First we combined Family Weekend & Homecoming. Next we decided to host Start Up Weekend Columbus, and then we opened a fall exhibition—and we did it all on one spectacular weekend.
Oct. 7-9 brought hundreds of people to campus. Some were new and some hadn’t been back to visit for a while, and others were slated to spend their weekend in whirlwind entrepreneurial enterprise that launches the next great idea or business.
While our Startup Weekend guests were hard at work in the Loann Crane Center for design, families and alumni joined students for a slew of activities—many of them outside in the perfect Indian-summer weather.
The weekend kicked off Friday with dinner in the market, followed by an opening reception for CCAD’s latest exhibition Supply & Demand. Later in the evening, guests were treated to a performance by the improve troupe the Dixie Cups.
Saturday started bright and sunny with a free breakfast in the Market. Alumni, parents, grandparents, siblings, nieces, nephews, faculty, staff, students—OK, basically everyone—showed up to eat and mingle.
The kick-off/welcome assembly after breakfast gave parents and alumni a chance to hear from the president and vice presidents about exciting new initiatives coming up for CCAD. They were followed by a panel discussion with recent CCAD grads who talked about what life is like for them post-graduation. A common theme: everyone seemed to appreciate that they get more sleep now then when they were students.
The rest of the afternoon, was basically a big party. Gay street was blocked off and food trucks were brought in. The quad was filled with inflatables and tables that had everything from face painting and henna tattoos to caricature artists and people making balloon animals. About 50 plus people joined the campus tour, and an alumni presentation in the auditorium gave some a chance to take a little break and hear about the professional journey of three successful CCAD alumni.
The Family Weekend & Homecoming wrapped up with an alumni reception, where Nathan Greno (CCAD 1993-1996) was honored with the Joseph V. Canzani Alumni Award for Excellence. Following the alumni reception the class of 1974 hosted a reunion and honored beloved, former faculty Billie Ingram by establishing a scholarship in her honor.
Startup Weekend Columbus continued through Sunday. Read about the project proposals that came out of the weekend & more at http://columbus.startupweekend.org/ For a great article about the weekend and the value of having creative thinkers as part of the process check out the TechLounge blog.
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