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Archives - 2003

Archived news from the year:

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Dean Fischbach Honors Assemblyman Farrell
The Columbia University Medical Center community gathered together on December 1st. to honor Assemblyman Herman "Denny" Farrell. Dean Gerald D. Fischbach presented Assemblyman Farrell with the Inaugural Dean's Distinguished Public Service Award. Assemblyman Farrell has represented Northern Manhattan in the New York State Assembly since 1974 and throughout his career has been a true friend to academic medicine and Columbia. In addition to serving as the Chair of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, one of the most influential positions in state government, Assemblyman Farrell is also Chair of the New York County Democratic Party and the New York State Democratic Committee.

Pictured from left to right are Sam Silverstein, Dean Fischbach, Helen Morik,Assemblyman Farrell, Ira Lamster, Ross Frommer, Emily Lloyd, and Gerald Thomson.

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Local Police Visit Columbia, Come Away with Breakfast, not Suspects
On October 21st, Columbia University Health Sciences hosted the second annual breakfast with local police. Dean Gerald D. Fischbach, the Office of Government and Community Affairs, and Columbia University Security sponsored the event. Captains James Kehoe of the 34th precinct and Jason Wilcox of the 33rd precinct had the opportunity to address the Health Sciences community and answer questions. Assistant Chief Ray Diaz was also present. Among the issues raised were steps citizens can take to help protect themselves, parking enforcement, and traffic flow on the streets surrounding the medical center.

Dean Fischbach noted in his remarks that violent crime, both citywide and in the Northern Manhattan, had dropped significantly in the past ten years and that Washington Heights is now a safe and welcoming place for students, patients, and employees. Ken Finnegan, Acting Assistant Vice President of Security at Columbia, added that this has been an especially busy year for the police. There was the blackout in August, the water main break in October, and the Columbia 250th Anniversary celebration that saw attendance of over 13,000 people at Baker Field for the football game. He did not even mention the nearly 10,000 people who attended the Take Time for Health Day celebration at the Medical Center in May.

The breakfast also afforded the Health Sciences community the opportunity to recognize George Smartt, who just retired after nineteen years of service to Columbia, most recently as Assistant Vice President for Security.
Columbia University Director of Security Jeannine Jennette (l) and Acting Assistant Vice President of Security Ken Finnegan (r) welcome (l to r) Captain Jason Wilcox, Captain James Kehoe, and Assistant Chief Ray Diaz

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September 25th was Herbert and Florence Day as Columbia University and New York Presybeterian Hospital paid tribute to the Irvings and thanked them for their many years of support. Over the past thirty-five years, the Irvings have given almost $90 million to the University and the Hospital. Above, Dean Gerald Fischbach (left) and Hospital President Herb Pardes (right) present the Irvings with a letter from Mayor Michael Bloomberg recognizing the Irvings for their contriubiton to medical research, education, and patient care.

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Dean Fischbach Appears in Video Examining Patriotism
photo of Dean FischbachColumbia University Health Sciences has joined with the Committee for Citizen Awareness to help produce a video on patriotism. This video, Patriotism and You, explores the role of patriotism in America, both in daily life and in the aftermath of September 11th. The video includes appearances by Secretary of State Collin Powell, Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE), Ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and former Senators and war veterans Bob Dole (R-KS) and Max Cleland (D-GA). Several students also give their thoughts on patriotism.

Dean Gerald Fischbach provides an introduction to the video and Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY) tells the audience his thoughts on patriotism. The presentation ends with some final thoughts by Dean Fischbach.
This video will be available at all libraries and schools in Northern Manhattan. The Office of Government and Community Affairs will also maintain a copy. For more information on this video or the Committee for Citizen Awareness, visit their website at: http://www.citizenawareness.org

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Assembly Higher Ed. Chairman Visits Columbia
On September 4th, 2003 Assemblyman Ron Canestrari, a Democrat from the Albany area, visited Columbia. Assemblyman Canestrari is the Chairman of the Assembly Higher Education Committee and came to campus to meet with University leaders and see first hand some of the things Columbia is doing. He spent the first part of the day touring Manhattanville and meeting with Executive Vice President Emily Lloyd. They discussed Columbia's plans for campus development. After lunch at the Faculty Club with Dean Fischbach and others, Dean Ira Lamster took the Assemblyman on a tour of one of the school's dental clinics, with which he was very impressed.

Assemblyman Canestrari chats with Vice President Lloyd during lunch at the Faculty Club.
Assemblyman Canestrari flanked by Dean Lamster and dental student Narmatha Sinnarajah.

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