Columbia Dedicates New Manhattanville Campus


The Jerome L. Greene Science Center is one of two new buildings that will open in Manhattanville this spring. / Photograph by Frank Oudeman
The Jerome L. Greene Science Center is one of two new buildings that will open in Manhattanville this spring. / Photograph by Frank Oudeman


On October 24, President Lee C. Bollinger led a ceremony attended by distinguished faculty, deans, and students, as well as local civic and community leaders and internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano of Renzo Piano Building Workshop, which designed the campus master plan with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Piano also designed the first buildings to rise on the campus: the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, which houses the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, and the Lenfest Center for the Arts.

Read more at the Columbia Magazine article and check out the new Columbia Manhattanville website.

Alumni Leader Reflects on Successful Leaders Weekend


Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend is an annual conference where the University's top alumni leaders and volunteers gather to exchange best practices, advice, and ideas. Please read more about Leader's Weekend at the Low Down article.



"Hamilton" wins 2016 Edward M. Kennedy


Daveed Diggs (left), Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in ''Hamilton.'' / Photograph by Joan Marcus
Daveed Diggs (left), Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in ''Hamilton.'' / Photograph by Joan Marcus

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton recently won Columbia’s 2016 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. The hip-hop musical based on Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton reimagines the American Revolution and the early years of the Republic with a cast of predominantly Black and Latino actors. Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith created the $100,000 prize, administered by Columbia Libraries, to honor her brother, the late senator from Massachusetts. This year’s jury, which included Columbia professors Farah Jasmine Griffin, Rashid Khalidi, and James Shapiro ’77CC, selected Hamilton because it “celebrates the evolving history of the United States, of hip-hop, and of the musical theater.” (For more on Hamilton, see Columbia Magazine’s Winter 2015 feature story “Hamilton is in the House.”) Read more of this article at Columbia Magazine.

2015-2016 Planned Events Calendar

Here are our planned events for the 2015-2016 Club Year.  Your $35 Annual Membership entitles you to discounted (or free) admission to events and supports your club to plan and hold quality events for you throughout the year. 








     30th                 Columbia Connects                               Taboo Palm Beach



     5th               Norton Museum Thursday After Dark         West Palm Beach



      3rd                 Art Basel Reception                                 Miami, FL



       6th              Post-Holiday Party!                                                   TBA


    7th                 3rd annual Polo Brunch & Annual Meeting     Wellington International Polo Club





      7th                Bob Klitzman - Bioethics Professor at Columbia U.           Palm Beach/West Palm


       15th             End of Season Cocktails /   YA Happy Hour    West Palm Beach



Please note that dates, events and locations are tentative and may be subject to change based upon availability, weather, etc... Please watch your email for specific details which will be sent out prior to the event.  If you are not recieving emails from the Columbia Club of the Palm Beaches, please:

1. Check your Spam filter and add to your whitelist

2. Make sure that you have 'joined' the club website (this is not the same as paying annual membership dues)

3. Check your member settings to make sure that you have not unsubscribed from club emails in the past (you may need help with this - please email us at to help you)



July 4th , 2015 - Fireworks at Dr. Merey's

What a great event to celebrate our Country's independence!  We are proud to announce we had over 60 attendees at our July 4th event, where Dr. Merey treated the club to wonderful food and a display of the West Palm Beach fireworks from her spectacular view on the 23rd Floor of Trump Plaza.

Thank you to all who attended, and a special thank you to Dr. Merey and Linda Garfunkel for arranging this event!  We look forward to celebrating with you soon at future events. Be sure to stay tuned!




 If you have any photos from the event to share, please send them along!



Fixed - Ticket purchases for Testa's Event

Very Quickly - we had a member let us know that the payment link for the Testa's holiday party was broken and not functioning, so we fixed it!  Tickets can now be purchased!

Holiday party and catching up with the club

There are a lot of things happening at the club – your board has been busy formulating an interesting and exciting calendar for this year.


1.  For those who are interested in volunteering for the club there will be a meeting of fellow volunteers on Sunday November 16th from 2pm-4pm in West Palm Beach.  To attend, please RSVP with Daisy Merey, MD PhD at for location.


2.  Our Annual Holiday Event will be a wonderful dinner under the stars at Testa’s garden room in Palm Beach, held on Sunday December 14th from 5:30pm-8:30pm.  Included is a three-course meal of Gazpacho soup or garden salad appetizer, Grilled Salmon, Chicken Marsala, or Vegetarian Pasta Primavera as an entrée, and their world famous strawberry pie, lemon merengue, or fruit cup for dessert.  Non-alcoholic drinks, tea, coffee are included.  Cash bar for alcoholic drinks.  World famous guitarist Gyorgy Lakatos will entertain with his international tunes.  Singing and dancing under the stars!  Annual Members are $36 to attend, non-members $42, and well-behaved children are $16.  We will be collecting funds or supermarket gift cards in the spirit of the holidays for needy palm beach county families in food insecurity.

CAAARTBASEL2014_CAA.jpg3.  We want to remind you that CAA’s Art Basel event is taking place on Thursday December 4th, 2014 at 6:30pm Miami Beach’s Bass Museum of Art.  Tickets are $40/45. 

 4.  A south county happy hour is planned for January 2015 in Delray Beach – stay tuned for details!

5.  Our annual Polo event is slated for February 8th – save the date!  We again plan to offer a limited number of early tickets at a promotional price, so don’t delay when we make the announcement!  This event was extremely well received last year with over 100 alumni and their families attending – your board is planning to make it even better this year!


Did you know that we have substantial literary talent in our alumni pool?  Not a small number of our alumni are authors, and some have even parleyed their works into film!  Are you a published author?  Contact us so we can help you announce your book among our very literate alumni community!


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Art Basel CAA event now firm and tickets available!

The CAA's art basel event which is being jointly run by our sister club in Miami is now firm! 

Thursday, December 4th at 6:30pm at the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.  Please be aware that the event is in Miami Beach!

Ebola Conference at Columbia

Hello club members!

We were unable to secure a venue on such short notice for the October event, so we will skip this month and focus on November.  Details soon.

We just became aware of a timely education opportunity - The Ebola Crisis: What it means for Africa and the World

hosted in faculty house on 10/27 from 1pm-5pm.  If you can't make it up to Columbia, watch the webcast which will be streaming live.  Free!!  Interesting in full or part.  Opening remarks from Jeffrey Sachs, with many MD's and MPH's scheduled to speak.


Welcome and Opening Remarks

Epidemics in Resource Poor Countries: Economics, Politics and Human Values - Why it Matters to the World

·         Jeffrey Sachs - Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

What's Wrong With Bio-crisis and Disaster Preparedness in the U.S.? And What We Need to Do Now?

·         Irwin Redlener - Director, The National Center for Disaster Preparedness, The Earth Institute, Columbia University


Covering an Epidemic – What We’re Learning from Ebola and What Journalists Need to Know

·         Richard Besser, MD -  ABC News Chief Medical Editor; former Acting Director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Panel 1: Ebola Fundamentals: What are the Major Challenges?

·         Anne Liu, MPH – Program Manager, Health Systems Development, Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development, Earth Institute, Columbia University

·         Jay Varma, MD - Deputy Commissioner for Disease Control, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; former Medical Epidemiologist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

·         Robert Kanter, MD – Adjunct  Senior Research Scientist, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Earth Institute, Columbia University; Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Roanoke, VA


Panel 2: Is Science Keeping Up with the Demands of Ebola – and Challenges to Come?

·         Robert Klitzman, MD – Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Masters of Bioethics Program; Director, Ethics, Policy and Human Rights Core, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, Columbia University

·         Ranu Dhillon, MD – Senior Health Advisor, Earth Institute and Adjunct Assistant Professor, SIPA; Columbia University

·         Stephen Morse, PhD – Director, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Certificate program, Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University Medical Center


Closing Remarks:  Jeffrey Sachs and Irwin Redlener

Mid October Update

Hello Fellow club members!

One content change - the Boca Museum of Art changed both the expected date for our October event and its focus - they are having a college night for FAU and surrounding schools instead - so we are tabling that event for now and will try again in November so long as that is not in conflict with our holiday party.  We will post shortly if we are able to secure a venue for a different October event!  Stay tuned!