August Alumni Newsletter
Double the Classes,
Double the Fun!

IMSA and the IMSA Alumni Association will be postponing Alumni Reunions for the 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2015 classes until next summer when we believe it will be safe to gather together in person. We will be joining together with the 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, and 2016 classes for an in-person reunion on July 17, 2021.

Please mark your calendar for July 17, 2021 to save the date for this special occasion.

Virtual Class Toast Events for 0's and 5's
While we're disappointed that we have to postpone in-person reunion until summer 2021, we still want to celebrate with our 0's and 5's!

We have a series of special "Virtual Class Toast" events for our 2020 reunioners that we hope will raise your spirits—and bring Titans together when we need each other most! Zoom on by and say 'hello' to your classmates and enjoy a visit from Doc Nok and his archive treasures, appearances by your favorite faculty members, meet current students and participate in chat rooms designed for fun and networking.
  • Class of 1990 - Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 5:15 P.M. CT
  • Class of 1995 - Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 5:15 P.M. CT
  • Class of 2000 - Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 5:15 P.M. CT
  • Class of 2005 - Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 5:15 P.M. CT
  • Class of 2010 - Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 5:15 P.M. CT
  • Class of 2015 - Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 5:15 P.M. CT

Check your inbox for Zoom links to come soon!
IMSA Releases Fall 2020 Remote Working & Distance Learning Plan
IMSA President José M. Torres, Ph.D., announced the release of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy’s “Fall 2020 Remote Working and Distance Learning Plan”. The guidance details a May 20, 2020 Board of Trustees’ decision to open for remote working and distance learning at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

“During this unprecedented time and out of an abundance of caution, we wanted to give our community, students, parents, staff, including faculty, time to plan effectively,” says Torres. “We are taking every step to ensure a full and robust IMSA experience, including dynamic learning environments, diversity of opportunity, and shared experiences among all learners,” he adds.

According to Torres, there are unique challenges to reopening IMSA based on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, he appointed a Transition Task Force whose comprehensive work has helped inform the fall 2020 Plan from a health and safety perspective and accounting for student experience, academics, outreach, employee well-being, operations, and communications.

“This Plan was developed based on lessons learned, feedback from our IMSA community, and research analysis. It moves us forward, intentionality on a path that keeps our students and employees at the forefront,” says Torres.

Virtual Town Halls for employees were on Tuesday, August 4, at 1:00 p.m. and for students and parents on Wednesday, August 5, at 7:00 p.m. to review the Plan and answer questions from the community.

IMSA’s goal is for students and staff, including faculty, to return to campus when it is safe to do so. See the Plan for specific criteria.

“We believe strongly in the transformative power of IMSA’s living-learning environment,” says Torres. “At the same time, we remain focused on the educational mission of IMSA, to ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition,” he concludes.
Congratulations to the 2020-2021 IMSA Alumni Association Cabinet
President: Brian Cudiamat, 1996
Vice President†: Michael (Bo) Driscoll, 2007
Secretary: Marti Shirley, 2000
Treasurer†: Stephen Paige, 2000

At Large Members:
  • Richard Bergstrom, 1994
  • Dr. Thandeka K. Chapman, 1989
  • Dr. Derek A. Houston, 1998
  • Tamora Kimmitt, 1991
  • James Lichtenwang, 2019
  • Tim Messer, 2000
  • Akhil Narang, 2000
  • Andrew Ritchie, 2008
  • Daniela Spencer, 2008
  • Matthew Tennenhouse, 2013
  • Gustavo Ulloa, 2009

[Term runs from August 31, 2020-August 31, 2021. Officers serve two-year terms. †term expires August 31, 2022.]

Additionally, in July, Honorary Membership to the IAA was granted to the following former IMSA faculty and staff members:
  • Dr. Don Dosch, Science Faculty
  • Dr. Bob Hernandez, Principal and Chief Academic Officer
  • Diane Hinterlong, Principal’s Office
  • Paavo Husen, World Languages Faculty
Join the IMSA Black Alumni Association
A group of alumni and allies have formed an IMSA Black Alumni Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. This entity is separate from the IAA and IMSA and is still in formation. If you are interested in joining this group or would like more information, please email
Alumni Spotlight - Carl Lambert '03
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Carl Lambert '03
Amanda Potocky '93
Michael Damien Thomas '92
IMSA Internship Program
Do you want to develop your next generation of leaders? Then get an Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy intern! Fill your talent pipeline with the best! The IMSA Internship Program is seeking opportunities for our talented students to continue their learning and growth around a variety of virtual/remote research projects. 

Internships are non-paid learn/work experiences for high school juniors and seniors. Our next cohort begins in September - April and our students are eager to enhance and grow their skills in the following areas:
  • Content Management & Digital Marketing
  • Data Analytics
  • Software Development
  • UX/UI and graphic design
  • Miscellaneous (finance/research, etc).

If you or your company has a project opportunity, perhaps a low hanging fruit that can be managed by one or more of our gifted and talented future innovators and entrepreneurs, please register your opportunity!
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Thank You IMSA Alumni
We would like to thank all alumni who have donated their time, resources, and attended IMSA events this year. Your support is greatly appreciated and helps make IMSA such a special place.
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