The Columbia Alumni Center is preparing to celebrate its official launch this fall. While alumni are always welcome, an "Especially Open House" featuring refreshments and giveaways has been scheduled for October 15-16. All alumni are invited to come, get help with benefits, look around the library lounge and courtesy office, and enter a lottery for a Columbia University Club membership and other prizes.
Located on West 113th Street between Broadway and Riverside Drive, the Center has been the professional home of College and University alumni and development staff since early January. Since April 1, it has also welcomed numerous alumni for both formal events and informal visits. More than 500 alumni, students, and friends have visited to attend an event or take advantage of hospitality.
"Alumni are an integral part of the Columbia community, and it's wonderful that they have a home on campus," says Donna MacPhee '89CC, CAA president and the University's vice president for alumni relations. By dedicating a place for alumni to connect not only with each other but also with students, faculty, and administrators, the Center will help build our community and strengthen alumni ties to Columbia.
Already, computers and audio-visual equipment are up and running; the conference room, lounge, courtesy office, and library are also open for business. The library currently displays its first exhibition of College artifacts, lent by the University Archives and Paul Neshamkin '63CC.
Future programming will build on partnerships with various schools and other units such as Columbia University Libraries, the Arts Initiative, Miller Theatre, and University Seminars. It will house the efforts of the Columbia Alumni Association, which seeks to strengthen the bonds between Columbians of all University schools, worldwide, through events, programs, and online resources.
For more information on the Alumni Center and the "Especially Open House," visit us at alumnicenter.columbia.edu or call 877-854-ALUM.