Category Archives: Displays

IRC Hours Before and After Winter Break

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Happy Holidays from the IRC! Here are the hours for before and after winter break. Have a safe and peaceful break!

Fri., Dec. 22 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
Mon. Dec. 25 – Sunday, Jan. 7   IRC Closed
M-F, Jan 8 -12 (Intersession):  8 am – 4:30 pm
Monday, Jan. 15 MLK Holiday–Academy Closed
*Regular IRC Hours resume Tuesday, Jan. 16*
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New Silent Study Room and Sunday Hours in the IRC


The IRC has opened a brand new silent study room for students looking for space that is conducive to individual silent study. The room is located next to the mac lab in the IRC and is available to students and staff whenever the IRC is open. Feel free to come by and check it out!

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The IRC will be open this Sunday from Dec. 17th from 2 to 6 pm. An IRC team member will be available to assist.



Trick or Treat!

Happy Halloween!

Witches, goblins, and ghouls, oh my! In celebration of Halloween, students and faculty paraded through the school sporting their best costume. Here are some of our favorites from the day!

Hispanic Heritage Month

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Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month there was a Latinx ReadIn in the IRC featuring a Zumba demonstration with Betty Hart, an introduction to Hispanic Heritage Month by the World Language faculty, literature by Latinx authors and a call to support the disaster victims in Puerto Rico and Mexico with Janette Rosario.

World Language staff members, Maria del Carmen De Avila and Anastacio Aranda-Rodríguez spoke of the importance of Hispanic Heritage Month and kicked things off with the first reading.

Many students shared their favorite poems, excerpts, and readings. 

Donations to support Hurricane and Earthquake victims in Puerto Rico & Mexico are being accepted until October 15.

Donation items include: water, flashlights, batteries, first aid kits, baby and adult diapers, wipes, disinfectant wipes, and insect repellent.

Donate now!


IMSAloquium 2017


IMSAloquium is an annual, public event during which the IMSA community showcases work done during the year. SIR students present on their research and students doing independent studies and other innovative work are also invited to present.

In addition, Research Mentors and IMSA community members facilitate participant-centered workshops related to research they are engaged in on campus. The event also features a keynote speech and brief comments from members of the IMSA staff.

On Friday, April 28, the IRC hosted a discussion panel with Adrienne Coleman, Michael Dean, Kitty Lam, and Claiborne Skinner, titled, “Who Do We Think We Are? Immigration and American Identity.” The discussion was well attended by faculty and students and was facilitated by Sara Goek.



IMSA Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The Illinois Math & Science Academy celebrated its 30th anniversary and official opening of IN2, a community innovation center modeled after successful entrepreneurial spaces like 1871, MIT’s media lab, and the University of Illinois’ EnterpriseWorks. The ribbon cutting ceremony included a panel discussion with Youtube cofounder, Steve Chen, and notable alumnus, Claudia M. Flores, J.D. and Jessica Droste Yagan.

In conjunction with this event, the IRC showcased the IMSA archives collection, including a large-screen interactive timeline of the academy’s history: 1987-2017.

Archives display:

Historical t-shirt quilt provided by student life:

IMSA co-curricular and sports trophies and awards:

IMSA Spirit-wear:

IMSA Computer Science presentations:

Retired staff and alumnus enjoying the event!


African American Read-In Held In IRC

 In celebration of Black History Month there will be an African American Read-In on Monday February 27, 2017 at 4:30pm in the IRC.  This event is co-sponsored by the IRC, English Department, History Department and Peer Multicultural Educators and will feature a dance from the African American Student Association Cultural show.

Slide into the Classics in the IRC

001The long winter break is an ideal time to immerse yourself in a good classic novel, and IMSA student May Kaur has created an enticing display which will tempt the most reluctant reader to sit down with a good book.

The selection of diverse books on display will take you away to another time or place. Curl up with a good book during the break, and experience something new and different.

All items on the display can be checked out during the winter break. Please ask an IRC staffer for help if you have any questions.

Mental Health Initiative Week Resources Available in IRC

079The Student Council’s annual Mental Health Initiative Week is November 28 – December 2, 2016, and books and dvds addressing mental health issues are on display in the IRC and available for checkout.

078Madison Dong, Student Council President, sent out an email with a schedule of the week’s events, which includes activities and seminars that can help students identify mental health issues. The books and dvds on display in the reference area of the IRC can supplement these activities. If any of the weekly activities spark an interest, please stop by the IRC to check out resources that can help you explore mental health issues.

080The following are the events listed in Madison Dong’s email:

Today (Monday) at midday in the Old Caf we will be giving out wristbands
and explaining the purpose of the week. After school from 4:30 – 5:30 in
E121 will be therapy dogs and a school counselor meet and greet.

Tuesday at midday will be an activity for people to mark how stressed they
are, what their stressors are, and how they can relieve stress. From 6-7
in IN2, there will also be a presentation by a clinical psychologist on
performance and perfectionism.

Wednesday, from 4 – 5:30 in IN2, there will be a presentation by the
National Alliance for Mental Illness, and from 4:15 – 5:15 in the TV pit,
there will be a writing workshop by some of the English faculty.

Thursday from 7-8 in the Old Caf will be a forum with 2 IMSA alumni in
mental health professions. They will answer questions on depression and
anxiety and discuss their own IMSA experiences as well.

Finally, on Friday, we encourage everyone to wear green! At midday, anyone
can come to make an origami crane and write a wish on it. We will collect
cranes and put them up for display after the week.

Ms. Mary Myers will also be running a pilates session from 11 – 11:30 on
Tuesday, as well as yoga sessions from 12 – 12:45 on Wednesday and 12:20 –
12:50 on Thursday. These will all be in the multipurpose room, which is in
the main gym.

Please ask any IRC staffer for help if you have questions.



Fantasy book display in the IRC

001IMSA Sophmore Miriam Francis has set up a display of fantasy books on the table near the Reference Desk in the IRC. One of Miriam’s favorite genres is fantasy, and she has created this display to share her interest with others at IMSA.

People can share their favorite books with others by writing the title and author of a book they recommend and dropping it into the box on the fantasy books display table.

All books in the display can be checked out of the IRC.