The Columbia College Chicago Oral History Project was conceived in 1997 by Louis Silverstein, currently a Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, History, and Social Sciences Department, who also directed the project. Its goal: to preserve a record of College history since the 1960s through the words of the people who shaped the modern Columbia. Interviews were conducted from 1998 to 2004 with the assistance of Erin McCarthy and Chris Thale, professional historians. Each interview helps inform the history of Columbia College Chicago, offering a glimpse into the process of making the College what it is today.

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A Date Position at Time of Interview
Albers, Randy 1998 Chair, Fiction Writing Department
Alexandroff, Mike 1998 Columbia College Chicago President Emeritus
B Date Position at Time of Interview
Bailey, George 1998 Alumnus (1974)  & English Department faculty
Baldwin, Sheila 1998 Alumna (1977) & Writing Department faculty
Bartoni, Doreen 2004 Dean of the School of Media Arts
Beaudoin, Beau Basil 2001 Student & Television Department faculty
Booker, Janice 1998 Manager of Administrative Services
Brownlee, Les 1998 Faculty, Journalism Department
Burlison, Barry 1999

former Chair of Graphics Department
[available for viewing in the College Archives]

C Date Position at Time of Interview
Cannon, Charles 2004 Chair, Science and Math Department
Caref, Jacob 1998 Carpenter, Building Services Department
Carter-Harrison, Paul 1998 former Chair, Theater/Music Department & Playwright in Residence
Cassidy, Kevin 1998 Facilities Manager, Art Department, instructor, Art & Photography
Castillo, Mario 2001 Faculty, Department of Art and Design
Cohan-Lange, Suzanne 1998 Chair, Interdisciplinary Arts Department
Cohen, Marvin 2004 Director of Records/Registrar
Cristol, Pearl 1999 Retired Director of Payroll
[available for viewing in the College Archives]
D Date Position at Time of Interview
DeKovic, Gene 1998 former Administrator, Faculty member, and Board Member
DeSalle, Mike 2001 Vice President, Finance &
Chief Financial Officer
Del Valle, Tony 1998 Alumnus (1978) &
Writing/English Department faculty
Dinello, Dan 2004 Faculty, Film and Video Department
Duff, John 1998 Columbia College Chicago President
Dunn, Larry 1998 Building Services Department
Dyke, Judy 1998 Associate Director of Admissions
E Date Position at Time of Interview
Economou, Rose 2001 Faculty, Journalism Department
Epstein, Paula 1998 Librarian & former Head of Library
Erdman, Joan 2001 Faculty, Liberal Studies Department
Erkert, Jan 1998 Faculty, Dance Department &
Artistic Director, Jan Erkert & Dancers
Erpenbach, Diane 2001 Faculty, Management Department
F Date Position at Time of Interview

Fine, Fred

1998 Public Affairs Director, Founder of AEMM program
[available for viewing in the College Archives]
Floyd, Sam 1998 Director, Center for Black Music Research
Freeman, Chap 1998 Faculty, Film and Video Department
G Date Position at Time of Interview

Gall, Bert

1998 Provost & Executive Vice President
Alumnus, 1969
Ganet-Sigel, Jane 1998 Chair, Dance Movement Therapy Department
Gardaphe, Fred 1998 Faculty, English Department
Graham, Glen 1999 Faculty, Liberal Education Department
[available for viewing in the College Archives]
H Date Position at Time of Interview
Haliday-McQueen, Carol 1998 Faculty, Fine Arts Department
Hanson, Renee 2004 Faculty, English Department
Hayashi, Bill 1998 Faculty, Liberal Education Department
Hoover, Paul 1998 Poet in Residence, English Department
J Date Position at Time of Interview
James, Vanessa 1999 Faculty, Theater Department
[available for viewing in the College Archives]
Johnson, Mary Elizabeth 2004 Director, Creative and Printing Services
Johnson, Paul 1998 Director, Human Resources
Johnson, Phyllis 2001 Faculty, Art, Entertainment, Media Management Department
K Date Position at Time of Interview
Kaplan, Mort 2004 Faculty, Marketing Communication Department
Katz, Brian 1998 Facilitator, Faculty Technology Support, Academic Deans Office
Kelly, Mark 2001 Acting Vice President, Student Affairs
Kennedy, Ann 1998 Administrative Assistant/Office Manager
Kilberg-Cohen, Garnett 2004 Chair, English Department
L Date Position at Time of Interview
Lerman, Zafra 1998 Director, Science Institute
Livingston, Sara 2001 Acting Associate Dean, Media Arts
Loverde, Carol 2004 Associate Director, Music Department
M Date Position at Time of Interview
May, Eric 1998 Alumnus (1975) & Faculty, English Department
McCarthy, Kim 2001 Faculty, Liberal Education Department
McGrath, Joan 2004 Administrative Assistance, Film & Video Department
Meyer, Irvin 1998 Building Engineer, Building Services Department
Moore, John 1998 Associate Dean, Student Affairs
Mordine, Shirley 1998 Chair, Dance Department &
Director of the Dance Center
Morris, Ed 1998 Faculty, Public Relations Depart. (now Marketing Communication)
Mueller, RoseAnna 2001 Faculty, Liberal Education Department
Mulvany, John 1998

Chair, Art & Design Dept. &
Chair, Photography Department

N

Date Position at Time of Interview
Niederman, Michael 2004 Chair, Television Department
O Date Position at Time of Interview
Osborne, Karen 2004 Faculty, English Department
P Date Position at Time of Interview
Pacyga, Dominic 2001 Faculty, Liberal Education Department
Palermo, Luke 2001 Faculty, Television Department
Parker, Al 1998 former Chair, Radio Department
Patinkin, Sheldon 1998 Chair, Theater Department
Perlman, Alfred "Bud" 1998 former President of the Board of Trustees
Prados, Teresa 2001 Assistant Chair, Liberal Education Department
R Date Position at Time of Interview
Rabiger, Michael 1998 Acting Chair, Film & Video Department
Radke, Peter 2001 Head Bursar
Rich, Dennis 2004 Chair, Arts, Entertainment, Media Management Department
Rosenblum, Lya Dym 1998 Vice President & Dean, Graduate School
Russell-Thomas, Steven 2001 Associate Academic Dean
Russo, William 1998 Head, Music Department &
Director, Chicago Jazz Ensemble

S

Date Position at Time of Interview
Sanders, Don 1999 former Chair, Theater Department
[available for viewing in the College Archives]

Schiebel, John

1998 former Vice President of Finance
Schiff, Jeff 2001 Faculty, English Department
Schultz, John 1998 Professor Emeritus, Fiction Writing Department
Shiflett, Betty 1998 Alumna (1976) & Faculty, Writing Department
Shiflett, Shawn 1998 Alumnus (1976) & Faculty, Writing Department
Shineflug, Nana 1998 Faculty, Interdisciplinary Arts Department
Silverstein, Louis 1998 Faculty, Liberal Studies Department
Slade, Catherine 1998 Alumna (1971) & Faculty, Theater Department
Sloan, Lynn 1998 Faculty, Photography Department
Sullivan, Margaret 2001 Chair, Marketing Communication Department

T

Date Position at Time of Interview
Talbot, Janet 2001 Director, Academic Advising
Taylor, Tom 1998 Faculty, Art Department
Thompson, Peter 2001 Faculty, Photography Department
Traub, Charles 1998 former Chair, Photography Department
Tukes, Wayne 2001 Advisor, Academic Advising Department

W

Date Position at Time of Interview
Wagner, Jon 1998 former Faculty, Social Sciences &
Program Developer
Weiner, Paula 1998 Administrator & Manager, Liberal Education Department
White, Woodie 2001 Vice President, Institutional Advancement
Whitworth, Ernie 1998 former Chair, Fine Arts Department
Williams, Albert 1998 Faculty, Music Department
Williams, Diane 1998 Alumna (1984) &
Faculty, Liberal Education Department
Woodbury, Richard 1998 Faculty, Dance Department &
Music Director, Dance Center