A Year in Review: Columbia Alumni

BY FRANCIS CARR '18JRN

In many ways, 2016 was a year for the books, including the annals of the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA).

This year, Columbia alums made history while making unprecedented scientific discoveries, winning prestigious medals, awards, and board appointments, and causing havoc in the world of television game shows.

Here are just 10 of our favorite Columbia alumni achievements from 2016, in no particular order.

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Happy Holidays!

 

Bound by our shared Columbia connection and our collective passion, intellect, and drive, together, it's blue skies ahead.

Best wishes for a bright and happy new year.

- Columbia Alumni Association

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What To Do if You're Successful but Miserable at Your Job

By Julia Harris Wexler '83TC, '14BUS of the Columbia Career Coaches Network

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Your Weekly Low Down | December 16, 2016

Here's the latest news from your Columbia alumni community:

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Astro Tim Returns to Earth


Kopra_space.jpgWe often like to talk about how our alumni reach grand heights in their successes and go far in their contributions to society. And not many have gone quite as far as Business School alum Timothy Kopra '13BUS. That is...as far as outer space.

Kopra is a NASA astronaut with not one but two space trips on his resume. He has lived on the International Space Station for a total of 244 days, completing three spacewalks and Instagramming with captions like #citiesfromspace and good night from @ISS. Once he got back to Earth, he visited Columbia to speak with students about engineering, teamwork, and what he looks for in an aspiring astronaut. 

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How to Follow Up Effectively When Networking

By Julia Bonem '87BC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network

So, you've pushed back your keyboard and attended events to make new connections. Great start, since networking is the #1 way to find a new job and build professional relationships! But, how do you most effectively follow up with those who can help you land your next role or grow your business?

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Columbians in Health, Wellness Fields Share Expert Insights at Alumni Panel

BY FRANCIS CARR '18JRN


Caitlin Margaret '11SW
, a Brooklyn-based holistic life coach, moved back to the United States in July from India, where she'd lived and worked for five years following her graduation from Columbia School of Social Work.

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Your Weekly Low Down | December 9, 2016

Here's the latest from your Columbia alumni community.

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What Makes a Strong Leader?

BY SHANNA CRUMLEY '18SIPA

On Sheena Wright's first day at work as the first female President and CEO of United Way of New York City, Hurricane Sandy hit. She went right to work, mobilizing volunteers and assisting victims of the storm, demonstrating her strong leadership abilities from the very first moment on the job.

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5 Signs You're About to Make a Bad Career Decision

By Melody Wilding '11SW of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
Originally published on Forbes.com

Most of the choices we make every day are simple and straightforward: what to wear to work, what to eat for lunch, whether to go to sleep at a reasonable hour or stay up watching Netflix. They don't cause much stress or inner conflict.

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