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Letter from the Former Co-Presidents: Ellen Piligian & Louise Giles

Greetings Alumni!

This is a quick note to let everyone know that while we've both enjoyed heading this wonderful group, we are transitioning to new leadership this year. Louise will be a very active board member and Ellen will be an equally active vice president. So we aren't going anywhere far. We'll be working closely with two alumni many of you know already, our new co-presidents: Vadim Avshalumov and Colby Spencer Cesaro.

We have all been busy this summer so look for a new Welcome by them here soon.

Meanwhile, please also check our EVENTS page to find out about events as we post them, including a fantastic event you will not want to miss October 24: Media In the Minefield. You can also visit our NEWS page for additional info. We'd love to hear from you if you have any news about area alumni you think we should share.

We do hope you become more active in the club. Being an active member provides networking opportunities with other members — a fun, diverse and very friendly group. It's also a chance for you to plan and lead a networking or speaker event you find interesting. Or feel free to send us your ideas. You'll find contact info on the Leadership page. We'd love to hear from you. 

One last note: If you've not created a login profile on our website, please do. It's the best way to stay in touch and learn about events. And please connect with us on FACEBOOK. Just ask to join and we'll add you.

We look forward to seeing you soon.


The Columbia Alumni Association of Michigan fosters and strengthens the relationship between Columbia University, its alumni and the Southeast Michigan community through educational, cultural, and charitable events. 


The Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) is a global network connecting Columbians of all schools to one another and to the University. It links over 300,000 alumni through more than 100 regional clubs and shared interest groups, online resources, and over 200 programs around the world each year.  

Wherever you are in the world, and whatever you're passionate about, find the benefits of being a Columbian for life at alumni.columbia.edu.