In addition to the naming opportunities for The Campbell Sports Center and supporting The Championship Performance Initiative through The Fund for Excellence, we are focusing on several other ongoing sport-specific initiatives, such as:
THE JOHN HUEMER SECOND ASSISTANT COACH OF WRESTLING ENDOWMENT
The John Huemer Second Assistant Coach of Wrestling Endowment was established through the leadership support of Andrew F. Barth ’83CC in 2011. Now, the Wrestling Community has been challenged to raise an additional $500,000 to match Andy’s generosity and bring the endowment total to $1 million, fully endowing the second assistant coach position. Doing so would make Columbia Wrestling the only program in the country to have all three coaching positions endowed. Columbia Athletics’ goal is to achieve this milestone by Wrestling Homecoming 2013 on February 16th, 2013.
John Huemer was one of Columbia’s most passionate coaches, and had a tremendous influence on Wrestling student-athletes. For many, John was one of the first points of contact with the program. He worked tirelessly on the recruiting trail to keep the wrestling program as competitive as possible.
In line with this goal, Wrestling hired former NCAA All-American Adam Hall as the second assistant coach in September 2011, after an outstanding athletic and academic career at Boise State University. Adam has been crucial to raising the level of excellence in the Wrestling program, bringing his trademark tenacity to Columbia. In his first season, Hall helped coach two middleweights, juniors Jake O'Hara (157) and Steve Santos (149) to the NCAA Championships. Hall continues to train as he works toward earning a spot on the team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
It is important that we raise the balance of the Huemer endowment so that our student-athletes and coaching staff can start experiencing its benefits now. In order to keep attracting the top talent of athletes and coaches, please consider making a gift to this endowment, in honor of the greatest recruiter in Columbia Wrestling history.
Click here to make your gift online today to the Huemer Endowment or contact Corey Aronstam, Director of Development for Athletics at 212-851-7458 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get involved.
THE ROWING ENDOWMENT
One of Columbia Rowing's most ardent alumni supporters, Tom Cornacchia '85CC, established the Columbia Rowing Endowment in 2010.
The endowment equitably supports the spending needs of the varsity men’s heavyweight, men’s lightweight, and women’s rowing programs. On a year-to-year basis, the endowment provides rowing with current use funds incremental to annual fundraising dollars, which support immediate priorities. Long term, the endowment is of incredible importance, as it will permanently sustain and enhance ongoing operations, enable program improvements, and help provide our more than 100 rowing student-athletes with the best possible experience at Columbia.
After his initial endowment gift, Tom made a pledge for an additional $500,000 match—provided the rowing community could raise $500,000 toward the endowment in response. We successfully raised $500,000 by December 2011 in order to meet the $500,000 match and grew the endowment to a total of $2 million.
At the 2011 Rowing Banquet, Tom announced that he was putting up a second match, with the goal of growing the Rowing Endowment to $3 million. By the end of Fiscal Year 2013, especially because of funds raised at the 2012 Rowing Banquet, the Rowing Endowment grew to over $2.5 million. The goal remains to hit $3 million by the end of the Campaign in December 2013.
"Tom Cornacchia's generosity extends far beyond this tremendous leadership gift," said M. Dianne Murphy, Director, Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education. "His commitment and passion for the rowing program are unparalleled. We are so appreciative of his generous support of Columbia Rowing."
"I believe the college rowing experience provides lessons and friendships that carry forward throughout life,” Cornacchia said. “My hope is that the establishment of a permanent endowment for all three rowing programs at Columbia will help ensure the ability for all current and future generations of Columbia University students to share these experiences."
Cornacchia was a four-year letterwinner for Columbia's heavyweight rowing program during the 1980s under head coach Ted Bonanno. Cornacchia capped his career by rowing in the stroke seat, competing in straight and coxed fours at the 1985 Henley Regatta in England. Cornacchia is a managing director at Goldman Sachs in New York.
Click here to make your gift online today to the Rowing Endowment or contact Corey Aronstam, Director of Development for Athletics at 212-851-7458 or email@example.com for more information on how to get involved.
THE MEN’S SOCCER AND THE WOMEN’S SOCCER PROGRAM ENDOWMENTS
Established by anonymous donors, the men’s and women’s soccer programs are both working on growing their new endowments. The endowments will help supplement assistant coach salaries, team travel, and equipment needs.
The women’s soccer team frequently travels to preseason tournaments to prepare for Ivy League competition—in 2012, to Washington D.C. The men’s soccer program has recently re-energized their alumni community, which included hosting an end-of-the-season banquet for players, family, and alumni.
Both programs are looking to build on successful seasons in the future with the help of these program endowments.
Make your gift online today to the “Men's Soccer Endowment” or the "Women's Soccer Endowment" or contact Corey Aronstam, Director of Development for Athletics at 212-851-7458 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get involved.
THE KAREN BLANK AWARD ENDOWMENT
Columbia Athletics is raising money to establish a new award in honor of Barnard Dean of Studies Karen Blank. “Our goal is to establish the Blank Award Endowment by the Varsity C Celebration in the Spring,” said Director of Development for Athletics Corey Aronstam.” The 92nd Annual Varsity C Celebration will be on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 and will feature the first presentation of the Karen Blank Award.
The new award will be presented to the female student-athlete enrolled in Barnard College who exemplifies the qualities of academic success, athletic achievement, strong sporting behavior and commitment to community. A grant from the Blank Award Endowment shall be allocated each year to the winning student-athlete's varsity team.
"Karen Blank has been an absolutely invaluable part of the Columbia and Barnard campus communities for nearly 30 years," Dr. Murphy said. "As the faculty athletics representative for Columbia's athletics program, Karen's passion for equity and diversity was exemplary. We are thrilled to be able to endow an award that will exemplify the enthusiasm, dedication, and commitment to academic and athletic excellence that Karen has demonstrated during her tenure. We thank our fabulous donors for their contributions in making this award possible."
Blank began her career with Columbia and Barnard as Columbia College's associate dean for student affairs in 1984. Blank was responsible for a wide variety of advisory functions for the College's undergraduates, including academic advising and student discipline. She also chaired the College Committee on Academic Standing.
In 1993, Blank was named Barnard's dean of studies. In that post Blank was responsible for advising all students on their academic programs; she also served as the advisor to Barnard's honor board and chaired the Faculty Committee on Programs and Academic Standing.
"There is no stronger advocate for students and no one more deserving of this honor than Dean Blank," said Barnard President Debora L. Spar. "This award is a fitting tribute to a woman who inspired generations of young people to reach greater heights. In addition to her years at Columbia, Karen has been a beloved member of the Barnard community for nearly 20 years and the students she advised were buoyed by her devoted support and encouragement. The Barnard community takes enormous pride in Dean Blank's work and legacy."
A strong campus advocate for the athletics program, Blank served as the University's Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) to the NCAA for more than 10 years.
"Karen Blank has been a treasured colleague throughout the course of her career at Columbia University and Barnard College. Her dedication to our students, and our student-athletes, and her fellow faculty members is second to none," Professor Grieve said. "We are proud to recognize Karen for her incredible contribution to the academic and personal development of countless Columbia and Barnard women over the years."
Make your gift online today by selecting “Other” and writing in “Blank Award Endowment” or contact Corey Aronstam, Director of Development for Athletics at 212-851-7458 or email@example.com for more information on how to get involved.