Founder’s Day Wreath Laying Ceremony held on Feb. 9th at Noon.

The wreath in its traditional position on Peter Cooper's staff | Photo by Carol Wolf A'84

The wreath in its traditional position on Peter Cooper’s staff | Photo by Carol Wolf A’84

The traditional wreath laying ceremony began outside at Cooper Square with opening remarks by Richard Lincer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Tracy Brown – great great great grandson of Peter Cooper – announced a Senior Class Challenge, generously funded by descendants of Peter Cooper and intended to encourage this year’s graduating class to give to the Annual Fund. The Challenge provides for up to $15,000 in additional donations based on the number of seniors who donate and the total amount raised by the class. Additional details will be forthcoming soon. CUAA President Nils Folke Anderson A’94 stressed the importance of re-doubling our collective efforts to ensure that continued progress is made in the year ahead.  Cooper Union’s Acting President, Bill Mea announced the launch of an exciting new initiative to collect and preserve these stories, and to use our collective narrative as a force to bring Cooper Union to the world.   Read More

Late in the afternoon, students and alumni regrouped for a Mixer back in the Foundation Building lobby, enjoying sandwiches and dessert together. Following the activities at the school, alumni gathered at McSorley’s Old Ale House along with Bill Mea and staff members to reminisce, share our stories and hopes for the future, and to raise a glass to our Founder, Peter Cooper.

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 CUAA Alumni Council met on February 25, 2016

Watch video of the 2/25/16 Council meeting



Mock Interview Night was held on February 18, 2016

24834305770_3dbf2c43a5_k24499295204_c981a5c3b9_kA Mock Interview Night jointly hosted by The  Center for Career Development and the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development was held on February 19, 2016 at 30 Cooper Square.  About 30 alumni and students participated. The interview sessions were preceded by a networking session. Opening talks were given by Dave Minder, Director of Alumni Engagement and Jolie Woodson, Director, Engineering Career Development. Students and alumni participated in 3 thirty minute sessions that included a 20 minute interview followed by a 10 minute discussion of items that the interviewee could improve on.  The students participating, represented every year of the school (Freshman through Master’s Students).  The alumni participating represented a wide array of careers.




The Office of Alumni Affairs and Development invites Cooper students, alumni and parents to come  on campus for Phonathon to help build the Annual Fund.

Participating in the annual Phonathon is a fun and rewarding way to connect with fellow alumni while helping support Cooper Union. The generosity of our community continues to help Cooper provide an extraordinary education. Annual Fund gifts offset tuition by supporting scholarships, maintaining facilities and contributing to operating costs along with many more vital resources essential to student life.

We hope that you will join us for the Phonathon on one or more evenings to help us support Cooper!

Four evenings: Monday, March 14th through Thursday, March 17th, 2016, from 6:00–9:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served!

To register, please click Here

Annual CUAA Spring Election will begin on March  2016

See List of Candidates

Are You Registered to Vote? Are your Alumni Friends?

If you have voted in either of the last two elections, you are registered. If you need to register on, you can do so here: Register

Reunion Weekend 2016Reunion Weekend June 3rd – June 6th

On Friday, enjoy a presentation in Rose auditorim and cocktails on the Alumni Rooftop Terrace. On Saturday, participate in one of the reunion luncheons. Take a tour of the school buildings. Meet the Deans and see what’s happening now in Cooper classrooms.Saturday Night, take a Cruise around Manhattan on the Spirit of New York! Finish the weekend off with Sunday Brunch and a CUAA Block Party.

List of Events


Reunion Weekend will be the first weekend in June. Members of the class of 1966 will be celebrating their Golden Legion. Several other classes will be marking milestones as well.  It takes many volunteers to organize a memorable reunion. Are you interested in helping. use this form to let the Cooper Union Alumni Affairs and Development Office know. Sign-Up


Annual Fund Update


Both the total amount of giving and the percent participation rate are climbing. As of February 23rd,  alumni donations total $1,128,377, which is 29% higher than the corresponding total for the same date in 2015. The number of alumni donating to the Fund currently stands at 1,690, which is up 56%. Annual Fund gifts from all donors (including parents, students, matching gifts and other individuals) total $1,644,931.  We are well on our way to the 2015-16 goal of $2,550,000.  We wish to thank those who have given, as well as, those of you who will be giving during the upcoming Phon-a-thon.

The CUAA encourages support of the Annual Fund as the top choice for alumni, parents and friends looking to make donations to Cooper Union. An Annual Fund donation is unrestricted, making it a flexible and instantly available source of student funding that can be used when and where it is needed the most. Please click here to make your tax-deductible donation to the Annual Fund. Gifts to this year’s Annual Fund may be made through June 30, 2016.


Meet Two of the Alumni in The Cooper Union Hall of Fame

Lapidus-Stanley-1Stanley Lapidus, Electrical Engineering 1970, is a life-science entrepreneur and holder of 30 patents. Lapidus holds academic appointments in the Pathology Department at Tufts University Medical School and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He has served as a trustee of Cooper Union since 2002. Stanley Lapidus received the 1998 Gano Dunn Award and the 2005 President’s Citation.  Learn More



Soyer-Raphael-2Ralphael Soyer graduated from The Cooper Union Night Art School in 1917 along with his twin brother, Moses Soyer.  He was an urban realist painter who created oil paintings, water colors, and lithographs, often of New York City street scenes. He also painted portraits and illustrated books. Ralphael Soyer was an associate of the National Academy of Design. In 1958 he was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Ralphael Soyer received the Cooper Union Presidential Citation in 1956. He received the Augustus Saint-Gauden’s Award in 1968.  He was inducted into the Cooper Union Hall of Fame in 2009.   Learn More


Full list of Hall of Fame members



Coming Events

March 3, 2016 – Founder’s Day in Texas

texasfoundersday_pageThe Cooper Union cordially invites alumni, parents and friends to join us for a cocktail reception in Houston, Texas to celebrate Peter Cooper’s 225th birthday.

Thursday, March 3, 2016
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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June 2, 2016 – Founders Day 2016 Award Ceremony

At the awards ceremony,  CUAA awards are presented to the winners of the Gano Dunn, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, John Q. Hejduk, Peter Cooper Service, and Outstanding Alumnus awards.    More to Come

 June 5, 2016 – Founder’s Day Block Party

The third annual CUAA Founder’s Day Block Party will be Sunday, June 5, 2016.

School News

Professor George Delagrammatikas, Director of STEM outreach programs, and Saturday Program Director Marina Gutierrez, A’81,  appear in a video about The Cooper Union’s support for high school students

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Alumni accomplishments featured prominently on our website… Please take a look!

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