Prepared to be Valuable: Positioning Ombuds Programs

John Zinsser, faculty for Columbia’s Negotiation and Conflict Resolution master’s program, discusses the elements essential for any organization to quantify and communicate the value of its ombuds program.

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Actuarial Science In the U.S.: A Job Where Excellence is an Obligation

For a French audience interested in the actuarial profession and the advantages of becoming an actuary in the U.S., this article from L’actuariel, a publication of the French Institute of Actuaries, provides details and describes Columbia’s Actuarial Science master’s program.

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Actuary Ranks Among Top-Five Best Jobs

Taking into account environment, income, hiring outlook, and stress, CareerCast.com has ranked actuary the fourth-best job of 2014.

The career website used data from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as other government agencies, trade associations, and private survey firms, to evaluate the 200 jobs included in its annual Jobs Rated report.

The top three jobs, according to the report, are mathematician, tenured university professor, and statistician, with audiologist coming in fifth.

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Redeveloping Our Region’s Riverfronts: The Hudson and Mohawk Rivers

Tom Nardacci, alumnus of Columbia’s Strategic Communications master’s program, and President and Founder of Gramercy Communications, writes about his interest and investment in the waterfront development of Troy, New York.

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Five Tips for Powerful Audience Participation

When a crowd is staring blankly at you, how will you engage them? Jesse Scinto, lecturer for Columbia’s Strategic Communications and Communications Practice master’s programs, provides a few ideas for better audience engagement.

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Masters Spots Will Tell IBM’s Story in a New Way

IBM advertising is primarily aimed at C-suite executives in businesses and organizations, and the Masters Golf Tournament is the right place to reach them, says Joe Favorito, faculty with Columbia’s Sports Management program.

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A First Step to Resolve Your Conflict

You can be more powerful if you see conflict as an opportunity for growth, writes Aldo Civico, faculty for Columbia’s Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program, in the inaugural post for a new Psychology Today blog.

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Fearing Punishment for Bad Genes

Kira Peikoff, a student in Columbia’s Bioethics master’s program, writes for The New York Times about the effects of a major omission in the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. Patients at risk for inherited diseases fear they could be denied insurance coverage or forced to pay higher premiums.

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Abusing Donor Intent: The Robertson Family’s Epic Lawsuit Against Princeton

Should a foundation or donor who has become disenchanted with a recipient be able to ask for their money back? And does a statute of limitations ever apply in such a situation? Doug White, faculty for the Fundraising Management program at Columbia, tackles these two key questions in his new book, Abusing Donor Intent: The Robertson Family’s Epic Lawsuit Against Princeton University (Paragon House, 2014).

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Columbia Thank You Day Celebrates $6.1B Capital Campaign Funding

Columbia Thank You Day kicked off today to celebrate the University’s record-breaking $6.1 billion capital campaign, which raised $2.1 billion for faculty and research, $1.2 billion for students, $1 billion for facilities, and $500 million for annual giving.

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