We are proud to have an engaged and vibrant alumni community. The powerful relationships forged between faculty and students, and among classmates, thrive long beyond graduation day. Our alumni share ideas, professional opportunities, and graciously offer their time to mentor current iSchool students.
Many of our alumni stay connected with our School and their classmates through active involvement in two professional organizations: the Library School Alumni Association (LSAA) and Beta Phi Mu. LSAA encourages participation in alumni events and promotes a lifelong connection with our School. Beta Phi Mu is an honor society that recognizes scholastic achievement and offers social and professional programming for its members.
Rumyana Hristova (MS '12) accepted a position as catalog librarian at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, in November 2016.
Heather Thompson (MS '13) was selected as a 2017 ALA Emerging Leader with sponsorship by the Public Library Association.
Cheryl (Benoit) Harris-Sumida (MS '03) received her National Board Certification in Media in 2013 and the Illinois State Board of Education's Award of Recognition in 2016. She teaches educational technology classes for the library and information science program at Olivet Nazarene University. She has been married to Phil Sumida since 2013.
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In her winning video for the Wiley Scholarship for Early Career Librarians, Ximin Mi (MS '13) talks about the importance of lifelong learning—how learning doesn’t stop when you graduate. She put this concept into practice in making the video, which earned her a $1,500 travel grant that she will use to attend the Association of College & Research Libraries Conference in Baltimore this March. The video took about forty hours to make, and Mi’s previous experience was limited.