Ronnie D. Planalp and Stephen S. Trevor Donate $2.5 Million in Gifts to Columbia University

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.

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Alexander Tzagoloff Establishes Graduate Travel Fund in Biological Sciences

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.

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A $13 Million Gift Establishes Professorship and Center for Japanese Art History

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.

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Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation Gives $3 Million To Columbia University

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.

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Columbia College Launches Core to Commencement Campaign

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.

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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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