University of Illinois  

Laboratory High School   

 Alumni Newsletter

December 2015

 
Calendar

April 16, 2016
Uni Gala 
Location: New ECE building at University and Wright

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Holiday Party
For Alumni and Alumni parents
Dec. 22, 2015
Kenney Gym
$5 per person
4 p.m. Open Gym
6 p.m. Pizza and beverages

Class of 1965 reunion
TBA
Organized by Jeff Kinkley and Donna Stinson

Max Beberman Outstanding Alumni Award Dinner
May 19, 2016

Class of 1966 reunion
TBA 2016
Planning in progress

Class of 1967 reunion
Planning for Fall 2017
Organized by Dan Brodsky



Join us!
From the Advancement Department
Please join us for our holiday party

Uni High will hold our annual Holiday Party for alumni, alumni parents, faculty, staff and friends on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 at the Kenney Gym annex (corner of Wright and Springfield.)  The cost is $5 per person, $2 for children under 10. 

3 p.m. Brisk run with Cross Country coach Doug Mynatt.
4 - 6 p.m. Open Gym
6 - 8 p.m. Papa Del's pizza and beverages

Please RSVP via email to Marianne Downey or Assistant Director of Advancement Joshua Hall. 


Still time to include Uni on your gift list

We are grateful to all of you who participated in giving to Uni High this year.  If you are still planning to make a gift this year, and you want it to fall into the 2015 calendar year please note:
  • The last chance to make a gift via credit card online is 11:59 p.m. Dec. 31, 2015.
  • The last day to receive wires or securities transfers is 5 p.m. Dec. 31, 2015.
  • Cash or Checks received by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 31, 2015.
 
When in doubt, just call Marianne Downey at 217-417-4305.  She will be happy to help.
 From the Director
New active learning classroom ready for spring 

Uni's newly renovated Active Learning classroom is finished and ready for spring semester classes. The prototype classroom was designed to support active learning pedagogy and interdisciplinary projects. It will be shared next semester by every department.  

State-of-the-art classroom furniture will arrive in February.

This is the first major project to be completed as a result of generous donations and pledges to the Innovations in Learning initiative at Uni High. For more information about the initiative and our next project, contact Marianne Downey.


Budget Update
 
Thanks to some one-time monies available to us - such as funds that had gone unused from various accounts - the school was able to balance, even come out a few thousand dollars ahead, at the end of last fiscal year (June 30, 2015). 
 
With Uni's one-time monies exhausted, this year's austerity budget is projected to be about $117,000 in deficit by the end of next fiscal year (June 30, 2016).  Faculty and staff are doing an excellent job economizing in what was already a tight financial situation.
 
November is 41.67 percent through the fiscal year, and the school has received about 39 percent of budgeted revenues and spent about 39 percent of budgeted expenses.  

That means our new budgeting process is tracking well; I still believe the school will come out somewhat better than the $117K projection.


Science Department Review
lab
 
Each year a different academic department undergoes an internal and external review, funded by an endowment established by the family of Thomas C. Shedd '36 in his memory for continuous improvement in Uni's academic program.  As a result of the process, the Science Department's top three goals are
 
▪  Supporting young women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) through pedagogy, programs, and a variety of means. 
 
▪ Connecting science content and real-world problems through relationships with people at UI; through in-class, extracurricular, and research opportunities; and through the use of technology. 
 
▪ Redesigning the physical space of the science areas.  The school is studying designs and raising funds for a renovated chemistry lab with a hands-on, building area known as a Makerspace.
 From the Gargoyle

Junior Zina Dolan explores how Uni students have - and haven't -changed over time.  


The iconic houses next to Uni, which currently house the offices for the math, English and foreign language departments, and the advancement office, are scheduled to be demolished within the next   12-18 months.