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Columbia shows true colors with Lavender Ceremony

By Kendall Polidori

February 15, 2019

Filed under Campus

Columbia is hosting its first Lavender Ceremony this May to honor Spring 2019 graduates who are part of the LGBTQ community.Lavender ceremonies are made to acknowledge students’ achievements and contributions to the college. The ceremony provides a sense of community for students who experience “culture shock” at institutions.The first lavender ceremony was held at the University of Michigan in 1995 after Dr. Ronni Sanlo...

FAFSA updates to ease verification process for students, families

FAFSA updates to ease verification process for students, families

February 15, 2019

Changes to the FAFSA application process are helping to remove some of the burden associated with verifying documents for students and families. Assistant Vice President of Student Financial Services Cynthia Grunden said some students are flagged by the Department of Education ...

Program closures stir emotions among faculty and students

Program closures stir emotions among faculty and students

February 15, 2019

Students and faculty reacted with sadness and a deepening mistrust for the administration as the news sunk in that two programs—Early Childhood Education and Dance Movement Therapy—will no longer be offered after the current cohorts complete their degrees. Junior e...

REVIEW: Spectrum Dance gracefully leaps its way to Columbia

REVIEW: Spectrum Dance gracefully leaps its way to Columbia

February 13, 2019

Bold lights, striking movements and bright colors spun their way into Columbia and  amazed the audience during a stunning performance by the Spectrum Dance Theater."The Rambunctious Iteration #3 -  ...

Student petition highlights diversity concerns at college

Student petition highlights diversity concerns at college

February 12, 2019

A change.org petition created by a student is close to reaching its goal of 200 signatures in support of more religious representation on campus, just as the college works to expand its Diversity, Equit...

Second provost candidate to visit campus this week

Second provost candidate to visit campus this week

February 11, 2019

Marcella David has been announced as the second candidate for senior vice president and provost, and will visit campus including a public forum Feb. 14 from 3–4:30 p.m., according to a Feb. 11 e...

Student veterans receive VA checks after wait

By Blaise Mesa

February 9, 2019

Filed under Campus

This article was updated 2/19/2019 at 11:45 a.m. to include quotes from Lauren Augustine, vice president of government affairs for Student Veterans of America. Months after a glitch in the Department of Veterans Affairs caused delayed payments to student veterans, some student veterans are claiming their checks are late again.Senior audio design and production major Nick Novak served in the Navy from 2007-2013. Novak sets ...

Provost candidate Lourdes María Alvarez impresses faculty

Provost candidate Lourdes María Alvarez impresses faculty

February 8, 2019

The first of two final candidates to be Columbia's next provost, Lourdes María Alvarez, visited campus Feb. 7 and impressed faculty by deftly discussing sensitive issues, including the need for improve...

Columbia closes multiple programs

Columbia closes multiple programs

February 8, 2019

Dance Movement Therapy and Early Childhood Education programs are no longer going to be offered at the college beginning in the Fall 2019 semester, according to a Feb. 8 email to the Faculty Senate fr...

‘Death by Dying’ passes on to Top 150 Podcasts

‘Death by Dying’ passes on to Top 150 Podcasts

February 7, 2019

Martin was a good person. He volunteered at the local church and enjoyed chocolate chip pancakes, and after he died, his soul inhabited a bicycle. Martin’s story may seem outlandish, but in the town of Crestfall, Idaho, it is not uncommon. The tales of Crestfall are chronicled i...

Kim on enrollment: ‘We’ve taken it on the chin’

Kim on enrollment: ‘We’ve taken it on the chin’

February 5, 2019

Columbia is nearly half the size it was 10 years ago, but President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim and Vice President of Enrollment Management Michael Joseph introduced a 5-year plan Jan. 29 to get enrollment back...

Provost finalists to visit campus, Kim announces first candidate

Provost finalists to visit campus, Kim announces first candidate

February 4, 2019

Lourdes María Alvarez will visit campus this week as one of two finalists for the position of senior vice president and provost. During her two-day visit at Columbia, Alvarez will take part in a pub...

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