The Arthur J. Samberg Institute for Teaching Excellence

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Arthur J. Samberg Institute for Teaching Excellence
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A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and Columbia Business School, Art Samberg is a hedge fund icon who manages operations at Hawkes Financial, LLC, his family office. Art Samberg also has provided consistent support to Columbia Business School and was honored by alumni and faculty in 2006 for contributing to 20 professorship endowments. Additionally, he contributed a gift of $10 million to Columbia Business School in 2002 via the Samberg Institute to open the Arthur J. Samberg Institute for Teaching Excellence.

The institute’s aim is to promote excellent in teaching throughout the school, offering a range of resources and educational programs for teachers that help them develop their skills, introduce innovative techniques into their lessons, and integrate their teaching styles with their curricula. Development workshops are led by professional consultants and other faculty members, who also provide individual coaching and feedback to help teachers in regards to skills development and course content.

Between 2012 and 2013, the institute adopted the Canvas Learning Management System, which the Samberg Institute helped to roll out.

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Things to Know Before Attempting to Summit Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Mount Kilimanjaro
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A seasoned financial professional, Arthur “Art” Samberg currently runs his family office, Hawkes Financial LLC. In 2000, Art J. Samberg summited Mount Kilimanjaro. The following are things you need to know before attempting such a feat:

1. Climbing isn’t required – Outside of some minor bouldering if you take the Machame, Umbwe, Shire, or Lemosho routes, you don’t need climbing skills to summit Kilimanjaro. However, fitness is essential, as you will spend approximately five to seven hours hiking on difficult terrain each day.

2. The weather – Most Kilimanjaro climbers make their ascents between January and February or June and October, as these are the mountain’s dry weather periods. If you wish to avoid crowds you can gamble on attempting an ascent during the transition from these dry periods into the rest of the months. However, you may find your attempts curtailed due to the weather.

3. Drink plenty of water – Dehydration is a key contributor to altitude sickness, so you should aim to drink about three liters of water each day. Your guide will replenish water supplies as you ascend so ensure you have plenty available to you at the start of each day.