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4-2011 newsletter pic 2RECENT EVENTS

Alumni Film Festival | January 28-February 26

Milton Glaser (A’51), Saskia Bos (Dean, School of Art), Carmi Bee (Event Co-chair, AR’67), Neal Slavin (Event Co-chair, A’63), MaryAnn Nichols (CUAA President, A’68)

Four weekends of films written, produced, directed, created or about Cooper Union alumni were screened at the inaugural Alumni Film Festival. Highlights included shorts by experimental media pioneer Stan VanDerBeek (A’56), a screening of John Hejduk: Builder of Worlds, and Q&A’s with Milton Glaser (A’51) and Patty Jenkins (A’93), the director of Monster.

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Patty Jenkins (A’93) at Monster screening Q&A

Click here for more photos from the Alumni Film Festival

Phonathon March 14 – 21

Thanks to all the volunteers who called alumni and parents during the 2011 Phonathon! Their participation was essential in meeting and exceeding our goal of $400,00 for the Annual Fund and assuring that The Cooper Union continues to be an exemplary and tuition free educational institution.

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Click here for more photos from Phonathon

Wreath Laying Ceremony | February 8

Peter Cooper’s 220th birthday was celebrated at the Wreath Laying Ceremony attended by faculty, staff, students and alumni. Held in Peter Cooper Park, the event featured the Cooper Union Alma Mater, “Maroon and Gold,” led by Evan Field (ChE’14), accompanied by ProMusica members and organized by Ethan Elenberg (EE ’12). After the traditional laying of the wreath on statue of Peter Cooper (sculpted by alumnus Augustus Saint-Gaudens A’1866) with a wreath, the attendees enjoyed cake and hot cider in the Foundation Building.

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Click here for more photos.

Annual Engineering Career Night | February 3

36 alumni and 40 students took part in this networking event that brought students from all engineering disciplines together with alumni who have personal and professional experiences to share. Alumni  represented engineering, banking, medical, legal and other fields.  Students were encouraged to be proactive by introducing themselves to alumni, and asking questions about graduate study options and professional licensing, as well as about balancing work and family, and tips for getting interviews. The alumni enjoyed the opportunity to network with each other as well.

Engineering Career Night is one of two annual alumni-student networking events organized by the Center for Career Development and the Office of Alumni Relations. The other is Mock Interview Night held in the fall.


Tucson Alumni Lunch | January 9

At the first alumni event in Tucson, organized by Ron Carsten (EE’69), the second in Arizona, 15 alumni and guests enjoyed meeting each other for lunch and reminiscing about Cooper Union.

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Click here for more photos and here for a video slideshow.

Contact Janet Reed (Phoenix) or Ron Carsten (Tucson) if you are interested in attending future Arizona alumni events, and click here for the Arizona Alumni Group.

Florida Founder’s Day | February 6

Diane Emery, Jason Rivera (BSE’03), Lisa Ware, Warren Ser (AR’87)

The Florida Chapter of the CUAA held an afternoon of cheer and camaraderie at the Annual Founder’s Day Luncheon at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club in Ft. Lauderdale.

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Click here for photos from the event.

Alumni in Boston | April 6

Alumni viewing Banquet by Francesca DiMattio (A’03)

CU Alumni in Boston toured the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, designed by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro on April 6. The event was followed by a reception at Foley Hoag LLP hosted by Paul Bork (EE’71), with guest speaker Dr. George Campbell Jr.

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Click here for more photos from the event


Founder’s Day Dinner Dance | April 15

Join the CUAA at the Roosevelt Hotel on Friday, April 15, for the Founder’s Day Dinner Dance. Honor alumni achievements, celebrate Peter Cooper’s 220th birthday, and recognize the 25th year reunion of the Class of 1986.

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Questions: Madeline Kilroe,

2011 Awardees

Augustus Saint-Gaudens Award for Art
Wangechi Mutu (A’97)

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Wangechi Mutu (A’97) is a Kenyan-born artist currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. Her work is commentary of a social and personal nature where the female body functions as a site of engagement and provocation.
Read more .

John Q. Hejduk Award for Architecture
Jesse Reiser (AR’81) and Nanako Umemoto (AR’83)

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Jesse Reiser (AR’81) and Nanako Umemoto (AR’83) have practiced in New York City as Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture P.C. since 1986. They recently won international competitions to design the Kaohsiung Port Terminal and Taipei Pop Music Center. Read more.

Gano Dunn Award for Engineering
Charles Bliss ChE’39/PDE’48

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Charles Bliss (ChE’39/PDE’48) has had a long and international career in power plant technology, promoting and developing local energy in all five continents with a focus on the developing world. He is VP of Engineering at Moseley Horizon, Inc. Read more.

Alumnus of the Year
Mina Greenstein (A’56)

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Mina Greenstein (A’56) is a graphic designer and art director for children’s books who has worked extensively in publishing. She serves on the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Award Committee and is the Alumni Representative to the School of Art Administration Committee. Read more.

Young Alumnus of the Year
Karina Tipton (CE’99)

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Karina Tipton (CE’99) is a Senior Engineer with Brown and Caldwell, where she provides proactive solutions to environmental problems using sustainable practices. She is the Co-Chair of the Editorial Committee and serves on the Alumni Council. Read more.



News from the President’s Office

The April 2011 news from Dr. George Campbell Jr.’s office includes alumni, faculty, staff and student accomplishments, as well as information on recent and upcoming Cooper Union events.

The Cooper Union Welcomes President-Elect Jamshed Bharucha

Click here to replay the webcast welcoming Cooper Union’s 12th President Jamshed Bharucha, and click here to learn more about Dr. Bharucha.

Facebook Community Goal Reached

When the Alumni Council Communications Breakout group was asked to select one goal to focus on, it chose increasing fans for the Facebook page. That initial goal has been met and there are now over 1,800 members of the online community.

Alumni Hall of Fame | Featured Members

Recognizing the accomplishments of CU alumni, the Hall of Fame includes nearly 300 distinguished individuals. This month museum exhibit designer George Gardner (A’51), architect Richard Stein (AR’37), and technology leader Marie Wieck (Eng’82) are featured on the CUAA website.

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Read about these Hall of Fame members.


Alumni Film Festival

Phonathon Recap

Wreath Laying Ceremony

Engineering Career Night

Regional Events:
Arizona, Florida & Boston

Upcoming Events

Alumni Hall of Fame



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Join the online community and you’ll have access to:



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SWE Alumnae-Student Panel Discussion and Dinner

Founder’s Dance Dinner Dance and Class of 1986 25th Anniversary Celebration

Class of 1961 Golden Legion

On the Rooftop

End of Year Show

Annual Fund Donor Reception and Student Exhibition Tour

See More

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Diane Phares
Added: 4/3/2011 8:57 AM

Dean Morris
Added: 3/22/2011 12:01 PM

Monica Arboleda-Pena
Added: 2/19/2011 11:41 AM
Births and Adoptions

Jacqueline Kachman
Added: 2/12/2011 1:31 AM
Births and Adoptions

Share recent news and accomplishments by submitting an Alumni Note.



Find your classmates:

Class of 1982

Find your classmates:

I Love the 80s

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Editorial Committee

Find your classmates:

New York Alumni


Arizona Alumni Group
Janet Reed (AR’80)

Ron Carsten (EE’69)

Bay Area Alumni Group
Hsu-Wei Shueh (EE’90)

Chicago Alumni Group
Zev Salomon (AR’01)
Michal Raz-Russo (AR’01)

Florida Chapter

Ron Drucker (CE’62)

Houston Alumni Group
John Sobchak (ChE’82)

Los Angeles Alumni Group
Bryan White (ChE’98)

Philadelphia Alumni Group
Jeb Brookman (AR’96)


The difference between a good institution and a great one is the support of its alumni and friends. Support the college’s core needs by giving to the Annual Fund.



2011 CUAA Elections

Current Alumni Exhibits

President’s Decennial Report

Alumni-staffed InDorse Technologies named a Top Tech Startup

Film Festival Hall of Fame Members



25th Year Reunion
Class of 1986
April 15, 2011

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50th Year Anniversary
Golden Legion

for the Class of 1961
May 6, 2011

60th Year Reunion
Class of 1951
Date TBA, contact Stan Goldstein (EE’51) for more information.





Make sure you cast your vote for the CUAA leadership! Please submit your vote electronically or by mail by May 1. Contact if you have any questions.

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An online listing of alumni exhibitions around the world is available on the CUAA website. Click here to view them all.

To submit a listing, email Allison Meier at


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