January 2017


Missing People Explores What's Not There

Brandon Graham MFA '08 talks about the release of his second novel, Missing People, and the importance of perseverance in a creative career.
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Alumni Mural Design Competition 2017

Columbia College Chicago, Development and Alumni Relations is pleased to announce our new mural design competition. The National Alumni Board Impact Committee, in collaboration with the Photography Department, is seeking dynamic designs that demonstrate the vitality and creativity of Columbia College Chicago artists. The winning design will be displayed as a large-scale vinyl mural at the entrance of the Development and Alumni Relations suite.
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Puppeteer Wants To Turn Your Garbage Into Props

Where others see garbage, Allyson Gonzalez ’09 sees puppets. Gonzalez is a puppeteer who makes most of her creations out of shipping boxes, newspaper and other things you throw in a dumpster.
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Riot LA Is the Comedy Showcase Our City Deserves

Los Angeles Magazine featured Abbey Londer ’08 for the annual comedy festival she produces, Riot LA. This year's roster includes Ali Wong, Felipe Esparza, Nikki Glaser and 90-year-old Mel Brooks.
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Enter Our 1 Year Anniversary Giveaway!

Happy anniversary to us! We’re celebrating the first anniversary of Columbia Connection by giving away free prizes!

Does your jacket need some flair? You can win unique Columbia College Chicago-themed enamel pins designed by Heidi Unkefer ’13, as featured in the latest DEMO magazine.

Just snap a photo of Columbia Connection on your laptop, tablet, computer or phone and email it to alumni@colum.edu by February 6! On February 7, we’ll randomly draw 35 alumni winners. Good luck, and thanks for reading Columbia Connection!


Dallas Alumni Social

Calling all Lone Star alumni! Columbia College Chicago comes to Dallas NEXT WEEK. Join us for a fantastic evening of reconnecting with old friends and building new connections. Don’t miss this opportunity to reminisce, network and socialize with other creatives who once called Chicago home.

Thursday, January 26, 2017
6:30–8 p.m.
The Parlor
Dallas, TX
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Dinner with 12 Strangers: Los Angeles Television Alumni

This unique event, hosted by Development and Alumni Relations, gives television alumni of every decade the chance to get together for dinner in a warm, friendly environment. Enjoy an evening of good food, great conversation and newfound camaraderie.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
7:30–9:30 p.m.
Nick+Stef's Steakhouse
Los Angeles, CA
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Evoke: An Environmental Inspiration Exhibit Opening Reception

Evoke takes inspiration from Museum of Contemporary Photography’s exhibition Petcoke: Tracing Dirty Energy and continues to explore environmental injustice through the work created by students and alumni. This exhibition includes work by numerous students and alumni including Joan Hammel ’86 and Nina Lawrin ’13.

Thursday, February 2, 2017
4–6 p.m.
The Arcade Gallery
Columbia College Chicago
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Save The Date

Black History Month Alumni Panel
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Columbia College Chicago

2017 Oscar Viewing Party
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Los Angeles, CA

Seattle Alumni Reception
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Seattle, WA


Career Programming Resources

Did you miss one of our previous career development events this past year? No worries, we have you covered. Check out the Career Programming Resources page on the Alumni website for PowerPoint presentations, event recordings, resume samples and more from our recent career development events.
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Past, Present, Future: A Closer Look at Chicago Magazine's Recent Profile on Columbia

Chicago Tonight invited President Kim to provide context and insight on Chicago Magazine’s recent profile on Columbia.
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Diversifying the Writer's Portfolio

The Creative Writing Department proposes a new undergraduate curriculum that would go into effect Fall 2017.
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Be Here Now

First-year students map their Chicago experience in associate professor Sam Weller’s City of Stories class.
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