Columbia Love Stories 2017



Did you know that more than 7,400 couples have met and found love through Columbia?

Some of you met during orientation, on a geology trip, at the bookstore, or in the weight room. Others call your extended family "one big Columbia love story" and say the University has a "permanent place in your heart."

Check out some of this year's submissions and then browse the full collection. Happy Valentine's Day!

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A Dangerous Age: GS Alumna Debuts Novel

 

Many know Kelly Killoren Bensimon '98GS as an author, trendsetter, model, and break out star on Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City. Kelly has made a career reporting on fashion and style with her own insights gleaned from years spent in the fashion industry. With a refreshingly modern sensibility, Kelly translates trends and contemporary culture for the public, with a unique take that is fresh, playful, and accessible.

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School of the Arts' James Schamus Makes Directorial Debut

Earlier this year, Columbia University School of the Art's Film Program faculty James Schamus made his feature directorial debut for the film adaptation of Philip Roth's 2008 novel Indignation. 

Set in 1951 during the Korean War, the story follows Marcus Messner, a young Jewish student from Newark, NJ, who travels on a scholarship to a small conservative Ohio college to avoid the draft. But once there, Marcus's growing infatuation with his beautiful classmate Olivia Hutton, and his clashes with the college's Dean put his and his family's best laid plans to the ultimate test.

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Featured Alumna: Jenna Matecki '11BC

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Jenna Matecki is a Brooklyn-based journalist and the founder and CEO of Matecki & Co., a story development company. She is also the creator and host of Notes on Doing, a weekly podcast that features people who love what they do. 

Before Matecki founded Matecki & Co., she consulted international government clients at a strategic communications and public affairs firm, pitched social media analytics for a tech startup, and consulted at a leading public affairs firm. Matecki graduated from Barnard with a degree in comparative politics. Apart from her work, she teaches classes and is writing a book on Notes on Doing. Jenna also loves traveling, languages (Italian and Spanish), and really good conversations.

Matecki recently spoke with CAA Arts Access about her career.

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Alumni Featured in Forbes '30 Under 30' List

The 2017 Forbes "30 Under 30" list highlights the achievements of some of the most influential and creative minds today. Of the unique and inspiring individuals honored, several hail from Columbia. Read more about them below.*

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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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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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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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Featured Alumna: Alisa Weilerstein '04CC


Women Leading Change

By Shanna Crumley '18SIPA


Columbians are natural leaders wherever they go, putting their vision and passion to work in boardrooms, executive offices, Congressional halls, and beyond.

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