April 2014 Newsletter
IN THIS ISSUE
CUAA ELECTIONS: VOTING ENDS MAY 1
FOUNDER’S DAY 2014
AWARDS CEREMONY | BLOCK PARTY | A CALL TO ACTION | THE COOPER UNION HISTORY PROJECT | JELLO CHALLENGE
FIGURES FOR 2014 ADMITTED STUDENTS | END OF YEAR SHOW: MAY 27 – JUNE 13 | CU MOTORSPORT UPDATE | NYCxDESIGN: MAY 16 AND 17 | COOPER FEATURED IN DOCUMENTARY | THE PIONEER: APRIL 21 EDITION
ALUMNI IN THE NEWS
2014 AIGA MEDALS FOR THREE ALUMNI | ANCIENT PRESENCE, MODERN PROJECTION | TORCELLO
APRIL EVENT SUMMARIES
CU@THURGOOD MARSHALL: MARCH 25 | CU@LUBALIN CENTER: APRIL 2 | CU@CALIFORNIA: APRIL 21 – 26 | CU@GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY: APRIL 27
CUAA ELECTIONS: VOTING ENDS MAY 1, 2014
By now you should have either received a paper or electronic ballot to vote in this year’s Cooper Union Alumni Association elections. They must be filled-out and submitted to the Office of Alumni Affairs by May 1, 2014. You may only submit one ballot for this election. For a full list of candidates and bios, visit the ballot page by clicking below. VOTE NOW
The Founder’s Day 2014 celebration was held on April 13, 2014. Founder’s Day is the annual event celebrating Peter Cooper and recognizing our alumni accomplishments. The celebration began in The Great Hall with an award ceremony opened by Event Chair Yinna Wang A’07 to recognize the 223rd birthday of Peter Cooper. Cooper Union President Jamshed Bharucha and Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Lincer also welcomed everyone. The award ceremony was presided over by the CUAA President John Leeper AR’85 and awards were presented to eleven alumni and one trustee who have distinguished themselves in their professions, in service to the school, and in service to the general public. The Peter Cooper Service Award was awarded for the first time and the presentation of that award was made by Milton Glaser A’51. FULL SUMMARY
On Sunday, April 13, 2014, the CUAA proudly presented its Founder’s Day celebration “Free and Open to All”. After a beautiful breakfast and award ceremony in the prestigious Great Hall of The Cooper Union, a ribbon cutting opened the street fair on Astor Place between Broadway and Lafayette. For the rest of the day, we celebrated with the community in a public street fair with delicious food, music, art and a variety of other activities.The weather was gorgeous and it was wonderful to see our community come together. Together, we honored the achievements of our alumni and celebrated the legacy of Peter Cooper. FULL SUMMARY
A CALL TO ACTION
In my speech at Founder’s Day 2014 this year, which can be watched over here on youtube, I described my long term goals for the school and setting ourselves some strong challenges to achieve that I believe Peter Cooper would support. Get back to need-free, then back to tuition-free, on the way to completely free, and then beyond to a world of negative-tuition stipends for all students. That’s a future I support, that’s a future of the school I plan to be part of making happen.However, those are long-reaching goals that are going to take a lot of time and effort and working together for years and decades, and I believe that we also need things to focus on in the short-term.
Therefore, fellow alumni, I present you with three yearly challenges that I hope will bring us closer together, and closer to being like Peter Cooper, thus helping to empower us all to tackle such lofty goals.
As I frequently quote, Peter Cooper said to one of the first graduating classes of Cooper Union:
“In the course of a century there will, of course be a great number of graduates of the Cooper Union and the day will surely come when they, these graduates, will rally round this institution, and if the plans I have formed can be executed in no other way they will see they are carried out.”
- FOR COOPER. Once per year, do one thing for Cooper. This could be for the school itself, for the Alumni Association, for The Associates, it doesn’t matter. It could be giving money, or giving time, or giving resources, or going out of your way to hire a Cooper intern. But one thing per year as a reminder of where we all come from. Every little bit helps, including non-monetary involvement.
- WITH COOPER. Once per year, do one thing with Cooper. Meaning, reach out to the Cooper community and make a connection. Phone an old classmate and have a beer after work. Contact one of your professors and catch up over coffee. Attend a Cooper-related event, including regional ones. Or run an event and reach out to us for help with advertising it. You can contact the Events Committee at email@example.com. But stay connected with the community. Only together can we make a difference, and now is the time to strengthen our individual connections.
- AS COOPER. Finally, also once per year, do one thing as Cooper. It’s time to remind ourselves of the highest level of philanthropic worth that Peter Cooper could provide for the world, an army of alumni rampaging across the globe, doing works of social good. So in his name and in his spirit, perform one selfless act per year and credit it to Peter Cooper, or his spirit, or the legacy of Cooper Union. Because we are that legacy, and we should tell it to the mountain publicly.
Send us your challenges!
Please mail the communication committee members at this specialized email for this challenge, to tell us how you’ve met the challenges this year. Send stories and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org!
THE COOPER UNION HISTORY PROJECT
The Cooper Union History Project (CUHP) is a joint effort between the Cooper Union Alumni Association, the Ad-Hoc Committee of the Associates of Cooper Union, and Friends of Cooper Union, with the goals of preserving and sharing Cooper Union’s history. One initiative of the CUHP is an oral history project, which kicked off during Founder’s Day 2013, when Noemi Charlotte Thieves A’11 recorded mini-videos of participants answering the question, “Where would you be without Cooper?”The CUAA Ad-Hoc Committee on the Associates continued the Oral History Project at the Peter Cooper Block Party. About a dozen alumni from every school shared their stories with Noemi Charlotte Thieves of their admittance to Cooper Union, what their favorite memories were, and what they have been up to since. Some applied in The Great Hall in the mid-fifties, others in the late eighties, one in the mid-forties, and one was a fourth-generation Cooper alumna, her parents, grandparent, and great-grandparent having graduated all through the twentieth century back to the class of 1892! The most difficult question for consideration was provided by Rocco Cetera CE’99. It was “How would you describe Cooper Union to someone who never attended it?” We know there are plenty of other alumni who would love to share their stories about Cooper on camera, so look out for us at future events! Contact us at email@example.com. WATCH VIDEOS
PETER COOPER’S WIGGLIEST INVENTION CELEBRATED IN JELLO CHALLENGE
In the spirit of celebrating our founder’s inventiveness and creativity, The Peter Cooper Block Party served as venue for the first ever Peter Cooper Jello Challenge on Sunday, April 13. Cooper patented his gelatin dessert in 1845, and his wife, Sarah, provided recipes for the packaging.Special guest judges were Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Julian LaVerdiere A’93 who received the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Award at the morning festivities. The entries were as diverse as one might expect in a competition celebrating invention, ranging from traditional to whimsical to political commentary on the school’s recent tuition decision.Barry Drogin EE’83 made a pointed observation about the new tuition plan in a conceptual display comprising two tubs of Jello — one full and one half full. By the end of the afternoon, the full scholarship jello model had maintained its structural integrity, but the unsustainable half scholarship jello model had collapsed on itself. “Full Tuition Scholarship is Sustainable” garnered an Honorable Mention.Chuck von Schmidt A’73 skillfully crafted two Peter Cooper portrait medallions in maroon and gold Jello from a custom mold he’d fashioned several years ago. Judges commented that Cooper Union not only has school colors, but school flavors as well, and awarded Chuck’s entry Second Prize.First Prize, and Block Party favorite by popular vote, was awarded to “Jello – The Most Important Meal of the Day,” a delightful, startlingly accurate recreation of a breakfast tray by Carol Wolf A’84. Bacon and eggs, tea with lemon, and even cream and sugar were fabricated entirely from Jello.Based on the interest generated by this first event, the Alumni Association hopes to make the Peter Cooper Jello Challenge an annual competition with participation from alumni, students and faculty.
COOPER UNION RELEASES FIGURES FOR 2014 ADMITTED STUDENTS
The Office of Admissions has reported some preliminary incoming class information at the Cooper Union website. READ REPORT
END OF YEAR SHOW 2014: TUESDAY, MAY 27 – FRIDAY, JUNE 3
This annual exhibition transforms the classrooms and studios of The Cooper Union into galleries showcasing work from the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, the School of Art, and the Albert Nerken School of Engineering. Alumni are welcome to attend, please check the show schedule and put it on your calendar! LEARN MORE
CU MOTORSPORTS UPDATE
On May 1, 2014, the Cooper Motorsports team will be hosting an exhibition to unveil our 2014 Formula SAE® racecar. The event will begin at 6pm in the Rose Auditorium at 41 Cooper Square. It is free and open to the public.Two weeks later, we will head to Michigan International Speedway for the Formula SAE® competition. We will be up against 120 other teams from technical universities all around the world in a series of events that test the performance, resilience, and efficiency of both our vehicle and our team. Things have been going very well at our recent test days and we are excited about the competition on May 14-17, 2014.We invite all alumni to attend the unveiling exhibition, and Michigan based alumni to attend the Formula SAE® competition.Submitted by Daniel Back ME’15 LEARN MORE
NYCxDESIGN EVENTS AT THE COOPER UNION: FRIDAY, MAY 16 – SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014
The Cooper Union is a partner with NYCxDESIGN and Elizabeth O’Donnell AR’83, Associate Dean of The Cooper Union School of Architecture, is on its steering committee. NYCxDESIGN is taking place May 9-20, 2014 at venues throughout New York City. There are more than 300 design related events occurring.The events include topics ranging from graphic design, architecture, and technology to urban design, fashion and product design, interior and landscape design, and furniture design. Two of the events, AEC Technology Symposium 2014 and AEC Technology Hackathon 2014, will be held at The Cooper Union. LEARN MORE
COOPER FEATURED PROMINENTLY IN NEW DOCUMENTARY
At Sundance this past year, writer-director Andrew Rossi unveiled his new documentary “Ivory Tower”, an investigative work that delves into the student loan crisis and the rising cost of higher education in America. LEARN MORE.
THE PIONEER: APRIL 21 EDITION
The April issue of the Cooper Pioneer includes articles on the recent Culture Show, the Peter Cooper Block Party for Founder’s Day 2014, the Cooper Nova Dance team and more.Kudos to Yara Elborolosy CE’14, Chae Jeong ChE’16, Caroline Yu EE’15, and Anamika Singh A’17 on some great reporting. Please read the latest edition of the Pioneer. READ NOW
ALUMNI IN THE NEWS
2014 AIGA MEDALS AWARDED TO THREE SCHOOL OF ART GRADUATES
Three graduates of The Cooper Union School of Art have been awarded the highest honor in the field of design, a medal from the American Institute of Graphic Arts. The alums, Stephen Doyle A’78, Alexander Isley A’84, and Abbott Miller A’85, have been recognized for careers spanning decades and clients as diverse as Cooper itself. LEARN MORE
ANCIENT PRESENCE, MODERN PROJECTION TORCELLO VENICE, ITALY: JUNE 6-14 IN NYC AND VENICE
Margaret Matz AR’83 and a team of researchers and collaborators have designed an immersive, multimedia exhibition concerning the survey and restoration of the historic and religious structures on the Venetian island of Torcello. Titled “Ancient Presence, Modern Projection: Torcello – Venezia, Italia.” Margaret’s firm, Milestone Architecture, PLLC is doing work in support of a restoration effort at a UNESCO Heritage site on the island of Torcello in Venice, Italy. They used 3D laser scanning technology and modern architectural software to document and preserve this historic site and then used that data to create exhibits that will be used to educate people about this site. The exhibits will be staged in NYC and in Venice at the Venice Biennale from June 6 – 14. The two sites will be connected via live-streaming video. When visitors enter the exhibits they will be immersed in a contemporary experience of the Venetian-Byzantine structures. The installations use physical objects, light projections and interactive software to engage the viewers. More info coming soon.
APRIL EVENT SUMMARIES
CU@THURGOOD MARSHALL COURTHOUSE II: MARCH 25
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the CUAA hosted “An Evening at Thurgood” at the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse (TMCH) on March 25, 2014. The first “An Evening at Thurgood” was held on December 3, 2013. That event was described in an article published in Architectural Record, and prompted requests for a sequel. The panel discussion on March 25 was moderated by CUAA President John Leeper AR’85, and the discussion covered adaptive reuse and lighting design aspects of the courthouse infrastructure renovation, recently completed by Beyer, Blinder and Belle architects. The U.S. Courts for the Second Circuit has graciously offered to host another event for Cooper Union Students.This event was as well attended with about 43 people from The Cooper Union community present. The introduction was given by Karen Milton, Circuit Executive of the U.S. Courts for the Second Circuit. The panel of speakers consisted of Scott Teman, Architect for the U.S. Courts for the Second Circuit, who spoke about the pre-design condition of TMCH and Larry Gutterman, architect of Beyer, Blinder and Belle, who spoke about TMCH project design scope and goals, including lighting design that was addressed by Domingo Gonzales, Lighting Designer. Scott Teman and Larry Gutterman also discussed the constructability of the project design. In conclusion, the final perspectives of judges, architect, Lighting Designer, contractor were presented by Judge Dennis Jacobs et al.This event offered an exclusive and rare insight into the process of designing and constructing a complex contemporary program within the constraints of the structure of an iconic and historic building. Professional development credits were available for participants. MORE PHOTOS
CU@LUBALIN CENTER: APRIL 2
The CU@Lubalin Center event took place on April 2, 2014. An intimate group of thirteen alumni and design professionals gathered in the Lubalin Center for an intriguing journey into the lives and work of acclaimed design alumni including Herb Lubalin A’39, Lou Dorfsman A’39, Milton Glaser A’51, Seymour Chwast A’51, Ellen Lupton A’85. Many thanks to alumnus, curator and adjunct professor, Alexander Tochilovsky A’00 who led the engaging discussion. Future events at the Lubalin Center are in the planning stages with the intention of exposing more alumni and students to this extensive collection of design works.
COOPER GOES WEST! CU@CALIFORNIA: APRIL 21-26
Alumni, parents and friends in five California cities got together last week to mix and mingle, network and connect around Cooper! First stop for representatives from Alumni Affairs & Development was San Diego, followed by Tustin, CA in the heart of Orange County on Tuesday, April 22. A larger event was held at Mas Malo, a restaurant in downtown L.A. on Thursday the 24th which included five newly admitted students to the School of Art. President Bharucha and Dean Dahlberg greeted the 40 guests in attendance and provided a warm welcome to our potential new students and an update on what’s new at Cooper. Alumni from all three schools were in attendance.
The representatives from the school moved north to Silicon Valley the following day and connected with colleagues at Stanford University. Wrapping up the day was a happy hour with about 15 alumni who live and work in the region. The final leg of the trip was a reception and SF Giants game on Saturday, the 26th. Again, we greeted the future of Cooper Union including an admitted student to the School of Architecture. Cooper alumni and friends cheered on the Giants to a win!
CU@GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY: APRIL 27
Alumni, their spouses, and parents of current students gathered on Sunday, April 27, 2014, for the inaugural visit to Green-Wood Cemetery to watch Peter Cooper spinning in his grave. In addition to viewing Peter Cooper’s burial site and memorials to his wife, children, and grandchildren, those gathered listened as short passages about Peter Cooper’s character, an excerpt from his eulogy, and a description of his funeral procession were recited. Attendees joined in singing of sad songs and a discussion of Peter Cooper’s life and the life of his descendants. Afterwards, many proceeded to the nearby Double Windsor for beer, hard cider, and burgers. Thanks to Barry Drogin EE’83 for organizing the event, Rocco Cetera CE’99 for handing out buttons and taking photos, and David Ellison AR’83 for flying in from Ohio to attend the event.
5/1/14 CU MOTORSPORTS ROLLOUT EVENT
5/1/14 ALUMNI CAREER SERVICES: INDIVIDUAL COACHING SESSIONS
5/1/14 ALUMNI CAREER SERVICES WORKSHOP: OLYMPIC CHAMPION – INTERVIEW SKILLS
5/5/14 THE COOPER UNION ALUMNI COUNCIL MEETING
5/14-5/17/14 CU MOTORSPORTS FORMULA SAE® RACE IN MICHIGAN
5/25-6/13/14 END OF YEAR SHOW 2014
5/30-6/1/14 REUNION WEEKEND 2014 CELEBRATING CLASSES 1964, 1974, 1989, 2004 AND 2009
5/30/14 THE CUAA AND CLASSES 2003 – 2013 WELCOME THE CLASS OF 2014
5/31/14 REUNION WEEKEND 2014 ALL GOLDEN LEGION CLASSES 1926 -1963