May 2016


For the past four years, the Columbia Alumni Association & Network (CAAN) has flourished under the leadership of Joan Hammel (BA ’86). As Joan’s time as CAAN National Board president comes to a close, she shares her words of thanks and hopes for the future of our alumni community.
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    Artists: Don’t Fret, Justus Roe, Ruben Aguirre

Wabash Arts Corridor Big Walls Adds Alumni Artists

This year, three alumni muralists will add their work to the South Loop’s living urban canvas. We caught up with Don’t Fret (BA ’10), Ruben Aguirre (BA ’02) and Justus Roe (MFA ’08) as they kick off their WAC Big Walls projects.
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2016 Manifest Alumni Party

There's still time to register for the 2016 Manifest Alumni Party! Wear your brightest outfit inspired by this year's Rio de Janeiro Carnival theme. The evening will include food, drinks, music, a silent auction and more to celebrate Columbia's annual urban arts festival. 
6 - 9 p.m.
Friday, May 13, 2016
1132 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago
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Spotlight with Boston Globe’s, Walter V. Robinson

Join us for an exclusive screening of the Academy Award-winning film Spotlight and a Q&A with Boston Globe’s Editor-at-Large, Walter V. Robinson, who was played by Michael Keaton in the film. Popcorn and bottled water will be provided.
6:30 – 10 p.m.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
$10 ticket fee
Ferguson Memorial Theater
600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
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San Francisco Alumni Social & Networking Event

Calling all Bay Area alumni! 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.
6:30 - 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Jones Restaurant
620 Jones St., San Francisco, CA
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Milwaukee Alumni Reception with President Kwang-Wu Kim

This summer we're heading to Milwaukee! Brew City alumni, come together for an evening with Columbia College Chicago President Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim. Enjoy beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres while reconnecting with fellow alumni and friends. 
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
The Iron Horse Hotel
500 W. Florida St., Milwaukee, WI
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CAAN Connect – 9th Annual Speed Networking Event
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Los Angeles


Alumni Résumé Workshop

Does your résumé need a spring cleaning? Dust it off and make sure your biggest accomplishments shine with the help of Columbia's Portfolio Center!  At the Alumni Résumé Workshop, you’ll get tailored advice from our career coaches on getting your résumé industry-ready.
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Portfolio Center
623 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago
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Onye Ozuzu Named Dean of School of Fine and Performing Arts

Dance professor, dancer and choreographer Onye Ozuzu named Dean of School of Fine and Performing Arts.
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Robert Green Appointed Vice Provost for Digital Learning

Former CFO and AVP of Operations for Berklee College of Music’s Berklee Online will oversee expansion of Columbia’s online course offerings.
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