Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago Assembly

The Columbia College Chicago Assembly is an information sharing body, a think tank, empowering the college community through knowledge, dialogue and counsel.  The Assembly provides opportunities for a shared voice on significant issues, both internal and external, that have impact on the College.  The College Assembly will consist, at a minimum, of one presentation followed by an in-depth, lively discussion of the topic.  All attendees will be encouraged to participate in the conversation in an effort to reach mutual understanding.

Next Assembly

February 12, 2015
11:00-12:00 noon
618 S Michigan Ave, Stage Two

Taming the Debt Dragon

Strategies and Actions to Enhance Your Financial Well-being

Must students be shackled by debt for decades? Explore options-scholarships, loans, and grants. Consider alternative approaches to managing cash flow. Panelists will include Amanda Hamrick, Chip Talbot, Pearl Natali, and Maureen Herlehy.

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Presiding Committee

The Presiding Committee of the Assembly represents the constituencies of the Columbia College Chicago community, and is responsible for planning, executing and moderating each Assembly as well as disseminating information to the college community. Assemblies may result in recommendations to the College Administration concerning policy and procedure, if deemed appropriate by the Presiding Committee.


Assembly Guidelines

Past Assemblies

December 2, 2014
Strategic Plan
This session focused on the Strategic Planning process.

November 12, 2014
Education for the Future
Educating students who will communicate creatively and shape the public's perceptions of issues and events and who will author the culture of their times in a world of constant change. Panelists: Mark Kelly, Vice President Student Success; George Bailey, Associate Professor, English; Philippe Ravanas, Chair, Business and Entrepreneurship; Onur Ozturk, Lecturer, Art + Design; Tyler Eagle, Editor-In-Chief of the Columbia Chronicle

October 2, 2014
Senior Vice President and Provost Stanley T. Wearden
The Provost discussed the process for the development of a strategic plan for the college and took questions from the audince.

April 30, 2014
Columbia College Chicago Sexual Assault Resource Panel
A panel discussion on the College's sexual assault resources with Columbia's Title IX Officer and representatives from Student Relations, Counseling Services, Residence Life, and Campus Safety & Security.

April 16, 2014
Teaching and Learning in the Social Media Era
Speakers Sean Johnson Andrews and Jackie Spinner gave a "show, tell and do" utilizing various social media sites to demonstrate how social media technology has changed everything and if approached with enthusiasm, can provide an opportunity for remarkable innovation in pedagogy.

February 20, 2014
Money, Jobs, and the Arts: Many Paths
With Bob Blinn from the College Advising Center.

December 2, 2013
Break Down the Walls
Students and chairs discuss ways to better facilitate collaboration.

October 11, 2013
President Kwang-Wu Kim "The First 100 Days"
Dr. Kim spoke about his first one hundered days as Columbia's new president.

April 26, 2013
Campus Inclusiveness: Is CCC a supportive environment for LBGTQ?
Speakers included Conway, directory fo the LGBTQ Office of Culture and Community.

March 15, 2013
Transfer Initiatives: Creating Partnerships, Pathways, and Progress
Keri Walters, assistant dean for Faculty Advising for the School of Fine & Performing Arts and special assistant to the provost for Transfer Initiatives, and Sherry Anton, associate director of Recruitment, will present on the progress of the Transfer Initiative along with a panel of transfer students.

February 22, 2013
Career Paths After Columbia
Alumni and faculty talk about their experiences and give insight about career paths after graduation. Speakers will include Celeste Ball, alum and News Writer at WGN-TV; Carol Rozansky, Chair of the Education Department; Stephen DeSantis, alum and Director of Academic Initiatives; Joanie Schultz, Theatre; and others.

November 30, 2012
Industry Insiders: Perspectives on Your Career Path
Speakers will include Katie Challenger, The Creative Group, C. J. (Carla) Clayton, Marketing, Sharon Carlson, Music and Theater, Ilya Levinson, Music, and Carol Lloyd Rozansky, Education.

October 12, 2012
Collaboration: Exploring the Student Laboratory Concept
Mark Kelly will anchor a panel presentation on "Exploring the Student Laboratory Concept," a discussion on academic collaboration.  Philippe Ravanas, chair, AEMM; Kari Sommers, assistant dean, student life; and David Tarleton, faculty, Film and Video, round out the panel.  Following their brief presentation there will be an open discussion.


The Assembly was approved as the successor to the former College Council by a vote at the final Council meeting on October 7, 2011.  The academic functions and tasks of the Council were assumed by the Faculty Senate.