To serve and support alumni and students of Columbia College Chicago by strengthening connections and encouraging participation, in order to promote and advance the interests of the college. 

National Office – Chicago

Cyn Vargas, Associate Director of Alumni Programs, hold a BA and a MFA from Columbia both degrees in Creative Writing. She has worked in the non-profit sector for over a decade coordinating events and working with volunteers and boards.

Cyn Vargas (MFA '13)

Associate Director of
Alumni Programs

West Coast Office – Los Angeles

Sarah Schroeder graduated from Columbia in 2000 with a B.A. in Film & Video and was of the first graduates of the college’s acclaimed Semester in LA program. Upon completion of Semester in LA, Sarah was hired by one of the speakers, talent agent, Craig Wyckoff. She then went on to assist Reuben Cannon in casting the feature film Deliver us from Eva, and was also an assistant to J.B. Roberts, a talent manager at Thruline Entertainment.

Prior to attending Columbia College Chicago, Sarah was a student of English at the University of Arizona, and has published several articles. She was active in Columbia College’s west coast alumni network before accepting her position as the west coast alumni director in December 2002. In her current position, Sarah oversees CAAN activities in the cities of Los Angeles, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, Las Vegas, and Phoenix, as well as the National alumni board.

Sarah Schroeder (BA '00)

Director of Alumni Relations, West Coast
CAAN alumni chapter development, CAAN National board, events, Bob Enrietto Scholarship

Cupid Hayes is a professional actress and a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild, where she serves on six committees. She co-starred with Bruce Bruce and Reynaldo Rey in The Sunday Morning Stripper on Showtime and was also seen on CSI:New York and Heroes.  

While a student at DePaul University, she created the position of Overnight Coordinator for The Theatre School's admissions.  Upon transferring to Columbia, this self-proclaimed "UK Ambassador of Chicago" volunteered for its Admissions department. 

Cupid is very happy to be working with Sarah Schroeder and her fellow Columbia College Chicago alumni.

Cupid Hayes (BA '97)

Alumni Relations Assistant, West Coast