Cooper Union in the News

Cooper Union has recently been in the news — here’s a round up of articles from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and The Villager, discussing recent events related to the Investigation by the New York State Attorney General and the Board of Trustees action related to the Presidency.



Letter from the Rock the Vote Chairwoman

kay NordsstromDear Cooper Union Alumni,

As the Chair of the 2015 Cooper Union Alumni Association (CUAA) Election Committee, I’d like to tell you the “Five Things to Really Connect You to Cooper Union.”

#1 Vote in this Election. Help shape the future of our alumni organization. This year the CUAA’s communication with alumni through the Administration’s Office of Alumni Affairs was severed. Thanks to a few dedicated and resourceful Council members, we were able to build a new database, resume communications and launch this election. In the upcoming year, the CUAA will define its relationship with the Administration on this and other important issues. We need everyone’s vote as an example of the strength and commitment of the alumni community.

Note: To vote, you will need the ballot attached to the email from sent March 15. If you did not receive this email, or no longer have it, you can register at  You can expect a ballot by email within a week, as this is a manual process.  Ballots must be submitted by April 30, 11:59 PM PST.

#2 Carefully Select the Candidates Who Will Represent You. Learn about the candidates by reading their bios and statements online. Attend the Meet the Candidates Night on Tuesday, April 14 from 6 – 9 at Cooper Union or participate via teleconference [ed. note: watch the livestream from the event, archived here] . Attend Founder’s Day on Sunday, April 26 and chat with candidates. Note the differences in their beliefs and the manner in which they present themselves. Then select those whom you feel will best represent you and the 13,000-member alumni community.

#3 Answer the Referendum Questions. The CUAA wants your opinion on several key issues facing the Council. The ballot contains three referendum questions asking whether you support CUAA’s commitment to return to tuition-free, organization as 501(c)3 non-profit entity and inclusion of alumni-elected Trustees on the Board of Trustees. Your responses will help set the direction for the new Council.

#4 Stay Connected with Fellow Alumni by Participating in CUAA Events. Throughout the year, the CUAA holds professional development, networking and social events to maintain close relationships between alumni and the school. Come to our next big event, the Founder’s Day Block Party at Cooper Square on April 26; meet informally with candidates, visit with old friends, and make new ones.

#5 Support CUAA by Volunteering or by Donating. The CUAA is seeking alumni volunteers to plan and organize new and existing events, or make a donation to CUAA to fund an event. Find out how by emailing

If you really want to connect to Cooper Union, help the CUAA Rock the Vote in 2015.

With my sincere appreciation,

Kay Nordstrom, ME ‘77

Chair 2015 Election Committee



Council Minutes

All approved meeting minutes, council agendas and highlights, statements, resolutions, and motions are compiled here. Please note – this is a work in progress! We will update it as quickly as we can.

Meet the Candidates Videos

The Meet the Candidate Night was held in the Rose Auditorium.  Approximately 30 people were present in the live audience.  25 others attended via the Livestream – the largest remote turnout yet for a Council event.

See Photos and Video

Alumni Trustee Kevin Slavin A’95

Comment and opinion on recent events around Cooper Union, summarized here.

Letter from CUAA President John Leeper AR’85

A letter from CUAA President John Leeper regarding the importance of this year’s election for Alumni representatives was published via our mailing list on March 4, 2015.

The CUAA belongs to all alumni. This letter is about the need for more Cooper alumni to have a voice in the CUAA. It’s about the need for more Cooper alumni to vote in the upcoming CUAA election. Please vote in the 2015 election. Rock the vote. There is no voice without your vote. They’re watching our vote.


Voting began on March 15 via email to all registered alumni. If you are not registered, please sign up here! Please review Candidate Biographies here. For a summary of Meet the Candidates, click here.We are summarizing social media posts related to election, candidate statements, and endorsements here.

FOUNDER’S DAY 2015 is April 26th

  cuaa-fd-bannerFounder’s Day Schedule

Congratulations to our Alumni Awardees!

 Mary Lynch ChE'82

Alumna of The Year

Mary K. Lynch, ChE’82

 Yinna Wang A'07 Young Alumna of the YearYinna Wang, A’07
 Leo Drew

Augustus St. Gauden’s Award

Leonardo Drew, A’85


John Q. Hejduk

Evan Douglis


Gano Dunn Award

Paul Strassmann, CE’53

 Gloria Simoneax

Peter Cooper Service Award

Gloria Simoneaux A’74


cuaa-fd-bannerSunday April 26Founder’s Day 2015, Save the Date! Calling all Volunteers! We organizing attendee tents and activities, and more. Next planning meeting is on April 20th @ 7pm. Please volunteer and RSVP at
Support Founder’s Day | Newsletter Highlights from Founder’s Day 2014 | FD 2014 Website
Prior awardees: Alumni Hall of Fame | The Augustus Saint-Gaudens Award | The John Q. Hejduk Award | The Gano Dunn Award | The Peter Cooper Public Service Award

Alumni Profile for Hall of Fame Member, Remy Charlip, A’49

remy charlipRemy Charlip, Art 1949, was an artist, dancer and theater director. He was a member of Merce Cunningham’s company for eleven years. He was a founder of the Paper Bag Players, a theater for children, and designed costumes, sets, posters, textiles and book-jackets.

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Alumni Profile for Hall of Fame Member, George A Fox, CE’50

Fox-George-1In 1974, George Fox became the first Alumni Trustee on the Cooper Union Board of Trustees.  George served as Chairman of the Cooper Union Board of Trustees from 1987-1995. Fox was awarded several prizes for engineering, including the Roebling Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1988.

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Tom NozkalosksiHall of Fame Member, Thomas Nozkwski, A’67, has a show at Pace Gallery

Tom received a Cooper Union Presidential Citation in 2008 and was inducted into The Cooper Union Hall of Fame in 2009. He has a show at Pace Gallery on 510 West 25th Street in New York City. The show continues through April 25.

CUAA Events 


Saturday, May 9th 11:30 am  Reserve by April 15th

CIA-Lou Dorfsman Wall

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Join fellow alumni for a day at the CIA in New Hyde Park.  We will see Lou Dorfsman’s incredible Wall and enjoy a fabulous lunch at the CIA on the Hudson.

We will have a 3-course lunch  at the Bocuse Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America followed by a visit to the newly installed wall created by Lou Dorfsman, Herb Lubalin, Nick Fasciano and other Cooper designers. Nick and Alex Tochilovsky of the Lubalin Center will give a talk about the creation and salvation of the wall.

The CIA can be reached by car or the MetroNorth to the Poughkeepsie stop where taxi’s are available for the short 10 minute ride to the CIA.

Please RSVP by April 15

Contact or more information: Alexis Lenza 917-992-5007 or Don Blauweiss 914-779-6846  don@

Provide payment for the cost of the luncheon  via PayPal to


Call for Alumni Events:

Any alumni wanting to announce their existing event or host a new event please email the Events Committee:

 The Cooper Community:

 CU2AS logoCU2AS is  a referral service that matches Cooper Union (CU) alumni with specialized expertise with firms and organizations who wish to use CU2AS advisory guidance.The CU2AS alumni pool has many current and former officers and responsible senior staff of recognized manufacturers, consultants, developers, entrepreneurs, educational institutions, public agencies, and other organizations   Learn More


cu-email-letterhead-newSCHOOL NEWS

2015 SAS Culture Show

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Cooper FSAE Team

Prepares for Roll Out Event on 4/29/15 and for 2015 Formula SAE® Competition at Michigan International Speedway on May 13 – 16, 2015.2015 Cooper Motorsports Team Photo


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Student Joint Student Council (JSC) Circulates Petition of No Confidence for President Bharucha

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Students Succeed in Reversing Plans to Charge Tuition for Over Loading on Credits

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Coopernova Dance team competes at Long Island University — April 18, 2015

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CU@Greenwood Cemetery – April 19, 2015.

CU Motorsports Car Roll Out – April 29, 20015

Founder’s Day 2015 – April 26, 2015

 CUAA Council Meeting — April 28, 2015

CUAA @ CIA — May 9, 2015

 Dasdex Architectural Walking Tour of Cass Gilbert Buildings — May 28, 2015

Pioneer Stories

the_pioneer_logoThe April 11th, 2015 issue of the Cooper Pioneer includes an Interview with Malcolm King (EE ’97), Board Trustee By Pranav Joneja, ME ’18, and much more.

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