Your Weekly Low Down | April 1, 2016

Catch up on the latest news from your Columbia alumni community this week.


  • This week, we gave NCAA's March Madness our own flair with #ColumbiaMovieMadness! Our bracket-style knockout tournament started with eight of the most iconic movies set in or featuring characters related to Columbia University (our "Elite 8," if you will). We're in the process of narrowing that list down until we crown a sole champion.

    There's still time to participate! The semifinal matches were posted on the CAA Twitter this morning. You have three days to cast your votes. We will post the championship "game" matchup on Monday, April 4 at 10 a.m. ET.

    Check out who's still in the running here.


  • Urban planner and social scientist Kian Tajbakhsh '93GSAPP has been appointed a visiting professor at Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. 

  • Megan Griffith '07CC has been hired as the head women's basketball coach. In other basketball news, the men's team rounded out a historic season Tuesday as it picked up the program's first postseason tournament championship title with a 73-67 win over UC Irvine to claim the 2016 Postseason Tournament Championship crown. Roar, Lion, Roar!




  • Columbia Business School and Barnard College created an Executive Education program aimed at women: "Women in Leadership: Expanding Influence and Leading Change." The program is designed to "help elevate the impact of women leaders—enabling them to navigate the business landscape, develop and leverage their talents, and step into roles of greater influence."

    To discuss women's role in the workplace, we sat down with the women running this new Executive Education program: Rochelle Cooper '84BC, '88TC, '89TC, Rita McGrath '81BC, '82SIPA, and Elana Weinstein of Barnard's Athena Center for Leadership.