Saturday, October 13, 2007

Ka-Ching!!


Thanks Bob!


On Friday, October 12, Columbia University will launch The Columbia Campaign for Athletics: Achieving Excellence, a $100 million initiative in support of “people, places, and programs.” To date, Columbia has raised more than $40.5 million toward the overall goal.



The kickoff, to take place at a special ceremony in Low Memorial Library on the eve of Columbia’s homecoming weekend, will see the announcement of the two leadership pledges made to The Columbia Campaign for Athletics: $10 million from University Trustees Chair Bill Campbell ’62CC and $5 million from Robert Kraft ’63CC. Campbell, the chair of Intuit, is a former football captain and head football coach at Columbia; Kraft, chairman of The Kraft Group and owner of the NFL’s New England Patriots, played football for the Lions.



“The effort made by Columbia student-athletes enriches their own educational experiences even as it brings us closer as a university community,” said President Lee C. Bollinger. “This campaign aims to make participation in athletics as meaningful and successful as possible.”



“Columbia University is committed to excellence in all of its programs and departments, including athletics,” said Campbell. “My gift, like the campaign as a whole, is intended to help the athletics program provide the best possible experience for Columbians today and tomorrow.”



“I believe that the formula for success in any business requires strong leadership and teamwork,” Kraft said. “There is no better environment than Columbia University Athletics to teach those skills.”



M. Dianne Murphy, director of intercollegiate athletics and physical education, said: “The Columbia Campaign for Athletics is about ensuring that we deliver winning teams and championship performances. We intend to win—and we are serious about being the best. Our athletics program is dedicated to quality and excellence in all that we do.”



Campaign priorities include:



• endowing coaching and administrative positions in order to recruit, develop, and retain outstanding coaches and administrators;



• investing in facilities, including a new sports center to be built at the Baker Field Athletics Complex; modernization of Marcellus Hartley Dodge Physical Fitness Center; and renovation or enhancement of existing facilities, including the football, baseball, and soccer fields, the tennis center and the boathouses; and



• creating endowments and unrestricted annual giving fund programs to support ongoing operations and fund innovative programs that enhance the student-athlete experience.



”We thank all our benefactors and major donors for their generosity,” Murphy said. “The Columbia Campaign for Athletics is about everybody coming forward to support the athletics program. Every gift counts.”



The Columbia Campaign for Athletics Leadership Committee is co-chaired by Campbell and Kraft and includes as members Andrew F. Barth ’83CC, Lisa Landau Carnoy ’89CC, Martin J. Cicco ’78CC, Geoffrey T. Grant ’82SEAS, Alfred G. Jackson ’67CC, Donald J. Jackson ’73CC, Jonathan S. Lavine ’88CC, Javier Loya '91CC, Philip L. Milstein ’71CC, Cheryl G. Milstein ’82BC, Richard M. Ruzika ’82CC, Charles W. Santoro ’82CC, Kyriakos Y. Tsakopoulos ’93CC, George L. Van Amson '74, Russell F. Warren ’62CC, Richard E. Witten ’75CC, and Helen Doyle Yeager ’85BC.



The Columbia Campaign for Athletics: Achieving Excellence is part of The Columbia Campaign, a $4 billion University-wide effort launched in fall 2006 that is expected to conclude on December 31, 2011. More than $2.4 billion has been raised already.

29 Comments:

At Sat Oct 13, 03:38:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i really hope kraft sticks around and they honor him at the game tomorrow along with capitalizing on the announcement.

just wondering if you've (jake) heard whether or not he'd be sticking around through tomorrow? i wouldn't mind meeting him. what with, you know, my nfl team back home and all.

 
At Sat Oct 13, 04:03:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok. since they're renaming it KRAFT FIELD (eat it, jets fans), i really hope he's there tomorrow.

 
At Sat Oct 13, 04:48:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Foehi making a contribution? He seems to obsess on Columbia football.

 
At Sat Oct 13, 07:17:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Chuck B '92 said...

Kraft Field, huh? "Wien Family, What Have You Done For Us Lately?"

Congratulations on the $5 million endowment from Kraft, and for you Jake, Sirius radio... I like Columbia's chances in this game.

- LFN

 
At Sat Oct 13, 09:38:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just returned home from the Homecoming 2007 Kick-Off Dinner sponsored by the 1961 Championship Team at the Columbia University Faculty House. Huge Turnout of Columbia Football Alumni and friends. Terrific speeches by Coach Wilson and others. I hope everyone comes out to the game tomorrow to support Coach Wilson and his Lions.

 
At Sat Oct 13, 06:32:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kraft will address the football team in the locker room before the game today.

 
At Sun Oct 14, 02:08:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe his pregame speech didnt work so well...

 
At Sun Oct 14, 05:24:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a very poor effort. We didn't stop the run and our special team play was abominable. Rocholl's failure to fall on the blocked field goal was a turning point. Ten penalties, including unsportsmanlike conduct, showed a lack of discipline. Craig Hormann is not looking off the primary receiver very well and his lack of mobility means that the DLs we face just tee off against him. Everybody has figured out the 3 5 3 as vulnerable to the run game. On offense, we can't seem to block anybody. We persist in trying to run out of a one back set. Our TEs are not contributing. Austin Knowlin is a tremendous player, for 60 minutes. I wish we had a few more of him, on both sides of the ball. Some drastic changes need to be made.

 
At Sun Oct 14, 06:23:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since Wilson doesn't seem capable of making those changes,
maybe he should go. Like, did Pete Stoll commit murder or something?
Why aren't they using a fullback/lead blocker which also adds a little versatility? They sure aren't winning any games by
flinging the ball so much.

 
At Sun Oct 14, 06:27:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read above that Bill Campbell gave $10 million. Anyone know why Kraft got his name on the stadium for only $5 million?
Most of all, does anyone think that Columbia will truly improve its program with all this money?
That isn't a comment, it's a question. We've all seen this type of stuff before and somehow, NOTHING happens.

 
At Sun Oct 14, 06:43:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have we REALLY seen anything like this before? When was the last time Rupp, Sovern, McGill, et. al. stood up and said that they were behind athletics?

When was the last time athletics was able to raise money without interference from the college?

 
At Sun Oct 14, 06:58:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No question the game was a big step backward, especially since it was both Homecoming and the kickoff of the athletics capital campaign.

But there is another game next week, and meanwhile we are off and running on an ambitious campaign to make some impressive improvements to our facilities. As long as Bill Campbell is board chair, athletics will be on the front burner.

Kraft Field works for me--I see no problem with Kraft Field at Wien Stadium--in fact I think it was a good deal for the University since the new sports center is still a naming opportunity. I would bet Bill Campbell despite his munificient $10 million gift is generously leaving the sports center available for another big donor who might take the naming opportunity. Of course if no one steps up it could still become the Campbell Sports Center.

By the way, Columbia hired a development officer just for athletics this year--he came from Colgate. Another sign of institutional commitment.

Leonidas

 
At Sun Oct 14, 07:16:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kraft wants the recognition; Campbell doesn't need it. As for Stoll, I am amazed that we aren't running out of a two back set with Stoll as lead blocker. Our OC needs a reality dose. We cna't run without a lead blocker. And despite Hormann's huge yardage, he is just too immobile right now. but most of all, the defense frankly stinks. No push, and despite Jake's love affair with Mitchell ("let the domination begin") Phil is doing zilch. W eprobably need to recognize that we need to dump the 3 5 3 because the novelty is gone and people are killing us on the ground. Where are Quinn, Masorti, Shalbrack, etc.?

 
At Sun Oct 14, 10:34:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it that Coach Wilson cant' make any changes/adjustments? Is he not used to being the top guy? Who is running the show anyway? Whose reputation is on the line - his or his assistant coaches? I guess he's pretty busy with fundraising and all, but thats going to be even more difficult if the team continues this way.
As for the defense playing poorly -maybe its because the offense is constantly 3 and out (not as much yesterday, but definitely in prior games). The defense must get worn down.
And as for the offense - the teams that have been sucessful have had a BALANCED offense - that means you gotta run some of the time. Penn ran the ball. All of that passing IS CLEARLY NOT working.

 
At Tue Oct 16, 12:04:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

student body deportment is disgraceful at those games. I had my 5yr old and 7 yr old boys watching in the stands and I had to retreat after 10 minutes to the tailgate area because the language was fouler then a Mets game. You can drink and have fun at those events without dropping the f bomb every other word....

 
At Thu Oct 18, 04:03:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seconding last comment.

Where is the adult supervision at the College? It seems like the current students exhibit the worst forms of adolescent behavior (on and off campus) without any recourse.

You would expect a different class of individual to be admitted to Columbia, given our new impossible standards for admission...

 
At Thu Oct 18, 08:07:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

During homecoming my husband and five year old daughter sat in front of a student who drolled on for the first half of the game about his finance classes and then left at half time. Blah blah blah -no F word in sight. At Lafayette, we sat next to an older male fan who cursed and belittled the team the whole game -in front of many children and parents of players.

 
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