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As my term as chair of your Illinois Tech Alumni Association comes to an end, our university looks very different than when I began. We have a new president, and will soon have a new provost. We have new colleges, refreshed student residence halls, new scholarships, and new programs to help engage students from local, national, and global communities.
Gerald “Jerry” L. Maatman Sr. (FPE ’51) | Lajos Schmidt (LAW ’54) | James Hill Jr. | Virgil A. Abloh (M.S. ARCH ’06)
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Last March the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was signed into law, setting into motion a stimulus package that aimed to provide relief to the American public and to jumpstart the United States economy in the ongoing battle against COVID-19.
Krystal McDoom (Architectural Engineering ’14) serves as a translator of sorts in her role as a project manager at the University of Chicago, helping engineers and architects understand the needs of the university’s stakeholders and helping the stakeholders understand the possibilities and constraints based on the City of Chicago’s building code requirements, feasibility, budget, and schedule.
For Cara Karter (Social and Economic Development Policy ’16), an interest in human service research and evaluation was sparked during her first year at Illinois Institute of Technology. A subsequent opportunity to travel to San Claudio, Nicaragua, with the university’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders, working as the group’s community needs assessment lead, further solidified Karter’s interest in the specialization.
Despite temperatures hovering below freezing outside, the competition heated up inside Keating Sports Center on March 12 for the semifinal and final games of Illinois Tech Recreation Sports and Fitness’s Cricket League.
Theodore Brown (CHEM ’50), North Branford, Conn., received the Alumni Medal at the 2021 Alumni Awards Ceremony on September 18, 2021. James Albrecht (FE ’53, M.S. ’55), Baltimore, received the Alumni Service Award at the 2021 Alumni Awards Ceremony on September 18, 2021.
At Commencement this spring, I told Illinois Institute of Technology’s newest alumni that as much as it’s true that we are living through unprecedented times, the truth is that all of us are always living through unprecedented times and what distinguishes us is our ability to meet unforeseen circumstances with optimism, courage, and grit. History is written day by day by those with the persistence to set a new precedent.
Mary Elizabeth Spies Droste (ARCH ’42), Marsha Spak (LAW ’79), John Guzzardo (LAW ’04)