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Artful discounts

The Arts Initiative at Columbia University has announced a new alumni benefit, the Columbia Alumni Arts League (CAAL). Participating alumni can take advantage of discounts and other benefits from more than 30 arts organizations throughout New York City, including such perks as 15 percent off tickets to shows at the Public Theatre, 25 percent off tickets to select shows at Jazz at Lincoln Center, 15 percent off Guggenheim Museum memberships, and a discounted subscription to The New Yorker. In addition, members receive exclusive invitations to CAAL Nights held at various arts venues. Alumni can join CAAL by contributing $25 or more to the Initiative. For more information, call 212-851-1879 or visit

CUMC admin gets facelift

In January, Columbia University Medical Center appointed two senior administrators: Joanne Quan was promoted to chief financial officer and P. Paul Alexander was hired as associate vice president for human resources.

Quan previously spent three years as vice dean for finance and administration at the Mailman School of Public Health, where she was credited with streamlining budget planning. A graduate of Stanford and Yale, Quan was vice president for finance at New York University Medical Center earlier in her career. In her new job, she’ll oversee financial operations for Columbia’s entire health sciences campus, which encompasses the College of Physicians & Surgeons, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, and the Mailman School.

Alexander comes to Columbia after seven years at Pitney Bowes, a Fortune 500 manufacturer of mailing equipment. While at Pitney Bowes he helped the company expand into business consulting. Alexander graduated from New Jersey’s Fairleigh Dickinson University and previously was associate dean at Ramapo College of New Jersey. He’ll be responsible for faculty and staff development and recruitment at CUMC.

Quan and Alexander both report to CUMC chief operating officer Thomas Jackiewicz ’94PH, who was hired recently by medical campus head Lee Goldman.

College awards 2007 John Jays

Columbia College honored five alumni with the 2007 John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement: Eric Foner ’63CC, the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia, and author of several books on American intellectual, political, and social history; David A. Paterson ’77CC, Lt. Governor of New York; Paul C. McCormick ’78CC, a world-renowned expert on the microsurgical treatment of spinal cord tumors and vascular malformations, and medical director of the Comprehensive Spine Center at CUMC and New York–Presbyterian Hospital; Charles W. Santoro ’82CC, a leading investment banker as well as director of the Marine Corps–Law Enforcement Foundation and the Armed Forces Family Scholarship & Assistance Fund; and Lisa Landau Carnoy ’89CC, the managing director and co-head of Equity Capital Markets Americas for Merrill Lynch.

The John Jay Awards are named after the first chief justice of the United States, a member of the King’s College Class of 1764. They were presented at a March dinner, which benefits the John Jay National Scholarship Program.

Marked additions

Columbia announced recently that it has added ten companies to a list of organizations it won’t invest in, as a result of their doing business in Sudan. The University also removed two companies, ABB and Siemens, from its Sudan divestment list, which was developed in April 2006. The decisions were based on recommendations of Columbia’s Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing, a 12-member group of students, faculty, and alumni. The new marked companies include Indian Oil Corporation, Mobile Telecommunications, and Rolls-Royce.

To see the entire divestment list, visit

Building connections

The University has begun construction on the Northwest Science Building on the corner of Broadway and West 120th Street. Designed by architect José Rafael Moneo, the building will go up above Levien Gymnasium. It is slated to open in the fall of 2010. The 14-story building will house faculty offices, classrooms, a science library, a café, and interdisciplinary research facilities for the departments of chemistry, biology, engineering, and physics.

The building will have connecting passageways to Chandler Hall, which houses the chemistry department, and Pupin Hall, which houses the departments of physics and astronomy. “This new architectural connection will unlock new opportunities for collaboration and interdisciplinary research,” says Joe Ienuso, executive vice president for Columbia University Facilities. “In addition, by freeing up existing space for reallocation and renovation, the building will help ease the space crunch in other departments.”

Construction will be temporarily stopped during exam week and commencement, as well as from fall 2007 to February 2008, to avoid disrupting the start of the academic year and fall sports season. The Dodge Physical Fitness Center will remain open during the construction.

For more information go to (the “Construction Projects” tab).