April 2019

Yasmine Austria ’15, Rashid Johnson ’00, Roz Varon ’80
April 2019


Yasmine Austria

Alumni Spotlight: Yasmine Austria
As an ASL interpreter with FEMA, Yasmine Austria ’15 helps people in need following natural disasters.
Rashid Johnson

Native Son Is Reborn, in “Still Kind of The Same America”
A new HBO adaptation of Native Son, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Rashid Johnson ’00, premiered on April 6.
ABC 7 Morning Show

30 Years Later, ABC 7’s Morning Show Gambit Now the Standard
Radio alum and anchor Roz Varon ’80 discusses her career and her start as a traffic reporter at ABC 7.
Alyssa Wees

Alyssa Wees MFA ’15 is a Newly Published Author of Young Adult Fiction
The Creative Writing alum is interviewed on the release of her debut novel, The Waking Forest, published by Random House.
Alex Stuart

Curious Incident Star Becomes Activist for Actors with Disabilities
Theatre alum Alex Stuart ’17 takes on the main role of a boy on the autism spectrum in the play based on the best-selling book—and is only the second actor on the spectrum to do so.
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DEMO Magazine
The newest issue of Columbia’s alumni magazine features fine artist Rashid Johnson ’00, alumni podcasters, Hamilton actress Michael George ’17, community journalist Darryl Holliday ’12, and more.


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May 10, 2019
Save the date! Columbia College Chicago will celebrate the work of its graduating students with the 19th Annual Manifest Urban Arts Festival. Manifest presents engaging, thought-provoking and playful art, music, and visuals that only Columbia students can create. Enjoy two outdoor student stages, a kick-off parade, street performances, and more. This event is free and no registration is required.


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Alumni Projects
We know all of our talented alumni have creations, passion projects, and new initiatives to share. Why not share them with each other? Join the new Columbia College Chicago Alumni Projects Facebook group today!    


Newly Tenured Faculty Members Announced
Six faculty members received the rank of associate professor by the Office of the Provost.

Columbia Publications Win Big at Columbia Scholastic Press Association 2019 Student Awards Convocation
Columbia publications Echo Magazine, The Columbia Chronicle, and Hair Trigger received awards of excellence at the annual college media convention.

Chris Eliopoulos Illustrates Bach to the Rescue!!!
The Illustration faculty member’s book Bach To The Rescue!!! has been named one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month.
Dawoud Bey

MacArthur Fellow Dawoud Bey to Present Photo Exhibition at Columbia College Chicago
Birmingham, Alabama, 1963: Dawoud Bey/Black Star will close Columbia’s Collective Impact series.
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