Community Outreach & Engagement

Alumni Lecture Series

Beginning in 2019 the CCS Alumni Lecture Series will feature alumni artists and designers, of all backgrounds and disciplines, with the goal of servicing students, young alumni, and the CCS community at large. By sharing stories of personal and professional experiences, alumni lecturers provide valuable business and professional development tips in a unique peer-to-peer environment.

This series also seeks to strengthen relationships between current students, alumni, and faculty by inviting speakers to share their work and wisdom while encouraging students to think creatively about their upcoming transition into the professional world.

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Upcoming Lectures

Kevin Calabrese

Kevin Calabrese
Vice President, Executive Director for Czarnowski

Success by Design
Wednesday, March 27,  6:30-8:30 p.m.
GM Auditorium, Alfred A. Taubman Center

Refreshments and Reception following the lecture beginning at 7:30 p.m. RSVP

Everyone is competing for their first job out of college. That’s not news. But being a talented Designer is only 1/3 of the total package for success in the real world. The other 2/3 aren’t what you might expect and can mean the difference between getting a job and excelling in it. 

We will examine the three most important aspects of career growth and the ways new designers can plot a course for long-term success while building progressive short-term goals out of college that propel initial entry into the corporate world. And you might even discover a little about yourself along the way.


At 33 years old, Kevin Calabrese holds the global position of Vice President, Executive Creative Director with Czarnowski; a global brand experience agency. Kevin’s career trajectory was rapid and uncommon. Moving up the ladder from intern, to designer, to corporate leader in record time and becoming one of the youngest people promoted into executive leadership at age 27. He is a multiple award-winning designer and driven creative strategist for such prominent brands as Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, GMC, Toyota, Lexus, Mercedes, Panasonic, Boeing, General Dynamics and more. In addition to overseeing the creative work of his agency, Kevin also manages the national team of inter-disciplinary designers. Kevin graduated from College for Creative Studies in 2008, earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design with Honors. Kevin was the first student ever to deliver a commencement address and currently participates in many public and private speaking engagements.