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Parents Day 2016


Cooper Union parents are invited to campus on Saturday, October 22 for a day-long, immersive experience where they will learn all things Cooper from faculty, administrators and fellow parents. We look forward to meeting you and getting you acquainted with The Cooper Union community and resources. Sessions are geared toward parents. If you're traveling to NYC, we suggest you plan to meet up with your student after the program concludes.

Participant Bios

​Schedule of Events

All parents are encouraged to attend the full Parents Day schedule. For parents of returning students, you have the option of joining us at 1:00 p.m. for the afternoon sessions which are geared toward learning about careers and alumni pathways. All parents are also invited to the Parents Day Reception at 4:30 p.m.

Parents at Rose Auditorium learning about student life at Cooper

Saturday, October 22, 2016

 9:30 a.m.

Registration Opens
Foundation Building
7 E 7th Street

10:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

10:15 a.m.

The Early Years
Discussion with faculty and staff about the freshman and sophomore years at Cooper including: foundation courses, academic resources and supports for adapting as new students

Peter Buckley, Associate Professor of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Cooper Union and Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU.
Hayley Eber, AR'01,
Assistant Professor, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture
Leslie Hewitt, A'00, Assistant Professor, School of Art
Christopher P. Lent, EE'84, MEE'87, Director of Administrative Computing; Adjunct Professor; Freshman Engineering Advisor, Albert Nerken School of Engineering

11:15 a.m.

Cooper Culture
A brief welcome from the Dean of Students and Student Affairs Leadership followed by student groupsCooper Dramatic Society and CooperNova.

Chris Chamberlin,
Dean of Students
David Robbins, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Housing & Residential Education and Programs
Grace Kendall, Title IX Coordinator and Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion

12:00 p.m.

Lunch at Cooper

Half-day attendees are welcome to join us starting at 1:00 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

Cooper Careers
Breakout session with the Center for Career Development staff to learn about counseling, internships, mentorships and other resources available to help students find their career paths

Robert Thill, Director of Art and Architecture Career Development and Outreach
Jolie Harris Woodson, Director of Engineering Career Development and Outreach

Student and young alumni panelists

Jolie Harris Woodson, Director of Engineering Career Development and Outreach, leads a panel discussion with students

2:30 p.m.

Cooper Innovation and Experimentation
Faculty will introduce parents to leading edge initiatives and projects at Cooper that encourage students to think outside the box and to produce original solutions to classroom and real-world problems 

Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, Associate Professor, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture
Lucy Raven, Assistant Professor, School of Art
Ruben Savizky, PhD, CHE'98 Professor of Chemistry, Albert Nerken School of Engineering

3:30 p.m.

Beyond Cooper
Session with alumni who will share their paths from graduation to a wide variety of careers.

TRUE, A'96, Illustrator, Animator, Designer, Art Director
Anne Marie Edden, AR'89, AIA, LEED Associate, Stantec
Michael Kwartler, AR'65, FAIA, Principal, Michael Kwartler & Associates
Natalie Lam, A'96, Creative Entrepreneur, Co-Founder The Fox Grove
Dr. Michael Lastihenos, CHE'84, Orthopedic Surgeon
Carl Selinger, CE'67, Aviation and Transportation Engineer and Business Consultant

4:30 p.m.

Parents Day Reception
Hosted by Acting President Bill Mea
Meet the deans, faculty and staff and mingle with other Cooper families

Phebe's Tavern and Grill
359 Bowery

6:30 p.m. 
Parents Day Concludes

A student happily unites with his mother at the end of Parents Day


Questions? Contact:
(212) 353-4164