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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.