Columbia University announced the establishment of the Mendelson Center for Undergraduate Business Initiatives, a joint program between Columbia College and Columbia Business School. The Center was established with a $10 million gift from the Mendelson family, whose relationship with Columbia spans four generations. The Center will foster an ongoing business education program for select Columbia undergraduates.
The Atlantic Philanthropies and Columbia University today announced the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity, a 10-year, $60 million program for courageous and creative leaders dedicated to dismantling anti-black racism in the United States and South Africa, two nations with deep and enduring legacies of racial exclusion and violence. The program – conceived, designed and led in partnership with renowned champions of racial equity – will enable visionary activists, authors and artists, among others, to enhance their understanding of anti-black racism and strengthen their strategic capacity, individual skills and professional networks to lead successful movements for racial equity in their communities, countries and around the world.
Columbia oceanographer and paleoclimatologist Peter B. de Menocal has been appointed Dean of Science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Thomas Alva Edison/Con Edison Professor, a newly established chair funded by Con Edison.
Funding to Support New Era of Scholarship about Turkey
Thanks to a generous gift from the family of the late Sakıp Sabancı, Columbia University has created the Sakıp Sabancı Chair and Center for Turkish Studies. The first center for Turkish Studies in the United States named for its benefactor, the Sakıp Sabancı Center will forge a new era of scholarly collaborations between Sabancı University and Columbia University and also the two countries. The Center’s goal is to increase knowledge and awareness about Turkey, as well as its importance to modern regional affairs, global affairs, and its historical significance.
Gifts support Entrepreneurship Curriculum at Columbia College, Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School, and Columbia Fencing.
Columbia University announced a total of $2.5 million in gifts from two Columbia alumni, Ronnie D. Planalp '86BUS and Stephen S. Trevor '86CC. The majority of their giving—$2 million—will establish the endowed Planalp Trevor Dean’s Curriculum Innovation Fund for Entrepreneurship at Columbia College, providing permanent support for the faculty teaching and the students enrolled in entrepreneurship courses. The Fund will also support, accelerate, and motivate the Columbia community’s programs and culture around innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship at Columbia College, now in the midst of its historic Core to Commencement Campaign.
Professor Alexander Tzagoloff was born in Moscow, but his family left Russia when he was still a child. He soon found a welcome home for himself and his family at Columbia.
Now, at age 78, Professor Tzagoloff is paving the way for the next generation of Columbia scientists while honoring the University’s distinguished past in biology. He recently established the Graduate Travel Fund with a $150,000 gift to the Department of Biological Sciences.
Columbia University announced a $13 million gift from the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation that will establish the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Japanese Art and the Mary Griggs Burke Professorship of East Asian Buddhist Art History in the department of art history and archaeology. The gift will fund a renovation creating space for the center in Schermerhorn Hall. The professorship will ensure teaching and research at the highest level in the field of East Asian art.
The Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation has generously donated $3 million to the Columbia University Faculty of Arts and Sciences to establish the Robert Gardiner-Kenneth T. Jackson Professorship in the history department. The new chair will focus on teaching New York history. The total endowment will amount to $4 million in combination with a preexisting $1 million fund.
The $400 million Core to Commencement campaign - the first-ever fundraising and engagement campaign dedicated exclusively to Columbia College - will enhance undergraduate liberal arts education and support students and faculty. Read the Q&A from campaign co-chair Jonathan Lavine '88CC on the new campaign website.
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.