Your Weekly Low Down | August 19, 2016

The Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) was victorious at the ALUMpics! Read about this and more exciting news in this week's Low Down roundup: 


  • Columbia alumni have been known to wear their passions and school pride proudly. Earlier this year, that concept was made a reality with the launch of the CAA Shop—a new online store featuring products with designs and messaging that help alumni represent the CAA, the University, and important global causes. See how far we've come along... 


  • Christian Saffran '14GS, a former NYPD undercover police officer, is now pursuing a combined medical degree and doctorate at at Weill Cornell Medical College. Way to go!

  • The CAA swept last week's ALUMpics and earned five gold medals. Here's a recap of the competition.

  • Talk about a global alumni community—Youssef Cherif '09GSAS posted a great photo this week: "When current and former @Columbia students meet in #Carthage, #Tunisia!"

  • Every once in a while, The Low Down likes to shake things up a bit and give you a peek at some other Columbia-related podcasts out there. This week, we featured an episode from the Columbia Energy Exchange podcast. The Columbia Energy Exchange is a weekly podcast series by the Columbia's Center on Global Energy Policy at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Each episode explores the most pressing energy issues with top leaders in government, business, academia, and civil society to enhance the global energy policy dialogue. Take a listen.


  • One of the many enviable perks of being on Columbia's campus is being able to meet people of all different cultures and backgrounds just by walking around. Notably, this includes the celebrities and renowned individuals that Columbia students may just casually bump into and meet. 

    Over the past couple of years, a number of well-known names have made their mark on Columbia's campus. We rounded them up on The Low Down this week.