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Atlanta is seeking a chapter leader. As chapter leader, you will be responsible for planning and executing two to three yearly alumni events, as well as staying connected with your local alumni via social media. If you are interested in this position, please contact Sarah Schroeder at sschroeder@colum.edu. If you’re a new arrival in Atlanta, please contact Brad Sanders (BA ’76) at onthephonewithti@yahoo.com.

In June, CAAN Chicago Young Alumni welcomed 2013 graduates into the alumni community during a gathering at Kasey’s Tavern. Special thanks to William Swartwood (BA ’96) for sponsoring the event. CAAN Chicago was part of the National Bowling FUNdraiser on July 13. Alumni gathered for an afternoon of bowling and fundraising for the Alumni Scholarship Fund, where everyone had a great time while helping out students in need. Contact Joan Hammel (BA ’86) at joan@joanhammel.com.

Along with participating in the National Bowling FUNdraiser, CAAN Denver attended the Cubs vs. Rockies game in July. Coming this fall, we plan to screen Sean Jourdan’s (MFA ’09) film Teddy Boy. Sean was featured in the last issue of DEMO for his successful Kickstarter campaign. Contact Pat Blum (BA ’84) at pbcaanden@aol.com.

The CAAN Detroit chapter strives to provide a regular source of networking and support to alumni through events and other means. Our goal is to create more awareness of Columbia College Chicago’s programs and raise money for the Alumni Scholarship Fund so that we can help current students attain their educational goals. Contact Julie Atty (BA ’10) at julie.atty@gmail.com.

Las Vegas
Las Vegas seeks a chapter leader. Responsibilities include organizing alumni events, staying in contact with chapter members, and promoting fundraising opportunities and scholarships like the Alumni Scholarship Fund. If you are interested in this position, please contact Sarah Schroeder at sschroeder@colum.edu.

Los Angeles
The 6th Annual CAAN Connect was held on June 11. Dozens of alumni connected with entertainment industry executives in one-on-one meetings. About 50 alumni attended the Cubs vs. Dodgers game on August 27. CAAN LA will once again sponsor Carthay Center Elementary through the Young Storytellers program. If you are interested in mentoring a fifth grader in the art of screenwriting, contact Sarah Schroeder at sschroeder@colum.edu. Look for details about a networking seminar in the fall and the annual Midwest Holiday Party in December.

Minneapolis-St. Paul
Look forward to a fall event for Twin Cities alumni. Contact Marie Chaiart (BA ’05) at mariechaiart@gmail.com and Kelsi Moffitt (BA ’03) at kemoffitt@gmail.com.

New York Metro
One of this spring’s highlights was a networking event with visiting students from the Fashion Studies department. Alumni, students, and faculty met for drinks, food, and camaraderie. This fall, there will be networking events in September and November to wrap up 2013. Contact Eric Wallace (BA ’09) at ericcwallace@gmail.com or James “Woody” Woodward (MA ’03) at mrwoody917@yahoo.com.

Phoenix was the first chapter of CAAN to welcome Columbia’s new president, Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim, at a reception in May. Phoenix has a new chapter leader, Carl Varnado (BA ’03), who can be contacted at cvarnado@gmail.com.

CAAN Pittsburgh had a great time at the National Bowling FUNdraiser in July. Contact Mike Moscato (BA ’94) at maguitarmike@gmail.com.

CAAN Portland participated in the National Bowling FUNdraiser for the Alumni Scholarship Fund. Stay tuned for an announcement for a trip to the Oregon coast. Contact Howard Shapiro (BA ’53) at pmahoward@aol.com.

San Francisco Bay Area
We’ve been on a roll, hosting several networking events led by chapter leader Dimitri Moore (BA ’11). In addition to San Francisco events, over the next year we also plan to hold events in the East Bay, the South Bay, and the North Bay. Contact Dimitri Moore at dimimoore@gmail.com.

We’re happy to announce that Seattle has a brand-new chapter leader. Please take a moment to reach out to Sharon Zweiback (BA ’91) to introduce yourself. Her contact is szsandflow@gmail.com. Also, look out for a fall event in your area.

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