January 2019

Rashid Johnson ’00, Lena Waithe ’06, Jake Bass ’12, Bill Coon ’12


Black Soap and Wax
Keep your eyes peeled: DEMO 29 will hit your mailbox soon. In the meantime, check out the lead feature story on fine artist Rashid Johnson ’00 and the ways he uses objects of healing to explore black identity.

Lena Waithe ’06 Named to Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100
The television alum is listed in The Hollywood Reporter’s esteemed selection of “2018’s real superheroes.”

Jake Bass ’12 Creates Accessible Concert Experience for Deaf Individuals
Bass brought in three of the world’s most famous deaf musicians to perform the Deaf and Loud Concert Experience, an inclusive show with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Alum Shares Inspiration Behind the Keep Swimming Foundation
Bill Coon ’12 knows the financial hardships long-term inpatient care expenses have on families—and he decided to do something about it.

Hsin Yin Sung MFA ’14 Talks Happiness and her Oscar-nominated Film
The film alum shared her personal and professional journey after the screening of On Happiness Road, which is nominated for Best Animated Feature.
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DEMO Magazine
Check your mailbox! DEMO 29 is on its way. 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.


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January 16, 2019
Alumni Coffee Connection
Connect 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, Lookingglass Theatre; Maggie O'Keefe ’11, 40th Ward alderman candidate; and Meka Hemmons ’00, portrait photographer and former photo editor, OWN Network and Harpo Studios. $20 registration saves your spot and includes coffee and refreshments. Register today!  
Recent Event Photos
Check out this section next month for photo highlights from all the J-Tern events happening around the country in January!


Portfolium Digital Portfolio of the Month
Check out Emily Waters ’17, a production coordinator at Original Six Media. If you’re a degreed alum, you can put yourself out there too. Visit Portfolium to set up your free account!  

Alumni Projects
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!  


Call for Columbia Alumni Love Stories
Did you and your significant other both attend Columbia? Did you meet while attending Columbia? Let’s chat! Send your love story (in 300 words or less) AND a picture of the two of you to alumni@colum.edu by January 11, 2019. Your story might be featured in February’s Columbia Connection!

Chicago Feminist Film Festival
The Chicago Feminist Film Festival showcases independent, international films that aim to address gender, sexuality, race, and other issues often missing from mainstream media. Join your fellow alumni at this annual film fest at Columbia College Chicago on February 27-March 1. The schedule will be announced soon!

Pegeen Reichert Powell To Step Up as Chair of the English and Creative Writing Department
The Interim Dean of Graduate Studies will begin her new role in May 2019.

Four Students Awarded $20K in Scholarships from Nation’s Premier Scholarship Fund
For the third year running, Columbia successfully competed as a member institution for the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund, which awarded students all-expenses paid trips to New York City in addition to tuition assistance.  


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