Sherron Farrell

Arts Entrepreneurship alumna Sherron Farrell is as unique as Columbia. Before she came to the college, her life was “filled with multiple adventures as a newly divorced mother of two, a minister for 25-plus years, and a full-time employee in corporate America.” Her new adventure started with the convergence of “empty nest syndrome and employment downsizing.” While serving in ministry at her family’s church, she decided to fulfill a life-long dream and get a college degree.

“I chose Columbia because of the location, prestige, schedule flexibility, and extraordinary courses that worked well with my already busy, hectic lifestyle as a full-time employee and minister,” Sherron says.

She studied Arts Entrepreneurship / Small Business in the Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management department, focusing on the non-for-profit service industry. Taking advantage of Columbia’s particular offerings, she added in “a flavor of the arts, entertainment, drama, and play writing” to support her passion: founding a nonprofit organization, S.H.E.R.R.O.N.’s House.

“My mission is to Spread Hope, Endless, Redemptive, Reliable, Order, Nationwide against silent abuse (incest) of children and families across America through social services and the arts,” Sherron says. She achieves this not only through traditional social services, but also “through vehicles of the arts and media relations,” skills she honed at Columbia.

This educational experience and career journey I am on with Columbia College Chicago is awesome!Sherron’s connection to Columbia runs deeper, though. As a student, she began working as a part-time office assistant. She was hired full-time, promoted, and currently serves as the executive assistant to the vice president / office manager in the Office of Institutional Advancement.

“Columbia is a top-of-the-line learning community where multiple opportunities are given and goals and dreams can become reality,” she says. “I’m proud to say, ‘I am Reverend Sherron L. Farrell and I am Columbia.’ And I’m proud to be connected as an alumna, an employee, and a member of the President’s Club, supporting the college in the fulfillment of its mission for the next generation of students.”

Looking back on her graduation day, she recalls it as her most memorable Columbia moment. “I had four generations of family members present on that day,” she says. “They were so proud to share in this experience and in my accomplishments as the first out of six adult siblings to earn a four-year college degree. What a memory of a lifetime for me, and for them!”