Page 1


Issue 2 / Fall 2012



Welcome to the second issue of IN THE MOMENT, a newsletter celebrating the generosity of donors and friends to Columbia College Chicago. With your support we are able to deliver world-class education in the visual, performing, media, and communication arts. As a result, Columbia College Chicago has become a creative powerhouse, a wildly diverse collective of students who share a passion for creative work and enterprise. Your gift supports the greatest concentration of artists in our nation; thank you.

Fashion Columbia 2012 Recap On June 8, Fashion Columbia 2012 hosted more than 200 guests at the Columbia College Chicago Media Production Center. With a new evening format and a record number of corporate partners as well as two live auction packages, the event raised more than $130,000, with net proceeds benefitting the newly established Eunice W. Johnson Scholarship in Fashion Studies. Guests entering the venue were greeted by a red carpet walkway leading to models wearing a selection of vintage pieces from fashion icon Eunice W. Johnson’s Fashion Fair collection. As the main event, the fashion show featured 45 designs, including menswear, evening gowns and dresses, from 15 talented and extremely creative fashion studies students. Models also wore cosmetics from Fashion Fair, a company founded by Johnson. During the program, Columbia College alumna Lana Bramlette (’97) was awarded the Alumni Achievement in Fashion Design award, presented by Vice President of Institutional Advancement Eric V.A. Winston.

Known by her fans as the “queen of hoops,” Lana is the face and force behind Lana Jewelry. Celebrity fashion icons such as Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson and Angelina Jolie own and wear her jewelry, which also appears on films, TV shows and magazine covers. A host committee dinner, rooftop reception, tented VIP lounge and post-show party all led to a memorable event for guests. Looking back on the evening, Event Chair and CEO of Johnson Publishing Desirée Rogers said, “Many of the designs intrigued me and I would have purchased them that evening. I could not help but think of how happy Eunice Johnson would have been to see such talent. It was a magical evening.” Event sponsors for Fashion Columbia 2012 were the Efroymson Family Fund, Event Creative, Fabbri Furs, Factor Runway, Fashion Fair Cosmetics, J & L Catering, Lana Jewelry, Macy's, Mercedes Benz, and Michigan Avenue Magazine.

In addition to the fundraising and fashion successes, Fashion Columbia 2012 was the largest and greenest event at the college to date. Following Columbia’s sustainability checklist, a guide developed to look at decreasing the carbon footprint of the public events on campus, the event used more green vendors than ever before and recycled all postevent paper and other products, as well as composting food scraps.

2 |

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Collection from the Ebony Fashion Fair Archives, PHOTO: FABPHOTOCHICAGO.COM. DESIRÉE ROGERS AND LINDA JOHNSON RICE, PHOTO: Paper dresses created by students of the Fashion Study Collection, photo by, Design by Cynthia Roman (BFA ‘12), photo: COVER Photo:

| 3

Scholarship Fund to be Established in Memory of Columbia College Student

Gianna Esposito was a caring teen with a passion for music, photography, and helping others. She volunteered at the Action Sertoma Club of Alsip, Illinois, a non-profit organization that was founded to help the less fortunate. She passed away unexpectedly after enrolling at Columbia College as a music major. In honor of all of the good that Gianna Esposito managed to do in life, her uncle, Rick Macarol, has started fundraising efforts in her memory. He initially donated funds to Action Sertoma, but now hopes to raise enough to create an Endowed Scholarship Fund at Columbia named after his niece. He has hosted a number of successful events including The Gianna Esposito Halloween Faire. He hopes to raise enough money for the Gianna Esposito Scholarship Fund that it can begin providing scholarships to students like Gianna. “Gianna was a freshman at Columbia College when she passed away,” Macarol said. “Photography was a true passion of hers and she really thrived while attending school at Columbia. For that, our family is so grateful, which made establishing the Gianna Esposito Scholarship Fund to benefit Columbia College the perfect choice.” The Gianna Esposito Scholarship Fund will keep Gianna’s memory alive by benefiting students and helping them offset their college educations. For more information regarding the Gianna Esposito Scholarship Fund contact Nancy Rampson, Director of Development, at

4 |

John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition Celebrates 30th Anniversary Columbia College Chicago’s journalism department hosted the 30th anniversary of the John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition on April 5th. The night’s events honored John Fischetti, announced the winner of the annual competition, and featured special guests Dick Locher and Jules Feiffer. Dick Locher is a Fischetti Award recipient as well as a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. He was strip artist for Dick Tracy. Jules Feiffer is a Pulitzer Prize winner and a George Polk Award recipient for his cartoons. Feiffer was the first artist to ever be solicited by the New York Times to create editorial cartoons for its Op-Ed page. The event was preceded by an online auction of editorial cartoons that went live on March 12th. The proceeds from the online auction, and the auction for the comic strip that won this year’s John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition, went toward the Fischetti Fund.

Since its creation, the endowed fund has provided 600 awards to journalism students. The fund also provided 46 monetary awards to editorial cartoonists. This fund has enabled many Columbia College students to achieve their goals and become accomplished journalists. In one year, three Fischetti scholarship recipients won the prestigious Peter Lisagor Award for outstanding journalism.

The Fischetti Fund is the second oldest scholarship fund at Columbia College Chicago. Its endurance despite economic uncertainties is a testament to John’s memory and shows incredible support for the college and for the profession of journalism.

The Fischetti Fund was established by John Fischetti’s friends after his passing in 1980.

| 5

Columbia Names A+D Resource Center after the Efroymson Family

6 |

Last year, Columbia College Chicago hosted an event in celebration of the Efroymson family. The Efroymson Family Fund provided funding to the college for the creation of a resource center for art and design department students. Columbia College Chicago has dubbed this creative learning space the Efroymson A+D Resource Center. At the naming event, President Warrick L. Carter and Chairman Allen M. Turner expressed their gratitude to the Efroymson family for their generous gift. During his speech, President Carter said, “I feel like a proud dad, in a way, because Columbia College gets to claim Jeremy [Efroymson] as one of our own.” Jeremy Efroymson graduated from Columbia in 1998 after earning his MFA in creative writing. He was the founder and previous executive director of the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art. Jeremy Efroymson (MFA ’98) is also a talented visual artist. He often works with photography, installation and found object sculpture. The value he placed on pursuing the arts was definitely a motivating factor in the family’s decision to create this space for Columbia’s students.


| 7

Students First Scholarship Luncheon

Diane Dammeyer (‘01)

Guests were greeted by the music of the Student Jazz Ensemble and student vocalist Lashera Moore. Scholarship recipient Chelsea Middendorf (BA ’12), a senior fashion studies major, provided an introduction to the lunch, thanking donors and discussing how her scholarship helped her to afford textbooks, allowing her to focus more on school and worry less about money. Senior graphic design major Serafin Lopez (BFA ’12), also a scholarship recipient, spoke about the wonderful experiences he’s been able to have at Columbia as a result of his scholarship.

diversity here at Columbia College Chicago, and these scholarships ensure that diversity can continue, offering students who may not have been able to come here, a chance to pursue their passion.”

Lunch was followed by an award presentation to scholarship supporters in three categories: Outstanding Corporation, Outstanding Foundation and Outstanding Individual. Columbia College Chicago President Warrick L. Carter, Chairman of the Board Allen M. Turner, VP of Student Affairs Mark Kelly and VP of Institutional Advancement Eric V.A. Winston spoke about the importance of donors in each of the categories, and presented the three awards.

“I’d say the arts are essential to America, our future, our jobs and our quality of life,” said Cooke. “We’re really pleased to be able to help the students who will make a difference in the future.”

The Northern Trust Corporation was presented with the Students First Outstanding Corporation award, which was accepted by Deborah Liverett, Northern Trust’s senior vice president and director of community affairs. Northern Trust helped fund the Career Beginnings Project that prepared local high school students to enter college, and later founded the Retention Award Scholarship to assist Chicago Public School graduates in danger of withdrawing from Columbia College due to financial pressures. Introducing the award for Northern Trust, President Carter said, “We are so proud of the 8 |

The McCormick Foundation received the Students First Outstanding Foundation award, which was accepted by Don Cooke, senior vice president of philanthropy. The McCormick-Tribune Endowed Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to assist Chicago Public School graduates with tuition and fees while at Columbia College.

Diane Dammeyer (’01), who recently created and funded Columbia’s first full-ride scholarship, received the Students First Outstanding Individual award. The Diane Dammeyer Scholarship, for students wanting to make a difference through the arts and communications, was established by the alumna to encourage students to find creative ways to help nonprofit organizations better realize their goals. Accepting her award, Dammeyer said, “Columbia has given me, at a late point in my life, a whole new life. And I hope this scholarship will do the same for the students who receive it.” Save the date for this year’s Students First Scholarship Luncheon, taking place on November 13th.

SAVE THE DATE This year the Columbia College Chicago 2012 Alumni Weekend will take place from September 27th to 30th. This exciting weekend of events will begin with an opening reception in the Columbia College library, featuring the artwork of alumnus Diane Dammeyer (’01). The traditional Student and Alumni Luncheon will also take place, including a mini fashion show put together by alumni and students. Other notable highlights will include the second Annual Alumni 5K, the Alumni Short Film Festival, a career workshop, and the highly anticipated alumni writing panel discussion. This year’s discussion will

feature Emmy Award-winning writer, actor, and producer Dino Stampatopoulos (’87), and Eisner Award-winning DC Comic cartoonist and 2012 Alumnus of the Year Art Baltazar (BA ’92), as well as other rock star alumni. There will be a final reception on the Saturday evening at Jimmy Green’s featuring an exclusive performance by Ted Ansani (BA ’90) of Material Issue. To close out the weekend alumni will enjoy the Gospel Brunch at the famous House of Blues featuring the fantastic Columbia College Gospel Choir. Whether you attend for the full weekend or only selected events, be sure to save the date. Columbia College Chicago Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of the Circle of Contributors In May, Columbia College Chicago hosted the fifth annual Circle of Contributors event to honor donors who have given $10,000 or more over the course of their lifetime. The event focuses on donors new to the Circle of Contributors donor wall and to those contributors moving to the next highest giving level.

Trustee Marcia Lazar (MFA ’01) said the intent of the Circle of Contributors donor wall is to “spotlight the individuals who have contributed so generously to Columbia College Chicago in support of its mission.”

The event was hosted by Columbia College Chicago at the home of President Warrick L. Carter. The Circle of Contributors Donor Wall is located in the 600 S. Michigan Avenue building. The donor wall was created by Columbia alumnus Sarah Faust (MFA ’01) and Ben Bilow of Columbia College’s Creative and Print Services department.


| 9

Columbia Television Students Benefit From New Zacuto Equipment Zacuto USA, a Chicago-based designer and manufacturer of filmmaking accessories for sale and rent, generously donated new equipment to the Columbia College Television Department. The company, founded by Steve Weiss and Columbia alumnus Jens Bogehegn (BA ’88), designs its own equipment with the goal of making filmmaking easier. Zacuto makes various products ranging from DSLR kits, Video Camera Kits, Z-Finder products, camera cases, and other accessories for filmmakers. Zacuto manufactures all of its products in the United States. The company also produces its own award winning programming through its in-house studio imprint, Zacuto Films. Zacuto Films has been a nominee for and recipient of Emmy Awards for its web series and documentaries, FilmFellas, Critics, BTS and The Great Camera Shootout 2010 and 2011. The Great Camera Shootout 2012 is currently in production. Last October, Zacuto gave The Television Department a Zacuto Stinger shoulder mount, a combination tripod and shoulder mount called the Zacuto Peacemaker, a Zacuto Z-Finder EVF monitor, and five Zacuto Z-Finder Pro optical viewfinders. All of the accessories donated by Zacuto are compatible with the DSLR cameras used in the Television department so students can check out every piece of equipment they need with confidence. In March, Zacuto provided the television department with a Zonitor Handheld Kit. According to the product description the Zonitor kit can be used to mount “any device…such as an external onboard monitor, lights, and/or hard drives.” Zacuto has previously donated equipment to Columbia College’s Film & Video Department. One of the many advantages of using the DSLR cameras with Zacuto’s rigs is that 10 |

these cameras are lighter and smaller than traditional video cameras. Shooting with a DSLR gives students greater mobility than bulkier video cameras have. Implementing shoulder mounted rigs like the Zacuto Stinger allows students to keep their cameras steady while remaining mobile. The Canon DSLRs can film in high definition and are also capable of taking still photographs. Another great thing about these cameras is that they are highly customizable. Canon has a variety of lenses available for its DSLR camera models so students can simply swap lenses on-site rather than exchanging one camera for another to achieve different visual effects. To ensure the longevity and care of these incredible pieces of equipment, and the other available tools in the department’s equipment center, students are instructed in the use of the new equipment and take a qualifying exam before being allowed to check out and take cameras and kits into the field for handson experience.

The new equipment from Zacuto has been integral to the department’s mission of keeping up with available technology in the industry. Tami “Tamale” Sepp, Post-Production and Equipment Center Coordinator, said, “Our equipment is very current and students are trained on the tools they are going to use in the field. It definitely gives them an edge.”




at . In spire. Cre


Chairman’s Circle is for donors providing $5,000 or more annually. Benefits include special activities, private receptions and opportunities to take part in programs and classroom activities with faculty and students. The President’s Club is for donors providing $1,000 or more annually. Benefits include special invitations to events. Manifest Club is for alumni who give $10 a month or a grand total of $120 a year. Benefits include listing in the Alumni Honor Roll of Donors.

Visit to learn more

WHO WE ARE Executive Editor/Vice President for Institutional Advancement Eric V. A. Winston, PhD

Senior Director of Development, Major Gifts Chandra Dennis

Editor/Content Manager Shay Lessman (MFA ’12)

Director of External Programs & Annual Giving Brent Caburnay

Contributing Content Manager Alistair Porter (MAM ’13) Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement Michael Anderson

Director of Development, Major Gifts Nancy Rampson Director of Planned Giving Ruby Schucker

| 11

give. arts matter.

photo: DREW REYNOLDS (’97)

A n n u a l

G i v i n g

Columbia College Chicago Office of Institutional Advancement 600 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60605

In The Moment - Fall 2012  

A newsletter for donors and friends of Columbia College Chicago.