Running For: Council

Campaign Statement

I am running for a seat on the Alumni Council this year! I sat on the Council from 2016 to 2019, and was heavily involved in the fight for a Free Cooper Union since 2012.   Over these years I have made concerted efforts to reach out to many of my fellow alumni who have been hard at work in the trenches and to others in the outlying community for support in our efforts to return Cooper Union to free.  

In 2013 I moved up to Fogo Island, the most northern Island off Newfoundland.  From here, through blizzards and gale force winds, I have live-streamed or watched taped versions of every CUAA Counsel meeting I have been able to (for this fact alone, I hope you all vote me on the Council again!). I also have phoned/skyped regularly with council members and have reached out to many Alumni Trustees over the years, skyping with them or connected with them through written correspondence. During my time on council, I volunteered on the Election Committee, the Constitution Committee and Nominating Committee.

I have been a trusted confident to many over the years, given counsel when asked, and offered many observations and opinions during fiery debate in private, in committee meetings, and on social media. 

I was instrumental in the fundraising efforts of the CSCU Indiegogo Campaign during the now infamous lawsuit, helping to lead the “Grab Bag of Art” drive which brought together 19 Cooper artists’ work raising over $30,000.00 for the cause, that resulted in the Consent Decree that changed the course of Cooper Union’s future. I personally donated 18 of my own paintings to the fundraising cause. 

Please vote me in to the Cooper Union Alumni Association Council again!  I will continue to work for the best interests of the CUAA, contribute to its positive Mission to support our School, and with my energy and my ideas, work with others to move us forward to free, and to the union Peter Cooper envisioned.   Thank you all for your support.


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M’Liz Keefe is a 1985 graduate of the School of Art. Born in New Jersey, she has lived and painted in many parts of the country since leaving Cooper Union. M’Liz now lives in the community of Barr’d Islands on Fogo Island, off the northern coast of Newfoundland, with her husband, in the home they built together in 2016. 

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