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Issue 4 / Spring 2013



Welcome to the fourth issue of IN THE MOMENT, a newsletter celebrating the generosity of donors and friends of Columbia College Chicago. This time of year is a time of growth—freshmen are finishing their first year, sophomores and juniors are honing their talents, and seniors are making bold steps into the professional world. As an institution of higher learning, our commitment is to train them in the visual, performing, media, and communication arts. Your support is essential in achieving this mission and deeply impacts our school, our community, and most importantly, our students.

Thank you.

Columbia College Chicago announces the Johnson Legacy Project Columbia College Chicago is proud to announce the launch of the Johnson Legacy Project, created as part of a $100 million national fundraising effort titled This is Columbia’s Moment. Officially announced by President Warrick L. Carter at Columbia’s Open Doors Gala on December 7, 2012, the project honors the legacy of John H. and Eunice W. Johnson. It has already garnered support from individuals across the country devoted to preserving the memory of these American icons. Most people knew the Johnsons as visionaries and entrepreneurs who transformed the fabric of American culture. With the purchase of the Johnson Publishing Building at 820 South Michigan Avenue, Columbia has adopted a signature piece of American history. As the former corporate headquarters for one of the nation’s oldest and most successful African-American businesses, this building was once home to EBONY and JET magazines, Fashion Fair Cosmetics, EBONY Fashion Fair, WJPC Radio, and the Johnson Publishing Company

Book Division. By inheriting this historic building, Columbia College Chicago has also become the steward of a remarkable legacy: memorializing a family who overcame years of prejudice and economic hardship to become some of the greatest publishers and entrepreneurs in the world. As the future site for Columbia College Chicago’s new multimedia library, and home to the Center for Black Music Research, this building will be renamed the John H. and Eunice W. Johnson Center. It will be an interactive center where students can come together—regardless of their histories, disciplines, or artistic backgrounds—to study, experiment, learn, and create. There is no better way to keep the Johnson’s legacy alive than through the future generations who will continue the couple’s work. As future publishers and fashion designers, journalists and entrepreneurs enter the John H. and Eunice W. Johnson Center, they will look up at that iconic EBONY/JET sign, and see a beacon of inspiration.

To learn more, including ways in which you can get involved, please visit:

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Cover Photo: Alistair Porter (’13)

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Interior Photos: Jacob Boll ('12)

Photo: Paul Morgan

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Power of 5 The Columbia Alumni Association & Network (CAAN) is on the move to empower its members like never before, offering our alumni an opportunity to unite through the power of giving. The POWER OF 5 initiative is about inspiring alumni to continue making a difference by offering their support to the next generation of Columbia students.

This new initiative offers alumni two ways to participate: 1. Alumni can donate monetary gifts in any form of the number 5 starting with as little as $5 and up! In addition, any contributions directed to the Alumni Scholarship Fund will double the impact, with gifts matched 2:1. 2. Alumni can also help by donating 5 hours of their time as a volunteer on one of CAAN’s local or national committees, or at one of our numerous CAAN events. This is a fantastic way to reconnect with your fellow classmates, grow your network, and help foster the Columbia community.

The achievements of Columbia’s alumni represent the college in the wider community and are testament to the success of our mission. Help us reach our goal of raising $50,000 in 5 months. Together, alumni can provide the power of change!

For more information, contact Brent Caburnay, Director of External Programs and Annual Giving, at 312.369.8188.

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You were sitting next to them in class but you didn’t know that they were homeless. We wanted to give back to Columbia, because we all have connections to the college. Stephanie Kosgard (’13)

Photo: Alistair Porter (’13)

Columbia Cares:

Undergraduates Raise Funds for Students in Need A student- and alumni-led fundraising initiative called Columbia Cares has recently been established jointly by the Dean of Students Office and the Office of Alumni Relations. The Dean of Students Office is responsible for the Columbia Cares: Students To Students fund which provides students with food, clothing, shelter, and transportation in times of immediate need. The Office of Alumni Relations will oversee the Columbia Cares: Alumni for Students Emergency Fund which provides textbooks and supplies, as well as tuition assistance to students in need.

start the fund. “It really hit home because there was an article in the Chronicle about homeless students. You were sitting next to them in class but you didn’t know that they were homeless. We wanted to give back to Columbia, because we all have connections to the college.”

The student-led initiative was kick-started by the hard work of two Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management (AEMM) Events Management Practicum classes. The students were working together to host the third-annual Holipalooza—an end-of-semester celebration at the Conaway Center—and were looking for ways to incorporate charitable giving into the event.

Stephanie also spearheaded a proposal to solicit a donation from the President. “We wrote a proposal for Ken Gotsch in the President’s Office and he shared it with the President, who agreed to give us $10,000 to kick-off the fund,” Stephanie said. “It was a pretty big accomplishment!”

“As a class, we were having a difficult time trying to think of one charity that everybody at Columbia would want to sponsor, so we made one up,” said Stephanie Kosgard (’13), an AEMM senior, on how the class chose to

In order to raise money the class collected loose change from the Columbia community by leaving buckets at 40 locations across campus, and sold candy canes in the 33 E. Congress Parkway Building.

The effort made by Stephanie and her classmates in establishing Columbia Cares is not only testament to dedication the Columbia community has for its members but serves as a reminder that to support the arts we must first support the artists.

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Setzer Foundation pledges $25,000 to be awarded to Setzer Scholars The Setzer Family Foundation has established a new scholarship in conjunction with Scholarship Columbia. Each year, students demonstrating financial need and academic merit will be chosen to receive the award. The scholarships will be available to juniors and seniors to cover tuition expenses and those given an award will be known as Setzer Scholars. The Setzer Foundation is an independent family foundation based in Sacramento, California. The Foundation was established in 1965, and since then has been a major supporter of arts and education on the West Coast. The generous gift to Columbia College Chicago was facilitated by philanthropists Lisa and Scott Setzer, whose son is enrolled in the School of Media Arts. In addition to their philanthropic endeavors, the Setzers have done much to raise awareness of Columbia in California and beyond. Together with Patrick Fahy, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment, Lisa has been reaching out to students who were not aware of Columbia and the world-class programs it offers. The Setzer’s gift of $25,000 will be matched by Columbia as part of the college’s Scholarship Columbia campaign. Since its inception in 2009, Scholarship Columbia has become one of Columbia’s most successful philanthropic initiatives, raising nearly $1.8 million for the benefit of continuing students. All gifts to Scholarship Columbia of up to $25,000 are matched 1:1 by the college, while alumni gifts are matched 2:1. Investing in Scholarship Columbia has been a great way for our supporters, like the Setzers, to make their gift go twice as far. We are proud to announce the Setzer Scholars and offer a warm welcome to the generous philanthropy of The Setzer Family Foundation.

For more information on Scholarship Columbia visit Photos: Alexa Rubinstein (’09)

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State Grant Expands Compost Program Last year, Columbia College Chicago was awarded a grant by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to implement a more comprehensive composting program across campus. The $5,000 grant will allow the college to improve its green initiatives and aims to divert 13 tons of food scrap waste from landfills. “Expanding compost efforts allows an opportunity to educate the community about this new reduction process that will help lower the school’s carbon footprint,” said John Wawrzaszek, sustainability manager at Columbia College. “The mission of the college is to educate students who will communicate creatively and shape the public’s perceptions of issues and events, and environmental sustainability is one of today’s most important issues.” Columbia’s compost program began in 2011 as an extension of the college’s recycling efforts, and the Columbia College Library has acted as a partner since its inception. The program originally focused on campus cafes and catered events, but has now expanded to include faculty, staff, and student spaces. To save fossil fuels and reduce their carbon footprint, the college’s food scrap waste

is processed at a facility where the scraps are broken down into nutrients to be added back to the soil to beautify landscapes and grow food plants. Practicing a “closed loop” approach, Columbia has used this product in campus landscaping efforts. “The college takes a holistic approach to campus-wide sustainability as is shown through our online Sustainability Roadmap that guides our campus events, purchases, and practices,” said Alicia Berg, Vice President of Campus Environment.

Columbia College’s sustainable practices encompass all aspects of campus life. The $5,000 grant will help reinforce Columbia’s commitment to environmental responsibility, social equity, and economic vitality. By integrating sustainability into the academic and social experience, Columbia seeks to better position itself to meet the emerging global challenges of the 21st Century.

To learn more about Columbia’s sustainability efforts visit Photos: Jacob Boll (’12)

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Columbia is throwing a party, and everyone is invited.

Photos: Kady Dennell, Allie Smith, Michael Heck, Brent Lewis, and Alexis Ellers

On May 17, Columbia College Chicago will host the 13th annual Manifest urban arts festival, a celebration of the talent of more than 2,000 graduating students. Their final projects will be displayed across three outdoor stages, 13 galleries, and more than 20 buildings up and down Michigan Avenue and Wabash Avenue. The festival fills the South Loop with the energy, passion, and creative output of our community. From art exhibitions to readings, from theatrical performances to musical showcases, Manifest is Columbia’s shining moment. Manifest 2013 is an all-day event that is free and open to the public. It is made possible through the contributions of its sponsors and the creativity and gifts of the Columbia faculty and graduating student body.

For more information visit

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Open Doors Gala raises $800,000 On December 7, 2012 Columbia hosted the Open Doors Gala in the stateof-the-art Media Production Center. A capacity crowd of 300 guests was in attendance, setting a record of $800,000 total dollars raised. The funds benefitted Open Doors Scholarships for Chicago Public Schools, which offers scholarships for high school graduates to attend Columbia. In addition the proceeds helped fund new scholarships created in memory of John H. and Eunice W. Johnson. The annual Open Doors Gala celebrates and showcases student creativity— including presentation of works in the visual arts, fine arts, music, dance, theatre, and fashion design. Entertainment during dinner was provided by more than 90 students representing 11 college departments, including roving theatre performers, the Columbia College Gospel Choir, and student dancers. The annual Chicago Legacy Award was presented to civic leader John H. Bryan by the chairman of Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company and recipient of the 2011 Chicago Legacy Award, Linda Johnson Rice. Bryan is the retired chairman and CEO of the Sara Lee Corporation. In addition to his service on the boards of a wide range of organizations, he is active in the arts and has long promoted the advancement of women in business. The Chicago Legacy Award honors those who have made a significant impact in the Chicago community and helped open doors for future generations. The Gala was co-chaired by Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel, philanthropist Marshall Field, Columbia Trustee Sylvia Neil, and incoming Chairman of Columbia’s Board of Trustees, Richard P. Kiphart.

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2012/2013 Awards Season Columbia Alumni Shine Bright

Year after year, Columbia College Chicago alumni have received numerous award nominations, and this year was no different. We are proud to acknowledge those who have achieved so much since their time at Columbia.

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Golden Globe nominations: »» Best Motion Picture, Lincoln: Janusz Kamiński (BA ’87), cinematographer. »» Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Hatfields & McCoys: Aaron Semmel (’01), producer. »» Best Animated Feature Film, Hotel Transylvania: Genndy Tartakovsky (BA ’92), director. »» Best Animated Feature, Brave: Everett Downing Jr. (’00), animator, and Aaron J. Hartline (’98), animator. »» Best Mini Series or TV Movie, Game Change: produced by HBO Films, under the direction of Len Amato (BA ’75).

Oscar nominations: »» Best Achievement in Cinematography, Lincoln: Janusz Kamiński (BA ’87), cinematographer.

Other award nominations: »» Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, 30 Rock: Scott Adsit (’87), actor. »» Critics’ Choice Awards, American Society of Cinematographers Awards, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, Best Cinematography: Janusz Kaminski (BA ’87), cinematographer. »» Critics’ Choice Awards, British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, Writers Guild of America, Best Screenplay, Lincoln: Tony Kushner (honorary degree recipient 2003), screenwriter. »» Independent Spirit Awards, Best Supporting Female, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Middle of Nowhere: Paul Garnes (BA ’96), producer. »» Annie Awards, Best Animated Special Production, Beforel Orel: Dino Stamatopoulos (’86), writer/creator/producer, and Scott Adsit (’87), executive producer/actor. »» Annie Awards, Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production, Bubble Guppies: Michael Rubin (’88), composer. »» Annie Awards, Best Animated Feature, Brave: Everett Downing Jr. (’00), animator, and Aaron J. Hartline (’98), animator. »» Annie Awards, Best Animated Short Subject, Goodnight Mr. Foot; Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated Feature Production, Hotel Transylvania; Best Animated Feature, Hotel Transylvania: Genndy Tartakovsky (BA ’92), director.

The following alumni are affiliated with projects that are nominated for National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards: »» Outstanding Comedy Series, The Game: Paul Garnes (BA ’96) line producer. »» Best Motion Picture, Flight: Nadine Velazquez (BA ’01) actor. »» Best Independent Motion Picture, Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day: Jacqueline Fleming (BA ’96) actor, and Thanh Phan (’02) actor.

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Columbia College Chicago receives major grant from the McCormick Foundation Columbia has been awarded $375,000 by the McCormick Foundation as part of a three-year, $6 million ‘Why News Matters’ grant-making program designed to enhance news literacy skills and programs in Chicago. The grant targets youth media organizations in Chicago who are working to increase quality news content and provide media programs for youth. The award will be made over a two year period and will be used to support the Columbia Links youth journalism program, as well as the college’s town halls on news literacy. Housed at the college, Columbia Links is a journalism skill-building and leadership development program for youth and teachers in Chicago Public Schools. The program offers workshops and mentoring, and facilitates the creation of youth-produced publications. Links also works to build expertise, relationships, and opportunities that connect students, teachers, and volunteers through journalism, with the goal of revitalizing youth media in Chicago. The Robert R. McCormick Foundation was established in 1955 by Col. Robert R. McCormick, long time publisher and editor of the Chicago Tribune. The foundation promotes the principles of freedom of speech and of the press, and provides educational opportunities for the study of the growth and importance of those principles. As part of this mission, the ‘Why News Matters’ initiative will build on the strong news literacy youth and teacher training programs that have been the core of the McCormick Foundation’s journalism funding since 2009. “‘Why News Matters’ grantees will bring an entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit as we expand the reach and impact of news literacy,” McCormick Foundation president and CEO David Hiller said. “Together, we can foster a healthy, twenty-first century democracy grounded in a free press and informed, active citizenry. By harnessing our community's ideas and commitment, Chicago can become a model city for civic engagement.”

For more information on the Columbia Links program visit

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You’re Invited Michele Norris April 16, 2013 6:00pm

This spring, Michele Norris, award-winning journalist and the host of NPR's news magazine All Things Considered, will share her story, ideas, and work in this select and intimate setting. Location:

Film Row Cinema of Columbia College Chicago 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor


Conversations in the Arts is an event that offers in-depth dialogue with some of the world’s most notable cultural figures. To RSVP, please visit

About Michelle Before her work at NPR, Norris was a correspondent for ABC News, as well as a reporter for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the 2010 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award, the 2009 Journalist of the Year Award, and the National Association of Black Journalists' 2006 Salute to Excellence Award. In September, 2010, Norris released her first book, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir, which was named one of the best books of 2010 by The Christian Science Monitor. In 2009, she was named one of Essence Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Black Americans,” and has won an Emmy and a Peabody Award.

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Fashion Designer: Lindsay Meyer, ’12 Photo:

Save the Date FashionColumbia

2013 Friday, June 7, 2013 chair

S u s a nn a N e g o va n Editor of SPLASH a Chicago Sun-Times Publication

Fashion Columbia showcases Columbia College Chicago’s senior fashion design students and highlights their creativity, hard work, and talent at one of Chicago’s premiere spring fundraising events. Proceeds will benefit scholarships in the Fashion Studies Department at Columbia. Location:

Columbia College Chicago’s Media Production Center, 16th and State Street.

For more information, please visit

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The Chairman’s Circle recognizes donors who contribute $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 recognizes donors who contribute $1,000 or more annually. Benefits include special invitations to events. To le arn more visit

The 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. The Alexandroff Legacy Society is for our esteemed donors who have designated a gift in perpetuity to Columbia through their estate plans or in other ways. Benefits include invitations to special events and receptions, a lifetime subscription to DEMO magazine, and recognition in the college’s annual report.

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

Michael Anderson Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement Brent Caburnay Director of External Programs & Annual Giving Chandra Dennis Senior Director of Development, Major Gifts

Alistair Porter (’13) Editor/Writer/Development Communications Coordinator

Kelly Kovreg Director of Special Projects Nancy Rampson Director of Development, Major Gifts Ruby Schucker Director of Planned Giving Cynthia Thomas Director of Foundation & Government Grants

Peter Nichols (’13) Assistant Editor

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In The Moment - Spring 2013  

A newsletter for donors and friends of Columbia College Chicago.

In The Moment - Spring 2013  

A newsletter for donors and friends of Columbia College Chicago.