Estate of Adrienne "Adri" Steckling-Coen
An iconic fashion designer and Parsons alumna, Adrienne "Adri" Steckling-Coen was known for her innovative sportswear, which was distinguished by its clean lines and colorful patterns. She began her career working in the studios of famed designers Oleg Cassini and Anne Fogarty and at retailer B.H. Wragge. In 1966, she launched Adri Designs, Inc., which featured her own collections under labels including Collectors Items and Clothes Circuit. A decade later, she opened Adri Studio Limited on Seventh Avenue. Ms. Coen passed away in 2006; in her will, she expressed her desire to endow a merit-based scholarship at Parsons. The Adri Scholarship now benefits fashion design students each year. The university is deeply grateful to the estate for the support it offers aspiring designers in Adri's memory.
Bertram H. Lubin, MD
As the father of senior trombonist Daniel Lubin-Laden and a member of the board of governors, Dr. Bertram H. Lubin considers The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music a very special place. An avid drummer, Bert shares his son's passion for jazz but chose a career in medicine. Bert is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland. Since joining the hospital in 1971, he has been instrumental in developing a number of comprehensive programs. He was the principal investigator for the Sibling Donor Cord Blood Program—the only one of its kind in the world. Research from this program helps children with sickle cell anemia and thalassemia. Bert currently serves as co-director of the Advisory Committee on Stem Cell Research for the California Department of Health Services and is one of the primary investigators of the Stem Cell Training Program with the University of California, Berkeley. In 2007, he received the Philip F. Hench Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine's Medical Alumni Association, a testimony to his tireless work on expanding and developing basic and clinical research at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, where he served as director of medical research until he was appointed as president of the hospital in August of 2009.
When he isn't practicing medicine, Bert can often be found practicing his drums. As a lover of jazz, Bert is committed to helping New School Jazz prepare students for careers in the demanding world of music. Bert attributes much of the students' success to the school's artist-as-mentor approach. His steadfast support helps make it possible for Jazz to carry on this tradition, and many others.
Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation
Established in 1952, the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation is dedicated to the life of the mind and spirit and to education. In 2008, the foundation presented The New School with a generous grant to help launch its Environmental Studies program. This innovative program is among the first offered at a university to focus on urban environments. Using New York City as a living laboratory, students and faculty from a number of disciplines study urban ecosystems, sustainable design, and public policy relating to the environment. Endeavor Foundation President Julie Kidd says, "I have no doubt that the unique environmental studies program will have much to teach students, urban residents, and even higher education about the ecological challenges we face." By providing support for new faculty hires, public programs, and collaborative research involving students and faculty, the foundation is helping to foster a new generation of scientists, policy makers, architects, and urban planners.
Scott Sanders, AAS Interior Design '98
Fate brought Scott Sanders to Parsons. After admiring the design expertise of a friend, a Parsons alum, Sanders signed up for a course in interior design. Three weeks in, at the recommendation of his instructor, he enrolled in Parsons' AAS program.
Three years later, surrounded by family and work colleagues from the interior design department at Ralph Lauren, Sanders graduated knowing that life was about to change. And change it did. Ralph Lauren immediately promoted him, and after two years' time he opened his own firm. Scott Sanders LLC has since become famous for bringing refined, classic design and precise detailing to residential interiors and hospitality design projects.
Sanders still experiments with aesthetics and design thinking, a practice instilled during his studio time at Parsons. He says that the most valuable lesson he learned at Parsons is that "ultimate success depends on your work, and your love and enthusiasm for it will set you apart."
Sanders remains involved with his alma mater, supporting the school in different ways. He often hosts classes in his office, and says he cherishes the inspiration he gets from students. Sanders' commitment to supporting students also makes him a proud Parsons Annual Fund donor.