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Register for Alumni Weekend 2013

Registration Price of $30 includes all Friday & Saturday events.
Add the performance of The Color Purple on Thursday night for $15 more.
Program subject to change.


7:30pm - SOLD OUT
The Color Purple plus Meet & Greet with Alumni Cast!
Mercury Theater | 3715 N. Southport Ave | Chicago

Spanning four decades and two continents, THE COLOR PURPLE is an epic, profoundly uplifting family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. With a joyous Grammy®-nominated score featuring gospel, jazz, pop and the blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is a hopeful testament to the healing power of love and a triumphant celebration of life. Fellow alumni are in the cast and will hold a private Meet & Greet with alumni after the show!  Seats are limited.

-Ninah Snipes ('12), who stars as “Squeek”
-Crystal Wood (BA '12), who stars as “Nettie”
-Carrie Louise Abernathy (BA'97), who stars as the “Church Lady”
-Cortez Johnson ('14), who stars as “Ol’ Mister”


7:00pm - 8:00pm
Written Image Awards in collaboration with Cinema Art + Science

Columbia College Chicago | 1104 S. Wabash Ave | rm 302

The Written Image Screenwriting Prize is designed to foster the development and recognition of "new screenwriters," specifically alumni of Columbia College Chicago who majored in Film or current students with a declared major in Film & Video - writers who are at the threshold of a professional career. Come see which alumni will win this year! Special alumni guest, writer & director, and 2013 Alumni Film Contest Feature Winner, Jim Hemphill (BA '93) will be in attendance as a judge for the student competition. Jim's new movie The Trouble with the Truth twitter: www.twitter.com/TTWTTmovie. Jim's twitter: www.twitter.com/JimmyHemphill.

8:00pm - 9:30pm
Celebration After-Party
Columbia College Chicago | 1104 S. Wabash Ave | Center for Book and Paper Arts Gallery

Following the announcement of the winners of the Written Image Awards, come celebrate with faculty/staff, and fellow alumni at the Celebration After-Party! Mingle over food and drinks.


3rd Annual Scholarship FUNd 5k Run/Walk
Columbia College Chicago | 600 S. Michigan Ave | Lobby

Come join us at the 3rd Annual Alumni 5K Scholarship FUNd Run/Walk! Denver Chapter Leader, Pat Blum (BA '84) will lead a run/walk from Columbia's campus to the Museum Campus and back. Get your very own Columbia t-shirt, free refreshments to keep you energized, and take a group photo! Shirts will be available for pick up before the run. Donate to the Alumni Scholarship Fund or the Columbia Cares: Alumni for Students Fund to help students in need! Click here to see the route.

11:30am - 1:00pm
Alumni Luncheon w/College Address by Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim, Columbia's New President and CEO
Columbia College Chicago | 618 S. Michigan Ave | Stage Two

Join Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim, the new President and CEO of Columbia College Chicago, as he kicks off a new school year. This is a great opportunity for alumni to get acquainted with Dr. Kim and hear his vision for the college. Following the college address, meet your CAAN National Board. From New York, to LA, to cities in between meet the alumni chapter leaders!

2:00pm - 5:00pm
Departmental Open Houses
Various locations on campus

Wonder what some departments are up to these days? This year, we are very excited to offer Departmental Open Houses. Visit one. Visit all. Below is the list of departments (list updated daily):

Cinema Art + Science
2pm | Tour of Cinema Art + Science Facilities | 1104 S. Michigan Ave | rm 302
4pm | Tour of the MPC | 16th and State Street
Charlie Celander, CA+S faculty member, will be giving two special tours! Join for one or both and see how much Cinema Art + Science has grown.

The Columbia College Library
2-5pm | 624 S. Michigan Ave | library
Take a look at how library has changed, learn what you have access to, and sign up for a membership card!

The Fashion Studies Department
2-3pm | 618 S. Michigan Ave | lobby
Come join the Fashion Studies department as we showcase mini collections from six recent Fashion Design graduates

The Marketing Communication Department
2-3:30pm and 3:30pm-5pm | 624 S. Michigan Ave | rm 806
Howard Mendelsohn Scholars of Merit Presentation

Join the Mendelsohn Scholars of Merit- Michelle Pavlack, Brandon Hammer and Sarah Ryan- as they present an overview of their accomplishments and activities based on their learning. Howard Mendelsohn (BA '49) is an alum of the Marketing Communication department and for the past eight years has awarded scholarships to deserving students. Please join us for this special presentation!

The Music Center
2-3:00pm | 1014 S. Michigan Ave| lobby
Tour of the Music Center Facilities

Please meet in the first-floor lobby area to the left of the revolving entrance door.  The tour will be conducted by a member of the Music Center technical staff.

The Photography Department
2PM | 33 E. Congress | C33 Congress Gallery
Exclusive Tour of C33 Congress Gallery & the Photography Department
Come check out the new Alumni Showcase at the C33 Congress Gallery! Exclusive for Alumni Weekend curator Matt Avignone (BA '11) will lead a walk through conversation about the ideas behind the exhibition followed by a tour of the photography facilities with Peter Fitzgerald, Chair of the Photography, at the 600 S Michigan Building leaving from C33 at 2.45pm.

The Radio Department
2:30pm-3:45pm | 33 E. Congress | various suitesz
Annual High School and College Radio Conference

Columbia's Radio Department invites all alumni to visit the Annual High School and College Radio Conference. The following afternoon sessions are featured.
-Session I  Room 719 : Creating a Career Path That’s Right for You                       
-Session II  Room 703: 21st Century DJ
-Session III Room 709:  High School and College Radio Roundtable
-Session IV  Room 705: Why Radio Needs to Develop New Ideas to Be Successful
-Session V  Room 713:  How to Create Revenue Sources For Your High School or College Station

The Television Department
2:00pm-3:30pm | 600 S. Michigan Ave | 15th fl Studio A
Meet television faculty member, Sara Livingston and see what the Television department is up to!

The Theater Department
2:00pm-3:20pm | 72 E. 11th Street | rm 111A
Sit in on the rehearsal of HAIRSPRAY

The Theater Department is opening their rehearsal for their main stage musical HAIRSPRAY to all alumni and their guests followed by Dale Calandra, one of our adjunct faculty members who played Edna on the Broadway National Tour will share his experiences with the show. There will also be a dramaturgical presentation and, of course, an introduction of alumni.

Mix and match Departmental Open Houses with Professional Development Workshops!

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Resume Workshop
Columbia College Chicag
o | 600 S. Michigan Ave | rm 401

Join Mike Mara, a Columbia alumni (B.A. Journalism, 2008), for an in-depth look at the art of effectively developing the most critical weapon within a job seeker’s arsenal, the resume. Mike is a Senior Writer/Branch Manager for A Better Resume Service, the oldest and one of the largest professional resume writing firms in the country. As one of the organization’s top producers, Mike has created high-impact resumes for individuals across virtually all industries from entry up through executive level. This workshop will explore some of the most common mistakes that people make when writing their resumes, where you should be distributing your document and some of the hidden tricks of the trade. In addition, Mike will provide attendees with sound advice regarding some of the most powerful self-marketing strategies you should be using in your job search.

Mike is an national expert providing advice to 80,000 followers on Twitter @abetterresume, 10,800 followers on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/abetterresumeservice and 43,000 followers on Pinterest, http://pinterest.com/abetterresume.

3:00pm - 4:00pm
LinkedIn 101 Workshop
Columbia College Chicag
o | 623 S. Wabash Ave | Portfolio Center | 3rd fl

You've heard about it, and may even have an account. However, you may often wonder: what is LinkedIn really good for? This session will detail how LinkedIn can be used to help you market yourself and your skills, research jobs, and expand your professional network.

4:00pm - 5:30pm
Discover Your Personal Brand
Columbia College Chicag
o | 600 S. Michigan Ave | rm 401

Your personal brand consists of your unique talent, values, passion, strengths, ideals, and experiences. 'Personal branding' for an artist is like painting a picture or composing a song--it requires you to select just the right colors or notes that will best differentiate your personal 'brand' and art from others.

In this workshop, we'll go beyond the artist statement to create your authentic and individual personal brand masterpiece. Kate Mulcahy is principal of Brand New Discovery, Inc. a consulting firm that provides a strategic and creative experience for business leaders, entrepreneurs, and forward-thinking individuals who want to fully optimize or refocus their lives.  

Applying her extensive leadership and communications experience, Mulcahy helps you envision your goals and the best ways to connect with the important people, purpose, and resources to achieve them. Her fun and engaging approach leads to you to reinvent, rediscover, and define what’s possible for yourself and your personal brand.  

About the Facilitator:
Kate Mulcahy (B.A. '84) is a trusted personal branding coach. She is principal of Brand New Discovery, Inc. which guides professionals and businesses to capitalize on the principles of branding to achieve their full potential. As a strategic thought-partner, Kate specializes in generating ideas and solutions that align her client's skills and accomplishments with new possibilities. Kate is an alumnus of Columbia College Alumni, BA 1984. She also earned certificates in Leadership Arts and Strategic Integration of Technology and Business Solutions, from the University of Chicago.  

Learn more about Kate Mulcahy:

6:00pm - 9:00pm
Alumni Weekend Closing Party at the MPC
Columbia College Chicago | 16th & State Street | Media Production Center

All good things eventually have to come to an end.  After a weekend of great activities, it's time to party on the rooftop!  There will be a DJ that will make you cut loose.  Enjoy beverages, hors d'oeuvres and great conversation under the stars.  Don't be tardy for this closing party!  Must be 21 or older to consume alcoholic beverages.

Didn't attend last year's Alumni Weekend? See what you missed.

Questions? Call Cynthia Vargas at 312-369-8640.


Primary Contact
Cyn Vargas
  Date: 9/26/2013 to 9/28/2013
Time: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Various locations on and off campus