Columbia Dedicates New Manhattanville Campus


The Jerome L. Greene Science Center is one of two new buildings that will open in Manhattanville this spring. / Photograph by Frank Oudeman
The Jerome L. Greene Science Center is one of two new buildings that will open in Manhattanville this spring. / Photograph by Frank Oudeman


On October 24, President Lee C. Bollinger led a ceremony attended by distinguished faculty, deans, and students, as well as local civic and community leaders and internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano of Renzo Piano Building Workshop, which designed the campus master plan with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Piano also designed the first buildings to rise on the campus: the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, which houses the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, and the Lenfest Center for the Arts.

Read more at the Columbia Magazine article and check out the new Columbia Manhattanville website.

Alumni Leader Reflects on Successful Leaders Weekend


Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend is an annual conference where the University's top alumni leaders and volunteers gather to exchange best practices, advice, and ideas. Please read more about Leader's Weekend at the Low Down article.



Lecture on Extreme Weather by Dr Art Lerner Lam, the Deputy Director at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) of Columbia University



 Vizcaya Museum, Village Garage

Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 02:00 PM,

Confronting Extreme Weather with Dr. Arthur Lerner-Lam

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"Predators and Prey", a Sunday in May: Reception at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU.

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The  object under scrutiny was the Lod Mosaic, a miraculously well-preserved decorative floor that once graced the reception hall of a 3rd century Mediterranean villa. It was unearthed in 1996  by workmen widening the Jerusalem–Tel Aviv road. The "Predators and Prey" exhibit (named for its lifelike depictions of exotic animals, birds and fish) has traveled to museums around the world including  the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, the Field Museum in Chicago, the Altes Museum in Berlin and The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The mosaic is being shown here in Miami at the Frost through Sunday, May 29.  Next stop after Miami will be its permanent home in Israel at the Lod Mosaic CenterDSC_0512.JPG


After a celebration of the glorious past, and our role in its preservation,  Museum Director Pomeroy revealed some of  her exciting initiatives for the future, including community  outreach to at-risk youth, STEAM career awareness programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) for local children,  landscape design to complement the Frost's outdoor sculpture garden, and a spectacular upcoming Narciso Rodriguez exhibit at the very intersection of contemporary art, fashion and design.

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"Hamilton" wins 2016 Edward M. Kennedy


Daveed Diggs (left), Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in ''Hamilton.'' / Photograph by Joan Marcus
Daveed Diggs (left), Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in ''Hamilton.'' / Photograph by Joan Marcus

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton recently won Columbia’s 2016 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. The hip-hop musical based on Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton reimagines the American Revolution and the early years of the Republic with a cast of predominantly Black and Latino actors. Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith created the $100,000 prize, administered by Columbia Libraries, to honor her brother, the late senator from Massachusetts. This year’s jury, which included Columbia professors Farah Jasmine Griffin, Rashid Khalidi, and James Shapiro ’77CC, selected Hamilton because it “celebrates the evolving history of the United States, of hip-hop, and of the musical theater.” (For more on Hamilton, see Columbia Magazine’s Winter 2015 feature story “Hamilton is in the House.”) Read more of this article at Columbia Magazine.

Snapshots from Benjamin Grosvenor Reception 17 Jan 2016

January 17th was a wonderful confluence of musical genius, legal luminaries, food, wine and good fellowship. The virtuoso pianist Benjamin Grosvenor enchanted the audience at Gusman Concert Hall with a program including Mendelssohn Two Preludes and Fugues; Chopin Sonata No. 2, Op.35 ("Funeral March") ; Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin; and Liszt: Venezia e Napoli. This magical performance is one of many  spectacular concerts put on by Friends of Chamber Music of Miami , now in its 60th season. 

 Our reception after the show was just across the street in the University of Miami Law Lounge (thank you, Dean Patricia White).  Fifty of us celebrated Columbia College alum Julian Kreeger's   30th year as President of the Friends of Chamber Music.  He is also a distinguished graduate of  U of M Law, and has many good friends in both legal and musical circles. First and foremost is the beautiful Judge Judy Kreeger,  Senior Judge Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida (Family Court).


 Julian and Judith Kreeger have three grown children and a musical archive named after them at FIU . The Julian and Judy Kreeger Collection contains many early and rare recordings - for example a 1903 (78 rpm) recording by Camille Saint-Saens performing on the piano. 


Shall we name-drop some more? Famed pianists Agustin and Carol Aniervas were there, as well as Alan Dershowitz & Carolyn Cohen.  



Columbia Club of South Florida members Phil O'Neill, Dan Hekman, and Patricia Garbe-Morillo pitched in to help serve the wine and food, which was delivered just in time by Lan Pan-Asian 














What a fantastic group of Columbia & Barnard Alumni-- thank you for bringing along friends and family.

We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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MIMO Walking Tour Pictures (Phil O'Neill & Pat Morillo photos)

Thanks to Phil O'Neill, the trip organizer, and to Pat Morillo, our own historic preservation expert, for some lovely photos of the Miami Modern (MIMO) North Beach architectural walking tour. (See those beautiful blue skies? That's what November in Miami is supposed to look like !)  Walking tours are a wonderful way for newcomers to learn about the city and in this case the tour guide was extra special:  Jeff Donnelly is the co-author of Miami Architecture: An AIA Guide to Downtown, Miami Beach, and Coconut Grove and also a former chair of the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board. Here he is on Ocean Terrace and 73rd Street giving an orientation to the Ocean Terrace Historic District.


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Images: Our Adventure in Wonderland

Our thanks to STEPHANIE ANSIN (MFA 2001, Artistic Director) and ELAIZA IRIZARRY (Executive Director)  for  a great Sunday afternoon at the Miami Theater Center . Columbia & Barnard alumni, friends & family took in a matinee performance of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" in the 330-seat Main Stage. Then after the show we occupied the Sandbox Space next door for a private tea-party and schmooze-fest. 

As expected, this MTC production featured some pretty wild variations on  the traditional story. Adults in the audience were entranced by characters  including  a shape-shifting video-enhanced Cheshire Cat, a raunchy sax-playing White Rabbit, and an OM-chanting Caterpillar.



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Columbia Giving Day 2015

Change Lives. Change the World.


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Check out these Pictures - Columbia Connects 2015

The venue for this year's COLUMBIA CONNECTS was suggested by Elvira Ferro, JD. She is a Columbia SIPA grad, an active supporter of the Columbia University Club of South Florida, and a connoisseur of fine food and wine. CC_elvira.jpgElvira found us a popular happy hour and good Italian food at CIBO Wine Bar, 45 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. CIBO Coral Gables also boasts some engaging in-house sommeliers  including Luca, who hails from Sicily, and the Flying Wine Angel, who grabs selected bottles while rappelling down the wine wall.  If you have your own great idea for a happy hour location, please let us hear. 


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