DocTalks: Comprehensive Women's Health Care
Members of the 1754 Society were invited to attend the 13th installment of DocTalks, a lecture and discussion series featuring Columbia experts in healthcare and medical research. During the event, a multidisciplinary panel of Columbia faculty discussed key areas of women's health, how they intersect, and how these intersections can inform strategies for successful aging, longevity, and wellness.
1754 Society Member Appreciation Tea
On May 31, members of the 1754 Society, alumni, and guests joined us for a 1754 Society Member Appreciation Tea. Held during Reunion Weekend, the reception offered the 45 alumni and friends in attendance the opportunity to honor 1754 Society members and to learn about planned giving to the University.
Ryan Hart, Executive Director of Gift Planning, thanked members of the 1754 Society and recognized Gift Planning Ambassadors—1754 Society members in milestone Reunion years who encouraged their classmates to join them in making planned gifts to Columbia. James J. Valentini, Dean of Columbia College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education, was also on hand to speak with attendees. Guests enjoyed the lively atmosphere on the Morningside campus during Reunion, when more than 2,300 alumni return, taking the opportunity to catch up with classmates and friends.
1754 Society Presentation on Columbia’s New Manhattanville Campus
On April 17 more than 60 members of the 1754 Society and their guests attended an exclusive event on the development of Columbia’s new Manhattanville Campus. Held in The Forum, the University’s newest building, the presentation and reception offered attendees the opportunity to learn about Columbia’s expansion and to enjoy the company of old and new friends.
Ryan Hart, Executive Director of Gift Planning, welcomed guests and introduced Marcelo Velez ’00BUS, Vice President for Manhattanville Development, who oversees the development and construction of the Manhattanville Campus. Mr. Velez spoke about the vision for the new campus and outlined progress on completed and future buildings in Manhattanville before taking audience questions. 1754 Society member Susan Aurelia Gitelson, PhD ’63BC, ’66SIPA, ’70GSAS then spoke about her educational and professional trajectory and shared why she chose to support the University through planned giving. After the stimulating speaking program, attendees took in the modern architecture of the building on small guided tours and connected with their fellow 1754 Society members at the intimate reception.
1754 Society Luncheon 2016
On November 10, nearly 150 members and esteemed friends attended the annual 1754 Society Luncheon at the Rainbow Room. Situated on the 65th floor with panoramic views of the skyline and beyond, attendees listened to Dr. Charles Zuker’s interactive presentation, Common Sense About Taste.
CloEve Demmer, Deputy Vice President of Development, gave opening remarks and intro-duced Law School Class of 1962 alumnae, Eleanor Applewhaite, who spoke of the impact of planned giving. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Zuker began his presentation featuring his research on the five basic taste qualities and the logic of taste coding. With a multitude of accolades befit-ting his title, Dr. Zuker became a professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics and of neuroscience at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2009. Dr. Zuker con-cluded his presentation with a Q & A Session that was met with eager inquisitive-ness.
1754 Society Luncheon 2015
On November 12, more than 185 members and special friends gathered in the Rainbow Room above Rockefeller Center for the 1754 Society luncheon, featuring a panel discussion with members of Columbia's Committee on Global Thought. Organized exclusively for the 1754 Society, the high-level panel addressed what it will mean to think, act, and teach globally over the next four decades.
Vishakha Desai, President Bollinger's special adviser for global affairs, a professor at SIPA, and a member of CGT, introduced the program. Professor Carol Gluck, chair of the CGT and George Sansom Professor of History, moderated the discussion involving senior faculty mem-bers of Columbia's Committee on Global Thought from across the university, a graduate stu-dent from the newly established MA in Global Thought, and an undergraduate student from the Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought. This very special event was hosted by 1754 Society member and Columbia trustee, Dr. Kenneth Forde '59PS. Dr. Forde is a José M. Ferrer Professor Emeritus in Surgery at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Sur-geons and former Vice Chairman for External Affairs in the Department of Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Campus.
1754 Society Luncheon 2014
On November 6, 2014, more than one hundred of our 1754 Society members joined us for a reception at Columbia’s Faculty House. Guests were treated to a delightful lunch and a captivating lecture by Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedi-cal Engineering and Professor of Medical Sciences. In Dr. Vunjak-Novakovic’s presenta-tion she shared the innovative research her lab is conducting on the engineering of human tis-sues for regenerative medicine and the study of disease.
Guests received a 1754 Society umbrella, which serendipitously came in handy on this rainy November day. This event was held to honor and thank alumni and friends of Columbia who have made plans for the University through trust, estate, or other planned gifts. For infor-mation on how to become a member of the 1754 Society, please contact the Office of Gift Planning at 1.800.338.3294 or complete our online form.
More than one hundred 1754 Society members and friends attended a reception on October 31, 2013, at Columbia’s Faculty House. Guests had the opportunity to mingle and enjoy a stimulating lecture from Dr. Robert Klitzman, associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Klitzman's presentation highlighted his work in bioethics and genetics and guests received a signed copy of his book, Am I My Genes?.
This event was held to honor and thank alumni and friends of Columbia who have made plans for the University through trust, estate, or other planned gifts. For information on how to become a member of the 1754 Society, please contact the Office of Gift Planning.
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