August 2018


New National Alumni Board Member Bryan Smiley's Hollywood Stepping Stones
Bryan Smiley ’09 recalls the Hollywood path that led him to feature film development at Columbia Pictures—one that began at Columbia College Chicago.

Alumnus’ Novel Nominated for Britain’s Man Booker Prize
Nick Drnaso ’11’s Sabrina is the first graphic novel to be nominated in the main fiction category for the esteemed literary award.

Columbia Alumni Among Nominees for 70th Annual Emmy Awards
View the full list of the 2018 Emmy award nominees, including Aidy Bryant ’09 and Christian Sprenger ’07.

Alumna and Trustee Cayla Weisberg ’09 Named to Crain’s Tech 50
After a year of building the Entrepreneurs, Now! course for Columbia’s Business and Entrepreneurship Department and being named the newest trustee, Weisberg tops it all off with her nod on Crain’s Chicago Business Tech 50 list.

Alumna Anna D. Shapiro ’90, HDR ’15 directs new Broadway play, Straight White Men
Shapiro’s historic show is the first Broadway production written by an Asian-American playwright.
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September 22, 2018
Chronicle Alumni Reunion
You're invited to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Columbia Chronicle. Join us in honoring the past and celebrating the future of one of the highest-rated student-produced newspapers of its kind. Reminisce with alumni spanning the decades and connect with current Chronicle students, faculty, staff, and special guests. Register today!
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A New Digital Platform for Alumni Work: Portfolium
Portfolium has replaced Talent Pool as the new, free online resource for alumni to feature their work. Contact if you would like more information.  

Did You Know the Alumni Site Has Dozens of Free Online Career Resources?
Take a look at to peruse everything from slideshows to videos to websites for career guidance.



Chicagoland Transfer Awards List Inaugural Scholarship Recipients
Eleven community college transfer students were awarded generous gifts to continue their higher education at Columbia, including one full-tuition scholarship.

Congress Parkway to be Renamed Ida B. Wells Drive
Michelle Duster, a former student and current faculty member in Business and Entrepreneurship, honored her great-grandmother at the announcement of her eponymously named street.

Michael A. Joseph to Serve as Columbia College Chicago’s First Vice President of Enrollment Management
Bringing more than 30 years of experience in higher education administration, Joseph will helm the college’s admissions and student financial services offices.  

Dance Center at Columbia Grants Discounted Tickets to Teen Arts Program
The Center is offering $5 tickets to Chicago’s Urban Gateways Teen Arts Pass program, which makes the arts more accessible to youth.  

Alumni Get Free Submissions to Chicago Feminist Film Festival
Submissions for the Chicago Feminist Film Festival are free for Columbia alumni via FilmFreeway or Withoutaboxthrough November 1. For a fee waiver code, email The Festival is looking for short films (30 minutes or less) of any genre created since March 2017. The 2019 Chicago Feminist Film Festival will take place February 27-March 1 at Film Row Cinema, and more information can be found at

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