Regional Events

POSTED ON: November 21, 2011

CLASS of 1951 60th Anniversary
Year ReUnion

The Class of 1951 celebrated their 60th anniversary of their graduation from The Cooper Union on Thursday, June 23, 2011. The event began with guided tours of 41 Cooper Square followed by a luncheon at GEMMA in The Bowery Hotel. Special thanks to Class Leaders Stanley Goldstein (EE), Marilyn Marcus (A), Jack Goodman (ME), Alvin Knoll (AR) and Annamay Olsen (A) for hosting the event. The reunion attracted the following alumni and guests from the class (see caption).

Stanley Goldstein (EE), Sarah Goldstein (EE), Marianne Gjersvik (A), Gilbert Gjersvik, Jack Goodman (ME), Charles Gottlieb (A), Jerry Heilweil (ME), Walter K Kahn (EE), Barbara Kahn, Alvin Knoll (AR), Donna Knoll, Merrill Krakauer (EE), Myron Levitsky (ME), Harriet Lowe (A), Joseph H. Lowe, Marilyn Marcus (A), Lenore Most (A), Barbara Most, Annamay Olsen (A), Harry Rosenberg, PE (EE), Norman Shapiro (A), Alvin Soffler (ME)

CU@The Frying Pan | July 7
The Frying Pan, a historic lightship docked at Pier 66, was boarded by CU Alumni who enjoyed the warm summer weather and cold drinks.

Event Coordinators:Melanie Chung (CE’07) and Lefty Pittas (CE’11).

CU@Long Island Brookhaven National Lab
August 14
Alumni and their guests visited Brookhaven National Lab for its Community Summer Sunday open house. They visited the tunnel that houses the twin particle accelerators,the PHENIX and STAR particle detector experiments and AnDY, an experiment which will performa polarized Drell-Yan (DY) feasibility test—annihilating a quark and an antiquark in a hadron-hadron collision. A surprise highlight was a chance encounter with Joseph Tuozzolo (ME’76), who works at BNL and was facilitating tours that day.
Event Coordinator: Charlie Cassella (EE’68).
Perry Kazin,Mystery Guest, Alice Kazin, Charles von Schmidt (A’73), Gary Kazin (ChE’69), Joe Tuozzolo (ME’76, Ezra Thompson (A’99, Karina Tipton (CE’99)

Chicago Regional Event
August 19
A pop-up event was held at Homa Shojaie’s (AR’91) art opening at the Chicago Artists’ Coalition,where Shojaie is a BOLT Resident. Alumni attendees not only saw the BOLT show but were also treated to a tour of Shojaie’s studio downstairs in the Chicago Artists’ Coalition building. Event organizers: Zev Soloman (AR’01),Michal Raz-Russo (AR’01) and Malini Ramanarayanan (CHE’00).
Paul Korniczky (ME’82),Barnaby Wauters (AR’92), Homa Shojaie (AR’91),Michal Raz-Russo (AR’01), Zev Soloman (AR’01),Mary Lynch (ChE’82), Herbert Migdoll (A’57),Malini Ramanarayanan (ChE’00)

Phoenix Regional Event
September 10
The AZ Cooper Union Alumni had a wonderful get together on Saturday, Sept 10, 2011! A total of 15, seven alumni and their families attended. They met at the new Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. Janet Reed (AR’80) organized this event.
L to R: Anthony Ferraro (AR’66) and wife Rose, Jeffrey Kerner (ENG’65) and wife Renee, Corinna Fritsch (AR’86) and husband Kevin Moore, Janet Reed (AR’80) and husband Richard, (rear row) Jacqueline Kachman (A’88) and husband Peter Roalofs and baby Shayna. (Other attendees: Robert Tieni (AR’80) and wife Ellie and Murray Sharkey (ENG’64) and wife Vicki)

CU@QUEENS | Maker Faire
September 17
Alumni met at the 2011 Maker Faire held at the New York Hall of Science for the worlds largest DIY festival showcasing invention, creativity and resourcefulness of the Maker mindset. Event Coordinator was Karina Tipton (CE’99).

September 25
Alumni were in Greenpoint, Brooklyn for a private studio tour with Zoe Pettijohn Schade (A’95). In this cozy and cheerful setting we heard Zoe explain her gouache paintings and the research that she has done on how the brain sees and how patterns help the brain process visual information. In her painted works she uses her considerable knowledge of vision cognition to deliver an experience for the viewer that is long lasting. As the viewer comprehends each layer of pattern in her works, another pattern located beneath the first and partially obscured by the layers above it begins to emerge, followed by another and another.We also heard about Zoe’s work on the restoration of “Jane’s Carousel” in Dumbo, Brooklyn. She restored the paintings on the carousel’s ceiling and painted and gilded all the architecture of the carousel. Event Coordinator was Mary Lynch (ChE’82).
L to R: Xenia Diente (A’99), David Sena (A’97), Zoe Pettijohn Schade (A’95), Ling-Wei Chang (EE’82), Maureen Rozanski, Peter Cafiero (CE’83),Mary Lynch (Che’82) and Rocco Cetera (CE’99)

Engineering Mock Interview Night
October 6
The Engineering Mock Interview Night was held in the Foundation Building Colonnade. Sponsored by the Albert Nerken School of Engineering, the Center for Career Development, and the Office of Alumni Affairs, the event encourages alumni to provide valuable insight to assist current students in preparing for interviews for internships, jobs,and graduate school.

CU@New York Cares Day Pop-Up | October 15
Alumni joined thousands of New Yorkers for the city’s largest volunteer day and volunteered to help a school in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. New York Cares meets pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer service.


  • 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.