ISACorps Alumni Newsletter
ISACorps Alumni Newsletter
Spring 2021 ISACorps Alumni E-Newsletter

Be Informed. Food for Thought. Resources.

In this Issue

Welcome to our quarterly e-newsletter! You can access it on the ISACorps Alumni webpage and read more about ISACorps alumni updates and announcements.

News & Announcements

Spring Celebration

On May 27, the ISACorps will formally induct our second year Corps members into the ISACorps Alumni Network. The mission of the ISACorps Alumni Network is to create a strong community among the diverse ISACorps alumni and current ISACorps members—a community that will support alumni in the pursuit of leadership roles in higher education, and provide lifelong learning opportunities for alumni to grow personally and professionally.

Become an ISACorps Member

We are recruiting for new ISACorps members! We're looking for recent college graduates, who are passionate about public service and giving back to the community, to join the ISACorps. Please share with your network! See flyer for details
Apply Here!

Take ISACorps Alumni Survey

We are seeking your feedback on ways to better engage and build our Alumni Network community. Your opinion is greatly appreciated. Complete the survey and entered in a raffle drawing for $25 Visa Gift Card!
Take the Survey

Monthly Alumni Connections

Join our monthly Alumni Connection for networking with your fellow ISACorps alums, the old and new. Think of this as an informal mid-week gathering with old colleagues. Our chats will allow you to reconnect with ISACorps alums, create new relationships, meet partners in various industries and grow your professional network. All virtual chats will be held every last Wednesday of the month from 5pm to 6pm CT.
May 26, 2021
June 30, 2021
July 28, 2021

How Reverse Mentorship Can Help Create Better Leaders

Employee diversity and inclusive leadership are goals for most organizations today, but how do we get there? Try a "reverse mentorship" program, which sets up junior team members to guide senior staff. Here are 6 tips to make reverse mentorship work, from executive coach and personal development advocate Patrice Gordon.
Watch Patrice’s Talk

3 Steps to Stop Remote Work Burnout

Too much screen time, too many video calls and too few boundaries make working from home hard for all of us. Podcast host and writer Morra Aarons-Mele shares honest advice on what you can learn from the introverts in your life about protecting your energy and your limits.
Watch Morra’s Talk

Lillian Butler-Ludwig

Lillian is currently serving her second year as a Corps member. She was able to assist a student in transferring to the City Colleges of Chicago last summer, during the pandemic. Her student took the placement test four times to be eligible for the STAR scholarship, then was awarded full MAP and PELL grants, and will receive the Chicago STAR scholarship once she completes her Associate Degree. Her mother and aunt bought her a new laptop, and she was able to begin her journey in Business Administration. Lillian is very proud of her student for pushing through the challenges and reaching her goals. She was indeed a true inspiration.

Noelle Woodruff

Noelle, who served as a Corps member from 2014 to 2016, was recently promoted to a Financial Aid Manager at Western Illinois University. She will not only supervise front desk and financial aid representatives, but will also continue to counsel and process student financial aid. She is planning on traveling to Iceland in November. She tries to travel at least once a year.

Looking to Earn Continuing Education Credits

Did you know that ISAC awards Continuing Education (CE) credits and Professional Development (PD) hours to session participants at a rate of one per contact hour? To receive CE credits, participants must attend each session in its entirety and complete an ISAC evaluation form. To receive PD hours, participants must complete an ISBE evaluation form and submit their Illinois Educator Identification Number (EIN) to the Professional Development staff at

ISAC’s Division of Capacity Development and Training offers professional development opportunities throughout Illinois for counselors, mentors, college access professionals, and community partners who are assisting students with the college-going and financial aid process.
Upcoming Trainings

Upcoming Webinars

Wednesday, May 5 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Update and Insights from High School Principals

The Chicago Public Education Fund (The Fund) will interview school leaders from Chicago high schools around their experience in the 2020-21 school year and plans for the 2021-22 school year. The conversation will include key insights from high school principals around learning acceleration and other key data The Fund has gleaned from its work with nearly 300 principals this year.
For more webinars visit the alumni page here.
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