March 2018

MARCH 2018



Behind the Scenes on My Block, My Hood, My City
Jason Polevoi ’08 and Teddy Wachholz ’10 follow three Chicago high school seniors in the documentary My Block, My Hood, My City.

Photo by Jonathan Sanford

Alumna Nominated for Costume Designers Guild Award
Beth Morgan ’02 was nominated by the Costume Designers Guild in the category of Excellence in Period Television for her work on the Netflix hit GLOW.

Alum Promoted to Senior VP of Television Publicity and Communications at Warner Bros.
Jeff Tobler ’03 has been promoted to a new role leading the studio’s scripted programming publicity team. Tobler has been with Warner Bros. since 2004, and has worked on shows such as Mom, Shameless, and 2 Broke Girls.

Alumna Joins Good Day Chicago as Traffic Reporter
"I am a Chicago girl—always have been and always will be—no matter where my career takes me,” says Michelle Alegria ’97 of her Chicago return.  

Call for Short Film Submissions–Deadline is March 16!
Los Angeles Alumni: Submit your short film to be screened at an upcoming Columbia Alumni Filmmakers Night in Los Angeles. We are looking for excellent short films in all genres. If you created a short film within the past three years, submit it to be considered for a screening!  
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DEMO Magazine
Check out stories on Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalists, alumni-founded Jackalope theatre, opera singer Keanon Kyles ’10, Schulz Studio artist Nomi Kane ’06, and more.


APRIL 19, 2018
Columbia’s Raising the Roof! (To Raise Scholarships)
Cheer on fellow faculty and staff as they perform. Bid on silent auction items donated by faculty, staff, and community partners. All proceeds benefit Scholarship Columbia!

Thursday, April 19, 5-8 p.m.
Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan Ave.  

APRIL 28, 2018
Celebrating 25 Years of American Sign Language at Columbia
Join your fellow ASL graduates, current students, faculty, and industry professionals for a full day of activities including CEU-earning workshops, lunch, an alumni panel, a keynote speaker, an evening soiree, an improv performance, and more. Register today!  

MAY 11, 2018
Manifest is Back!
Be sure to join us for Columbia’s urban arts festival during the day, then hit up our Manifest Alumni Reception at 6 p.m.
Recent Event Photos
Weisman Award Alumni Reunion
On Saturday, February 17, we hosted the Weisman Award Alumni Reunion. As of this year, the Albert P. Weisman Award has awarded over $1 million to support over 1,000 Columbia students’ creative projects. A very special thank you to our featured guest speakers, Jacki Lyden and Peter Teschner, for sharing their insight and personal stories. 


MARCH 15, 2018
Career Coaching with the Career Transitions Center of Chicago
Space is limited! Sign up for your one-on-one session with a professional career coach and get the advice and tools you need to accelerate your career.

Columbia Online Announces New Courses with an Alumni Discount
Columbia Online recently announced the release of its New Media courses in Swift programming and augmented and virtual reality. These courses are geared towards professionals who are looking to develop or expand their skills within these rapidly growing technologies. By entering 10%OFF at checkout, alumni qualify for a 10 percent tuition discount. Enroll in Columbia Online’s New Media courses today for our April 30 term.



Introducing our New Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
We are happy to announce our newest member of the Development and Alumni Relations team, Shannon Langan. As the assistant director of Alumni Relations, Langan will work closely with our Chicagoland alumni, specifically working with the Chicago chapter of the Columbia Alumni Association & Network. Don’t be shy about reaching out!

Challenge Accepted: Columbia Alum and Trustee Raises the Bar
Jeremy Efroymson MFA ’98, vice president of the Efroymson Family Fund, discusses how a $1 million challenge grant will bolster support for Columbia students’ creative work and success.  

Two Columbia Alumnae Among Eight Chicago Trailblazers
Lena Waithe ’06 and Iliana Regan ’05 are listed among eight Chicago trailblazers for their accomplishments this year, as well as their contributions to Chicago and beyond.  

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