August 21, 2018

September News and Upcoming Events

The ancient Romans called the hottest, most humid days of summer diēs caniculārēs or dog days. Perhaps as our reward for surviving them, London has now blessed us with brief rains and even some breezes.

On one of the warmest days in August, the Lions (pictured above) were out in force during the 1st Annual US Alumni Field Day in Wimbledon. A fiercely contested afternoon, CUCL placed 2nd after a nail biting round of flip cup to decide the winner (after crushing Georgetown in rounders, Harvard in volleyball and Stanford/Princeton in bocce).

Whilst the weather is still great, join us for outdoor volleyball on sandy courts with other Ivies, our next happy hour in the biergarten of a Hackney brewery, and a family friendly walking tour around the City of London.

We’ll plan enough indoor events in the coming months (including Columbia Connects and our annual Holiday Party; see below), so share the outdoors with CUCL this September. We even have a few spots left for CUCL’s version of Under the Tuscan Sun—an exclusive wine tasting weekend at the Poderi di Capo d’Uomo Estate.

As always, more is in the works, so stay tuned and be sure to follow us on  webpage, facebook and instagram.

Please also keep in touch. We’d love to get feedback on events you’ve attended, or the types of activities you’d like the club to plan. Reach out at [email protected]

Enjoy the Bank Holiday this Monday, and we'll see you soon!

— The CUCL Board


Here’s what you (may have) missed:


CVC Roundtable: Starting an Entrepreneurial Journey



The newly re-launched Columbia Venture Club (CVC) is growing strong as their second event sold out.  The event was an informal and engaging round table happy hour where participants networked and discussed topics centred around the theme of “starting an entrepreneurial journey.”  It was great to meet so many new members and learn about their entrepreneurial interests and stages of their journeys so that we can create appropriate and meaningful events as we move forward and continue to build the Columbia Alumni Entrepreneurship scene here in London.

To learn more about CVC, check out our website group online HERE.




Arts Access: American Moor at Shakespeare’s Globe


CUCL enjoyed a powerful 85-minutes at Sam Wanamaker Theatre at Shakespeare's Globe. The solo play, written and performed by African-American actor, Keith Hamilton-Cobb, opened the door to a crucial dialogue examining the experience and perspective of black men in America through the metaphor of William Shakespeare’s character, Othello.

During the post-show discussion (moderated by Michael Witmore, Director of Folger Shakespeare Library) one audience member called it, “the most important night at the theatre he’d ever had.” After the performance, a wine reception was hosted to celebrate the work. A big thank you to director Kim Weild (SoA ‘07) for letting us be part of the evening.



Special Event | Last Call:


Wine tasting weekend at Capo D’uomo, Tuscany, Italy | September 28-30 


We have a few open rooms left for our exclusive weekend at the Poderi di Capo d’Uomo Estate. The weekends price includes two nights stay, meals, tasting and tours for the weekend surrounded by a backdrop of vineyards, olive groves and the sea. Please feel free to book for you and your partner or friend—plus ones are welcome (there are King and Twin-based rooms available). 

There are a lot of details, so please read the full description. 



Join Us:


Upcoming CUCL Events for September:


September Happy Hour | Wednesday Sept 5 18:30

Come share a cheeky pint with fellow alumni at the newly opened St. John's at Hackney brewery. Tap their taps, eat from the Greek Cypriot grill and enjoy the last of the summer sun in the garden out back. SJAH is "beer for all sorts" just as CUCL is a club for all sorts so feel free to brings friends, partners, pets, colleagues etc.





Late Summer Tennis | Saturday Sept 8 14:00

Our CUCL Tennis group organizes a number of informal tennis events throughout the year. Join us in September for an afternoon of friendly play. All levels are welcome.

The ticket price (£20) covers court hire, drinks, snacks, and balls. BYOR (bring your own racket) or rent from the venue.




City of London Walking Tour | Sunday Sept 16 15:30

From the Tower of London to the Barbican, this private (to CUCL) guided walk ventures through the heart of the City, taking in iconic skyscrapers, Classical grandeur and high-tech Futurism.




Intra-Ivy Beach Volleyball | Saturday Sept 22 13:00

What better way to enjoy the first day of Autumn than with sand between your toes? Come out to Borough for a friendly afternoon of Volleyball with your fellow Ivies.


Save the Date:


Columbia Giving Day | October 24

Every October, Columbians around the world—alumni, students, parents, friends, neighbors, faculty, and staff—come together for Giving Day, a 24-hour online fundraising event. We support the schools, programs, and causes that are important to us, helping them earn matching funds, and we foster innovative research, revelatory art, championship athletics, and the transformative experience of a Columbia education. When you give on our seventh annual Giving Day, this October 24, your gifts will go farther! Stay tuned for how you can give through the London Club.



Holiday Party Planning Committee

Feeling full of holiday cheer? Are you a festive soul? Want to help plan the holiday party to end all holiday parties? Then let us know! We can use all the help we can get to top the smashing success of last year's event. Send us an email and let us know what role you'd like to play: [email protected]

Register to Vote:

Since 2006, Vote From Abroad (VFA) had been dedicated to helping US citizens vote from absolutely anywhere in the world. In partnership with the US Alumni Club, VFA is working with local clubs to assure anyone living in the UK know their rights and can register to vote in the midterm elections this November.

Each state has their own deadlines, so please visit to lean more.

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