YORK - Columbia University has announced the establishment of a new $100,000
endowment for the varsity men's golf program. The endowment is made possible
through a gift from former Columbia golfer Stephen L. Berkman '62CC. This new
endowment will provide flexible funding each fiscal year to implement short-
and long-term enhancements to the men's golf program.
returned to campus for his 50th Class Reunion in June 2012 and met with Head
Men's Golf Coach Rich Mueller to announce his intention to make a leadership
gift for the men's golf program.
$100,000 endowment, part of the $100 million Columbia Campaign for Athletics: Achieving Excellence, will be
focused on improving the "people, places and programs" associated with the golf
team. Specifically, the gift will
be used to enhance the team's competitive schedule, provide increased access to
championship-quality golf courses, improve existing indoor golf training
facilities and altogether enrich the experiences of the student-athletes on the
men's golf team.
thrilled to support the Columbia varsity Men's Golf program," said Berkman, a
former stand-out on the men's golf team in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
"Supporting this team - and Coach Mueller - is a way for me to give back to the
institution that I love and pay forward to the next generation of outstanding
thank Stephen for his generosity and support of our varsity men's golf
program," said Columbia Athletics Director Dr. M. Dianne Murphy. "As we
continue towards our overall goal of $100 million for The Columbia Campaign for Athletics: Achieving Excellence,
endowment gifts like the one provided by Stephen are crucial to providing
Columbia student-athletes with the best possible experience."
Mueller enters his eighth season as Columbia's head men's golf coach and his
13th season as a collegiate coach. Also Columbia's Director of Golf, Mueller
has shaped the Columbia golf program into a perennial power in the Ivy League.
Mueller has guided the Lions to three Ivy League Team Men's Championships and
his student-athletes have captured three individual Ivy League championship
medals, qualified for four NCAA postseason team appearances and won 17 All-Ivy
at Columbia is unique for many reasons," says Mueller "To me, Stephen's gift is
a tribute to all of the student-athletes, parents, previous coaches and friends
of the golf program who've helped shape what it is today. It also signifies a commitment from our
program and alumni to our future golfers.
We're all so grateful for Stephen's generosity, and I know our golf
program is primed for continued success."
The Columbia Campaign for Athletics:
a $100 million initiative was launched in October 2007, as the largest
fundraising initiative in the history of the Columbia Athletics Program.
Through The Columbia Campaign for
Athletics: Achieving Excellence, the University is transforming the
experience of more than 700 student-athletes, by upgrading and constructing new
facilities, launching new student-athlete programming, and providing increased
funds for operations. The linchpin of The
Columbia Campaign for Athletics is
the newly-constructed Campbell Sports
Center at the Baker Athletics Complex, dedicated at Homecoming in October
date, Columbia has raised $80 Million toward the overall goal of raising $100
Million by December 2013.