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  • Our first program was brought to us by alum Erin Woodward through a partnership with Arts Council on Saturday, September 23, 2023. Erin brought members of their Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow cast to Collins for a screening and discussion about the history of the shadow cast phenomenon and the historic theatre where they perform. 
  • Our second program came to us from alum Stephen Volan through a partnership with the Board of Educational Programming (BOEP). On October 12, 2023, Stephen, a then Bloomington City Council member, presented a public talk called, "Doppelgänger Cities: A History of Campuses -- How They Came to Compete with Municipalities, How They Hold Students Back from Adulthood, and How American Universities Must Rethink Their Physical Plants". 
  • For our final program of 2023-2024, alum Justin Otten offered a Fireside Chat through BOEP where he talked about his PhD research on changes in the wine industry. Although no wine was served, students enjoyed cookies from Baked!   

We look forward to hosting more alumni programs in the future where Collinsites past and present can gather together to share their passions. 

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For four years, I spent more time at Collins than anywhere else on campus. I met my best friends, proposed marriage, learned my political beliefs, and developed an obsession with gnomes. Collins didn’t just shape my life, it was my life.

Josh Warren, Collins resident, Class of 2012