CUAA Council News Newest Alumni Trustee Seated

Congratulations to Elizabeth Graziolo AR’95, Alumni Trustee!

Elizabeth was elected to the Alumni Trustee position during the 2019 CUAA Election (held in May) and was seated on the Cooper Union B.O.T. during the December 2019 board meeting. Elizabeth graduated from Cooper in 1995. She and fellow alums Anik Pearson and Michael Samuelian were the alumni who spearheaded fundraising for the Sue Ferguson Gussow scholarship campaign in 2018. She is a partner at Peter Pennoyer Architects (PPC). Her recent projects include 151 East 78th Street, an award-winning 16-story condominium building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, an award-winning new house in an historic district in New England, and a residential development in Dalian, China, for which she led the site master planning and the design and development of thirty-nine townhouses. Learn more

December CUAA Council Meeting Review

CU President Laura Sparks and CU B.O.T. Chair Rachel Warren were our guest speakers. Laura Sparks shared some of the achievements made during 2019. Rachel Warren gave an overview of how the Board of Trustees functions including a summary of the board’s committees. In addition to Council business, Barry Drogin EE’83 of the Cooper Union History Project gave a talk on CUAA’s financial and legal history, including the 2015 decision to pursue 501(c)(3) status from the IRS.

CUAA Nominations Deadline EXTENDED to January 1, 2020

Nominations are being accepted for positions on the spring 2020 ballot. This includes VP Alumni Activities, VP Faculty Student Liaison, Alumni Trustee, Secretary, Treasurer, Council Members, and members of the 2021 Nominating Committee.

To nominate yourself or someone you know, email Include the following information: Subject line: “Nomination for (include position)”; and Body of the email: name and contact information of the nominee as well as your name and contact information. A member of the Nominating Committee will contact you and the nominee for further information. Learn More

School Events

Take the Cooper Union $5 Million Challenge This year you can take advantage of the $5 Million Challenge! Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, all new and increased gifts will be matched up to $5 million, effectively doubling your donation. Your gifts can be made for any purpose—for the Annual Fund, for scholarships, or for any part of the institution that is important to you. Let’s help Cooper turn $5 million into $10 million. Please make your gift to the Cooper Union now. DONATE

Giving Tuesday Update – December 3, 2019

Nearly 200 donors contributed more than $600,000. This is a significant increase over last year’s total of $251,039. Thanks to the generosity of so many of you, Giving Tuesday surpassed our $400,000 goal!

Thank you for standing with us! We could not have achieved these incredible results without the partnership of the Cooper community

Recent Events

Harvest Feast

Cooper Union Students had their annual Thanksgiving celebration on November 25, 2019. CUAA provided and served the pie. Kelly Occhiuzzo Zack A’90, Mark A. Vasquez ME’88, and Maureen Termecz A’88 helped with this event. See Photos

Holiday Party

The Annual Holiday party was held on December 10th with more than 100 alumni, staff, and students attending. 

See Photos.

Happy Hour at Phoebes

Happy Hour event on November 22 coordinated by Vincent Yuen.

Upcoming Events

2020 Founder’s Day Award

Planning is underway for the Award Ceremony which will be held in February 2020.  Volunteers are sought to assist with the preparation of publicity materials for the Ceremony. If you are interested in helping you can either contact Laura Spinner directly or send an email to Many thanks to the members of the Award selection committees and to Laura Spinner A’90 who chairs the Award Ceremony Committee.