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Closure of SAIC Google Accounts for Alums

Google recently announced significant changes to the services they provide to colleges and universities, and these changes will impact alum saic.edu accounts. Google will no longer provide unlimited storage for higher educational institutions. Because of this decision by Google, SAIC is no longer able to provide Google services–Gmail, Google Drive, contacts, etc.–to alums and will set storage limits for current students, faculty, and staff. Alums will be able to set up an @alumni.said.edu email address to forward to a personal email account of their choice. Please visit the Google Accounts page to read about next steps to take. Alum accounts will be deactivated on August 15, 2022. 

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Congratulations, Class of 2022!

Congratulations to SAIC's 2021-2022 graduating class! On May 22, 2022, the SAIC community gathered at Wintrust Arena to celebrate the resiliency of the graduating classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022. At the first in-person Commencement ceremony since 2019, 992 graduates crossed the stage to receive their degrees. The day also celebrated three accomplished honorary doctorate recipients: multimedia artist Lee Bul, composer George E. Lewis, and cultural and civic leader Angelique Power (MFA 1998), who gave the Commencement address.

 

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Call for Alumni Volunteers!

We are always looking for alums interested in volunteering for a range of opportunities to give back to SAIC students, including joining Admissions events or portfolio reviews, giving career talks and workshops, supporting fundraising efforts, sharing your stories, and more. Learn more about all the different ways you can volunteer on our Get Involved page. If you are interested, please let us know by filling out this brief form.

EXPO Chicago SAIC Alumni Booth: Citizen Artist

This month, EXPO Chicago returned for its first in-person fair since 2019. Associate Professor Kate Dumbleton (MA 2008), Assistant Professor, Adj. Cortney Lederer (MA 2009), and the Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Policy student curatorial team of Jane Grossman, Benita Nnachortam, Sarah Pendley, Reilly Ribeiro, and Jiani Zhu organized the SAIC booth this year which featured virtual and in-person work by SAIC alums addressing what it means to be a citizen artist. Through an open call to all alums, the curatorial team selected the artists: Wuchao Feng (BFA 2020), Jennifer Teresa Villanueva (BFA 2020), Kari Laine (MA 2021), Alayna N. Pernell (MFA 2021), Rong Bao (BFA 2021) & Carolina Pereira (BFA 2020), Barbara Karant (MFA 1977), Killian Dunne (MFA 2019), Désirée Coral (MFA 2018), Maximiliano Cervantes (BFA 2021), Anavi Bhushan Nugyal (BFA 2021), Meha Ray (BFA 2021), and Yuge Zhou (MFA 2015). View the virtual exhibition here and read more about SAIC at EXPO here.

Image credit: Jennifer Villanueva (BFA 2020), Votamos en honor a nuestra mamá y papá, 2020

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Visiting Artists Program

In addition to a robust lineup of incredible visiting artists this spring, over 1,000 video and audio recordings of past Visiting Artists Program lectures are available for online streaming.

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Support Students

Students in need have received more than $140,000 through funds raised for SAIC’s Student Emergency Fund. SAIC’s alum community continues to provide tremendous support to vulnerable students impacted by the pandemic and the fight for racial justice. 

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