A New Role at the Los Angeles Times

Sewell Chan ’94, who left The New York Times to serve as the Los Angeles Times’ Deputy Managing Editor, has transitioned into a new role at the organization. In April, 2020, Chan assumed the position of editor of the publication’s Editorial, Op-Ed, and Sunday Opinion pages.…

Alumna Appointed to New York State Board of Regents

Frances SCHIFF Wills ’59 was appointed to the New York State Board of Regents in March 2020. Wills, a retired schools superintendent, has served in education for over fifty years; twenty-five of which were spent in Maine. In New York, she had most recently served as schools superintendent for the …

Robert Lopez ’93 Receives Award and Works on a New Musical

Robert Lopez has received another award for his songwriting, this time for the compositions that he and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, created for Frozen 2. Now in its sixth year, the Variety Artisans award recognizes distinctive contributions to the filmmaking process by artists who have “exhibited the most exciting and …

Justice Kagan Receives Gold Medal for Distinguished Service

Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan ’77 was named the 2020 recipient of the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) Gold Medal for Distinguished Service in the Law. Presented annually, the award is given to a lawyer who has achieved “outstanding legal accomplishments and holds an active interest in and …

A Grammy Award for Classical Music

Recording Engineer Barry Werger ’87 is among the 2020 Grammy award winners for Best Classical Compendium, The Poetry of Places. The album features works for solo piano, two, pianos, percussion, electronics, voice, and toy piano that have been inspired by exquisite architecture and places. The eight compositions each reference

Tribute to a Jazz Legend

Pianist and composer Roberta Piket ’83 and her sextet performed a tribute concert honoring celebrated jazz pianist and NPR radio host Marian McPartland in December 2019. The show, held at Flushing Town Hall, was a return to the borough for the musician who was born in Queens to a musical …

Luke Melas-Kyriazi ’16 Named Rhodes Scholar

Luke Melas-Kyriazi ’16 is among thirty-two Americans named as Rhodes Scholars representing the United States in 2020. Melas-Kyriazi, currently a senior at Harvard pursuing a B.A. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Computer Science, was selected from an initial pool of over 2,900 applicants.

The Rhodes Scholarship allows for study

Linda Fried ’66, M.D., MPH Honored by The Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation

This year’s recipient of the Alma Dei Morani Renaissance Woman Award is Linda Fried, Dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. The award, which is the highest honor bestowed by The Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation, was named for Alma Dei Morani, M.D., the first woman admitted …

Chronicling the Life of a Paralympic Athlete

Pola Rapoport ’73 was invited for a month-long Artist’s Residency at the Yaddo Artists’ Colony in Saratoga Springs, New York. In her residency, Rapoport will be editing her new documentary film, Marieke: Death and the Racer.

The film is centered on the life of paralyzed Belgian athlete Marieke Vervoort, who …