February 2019

Alumni Love Stories, Jacob Saenz '05, Kristin Damrow ’08


Alumni Love Stories
We asked for your stories, and you came through! These 20 alumni couples recall their Columbia College Chicago love stories just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Alum’s Poem Featured on U.S. Poet Laureate Podcast
Listen to Jacob Saenz’s ’05 poem “Sweeping the States,” which was featured on Tracy K. Smith’s HDR ’16 show.

Dance Alum Kristin Damrow ’08 Makes an Impact
Damrow’s choreographed piece, Impact, draws a connection to Brutalist architecture.

Nick Nummerdor’s ’07 Concrete Dreams Documentary Finds Distribution
The Little Cabin Films’ work has landed on Tony Hawk’s RIDE YouTube channel.
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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.


The Columbia Rise Award is open to alumni who have earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia, and who will be starting a graduate program with us in Fall 2019. It’s equal to four credit hours of tuition during the Fall and Spring semesters. The School of Graduate Studies can provide more information at gradstudy@colum.edu.  


February 20, 2019
Columbia Theatre Alumni Social
You’re invited to a special Columbia Theatre Alumni Social on Wednesday, February 20 at the Celebration Theatre in Hollywood. Come socialize and reminisce with fellow Theatre alums from the Los Angeles area. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to network and make new connections with other creatives who once called Chicago home. Hosted by Michael Matthews ’99, resident director, and Michael A. Shepperd, artistic director at the Celebration Theatre. Register today!

March 16, 2019
Dance Presenting Series 45th Anniversary Party
Hosted by the witty and energetic Mattrick Swayze, and featuring stories, videos, and performances, this party will highlight our 45 years of excellence in contemporary dance from the Dance Presenting Series. Tickets are $10 for Columbia alumni and students, industry members, and friends of the Dance Center; $20 for the general public. Register today!  
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Portfolium Tip of the Month
Present a well-rounded version of yourself! Recently, alumni received a Portfolium email with a personal access link. You can still access your account and request your activation email to get started.  

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


Chicago Feminist Film Festival
The Chicago Feminist Film Festival showcases independent, international films—predominantly shorts spanning documentary, fiction, and experimental genres—and aims to address issues of gender, sexuality, race, and other forms of inequality often missing from mainstream media. Join your fellow alumni at this annual film fest, co-directed by faculty members Michelle Yates and Susan Kerns, at Columbia College Chicago February 27-March 1. Check out the schedule and get your tickets.

Spring 2019 Reading Series lineup announced
The English and Creative Writing department invites Kendra Allen, Jessica Hopper, and more to give free readings beginning February 13.

From Page to Screen: On the Basis of Sex
With awards season upon us, former faculty member Daniel Stiepleman, the screenwriter of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic On the Basis of Sex, recalls finding his voice and getting his big Hollywood break with the help of Karen Loop, associate dean of Los Angeles programs.

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