Columbia Honors Our Veterans

Nov. 9, 2012Bookmark and Share
Columbia student military veterans and ROTC members at the first of twice-weekly flag raisings on campus (1:59)

The U.S. celebrates Veterans Day this Sunday and Columbia is proud of its record of welcoming a sizable student veteran population in recent years. More than 500 student veterans are enrolled across the University for the 2012-13 academic year. By latest count, 271 are undergraduates at the School of General Studies, including some 69 new students, the most student veterans among the University’s peer institutions. The rest are spread across our many graduate and professional schools. As President Bollinger and so many others on campus have stated, having veterans here in significant numbers enriches the diversity of the University community.

For the first time in more than four decades the University welcomed the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) to Columbia this fall and opened an office in Lerner Hall.

Here are some of the media stories about our accomplished student veterans:

—Story by Victoria Benítez
—Video by Columbia News Video Team

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Milestones

Mathematics Professor Robert Friedman received the 2014 Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching to recognize his inspiring leadership.

National Science Foundation Career Awards were given to Roxana Geambasu, assistant professor of computer science, for a proposal to create new data protection methods for modern operating systems; and Javad Lavaei, assistant professor of electrical engineering, for research on electrical power networks.

Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies Rashid Khalidi, won the 2014 Lionel Trilling Book Award for Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East.

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