Cindy del Rosario-Tapan
Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations
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.
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.
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.