Herbert and Florence Irving Make Transformational Gift to Columbia for Genomic Cancer Research and Care

Herbert and Florence Irving '13HON have extended their generous and longstanding support for Columbia University and its Medical Center partnership with three new gifts. The gifts will support the University’s precision medicine initiative addressing the genomic basis of cancer, early career faculty who are doing translational research in the fight against cancer, and seven new endowed chairs, each one in honor of the work of a different distinguished physician.

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Columbia Honors Couple’s Dedication with Naming of the James H. and Christine Turk Berick Center for Student Advising

Columbia’s Center for Student Advising has been renamed the James H. and Christine Turk Berick Center for Student Advising in recognition of the couple’s dedication to and support for the University. 

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Columbia Establishes Tang Center for Early China

Columbia University and its Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures have announced the creation of the Tang Center for Early China. The new center, made possible through a $5 million endowment gift from Oscar Tang and Agnes Hsu-Tang, will help advance society’s understanding of the richness and importance of early Chinese civilizations as part of a broader common human heritage. 

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Columbia Nursing Awarded $6.5 Million to Educate Nurse Leaders

Columbia University School of Nursing has been awarded a $6.5 million grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust for three vital projects that will educate future nurse leaders. 

"This generous gift from the Helene Fuld Health Trust - the largest single donation in our school's 123-year history - will enable us to continue a tradition of leadership in nursing education, preparing world-class nurses to meet the challenges of today's dynamic health care environment," said Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of Columbia Nursing. 

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$5M Gift from Japan Establishes New Professorship in Japanese Studies

The government of Japan has donated $5 million to Columbia University to endow the Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy Professorship, which is intended to promote Japanese studies by supporting teaching and research in this subject area.

“Japan’s generous support for Columbia University will foster mutual understanding and advance scholarly conversations about the latest developments in Japanese politics and foreign policy,” said Provost John Coatsworth.

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Business School Receives Gift to Establish the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise

Columbia Business School today announced the creation of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise. The new center, made possible through a transformative endowment gift from Sandra and Tony Tamer will help develop a new generation of business leaders that understand how management can contribute to, enhance, and impact society and the environment. Additionally, it will serve as the educational, curricular, research, and strategic hub of all social entrepreneurship activities at Columbia.

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Celebrating David Rosand’s Legacy

The family of David Rosand ’59CC, ’64GSAS, ’14HON — twice chair of Columbia’s department of art history and archaeology and a beloved professor for nearly five decades who passed away over the summer — has established a fund to honor his legacy. 

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Columbia Giving Day Raises Record $11 Million

Another record-breaking Columbia Giving Day is in the books. This year, the third annual online event raised $11,064,924 through 10,452 gifts from all 50 states and 53 countries.

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Amelia Alverson Appointed Executive Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations

Amelia J. Alverson has been appointed executive vice president for university development and alumni relations.  She has served in this role on an interim basis since the spring. 

“I can think of no better person to help steward this great institution and to build upon the sense of loyalty and enthusiasm now seen throughout the extended Columbia community,” said President Lee C. Bollinger. 

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Columbia Giving Day is October 29

Mark your calendars for October 29, Columbia Giving Day, when the entire Columbia community will come together to change lives that change the world.

Alumni, students, parents, and friends can win big for their favorite school or program by competing for $400,000 in matching funds.

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