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December 14, 2018

Free Course Auditing Available to Members of Upper Manhattan Community

One of the Columbia programs available to members of the community as part of the benefits associated with the Manhattanville campus is free course auditing through the Columbia University School of Professional Studies. Providing access to lecture courses in a broad range of academic disciplines, auditing is an opportunity to be present in a classroom setting and engage intellectually with readings without being required to complete assignments, take examinations, or receive a grade.

December 14, 2018

The Counts of Monte Cristo

The Office of Government and Community Affairs (GCA) is working in partnership with the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise ReEntry Acceleration Program (REAP) Business Association to provide support for formerly incarcerated people. One part of the program’s marketing strategy is the Counts of Monte Cristo Project, which aims to identify and explore the lives of the 30 percent of formerly incarcerated people who do not reoffend or become reincarcerated.

December 14, 2018

Freedom and Citizenship: A Call to Civic Engagement

The Freedom and Citizenship college seminar and academic enrichment program is a hidden gem here at Columbia University. The program has raised the bar in developing our next generation of high school students to become “informed, responsible citizens.” Founded in 2009, in partnership with Columbia’s Roger Lehecka Double Discovery Center and the Center for American Studies, Freedom and Citizenship successfully created a program accessible to high school students in low-income communities, introducing them to college level work in the humanities. Students are paired with undergraduate mentors to guide them through the college application process; they are also given the opportunity to get a real feel for campus living through attending a free four-week residential summer intensive seminar course in political philosophy at Columbia.

December 13, 2018

Columbia and NYU COSMOS Researchers Work with 10 Teachers on Designing Lab Experiments

Ten New York City math, science, robotics, and art and technology teachers spent the summer learning how to master the most advanced techniques in wireless technology with help from researchers at Columbia University, Columbia’s Data Science Institute, and NYU. The middle and high school teachers teamed up with researchers on both campuses to design web-based lab experiments that illustrate the theory and practice of wireless networking. The teachers, four of whom are from Harlem schools, will begin using the lab experiments in their classrooms this fall, giving students hands-on experience with the next wave of mobile technology.

December 13, 2018

The CBA at Work: West Harlem Development Corporation Uses In-Kind Benefit to Fund Space at Columbia for Local Nonprofit Groups

One afternoon last spring, America SCORES, a nonprofit dedicated to providing underresourced communities with opportunities to excel in soccer, literacy, and service learning, convened more than 750 of their poet-athletes from participating New York City public schools at their annual Jamboree at Columbia’s Baker Athletic Field. The Jamboree was a day filled with fun, soccer, and literacy building. In previous years, America SCORES Executive Director Shannon Schneeman had struggled to find a suitable location for this culminating event, particularly one within their budget.

December 12, 2018

A Letter from Executive Vice President Shailagh Murray to the Community

Dear Neighbors,

Warm greetings from your newest neighbor. I’m not the most obvious person to step into this role: I’m a former foreign correspondent who was raised in the South, worked in government at the federal level, and has never lived in New York City.

Needless to say, I have much to learn about Morningside Heights, Harlem, and the Manhattanville campus and from the countless individuals who contribute to “the ongoing creation of a great university,” as President Lee Bollinger said at the Forum opening in September.

October 24, 2018

Columbia’s Apprenticeship Program Opens Doors for Employees

Ever since Mercedes Santana was a child, she enjoyed working with her hands.  So it comes as no surprise that her natural proclivities and talents have served her well in progressing professionally at Columbia University Facilities and Operations – aided by the Facilities and Operations apprenticeship program.

Santana joined Facilities and Operations as a heavy cleaner in 2006, six years after she relocated to the United States from the Dominican Republic where she worked in accounting.  While successful as a heavy cleaner, she knew she wanted to pursue other opportunities available.  The right one came along when she learned of the Facilities and Operations apprenticeship program through a colleague.  

October 22, 2018

Posing Modernity: Wallach Gallery Rethinks the Black Model’s Role in Modernism

Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today—the latest exhibition at Columbia’s Wallach Art Gallery on its Manhattanville Campus—re-examines the history of modern art. Specifically, it proposes that the changing representation of the black female figure has been central to the development of modernism.

September 26, 2018

Columbia University Opens The Forum

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger today joined Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, founder and principal of Renzo Piano Building Workshop, to inaugurate The Forum: a new 56,000-square-foot, three-story facility that completes the first ensemble of new buildings on Columbia’s Manhattanville campus in West Harlem. The Forum adds long-needed space at Columbia for academic conferences, meetings and public discussion to the new campus’s already completed buildings dedicated to arts presentation and neuroscience research. The facility will serve the entire University community, while providing a welcoming, transparent gateway to the 17-acre campus for students, faculty, guest scholars and members of the general public.

September 05, 2018

Shailagh Murray Appointed Executive Vice President for Public Affairs

The following is a message sent from Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger to the Columbia community. Dear fellow members of the Columbia community: I am very pleased to announce my appointment of Shailagh Murray as Executive Vice President for Public Affairs, as of September 4, 2018.  Shailagh will oversee both the Office of Communications and Public Affairs and the Office of Government and Community Affairs. 

August 24, 2018

Community Healthcare Workers Graduation

In June, the Institute for Training Outreach and Community Health (InTOuCH) celebrated its inaugural class of 38 graduates. Based at the Columbia Wellness Center on the Manhattanville campus, the institute worked with the health ministries at 31 churches to train community health workers. Graduates will provide health screenings, insurance-enrollment support, and counseling to the local community.

August 17, 2018

Local High School Students Gain Hands-On Experience Through Internship Program at Columbia

After receiving over 11,000 responses to a university-wide survey measuring commuting habits of students, faculty, and staff, Columbia’s Dan Allalemdjian needed to analyze the data and present key findings. Allalemdjian, director of transportation demand management for Environmental Stewardship, called upon Ibrahima Diallo – an incoming high school senior –to summarize data and create an executive summary to report the survey’s key findings.

August 07, 2018

Mourning the Loss of H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest

The following is a message sent from Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger to the Columbia community.

I am very sorry to say that we have lost another great friend of the University in H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, who died on Sunday at the age of 88 in his beloved home city of Philadelphia. Gerry was a wise and deeply engaged Trustee, one of the most generous donors in the history of the institution, and, most importantly, a true colleague in every major undertaking of the University over the last two decades.

July 31, 2018

Passing of Florence Irving

The passing of Florence Irving on July 25, at the age of 98, is a great loss. She was a remarkable person of enormous accomplishment and consequence. This is a moment to reflect on the impact that a committed couple can have on our institutions and the larger world through their sustained philanthropy. Florence and her late husband, Herbert Irving, are among the most generous donors ever to support Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian, with the fight against cancer being their principal focus for many decades. Through their giving, they expanded our horizons and spurred us to pursue previously unthinkable goals in biomedical research and patient care.