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December 2005

The Columbia Club of Belgium enjoys a discussion with Professor Brian Greene.

Happy Holidays! This month, Columbia University offers you warm greetings along with a host of post-holiday events to keep the cheer going strong. Come out to Madison Square Garden to root for the men's basketball team; join us in India for a panel with Nicholas Dirks; celebrate the traditions of African music at Miller Theatre; watch a clip about new media online; join us for drink and a schmooze at Sundance; read President Bollinger on the new Committee on Global Thought; and celebrate your own artsiness at My Columbia. There are many ways to stay excited—in a restful way—in January.

My Columbia
Arts in New York

Did you take time away from studying to explore the galleries and theatres of New York? What was the most artsy experience you had at Columbia? Tell us about it at My Columbia; the first five entries will win a fancy-pants Nalgene bottle from

Featured My Columbia Story: Shivering at Columbia

Michael Foss, '03CC

"I can remember a few mornings trying to decide between a cold shower or just skipping class and getting back into bed..." More

Alumni Features
University-wide Alumni Directory

In November, Columbia launched the first University-wide online alumni directory, a supplement to school-based online communities. Go to to update personal information, RSVP for events, and share news. Starting in mid-January, you can also search the directory for old friends and new contacts.

Committee on Global Thought

Who knew globes could think? Learn more about a new committee at Columbia that promises to offer much-needed understanding and analysis of globalization. More

Young Alumni Holiday Party and Toy Drive, Co-sponsored by Columbia Alumni Association

On December 8, 300 alumni and friends gathered at Cielo for a hip party with a happy outcome. In addition to having a great time, alumni also gathered loads of toys to benefit the Children's Hope Foundation, a volunteer-driven organization that helps HIV-positive children and their families.

Travel Study Program
Norwegian Fjords & Baltic Sea

June 1830, 2006
Professor Mark von Hagen

Take a once in a lifetime trip with Lech Walesa—Nobel Peace Prize winner and leader of the Polish Solidarity—on a voyage to Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. More

Village Life in Wales

July 917, 2006

Explore Wales by spending a week in the ideally-located Victorian-era Imperial Hotel, in the charming town of Llandudno, while taking relaxed day-trips to the surrounding areas. More

Check out the Alumni Travel Study Program's other smart adventures.

Athletics Highlights
Columbia's Caroline Bierbaum Wins Honda Award

Caroline Bierbaum, a student at Columbia College, has been named the most outstanding female cross-country runner in the nation. More

Find more athletics news and
events at Go Columbia Lions.

Regional Events
IN: Columbia vs. Notre Dame Basketball

December 23, 5 p.m.
Legends of Notre Dame
Notre Dame University
South Bend, IN

He shoots! He scores! Join us for a food, a cash bar, and an evening of elegant sport. And if you can't make the game, tune in to WSNR to hear the play by play. More

NY: Men's Basketball and Pre-game Reception

December 27, 6:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY

This is the big time, folks. If you ever thought of checking out a basketball game, go to this game, where Columbia alumni will be whooping it up at the Garden in a great evening of basketball against St. Johns University. RSVP ASAP! More

NY: Pride Party

December 28, 7 p.m.
Starlight Bar and Lounge
167 Avenue A
New York, NY

Feel the magic at Columbia Pride's wintry cocktail hour. More

India: Nicholas Dirks Discussion Panel

January 3, 7 pm
The Taj Mahal Palace and Towers
Apollo Bunder
Mumbai 400 001

January 7, 7 p.m.
The Taj Mahal Hotel
1, Mansingh Road
New Delhi - 110 011

Join Nicholas Dirks, Vice President of the Arts and Sciences, along with panelists Janaki Bakhle, assistant professor of history, and Sheldon Pollock, William B. Ransford Professor of Sanskirt and Indian Studies, for a lively discussion and reception. More

MI: Professor Anouck Girard

January 19, 7 p.m.
461 Burroughs St.
Detroit, MI

Join the Columbia University Club of Michigan for an evening with SEAS professor Anouck Girard, who will discuss intelligent multi-vehicle systems, drawing together research from a wide variety of fields including robotics, vehicle dynamics, control systems and computer science. More

GA: Career Workshop & Brunch

January 21, 4 p.m.
Adorno & Yoss LLC
Two Midtown Plaza
1349 W. Peachtree, 1500
Atlanta, GA

Join the Columbia Club of Atlanta for brunch with Deborah Rothstein, Director of Alumni Career Development at Columbia. Learn to self-assess, transition, hunt jobs, network, and more. For further information, please contact Roxann Smithers or visit the Columbia Club of Atlanta.

UT: Sundance Reception, Co-sponsored by the School of the Arts and the Columbia Alumni Association

January 21, 4 p.m.
Café Terigo
424 Main Street
Park City, UT

Please join hosts Jeff Sharp, Dan Kleinman, Nick Dirks, and Eric J. Furda for complimentary drinks and show biz gossip at the Sundance Film Festival. And be sure to catch screenings from alums Nicole Holofcener '88SOA, Patrick Stettner '95SOA, and others! More

Alumni Recognition
Graf Stars with Alvin Ailey Dance Theater
Nick Ruechel

Alice Graf '03GS is declared "the news of the night" by New York Times dance reviewer John Rockwell. More

Campus Events
Basic Science Course in Opthamology

January 3, all day
Columbia University Medical Center
Eye Institute, 7th Floor Amphitheater

Here's lookin' at you, kid. Join Columbia's Department of Ophthalmology and the Harkness Eye Institute for a basic science course, which focuses on resident training but also has proven useful for the visual sciences community. More

Focus on Africa

Bongani Ndodana
January 20, 8 p.m.

African Exchanges
January 21, 8 p.m.

African Music Symposium
January 23, 8 p.m.
Miller Theatre

Rain Queens, talking drums, and she who sleeps with a small blanket...these and other songs of Africa are coming to Columbia. On January 20, South African composer Bongani Ndodana shares his music. On January 21, Bongani is joined by Steve Reich, Joshua Uzoigwe, and others. The series culminates with a symposium on African music traditions featuring discussions by musicians and scholars. More

Faith and Foxholes—Spiritual Strength, Religious Faith and Military Service

January 24
International Affairs Building, Room 1512

How does the military accomodate an increasingly diverse religious population? Join the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies for a talk by Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff. More

Daily Noise Opening Reception

January 26, 5-10 p.m.
310 Dodge Hall
The LeRoy Neiman Gallery
Broadway & 116th St.

Attend the opening of a hot new exhibit, curated by MFA student Tenzin Wangchuk. More

Find more on-campus events on the Columbia University Events Calendar.

Ideas on Campus
Rosenfield on Avian Flu

Allan Rosenfield, dean of the Mailman School of Public Health, says chances are very small that human-to-human transmission of avian flu is an immediate threat. But what will happen in the next decade? Find out! More

New Media Leaders Debate the Future of News

New media leaders discuss the rise of electronic journalism, its impact on politics and possibilities for the future. Listen in on talks by Len Apcar, editor; Jeff Gralnick, NBC special consultant and former VP of; Andrea Panciera, editor of The Providence (R.I.) Journal's; Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist; and James Taranto, editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal's More

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