Archives for May 2012

Normandy High senior overcomes hardships to land slot in Ivy League school

WELLSTON • To get to Normandy High School, Eboni Boykin passes a blighted landscape she can’t wait to leave — streets filled with abandoned homes, litter-strewn lots and shuttered businesses.

She’s spent much of her childhood in and out of homeless shelters. She’s attended more schools than she can easily keep track of — most of them struggling urban schools where disruptions and low expectations are the norm.

But visions of the Ivy League have motivated this high school senior since she was 13, when she became captivated by a character’s similar quest on the television drama “Gilmore Girls.” This fall, she’ll fulfill her goal by heading to Columbia University on a full scholarship.  READ MORE

Internship Opportunity – PROJECT:2040

We are glad to announce the start of the PROJECT:2040  Fellows Program that matches talented Black and Latino engineering students with Silicon Valley start-ups for summer internships, providing them with insight, networks, and support to ensure their successful participation in the high tech innovation economy.  PROJECT:2040 is looking to recruit 5-10 students for the 2012 summer program.

For students who are interested in applying, please contact Alison Desir at  Talented students may also apply directly through the application website:

Click the link below to view a summary document that gives some background on the program and its founders as well as information about the 2012 summer application process.

Summary document: PROJECT: 2040

More information is available on our website,



6/14 – Affinity Group Rooftop Happy Hour at Hudson Terrace








Come join the Columbia University Alumni Affinity Groups on Thursday, June 14th at Hudson Terrace for our first co-sponsored event of the summer. There will be beautiful roof-top views and a FREE ONE HOUR OPEN BAR from 6:30pm-7:30pm, so arrive on time!

Location Details:

621 West 46th Street
(between 11th and 12th Avenues)
New York, NY 10036
(212) 315-9400

6:30pm – 9:30pm
(FREE OPEN BAR 6:30pm – 7:30pm)

Sponsored By:
Asian Columbia Alumni Association (ACAA)
Black Alumni Council (BAC)
Columbia College Woman (CCW)
Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University (LAACU)

About Hudson Terrace:
With its magnificent urban vista, is an unparalleled entertainment destination. Discreetly tucked at the edge of midtown along the Hudson River, this spectacular haven of serene opulence offers unforgettable venue amenities. The Hudson Terrace event venue imaginatively unites intimate interiors with all-season exterior spaces. Erected from imported heirloom woods, handcrafted tiles and treasured stone, the venue promises nothing short of uncompromised artistry.

6/7 – It’s An Art Show

Bollinger Wins Harlem Renaissance With Columbia Chasing Harvard

Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, in New York. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Bloomberg News

By Michael McDonald on April 26, 2012

Lee Bollinger had yet to take over as president of Columbia University in 2002 when he toured a largely industrial area about 10 blocks north of the historic campus on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Columbia, the fifth-oldest U.S. college, was scouting new sites to expand as it outgrew its century-old, Beaux-Arts home in Morningside Heights. Traveling past faded warehouses, auto shops and scattered apartments above 125th Street in West Harlem, Bollinger could see the ideal location for a modern urban campus, stretching from the elevated subway line on Broadway with its monumental steel trestles to the West Side Highway next to the Hudson River.

“It was an area that I think was beautiful but nobody else thought it was beautiful,” Bollinger, 65, said in an interview last month. “Lots and lots of people said to me why would you move there? It’s ugly.”