The view from the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago:
Tuesday, November 10, 2009: The administrators and faculty representatives from the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago held a luncheon to honor students who have successfully maintained a GPA of 3.5/4.0, or higher, for four or more consecutive quarters. I was honored to have been invited to the event, held at Rumba on 351 West Hubbard Street, and was happy to be joined by many of my fellow students. I arrived at the restaurant around noon, checked in and found a swanky seat next to friend and fellow student, Sherry Roath. We were joined at the booth by a couple other stellar students and had coffee and caught up before the lunch began.
Sherry Roath, Ryan M. Beshel:
Leading the ceremony was the Academic Directors, Student Affairs Administrators, the ILIAC Executive Committee and the Vice President of Academic Affairs--all present to recognize the achievements of each and every student at the event. After lunch, we all received a Certificate of Achievement...and an amazing piece of chocolate cake. (Side note: I have no problem being bribed with cake.)
It was truly a wonderful day to reflect on this amazing journey, both as individuals and as a fellow students. As I approach the last weeks of my college career I am excited, terrified, confident, and exhausted (and a million other emotions that race through my head until I slip into sleep). But, after walking out of the restaurant into the cool city air that afternoon, I felt proud. Proud that I have made it this far. Proud of the achievements of friends and fellow students. Proud to represent a school that I respect.
Many thanks go out to everyone responsible for such a winning afternoon and a congratulations to every student who continues to push forward and strive for success.
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The ceremony begins:
Jeffrey S. Allen, Ph.d.
Vice President of Academic Affairs:
Outside Rumba after the luncheon:
Sherry Roath , fellow honor student
The view from the front door of the Illinois Institute of Art: