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Event Title:  SEAS Dean's Days 2009
Date:   Jun 5, 2009 - Jun 6, 2009
Time:   8:00AM ET
Location:   All events will take place on the Morningside Campus. Exact locations will be made available closer to time.
Description:   Dean's Days Banner

Dean’s Days are the perfect chance to travel down memory lane and visit your Alma Mater.


From departmental luncheons to interactive adult learning opportunities, from Camp Columbia for Kids to The Magill Lecture in Science, Technology, and the Arts, SEAS Dean's Days have something for you and your family.

We can't wait to see you!

SEAS wants you to join with classmates for a weekend of nostalgia, reminiscing with former classmates and professors, making new memories, and having loads of fun. While on campus, we hope you will extend special congratulations to your friends from the following classes who are celebrating a Reunion: 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, & 2004.

Online registration closed on Tuesday, June 2. If you would like to register in advance, please call 212-851-0755 to do so over the phone. Or, you can register the day of the event in Alfred Lerner Hall. No guarantee is made that tickets will still be available at that time.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2009


8:00 A.M.

CHECK-IN ALFRED LERNER HALL

All participants should make Lerner their first stop where information, event tickets, and merchandise are located. Check-in will remain open until 9 p.m. Late arrivals must make arrangements in advance.

INFORMATION BOOTH

A special information booth will be set up at Schapiro Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research (CEPSR) to answer basic questions and assist SEAS alumni.

11:00 A.M.

BACK ON CAMPUS: SESSION 1

Choose from a lecture or a book forum led by a member of the Core faculty, an engineering lecture or a tour of the recently renovated Butler Library

Mini-Core Courses:
Contemporary Civilization: Under CC Eyes: Mahatma Gandhi,
with Roosevelt Montas '95, associate dean and director, Center for the Core Curriculum

Music Humanities: Opera, Class of 1813 - Verdi's Rigoletto and Wagner's Die Walkure, with Karen A. Henson, assistant professor, music

Alumni Book Forum: Maryanne Wolf's Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading, with Jenny M. Davidson, associate professor, English and comparative literature
Davidson will lead a discussion, so interested alumni should read the book in advance and come prepared to share insights and impressions.

Engineering Lecture: Engineering New Knees - Are We Getting Close? with Clark T. Hung, associate professor; director, Cellular Engineering Laboratory; and deputy editor, Journal of Orthopedic Research.

Butler Tour *** SOLD OUT ***
Tour the renovated Butler Library.

FILM SCREENING: VALA! THE POWER OF BLACK STUDENTS AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY 1968-2008

A 33-minute documentary produced by Barnard Class of 1969 President Sherry Ann Suttles, directed by her son, filmmaker Kamau Suttles.

12:30 P.M.

SEAS DEPARTMENTAL LUNCHEONS

Enjoy a casual lunch with select faculty, students, and fellow graduates of your department from all graduation years. Lunch is followed by a brief update on your department.

2:00 P.M.

BACK ON CAMPUS: SESSION 2

Choose from a lecture given by a member of the Core faculty, an engineering lecture, a briefing on the Manhattanville project, a facilities tour or a tour of the Special Collections at the University's libraries.

Mini-Core Courses:
Literature Humanities: Herodotus Revisited,
with Deborah A. Martinsen, associate dean, alumni education program

Art Humanities: Reading Chinese Mountains - Landscape and Writing, with Robert E. Harrist Jr., the Jane and Leopold Swergold Professor of Chinese Art History and chairman, Department of Art History and Archaeology.

Frontiers of Science: Saving the Planet with Back of the Envelope Calculations, with Alison R. Keimowitz, post-doctoral research scientist in geochemistry, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Engineering Lecture: Bridge Cables--Will They Hold Up? ***SOLD OUT*** with Raimondo Betti, professor, civil engineering and engineering mechanics.

Manhattanville Briefing
La-Verna J. Fountain, associate vice president, construction business services and communication, gives an overview of Columbia's plans for expansion into Manhattanville.

Library Tour
Tour special collections in the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library and the C.V. Starr East Asian Library.

Facilities Tour ***SOLD OUT***
Columbia's campus has changed since your graduation. Tour the grounds and see how Alma Mater has grown.

YOUNG ALUMNI ROCK 'N ROLL CASINO

9:00 P.M.

This year, "The House That Rock Built" opens its doors for the annual Casino. The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza has hosted everyone from The Who to Clapton to U2 and now YOU! Get ready to rock and let the dice roll. This is one gig you just can't miss! Tickets will be available for purchase at the Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza box office the night of the event.

SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2009

8:00 A.M.

CHECK-IN ALFRED LERNER HALL

All participants should make Lerner their first stop. Registration, housing information, event tickets, general information and merchandise are located in Lerner. Registration will remain open until 8 p.m.

8:30 A.M.

SEAS CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

Join all SEAS Dean's Days and Reunion participants for a continental breakfast that will give you the energy you need to power through the day!

9:30 A.M.

CAMP COLUMBIA FOR KIDS

Little Columbians (kids ages 3-12) will have a day full of activities to introduce them to Columbia traditions and the campus. Children must be toilet-trained to participate. Program ends promptly at 10 p.m. All participants will receive a souvenir bag with Columbia gear. See Web site for complete Camp Columbia schedule.

COLUMBIA ENGINEERING 101 FOR JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

A team of counselors will provide a well-structured day of fun engineering-based activities for junior high and high school students. See Web site for complete Columbia Engineering101 schedule.

10:30 A.M.

PUBLIC INTELLECTUAL LECTURES

Choose one of the following learning opportunities:

Business, Knowledge, and Economic Growth, with R. Glenn Hubbard, dean and the Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics, Graduate School of Business, and professor of economics, faculty of Arts and Science.

An Owner's Manual for YOU, with Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, FACS, professor of cardiac surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, and director, Cardiovascular Institute.

My Wife is a Terrorist: Narration, Redaction, and Hermeneutics of Suspicion, with James A. Schamus, professor of professional practice, School of the Arts, and CEO, Focus Features.

Class of 1959 Medical Panel
A panel of prominent Class of 1959 physicians will discuss Repairing the Healthcare System. Discussion will be led by classmate Dr. Stanley Feld, FACP, MACE, founding partner, Endocrine Associates of Dallas, P.A.; past president, American College of Endocrinology; and past president, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. (Open to all alumni)

12:00 P.M.

DEAN'S DAY LUNCHEON

All SEAS graduates gather for lunch to celebrate the induction of the Class of 1959 to the Golden Lions Society. This event is partially sponsored by the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA).

2:00 P.M.

MAGILL LECTURE IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND THE ARTS

Robert M. Bakish '85 SEAS, '89 BUS, President, MTV Networks International
"Creativity, Commerce, and Countries: A GLOCAL Model"

Robert M. Bakish is President of MTV Networks International. In this role, he oversees all MTV Networks operations outside of the United States of America, including the premier multimedia entertainment brands MTV: Music Television, VH1, Nickelodeon, TMF (The Music Factory), VIVA, Paramount Comedy, and Game One, seen in 560 million households in 171 countries and 28 languages via 158 locally programmed and operated TV channels, 170 Web sites, and 22 mobile TV services.

Globally, MTV Networks International has partnerships with approximately 80 digital carriers and is the largest wireless provider of video on the handset worldwide. Broadband services, such as MTV Overdrive and TurboNick, are available to growing audiences around the world, while cross-platform brands, like Flux in Japan and QOOB in Italy, provide original, locally produced entertainment, clips from MTVN's global library, and user-generated content.

In Mr. Bakish's talk, "Creativity, Commerce, and Countries: A GLOCAL Model", he will discuss the use of local resources and cutting-edge technology in a global business model. Robert Bakish received an M.B.A. from the Columbia University Business School in 1989 and a B.S. in Operations Research from The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University in 1985. The Magill Lecture in Science, Technology, and the Arts explores the synergy between art and science and is a celebration of the pioneers who bridge the gap between artistic and scientific endeavors.

3:30 P.M.

AFFINITY GROUP RECEPTIONS AND PANELS

Join alumni of all classes at these all-new affinity group receptions.

Columbia Daily Spectator
Read all about it! All past and present Spectator staffers are invited to this special alumni gathering.

WKCR
A gathering for all alumni of the Heights' fabled radio station. Join current and past members for a blast from the past.

Class of 1959 ROTC Panel
(Open to all alumni) A panel of classmates who served in the U.S. Navy following graduation will provide lively and thought-provoking discussion on the disappearance of ROTC programs from college campuses.

TRI-COLLEGE LGBT TEA

All are welcome at this popular event. Join members of our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender alumni/ae community to mix and mingle over afternoon tea on the Barnard campus.

5:30 P.M.

AFTERNOON TEA WITH MUSIC OF COLUMBIA CONCERT

Relax and enjoy a string quartet playing music composed by fellow Columbians while sharing a cup of tea or coffee with your hosts, the newly formed group of Columbia Engineering Young Alumni (CEYA).

SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2009

9:30 A.M.

REUNION BRUNCH

The New York Times, Bagels, & Lox

Rotunda, Low Library
Do what any self-respecting New Yorker does on a Sunday morning: sip a cup of coffee, nosh on a bagel, cream cheese, and lox, and read a section or two of The New York Times. It's a casual gathering to bid classmates and friends farewell.

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