CUAAJ General Assembly Nov 7, 2016


Over 50 people joined us on Monday, Nov. 7th at the Tokyo American Club for the annual general membership and dinner meeting. We reviewed the club's yearly activities and finances, our strengthened connection with the CAA through alumni leadership weekends, and we discussed our hopes and plans for the future of the club. We also congratulated and thanked Hiroyasu Tomita (CBS '66) for his 4 years of service to CUAAJ as President, while welcoming Shuichi Fukuda (CBS '76) as the new president for an initial 2-year term.


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Columbia Dedicates New Manhattanville Campus


The Jerome L. Greene Science Center is one of two new buildings that will open in Manhattanville this spring. / Photograph by Frank Oudeman
The Jerome L. Greene Science Center is one of two new buildings that will open in Manhattanville this spring. / Photograph by Frank Oudeman


On October 24, President Lee C. Bollinger led a ceremony attended by distinguished faculty, deans, and students, as well as local civic and community leaders and internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano of Renzo Piano Building Workshop, which designed the campus master plan with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Piano also designed the first buildings to rise on the campus: the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, which houses the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, and the Lenfest Center for the Arts.

Read more at the Columbia Magazine article and check out the new Columbia Manhattanville website.

Alumni Leader Reflects on Successful Leaders Weekend


Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend is an annual conference where the University's top alumni leaders and volunteers gather to exchange best practices, advice, and ideas. Please read more about Leader's Weekend at the Low Down article.



"Hamilton" wins 2016 Edward M. Kennedy


Daveed Diggs (left), Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in ''Hamilton.'' / Photograph by Joan Marcus
Daveed Diggs (left), Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in ''Hamilton.'' / Photograph by Joan Marcus

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton recently won Columbia’s 2016 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. The hip-hop musical based on Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton reimagines the American Revolution and the early years of the Republic with a cast of predominantly Black and Latino actors. Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith created the $100,000 prize, administered by Columbia Libraries, to honor her brother, the late senator from Massachusetts. This year’s jury, which included Columbia professors Farah Jasmine Griffin, Rashid Khalidi, and James Shapiro ’77CC, selected Hamilton because it “celebrates the evolving history of the United States, of hip-hop, and of the musical theater.” (For more on Hamilton, see Columbia Magazine’s Winter 2015 feature story “Hamilton is in the House.”) Read more of this article at Columbia Magazine.

CUAAJ Lecture by Architect George Kurumado

On Monday, September 7th, 35 CUAAJ members and friends attended a lecture by Mr. George Kurumado, an architect and managing officer of the TAKENAKA Corporation, 1989, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation,  (who managed the Tokyo American Club project co-designed by the world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli and TAKENAKA Corporation). The lecture focused on value engineering and the corporation’s innovative project proceeding methods which enabled a 30% cost reduction in the construction of the building. The lecture, held in one of the ballrooms of the Tokyo American Club, was followed by small-group private tours of the facility, guided by architects of the TAKENAKA Corporation.

The lecture and the tour were a rare opportunity for us to learn about how building projects are managed by Japanese general contractors, and the guided tour complemented the content of the lecture quite well. Mr. Takeshi Konishi, who designed the Tokyo American Club lighting, also came as a guest speaker and added valuable stories to the night’s lecture.

Attendees included alumni from various Columbia graduate and undergraduate schools, and the reception that followed the tour provided a great networking time.

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On Monday, July 13th, a group of 20 CUAAJ members & friends (including a current Columbia College sophomore) visited EGG JAPAN (Entrepreneur Group for Growing JAPAN), a business creation platform and incubator in the heart of Tokyo.

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Check out the latest news on campus


As new fields of knowledge emerge, the nation's universities are growing to pursue the expanding missions of teaching, research, public service, and patient care. With only a fraction of the space enjoyed by our leading peers across the country, Columbia has had to face an especially critical need for space in a dense urban environment.

While Columbia is a globally respected academic center, it is also a vital local New York institution, committed to the economic, intellectual, social, and cultural vitality of our neighborhoods and city. In that spirit, together with our West Harlem neighbors, elected representatives, and civic leaders, Columbia has developed a plan for a mixed-use academic center that provides a long-term future of shared opportunity in the old Manhattanville manufacturing zone of West Harlem.

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Illuminating Our Future


The Columbia Campaign came to a close on December 31, 2013, and the University’s future is brighter than ever. In every area of study within the University and every pursuit in the common interest beyond it, Columbia and Columbians are moving forward with renewed energy. In scientific research, policy study, the professions, teaching, medical treatment, and more — we’re creating new knowledge, transmitting it to the next generation, and driving the future forward.

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Alumni Travel Program

Put on your traveling shoes and explore the world.

The Alumni Travel Study Program allows Columbia alumni to combine learning and pleasure through domestic and international travel. The travel study experience is often enriched by the participation of Columbia faculty members.

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