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Founder’s Day Dinner Dance | April 15
Alumni gathered at the Roosevelt Hotel for the Founder’s Day Dinner Dance to honor the 2011 Awardees: Wangechi Mutu (A’97) (Augustus Saint-Gaudens Award); Jesse Reiser (AR’81) and Nanako Umemoto (AR’83) (John Q. Hejduk Award); Charles Bliss (ChE’39/PDE’48) (Gano Dunn Award); Mina Greenstein (A’56) (Alumnus of the Year); Karina Tipton (CE’99) (Young Alumnus of the Year); and Dr. George Campbell Jr. The Class of 1986 also celebrated their 25th ReUnion.
Golden Legion: Class of 1961 | May 6
Congratulations to the Class of 1961, who celebrated their 50th year anniversary at Golden Legion! Click here for more photos.
On the Rooftop | May 19
The Classes of 1995-2010 welcomed our newest alumni, the Class of 2011, at the annual On the Rooftop Party.
CU @ Roosevelt Island | May 15
Gina Pollara (AR’91), Executive Director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, LLC, led a private tour for alumni of the park’s construction site. Coordinated by Rocco Cetera (CE’99), the tour gave a behind-the-scenes look at the project, which was designed by legendary architect Louis Kahn. Although the design was completed in 1974, the park at the southernmost point of Roosevelt Island is only now setting its completion date. In 2012, the park will open to reveal Kahn’s design, one of the last he completed before his death in 1974.
Cooper Engineering Students Tour Con Edison’s East River Co-generation Power Plant
Griffin Reilly (ME’02/MME’03) (center back row) has worked at Con Edison for the last eight years, and as an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The Cooper Union for the last five. Since he started teaching at Cooper, he has taken students on tours of the East River Cogeneration Power Plant, located on East 14th Street, with the generosity of Con Edison and the help of fellow alumni co-workers Margarett Jolly (ME’97), Christina Ho (ChE’02), Sheila Sorokin (ChE’00) and Lauren Fox (ChE’08). The most recent tours were on April 29 and May 6 with 16 students and two professors attending. The groups were shown the truncated combine cycle gas turbines and heat recovery steam generators, the Rankine cycle high pressure boilers and associated electric generators, the water treatment facilities and the modern control rooms of the plant.
2011 CUAA Election Results
The CUAA is pleased to announce the newly elected Executive Committee, Alumni Council, Nominating Committee and Alumni Trustee Designate. The 2011 ballots were tabulated by the Tellers Committee chaired by Alfred Brand (CE’67).
2011-12 Executive Committee:
2011-2012 Nominating Committee
Carl Selinger (CE’67), Chair · Nicholas Agneta (AR’80) · Kathryn McGraw Berry (AR’80) · Michael Borkowsky (ME’61) · Charles Cassella (EE’68) · Xenia Diente (A’99) · Mary Lynch (ChE’82) · John Roswell (ME’69 ) · Don Toman (EE’55) · Bill Warren (EE’50) · Most Recent Past Presidents: Carmi Bee (AR’67) · MaryAnn Nichols (A’68)
Julian LaVerdiere (A’93) is Production Designer and Owner of LaVerdiere Design LTD. He serves on the Alumni Council, the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Award Committee and is the Alumni Representative to the School of Art Curriculum Committee. In 2002, he received The Cooper Union Urban Visionaries Emerging Talent Award. We interviewed him on his art, the impact of Cooper on his work and what drew him to become involved with the CUAA.
A: I am art directing Sacha Baron Cohen’s new film The Dictator. It has been in pre-production all spring, and shooting here in New York City has just begun and will follow through the summer. The project is totally absurd and lots of fun. We have designed a tyrannical palace filled with vulgar art and a cool secret weapons lab equipped with clandestine nukes. It has been a total teenage boy’s dream job.
From the Archives – 100th Anniversary Photographs
The Cooper Union Library presents the first searchable digital collection from the Cooper Archives with The Cooper Union 100th Anniversary Photographs. The collection includes 199 scanned photographic events depicting the 100th anniversary of The Cooper Union that began in 1956 and concluded in 1959. Click here to access the collection.
Congratulations to the Class of 2011, the newest members of the CUAA! Commencement on May 24 featured an address by journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell. Read more.
2010 Donor Lists Online
Festival of Ideas for the New City: Recap
Thousands came out to the Festival of Ideas for the New City on the Bowery, held May 4 to 8. The festival was conceived by the New Museum, with The Cooper Union as an organizing partner in the collaborative initiative. Diane Lewis (AR’76) participated in a roundtable discussion on The Reconfiguration of the Lower East Side, presenting the work of Diane Lewis Architects PC. Paul Villinski (A’84) exhibited his Emergency Response Studio, Elizabeth Diller (AR’79) participated in a discussion on The Reconfigured City, thesis student Audrey Berman (A’11) exhibited a mobile bakery, and student works reflecting festival themes were exhibited in the Foundation Building and 41 Cooper. OurGoods, co-founded by Caroline Woolard (A’07), Richard Watts (A’08) and Louise Ma (A’07), had a booth where participants could barter for goods and services. The after dark exhibit of light installations, Nuit Blanche, included work by Kant Smith (A’07). Read more.
Alumni Hall of Fame | 2011 President’s Citations
Recognizing the accomplishments of CU alumni, the Hall of Fame includes nearly 300 distinguished individuals. This year’s Presidential Citation awardees are the newest members of the Hall of Fame, having been honored at the 2011 Commencement ceremonies. Click here to read more about Max Becher (A’86) and Andrea Robbins (A’87), Catherine Seavitt-Nordensen (AR’94) and Richard Sarles (CE’67).
Mechanic to Millionaire: The Peter Cooper Story Honored
Janet Gardner (A’65) and Mitsuko Brooks (A’05) of The Gardner Documentary Group recently won a 2010 CINE Golden Eagle Award for the film, Mechanic to Millionaire: The Peter Cooper Story. This month they are also being honored by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for enterprise reporting on television.
My Five Years at Cooper Union | by Peter Adler (A’54)
In the fall of 1948, while I was in my senior year at the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, I took the entrance exam to The Cooper Union. It was the first step in a life changing chain of events that led to a career, a wife, a family and many good friends… Read more.