Notes from Going the Extra Mile for Students
769 … of you went the extra mile and attended the 2011 IACAC Annual Conference. It was a pathway full of learning for me as President-Elect, but it was well worth the effort. I hope that you had as good of a time as I did and were able to go back to your offices reenergized and with a bit more knowledge!
I couldn’t have accomplished anything without the help of the conference co-chairs and many of you that volunteered throughout the conference. I would like to recognize and once again thank the committee chairs:
Donna Epton – Event Coordinator
Linda Haffner — IACAC Executive Assistant and Registration & Hospitality Chair
Kara Dollaske & Natalie Morris – Communications & Social Media
Marsha Hubbuch – Credentials & Nominations
Zachary George, Becca Russo & Katie Trnka – Entertainment
Michelle Adams & Alison Crowley – Evaluations
Scott Ham & Todd Malone – Exhibitors & Sponsors
Nate Bargar, Anne Kremer & Susan Weiss – First Timers
Danielle Cargo & Gina Williams – Onsite
Ziggy Blackwell, Frank DuBois, Sue Sanders – Program
Jean Burke & John Zimmerman – Project Reach
Michelle DeFranco & Courtney Wallace – Raffle
Jennifer Buxton & Linda Haffner – Registration & Hospitality
Jennifer Taylor & Stephanie Szczepanski – Tellers
1500 … actually, more than that … the amount of money raised and given to our Project Reach recipient, Cairo Junior/Senior High School. Recent tornadoes and flooding have been devastating for the town of Cairo, compromising its already delicate condition as a small historic town in Illinois. I would like to extend a special thanks to Kathryn Kleeman from the University of Illinois – Springfield for nominating this year’s recipient and to the Project Reach committee for all of their hard work in providing school supplies for the students of Cairo.
39 … the number of sessions that were offered during Wednesday and Thursday at our annual conference. All are getting rave reviews and Powerpoint presentations will be posted on the IACAC website.
3 … the number of IACAC members who were chosen as recipients of the James Alexander Newcomer Award. These very deserving individuals are: Megan O’Rourke, Butler University; Eric Ruiz, University of St. Francis and Sam Stover, Beloit College. Jim was a mentor for many of us and he would be proud of the efforts that Megan has made for the newsletter and website, Eric’s enthusiasm within various parts of IACAC and new co-chair of the National College Fair and Sam’s work with the Government Relations Committee.
4 … the number of IACAC members who were chosen to receive the Molly K. Arnold President’s Service Award. Going the extra mile for IACAC, these people were recognized for their ongoing work to help our organization: Judy Hendricks, The Ohio State University; Julie Marlatt, University of St. Francis; Bart Sinks, Marion High School and Patrick Walsh, Illinois State University. While Julie, Bart and Patrick have all served in elected roles on the Board, they each have truly pushed themselves and our organization to become better. Judy has steadfastly committed herself to IACAC through many committees throughout the years and her dedication to the students of Illinois is remarkable.
50 … the number of trivia questions that stumped us during the social on Wednesday night.
45 … the number of songs played as we danced on Thursday night (this includes Abba’s “Dancing Queen”, my personal favorite.)
Thousands … the number of student lives affected by the work that we do to help them navigate their paths for the future. Thank you for all that you do for Illinois students. You truly go the extra mile!
Fenwick High School