|Vol.24, No. 04||Sept. 25, 1998|
After a national search, ROSS FRASER was selected as Director of University Residence Halls (URH) in July 1998. The search began following the promotion of former URH Director Harris Schwartz to Executive Director of Lerner Hall. Ross has joined Columbia from Northeastern University, where he served as Associate Dean/Director of Residential Life for four years.
PERRY LIN, a '98 alumnus of the Graduate Film Division of the School of the Arts, was awarded the grand prize at IFC2000, the first national student film competition sponsored by the Independent Feature Project and the Independent Film Channel, for his film "17 Years to Earth." Lin received a cash prize of $10,000 and an additional $10,000 in Eastman Kodak products. His film will be shown at the Independent Feature Film Market, taking place at the Angelika Film Center, and later in Los Angeles and on the Independent Film Channel. Lin also took the Polo Ralph Lauren Award for Best Screenplay earlier this year at Columbia's Polo Ralph Lauren New Works Festival.
Columbia co-head fencing coach ALADAR KOGLER, one of the most honored coaches in American collegiate fencing, has been named the United States Olympic Committee National Coach of the Year in Fencing. The award was presented Sept. 17-19 in Houston, Tex. Kogler has been chosen to coach the United States Fencing Team at the last three Olympic Games. Including his experience as the coach of the Czechoslovakian Olympic and National Teams from 1963 to 1981, he has six Olympic rings. Since the fall of 1983, when Kogler started coaching at Columbia, the Lions have risen to the top rank of collegiate fencing, finishing first or second in the nation seven times. During his 15 years at Columbia, the women have gone 161-40, and the men 144-25.