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 VOL. 23, NO. 23MAY 20, 1998 

A New Beginning

More Than 30,000 Expected as 9,000 Graduate at Exercises on 244th Commencement

Kofi Annan
Lauren Bacall

More than 9,200 students will begin the rest of their lives Wednesday morning as President George Rupp confers degrees on graduates of the University’s 17 schools and affiliates in a colorful ceremony on Low Plaza.

  More than 30,000 family members and friends are expected to fill the area between Low Library and Butler Library to witness the pageantry of Columbia’s 244th commencement, which begins at 10:30 A.M. In keeping with tradition, Rupp will deliver the commencement address.

  At the schools’ individual ceremonies Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, graduates will hear from such notables as Carl T. Rowan at Journalism; Bill Lan Lee at Law; Bill Cosby at Teachers College, and Jules Pfeifer at the School of the Arts.

  This year’s honorary degree candidates are: United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, who will speak at the University’s Alumni Federation Luncheon in Low Rotunda immediately after commencement exercises; actress Lauren Bacall; Bruce Alberts, president of the National Academy of Sciences;

  Professor Rita Dove of the University of Virginia; Professor Amartya Sen of Harvard; children’s book writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, and Columbia historian Fritz Stern. Rockard Delgadillo, Law ‘86, Los Angeles deputy mayor for economic development, will receive the University Medal for Excellence, given annually to a distinguished younger alumnus.

A list of commencement week activities follows:

  Commencement week began on Sunday with the Baccalaureate Services in St. Paul’s Chapel. Don J. Melnick, professor of anthropology, professor of biological sciences and director of the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, delivered the baccalaureate address. Also speaking were Muhammed Afhzal A. Rahman, FFSEAS‘98; Sarah Ann Bierman, CC‘98; Rosita Martinez, BC‘98; Brigit Kristine Greeson-Alvarez, CC‘98; Michelle P.J. Douglas-Sands, BC‘98, and Amy Elizabeth Vidmar, GS‘98. University Chaplain Jewelnel Davis and President George Rupp presided.

  Presiding at the Wednesday 10:30 A.M. Commencement Exercises will be David H. Cohen, vice president and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The opening words will be given by University Chaplain Davis; Provost Jonathan R. Cole will present the Medal for Excellence and the candidates for honorary degrees; President Rupp will deliver the Commencement Address and present the teaching awards (see story, Page 5); the deans of the various schools will be presented by Cole to Rupp for the awarding of degrees, and Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer, CC ‘70, parent of graduating College student Schira D. Schnitzer and David A. Schnitzer, GS/JTS ‘01, will give the closing remarks.

  After commencement, Kofi Annan, one of the honorary degree recipients, will address the University Alumni Federation’s luncheon in Low Rotunda. (See story, Page 5, for the alumni medalists).

  Following is a list of additional commencement activities at the schools and affiliated institutions:

Undergraduate Schools

  Class Day exercises for Columbia College are being held at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday on South Field Lawn. Speaking to the graduates is Judge Joseph A. Greenaway, CC‘78. Also speaking are President Rupp; Dean Austin E. Quigley, valedictorian Zita Ann Peterlin and Salutatorian John Ng. Class President Jeffrey Steven Cohen welcomes the graduates. Dean of Students Roger Lehecka is to introduce Alumni Association President Carlos Muñoz, CC ‘57, who presents awards. Henry L. King and Michael Lichtenstein, both of the Class of 1948, are to present Class Pins.

  Also on Tuesday at 2:30 P.M., the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science is holding its Class Day exercises on Hamilton Lawn. The speaker is Norman R. Augustine, chairman of Lockheed Martin. Valedictorian is Baffelly Woo of Industrial Engineering and Applied Science. Distinguished Faculty Awards are to be given to Karl Sigman of Industrial Engineering and Yannis Tsividis of Electrical Engineering. Donald Ross, FFSEAS‘53, president of the Alumni Association, will present the Class Pins. President George Rupp, Dean Zvi Galil and Dean of Students and Undergraduate Admissions Chris Colombo will speak.

  The School of General Studies is holding its Class Day on Tuesday at 5:00 P.M. in the Kathryn Bache Miller Theatre. Addressing the students is President Rupp, Dean Peter J. Awn, and Ulric Malcolm Lewen, the valedictorian. Presenting certificates and awards are deans Richard Ferraro and Richard Braverman. Alumni Association President Philip Ehrlich is to present the Alumni Key Award and Class Pins. A reception follows on the lawn in front on Lewisohn and in Lewisohn Lounge.

Record Photo by Eileen Barroso.

Graduate, Professional Schools

  Immediately after commencement Wednesday the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation will hold a buffet luncheon for graduates and their guests in the courtyard between Avery and Fayerweather. At 2:00 P.M., a ceremony will be held in St. Paul’s Chapel, at which diplomas and awards will be given. Dean Bernard Tschumi will speak.

  The School of the Arts is holding its ceremony at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday in the Kathryn Bache Miller Theatre. Jules Feiffer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, author, playwright and screenwriter, will address the graduates. Dean Robert Fitzpatrick will host the diploma ceremony. A reception for students and guests will follow on the Dodge Hall terrace.

  The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is holding its convocation in St. Paul’s Chapel on Tues., May 19, at 3:30 P.M. Jean Howard, professor of English and comparative literature and director of the Institute for Research and Gender, is to give the faculty address. Graduate remarks are to be made by Michael Flamm, a Feb. 1998 history Ph.D. graduate. The Dean’s Award for Distinguished Achievement is to go to Harriet Zuckerman, GSAS Ph.D. ‘65, professor emerita and senior vice president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The graduate teaching awards are to be presented (see story, Page 5).

  Columbia Business School holds its recognition ceremony on Tues., May 19, at 6:00 P.M. in the City Center, W. 55th St. between 6th and 7th Aves. Rajat Kumar Gupta, managing director-worldwide of McKinsey & Co., is the featured speaker. Professor Dennis Caplan is to receive the Surendra S. Singhvi Prize for Scholarship in the Classroom. MBA student speakers are Jerry Carragher and Michael Zampardi; the Business School Service Award is to be shared by John Aprile, Gabriella Fitzgerald and Michael Zampardi.

  The School of International and Public Affairs celebrates its 50th graduating class at a ceremony Tues., May 19, on Ancell Plaza, International Affairs Terrace. Marshall D. Shulman, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor Emeritus of International Relations, will speak on “The First 50 Years Were the Easiest.” SIPA Student Association co-presidents Craig Lustig and Martin Landi will also speak.

  Journalism Day for the Graduate School of Journalism is Tues., May 19. At 10:00 A.M. in the third floor Lecture Hall. Ann McDaniel, Washington bureau chief of Newsweek magazine, is to give the Pringle Lecture. That evening, Carl Rowan, columnist for The Washington Post, is to address the graduates and their guests Tuesday evening in Levien Gymnasium, followed by a reception.

  The Berger and Tobenkin Awards are also to be presented on Journalism Day:

  * Patrice O’Shaughnessy, a reporter for the Daily News, has won the 1998 Mike Berger Award for her stories of New Yorkers’ courage and community service.

  * Bruce Keidan, a columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has won the 1998 Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award for articles that investigated the mysterious death of a black man during a confrontation with police.

  Twenty-three student awards are also to be presented. The School’s four top students are to receive Pulitzer Traveling Fellowships.

  The School of Law held its ceremony at Carnegie Hall on Mon., May 18. Bill Lan Lee, Law‘74, acting assistant attorney general for civil rights, delivered the keynote address, Also speaking were Dean David J. Leebron, graduates Rashmi H. Airan and Seth B. Weinberg, deans Alice Haemmerli, James M. Milligan and Shannon E. Salinas and H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest, Law‘58, who received the Law School Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award.

  The School of Social Work will honor its graduates at a ceremony on Wednesday in Levien Gymnasium. Moses Newsome Jr., president of the Council on Social Work Education and dean of the Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work at Norfolk State University in Virginia, will speak on “Seizing Your Opportunity to Make a Better Future.”

Health Sciences

  A ceremony for the College of Physicians and Surgeons will be held on Wednesday at 2:30 P.M. in the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center Garden. David J. Kessler, dean of the Yale School of Medicine, will be the principal speaker. Also speaking will be Herbert Pardes, dean of the Faculty of Medicine and vice president for health sciences, David Figurski, associate dean of graduate students, GSAS, and Linda Lewis, associate dean for student affairs, P&S. The following awards will be given: P&S Distinguished Service Awards to Benvenuto Pernis, professor emeritus of microbiology and medicine, and Edgar Leifer, professor emeritus of clinical medicine; Charles W. Bohmfalk Awards: pre-clinical years, to Randolph Paul Cole, professor of clinical medicine, and clinical years, to Mathilde Irigoyen, associate clinical professor of pediatrics; Stevens Triennial Prize to Michael H. Wigler, adjunct professor of genetics and development, American Cancer Society Professor and director, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Doctor Harold and Golden Lamport Research Awards: basic sciences, to Arthur Palmer, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, and clinical sciences, to Serge Przedborski, assistant professor of neurology, and Ann Marie Schmidt, assistant professor of medicine and surgical sciences (in surgery); the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award to Rafael Lantiqua, professor of clinical medicine, and the Distinguished Teacher Award to Glenda Garvey, professor of clinical medicine. A reception will follow at 4:30 P.M. in the Bard Hall Lounge.

  Reed V. Ruckson, senior vice president of the American Medical Association, will deliver the keynote speech at the School of Public Health’s ceremony Wed., May 20, at 5:00 P.M. in the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center Garden. The 1998 recipients of the Dean’s Distinguished Award will be honored: Barbara DeBuono, commissioner of the New York State Department of Health; Anna Gelman, special lecturer, CSPH Division of Epidemiology; Margaret Hamburg, assistant secretary for planning and evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and James Harden, executive director of the Regional Network of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dean Allan Rosenfield will preside. A reception will follow in Riverview Lounge, 4th floor, Hammer Health Sciences Center.

  The School of Nursing will holds its ceremony at 5:00 P.M. on Wed., May 20, in Alumni Auditorium. Speakers will be: Ellen Futter, president of the American Museum of Natural History; Robert L. Kane, University of Minnesota School of Public Health; Uwe E. Reinhardt, James Madison Professor, Princeton, and Bruce Vladeck, professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. A reception will follow in the Clark Conference Center, Baldwin Lounge, 1st floor, Milstein Hospital Building.

  The School of Dental and Oral Surgery will hold its ceremony on Thurs., May 21, at 11:00 A.M. in the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center Garden. Warren C. Moses, associate director of the Children’s Aid Society, will speak. Other speakers will include Herbert Pardes, dean of the Faculty of Medicine and vice president for health sciences; Dean Allan J. Formicola; Richard M. Lichtenthal, associate professor of clinical dentistry; Rev. Daniel W. Morrissey, assistant clinical professor of public health; Madeline S. Ginzberg, Dental Society of New York; James W. Abjanich, president, Association of Dental Alumni, and Danny Salem, SDOS ‘98. A reception will follow in Bard Hall Lounge.

  The Programs in Occupational Therapy will hold their ceremony on Wed., May 20, at 1:30 P.M. in Alumni Auditorium. Carolyn M. Baum, Elias Medical Director, Washington University School of Medicine, will be the keynote speaker. The convocation for the Program in Physical Therapy will held on Sun., June 28.

Affiliated Institutions

  Joyce Purnick, BC ‘67, metropolitan editor of The New York Times, is to speak at Barnard College’s 106th commencement ceremony on Tues., May 19. the event begins at 2:30 P.M. on Lehman Lawn. Receiving the Barnard Medal of Distinction are: Joan Ganz Cooney, children’s television producer; Mary Lowe Good, research chemist and industrial and government leader, and David Kessler, dean of the Yale School of Medicine. President Judith R. Shapiro presides. Student Government Association President Elena Salkovsky and Senior Class President Helen Eliassian will also speak. Diplomas will be available for pickup from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. Wednesday at upper level McIntosh, and thereafter at the Barnard registrar’s window.

  At Teachers College, actor and comedian Bill Cosby, father of the late TC student Ennis Cosby, is to address graduates at the school’s master’s convocation on Tues., May 19, at 4:00 P.M. in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. He also will receive TC’s Medal for Distinguished Service. Only graduates and those with tickets may attend. On Wed., May 20, at 2:30 P.M., a convocation will be held for doctoral students. President Arthur Levine will preside at both events.