Monday, December 8, 2008

National Honors - Professor of the Year!

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education have named Columbia College Television Department Professor Beau Beaudoin, Ph.D., the 2008 Illinois Professor of the Year.  Beau was selected from nearly 300 top professors in the United States. 

Beau joined the Television Department in 1986 as an adjunct professor becoming tenured in 1996. She spent eight years teaching at the School of the Art Institute Chicago where she created a required graduate course, Challenges of Equity:  Cultural Diversity, Race & Class, for arts educators. 

When her journey began at Columbia she lectured in several first semester courses where it became apparent to her that there was a course needed to foster ethical responsibility for students within their educational and professional careers. This work would be reflected racially and culturally in future media: script writing, television casting, production teams and more. From that quintessential need Culture, Race & Media was created, a course that started with one section expanding over time to 18 fully-enrolled sections.

Congratulations Beau! The Television Department is extremely proud of you and honored to call you, 'Professor of the Year.'

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's MACK tonight!!

jodie mack

If you don't know JM - you are missing out on one of Columbia's coolest. Jodie Mack is the Student Activities Coordinator for the Television Department. 

JM brings to Columbia a BA in English/ Film and Media studies from the University of Florida and an MFA in Film, Video & New Media from the School of the Art Institute. Way to Go!!

"Jodie", the artist, was first realized when she began humming chart-toppers in her crib. Unfortunately, she was the only one who realized her gifts then.  But by the fifth grade Ms. Mack made her singing debut in the all-state chorus. Continuing on the path of artistry she was enrolled in the Fame-style magnet high school for performing arts. Today, JM is still producing art and inspiring others to do the same.

Did you know?...
  • She just wrote and animated a 28 minute stop motion cut-opt musical called "Yard Work is Hard Work"
  • She teaches "Animation" and "History of Animation" at DePaul University
  • In February of this year, she received a media arts fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council
Be Sure to Check out Jodie's website recommendations: and

Do you want the latest info in TV Department entertainment and happenings? Contact Jodie at

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

It's Electric!

We the people of the United States of America have a newly elected president, Barack Obama!

I was in the thick of the crowd! I was in the thick of history! After grabbing some Subway, my son and I stood in line at 2:30 pm with a few hundred people. We made new friends and saw a few Columbia faces. As we moved at cattle speed through each obstacle of security (every couple of hours) it was unbelievavble to watch the crowd expand. About 6:30 pm we finally made it to "the" area where we were to hear the fate of America - What a feeling! The crowd overall was civil, excited but most af all hopeful. The jumbotrons displayed CNN coverage. EVERY time Senator John McCain was mentioned the crowd would boo! "Hilarious!" Any mention of President Barak Obama (Yes it's true!) the crowd went wild!

It's two days later and the excitement is surreal. This morning I was congratulated four times on having a new president. This moment in history means so many things to so many people. You can feel it - It's electric!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

What's Happening?!?

One of our former Alums, Brian Shodorf is currently working on a PBS Documentary. He and his production team are seeking participants. The details of the documentary are below. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Brian directly ( You are encouraged to forward this email.

                                                      For information regarding this email please contact:
                                                      BRIAN SHODORF AT SCHODORFPRODUCTIONS@GMAIL.COM
                                                      Subject: Schodorf Documentary

PBS Documentary Seeking Families to Film on Election Night and After

A local production company is seeking 3 families or individuals to be featured as part of a PBS documentary that will air in the Spring of 2009.  We are a small company that has produced several social issue documentaries for PBS.  Our passion for storytelling and revealing the life, struggle, hope, and courageousness of people in society is reflected in this production. This documentary will follow our trademark style of tackling social issues and revealing the interconnectedness of politics, social systems, and the human heart.

The documentary is an hour long special that will document the lives of hard working Chicagoans who are struggling to deal with the difficult times we face as a country.  We are looking for families who are willing to open up their doors and lives to our small production crew over the next 3 months beginning Tuesday November 4th and ending January 20th. We will get to know your family on camera and the ups and downs you go through in dealing with your everyday problems.  Over the course of the production we will visit you approximately 5 different times to catch up on your lives. Individuals from your family must be watching the 2008 Presidential election or going to Grant Park on election night for the acceptance rally.

We are looking for families who are a reflection of the struggles hard working American’s face as a whole.  We have identified a few issues that are directly or indirectly effecting many American households.

Foreclosure: A family who’s home has or is in danger of being foreclosed on.

Health Care: A family who cannot afford proper health care but is in desperate need of health care because of a family illness.

Job Loss: An individual or family who has lost a job do to the economic crisis. Work has become difficult to find.  Someone who worked in the financial sector would be ideal.

Struggling to make ends meet: Families that are experiencing difficulties of just getting by as the cost of living increases although they are working full time.

If you are interested or know someone who may be interested please contact me at Please allow us get to know you and your family. Include the following information in your email.

Size of family
Family Struggles
Ethnic Background

CAAN: Chicago "What TV Ratings Really Mean"

Have you ever wondered how TV shows get rated?  Or why your favorite
show goes off the air?  Come and find out the answers when alum, Justin
Kulovsek ('04) of The Nielsen Company hosts "What TV Ratings Really

During this event you will learn:

-What ratings really mean and why they are important
-How The Nielsen Company determines sample households
-How Nielsen collects, processes, and delivers the TV viewing data
and much more....

Light appetizers and soft drinks will be available afterwards.

Date & Location

Date: Nov 06 2008
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Columbia College Chicago
33 E. Congress
Room 219
This event is sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the Columbia Alumni
Association & Network (CAAN) & the Student Alumni Association.

Wanna go to the Steve Wilkos show?
Show dates open to any size group of students aged 18 and over:  W-11/5, T-11/11, W-11/12, T-11/18, W-11/20
Show times: Tues- 5:30p, 7:30p
                   Wed- 1:30p, 4:30p, 7:30p


Contact person once group confirmed for one or more dates is Beth (312-836-3421).

Thursday, October 23, 2008


The Television Department and the Public Square
“Hope in America? Making Our Own Media”
Tuesday, October 28 at 6:30-8:30pm
Columbia College, Ferguson Theater
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Free and open to the public.

Join us to celebrate and screen the winning films in our first “Looking for Democracy Short Film Contest.” Congratulations to grand prize-winners Brandon Hummons and Chris Frills for their short film “Hope in America,” and to finalists Dan Andries for his short film “Group” and members of Feel Tank Chicago for their short film “Twenty Reasons.”Honorable mention goes to John Birkner for his short film “Belleville Nights.”  
Award-winning filmmaker and co-founder of Kartemquin Films, Gordon Quinn, will explore the meaning of hope in America and the value of alternative media this election season. After the films are screened, there will be a facilitated conversation with community activist Anton Seals and the winning filmmakers about the art of filmmaking and social change. Winning filmmakers will be awarded prizes to celebrate their commitment to creating media that encourages political dialogue, and a reception will close out the evening.
Free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended and can be made online, by email at, or at 312.422.5580.
Call Eric Scholl - X7959 for more information.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Mr. West... By Himself He's So Impressed

No it’s not Kanye West but a true Rock-N-Roller, Frequency TV’s, Chris West. For those of you who are unfamiliar; when Chris West enters the TV Department office I greet him with a line from Kanye West’s song, GoodMorning. “Wake up, Mr. West, Mr. West, Mr. Fresh, Mr. by-his-self-he-so-impressed." Knowing that Chris’ love for music has been a driving force behind the success of many of the courses he has taught in the Television Department, I had to know when the music bug first bit him. He recalls ‘the summer of 1980’, when most of our students where mere thoughts. Thumbing through his sister’s vinyl he discovered THEE album, Van Halen. After only three minutes of listening, Chris recognized what his lifes' work had to embody, pure rock. His first musical composition was called "The House." Unfortunately his work disappeared no thanks to his older brother. Chris honed his artistic craft of guitar playing over the years and to this day plays in bands and writes music. "Music is my shrink. My therapy." Chris told me. He has written over 100 songs(now that's a lot of therapy.)

At some point everyone has that one Superstar they look to for, shall we say, guidance. Mr. West described his superstar hero as book smart, street smart, business smart and level headed... the incomparable David Lee Roth, the lead singer for Van Halen. When I asked Chris did he consider DLR to be his hero he said that instead of a hero he created a hero-room equipped with a revolving door. DLR has been apart of the hero-room several times and is currently debuting. After Chris read Roth's book, Crazy From The Heart he saw DLR in a totally different light. In the 80's and 90's you could find Chris rocking a pair of parachute pants, maybe even metallic-silver pants, a funky bandana or maybe even a scarf- the imagery... WOW! Regardless of what others may think of him, Chris much like DLR is honest and sincere. You may not always like what either of them has to say (or wear) but you can bet it is from the heart. More recently, Chris’ sister Julie has been added to the 'hero-room'. Less than a year ago she lost her husband and has had to pick up the pieces for her family; working maintaining their home and trying to get through the rough patches. He expressed how strong yet fragile she is but she still manages to get through it. Chris said, “I don't know if I could cope the way she has."

This Rock-n-Roll husband and father describes himself as a chronic multi-tasker and admits people even yell at him about it. But his response is, "it's just the way I roll." His mantra is that life goes on no matter and that life is full of individual events and responsibilities that we all must attend to. One of his many responsibilities is teaching an entry-level Televison Production class. Each semester brings a new conglomerate of artists usually with zero TV experience. What he finds astounding is watching their creative process unfold from a place of "we should" to "we did". And by week fifteen that same group will have created, produced and engineered a thirty minute television production. The understanding of and the pride in their work are reason enough for Mr. West to keep coming back.


...Chris can draw. Not just your average stick figure, but he has that "Oh my Gosh, you draw too?" type of talent.
...He has a workshop where he has crafted a toy box, a bar and a doghouse.
...Chris will be teaching Directing & Production: Special Projects in the Fall Semester. Seats are limited and their going fast!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Professor Tim Densmore

Timothy John Densmore
1963 - 2007

Columbia College Chicago will host a memorial service in honor of Professor Timothy John Densmore. The service will be held on Friday, February 8, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in Studio A located on the 15th floor in the 600 South Michigan Building. You are invited to attend.

The service will include comments from Michael Niederman, Chair of the Television Department and words shared from other colleagues, friends and family members of Tim.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Really Gonna Miss You!!

This blog is to keep you informed of the latest information in Television. Well TV Fam, I regretfully share that our beloved friend Tim Densmore has passed away. Tim passed in his sleep. Arrangements are being finalized. I will keep you posted. Tim will be missed. He has made a tremendous global impact through the visual, performing and media arts. Although already missed Tim Densmore lives on through each life he has touched.
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