April 2018



Signed, Sealed, and Delivered
Student Bronwyn Schlaefer maps out where American Sign Language alumni end up—one postcard at a time.

Alumna Featured in Chicagoly Magazine for Helming Popular Storytelling Events
Lauren Huffman ’06 talks about the booming storytelling event scene in Chicago and what inspired her to get on stage.

Norman Teague ’12 Launching Back Alley Jazz at Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Norman Teague’s BLKHaUS studio will reinfuse the festival with sounds and settings from the Chicago jazz scene of the ’50s and ’60s.

DJ Sahar Habibi ’06 Called “Next Big Thing”
After signing with LA-based label Soulection, Sahar Habibi tours with major acts across the country.
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APRIL 19, 2018
Raising the Roof–Faculty and Staff Scholarship Initiative Talent Showcase
Cheer on faculty and staff as they perform. Bid on silent auction items donated by faculty, staff, and community partners. All proceeds benefit Scholarship Columbia! Register for this FREE event today!  

APRIL 24, 2018
Columbia Alumni Filmmakers Night
Whether you’re a filmmaker, a fan, or just looking to meet fellow alumni, this event is sure to entertain you. The night will include screenings of selected films, a Q+A session with the filmmakers, and a reception. RSVP before tickets are gone!  

APRIL 28, 2018
Celebrating 25 Years of American Sign Language at Columbia
Join your fellow ASL graduates, current students, faculty, and industry professionals for a full day of activities including CEU-earning workshops, lunch, an alumni panel, a keynote speaker, an evening soiree, an improv performance, and more. Register today!  

MAY 11, 2018
Alumni Party at Manifest!
Join us for Columbia's urban arts festival during the day, then hit up our Manifest Alumni Party at 6:30 p.m. at the Conaway Center alongside your friends. Enjoy creative work and performances from alumni and graduating students, a photo booth, drinks and bites, and a surprise or two! Register today!
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APRIL 10, 2018
Alternative Careers in Photography
Hear from alumni panelists who make photographic magic happen behind the scenes. This event will explore production career tracks that support commercial photographers’ work and how to get started in the fields. Don’t miss out—register today!

APRIL 25, 2018
Marketing and Mindfulness: How to Get Your Head Together and Get More Business
American Photographic Artists Chicago, American Society of Media Photographers Chicago/Midwest, and Chicago Creative Coalition are pleased to present renowned creative consultant Carolyn Potts. This seminar is designed to help attendees stretch beyond their current limiting beliefs about their business, their possibilities, and themselves. Register for this FREE event for alumni and students! 



Trustee Offers Matching Gift for Faculty Staff Scholarship Initiative
Board of Trustees member Andreas Waldburg-Wolfegg is upping the ante for this year’s Faculty Staff Scholarship Initiative efforts to support Columbia College Chicago. Faculty and staff, support his matching gift challenge and help alumni raise over $100,000!

Columbia 100 Strong at SXSW
Columbia alumni, students, and faculty made their marks at the annual festival.  

Columbia’s Archives: Gathering 115 Years of Material History
Heidi Marshall, head of College Archives and Special Collections, started cultivating Columbia alumni, students, and faculty history with a few dozen boxes. Now, alumni can view 50 million digital objects online.  

The Edge of Shadows: A Culminating Exhibition for the Diane Dammeyer Fellowship
Join us for the exhibition The Edge of Shadows with a reception and artist’s talk on May 4 at Filter Photo. Anahid Ghorbani MFA '17, the recipient of the Diane Dammeyer Fellowship in Photographic Arts and Social Issues, shares her journey over the last nine months exploring issues of oppression, restriction of rights, the contradictory fears of visibility and invisibility faced by immigrants and refugees.  


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