Dr. Jill Biden Visits Columbia Military Veterans
Dr. Jill Biden today met with student military veterans at Columbia University in New York to learn more about their programs that serve veterans and military families. Dr. Biden announced earlier this week that she would be visiting campus programs that support veterans and military families as part of Joining Forces, the initiative she started with First Lady Michelle Obama to encourage all Americans to find ways to support and honor military families.
Columbia has distinguished itself as a military-friendly university, with more than 550 veterans currently enrolled in its undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. Some 300 of those are earning their Bachelor’s degrees, following their military service, at Columbia’s School of General Studies, which was founded after World War II largely to accommodate the unique needs of veterans and other students returning to college after varied lives and careers. Columbia has continued to actively recruit and welcome Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans as essential members of its diverse university community.
The University mourns the death of David Rosand, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History Emeritus, who taught at Columbia for 50 years. An expert on the Italian Renaissance and Venice, he was also project director for Save Venice. For more information, visit the Department of Art History and Archaeology website.
Professor Rachel Adams, director of the Future of Disability Studies program, won the 2014 Educators Award from Delta Gamma Kappa, the society of women educators, for her book Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery.
Columbia Law School professor Lori Fisler Damrosch was named president of the American Society of International Law.
Associate social work professor Michael Mackenzie has been named a 2014 William T. Grant Foundation Scholar for his research on improving the lives of young people in the child welfare system.