December 30, 2017

Happy Holidays and 2018 Events



We hope everyone had a wonderful and restful holiday. As 2017 draws to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the last 12 months. First, we want to give special thanks to our outgoing President, Maria Shiao (SEAS 1986), who helped breathe life back into the club. Her tireless dedication has laid a strong foundation on which we will continue to build. As your incoming President (Courtney Cesari, CC ‘04) and Vice President (Stephen Elms, SoA ‘08) we are honored to continue to contribute to the CUCL legacy. In October, we had the privilege of returning to Morningside and participating in the Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend (CALW). Over the span of a few days we met other club leaders from around the globe, exchanged ideas, and formed bonds. London (along with all of the UK) has the unique distinction of being the largest cluster of alumni outside of the US. As you can imagine, organizing and managing a club of over 4,000 members is a large undertaking. And that’s why we are so dependent on our community of volunteers. So as you welcome 2018, please consider your New Year's resolution to be more active with the club. For some that will be helping plan an event or activity (volunteers are always welcome). For other, it will be simply showing up at a few events. But be involved! You are a student at Columbia for a brief moment, but a Columbia alumni forever.

If we haven’t met already, please introduce yourself at a future event.

Wishing you a very happy and roaring New Year!

— Courtney & Stephen + the rest of the CUCL Executive team


President Courtney Cesari (CC ‘04) and Vice President Stephen Elms (SoA ‘08) having just received a certificate of appreciation from Columbia Alumni Association President Donna MacPhee ('89CC) — October 7, 2017

Survey Winners!


Thanks to all who participated in our survey—trust that we are listening and incorporating your suggestions and input moving forward. And although the survey is over, we’re always open to suggestions on how to strengthen the club so feel free to reach out. Our lucky winners will be contacted via email to arrange delivery of the cinema tickets and Columbia swag.

Events Roundup

Open Board Meeting

Special thanks to all who attended our 2017’s Open Board Meeting (especially to those who took the time to call in from the US or elsewhere). Joining the existing Executive team were about a dozen new volunteers who are newly appointed to assist with Young Alumni, Arts Access, CVC (Columbia Venture Community). We have a few events in the pipeline together with Columbia Business School, SIPA, and focused around energy, journalism, Lunar New Year. As always, please feel free to be in touch with Club leadership with ideas, requests and feedback.

We will keep the Club posted about the next Open Board meetings.

Annual Holiday Party


The roulette wheel spun, the holiday tunes were on repeat, and the prosecco flowed. Our evening at the Hippodrome Casino was a great kickoff to the month of December, aka holiday party season. The Roulette Learn-to-Play table gave CUCL a risk-free way to play black and red in the same space where Audrey Hepburn received a BAFTA, and performers have included (but are not limited to) Charlie Chaplin, Harry Houdini, and Prince. We look forward to enjoying future events at the Hippodrome Casino’s expansive and historical space.

January Events

US Alumni Club Monthly Tipple | Tuesday January 9 @ 7:00pm

Don’t let a dry January shy you away from networking with fellow Columbians and American University alumni in London. CUCL’s January happy hour will join forces with the US Alumni Club’s Tipple, their monthly get together open to all alumni of US Universities. It's the perfect opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow alums every second Tuesday of the month.

When & Where:

The Art of Sanctions: A View from the Field | Wednesday January 17

With Richard Nephew, Senior Research Scholar and Program Director at the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University and former Principal Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the US State Department.

When & Where:

While sanctions have become a preferred tool used by Western policymakers to respond to international security threats, their effectiveness is often challenged. To achieve foreign policy aims, sanctions must consider the role of business and industry, and adapt to the tactics used by targets to evade sanctions. In his latest book, Richard Nephew draws on lessons learnt from past sanctions regimes and provides a practical framework for how sanctions can be designed, implemented and adapted with greater success.

CUCL Young Alumni Happy Hour | Saturday January 20 3pm

Please join newly appointed Young Alumni representative, Maximilian Mancini, CC ‘16 at The Old Queen’s Head in Angel for an early evening drink along with fellow fresh undergraduate alums.

When & Where:


All Ivy Plus New Year Drinks | Saturday January 27 7:30pm


The Yale Club of London and the Harvard Club UK warmly invite fellow young professionals from our partner US college alumni clubs (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, UPenn and Stanford) to celebrate the start of 2018 at the first Ivy Plus event of the year!

For this special occasion, we have prepared an evening of drinks at one of Soho's most exciting bars, Six Storeys! The reconverted bank, offers six distinct styles, one on each floor. We have reserved the Lounge on the 3rd floor just for us from 7.30pm until 1am.

There will be an open bar of wine, beer and soft drinks from 8pm to 10pm, so do arrive promptly to make the most out of this wonderful venue! After the open bar closes, there will be plenty of time to enjoy other house speciality drinks while making new friends and reconnecting with old ones!

Places are limited, so make sure you register to in advance to avoid disappointment HERE

Save the Date

US Alumni Club Quiz Night | Thursday March 22

While we will have a few events before then, CUCL has confirmed a team spot for the highly competitive Quiz Night. We need to fill eight seats (and encourage attendees who wish to drink, watch and support even if they don’t want to play) around a variety of topics, e.g. sports, pop culture, politics, geography so if you are keen, please email [email protected].


The 2017 CUCL Quiz Night Team 


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