A new era has begun at TC, heralded by a new President and a redoubled focus on working together across our many fields and strengths. It’s an exciting time and one in which our alumni — and their experience, wisdom and influence — have become even more important. Indeed, President Thomas Bailey has hit the ground running in his efforts to reach out to alumni and communicate his vision for making the College an even more powerful force for building a better world.
Read on to learn about his travels and other inspiring alumni doings — including our ongoing programming around issues like smarter parenting, and the inspiring presence of so many illustrious TC graduates during Inauguration Week in December — as well as the launch of our new online directory. It’s all proof that while Teachers College changes for each new era, we continue to function as an extended community — 90,000 strong.
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Since becoming TC's 11th President in July, Tom Bailey has been all about reaching out. His trips to meet alumni and friends have included:
Alumni, family and friends in Miami met President Bailey at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. Photo credit: Patryck Molczan at La Bella Pixel
President Bailey shared his vision for the future of TC with alumni in Miami in January. Photo credit: Patryck Molczan at La Bella Pixel
Miami alumni shared their ideas for building an even stronger TC. Photo credit: Patryk Molczan at La Bella Pixel
A future TC alum? Either way, a reminder that when it comes to education, the play’s the thing. Photo credit: Patryk Molczan at La Bella Pixel
During a lunch hosted by Lin Lougheed (Ed.D. '77) in Miami, President Bailey expressed gratitude to donors and alumni for their support of TC. Photo credit: Linda Colquhoun
In a bit of role reversal, Vikash Reddy (Ph.D. ’16), who during his TC student days worked with Tom Bailey and the Community College Research Center team, stepped into the role of interviewer to help introduce President Bailey to Bay Area alumni in November. Photo credit: Kara Gwyn of Kara Gwyn Photography
Alumni hobnobbed at the Bay Area reception. Photo credit: Kara Gwyn of Kara Gwyn Photography
At President Bailey’s debut event with alumni, in Boston in October, new TC Trustee Charles Desmond (right) interviewed him in front of an audience of alumni and friends. Photo credit: Jeremiah Sjoberg of Jeremiah Sjoberg Photography, LLC
Boston-area alumni and friends enjoyed catching up with one another as well as meeting the new President. Photo credit: Jeremiah Sjoberg of Jeremiah Sjoberg Photography, LLC
At a packed house at the Top of the Hay, President Bailey connected with TC in DC in October, responding to a series of alumni questions moderated by TC Trustee Jay Urwitz. Photo credit: Gethro Geneus of Quantized Pixels
Alumni reconnected and forged new friendships over lunch. Photo credit: Gethro Geneus of Quantized Pixels
Nearly 50 alumni and guests gathered at our annual Federal Policy Institute Reception in D.C., coming together with this year’s inspiring cohort of TC students in January. Attendees were inspired by remarks from Professor Sharon Lynn Kagan (Ed.D. '79), TC Trustee Jay Urwitz and special guest speaker Antoinette Flores, Associate Director for Postsecondary Education at American Progress. Photo credit: Gethro Geneus of Quantized Pixels
President Bailey chats with alumni in Sarasota during a breakfast hosted by trustee Dawn Duquès (M.A. '76) and her husband, Ric, at their home. Photo credit: Rosella Garcia
Distinguished Alumna Nancy K. Schlossberg (far right), an authority on life after retirement, joined alumni at the Duquès home. Photo credit: Rosella Garcia
Trustee Marla Schaefer (M.A. '03, seated to the left of President Bailey) hosted a brunch for alumni at the Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton in January. Photo credit: Patryck Molczan at La Bella Pixel
Faculty emerita Ann Boehm (Ph.D. ’66), pictured with President Bailey, hosted lunch at The Catch of the Pelican for fellow alumni and donors in Naples, Florida in January
TC graduates were out in force at for President Thomas Bailey’s inauguration in December. They came, they saw – and they spoke, eloquently, and performed, too.
Shartriya Collier-Stewart (M.A. ’99) was named the new Associate Dean of the School of Education at Nevada State College.
Stephen Pultz (M.A. ’87) was appointed to the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Board of Directors.
Priya Sircar (M.A. ’11) is now the Director/Arts with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation based in Miami.
Read more class notes — and submit your own — when we launch TConnect, the online alumni network! Stay tuned to emails from TC Alumni Relations for more details.
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Opt in to TConnect, the NEW TC Alumni Online Directory!
Connecting with TC’s global network of 90,000 alumni is about to become easier with the introduction of TConnect — an online, searchable alumni directory! The Office of Alumni Relations is proud to offer this platform, which will allow alumni to build an online profile that includes educational and professional information; share career and personal news; grow their TC network; and connect with old friends. More details about the directory are soon to come! Stay tuned to tc.columbia.edu/alumni/network/ for updates.
Celebrate the TC community at a location near you during this year’s Global TC Day events! Events throughout the summer will include happy hours and trips to museums, concerts and plays. Join alumni around the world as they celebrate the spirit of TC — and share your celebration on social media using #GlobalTCDay.
Don’t miss out on our signature homecoming event, Academic Festival, on Saturday, April 13! The theme of this year’s event — “Creating Pathways for All to Flourish” — reflects President Bailey’s vision for moving the College forward. The day will feature interdisciplinary breakout sessions; the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni and Early Career Awards and the first-ever Alumni Award for Outstanding Service; the fifth annual Golden Alumni Society Reunion; a Student Research Poster Session; and much, much more! Join us at TC to see what’s new at the College, connect with old and new friends, and engage in important conversations.
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