A $5 million gift from Jan Rock Zubrow ’77 and Barry Zubrow will support two vital university programs, one in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) and the other at Cornell Tech in New York City.
The Jan and Barry Zubrow Distinguished Visiting Journalism Fellows Fund in the College of Arts and Sciences will provide support for the Distinguished Visiting Journalist Program in A&S. The program launched last winter and brought Marc Lacey ’87, national editor of The New York Times, to campus for talks and meetings with faculty and students. Lacey also moderated a webinar hosted by A&S on Sept. 16, and plans to make a return visit.
The Jan Rock Zubrow ’77 and Barry Zubrow Fund for Faculty Development at Cornell Tech will be used to support the recruitment and retention of exceptional faculty and postdoctoral fellows, as well as for startup funding for new faculty.
The Zubrows said they made this commitment now “because we want to support two areas of excellence at Cornell which we believe are critical to civil society. First, we want students to understand the importance of outstanding journalism in advancing our democracy. Second, we hope to further the exciting discoveries at Cornell Tech, which will improve the way we live, work and learn.”
The visiting journalist program recognizes excellence in journalism and provides opportunities for select journalists and the university community to engage with each other. The program allows students to delve into the world of journalism and its role in protecting some founding principles of our country – freedom of speech, truth and accountability – while also advancing the college’s priority on public engagement.