Postbac Premed student Stephen Petro '14 is a born philosopher, and at only 24 years of age is publishing his first book, Rationality, Virtue, and Liberation: A Post Dialectical Theory of Value, which sets out to challenge and reorient the philosophical debate surrounding the theories of Gewirth, Habermas, and others.
GS student-veteran Bill Roberts was selected as a 2013 Tillman Scholar by the Pat Tillman Foundation, which awards $10,000 annually to students in pursuit of completing an undergraduate or graduate degree. He is one of four 2013 Columbia University Tillman Scholars, and the second from the School of General Studies.
The School of General Studies celebrated the Class of 2013 at the GS Class Day ceremony on Monday, May 20. More than 1,500 guests joined faculty and administrators in recognizing the accomplishments of the 444 members of the graduating class, 63 of whom are U.S. military veterans, the most of any Ivy League university.
Graduates celebrated the completion of the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program at Class Day on May 17 in the Low Memorial Library Rotunda. They were joined by members of the Columbia University Faculty of Arts and Sciences, administrators from the School of General Studies, family, friends, and fellow classmates.
At 21, Nur Arafeh is on the path to becoming a future world leader. Born in Manchester, England, and raised in East Jerusalem, Arafeh speaks Arabic, French, and English, has been educated in three countries, and is on her way to becoming an expert in Middle Eastern economics.
Columbia University Postbac Premed Program students will soon have greater access to the New York University School of Medicine through a new linkage program agreement, which will provide top students with the ability to expedite their application.
Military veteran, rock guitarist and monk, Jason Everman raises the bar for the modern Renaissance man. In 1987, Everman—a commercial fisherman off the coast of Alaska—quit his job and moved to Seattle where he became the second guitarist touring worldwide and recording with Nirvana to promote their “Bleach” album and a bassist with Soundgarden on their “Louder than Love” tour.
Ask Luis Felipe Morgado '12 about life as a student at Columbia, and he sounds much like any other undergraduate: enthusiastic, slightly overwhelmed, and already thinking about life after graduation. An economics and math major, Morgado says confidently, "I'll probably try to work for two or three years in finance, and after that I want to go to grad school." It's only when you ask Morgado about his past, and the path he took to Columbia, that the conversation takes an unusual turn.
GS student Barbara Tiye Giraud is among 12 women who have won the 2012 Women’s Forum Award. The $10,000 award is presented annually to women over the age of 35 who are pursuing undergraduate college degrees after an interruption in their studies.
The School of General Studies celebrated Class Day on Sunday, May 13. Nearly 1,800 guests, many using umbrellas provided by the University to shield themselves from the bright sunlight illuminating Low Plaza, gathered to celebrate the 365 graduates of the Class of 2012, which ranges in age from 21 to 64 years old. Hailing from more than 39 countries, international students and new Americans comprise 25 percent of the graduating class.
In 1992, Gac Filipaj, 52, left his parents and siblings behind and escaped from war-torn Yugoslavia to come to the United States. He arrived knowing no English and with virtually no support system. Twenty years later, Filipaj, a Columbia University custodian, will graduate from Columbia University School of General Studies with a B.A. in classics with department honors on May 13 at 9 a.m. in New York City.
Dean of the Columbia University School of General Studies (GS) Peter J. Awn announced that U.S. Army General George W. Casey, Jr. will be an honorary guest at Class Day on Sunday, May 13. Casey will be present to celebrate the 41 U.S. military veterans graduating from GS this year—the largest number of undergraduate veterans to graduate from Columbia University since the period following World War II.