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Alumni Weekend Doesn't Disappoint Despite the Weather

Despite the rain and flooding for the second year in a row, alumni from all class years and their families reunited for a very successful Alumni Weekend held July 22-23.

Above, award recipients gather at the Awards Ceremony.  Pictured l-r: Dr. Frank Wood '92, Dr. Ronjon Paul '89, Dr. Matthew Pritchard '93 and Clara Shih '00. Below, alums spend some time catching up. (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Highlights of the weekend included the Fifth Annual Board of Trustees Alumni Awards Ceremony and Alumni Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Friday evening. Award recipients  Dr. Ronjon Paul '89, Dr. Matthew Pritchard '93, Clara Shih '00 and Dr. Frank Wood '92 delivered touching remarks about how attending IMSA changed their lives. The event also recognized more than 200 alumni volunteers representing every graduating class for generously sharing their time and talents with the IMSA community during the 2010-11 academic year.

As volunteers, Alumni supported many aspects of the academic and residential program at the Academy, as well as statewide professional development programs for Illinois teachers and enrichment programs for other Illinois students. In addition, alumni also provide strategic counsel to the IMSA Board of Trustees, the IMSA Fund Board of Directors, administrative and program leaders, and Admissions Student Review Committee.

"Alumni bring a wealth of experience when they 'give back' to IMSA. The way they look at the world and reflect on their experience at the Academy helps administration, faculty and staff enhance IMSA's classrooms and programs and genuinely helps as we continue to make a difference in the state and world," said IMSA Coordinator of Alumni Engagement Carolyn Johnson.

"This year's alumni association (IAA) leaders not only worked diligently to continue existing opportunities for alumni involvement, including Intersession and Admissions support, but also created new ways for alumni to engage with the Academy, including the Alumni Big Siblings program and Career Forums," she added.

Saturday was filled with activities including the annual IAA meeting, luncheon, IRC and archives open house, tours of alumni hall (1503), activities for children, an alumni Q&A session with Dr. Max McGee, and an education roundtable discussion led by Julie Dowling '99. The evening closed out with reunions for the classes of 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006. 

For information on these and other IMSA Alumni Association (IAA) events, visit www.imsaalumniorg.