The Inauguration of Laura Sparks

Tuesday, February 06, 2018, 9:45am - 2:00pm

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Laura Sparks

Join us February 6, 2018, for the inauguration of Laura Sparks as the 13th President of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

9:45 am Academic Procession

10:00 am Ceremony in the Great Hall

Presiding

RACHEL L. WARREN
Chair, Board of Trustees

Remarks

JOHN OLESKE
Senior Enforcement Counsel (Executive Division)
Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York

Introduced by KEVIN SLAVIN A’95, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
MIKE ESSL A’96, Dean, Associate Professor, School of Art

Videos: SOPHIA BENNETT HOLMES A’16

THE IRWIN S. CHANIN SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
JEAN BROWNHILL AR’00
Introduced by NADER TEHRANI, Dean
ELIZABETH O’DONNELL AR’83 Associate Dean, Professor

SCHOOL OF ART
JEANNE MOUTOUSSAMY-ASHE A’75
Introduced by MIKE ESSL A’96, Dean, Associate Professor

ALBERT NERKEN SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
STEPHEN WELBY CHE’87
Introduced by RICHARD STOCK, Acting Dean

Investiture of the President and Inaugural Address

LAURA SPARKS

12:00 pm Wreath Laying in Cooper Square and Community Lunch
 

This event will be livestreamed at youtube.com/thecooperunion

Learn more about a week-long schedule of public programming and community events centered around the theme of TRUTH, which was inspired by Peter Cooper's own words:

“My design is to establish this institution, in the hope that unnumbered youth will here receive the inspiration of truth in all its native power and beauty, and find in it a source of perpetual pleasure to spread its transforming influence throughout the world.” 

Students, faculty, and alumni of The Cooper Union interpret Peter Cooper’s words of truth and transformation in an exhibition in the Foundation Building Colonnade.
Participants:

SCHOOL OF ART
Hope Gangloff, 1997 alumna; Jen Williams, adjunct professor; Alfred R. Dudley III, class of 2018, Emily Adamo, 2017 alumna

ALBERT NERKEN SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
Jeffrey D. Knueppel, 1985 alumnus; Anita Raja, associate dean of research and graduate programs and professor of computer science; Chae Jeong, 2016 alumna, class of 2018 M.Eng candidate; Hannah Quirk, class of 2021, Courtney Chiu, class of 2021; Jessica Marshall, 2017 alumna; Sam Keene, associate professor of electrical engieering

THE IRWIN S. CHANIN SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
Daniel Wills, 2012 alumnus, Michael Young, assistant professor, Mira Almazrooei, class of 2019
 

Thank You to Our Inauguration Sponsors

Silver Benefactors

Kevin EE'72 and Patricia Burke 
Thomas ME'77 and Diane Driscoll 
Richard and Ellen Lincer
Patterson Bellknap Webb & Tyler LLC
Rachel L. Warren & Family
Anonymous (2)

Bronze Benefactors

Anne and Albert Chao
Joseph B. Dobronyi, Jr. and Carol A. Montanari
Jeffrey and Paula Gural
Eric ME'89 and Hillary Hirschhorn
Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.
SOS Security LLC
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.
Anonymous

Friend Benefactors

Eric and Gretchen Curry
Mary Dwyer ChE'19
Wanda Felton
Stephen ME'67 and Jane Gerard 
Judith A. Gerrard AR'83 and Robert Tan AR'81
Pepper Hamilton LLC
Peter Katz A'76
Malcolm EE'97 and Danielle King
Scott Lerman A'81
Julian Mayfield A'18
Paul Nikulin CE'06
Kevin Slavin A'95
Robert Spencer
Brian and Shelley Steinwurtzel
Jeremy Wertheimer EE'82

  • 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.