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“Redefining our Greatness” – President Kwang-Wu Kim releases White Paper on Columbia College Chicago’s future. Read more at http://www.colum.edu/president

Preferred First Name
To build a welcoming and inclusive community, Columbia College Chicago now allows students to use preferred first names on campus.

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. 

Columbia College Chicago appoints new SVP/Provost
Kent State University Dean Stanley T. Wearden, Ph.D., to assume duties on July 1, overseeing college-wide academic affairs, enrollment management and admissions.

New Lounges for Students
For many students, school can be a stressful environment with little opportunity for relaxation. Columbia’s Student Affairs Department and Campus Environment decided to make five new “family rooms” to make a more comfortable student environment on campus.

The Learning Studio: A Lifesaver for Hard Classes
The Learning Studio is a resource for all students who need some academic support. From tutoring to computer lab space to supplemental instruction, they got you covered. We get the scoop on the best way to use this amazing resource on campus.

1098-T Forms Available January 31st

You and your family may be eligible for higher education tax benefits because you’re attending college.  Read on for information regarding tax deductions and credits you may be eligible to claim.

Important Change to the Commencement Schedule
Is your student in the Marketing Communication or Interactive Arts and Media programs?  If so, read on to learn about an important change to their commencement schedule.

Statement on Campus Closures
Given the weather conditions that we have faced so far this winter, I think it would be helpful to communicate our institution's general policy on school closures to the wider college community.

How to Launch A Creative Career
Larry Minsky, marketing communication professor, offers solid advice based on his lengthy experience in the advertising field that is focused on how to start a career, build a portfolio and create a network of likeminded people to help propel you to the top of the competitive job heap.

How to Stay Healthy During Flu Season
It’s that time of year—crisp air, colorful leaves, pumpkin-flavored everything and…the flu. Nothing came make life more miserable than a cold that doesn’t die or the “death” flu. Here’s how you can stay healthy this flu season.

The Learning Studio: A Lifesaver for Hard Classes
Learning Studio is a resource for all students who need some academic support. From tutoring to computer lab space to supplemental instruction, they got you covered. We get the scoop on the best way to use this amazing resource on campus.

Columbia Has a Basketball Court?
The rumors are all true. Columbia students now have access to an indoor basketball court at facilities shared with Roosevelt University, located at 501 S. Wabash. The court is open for free gym time at set periods throughout the week, listed below, and will also be used for intramural sports and special events.

Why Your Student Should Visit Their College Advisor
From the first time your student enters Columbia through graduation, the college advising center is a resource for academic support.

How Your Student Can Stay in Contact with SFS
During these next few weeks, the amount of guidance students request from Student Financial Services (SFS) increases substantially.  With that being said, we want to be sure you know your options when seeking guidance from SFS.  After the jump is a list of resources students can utilize.

Share Your Student's Success!
It is hugely important to us to capture the jobs, performances, exhibitions, publications, internships, awards, and other successes of our Columbia College Chicago Community. Tell us what your student has been up to! 

College Welcomes New President
Columbia College Chicago welcomes Kwang-Wu Kim, D.M.A., as president and chief executive officer of the college, beginning July 1. 

Student Retail "Facelift"
To start summer school, eight students from the Fashion Studies Department embarked on a six day excursion to give a local store in Northport, Michigan, what they called a retail “facelift” for their Visual Merchandising Immersion Class. 

Artists Tackle Sports
The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) wants you to think about photographs as more than smart-phone selfies and facebook wall posts

Celebrating William Russo
Columbia College Chicago presents Celebrating William Russo: Artist and Educator, a tribute to the life and legacy of one of the seminal figures in Chicago’s music, theater and educational communities on December 7.

2013 Alumni of the Year Recipients Announced
As an annual tradition, Columbia College Chicago will honor Alumni of the Year during spring commencement ceremonies on May 18-19. These three alumni, whose work and dedication to their craft is a tribute to the Columbia College spirit and ideal, are true success stories and have helped to author the cultural fabric around them. This year’s honorees include:

2013 COMMENCEMENT DVD
Graduation day is finally here! Make sure to capture this momentous time in your life by ordering a graduation DVD. It includes footage of every graduate crossing the stage at the historic Chicago Theatre and all of the speakers and performances from the ceremony, so you won’t miss a moment. Plus if you order early, you can save 20%.

2013 Honorary Degree Recipients
Each year at the Columbia College Chicago Commencement, we honor outstanding individuals in the arts, education, politics and public information - people who have engaged their great talents in important human service and whose life work and example embody the college's ideal and spirit.

New President and CEO Announced
After an intensive five-month search, Columbia College Chicago appoints Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim as the institution's 10th president and CEO. 

2013 Commencement DVD
Graduation day is finally here! Make sure to capture this momentous time in your life by ordering a graduation DVD.

Message about the March 5 Malfunction of the In-Building Notification System
A notification to the college community about the March 5 malfunction of the in-building notification system. 

BEYOND BOOKS: WHAT CAN THE LIBRARY DO FOR YOU?
Columbia College Chicago’s Library is a mecca for resources — all designed to meet the academic and informational needs of students.

INTERNATIONAL INTERESTS
Columbia’s International Student Organization helps to bridge that gap international students may face coming to Columbia from another country, but it’s also a great way for non-international students to make awesome friends, learn about other cultures and help with great events.

2013-2014 FAFSA AVAILABLE JANUARY 1ST
Priority deadline has passed, but there is still time! 

1098-T FORMS NOW AVAILABLE
You and your family may be eligible for higher education tax benefits because you’re attending college. Click here for information regarding tax deductions and credits you may be eligible to claim.

START THE SPRING 2013 SEMESTER | A FEW IMPORTANT DATES AND STUDENT RESOURCES
As the spring semester gets underway please be sure you aware of a few important dates, as well as several resources available to  your student.

YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR HIGHER EDUCATION TAX BENEFITS & FREE TAX PREPERATION
You and your family may be eligible to receive higher education tax benefits because you’re attending college.

The Art of Giving
ShopColumbia hosts its 4th Annual Holiday Market Dec. 6-8, as it takes over the first floor of 623 S. Wabash Ave. to showcase the work of Columbia College student and alumni artists.

Graduation Applications Are Now In Oasis
Is your student ready to graduate?  All undergraduate students should apply to graduate a year before they expect to graduate. Graduation applications are now available inside OASIS. 

Your Student's Web Portfolio, Your Student's Future
There are many things your student can do with the fast-approaching winter break. Many students will be travelling to get some much needed rest and relaxation. But there is a way to jumpstart a career from wherever you are at over the upcoming holiday without having to get out of pajamas: starting with a web portfolio.

2013-2014 FAFSA AVAILABLE JANUARY 1ST
The priority deadline to submit your 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is February 1st. If you do not have your taxes filed by this time, use estimated income figures to submit your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov.

2013 Commencement Schedule Announced
The 2013 commencement ceremonies will take place on Saturday and Sunday May 18th and 19th.  Schedules and details are listed in the full article after the jump! 

Wrap up Your Financial Semester
The holiday season is here and the end of the semester is near. The office of Student Financial Services (SFS) would like to wish you and your families a happy and safe holiday season and also remind you of a few items to wrap-up in preparation of the coming spring semester.

Alumna Aidy Bryant Joins SNL Cast
Columbia College Chicago theatre alumna Aidy Bryant (B.A. ’09) is one of three new cast members hired by NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” 

Student Illustration Wins First Place
Rhiannon Taylor, a sophomore in the Fiction Writing Department, recently received a major accolade for her work by placing first in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contest for illustrations that were inspired by her science fiction and fantasy writing.

Make Sure Your Student Can Register On Time
In order to register for the upcoming semester, your student account must be in good standing. If a hold is placed on a student account, they will be notified via Loopmail or by phone. Financial Registration Holds will begin on October 15th. 

Gay Pride on Campus
Columbia College Chicago was included in the recent Campus Pride list of the top LGBT-friendly colleges and universities in the country, with four of a possible five stars overall. .

Is Your Student Living On-Campus?
So you’re looking at your student waving in the rearview mirror in front of the University Center, you may be holding back tears and that’s okay! But what’s next?

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Learn about Columbia's revised Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy.

Is Your Student A Commuter Student?
If your student will still be living with you at home, you are facing an equally difficult transition as your student learns to manage a new academic and social life, while their home life might still feel the same. Here are a few tips on how you can make that change a bit more manageable (for both of you).