There are three District Seminars in the Northern Region for IACAC, and we are fortunate to have such wonderful leadership for all of these events. I urge every IACAC member to make the effort to attend one of these seminars next year. They provide an opportunities to renew friendships, network with colleagues, and develop professional skills. With tremendous support from professionals in the field, more than 280 educators took advantage of the District seminars in the Northern Region this year.
The Chicago and South Suburban District Seminar was held at Lewis University on Friday, March 9th. It was a banner year with a record 149 educators attending the seminar which will make it the most highly attended seminar in the state. There were nine outstanding sessions with 15 presenters sharing their expertise. The co-chairs, Lianne Musser, Lyons Township High School and Julie Marlatt, University of St. Francis, did an excellent job of organizing an exciting and memorable seminar. Evaluations indicated that those in attendance felt it was a good experience and would be interested in attending future IACAC Seminars. After the well-attended sessions, Lewis University provided an excellent lunch, and everyone enjoyed a wonderful raffle with Pat Sajak (Frank DuBois) and Vanna White (Julie Marlatt). Many thanks to the high schools and universities who brought donations for the raffle. Special thanks goes to Lianne Musser and Julie Marlatt for organizing the outstanding event.
The two other Northern Region District Seminars took place on Friday, March 16th.
The Northwest District Seminar was held at Northern Illinois University. Overall attendance was comparable to last year’s program. District Seminar Co-chairs Erin Reid and Colleen Murphy of NIU, worked very hard to put together a great District Seminar. The exciting agenda included sessions about NCAA Rules & Regulations, Career Searches in Today’s Economy, and bullying strategies for educators. It was an outstanding event!
The West & North Suburban District Seminar was held at Oakton Community College on Friday, March 16th. As of March 11th there were 110 people registered, but final numbers for the event are still being calculated. Dale Cohen, Oakton Community College, and Phyllis Ehret, Taft High School, put together a wonderful program, including continental breakfast and lunch. Topics included: AVID & AP, Technology in Admissions, Hot Topics in Admission, Children of Immigrants, Alternative Learning, and Counseling students in Engineering, Business and Healthcare.
The co-chairs for all of the District Seminars have been wonderful to work with on developing sessions as well as staying organized. I am very blessed to have such outstanding people in leadership roles for the Northern Region District Seminars. It is always an honor to work with my friends in IACAC, and I thank all of you for your hard work.
Professional Development Director