Cooper Fund Leadership Circle Reception 2014

POSTED ON: December 3, 2014

Camille and Alan Kramer EE'70 with engineering students Jonathan Weinrib and Kelvin Lin<br><br> Mark Epstein A'76 (center) with School of Art students Lino Fernandez, Arpana Rayamajhi, Mateo Nava and Stephen Gurtowski Deke and Roberta Dening with Karmen Chong, a civil engineering senior and recipient of the Deke and Roberta Dening Scholarship Engineering students Ashish Pokharel and Jordan Selig with Hillary and Eric Hirschhorn ME'87

President Jamshed Bharucha (l) and Richard Lincer (r) flank Jack Donnellan, Sophie Landau, Cyan Miller and Quinee Quintana
Camille and Alan Kramer EE'70 with engineering students Jonathan Weinrib and Kelvin Lin

The second annual reception of The Cooper Fund Leadership Circle drew a lively crowd of donors, students, trustees, faculty and the President of The Cooper Union to the Stuyvesant-Fish House on November 13. The Cooper Fund Leadership Circle recognizes donors who contribute a total of $10,000 or more in the prior fiscal year. This past fiscal year 83 donors supported Cooper at this level, an increase of 15 percent in the number of donors over the previous year, with their giving totaling over $4 million.

"Your support is critical to help us sustain Cooper’s unique educational experience, attract the brightest students and provide additional financial support to those who need it the most," Richard Lincer, chairman of the board of trustees, told the group.

One of the benefits of giving a total of $10,000 or more in a fiscal year is that named scholarships are established for each donor.  Students are then nominated by the academic leadership to receive the honor of being a named Cooper Fund Scholar. 

"This annual event is held to thank you – our most generous supporters – and to introduce you to some of the remarkable students here at Cooper whom you support through your contributions," President Bharucha said to the assembled guests.

One pair of attending donors, Deke and Roberta Dening, met Karmen Chong, a civil engineering senior and recipient of a scholarship in their name. "At Cooper Union, our son [John Reynolds Dening CE'99 and MCE'03] got an education worth many thousands of dollars," Mr. Dening said. "We can never pay that back, but we gladly pay it forward."

Photos by Michael DiVito/Cooper Union
  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.