May 2018


Photo credit: Anthony King '11

Buddha Jones Alumni Talk Trailers and More
Semester in LA Students got an up-close talk from Dan Asma ’92, Caitlin Nordigian ’11, Bryan Coleman ’07, and Mohamed Nazar ’16, who are currently employed at the trailer-crafting power player Buddha Jones. They talked with us about Columbia ties, their work, and what drew them to editing in the first place.

Alumni Selected for Honorary Degrees at Spring 2018 Commencement
Current professor and former student Dawoud Bey and alumni Paul Broucek ’74, Mary A. Mitchell ’91, and Jennifer Farrington ’93 have been recognized for significant contributions to their fields.

TIME 100: Alumna Lena Waithe ’06
Lena Waithe’s accolade caps off a year of not only professional achievements, but cultural trailblazing for minorities and the LGBT community.

Alumna Danielle Dellorto ’04 Named Supervising Producer of NBC Nightly News
The multiple Peabody and Emmy-winning news veteran is taking the producing reigns of the storied news program hosted by Lester Holt.

Alumna and Columbine Survivor Releases Documentary on Massacre
Laura Farber ’06 returned to her high school to film We Are Columbine, which details the day of the mass shooting through survivors’ own words.
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May 11, 2018
DON’T MISS OUT!—Manifest Alumni Party
Join us for Columbia's urban arts festival during the day, then hit up our Manifest Alumni Party at 6:30 p.m. at the Conaway Center alongside your friends. Enjoy all-inclusive food and drinks, creative work and performances from alumni and graduating students, a photo booth, and a surprise or two! Register today! LIMITED SPACE!  

July 17, 2018
Save the Date: CAAN Connect—Los Angeles
What are you doing in your career? Who do you aspire to be? Make incredible insider connections at our 11th Annual CAAN Connect: Los Angeles, a night of fast-paced industry networking. This exclusive event offers Columbia College Chicago alumni one-on-one time with impossible-to-meet entertainment industry professionals. These professionals are actively looking for TV pilots, movies, writers, marketers, female directors, producers, actors, aspiring talent managers, and more!  

August 2, 2018
Save the Date: CAAN Connect—Chicago
Networking is more than meeting people with a common interest; it's about meeting the RIGHT people who can help open doors and offer honest tailored insight. Where can you find these individuals? Alumni, look no further! Make incredible insider connections by attending CAAN Connect: Chicago, a night of fast-paced, industry networking. This exclusive event offers Columbia College Chicago alumni an opportunity to get one-on-one time with industry professionals that are normally impossible to meet.  
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April Admitted Student Receptions


MAY 10, 2018
Senior Review for Visual Content Creators
This evening is dedicated to the work of senior photography and illustration students who graduated in December 2017 or will graduate in May 2018. Alumni from all areas of photography and illustration are invited to view student or recent graduate work and welcome them to the professional community. Register as a reviewer on Handshake. Questions? Contact Melissa Hennessy at

JUNE 5, 2018
The Best Online Resources for a Job Search
The Career Transitions Center will deliver a comprehensive look at the best online tools to help job seekers use the Internet most effectively. Topics will include career direction, resume keywords and LinkedIn. Register today!

A New Digital Platform for Alumni Work: Portfolium
Portfolium has replaced Talent Pool as the new, free online resource for alumni to feature their work. Contact if you would like more information.



$500,000 Alumni Giving Match Challenge
Trustee and alumnus Jeremy Efroymson MFA ’98 has offered a grand challenge to fellow alumni through the Efroymson Family Fund. His gift will match dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000 in alumni gifts to Columbia College Chicago programs. Double the impact of your giving at!

The New Frontier: Augmented and Virtual Realities
Columbia will begin offering new online VR courses, which open April 30.  

Terra Foundation Awards Two Columbia Arts Arenas
The Terra Foundation for American Art awarded part of its $300,000 in grants to Chicago arts organizations to Columbia’s Glass Curtain Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Photography.  

Thirteen Faculty Members Honored with Emeritus Status
More than a dozen faculty from across the college were distinguished for their “marked impact on the lives of those within the Columbia community.”  

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