Salinger named Max Beberman Memorial Distinguished Alumni
Noel Salinger ’69, received the 34th Max Beberman Memorial Distinguished Alum Award during Uni’s 2019 Gala Oct. 5. Salinger was nominated for the award in honor of his service in education, research, civil liberties, and social welfare in both his professional and private life.
Before retiring in 2018, Noel spent seven years as Director of Individual Giving at the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex, playing a major role in the $1.8 billion Smithsonian Campaign.
As a volunteer, Noel has served on numerous committees and as a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer for the Roger Baldwin Foundation of Illinois, the tax-exempt arm of the Illinois ACLU. He currently serves on the Finance Committee of the American Historical Association in Washington, DC.
For more about Salinger, see his profile at https://uni.illinois.edu/alumni/beberman2011-present.shtml
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Uni celebrates alumni at 2019 Gala
Uni celebrated the 2019 ReUNIon and Gala the weekend of Oct. 4. Alumni, faculty and students enjoyed an afternoon of Alumni Agora presentations, where alumni spoke to groups of current students about their jobs, lives, and passions. The 2019 Beberman alumni award recipient Noel Salinger and the 2019 Rising Star Award recipient Scott Solomon also addressed the students
During the weekend, the classes of 1969, 1989-90-91, 1999, and 2009 celebrated reunions. This reflects Uni’s efforts to combine reunion activities with the Gala weekend to maximize opportunities for returning alumni to reconnect with each other, as well as engage with current faculty and students.
The next ReUNIon and Gala will be Oct. 3, 2020, followed the next year by our Century Celebration Oct. 9, 2021.
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Donors recognized, plaque unveiled at Gala
Uni recognized Legacy Society and Major Gift donors and unveiled a perpetual plaque honoring the first 13 families who documented gifts to Uni High in their estate plans.
The honorees were:
- Legacy Society Donors Richard* (Class of ’69) & Conna Oram;
- Legacy Society Donors Thomas Clark Shedd ’36 (Daughters: Jean and Janet Shedd and Margaret Weiboldt);
- Major Gift donors Steven Blanke & Susan Martinis (Uni High parents).
The Advancement Office also unveiled a Legacy Society Perpetual Plaque that will be displayed in the school to encourage others to support Uni High with their ultimate gifts.
*We have updated this newsletter to include Mr. Oram’s correct first name. We extend our apologies to Mr. Oram for our mistake earlier.
Uni hosts workshop on incorporating games into math classes
Math teacher Craig Russell shared the outcome of his “Gamification in High School Math” workshop held this summer and funded by Uni High’s Frankel Fund (made possible by a gift from David Frankel ’76).
The “Gamification in High School Math” workshop met for 6 hours per day for two weeks. We played games to learn and explore different game mechanics, we read scholarly research on games and gamification in education, and we developed games as part of a gamified unit for Math 1 and Algebra 1 students. Games included an adaption of Old Maid (called “Teacher’s Pet”) to teach representations of linear functions; an “escape room” activity to practice reasoning, graphing, and functions; an adaptation of dominoes to practice recognition of intercepts of linear functions; an adaptation of the card game Fluxx to practice reasoning and linear functions; and a train game to practice arithmetic sequences; and some thematic graphing activities. We also found some online resources to use at other times with students.
A team from the Math, Science, and Technology in Education group in the School of Education assisted by developing a record-keeping system for the game play aspect. Teachers are at Danville High School, Salt Fork High School, and (just moved to) Momence Valley Junior High. The unit will be implemented at each school involved, and the teachers will put together an after-action critique of the process. Uni students played the Escape Room and “Teacher’s Pet” in class earlier this semester. -- Craig Russell