End of Year Show (EYOS) 2016, ANNUAL STUDENT EXHIBITION MAY 24 – JUNE 12, 2016

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All 3 Schools participated in the 2016 End of Year Show.  Read our coverage of the exhibits and the openings.  Learn More

2016 Founder’s Day Award Ceremony

2016 FD composite pictureOur annual Founder’s Day Ceremony honoring some of our most accomplished and most dedicated alumni was held the evening of June 2, 2016, at the Historic Fish House, 21 Stuyvesant Street, New York.   Four alumni were added to The Cooper Union Hall of Fame. Learn More

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The Founder’s Day Block Party was held on September 3, 2016 on the 4th Avenue side of the Foundation building and on 7th Street in front of the Foundation Building.


CUAA Council Meetings

The final CUAA Council meeting for the 2015/2016 school year was held on May 10 and June 21, 2016.  28 alumni attended.

Interim President Bill Mea was a guest speaker. He summarized some of the year’s accomplishments and mentioned how enjoyable the recent Commencement ceremony and Reunion Weekend were.  Bill Mea announced that 10 new faculty members are joining the staff in the fall.  All 10 will be filling positions that have been vacant and are provided for in the budget.  3 will teach in the School of Art, 3 will teach in Humanities, and 2 will teach in Engineering.  The School still has two open positions in Architecture.  Bill took questions from the audience for about 40 minutes.    The school has recently published a book that is a compilation of alumni stories. This is being used by Development personnel when speaking with prospective donors. Bill encouraged alumni to continue to submit their Alumni Stories.

The proposed CUAA Budget for the coming year was presented by Secretary/Treasurer Sean Cusack.  An update on the Annual Fund was given by the Annual Fund Chair, Carol Wolf.  With 9 days remaining before the end of the fiscal year, $2,366,000 has been raised.  This is a 13% increase over last year.  A motion was made by Sean Cusack for the CUAA to make a $4000 to the Annual Fund using money left over in this year’s budget.  Carol Wolf seconded the motion.  A vote was taken by show of hands and the motion passed.

An update on the plans for the Block Party in September was given by Victoria Sobel and Casey Gollan.  The Block Party will be happening on Saturday, September 3rd, 2016, from 12 pm to 5 pm which is during Orientation Weekend.  The CUAA is collaborating with Student Services.  Some tote bags have been purchased by the Student Services office that feature a design created by Julie Harris A’16.  Victoria and Casey are creating some limited edition enamel pins and silk screened t-shirts which will be available for sale.  Many of the planned booths still require alumni volunteers and donations are being solicited to help pay the costs associated with the event. Many Student organizations will be participating in the Block Party.  Alumna are encouraged to visit the PeterCooperBlockParty/2016/ website to learn more and make donations.

Trustee Update

Trustee Update June 8 2016

Ten Cooper Union Trustees, Kevin Slavin A’95, Monica Abdallah ChE’17, Thomas Driscoll ME’77, Adrian Jovanovic BSE’89, Peter Katz A’76, Malcolm King EE’97, Scott Lerman A’81, Jessica Marshall EE’17, Robert Tan AR’81, and Rachel L. Warren updated alumni on  The CU Presidential Search, the Budget, Fundraising, and much more during a meeting held in 41 Cooper Square  on June 8th.   See Video

Carol Wolf A’84 prepared a summary of the meeting.  Read More


Alumni – Student Career Mentoring Program

CU mentoring programMay 2016 marked the end of the 2nd year of this very successful program organized by Jolie Woodson in the Career Services Office.  A thank you event was held on the 2nd floor of the New Academic building in May for both Mentors and Students.  The 3rd year of the Program began with a kick-off event on September 15th.  This year the program includes approximately 70 alumni and 70 students making it the largest ever mentoring program at The Cooper Union.



Alumni Profiles:

Bill Morrison A’89

Bill_MorrisonBill Morrison A’89 is an artist and independent filmmaker who is based in the East Village neighborhood of New York City. He is a member of Ridge Theater in New York and the founder of Hypnotic Pictures.

Bill Morrison is a Guggenheim fellow and has received the Alpert Award for the Arts, an NEA Creativity Grant, Creative Capital, and a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. His theatrical projection design has been recognized with two Bessie awards and an Obie Award.  Bill was awarded The Cooper Union President’s Citation Award in 2016.

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Charles E. Schaffner, CE’41 and PDE’52

Schaffner-Charles-1Charles Schaffner, CE’41, was a professional engineer and industry leader. He graduated from Night School of Engineering in 1941.  He later returned to The Cooper Union for the Professional Engineering Degree. He also received a MSCE degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and a BSSE degree from the University of Illinois. He was a committee chairman in the Building Research and Advisory Board, (BRAB). He was President and Director Emeritus of the Building Congress. He contributed enormously to the betterment of New York City, where he spent his entire career, and also to the design, construction and real estate communities though his work developing building and fire codes.

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Frank Stanton, 1981 Honorary Alumnus of The Year

FrankStantonCBSPrez_n_ Hon_Alum_of_the yearFrank Stanton is perhaps best known at The Cooper Union for endowing the Professor of Design at The Cooper Union position.  Frank Stanton was a friend of legendary designers Lou Dorfsman A’39 and Herb Lubalin A’39. He was the President of CBS for multiple decades. Frank was a staunch supporter of free speech rights under the First Amendment.

The CUAA honored Frank Stanton as Honorary Alumnus of the Year in 1981. In 1984, The Cooper Union awarded Frank Stanton, former chairman of CBS, a Doctor of Humane Letters, for “Dedicated, courageous advocacy of the constitutional rights of broadcast journalism.”  Learn More


The Cooper Union is a partner with NYCxDESIGN and Elizabeth O’Donnell AR’83,  of The Cooper Union School of Architecture, is on its steering committee.  NYCxDESIGN took place May 3rd – May 17th, 2016, at venues throughout New York City with a concentration of activities in and near The Cooper Union.  There were more than 300 design related events. The Rose Auditorium was the site of a discussion that included Seymour Chwast (A’51)  and  Steven Heller, author and professor at School of Visual Arts.

Alumni that participated in NYCDesign include:

  • Michael Samuelian, AR ’95/Arch Fac
  • Alex Mustonen, AR ’05,
  • Daniel Arsham, A ’03
  • Seymour Chwast A’51


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

Share your accomplishments by posting them on The Official CUAA FaceBook page and LinkedIn Group

Cooper Motorsports Update

2016 CU Motorsports teamThe Cooper Motorsports Team competed in the FSAE Formula 1 competition held in Brooklyn, MI (car #82) and in the Formula 1 North Competition held in Toronto, Canada (car #7).  The team led by the rising seniors left for Toronto just one day after returning from Brooklyn, Michigan.

The 2016 Cooper Motorsports team includes a number of seniors who graduated in May.  The recent graduates were not part of the team that went to Toronto for the event held June 2 – 5, 2016 at Barrie Molson Center in Barrie, Ontario.

The team that went to Michigan included:Alex Dworzanczyk, Venkat Kuruturi, Bridget Bissell, Alex Bush, Jon Zorko, Hunter McKane, Harrison Milne, Wilfrido Castillo, Bobby Walsh, Amy Chambers, Jared Hecht, Sergio Rodriguez, Michael Buchbinder, Eric Cerny, Mic Capone, Dewan Couch Thenmalai, Estuardo Rodas and Matthew Palmer.

The team that went to Toronto included: Matt Bartolomeo, Eric Cerny, Garo, Blossom Soifer, Zachary Xing, Ostap Voy, Tanay Trivedi, Panda, Venkat Kuruturi, Harrison Milne, Sergio Rodriguez, Michael Buchbinder, Amy Chambers, Dewan Couch Thenmalai, Mic Capone, Luka Lipovac, Bobby Walsh, Wilfrido Castillo and Siniša.

At the Toronto North Competition, The CU car placed in 20th position in Overall Combustion scores.  They placed #6 in Presentation.  You can see all  the scores here.   See Photos


9/24/16    Hackethon – Party for Young Alumni                          Register

9/27/16     CUAA and Cooper Union Mixer                                     Register

9/28/16     CU Motorsports Tour and Reception

10/1/16      Detroit Alumni Event
10/6/16     Financial Services Alumni Group (FSAG) Fall launch
10/12/16   Mock Interview Night
10/15/16   Open House New York
11/9/16      Washington DC Alumni Event
11/10/16    Philadelphia Alumni Event
12/1/16      Boston Alumni Event
12/8/16      Innovators

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