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June 7, 2019

This year’s Reunion Weekend drew more than 500 GS alumni and their guests back to campus to reconnect, celebrate, and enjoy several new and exciting events.

April 26, 2019

Three GS alumni were recently selected for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

April 4, 2019

Jesse Chase-Lubitz '18 is one of just 18 applicants nationwide to have been chosen by the Henry Luce Scholarship Foundation to join the 2019-2020 class of Luce Scholars. Aimed at the enhancement of the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society, the Luce Scholars Program places students in various host countries within Asia for an immersive living and working experience.

November 16, 2018

Around the world, Columbians came together on October 24, 2018 to give back and pay it forward on Giving Day, setting new records and exceeding expectations. 

September 24, 2018

Ben Arenstein ‘18 has been awarded a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship Award to teach English to college-age students at the Namangan Technological Engineering Institute in Namangan, Uzbekistan.

August 6, 2018

Recent graduate Leyla Martinez ’18 has been selected as a 2018 Soros Justice Fellow, and will receive a generous stipend to support her work advocating for criminal justice reform.

May 15, 2018

On May 14, more than 500 graduating seniors were celebrated at the 2018 GS Class Day ceremony, which featured a keynote speech by Olympian Sasha Cohen '16GS. 

April 24, 2018

Aviva Zablocki joins the School of General Studies as its new Director of Alumni Relations.

April 13, 2018

Alicia Graf Mack 03 will soon return to New York City from Houston to lead the Juilliard Dance Division, whose programs are widely regarded as the best in the field. 

March 16, 2018

On Wednesday, March 7, the Office of University Life hosted In Conversation: Exploring Race and Whiteness in America Today, a panel discussion featuring award-winning documentarian Whitney Dow ’86 and renowned poet Claudia Rankine ’93SOA, moderated by MSNBC national correspondent Joy Reid.

March 15, 2018

Commentary by Dr. Lisa Rosen-Metsch ’90, Dean of the School of General Studies, was recently featured in JAMA Internal Medicine, a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association.

February 28, 2018

On February 23, GS held its annual Mid-Winter Mixer at Upper Story in Manhattan. The event, which featured remarks by the new Dean of the School of General Studies, Lisa Rosen-Metsch ’90GS, is the School’s largest networking event of the year.

November 15, 2017

The School of General Studies is pleased to announce Jill Galas Hickey as its new associate dean for development and alumni relations.

November 13, 2017

After seven years working on behalf of the School of General Studies alumni community, Janet Griffin will be leaving Columbia, as of November 17, to take on a new role as the director of alumni relations for NYU's School of Nursing.

August 21, 2017

The Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) is proud to announce the formation of a new Shared Interest Group (SIG) called the Columbia First-Generation and Low-Income Alumni Network (CFLAN).

June 20, 2017

With an exuberant spirit, more than 500 alumni of Columbia University School of General Studies returned to campus to celebrate GS's 70th Anniversary and Peter Awn's 20 years as dean of the college. 

February 13, 2017

Endeavoring to reestablish a tradition from the past, the GSAA has reinstated the School of General Studies Owl Award, a prize that recognizes outstanding service to GS by graduates, benefactors, and faculty members. 

December 5, 2016

Two GS alumni, Susan Feagin ’74 and Donna Satow ’65, along with Phillip Satow ’63CC, were honored at the Columbia University Community Impact annual Gala Benefit Auction in recognition of the powerful impact they have had through their service to others. 

July 13, 2016

Deogratias "Deo" Niyizonkiza '01 was recently honored by the Carnegie Corporation as part of its “Great Immigrants: The Pride of America” initiative, which recognizes outstanding contributions by naturalized U.S. citizens.

June 24, 2016

Alumnus Richard Space '05 was awarded with the 2016 alumni, given to 10 alumni annually, in recognition of their service to the University.

June 15, 2016

Alumni celebrated General Studies’ growth and success at the All-year Alumni Reunion on June 4.

April 20, 2016

Jamie Righetti '09 is a writer, journalist and musician, as well as a native New Yorker. In April of 2016, she released her debut novel entitled Beechwood Park.

March 17, 2016

Bideawee, a leading pet adoption and animal welfare organization serving the New York metropolitan area and Long Island, has announced that Dolores Swirin-Yao ’84 has been named President and Chief Executive Officer.

March 17, 2016

GS alumnus Christopher Riano ’07 was recently named a Scholar in Constitutional Law and Civics for New York by the James Madison Legacy Project, a nationwide initiative of the Center for Civic Education that aims to increase the achievement of over 200,000 students in attaining state standards in civics and government.

February 18, 2016

The work of several GS alumni was featured at the annual film festival in Park City, Utah.

January 20, 2016

Jacquie Wayans '08 is a radio host, author, speaker, and singer. As a native New Yorker, she produces two radio shows and recently released a new eBook, Don’t Give Up & Win: A Survival Guide to Renewed Virginity. The book is based primarily on her 15 years of experience with abstinence.

January 20, 2016

Uri Monson '91, the top finance official for Montgomery County, will move into the long-vacant Financial Chief job in February.

January 21, 2016

Fox Business News Anchor and GS alumna Trish Regan '00 will moderate an upcoming GOP debate in South Carolina.

December 22, 2015

In Private Equity Investing in Emerging Markets, Roger Leeds '66 illustrates how private equity is a tool uniquely suited to strengthening the value and performance of businesses in emerging market countries.

December 22, 2015

GS alumnus Benjamin R. Childs '15 may only be a first-year medical student at Florida Atlantic University, but he has already begun to make an impact.

November 23, 2015

GS alumna and Special Advisor to Columbia University President Bollinger Susan K. Feagin '74 was recently honored in a formal dedication of the Susan K. Feagin Welcome Center at the Columbia Alumni Center. 

November 13, 2015

When reviewing the list of the high tech businesses that are changing American industry these days, dry cleaning is rarely at the forefront. But two GS graduates are working to change that perception.

Posted: October 19, 2015

GS alumna Atti Worku has been spearheading meaningful change in education in her home city of Adama, Ethiopia since 2005, when she founded Seeds of Africa, a nonprofit organization that works to directly address systemic problems in the local school system and surrounding community by providing education and resources.

October 16, 2015

On October 15, Dr. James Mabry was inaugurated as Middlesex Community College’s fourth president. Mabry graduated from GS in 1981.

Sept. 14, 2015

GS alumnus Roger Pilon ’71, Ph.D., J.D., and his wife Juliana Geran Pilon, Ph.D., have generously created a new fellowship program available exclusively to Columbia University School of General Studies students.

August 19, 2015

Opera and education have been two callings present in Fadel Friedlander-Fulkerson’s life since she was a child in Louisville, Kentucky.

July 15, 2015

GS Alumnus Robert Goldfarb '54 recently penned an article for The New York Times in which he focused on the importance of veteran hiring initiatives.

July 8, 2015

GS alumnus Tom Bovo's '81 ‎photography show "The Other Side of Summer" is on display until August 9, 2015 in Brooklyn at 440 Gallery.

July 2, 2015

On July 1, 2015, GS alumnus Joey Falcone '15 signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees.

June 17, 2015

Transformation—of alumni themselves and of the School of General Studies itself—was the theme of this year's All-Class Reunion. 

June 15, 2015

According to recent article by VICE, Sabrina Buckwalter '11 '12JRN, is banned from traveling to India because of a feature story she wrote about the Khairlanji massacre, a viscious crime that involved the rape and murder of a mother, daughter and her two sons in September 2006.

June 15, 2015

Former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel ’56 was recently appointed Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of THC Farmaceuticals, Inc.

May 15, 2015

Lukas Hoffman '11 graduated with a degree in film studies and is now an award-winning director working in Brooklyn, NY.

April 15, 2015

GS alumna Melissa Bell '93 has written the libretto and co-written the lyrics for an upcoming stage musical Devil and the Deep, which will premiere at New York's Theatre East on June 11.

April 14, 2015

Aelifie (Starr Tuff) Oudghiri's '12 textile and rug designs were featured on April 12 in T:The New York Times Style Magazine, as a part of a new series of limited-edition rugs at SHOP Cooper Hewitt.

April 3, 2015

GS alumna Dr. Elizabeth V. Velilla '02 was recently awarded the Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University's Young Alumni Award for her work as the youngest and first Latina assistant dean and director of research operations at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

March 30, 2015

GS alumna Alessandra Ciucci '95 will join the Columbia University Department of Music as an assistant professor of Ethnomusicology on July 1.

February 27, 2015

GS alumna and model Cameron Russell '12 is working to transform our conception of the word "beauty."

March 15, 2015

Award-winning film editor and Mako Kamitsuna '92 recently edited the new Michael Mann film Blackhat starring Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, and 王力宏 Wang Leehom.

February 12, 2015

On Thursday, February 12, the GSAA hosted a reception for alumni from the School of General Studies at The Attic. 

February 13, 2015

Elizabeth Walsh '14 was one of 40 U.S. recipients recently awarded the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, providing a a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Cambridge to complete a Master of Philopsophy in social anthropology.

November 13, 2014

Born in Adama, Ethiopia, Atti Worku ’14 is a former model working to create progressive education and community development centers within urban communities in Africa.

November 13, 2014

Congratulations to Ariel Beery ’05, CEO of MobileOCT, who won $100K in the Elevator World Tour.

October 21, 2014

Alumnus Gordon Jacoby Jr. '62, a leading dendrochronologist who co-founded the Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Tree-Ring Lab, passed away on October 1 in Raphine, Virginia. He was 80 years old.

October 9, 2014

Alicia Graf Mack ’03, recipient of the 2008 Columbia University Medal of Excellence, recently spoke with the Columbia Daily Spectator about her dance career and how Columbia influenced her life. 

October 1, 2014

Neil Shahrestani ’11 was recently interviewed on CNBC to discuss stocks for biotech companies that are working on drugs to fight the Ebola virus.

July 14, 2014

GS alumni, alongside several fellow Columbians, recently founded an artist space and printmaking workshop called Shoestring Press in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

August 12, 2014

Alumna Miriam Aarons '08 was recently named a keynote speaker for the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, which joins together 3,500 state delegates to discuss key issues for the largest native organization in Alaska. 

July 21, 2014

GS alumna and Special Advisor to Columbia University President Bollinger Susan K. Feagin '74 was recently awarded the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award.

July 3, 2014

Michael Taylor '12, an archaeologist who founded NWB Environmental Services, is working in collaboration with Chambers Group, Inc. to complete the first-documented conservation and curation of a 1833 Dragoon officer's dress uniform, once owned by Second Lt. James Clyman, for California State Parks.

July 11, 2014

Barbara Voorhis Levy '48, an extremely dedicated and active alumna to the School of General Studies, passed away on June 27, 2014 in New York City.

July 7, 2014

A memorial service for GS alumnus Andrew Hamilton '13 will be held on Saturday, July 19 at 1 p.m. in the Columbia University Faculty House Presidential Room.

June 11, 2014

Alumni returned to the Morningside Campus for a weekend of socializing, learning, and celebrating. 

June 2, 2014

Katie Naum ’14 was recently interviewed by HuffPost Women about her story of becoming motherless by choice. 

March 12, 2014

On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, the Recent Alumni Leadership Committee (RALC) hosted a reception for alumni from the School of General Studies at Taj Lounge. 

March 6, 2014

General Studies hosted the first West Coast Alumni Happy Hour in Santa Monica, California.

February 19, 2014

Fabian Pfortmüller ’11, along with two friends, is the co-author of the Holstee Manifesto that hangs on the walls of many startups.

February 13, 2014

The engagement of Peter Kim ’09 and Juliette Cho was featured in Washingtonian: Bride and Groom.

February 13, 2014

Triptyq, an up-and-coming urban-classical trio, is led by Antoniette Costa, ’12. Triptyq’s recent single, “Mr. Right,” entered the iTunes classical chart at number two and gained over 44,000 YouTube views in less than a day.

December 31, 2013

Brendan Rooney ’12 recently wed actress Christy Romano, famous for her role on the Disney sitcom Even Stevens.

December 10, 2013

Susanne Braham ‘69 was inspired to begin writing poetry as a means to deal with her emotional struggles after the death of her husband 11 years ago.

December 12, 2013

Joseph Jacobs, M.D. ’73 has recently published a book titled Mohawks on the Nile, about establishing his identity as he traverses the balance between being a Mohawk Indian and a Canadian American.

November 18, 2013

Through a campaign fueled by, Sebastian Clegg ’13 is hoping to raise funds to purchase instruments, books, and other materials to support his students’ tenacity, desire, and drive to study music.

November 6, 2013

Gale Brewer '97 was elected Manhattan Borough President on November 5, 2013.

October 28, 2013

Adam Weinstein ’02, '08JRN has been hired as a staff writer for Gawker Media.

October 18, 2013

Leslie Woodard ’94, the former director of Columbia University's Undergraduate Creative Writing Program and dean of Yale University’s Calhoun College, passed away October 18, 2013. 

October 11, 2013

Congratulations to Christine McHone ’11, who was recently awarded a scholarship by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for her studies in anthropology at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University.

October 14, 2013

INSECURITY, a short film written and directed by Robert Brink ’08, premiered in Detroit, MI at the opening night ceremony of the Trinity International Film Festival, where it was awarded "Best Short Film."  

September 20, 2013

Over the summer, students at Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA were required to read Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder. The book tells the story of Deogratias "Deo" Niyizonkiza ’01 who escaped from Burundi to the United States. 

September 24, 2013

Alumnus Eric Shaw won an Emmy award for his work on the children's program "WordGirl."

September 13, 2013

The Seniors Orchestral Society of New York City, founded by Elliot Levioff ’60, is the first permanent symphonic ensemble in the city composed of senior citizens. 

September 4, 2013

Alumnus Kyle Bukhari was recently awarded a Fulbright scholarship, which he will use to pursue an M.A. in dance studies at the University of Roehampton in London, England.

August 30, 2013

With the expansion of the General Studies New Student Orientation program, more alumni are coming back to campus to welcome the incoming students. This fall alumni participated in five different events.

August 9, 2013

Brent Weingard ’83 founded his company Expert Window Cleaners while a political science student at the School of General Studies at Columbia University. 

August 1, 2013

John Tauranac ’63 has redesigned the NYC subway map. The map will include new symbols, a new typeface, and the planned extensions of the 2nd Avenue subway and the 7th Avenue line. 

July 18, 2013

Akiva '07 and Amanda ’07BC Zablocki welcomed their first child, Idan, into the world last July. As they celebrate his first birthday, they are fighting for his life after he was diagnosed with a very rare and life-threatening immune deficiency disorder that affects only 2 in 1,000,000 people.

July 12, 2013

Ilan Plawker attended General Studies and Columbia Law School before founding a company that designed and built retail displays, and also RPR Creative Marketing. He served 15 years on the Englewood Cliffs Board of Education and 18 years on the borough council. 

June 2, 2013

From May 31 to June 2, more than 140 GS alumni and guests gathered on campus alongside alumni from Columbia College, the Fu Foundation for Engineering and Applied Science, and Barnard College to celebrate Alumni Reunion Weekend and Dean’s Day. In addition to celebrating classes whose graduating years ended in 3 and 8, this event honored all Columbia veteran alumni.

June 3, 2013

During its roughly two-year existence, the Vilna Ghetto’s population, located in Vilnius, Lithuania, and operated by Nazi Germany during World War II, was reduced from an estimated population of 40,000 to nearly zero.

May 30, 2013

Forty years after graduating, Diane M. Falk continues to further herself through educational outreach and charity.

April 25, 2013

Donald Judd’s family is preparing their former home as a museum of art and ephemera.  

May 16, 2013

An intriguing profile of alumnus and gourmand Eli Zabar ’67 and his amazing Carnegie Hill townhouse was published in the New York Times.

May 10, 2013

Stefanie Weisman is thrilled to announce the publication of her first book, The Secrets of Top Students, a guide for high school and college students on how to achieve academic success.

May 1, 2013

Eric Shaw ’03 earned his first Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Writing in Animation,” as head writer of the critically acclaimed PBS television series WordGirl.

April 2, 2013

On April 2, James Braley '86 will publish life in a marital institution: 20 years of monogamy in one terrifying memoir, a darkly humorous story of love, lust, greed, and fear.

March 13, 2013

Deogratias “Deo” Niyizonkiza ’01  is the founder and chief executive officer of Village Health Works. In May 2013, he will receive an honorary degree from Williams College.

April 12, 2013

Arthur Hayden, who attended the School of General Studies from the fall of 2007 to the fall of 2009, passed away on April 5, 2013.

March 14, 2013

Carolyn Castro ’05, ’09SIPA and Executive Director of the Livery Roundtable was recently interviewed by El Taxista News.

March 12, 2013

Melissa Muller Daka '09 is set to open her new restaurant Pastai in March 2013. 

February 28, 2013

Congratulations to alumnus-veteran José Robeldo '12 on becoming a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army today on the steps of Low Memorial Library.

February 7, 2013

On Thursday, February 7, 2013, the Recent Alumni Leadership Committee (RALC) hosted a reception for alumni from the School of General Studies at Pulse, a restaurant in Rockefeller Center.

January 25, 2013

Two School of General Studies alumni received credits for films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, an annual event that showcases originality in storytelling through film.

January 24, 2012

This year, the Sundance Film Festival includes films featuring contributions from over 50 Columbia alumni, students, and faculty presented in a variety of Festival sections.

January 22, 2013

Anouk Markovits ’76 is the author of I Am Forbidden, an emotionally gripping story of what happens when unwavering love, unyielding law, and centuries of Jewish tradition collide.

December 27, 2012

After battling severe arthritis, Alicia Graf Mack ’03 left her dance career to get a BA at Columbia University. Her arthritis subsided and she was headed for an internship at J.P. Morgan until she was encouraged to return to the stage.

November 18, 2012

Tech entrepreneur and angel investor Chris Dixon ’96 will join Andreessen Horowitz as a full-time general partner in January. 

December 1, 2012

Wade Black ’99 was recently appointed to the board of directors at Alabama Graphite Corp.

November 7, 2012

Dr. Brigitte Nacos ’81 is a political science professor at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the Tea Party movement and was highlighted during the 2012 Presidential election. 

September 28, 2012

On September 28, 2012, the School of General Studies, in collaboration with the Center for Career Education (CCE), held its inaugural “Crack the Case” workshop for GS students interested in consulting.

September 24, 2012

As part of GS Alumni Affairs’ popular Dinner and Discussion series, five alumni participated in a lively panel discussion on careers in finance.

September 17, 2012

Louis Simpson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and GS alumnus who told characteristically American tales of common people and often cast a skeptical eye on the American dream, died on Friday at his home in Stony Brook, N.Y. He was 89.

September 1, 2012

On August 27, 2012, the School of General Studies welcomed a new class of more than 400 students to campus to kick off a week of orientation activities.

August 16, 2012

Christopher Riano ’07 discusses the future of the college admissions process in “Affirmative Action in Higher Ed: Tool for Diversity or Discrimination?” in USA Today.

August 6, 2012

On Thursday, August 2, Molly Ola Pinney ’09 rang in a new accomplishment as founder and CEO of the Global Autism Project: ringing the NASDAQ closing bell.

July 15, 2012

Writing for the New York Times parenting blog Motherlode, James Braly ’86 discusses the impact of extended breastfeeding on fathers in his article "Breastfeeding and Sex". 

July 30, 2012

This week, Michael J. Graetz ’61, Columbia Alumni Professor of Tax Law and Wilbur H. Friedman Professor of Tax Law, questions the secrecy behind Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s tax returns in his Op-ed "The Mysteries of Mitt Romney's Financial Records" in The New York Times.

July 23, 2012

This month, Molly Ola Pinney ’09 was honored at the Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Awards for her work as founder and CEO of the Global Autism Project. The award is given annually to City Year alumni who have shown a continued commitment to philanthropic work after completing the program.

July 5, 2012

Nancy Lynn ’96 is making a point of not letting the world forget about Alzheimer’s. As the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation’s executive vice president, she has significantly broadened the charity’s fundraising agenda.

June 2, 2012

Over 160 GS alumni and guests gathered on campus on June 1 and 2, 2012 to celebrate Alumni Reunion Weekend and Dean’s Day alongside alumni from Columbia College, Engineering and Barnard College.

May 30, 2012

Mary D. Edwards ’66GS, ’86GSAS recently published a collection of essays entitled, Gravity in Art: Essays on Weight and Weightlessness in Painting, Sculpture and Photography

April 30, 2012

On Monday, April 30, 2012, the GS alumni community celebrated the class of 2012 at a reception at the restaurant Havana Central.

April 17, 2012

David Hylden '09 recently appeared on PBS NewsHour in a story featuring the organization with which he works, One Acre Fund.

April 13, 2012

Professor John Horgan ’82, ’83JRN, the head of Science Writings at Stevens Institute of Technology, presents his investigation of the role of anthropology, sociology, and human psychology in the effort to attain world peace in his new book The End of War.

April 13, 2011

In 2011, Catherine (Codispoti) Robbins ’65 published All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos), which tells the story of contemporary American Indian life in the arts, sciences, and governance.

April 9, 2012

Chad Miller '07 stared in the film An Ordinary Family, which tells the story of a man attending an annual family reunion near Austin and arriving with his partner.

April 5, 2012

Jacqueline Wayans '08 will publish her first children's book Ambrose this spring. In her retelling of the story of Eden, she explores creation, love, and, ultimately, the devastating result a poor choice can bring.

April 5, 2012

Christopher Riano '07 will return to the Columbia classroom this fall to teach Constitutional Law through the Lens of Higher Education. 

March 26, 2012

Alumna and supermodel Sara Ziff '11 recently launched the Model Alliance, a non-profit organization that strives to improve the working conditions for models.

March 20, 2012

Insaf Abdullah and her daughter Zaynab, both '08 alumnae, were recently featured on NY1. 

February 21, 2012

While attending GS, Justin Humphries ’11 conducted research on the economic outcomes of baseball players.

February 16, 2012

Alumni participated in a professional panel discussion on careers in nonprofits with current students. 

February 12, 2012

Alumna Renée E. D'Aoust ’01 recently published Body of a Dancer with Etruscan Press. The essay collection explores New York City's modern dance scene and weaves dance history with stories of contemporary dancers.

February 9, 2012

On Thursday, February 9, 2012, the Recent Alumni Leadership Committee (RALC) hosted a reception for 2002-2011 School of General Studies alumni at Rouge Tomate in midtown Manhattan.

January 30, 2012

Alumni participated in a professional panel discussion on careers in law with current students.

January 15, 2012

Michael D. Olmos ’00 is co-director of the film Filly Brown, which is an official selection at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

December 18, 2011

Bonnie Lee Black ’79 recently received three prestigious awards from Gourmand International for her book How to Cook a Crocodile: A Memoir with Recipes.

December 7, 2011

Dean Peter J. Awn hosted the GS Annual Fund Holiday Party for leadership alumni, friends of the school, and recent alumni.

November 15, 2011

Tammy Lerner ’10 was a guest on Anderson Cooper’s television show to discuss the scandal at Penn State.

November 17, 2011

Fabian Pfortmüller ’11 is featured in The Washington Post as co-founder of Brooklyn-based apparel company Holstee, whose online manifesto has gone viral.

November 14, 2011

Alumni participated in a professional panel discussion on becoming an entrepreneur with current students. 

October 25, 2011

Johnny Depp visited the Columbia campus to sit on a panel honoring the late GS alum, Hunter S. Thompson.

October 16, 2011

Thomas Ikimi ’04 recently won the Screen Nation Award for Achievement in Cinematic Direction. His latest film Legacy tells the story of a Black Ops operative who returns home to Brooklyn after a botched mission in Eastern Europe.

Event Date and Time: Thurs., Nov. 3, 6 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Bookstore, 115th and Broadway

All are invited to join John Tauranac—'63, author, and chief designer of the 1979 New York subway map—as he discusses the writing of New York From the Air: A Story of Architecture.

October 15, 2011

Columbia University welcomed alumni to Baker Field on October 15, 2011 to celebrate Homecoming.

October 15, 2011

Isaac Zablocki ’03 directs The Other Israel Film Festival in NYC, which showcases award-winning films and NY premieres of films by and about minority populations in Israel.

September 27, 2011

Alumni participated in a professional panel discussion on careers in management consulting with current students.

October 1, 2011

John Sterling, who attended GS in the 1970s, has served as sports broadcaster for the New York Yankees for 23 years.  

September 13, 2011

Three GS alumni participated in a panel discussion on careers in finance at Dinner & Discussion on September 31, 2011. 

September 12, 2011

Beatrice Ellerstein attended GS in 1926 and recently celebrated her 104th birthday at Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center in Plainsboro.

September 1, 2011

GS alumni participated in panel discussions to share their experience as students and advice for success at Columbia.

August 7, 2011

Directed by Larysa Kondracki ’01, The Whistleblower is based on a true story about a female cop from Nebraska who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the UN for covering up a sex scandal.

June 4, 2011

Over 160 GS alumni and guests gathered on campus on June 3 through 5, 2011 to celebrate Alumni Reunion Weekend and Dean’s Day alongside alumni from Columbia College, Engineering and Barnard College.

May 20, 2011

On June 8, 2011, the 92nd Street SE corner at Columbus Avenue will be renamed PS 84 Sidney Morison Way in honor of GS alumnus Sidney H. Morison ’63.

May 18, 2011

Three years ago, the New York City Ballet dancer and owner of fitness company Ballet Beautiful Helen Bowers ’08 got a chance to train Natalie Portman for her role in the film Black Swan.

May 6, 2011

A wide variety of activities and events are scheduled from Friday night through Sunday morning giving alumni multiple opportunities to reconnect with old classmates and foster new connections with other Columbians.

April 20, 2011

On Wednesday, April 20, 2011, more than 80 seniors and alumni attended a reception at Havana Central – The West End to celebrate graduation and network with one another.

April 13, 2011

Robert Goldfarb ’54 recently published a new book entitled What's Stopping Me From Getting Ahead?

April 13, 2011

Beth Seltzer ’99Postbac, ’08PH, published a new book entitled, "101 Careers in Public Health," which explores careers in public health.

April 13, 2011

Nancy Kilgore ’70GS is a psychotherapist and Presbyterian minister as well as a writer.  Her first novel, Sea Level, will debut in May 2011. 

April 7, 2011

GS alumni returned to campus this spring to share their professional expertise with current students.

April 2, 2011

GS alumni spent a day in Van Cortland Park removing invasive plants and cleaning up the trails as part of Columbia Community Outreach.

March 11, 2011

The Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) is proud to announce a partnership with Vault and WetFeet to provide more career resource search tools for GS alumni.

February 23, 2011

Alumni leaders from anniversary classes ending in a one or a six gathered at the Alumni Welcome Center on February 23 to kick off their reunion year. 

February 18, 2011

Alumna Barbara Probst Solomon's latest piece for
the Huffington Post, "Larry Rivers Crossing the Delaware," is an examination of the artist's life and work that also touches upon her time at GS in the 1950s.

January 24, 2011

GS alumnus Jacquie Wayans '08 appeared on the Dr. Oz show to discuss the Sleep Action Plan.

February 14, 2011

The Quest for Religious and Community Identity tells the story of the migrations and architectural histories of the All Souls Church in Manhattan.

February 11, 2011

On Thursday, February 10, 2011, Dean Peter J. Awn and co-chairperson of the Recent Alumni Leadership Committee (RALC) Richie Space ’05 hosted a reception for 2001 - 2010 alumni from the School of General Studies at Brasserie 8 ½ in Midtown Manhattan.

February 5, 2011

Mystery, Thriller and Crime Fiction: Workshop and Networking

February 10, 2011

You are invited to join Dean Peter J. Awn, Recent Alumni Leadership Committee (RALC) chair Richie Space ’05GS, committee members, and fellow alumni for a reception.

Time: 6:00PM - 8:00PM ET
Location: Brasserie 8 1/2 , 9 W 57th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) New York, NY

January 24, 2011

Join the Columbia Alumni Association, Professor Ann Douglas, composer and musician extraordinaire David Amram, writer Joyce Johnson, and a cast of dozens as Columbia honors its Beat prodigal sons, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, in the 6th annual HOWL.

January 14, 2011

One year after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, alumnus René Aubry ’93 continues relief efforts.

January 13, 2011

Susan K. Feagin ’74, former Executive Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations, was named a special adviser to Columbia Univeristy President Lee C. Bollinger.

January 13, 2011

GS alumna Arlene Shuler ’77 is featured in the winter issue of Columbia Magazine for her creation of the popular annual dance festival Fall for Dance.

December 15, 2010

Alumni Mark Rotella ’92, Donald Unger ’88, and Bonnie Lee Black ’79 each recently had new books published.

December 7, 2010

On Monday, December 6, Dean Peter J. Awn hosted the School of General Studies Annual Fund Holiday Party for leadership alumni and friends of the School of General Studies.

December 6, 2010

GS student and alumni dancers were featured in the New York Times.

October 25, 2010

School of General Studies alumni and students participated in the largest homecoming celebration on record.

October 18, 2010

Alumnus Larry J. Lawrence ‘69 ‘71BUS was one of 10 alumni honored for their service to the University at the Alumni Medalists Gala in Low Library.

October 9, 2010

GS alumna Ingrid Bengis-Palei’s ’96 was featured in an article about her efforts to put her company Ingrid Bengis Seafood and the village of Deer Isle, Maine on the culinary map.

September 29, 2010

Alumnus Thomas Ikimi's film Legacy, which showed at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, will open in cities across the U.S. on October 15.

September 23, 2010

Join the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) and your fellow GS alumni for the Fourth Annual CAA Worldwide Networking Event at Perdition bar and restaurant.

September 1, 2010

Recent alumni shared insights about their experiences as nontraditional students and successful professionals at New Student Orientation.

July 15, 2010

GS alumna Julie Haas Brophy landed a book deal based on her blog Sh*t My Kids Ruined.

June 17, 2010

GS Alumni Relations invites all alumni to participate in our Hire Columbians initiative.

May 19, 2010

The School of General Studies Class Day video has garnered over 17,000 hits after being posted on Youtube.

May 18, 2010

Alumna Julie Haas Brophy ’04 and her website, The S**t My Kids Ruined was featured in The New York Times.

March 26, 2010

Columbia Professor Liz Miller discussed the rewards and challenges of being a woman working in a scientific field with renowned GS alumnae.

March 11, 2010

The Columbia University Club of Fairfield County hosted Peter J. Awn, dean of Columbia University School of General Studies, on Thursday, March 11 at the Stamford Yacht Club.

March 3, 2010

GS/JTS Alumnus Arash Yomtobian '06 featured in The New York Times Real Estate section.

March 1, 2010

General Studies Alumni Relations is looking for alumni who were featured in advertisements in the Village Voice in 1973.

February 17, 2010

The Recent Alumni Leadership Committee hosted a cocktail reception and heard some words of encouragement from Dean Awn.

February 8, 2010

News sources recently reported on coyote sightings around New York City including Columbia's campus.

January 25, 2010

Columbia University General Studies Alumna Vonekham Guthrie '01 will speak on leadership at C.W. Post college. Vonekham Guthrie tells a compelling story of overcoming challenges despite the odds set against her.

December 23, 2009

Joe Ades the "Peeler Man" and father of alumna Ruth Ades '89 dies.

December 23, 2009

Joe Ades the "Peeler Man" and father of alumna Ruth Ades '89 dies.

November 14, 2009

Columbia University School of General Studiescelebrated the 90th anniversary of the New York City Veterans Day Parade with a float that carried student-veterans, alumni and administrators.

November 17, 2009

Over the past month Peter J. Awn, Dean of the School of General Studies and Director of the Middle East Institute, has traveled throughout the country, speaking about the potential outcomes of President Obama's Middle East policies.

October 29, 2009

Jacqueline Wayans '08 was recently named a grand prize winner in the "Colorful Life" contest sponsored by Maybelline New York in partnership with Meredith 360° and bestselling author Candace Bushnell. The contest celebrates women who exude confidence, optimism, compassion, style and personality.

October 28, 2009

GS alumna Nancy Lynn '96 was recently named the executive vice president of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.

October 27, 2009

The Columbia Alumni Center welcomed over 500 fellow alumni and guests at the Especially Open House and Homecoming events during the week of October 12.

October 23, 2009

Raymond Federman, an author, scholar, and GS alumnus passed away in October 2009.

October 23, 2009

The Columbia Alumni Center is preparing to celebrate its official launch this fall. An "Especially Open House" featuring refreshments and giveaways has been scheduled for October 15-16.

October 13, 2009

GS marks with great sorrow the passing of Lionel I. Pincus.

September 11, 2009

More than 200 guests joined the United States Military Veterans of Columbia University to celebrate the inauguration of the Yellow Ribbon Program on September 10, 2009.

September 3, 2009

GS played a vital role in CAA's annual U.S. Open event on September 2.

August 7, 2009

Tracy Kidder's latest book tells the dramatic story of GS alum Deogratias Niyizonkiza '01 from Burundi.

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