Caught on camera around the country
2012 Alumni Weekend + Columbia Night at the Chicago International Film Festival
On September 27-30, alumni returned to campus to participate in career workshops, enjoy a fashion show, hear from rock-star alumni including screenwriter Mark Protosevich (BA '83), comedy guru Dino Stamatopoulos ('87), cartoonist Art Baltazar (BA '92), and Material Issue's Ted Ansani (BA '90).
On October 16, Columbia hosted the 25th anniversary reunion for the cast of the film La Bamba and screened the Alumni Film Contest's short category winner, Eyes Manouche.
Open Doors Gala 2012
The Open Doors Gala raised $800,000—a record amount—to benefit the Open Doors Scholarship fund for Chicago Public Schools' graduates to attend Columbia College Chicago. Funds also go toward new Columbia College scholarships being funded in memory of John H. and Eunice W. Johnson of the Johnson Publishing Company. A capacity crowd of 300 college supporters attended the event at the college's Media Production Center.
Student Alumni Association (SAA) Event + Columbia at Park City
In December, faculty member and 93 WXRT DJ Terri Hemmert led students in a tour and meet-and-greet at the station.
Later in January 2013, ten alumni screened films during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Columbia College Chicago held three events in Park City during the first weekend of the festival.