Dear Columbia Families,
As we prepare for the start of a brief recess, I want to wish you all a healthy and safe Thanksgiving Break. Though Thanksgiving may be a tradition that is new to you and your family, the act of giving thanks is a universal concept. At Columbia, we have much to give thanks for this year. The greater New York City metropolitan area has experienced a challenging month and the effects of Hurricane Sandy are still being felt. While the damage was minimal here in Morningside Heights, our friends and neighbors across the city were not so lucky. We keep impacted Columbians, their families and friends, and all those affected by the storm in our thoughts.
There will be limited programming and events for students who remain on campus during the Thanksgiving Break. Please have your student speak with his/her RA or adviser to learn more about these opportunities. Many students travel to the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to see world class entertainment and the famous parade of big balloons travel from 77th Street and Central Park West to Herald Square / 34th Street.
Columbia University classes and administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, November 22, and Friday, November 23. We will resume normal operations on Monday, November 26. If you need immediate assistance during the break period, please contact Columbia Public Safety at 212-854-5555. Staff members from Public Safety and Columbia Student Affairs will be accessible to students and families.
I thank you, the parent and family community, for your engagement and involvement with Columbia. Please contact me if your travels bring you to New York City during the month of December -- I'd appreciate the chance to meet over a cup of coffee and talk about Columbia.
Director of Parent and Family Programs
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