November 2018

Roz Varon '80 and Sarah Janz '18, George Tillman Jr. '91, Fernando Diaz '04


All in the Family
Fresh from their Open House appearance, mother-daughter duo Roz Varon '80 and Sara Janz '18 reflect on their Columbia experiences in the classroom.

George Tillman Jr. ’91 Talks New Film The Hate U Give
The alumnus sat down with the Hollywood Reporter to talk about his heralded new film.

Fernando Diaz ’04 Named Editor-in-chief and Publisher of Chicago Reporter
Fernando Diaz will take the reins of the longtime investigative news media outlet, which focuses on social and socioeconomic injustice issues.

Caroline Neff ’07 Takes Home Top Performer Prize for Lettie
Caroline Neff scored a Joseph Jefferson Award for her role in the Victory Gardens Theatre production.

Alumnus Takes the Comedy Stage, Follows in Parents’ Footsteps
Steven Haas ’12 is raising his stand-up profile; he notes the influence of his father, Zanies Executive Vice President Bert Haas.
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November 16, 2018
MoCP After Dark
Join us for an after-hours party at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Against the backdrop of The Many Hats of Ralph Arnold and Echoes: Reframing Collage, dance the evening away to a DJ set by Kwest_on while enjoying drinks and savory bites. At 8:30 p.m., multidisciplinary artist avery r. young will present a performance. The event is cohosted by Maya-Camille Broussard and the MoCP Museum Council. Tickets for the event are $25 for nonmembers, $20 for members, $15 for students, and FREE for Columbia College Chicago Students. Get your tickets here!  

November 30, 2018
Paint it Black
Alumni are invited to reconnect and enjoy a production by Black Student Union at the annual Paint It Black event. Inspired by the 1997 film Love Jones, four friends unexpectedly reunite for the first time in 10 years in 1996 Manhattan. Register today!  

January 16, 2018
Alumni Coffee Connection
Join us for a morning of connecting with local alumni over coffee while hearing from an inspiring panel of Columbia alums. This event welcomes alums from all industries to meet and network. Featured panelists include Michele Anderson MA ’90, general manager, Lookingglass Theatre; Maggie O'Keefe ’11, political director, 47th Ward; and Meka Hemmons ’00, portrait photographer, former photo editor, OWN Network and Harpo Studios. $20 Registration saves your spot and includes coffee and refreshments. Register today!
Recent Event Photos
2018 Albert P. Weisman Award Exhibition–Opening Reception

Theatre Reunion Weekend

NYC Visual Arts and Media Mixer

New York Broadway Experience with David Cromer


Portfolium Digital Portfolio of the Month
Alumna Leticia Trujillo '14 showcases her game design skills in this month’s featured Portfolium account.  

New Home for Alumni Projects
Alumni now have a new forum to promote their projects and connect with other alumni. Join the new Columbia College Chicago Alumni Projects Facebook group today!



Exciting Changes in Provost’s Office for Stan Wearden and Suzanne Blum Malley
Suzanne Blum Malley will step into the role of senior vice president and provost of Columbia beginning January 1, 2019. She will assume Stan Wearden’s role as he transitions to a position as president of Methodist University.

Fall 2019 Sees More Scholarship Support for New Students
Students are eligible for two new scholarship opportunities: the Columbia Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Award and the Columbia Creatives Award to CPS and Arts Schools Network seniors.

President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim’s Contract Extended to 2024
Kwang-Wu Kim’s contract extension was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees. Kim said the vote “reflects the hard work of many people across the college.”

Columbia College Chicago In the News 2018
Columbia’s students, alumni, and faculty filled the headlines over the last academic year with top rankings, historic achievements, and continued engagement with art and activism.   

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