Welcome to the Columbia Alumni Association of Southern California, Inc. - Alumnus of the Year Dinner - Gala Banquet & Dancing!

  ERIC GARCETTI. Credited with leading the charge to "Clean Up Hollywood" from its urban malaise.  

Alumnus of the Year Dinner - Gala Banquet & Dancing!

In Honor of Eric Garcetti, 92CC, 93SIPA, LA City Council President. Held at the fabulous Hollywood Highlands nightclub. This promises to be one of our most exciting events in years!

With special guest speaker William Theodore DeBary, CC'41, PhD'55, Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures & Provost Emeritus of Columbia University.

The evening will consist of a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, and distinguished speaker list, as well as dancing following the event. Enjoy mingling with up to 275 Columbia University Southern California alumni in what promises to be a spectacular event.

The Highlands
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, 4th Floor. Hollywood, CA 90028. (323) 461.9800

Parking: Self-park: $2 for 4 hours with validation / Valet: + $5. Enter on Highland Avenue or Orange Avenue

Date: Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Evening Schedule
5:30pm: Cocktail Reception (no-host bar)
6:30pm: Dinner & Program
10:00pm: Dancing* (ticket includes admission to The Highlands Nightclub)

Click Here to Register online for this event.   NOTE:  Due to the high demand, if you are having difficulty registering as a member or purchasing tickets online, please don't fret!  Instead, simply call dinner co-chairperson Naveena Ponnusamy at (323) 240-3896 or alternatively our club administrator Helen Wittner at (310) 397-3640.  They will register you over the phone.  We accept payments by Visa & Mastercard. Alternatively, you can pay for your tickets via check (see ‘Pay by Check’ information at bottom of page).

Click Here to Become a CUAASC Member and Save! The cost of a CUAASC Membership plus Annual Dinner ticket is LESS than the cost of a non-member Annual Dinner Ticket. This is true for all alumni groups, regardless of age. Sign-up to become a CUAASC Member .

Purchase Deadline:  None now -- additional tickets have been released.
Ticket Limit: 1 Guest at CUAASC Member Discount Price*

*CUAASC Members may bring as many guests as they like, but only one guest is permitted at the $75 discount ticket price.


__ CUAASC Member & one guest…..$75 per person

__ CUAASC Young Alumni Member (graduates after 2001) & one guest….$50 per person

__ CUAASC Distinguished Alumni Member (graduates before 1956) & one guest…..$50 per person

__ Non-member alumni* and additional guests….$125 per person

*Not a CUAASC member? Sign-Up Today!


Tax & Proceed Information
- Payments above $125 per person are tax-deductible.
- Columbia University Alumni Association of Southern California Tax ID # 95-3072635
- Net proceeds of the event will be used to fund scholarships for talented Columbia
University students originating from Southern California.

Pay by Check
Do you prefer to pay by check? Please send payment along with your name, email address and ticket information to:

c/o Helen Wittner
11455 Woodbine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90066

For more information on the event or individual tickets, please contact Naveena Ponnusamy at [email protected] or 323.654.0195.

Table Sales

For information on sponsorships and purchasing a table, please contact Charles Sena at [email protected] or 310.748.2176.

Gold Sponsor: $5,000

Silver Sponsor: $2,500

Bronze Sponsor: $1,500

Eric Garcetti – CUAASC Alumnus of the Year
Eric Garcetti is a fourth-generation Angeleno who was first elected to the Los Angeles City Council representing the 13th District in 2001, becoming one of the youngest council members in the city’s history. In 2005, he was unopposed for re-election and in December of that year was unanimously elected as Council President. During his time in office, Garcetti has emerged as an effective local problem-solver and as a strong advocate on citywide and national issues. Among his many honors, he was selected by the Rockefeller Foundation as a Next Generation Leadership Fellow and was the recipient of the first Olsen Award from Human Rights Watch. Eric Garcetti studied urban planning and political science at Columbia University, earning a B.A. from Columbia College in 1992 and an M.A. from the School of International and Public Affairs in 1993. In addition, he studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and the London School of Economics.

William Theodore DeBary – Special Guest Speaker
As a scholar, author, and teacher, Wm. Theodore de Bary, John Mitchell Mason professor Emeritus and Provost Emeritus of Columbia University, has introduced generations to East Asian cultures. His scholarly work has focused on the major religions and intellectual traditions of East Asia, and he is credited with championing an entirely new vision of the place of Asia in a general education, including the renowned Core Curriculum of Columbia College. He is the author or editor of more than twenty-five works. A Columbia alumnus, he has served on the faculty with only brief interruptions since 1949. In addition, from 1971 to 1978, he also served as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Columbia University. Among his many honors and awards for teaching and scholarship, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1974, and in 1999 to the American Philosophical Association. Formally retired since 1989, he continues to carry a full teaching load at Columbia.

Help make the 2007 CUAASC Annual Dinner a Memorable Night!

We are seeking additional volunteers to help us, have fun, and meet new friends and contacts

If you are interested in joining the dinner committee or helping-out in one way, shape or form, please contact Sean Kelly at [email protected] or 917.664.7455.

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