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School Announces New Curricular Pathways
Designed to enable new learning pathways for our students, the School of Media Arts (SMA) has created three new majors: Advertising, Public Relations and Marketing, from existing concentrations. These majors will be effective for fall 2014.

CA+S Students Wrap Red Carpet Opportunity
A crew of 13 CA+S students were hired to videotape events that included panel discussions, Q&As with filmmakers, and red carpet arrivals at AMC River East Theater for the 49th Chicago International Film Festival.

Alumni Profile: Carolina Cruz Villegas
Carolina Cruz Villegas
Carolina Cruz Villegas is a recent graduate from the Journalism program, who has just accepted a position as an on-air multimedia journalist at WTVO/WQRF, the ABC/FOX duopoly in Rockford, Illinois.

Bloyd-Peshkin Earns Excellence in Teaching Award
Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin with Chair Nancy Day

Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin, an associate professor of Journalism at Columbia College Chicago, was honored with the 2013 college-wide Excellence in Teaching award.

Columbia Links gives students chance to voice fears
Through Links program, high schoolers write about the dangers they face in their everyday lives - and their hopes for the future.

Radio Students Win Best New Ad Competition for Civic Duty Shoes
Congratulations to students Graham Berner, Te' Shon Farr, Gabriela Gonzalez, David Pierczynski, and Matthew Stroh. They won first place for their commercial entry, "Kevin's Shoes," in a BestNewAd.com competition sponsored by Civic Duty Shoes.

WCRX-FM Wins National Radio Awards and Radio Students Win Best New Ad Competition
Congratulations to Students Matt Brousseau, Amber Calderon, Dan Pasquerelli, Amanda Wheaton and students from the WCRX Practicum. 

School of Media Arts Seeking Applications for Position of Associate Dean
The Office of the Dean, School of Media Arts is seeking applications for an Associate Dean.

Radio Major James Moody Turns Internship Into a Job
After having completed a successful internship during the summer semester, Radio Major James Moody knew the drill for being a successful intern: Be on time, work hard, and be willing to do whatever it takes to make a solid impression.

Eight 2011 Radio Graduates Hired by Merlin Media LLC in Chicago
2011 Radio graduates Megan Buckley, Michael Cronin, Danielle Ezell, Christine Fiedler, John Gregory, Calie Lyons, Chris Mezyk, and Eric Pribramsky were all hired as full-time news writers/producers for Merlin Media LLC as heard on WWWN, 101.1 FM in Chicago.

WCRX Recognized with 8 International Awards
WCRX-FM has been recognized with 8 Communicator Awards, including 3 top awards.

Columbia Wins American Advertising Federation Regional Competition
Once again Columbia's Marketing Communication Department's Practicum Class has won the AAF regional competition. Having gone to nationals two out of the last three years (missed last year by a .5 point!), Columbia has scored a "three-peat."

Radio Graduate Katie Baker Shares in Gracie Award
Along with the entire staff of the show, Katie Baker (B.A. ’08), Associate Producer for The Laura Berman Show on Harpo Radio, Inc. (Sirus/XM Radio), was honored with a prestigious Gracie Award for Outstanding Talk Show in the Entertainment/Information category.

AA+A Acoustics program featured in WGN Channel 9 News
WGN Channel 9 featured the AA+A Acoustics program on their Thursday 5/12 and Friday 5/13 news broadcasts as part of a transportation noise measurement and mitigation story.

One-night-only: Man, Woman, and the Beast Within!
Columbia College Chicago and Fulcrum Point New Music Project in association with FUJITSU TEN present ECLIPSE MASTER CLASS Man, Woman & The Beast Within - one night only - Wednesday May 18, 2011 - 7:30 p.m. - RSVP required.

Dave Berner Wins Grand Prize for His Book, Accidental Lessons
Dave Berner, Associate Professor Radio Department, has been awarded the 2011 Grand Prize at the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for his teaching memoir, Accidental Lessons.

Students Land Prestigious, Paid Internships
Two Columbia journalism students were selected for prestigious, nationally competitive paid internships in New York City -- including one at O, The Oprah Magazine.

College launches first B.S. Degree in Acoustics of its kind in the U.S.

Following a year of research and administrative reviews, President Carter approved on Wednesday, 3/9/2011, the Audio Arts + Acoustics proposal for a new Degree Major: Bachelor of Science in Acoustics.

This is an exciting development that responds to the needs of the acoustics industry and graduate education. It places our College at the cutting edge and provides students with the first undergraduate degree in acoustics and perception of its kind in the country.

Chronicle Once Again Named Among Top College Newspapers in State
For the fourth year in a row, The Columbia Chronicle was named the state’s top student newspaper among non-daily college papers with a circulation above 4,000 at this year's Illinois College Press Association convention.

AA+A Faculty and Students Garner Grammy Nominations and Win
Two AA+A Part-time faculty, Michael Freeman and Michael Slaboch, received 2010 Grammy nominations.  Michael Freeman, along with three AA+A students who assisted with recording sessions at Joy Ride Studios, went on to receive a Grammy award for producing "Joined at the Hip" in the Best Traditional Blues Album category.

News Site Featuring Columbia Students' Work Garners Grant
The AustinTalks online news outlet, founded by a Columbia journalism faculty member and featuring reporting by many Columbia journalism students and alumni, has been awarded a $15,000 grant from The Chicago Community Trust. AustinTalks has given students a chance to do multimedia reporting -- and gain published work -- about a neighborhood rich with news but often lacking in resources.

Poesís: The Visual Language of Edwin Torres
Exhibition: February 16 – March 11, 2011  
Reading: Thursday,  February 24 at 6PM | Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan 
Opening Reception: Thursday,  February 24,  1104 S. Wabash 
The Center for Book and Paper Arts is pleased to present Poesís: The Visual Language of Edwin Torres a display of visual text work by acclaimed New York based poet, Edwin Torres, opening February 16. A reception for the artist and reading on February 24 will augment the exhibition.

Journal of Artists Books (JAB28) is now available!!
Journal of Artists Books - JAB28 is Now Available! JAB28 was guest edited by April Sheridan, designed by Susie Kirkwood and it features a cover design by Chicago-based Sonnenzimmer...

Joe Grimm Performance in Collaboration with LAMPO
Friday, November 19th at 8pm| 916 S Wabash, Rm 214
The Audio Arts & Acoustics department, in partnership with LAMPO will present a performance of an epic new solo work from Joe Grimm, whose work features circuit-bent 16mm projectors and screen-mounted light-sensitive audio electronics. Joe's stuff is not to be missed. It's raw, it's stroboscopic, it's the week before Thanksgiving...

Performance: Japanese Sound Artist Tomomi Adachi
Friday, April 16 at 8pm | 916 S Wabash, rm 214
The Columbia College Audio Arts and Acoustics Department in cooperation with Lampo and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Sound welcomes Tomomi Adachi, performer, composer, sound poet and video artist living in Tokyo. He plays improvised music with voice, computer and self-made instruments and composes works for his own group "Adachi Tomomi Royal Chorus," a punk-style choir of non-professionals...