OFFICE OF ALUMNI RELATIONS MISSION STATEMENT
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
, Associate Director of Alumni Operations, graduated from
Columbia in 1999 with a BA in Marketing Communications: Advertising
Prior to joining Columbia, Michelle had
a successful marketing career in the San Francisco Bay Area as a
marketing director and advertising account executive, primarily in the
multifamily and commercial real estate industries. While residing in
the Bay Area, Michelle also spearheaded the San Francisco CAAN
(Columbia Alumni Association & Network) chapter.
As associate director of
alumni operations, Michelle works closely with academic departments
to assist in the cultivation and implementation of their alumni
initiatives, directs alumni communications, and is the staff adviser for the Student Alumni Alliance (SAA)
Michelle also has a Boston Terrier named Veruca Salt (named for the band, not the girl).
Michelle Passarelli (BA '99)
Associate Director of Alumni Operations
Department outreach, alumni marketing and communications, DEMO Magazine, Student Alumni Alliance (SAA)
Vargas graduated from Columbia in 2001 with a BA in Fiction Writing. She is currently a Creative Writing MFA candidate at Columbia College. She has
worked in the non-profit sector for over nine years coordinating events and
working with volunteers and boards. She returned to Columbia in March 2008 as
the assistant director of alumni events & programs.
In her role, she is responsible for all programming and coordination of
alumni events including Alumni Weekend, Alumni at Manifest,
career development workshops, baseball outings, amongst others.
Cyn also manages event-specific alumni volunteer committees and work with the
CAAN: Chicago alumni board, which includes volunteer management, recruitment, and
cultivation. Cyn was born and raised in Chicago, is an avid White Sox
fan, and proud mom of a future alumna. Her story, Rum & Run, appeared in Hair Trigger 33 in May 2011.
Cyn Vargas (BA '01)
Associate Director of Alumni Events & Programs
CAAN: Chicago alumni chapter, Alumni Weekend, Alumni at Manifest, workshops, volunteer committees
West Coast Office – Los Angeles
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
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
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
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