February 2016

Welcome to the first issue of Columbia Connection, an e-newsletter for the alumni community. We'll hit your inbox once a month with opportunities to network with fellow alumni, sharpen your professional portfolio and stay linked to Columbia College Chicago. Plus, we'll feature upcoming events, alumni profiles, campus news and more. We want to hear from you, too! Share your own exciting news at alumni@colum.edu.

Miriam Smith
Executive Director, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving


Ayanna Floyd oversees her Empire

We checked in behind the scenes of Fox's hit show Empire, where Ayanna Floyd (MFA '98) works as a co-executive producer. Floyd talked to us about her responsibilities on the show and her time at Columbia College Chicago.
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Alumni in the News: Jack Newell

RedEye featured Jack Newell's (BA ’04) Wabash Lights public art project.
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Upcoming Event: 2016 Oscar Viewing Party

If you live in LA or plan to visit, join us for a night of red carpet glamour at our 2016 Oscar Viewing Party at Fox Studios, hosted by Fox Studios exec Hal Haenel (BA ’81). Tickets are $35 before February 21, $40 if you register after. Food, drinks, prizes and more are included in your ticket purchase.
Sunday, February 28, 2016
4 - 9 p.m.
20th Century Fox Studios  
10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
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Save the Date: Manifest 2016

There’s no better time to visit Columbia College Chicago than during Manifest, our annual urban arts festival.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Columbia College Chicago Campus
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Upcoming Event: Freelancing Tool Kit Series

So you're a freelancer. How do you set your rates? What's too much, and what's not enough? Join us as we discuss a wide set of tools and resources to help answer these important questions.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.

Portfolio Center
Room 311
623 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago

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Sign Up for Free Financial Literacy Counseling

Columbia College Chicago recently partnered with SALT, a free program created by nonprofit American Student Assistance (ASA). SALT offers one-on-one financial literacy counseling that can help you put together a loan repayment plan and make smart financial decisions when it comes to your education.
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Seeking new job opportunities? Want to hire alumni or students? Check out ColumbiaWorks, the college's online job board, to connect with opportunities, view job openings, look for employees and more.
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College Targets Fall 2018 for New Student Center

A new student center is underway for Columbia College Chicago, with plans to launch in 2018. With a site chosen on 8th Street (currently the Papermaker’s Garden), the student center will serve as a campus hub in the South Loop. 
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Call for Ideas: DEMO Magazine

DEMO magazine’s next special issue will celebrate Columbia’s 125th anniversary, and you’re a part of that history! What’s your favorite Columbia memory? Share your answer and help us tell Columbia’s story.  

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