December 2018

Adrian Fulle ’95, Kurt Weston ’85, Melanie Vasquez ’18


Giving Back with Adrian Fulle Giving Back with Adrian Fulle ’95
A family friend’s generous gift allowed Adrian Fulle ’95 to attend Columbia. Now, he’s paying it forward with the Fulle Family Scholarship.

Photographer Kurt Weston ’85 Doesn’t Let Blindness Stop Him
Weston’s Remember: An AIDS Memorial Retrospective opened on World AIDS Day on December 1 in Orange County, California.

Melanie Vazquez ’18’s Homage to Mexico Featured by Univision
The recent alum’s South Loop mural celebrates Mexican culture.

Alum Terrence Carey ’15 is Cast in Second City Chicago Holiday Production
Carey can be found touring with the iconic improv theater for the Dysfunctional Holiday Revue.

Former Student Shines a Light on Soul Music Through her Group, Mesonjixx
Mary Elizabeth Lawson is recognized for bringing soul to the Lincoln, Nebraska, music scene.
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In addition to Adrian Fulle’s gift, Columbia’s Fashion Lab received $25,000 from Cintas Corporation. These exciting gifts, along with the support of the National Alumni Board, Chicago Chapter, the alumni community, parents, faculty, staff and friends, brought in more than $100,000 on #GivingTuesday for Columbia!

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January 16, 2019
Alumni Coffee Connection
Join us for a morning of connecting with local alumni over coffee while hearing from an inspiring female panel of Columbia alums! This event is part of Columbia’s Where the Future Came From exhibit and event series, which focuses on the role of feminist artist-run activities in Chicago. Featured panelists include Michele Anderson MA ’90, general manager of the Lookingglass Theatre; Maggie O'Keefe ’11, 40th Ward Alderman candidate; and Meka Hemmons ’00, portrait photographer and former photo editor at OWN Network and Harpo Studios. $20 registration saves your spot and includes coffee and refreshments. Register today!  
Recent Event Photos
Student Center Hard-Hat Tour and Reception


Portfolium Digital Portfolio of the Month
Joseph Banahan ’17 puts his best foot forward as a writer and storyteller.  

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

Storyblaster Crowdfunding Resource Discount for Alumni
Crowdfunding for your project online? Storyblaster is offering a special pre-launch deal through December exclusively for Columbia students and alums. You can access the software for free when you sign up at Just enter the code CCCFREE. Even if you aren't planning to launch a campaign until 2019, you can lock in free access. Sign up today!


Hip-Hop Studies Minor Celebrates One-Year Anniversary
Fresh Connect II celebrated the first anniversary of the minor at Columbia along with 200 students, faculty members, hip-hop practitioners, and artists.

Columbia Hosts Advance Screening and Q&A for On the Basis of Sex
Executive Producer and Associate Dean of Los Angeles Programs Karen Loop and screenwriter and former faculty member Daniel Stiepleman discuss how the Ruth Bader Ginsberg biopic got its start at Columbia.

Sitting Down with the Fashion Department’s Lauren Downing Peters and Justin LeBlanc
The department’s faculty members explain their roles in continuing the mission of fashion inclusion and innovation.

ShopColumbia Holds 10th Annual Holiday Market
Get your holiday shopping done at the month-long market which includes daily promotions and extended hours.  


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