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Columbia alum Urwa Zubair's thesis film, “Silver Cord,” tells the story of a young woman learning to cope with the loss of her father and her own near-death experience.

Filmmaking alum Urwa Zubair taps into creative spark to make ‘something beautiful’

October 9, 2020

While walking past vibrant-colored walls and magnificently detailed creations at a Columbia art exhibit, Urwa Zubair stopped abruptly at the sight of a certain photograph. Her gaze traveled acros...

Chronicle, Columbia alum Chris Coates awarded Editor of the Year in Illinois

Chronicle, Columbia alum Chris Coates awarded Editor of the Year in Illinois

September 25, 2020

Late one Friday night a few months ago at the Herald & Review, Chris Coates worked until midnight to prepare stories for the weekend. Coates, the Central Illinois news editor for Lee Enterprises...

Alum film crew turns chance encounter into on-screen romance

Alum film crew turns chance encounter into on-screen romance

August 24, 2020

On a cold and rainy Chicago night, Cyril Bassil was riding a northbound Red Line train that got into an accident, forcing everyone to evacuate. While standing on the platform and contemplating how ...

Christian Cook has had a passion for writing since she was three years old and released her first novel, “I Hate Gray,” on July 30.

With a lifelong passion for writing, Columbia alum publishes first novel

August 19, 2020

Christian Cook's love for and dedication to writing dates back to when she was merely 3 years old. Cook, a 2019 public relations alum, has turned her passion into a blossoming writing career with the r...

Columbia grad ‘rocks’ in musical

Columbia grad ‘rocks’ in musical

November 6, 2017

Playing the ultimate stick-it-to-the-man rocker that many grew familiar with following 2003’s “School of Rock” film, Rob Colletti, a 2011 Columbia theatre alumnus, stars as Dewey Finn in the Broadway in Chicago production “School of Rock: The Musical.” The show debuted ...

Theatre alumna lands coveted job

Theatre alumna lands coveted job

November 14, 2016

A year after graduating from Columbia’s Theatre Department, Danielle Jackman landed an ensemble role at a prestigious regional venue. Jackman, a 2015 theatre alumna, scored a role in a theatrical rendition of the 1952 film “Singin’ in the Rain” at the Marriott Theatre. ...

Local arts collective Birch Reincliff has sold more than 300 Donnie the Poo dog toys on its website, which represent a Trump head sitting atop a pile of feces. 

Shock over Trump presidency sparks political artwork

November 14, 2016

As the country adjusts to a new president-elect, art has a lot to say about the new political reality.Local arts collective Birch Reincliff planted an elephant sculpture at Water Tower Plaza Nov. 1 emblaz...


ASL workshops expand deaf culture throughout the city

September 6, 2016

Columbia’s American Sign Language-English Interpretation Department will bring back its ASL Institute Sept. 13, which offers sign language workshops to students and Chicagoans.According to Columbia's A...

Narciso Lobo has been playing the ukelele for nine years and has drawn in viewers and subscribers for his songs on YouTube and at ukelele festivals.

Virtuoso grad shares theatre with ukulele

November 2, 2015

Columbia has always been a place where students can be themselves and express their art freely, said alumnus Narciso Lobo, a singer/songwriter, ukulele player, actor and 1995 graduate with a bachelor’s ...

Local leaders nominate Charleston church for Nobel Peace Prize


October 19, 2015

City Clerk Susana  Mendoza and Thornton Township Supervisor Frank Zuccarelli gathered with religious and civic leaders on Oct. 14 to nominate the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, for a Nobel Peace Prize. The church was targeted June 17 in a racially motivated shooting that killed nine members of the congregation. The Emanuel AME church was nominated for the Peace Prize for its resp...

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