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Alumni Reunion Weekend: Class Chair, Anniversary Committee Appreciation Dinner

Dean Lee Goldman welcomed class chairs and anniversary class committee members to a special appreciation dinner May 12 at the Donald F. Tapley Faculty Club. Reporting on the state of the school, Dr. Goldman explained record numbers of applicants to P&S by saying the school appeals to applicants because of the new curriculum with its emphasis on team-based learning and early exposure to the clinical experience and the new Columbia-Bassett Program in primary care and rural medicine. The dean also reported on plans to build the Vagelos Medical and Graduate Education Building, thanks to a lead gift of $50 million from Diana and P. Roy Vagelos’54. The new building will be located on Haven Avenue between Towers 2 and 3.

Richard J. Stock’47, chair of the P&S Annual Fund, reported a total of $1,643,000 in gifts. Pledges to the capital campaign, started in 2003, have topped $160,400,000.

Dr. Stock passed the mic to Peter M. Bolo’85, chair of the Class of 1985, who gave a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek list of the top 10 tips for effective class chairs.

Roy VagelosThe guest of honor and featured speaker, Dr. Vagelos, chair of the CUMC Board of Visitors and of the Defining the Future capital campaign, spoke of the staggering financial burden of medical education on today’s students, for whom the cost is now $300,000. “Seventy-five percent of our students require some form of financial aid,” he said, “graduating with an average debt of $120,000.” He appealed to all in attendance to give to scholarships. “I would think that one of the objectives of the alumni going forward is to eliminate all debt.” He emphasized that his gift to the education building is only a beginning, and many attractive naming opportunities are still available in the new education complex.