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
Vargas, Associate Director of Alumni Events & 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. 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, professional development workshops, liaison to the CAAN Chicago Alumni Board and Alumni on 5.
Cyn was born and raised in Chicago, is an avid White Sox
fan, and proud mom of a future alumna. She is a writer whose work has appeared in Word Riot, Curbside Splendor, First Inkling, and more. She also reads her work around Chicago at various literary events.
Cyn Vargas (BA '01, MFA '13)
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