Free Education Committee Update

The Free Education Committee (“FEC”) of The Cooper Union Board of Trustees issued the second FEC report on January 21, 2018.  Learn More

During the past year the FEC was engaged in extensive fact-finding efforts which are described in the report.  An Alumni Information forum was held in the Great Hall on January 29, 2018.  Link to video

Link to the Committee web-page

Note from the CUAA President on the FEC Report

For a hundred and fifty years, the lure of a better life through an education “free as water and air” made Cooper Union a beacon for students, and parents, around the world.

That beacon remains alight, as the plan outlining Cooper Union’s return to FREE has been released.

I encourage everyone to read the Report and participate in one of the two remaining Alumni Information Forum discussing the plan, which are being held on:

     Feb 7th (6-8 p.m.) in the Great Hall 
Feb 13th (3-5 p.m.) in the Great Hall

If you cannot attend one of the forums in person, you can attend virtually via livestream (availability to be determined), or submit questions and feedback at this link.

This is an extremely important time in Cooper Union’s history, and its immediate future. We arrived here through the hard work and personal sacrifices of the students who protested the decision to charge tuition, members of the Committee to Save Cooper Union, the Board of Trustees, the Free Education Committee, and the President and hard-working staff of CU.

Let us further their work, and let us honor the dedication and passion of the late Adrian Javonovic, who galvanized so many in our community to rally together around Cooper Union, its founding vision, and the legacy of the past 150+ years.

We look forward to your thoughts, questions, and feedback.

Warmest Regards,
Paul Nikulin
President CUAA
Member, Free Education Committee of the Board of Trustees

Cooper Union Celebrates its 13th President and Celebrates The Cooper Union During Inauguration Festivities on February 6th.

The schedule for inauguration Day is:

9:45 am Academic Procession

10:00 am Ceremony in the Great Hall

12:00 pm Wreath Laying in Cooper Square and Community Lunch

A week-long schedule of public programming and community events centered around the theme of TRUTH, are included in Inaugration Week.


On Monday, February 12, alumni and friends will gather in cities across the country to honor the occasion, commemorate Peter Cooper’s philanthropic spirit, and celebrate our new leadership.

Boca Raton, FL
Hosted by Myles German CE’92/MCE’93
Miller Ale House
1200 Yamato Road Boca Raton, FL
6 PM

Boston, MA
Hosted by Paul Bork EE’71
Morton’s the Steakhouse
2 Seaport Lane Boston, MA
5:30 PM

Chicago, IL
Hosted by Jim Liubicich CHE’83 and Zev Salomon AR’01
Ace Bounce
230 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL
6:30 PM

Detroit & Ann Arbor, MI
Hosted by Joe Fedullo ME’98
Ascension Brewing Company
42000 Grand River Ave. Novi, MI
6 PM

Houston, TX
Hosted by Michael Craig ChE’90
Public Services Wine and Whiskey
202 Travis St. Suite 100 Houston, TX
6 PM

Los Angeles, CA
Hosted by Will Biesiadecki ME’14
Mikkeller Bar DTLA

7:00 p.m.

New York, NY
Hosted by the Cooper Union Alumni Association
15 East 7th St. NY, NY
6 PM

Phoenix, AZ
Hosted by Janet Reed AR’80
Pei Wei
701 West McDowell Rd. Phoenix, AZ
5:30 PM

Portland, OR
Hosted by Curtis Reesor A’82
Serratto Restaurant and Bar
2112 NW Kearney St. Portland, OR
6 PM

San Francisco, CA
Hosted by Gilly Youner A’82 and John Leeper AR’85
Barebottle Brewery
1525 Cortland Ave. San Francisco, CA
6:30 PM

Silicon Valley, CA
Hosted by Hsu-Wei Shueh EE’90, Gabriele Gorla EE’99 & Lauren Gerardi ME’05
St. John’s Bar & Grill
510 Lawrence Expy. Ste 110, Sunnyvale, CA
6 PM

Tokyo, Japan
Hosted by Fujii Toshio AR’89
Rocco’s New York Style Pizza
1-1-24 Oji-honcho, Kita-ku, Tokyo
5 PM

Washington D.C.
Hosted by Jesse Aronson EE’84
Elephant & Castle
1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
6 PM


Learn More and Register >> for Cooper Together

CUAA January Council Meeting was Held January 9, 2018.

Dean Mike Essl A’96 gave a talk infused with humor at the January 9th  CUAA Council meeting. He spoke about how he became interested in graphic arts as child watching  and reading Batman and how that early love became a hobby and then a career.  He also reminded us of a long list of alumni who have worked in both comics and graphic arts.  After Mike’ presentation, CUAA President Paul Nikulin led the CUAA meeting.  One item discussed during the meeting was the  summary of recent BOT activity described in the letter sent by Rachel Warren to alumni on December 20, 2017.  That letter can be found here.    Link to video of CUAA meeting

CUAA February Council Meeting will be February 27, 2018.

The next Council meeting will be an interesting one.  The 2018 CUAA Ballot will be presented.  Come see who will be running in the Spring Election.   We will also be making plans for the CUAA Founder’s Day Award Ceremony on June 1st and the Block Party being planned for September.  The meeting will be held at the school at 6 PM.  Room TBA.

Save the date:  May 19, 2018 
CUAA Tour of The Glass House

Join us on Saturday May 19, 2018 for a visit to Philip Johnson’s Glass House, as well as his studio, the painting gallery, sculpture gallery (Da Monsta), and the sculptures and follies on the landscape. The 2-½ hour extended guided tours begin at 11:30 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:10 p.m., and 12:30 p.m. Tours include a one-mile walk on paths and grass. Arrival is 30 minutes prior to each Tour.

Tickets are $85/person and sales are final.


Are You Registered to Vote? Are your Alumni Friends?

The CUAA Annual Spring Election is a little more than a month away.

The election will take place between March 15, 2018 – April 31, 2018.   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

Would You Like to Help With Your Class reunion?

Members of the Class of 1968


Reunion Weekend will be the first weekend in June.  Members of the class of 1968 will be celebrating their Golden Legion.  Several other classes will be marking milestones.  Milestone class years are:’58, ’63, ’68, ’73, ’78, ’83, ’88, ’93, ’98, ’03, ’08, ’13.  Reunion Weekend events are open to all alumni.  Reunion Weekend includes some events that are tailored to specific milestone class years.  You can learn more about Reunion Weekend here.  Learn More   Registration will open on March 1st. 

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.   Link to Form

 Questions? Contact │ (212) 353-4164

Annual Fund Update

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, 2018. Watch for news from the CUAA about upcoming fundraising activities and how you can get involved.

Alumni Directory is On-Line

Use it to find your classmates. This feature is found by selecting the Alumni Tab on the website. Next select, Find Your Classmates in the column on the left side of the page.  You will need to log in as an alumnus.  If you remember your password from the prior school website, that works.  If you need to create a login or get a new password, follow the instructions on the screen for doing so.

Alumni Profiles

 Bernard Levine EE’44

Benard Levine formed the Vernitron Corporation with two other Cooper Union alumni.  Vernitron Corporation was a Manhattan-based maker of motors and electronic components.  Bernard Levine supported The Cooper Union through the years as a trustee, fund-raiser and member of many committees of its board of trustees. He also was a director of the Cooper Union Research Foundation (CURF).  He hired Cooper Union graduates for his company and supplying the school with laboratory equipment.   Read More  

Bernard Loughlin EE’39

Bernard Loughlin invented so many technologies used in television reception that he is called the Grandfather of color television.  In 1973, He received a citation from the International Television Symposium.  In 1978, he received an Engineering Emmy Award.  And in 1981 he received an Armstrong Medal from the Radio Club of America for his pioneering contributions in Color TV.    Read More

In Memoriam

Jack Whitten A’64

Jack Whitten A’64 was a leading, recognized figure in contemporary art, and a beloved Cooper Union Art professor for 25 years.  He began teaching at The Cooper Union as a Visiting Artist in 1971.  He became an assistant professor in 1977 and an Associate Professor in 1981.  He became a full professor in 1991 and continued to teach at The Cooper Union until 1997.  The course that he taught most often was Advanced Painting.         Read More


Thelma Lubell A’44

Thelma Lubell, born in New York City to Meyer and Hattie (Hirsch) Manne on January 29, 1922, went to school in Cedarhurst, NY and attended Cooper Union, graduating in 1944 with a certificate in Fine Arts, later receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1976. She briefly worked in advertising before marrying Paul Philip Lubell. Her artwork was primarily in oils, but also in watercolor, charcoal, pencil, sand-casting and other mediums. An award-winning artist and art guild member, her artwork was shown in several galleries. When Paul retired from  advertising in New York City they moved to River Edge, NJ, living there for a year,  then to West Shokan, NY for several years. There she also worked in stain glass, creating window pieces, lamp shades, and small boxes. The couple spent winters in Sunrise, Florida and in the early 1990’s settled there permanently.    Read More

See who we lost during 2017 

See who we have lost during 2018


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


January 30-February 15, 2018       Benjamin Menschel Fellowship Exhibition

This annual exhibition presents works created by Cooper Union students and new alumni who have traveled to distant lands via the Benjamin Menschel Fellowship.

The exhibit showcases work by Zuzanna Sochaczewska (art), Rachel Rosheger (art), Ida Pruitt (art), Kelsey Mitchell (art),  Natalia Oliveri (architecture), Austin Richard Mayer (architecture), Leslie Dougrou  (architecture), Gabriel Munnich (architecture),

Opening Reception: January 30, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Free and open to the public | Tuesday – Saturday 11am -7pm

41 Cooper Gallery, located in 41 Cooper Square, on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets.  Learn More

Full List of School Exhibitions


February 6-10, 2018    Inauguration Week

included the Inauguaration of President Laura Sparks and the announcement of CUAA Founder’s Day Awardees

Inauguration Week

2/6 – 2/12/18  Cooper Together

Cooper Together is a week-long celebration of the birth of our founder, Peter Cooper. We are asking alumni to do three things during this week.

  • Attend an event (NYC or other regional).  Consider hosting an event if there is not one near you.
  • Share photos and stories on social media about the CooperTogether event, about Peter Cooper, or about why you support The Cooper Union, using hashtag #Coopertogether
  • Give to The Cooper Union, in honor of Peter Cooper and further his legacy.  Learn More

On Monday, February 12, alumni and friends will gather in cities across the country to honor the occasion, commemorate Peter Cooper’s philanthropic spirit, and celebrate our new leadership.


Learn More and Register >> for Cooper Together

2/28/18 February CUAA Council Meeting

CUAA Council Meetings are held in the school.  This meeting will include the presentation of the ballot for the CUAA Spring Election and an address by CU President Laura Sparks.  Registration is required.  (Seating is limited by the room size.)

3/1/2018 Mock Interview Night

Thursday, March 1st from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm.  This event is a collaboration with students and alumni from all three schools participating.  Alumni conduct interviews with students providing student with interview practice.  Alumni also have opportunities to network with students and other alumni.

3/29/18 Tentative Date for Meet The Candidate Night

4/18/18 CUAA Council Meeting

Meeting will take place at The Cooper Union from 6 to 8 PM.  Room TBA.

4/26/18 Mechanical Engineering welcomes alumni to attend the Poster Presentations of the ME Seniors.

Thursday, April 26th from 2:00 – 4:30 pm The poster presentations  take place in the lobby of 41 Cooper Square

5/19/18 CUAA Tour of the Glass House

The tour also includes tour of studio, the painting gallery, sculpture gallery (Da Monsta), and the sculptures and follies on the landscape.

6/1/18 Reunion Weekend Afternoon Social

This event marks the beginning of Reunion weekend.  Check in, meet your classmates, and see the annual student end of year show, EYOS-2018.

 6/1/18  Hall of Fame Award Presentations

6:30—8:00 p.m. The Gano Dunn, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, John Q. Hejduk, and Peter Cooper Public Service Awards will be presented and the awardees will be inducted into The Cooper Union Hall of Fame.  The Alumnus of the Year and The Young Alumnus of the Year Award will also be awarded. Alumni, Students, Parents and Friends are all invited.  This year, the ceremony will be held in the Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square.

6/1/ – 6/3/18 Reunion Weekend

Learn More

Full list of Alumni Events hosted by Cooper Union


Pioneer Stories

 All editions of  the CU Student Newspaper, The Pioneer, can be read on-line.

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