It is true that those who study at SIPA become part of an extensive network of SIPA alumni, but it is also true that graduates of SIPA are also tied to the larger Columbia University Alumni network. Columbia University is comprised of seventeen schools and graduates of each are connected to the larger whole.
There are over 275,000 living alumni of Columbia University in the world and over 16,000 of those are graduates of SIPA. Those who have see The Hurt Locker or took in the recent Academy Awards ceremony might not have known that the winner in the Best Director category is an alumna of the Columbia University School of the Arts.
Columbia alumna becomes first ever woman to receive an Oscar for best directing
Kathryn Bigelow (SoA’81) became the first woman to receive a Best Director Oscar, for her film The Hurt Locker. She was only one of four total women nominated in this category over the award’s 81 years of history. The film, which she produced, also received an Oscar for Best Picture, as well as Oscars for Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing.
You can read a full profile of Kathryn Bigelow at the website of Columbia magazine:
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