I had the pleasure of attending the IACAC Annual Conference for the first time. Going into the conference, I wasn't sure exactly what to expect. One of my colleagues had raved about the conference, assuring me that it provides countless opportunities for professional development through informative sessions and invaluable networking opportunities.
DePaul College Prep
These IACAC members were recognized for their many achievements and service to our organization this year.
Mentorship Match of the Year Award
Jenny Bogda, Elmhurst University and Chrissy Grotzke, Michigan Technological University
Inclusion, Access and Success Service Award Recipient
This award was inaugurated in 2015, to recognize members who have been instrumental in making postsecondary educational opportunities available to historically underrepresented students.
Traci Flowers, Deerfield High School
James A. Alexander Newcomer Award Recipients
The Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling’s Newcomer Recognition Award was inaugurated in 1987, to recognize significant contributions of those members with fewer than five years’ involvement with IACAC. In 2004, the IACAC Executive Board renamed the award in honor of James A. Alexander.
Maddie Corder, Naperville Central High School
Alejandro Campos, University of St. Francis
Kenneth Guthrie, Columbia College Chicago
Jeanette VonHaden, Marquette University
Gwen Tohill-Macam, McKendree University (not pictured)
Molly K. Arnold President’s Service Recognition Award Recipients
The Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling’s President’s Service Recognition Award was inaugurated in 1999, to recognize members with more than five years’ service who have provided strong and consistent leadership to IACAC. More than one award may be given each year. In 2010, the IACAC Executive Board renamed the award in honor of Molly K. Arnold.
Derek Brinkley, Columbia College Chicago
Rejeannda Robinson, University of South Carolina
Faye Ikner, Chicago State University
Kara Dollaske, York High School
Michelle Adams, Elmhurst University
Wonder Woman Award
This award was inaugurated in 2022, to recognize staff or volunteers who have gone above and beyond to support the mission of IACAC.
Erin Hoover, IACAC
Patricia A. Kasowski Recognition Award
The Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling’s Recognition Award was inaugurated in 1974, to recognize long and meritorious service to our profession, the rendering of service to our association, the demonstration of leadership and, finally, service with distinction. In 1997, the IACAC Executive Board renamed the award in memory of Patricia A. Kasowski.
Given that the Kasowski award is IACAC’s “lifetime achievement award,” we felt we couldn’t honor award winners from 2020 and 2021 in the way they would deserve until this year. We announced two Kasowski awards at the 2022 Conference and will announce 2022 and 2023 at the 2023 Annual Conference.
2020 Winner – Todd Burrell, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
2021 Winner – Julie Nelson, Xavier University
Congratulations to these members and thank you for your incredible service to IACAC!