Your Weekly Low Down | May 18, 2018

Read on for the latest events and news from your alumni community.

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Alumna Shares Latest Efforts in Fight to Stop Use of Child Soldiers

By Alveena Bakhshi '03SIPA

Bakhshi, a finance and technology expert, is an advocate for Child Soldiers International, a group that aims to end all recruitment, use, and exploitation of children by armed forces. She also is an adviser to the School of International of Public Affairs (SIPA) Dean's Public Policy Challenge Grant. In a follow-up to her 2017 piece about her work with the organization, she shares details about the latest technology the group is using in its efforts.

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Your Weekly Low Down | May 11, 2018

Here's the latest news and events in your Columbia alumni community.

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Alumni Profile: New Trustee Co-Chairs Lisa Carnoy '89CC & Jonathan Lavine '88CC

The close partnership between newly-appointed Columbia University Board of Trustees Co-Chairs Lisa Carnoy '89CC and Jonathan Lavine '88CC spans more than half of their lives.

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The Best Post-Job Interview Thank You Notes

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine '93BC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
This article originally appeared on Forbes and SixFigureStart.com

I still emphasize the importance of thank you notes after 20+ years of teaching job search skills at an Ivy League graduate school (and I've taught through both boom and bust hiring markets). Thank you notes after a job interview, or general networking meeting, keep you front-of-mind with the people you meet. Thank you notes continue the momentum from your discussion and can even add to the momentum when you include additional thoughts and ideas.

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Your Weekly Low Down | May 4, 2018

Get the latest news from your alumni community in this week's Low Down roundup.

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The Best Columbia Graduation Speeches

Graduation is just around the corner, and soon we will be welcoming a new class of Columbians to the alumni community. 

Columbia's Commencement program dates back about 260 years, and the iconic Morningside campus outdoor ceremony began in 1926. By tradition, the Commencement speaker is the University president, while many of the schools within Columbia have keynote speakers at their individual ceremonies -- and most give that distinction only to alumni.

From Barack Obama to Caroline Kennedy, check out our selection of great quotes from Columbia graduation addresses below. 

Leave your words of wisdom for the Class of 2018 by sharing a Grad Gramand have the chance to get your inspiring advice featured on Columbia Alumni Association social media!

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2018 Columbia Alumni Medalists

Columbia Alumni Medalists are recognized for building Columbia's community—whether regionally, online, in specific schools, or in cross-campus initiatives. Alumni Medalists are honored at University Commencement and each fall at the the Alumni Medalists Gala during Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend.

Learn more about this year's Medalists below:

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Your Weekly Low Down | April 27, 2018

Read on for the latest from your Columbia alumni community.

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10 Warning Signs You've Become a 'Work Martyr'

By Melody Wilding '11SW of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
This article originally appeared on MelodyWilding.com

Today being "crazy busy" is a way of life. Americans are taking less vacation time than ever before, not only to show dedication but also to simply keep up with the demands they face.

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