two decades, and Neil L. Selinger ’75, a writer and retired attorney who was a leader of the Columbia College Alumni Association for nearly two decades, were among 11 recipients of the Alumni Medal for their distinguished service of 10 years or more to the University.
Celebrating what Dean Michele Moody-Adams called “an extraordinary rite of passage,” members of the Class of 2011 began the transition from students to alumni at Class Day on May 17, a day that was marked by morning rains and blustery winds but calmer weather by the time Sans Souci and Roar, Lion, Roar were sung by the Clefhangers to conclude the ceremony.
The Columbia Global Scholars Program (GSP) offers highly motivated students a new opportunity to investigate global issues through the perspective of Paris/Europe. GSP students will be motivated to delve into another society and culture as they pursue their own projects, challenged to test their own goals against other peoples’ educational and intellectual systems, and supported to develop a range of research, language, and networking skills to help them in this innovative intellectual endeavor.
More than 900 seniors celebrated the last day of classes, and their upcoming graduation, at the annual Senior Dinner on May 2 under a tent on South Lawn. A highlight of the evening was the announcement by Senior Fund Chair Scott Maxfield ’11 that the fund had achieved 95 percent participation, a College record. In addition, because the class surpassed its participation goal, Charles Santoro ’82 will contribute $50,000 to the Columbia College Fund.
May 18th will mark Ms. Booth's last day at Columbia in the Office of Fellowship Programs and Study Abroad. She and her husband, who will be home from his final tour in Afghanistan at the end of May, are moving to San Diego, California where he will next be stationed. She thanks all the students, administrators, and faculty who have made her three years at Columbia so enjoyable. Please stop by the office to say farewell.
Due to the academic calendar and the fellowship application cycle, we will be moving to open hours for this final month of the school year. If you would like to speak with Dean Pippenger or Ms. Booth about a fellowship application or opportunity, please note that we will now be offering Open Office Hours in May every Friday from 9 am until 1 pm. Students will be seen on a first come first serve basis and will be allotted up to 25 minutes per meeting. We look forward to seeing you during those hours!
Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced that Columbia and the U.S. Navy have agreed to officially reinstate Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Program enrollment opportunities at the University.
Under the agreement, Columbia will resume full and formal recognition of Naval ROTC after the effective date of the repeal of the law that disqualified openly gay men and lesbians from military service, anticipated to come later this year.
Most weeknights, students working in the Student Calling Center — located on the lower level of the Columbia Alumni Center — make telephone solicitations on behalf of 16 annual funds at Columbia. CloEve Demmer, University director of annual fund programs, announced that two veteran student callers, Brandon Lewis ’13 and Diane Jean-Mary ’13, had each crossed the $100,000 threshold in terms of the pledges they secured single-handedly. Lewis and Jean-Mary are both in their second year as student callers.
The Columbia College Student Council’s Academic Awards Committee announced this year’s winners of the Mark Van Doren and Lionel Trilling awards. The 50th annual Mark Van Doren Award, which honors a Columbia professor for his/her commitment to undergraduate instruction as well as for “humanity, devotion to truth and inspiring leadership,” will be presented to Holger Klein, associate professor of art history and archaeology; the 36th annual Lionel Trilling Award will be presented to James Shapiro ’77, the Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature, for his book Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?
Manning Marable, the M. Moran Weston/Black Alumni Council Professor of African American Studies, founding director of Columbia’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies and director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary Black History, died on April 1. He was 60 and lived in New York City. Marable’s death came just days before the publishing of his long-awaited biography, and the culmination of his life’s work, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.
Please note that both the Global Fellows in Sustainable Development and the the Holthusen-Schindler applications have been extended until Monday, March 28th.
Columbia College’s Office of Alumni Affairs and Development has launched the Alumni Reunion Weekend app, a free smartphone mobile application composed of interactive features that put Alumni Reunion Weekend 2011 at your fingertips. Customized apps are available for the Classes of 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006.
Deadline for applications for the Waseda Summer Seminar on Sustainability is April 15, 2011.
Dr. Emlyn Hughes, Professor of Physics at Columbia University, seeks to recruit four Columbia College first-year students to take part in a summer research project on nuclear proliferation. The multi-disciplinary research will use science, social science and the humanities. You do not need to be a science student to participate – both science students and non-science students are encouraged to apply.
Final Speaker Series Event of the year at 3:30 pm on March 10, 2011 in the Core Conference Room of 202 Hamilton Hall.
Five accomplished alumni — Andrew F. Barth ’83, Alexander Navab ’87, Kenneth Ofori-Atta ’84, Michael Oren ’77 and Elizabeth D. Rubin ’87 — were presented with 2011 John Jay Awards for distinguished professional achievement on Wednesday, March 2, at the annual John Jay Awards Dinner.
Jacques Barzun ’27, ’32 GSAS, noted cultural historian and University Professor Emeritus, was among the 10 winners of the 2010 National Humanities Medals for outstanding achievement in history, literature, education and cultural policy, President Barack Obama ’83 announced. The medals were presented at a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on March 2, 2011.
Alexandra Wallace Creed ’88, senior v.p. of NBC News, will address the Class of 2011 at Class Day, Tuesday, May 17, on South Lawn. Creed is only the second female Class Day speaker. Creed has been honored with 11 News and Documentary Emmy Awards as well as a Gracie Award and a Peabody. She was presented a John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement in 2008 from the College.
Want to earn academic credit while gaining valuable field experience? Then we invite you to come to the Summer Ecosystem Experience for Undergraduates (SEE-U) information session on February 25, 2011 at 12:00PM, to learn more about the new site launched in Jordan, and other exciting field locations in Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic!
New Summer Grant: Global Fellows in Sustainable Development Program! This opportunity will support field research for current Columbia University undergraduates studying sustainable development, either in the special concentration or the major.
We are pleased to invite you to the Class of 1939 Symposium that will take place in the Faculty Room of Low Library at 2:00pm on Monday, February 21st .
The Herbert Deresiewicz Summer Research Fellowship will provide support for a Columbia College, Barnard College, or School of Engineering and Applied Sciences undergraduate student to engage in full-time laboratory research in the Columbia University Departments of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering. The Fellowship recipient will receive a stipend of $7,500.
On February 3, 2011, the Dean's Scholarship Reception honored the generous donors who support financial aid at Columbia College and recognized students for their achievements. The annual reception provides an opportunity for scholarship recipients to meet their donors and for the College to thank everyone who helps make financial aid possible.
Udall Scholarship Internal Deadline Extended until Monday, February 21st at 5 pm. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career related to the environment or for Native American or Alaska Native students who are committed to careers in tribal public policy or Native health care.
The Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program (FINIP) aims to develop student leaders and strengthen the nonprofit sector in Indonesia. IIE will select and pair 10 Indonesian students pursuing U.S. degrees with 10 U.S. undergraduates and arrange internships for them to work together in an Indonesian nonprofit organization.
Five alumni who have excelled in their careers each will be presented a 2011 John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement on Wednesday, March 2, at the annual John Jay Awards Dinner.
This year’s honorees are Andrew Barth ’83, president, Capital Guardian Trust; Alexander Navab ’87, partner and co-head of North American Private Equity, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.; Kenneth Ofori-Atta ’84, executive chairman and co-founder, Databank Financial Services; Michael Oren ’77, Israeli ambassador to the United States; and Elizabeth D. Rubin ’87, a journalist.
Individual or groups of students are invited to submit innovative and engaging proposals for projects focused on conflict resolution and the breaking down of barriers to peace. Deadline for applications is January 28, 2011.
New York Needs You is a mentoring and career program for first-generation college students. The program provides biweeklky career workshops in which NYNY Fellows develop relationships with community and business leaders, connect for internships, and receive a professional development grant.
The internal deadline for the Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program has been extended until January 10, 2011.
To sustain its mission of teaching, research, patient care and public service in the years ahead, Columbia University is expanding its current fundraising goal to $5 billion. Even though the multi-year Columbia Campaign has spanned a severe economic recession, it remains on pace to exceed its original $4 billion goal for new gifts and pledges nearly a year ahead of schedule.
Read President Bollinger's 2010 message to the alumni community.
The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce that it will re-launch the Freeman-ASIA Program with a generous grant from the Freeman Foundation.
Reminder: Truman Scholarship Internal Deadline is Friday, December 10, 2010.
Columbia College student Anna Feuer (CC’11) has been selected as a 2011 Marshall Scholar. She is one of 31 recipients in this year’s competition. An English major from Los Angeles, Anna will be attending Oxford next fall where she will spend her first year pursuing a Masters in Global and Imperial History followed by a Masters in English Literature in her second year.
Michael B. Rothfeld ’69, ’71J, ’71 SIPA, ’71 Business received the 2010 Alexander Hamilton Medal on November 18 at the Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner, an annual black-tie event in Low Rotunda. The medal, the highest honor paid to a member of the College community, is awarded by the Columbia College Alumni Association to an alumnus/a or faculty member for distinguished service to the College and accomplishment in any field of endeavor.
More than 1,000 alumni, students, parents and friends gathered under the Big Tent for Homecoming 2010, then watched the Lions mount a spirited fourth-quarter comeback before bowing to Dartmouth 24–21 in Ivy League football on October 23. It was a perfect day for fun and football, as sunny skies welcomed Columbians of all ages who flocked to the Baker Athletics Complex to enjoy barbecue fare and convivial conversation at the annual Homecoming pre-game picnic and carnival.
Cheack out the Michel David-Weill scholarship! It is administered by the Michel David-Weill Foundation. This scholarship – awarded every second year – provides an American student seeking to pursue his or her Masters degree at Sciences Po, one of the leading French universities in human and social sciences in France, with $80,000 to cover the cost of attendance over the course of two years.
Fashion designer Kenneth Cole P'10 is joining with Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science to announce a groundbreaking initiative to encourage students to become agents of social change. The program, featuring undergraduate fellowships in community-based initiatives as well as classroom study, will help prepare students to make meaningful, sustainable change by developing practical approaches to challenges and opportunities faced by participating communities.
Mitchell Speaker Series event at 4 pm tomorrow.
The Fellowship Office will be hosting Open Hours for 2010 Fulbright, Rhodes, and Marshall Applicants on September 21, 22, and 23.
Please note that the internal deadlines for the Fulbright, Rhodes, and Marshall have been extended until September 27th.
John W. Kluge ’37, the billionaire businessman who was one of Columbia’s most generous benefactors and who founded the Kluge Scholars Program that benefitted hundreds of current and former College students, died on Tuesday evening, September 7. He was 95.
Born on July 21, 1914, in Chemnitz, Germany, Kluge immigrated when he was 8, grew up in Detroit and earned a scholarship that allowed him to attend the College. “If it hadn’t been for Columbia, my path would have been entirely different in life,” Kluge said at a celebration of his 90th birthday in Low Library. “Columbia gave me an opportunity, and the only way you can really repay that opportunity is for you to help someone else.”
As the Columbia Lions gear up for the 2010 season, Football Head Coach Norries Wilson will be answering fan questions ahead of Sept. 18 game opener against Fordham. To send in a question, comment on the official Columbia University Facebook page by noon on Sept. 10. Coach Wilson will answer selected questions via a taped video interview, posted on Facebook Sept. 17.
Columbia climbed to fourth place in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 ranking of national universities, which was released on August 16. Columbia was tied for eighth a year ago. Harvard, which had tied with Princeton for first place in 2010, took over sole possession of the top spot this year, followed by Princeton and Yale. Stanford and Penn were tied for fifth, CalTech and MIT tied for seventh and Dartmouth, Duke and Chicago tied for ninth.
For the second consecutive summer, a group of talented New York City teenagers from low and moderate income families have come to Columbia University for an introduction to rigorous, college-level coursework in the humanities thanks to a unique collaboration between the University's Center for American Studies and its Double Discovery Center for local high school students.
The Fulbright U.S. Student ETA Program to Brazil has a SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY for an additional 20 ETA Awards for grants beginning in MARCH 2011. In addition, the number of ETA grants for Brazil for March 2012 has increased to 30.
More than 3,000 alumni and guests celebrated their reunion from June 3-6 and Dean's Day on June 5, with events on campus and in venues around New York City.
As the Class of 2010 celebrated Class Day on May 17, the College’s newest alumni were treated not just to mild temperatures and sunny skies but also to a rousing call to arms from keynote speaker Benjamin Jealous ’94, NAACP president.
For the seventh year, the procession included the Alumni Parade of Classes, with 115 alumni from as far back as the Class of 1936 marching with their class banners to welcome seniors into the alumni community.
Jenny Davidson, associate professor of English and comparative literature, received the 49th annual Mark Van Doren Award, and Katharina Volk, associate professor of classics, received the 35th annual Lionel Trilling Award, at a ceremony to be held in the Faculty Room of Low Library on Wednesday, May 5.
Grace Zhou, CC '10, and Sarah Ngu, CC '12, were awarded the Foreign Language Areas Studies Fellowship for the academic year. The FLAS award offers fellowship assistance to meritorious students undergoing beginning, intermediate, or advanced training in modern foreign languages with concentrations in related international or area studies.
Chase Hensel, SEAS '10, has been selected as a 2010 Eben Tisdale Fellow. The Eben Tisdale Fellowship offers outstanding opportunities for students to learn about high tech public policy issues with hands-on experience in Washington, DC. Fellows participate in a full-time 8 week public policy internship with a high-tech company, firm, or trade association, and weekly issues seminar lunches hosted by Tisdale sponsors. Students receive a $5,000 grant.
Hannah Perls, CC'11, and Todd Nelson, CC'12, have won the Udall Scholarship. This is the first time that Columbia has ever had two winners in the same year. The Udall Scholarship is the most prestigious award that can be given to an undergraduate in the field of Environmental Science. Named in honor of Congressman Morris Udall, the award recognizes those students who have shown deep commitment - through their scholarship and activism - to protecting the environment and who plan to become leaders in their chosen field. The scholarship provides a grant of $5000 as well as the opportunity to attend a symposium in August that will allow them to meet and network with elected federal officials and leaders in environmental protection, public policy, and Native American and Tribal Affairs.
Please note that the deadline for submitting applications to the Waseda Global Seminar on Sustainability has been changed to Tuesday, April 13th. Please submit all materials to Natalie Unwin-Kuruneri at the Earth Institute by that time.
Two recent Columbia alumni, Colin Felsman, CC'09, and Shira Milikowsky, School of Arts '07, have won the Luce Scholarship. This is the first time in over five years that Columbia has had two scholars in the same year. The Luce Foundation describes the program as being “aimed at a group of highly qualified young Americans in a variety of professional fields. It is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia. The Program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia for fifteen to eighteen young Americans each year.” While the award varies depending on placement, it can provide approximately $30,000 for the year.
Max Horlbeck, a junior double major in Biochemistry and Computer Science and a Rabi Scholar from New York City, has won the Goldwater Scholarship. Max plans to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. program so that he can conduct biomedical research to develop gene-targeted therapies, treat patients, and teach at the university level.
Ilya Belopolski, a sophomore double major in Physics and Mathematics and also a Rabi Scholar from New Canaan Connecticut, was designated as having received honorable mention. Ilya plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Astrophysics, researching gravitational-wave astrophysics and then intends to teach at the university level.
Please note that the deadline for submitting applications to the Ephesos Summer Study Abroad Program led by Columbia alumnus Greg Wyatt has been moved to Wednesday, April 21st. Please submit all materials to the Fellowships Office by 5 pm on that day.
Nishant Batsha, CC'10, has been awarded the English Speaking Union San Francisco Post Graduate Studies Scholarship. In the upcoming year, he will pursue an M.Phil in Modern South Asian Studies at Oxford. The ESU-SF Post Graduate Studies Scholarship awards several $20,000 scholarships to Bay Area college graduates for post-graduate study at British Universities. In recent years, students have pursued their studies at Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics, and University of York.
During summer 2010, faculty and students from nine prominent Asian and American universities will conduct a joint research seminar on “Sustainability.”
Matthew Franks, CC '09, has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a year-long, federally-funded fellowship for study and work in Germany. Mr. Franks was selected as one of 75 participants (from more than 630 applicants) for this unique fellowship program. Since 1984, approximately 1,500 Americans have been awarded this opportunity to gain cultural, theoretical, and practical work experience in Germany, and Mr. Franks will be participating in the 27th year of the CBYX program (2010-2011).
Columbia is pleased to announce a new summer study abroad fellowship for summer 2010 (dates June 25--July 15) with Columbia alumnus Greg Wyatt at the ancient site of Ephesos. The purpose of this summer workshop will be to introduce students to the reflective thought and artistic practices required to draw and paint ancient Greek sites in situ. It will also provide for study of these sites’ cultural, architectural, art historical, and sociological contexts firsthand. The on-site archaeology studies at Ephesos will also speak to the noble examples of classical architecture in innovative and interdisciplinary ways. This workshop will be led under the supervision of Greg Wyatt, Columbia ’71.
Benjamin Jealous '94, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, will address the Class of 2010 at Class Day, Monday, May 17, on South Lawn.
Please note that the 1939 Summer Research Fellowship deadline is now Monday, April 5th. Please submit all materials into the office by 5 pm.
Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 30th at 3:30 pm for the REQUIRED information session led by the Office of Fellowships about independent research.
Are you interested in graduate studies in the UK? Please mark your calendar for an information session with Monika Malak, International Liaison and Recruitment Officer at the International Office of the University College London. The session will be held on Tuesday, March 23rd at 3:30 pm in the Core Conference Room of 202 Hamilton Hall.
Are you a Columbia College sophomore or junior conducting independent research this summer? The Class of 1939 Summer Research Fellowship will provide funds for students to pursue an independent research or to qualify as assistants in on-going laboratory projects.
Are you an engineering student in need of funding as you continue to pursue academic excellence?
Matthew Sohm, CC '06, has been selected as a 2010-11 Robert Bosch Fellow. This fellowship program that enables young American professionals to participate in an intensive work and study program in Germany. Candidates are competitively chosen from the fields of business administration, economics, journalism, law, political science and public policy.
Five accomplished College alumni were honored on March 3 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City with 2010 John Jay Awards for distinguished professional achievement.
Brian C. Krisberg '81, an attorney; Frank Lopez-Balboa '82 and Tracy V. Maitland '82, both from the finance sector; David Rosand '59, the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History; and Julia Stiles '05, a stage and film actress, were joined by alumni, faculty, students, family and friends at the black-tie event, which drew more than 600 attendees and raised more than $1 million for the John Jay Scholars Program.
We are pleased to introduce the Academic Year Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) for ALL Columbia Undergraduates.
Jordan Hirsch was selected as 1 of 5 fellows this year through an application process was judged by senior members of the Wall Street Journal editorial board.
We are very pleased to share the Columbia College Fund 57th Annual Report, online for the first time and reflecting the success of the 2008-2009 Fiscal Year. Going green allows the College to reduce waste and save costs while providing more information than would be possible in a printed publication.
The Annual Report can be found online at http://fund.college.columbia.edu/annualreport.
We are pleased to report that Shlomo Bolts, a senior Political Science and Sociology double major from Miami Beach Florida, has won the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Shlomo plans to pursue an MPhil in Modern Society and Global Transformations at Cambridge. His areas of interest include globalization, peace studies, and denationalization.
Are you an engineering student in need of funding as you continue to pursue academic excellence? Meet with Dean Pippenger and Ms. Roach of the Fellowships Office to learn about opportunities to fund research, your education (both undergraduate and graduate), or even study abroad.
Please note that applications for the Udall Scholarship will be due into the Fellowships Office on February 8th at 5 pm.
This year, a single Columbia junior will be selected as the Steamboat Summer Scholar and will have the unparalelled experience of interning at the Hospital of Special Surgery with Columbia alumnus and New York Mets team physician Dr. David Altchek. Deadline for application submission is January 29, 2010.
The 2010 International Research and Education in Engineering (IREE) Program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and organized by Purdue University, is now accepting applications for the 2010 grant cycle. IREE 2010 awardees will receive a stipend (US$4,000 for graduate students and US$3,000 for undergraduate students) to conduct engineering-related research in China from May - August 2010. Additionally, grant awardees will receive allowances for: an orientation program; travel to and housing/meals in China; plus a re-entry program. The 50 students (20 undergraduate and 30 graduate students) that receive the IREE award will spend 10-12 weeks working on frontier engineering research projects in university, industry, or government labs in China.
Please join Peter Kerrigan, Deputy Director of DAAD NY, and Michaela Gottschling, Director of the RISE program, for an information session on this unique summer opportunity in Germany. The meeting will take place at 3 pm on December 3rd in the Core Conference Room of Hamilton Hall.
On Nov. 18th, Columbia College student Raphael Graybill (CC'10) found out that he was selected as a 2010 Marshall Scholar. Just three days later, after two days of interviews in Seattle, he was told in person that he had been chosen to attend Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Graybill is the second Columbia College student in two years to be selected for both the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships.
Conrad H. Lung '72 received the Alexander Hamilton Medal, the highest honor paid to a member of the Columbia College family, at a black-tie dinner in Low Rotunda on November 19. The medal is awarded annually by the Columbia College Alumni Association to an alumnus/a or faculty member for distinguished service to the College and accomplishment in any field of endeavor.
Alumni visiting Columbia's Morningside Heights campus can stop by the Columbia Alumni Center's first-floor welcome center to catch up on the latest University news, check e-mail, explore alumni benefits, peruse a yearbook, or just have a cup of coffee.
The welcome center has been designed specifically for alumni use, and includes a lounge, library, seminar room, and courtesy office. It's an ideal place to meet with fellow Columbians, or to enjoy a quiet moment while visiting campus.
Approximately 500 students and donors - including alumni, parents, family members and friends of the College - attended the Dean's Scholarship Reception on November 4 in Roone Arledge Auditorium in Alfred Lerner Hall. The festive annual event provides an opportunity for scholarship donors and student recipients to meet and chat in a casual setting.
More than 1,000 Columbians of all ages flocked to the Baker Athletics Complex on October 17 to enjoy gourmet barbecue fare and convivial conversation at the annual Homecoming pre-game picnic and carnival. It may have been gray and cold outside, but inside the toasty tent, fans showed off their best light blue outfits, and Roar-ee the Lion made his rounds with the band and cheerleaders in tow. With their faces painted like lions, the hardiest children (and some adults as well) braved the drizzle to run through giant inflatable obstacle courses and toss around footballs.
More than 150 Columbia College Fund/Parents Fund Class Agents came out to swap fundraising tips and hear Dean Michele Moody-Adams speak during the seventh annual Columbia College Fund Leadership Conference, held at Low Library on October 3.
Conrad H. Lung '72 will be honored on Thursday, November 19, at a black-tie dinner at which he will be presented with this year's Alexander Hamilton Medal. The medal, given at the Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner in Low Rotunda, is the highest honor paid to a member of the Columbia College community. It is awarded annually by the Columbia College Alumni Association to an alumnus/a or faculty member for distinguished service to the College and accomplishment in any field of endeavor.
Carl F. Hovde '50, former dean of Columbia College and professor emeritus of English and comparative literature, died on Sept. 5, 2009. He was 82. Hovde, who served as dean 1968-72, helped guide Columbia through a tumultuous period of student protests and University restructuring.
Join the Gates Cambridge Virtual Coffeehouse Webinar to learn more about this great scholarship opportunity!
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Fellowships Office Twitter account!
Members of the Columbia College Class of 2013 began a weeklong New Student Orientation Program on Monday, August 31, with Convocation, the official ceremony that welcomes the new class and their families to Columbia. President Lee C. Bollinger and the new Dean of Columbia College, Michele Moody-Adams, presided over the ceremony, along with Feniosky Peña-Mora, the new Dean of SEAS.
Columbia tied for eighth place in the 2010 rankings of national universities, compiled by U.S. News & World Report and released on August 20, matching its ranking on the 2009 list.
Kevin C. Matthews '80 has been named the new executive director of the Double Discovery Center, effective July 1.
Considered one of the best lawyers in Washington, D.C., Howard Gutman '77 will be leaving private practice and the United States to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Belgium under President Barack Obama '83.
This year's Alumni Reunion Weekend welcomed more College graduates back to campus than ever before. More than 1,100 Lions gathered on campus and across Manhattan beginning Wednesday, June 3, for five days of festivities and activities.
For class photos and a gallery of the weekend's activities, click here.
Celebrating the 25th year of coeducation and the final year of Austin Quigley's role as Dean of the College, more than 900 seniors packed South Lawn on a perfect spring day to say goodbye to their undergraduate years.
The Division of Student Affairs announced that it has completed two significant steps towards its creation of a comprehensive advising program: the appointment of Monique Rinere as Dean of Advising, and the creation of the Center for Student Advising in Lerner Hall.
Columbia College is pleased to announce the winners of the 34th Lionel Trilling Book Award and the 47th Mark Can Doren Award for Teaching. These awards are bestowed by the Academic Awards Committee of the Columbia College Student Council.
If you ever ask yourself "Why is my gift to the College Fund so important?" just sit back and watch this video. The people appearing on your screen are not actors and actresses (although Columbia has a few), but actual Columbia College students "speaking from the heart."
Three College students were awarded Goldwater Scholarships, the most prestigious prizes for undergraduates planning to pursue Ph.D.s in science and math.
A festive crowd of more than 350 alumni, students, faculty, and family and friends packed Low Rotunda on March 10 for the 2009 John Jay Award Dinner.
The award recipients were actress Maggie Gyllenhaal '99, NAACP president Benjamin Jealous '94, Progenics CEO and CSO Dr. Paul Maddon '81, mortgage executive Thomas Francis Marano '83 and sculptor Gregory Wyatt '71.
View the photo gallery.
U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. '73, '76L will address the Class of 2009 on Class Day, Tuesday, May 19, on the South Lawn.
Learn about various Fulbright Scholarship opportunities for post graduation.
Julius Genachowski '85, a technology expert who was former legal counsel to ex-FCC chairman Reed Hundt, has been selected by President Barack Obama '83 to head that agency.
Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger today announced the appointment of Michele M. Moody-Adams as the new dean of Columbia College. Moody-Adams comes to Columbia from Cornell University, where, since 2000, she has been the Hutchinson Professor and Director of the Program on Ethics and Public Life, and has served for the past four years as Cornell's vice provost for undergraduate education. Moody-Adams succeeds retiring Columbia College Dean Austin E. Quigley. Her appointment begins July 1, 2009.
Learn about various fellowship opportunities for graduate studies in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
On Tuesday, March 10, the College will honor five alumni for distinguished professional achievement by presenting each with a John Jay Award. Low Library will be the setting for a black-tie dinner honoring Maggie Gyllenhaal '99, Benjamin Jealous '94, Dr. Paul Maddon '81, Thomas Francis Marano '83 and Gregory Wyatt '71.
We are pleased to announce that two Columbia students have just been awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarships. This is the first time since 2002 that Columbia College seniors have been awarded the grant. Please find below their biographies in their own word
Two College seniors, Emily Jordan and Caroline Robertson, were awarded the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue graduate studies at Cambridge University in England.
The Application for the Udall Scholarship has been extended to February 16, 2009.
The United States Senate voted to confirm Eric Holder '73, '76L as attorney general.
Thousands packed the chilly steps of Low Library on January 20 to watch the inauguration of President Barack Obama '83, the first College graduate to lead the United States.
Samuel Fury Childs Daly '09, a Milwaukee, Wis., native who has traveled extensively through Europe and Africa, won the prestigious 2009 Marshall Scholarship, which he will use to earn two master's, one in history and one in African studies, from Oxford.
We are pleased to announce that Jisung Park, an Economics-Political Science major from Shelton, CT has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for 2009.
Jisung Park '09 has won a Rhodes Scholarship to pursue a M.Sc. in nature, society and environmental policy at Oxford University in England.
Celebrating his 14 years of service as Dean of Columbia College, Austin Quigley was honored on November 13, when the Columbia College Alumni Association presented him with the 2008 Alexander Hamilton Medal at the American Museum of Natural History.
The dinner, attended by almost 700 alumni, students, faculty, family members and friends, also served as a fundraiser for The Columbia Campaign for Undergraduate Education, which funds financial aid, faculty support and student services. University Trustee Chair Bill Campbell '62 announced at the dinner that the event had raised more than $2 million.
On Saturday, October 4, nearly 1,200 alumni, parents, students and friends came out on a beautiful fall day to celebrate Homecoming as the Columbia Lions took on the Princeton Tigers. Families took part in the annual Homecoming Carnival, enjoying face painting, balloon making, magic, games and prizes. In the football game, Princeton held off a spirited fourth-quarter rally by Columbia to win 27-24.
Learn about various fellowship opportunities directly from 15 organizations who will be visiting the Columbia campus throughout the academic year. To learn about upcoming events in this Speaker Series, contact the Fellowship Programs Office or visit the Columbia College events calendar.
Columbia College Alumni Affairs & Development is pleased to announce the launch of the newly redesigned Alumni website. The website features news from Columbia College Today, as well as information on upcoming alumni events and volunteer opportunities. The new Tools & Services section enables alumni to easily access the Alumni Directory and other online tools.
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The Committee on Major Cultures, the Committee on the Core, and the Committee on Instruction approved a revision to the requirement, and propose to begin more focused discussions with students and faculty about the way to move forward in further reshaping the requirement and considering its relation to the Core writ large.
The 47th Annual Mark Van Doren Award—which honors a Columbia professor for his or her commitment to undergraduate instruction, as well as for "humanity, devotion to truth, and inspiring leadership"—has been given to Andrew Nathan, the Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science.
Record numbers of alumni returned to campus for Alumni Reunion Weekend 2008. From May 29 to June 1, nearly 1,900 attendees enjoyed faculty lectures, cocktail receptions and other activities, culminating in class dinners followed by the Starlight Reception on the Low Steps.
Columbia has announced today major changes in the financial aid it provides to students and their families. Beginning in the fall of 2008, student loans will be replaced by grants across all income bands, parental contributions for families with incomes below $60,000 will be eliminated, and families with incomes between $60,000 and $100,000 will have their parental contributions significantly reduced.
Frontiers of Science, the newest component of the College’s Core Curriculum, has been awarded a $200,000 grant from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.
More than 600 alumni, students, faculty, administrators and guests filled Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on March 5, as the College honored five of its most accomplished alumni with John Jay Awards for distinguished professional achievement: Barry Bergdoll ’77, Alexandra Wallace Creed ’88, Robert L. Friedman ’64, Jonathan S. Lavine ’88 and Ronald F. Mason Jr. ’74.
The historical profession lost a giant with the passing of John A. Garraty, the Gouverneur Morris Professor of History emeritus at Columbia University. The author and editor of numerous American history books, Garraty was one of the most prolific historians of his generation. I worked as his last research assistant, and I once asked him the secret of his prolificness, as if expecting him to reveal some secret formula or regimen. In addition to his writing, he had a family, taught classes, vacationed at a Paris apartment and even ran the New York City marathon. Amidst all this activity, he still wrote copiously. “Where do you find the time?” I asked.
Columbia undergraduates and student organizations will be honored for their leadership and involvement on campus at the 2013 King’s Crown Leadership Awards Ceremony in Low Library on April 11.
Columbia has been ranked fourth place in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of National Universities for the fourth year in a row. Princeton was ranked first this year, followed by Harvard (second) and Yale (third). Stanford University and the University of Chicago tied for fifth; Duke University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Pennsylvania tied for seventh; California Institute of Technology and Dartmouth College tied for tenth place.
Columbia College students were honored with awards, prizes and fellowships at the annual Columbia College Academic Awards and Prizes Ceremony on May 20.
The Center for Career Education, in conjunction with Columbia Entrepreneurship, the Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs, the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) at Columbia Business School, and the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering are hosting Jack Dorsey, founder of Square and Twitter, on Monday, Sept. 16, at what will be the largest entrepreneurship event in Columbia University history.
The OGP Fellowships Office welcomes Dr. Craig Harwood, director of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships Program, for an informational overview of these opportunities on Thursday, April 3, at 12:00 noon in Kent Hall 606. Bring your questions and an appetite--refreshments will be served.
(Soros Fellowships for New Americans provide tuition and stipend assistance up to $90,000 for graduate study in the U.S. See www.pdsoros.org for additional program information.)