Hello Faculty of Information Community!
I am delighted that you have landed on the Alumni section of the Faculty’s website. If you do not already know about all the wonderful support we provide to Graduates and Students of the Faculty of Information, this is a great place to start. The Faculty of Information Alumni Association offers grants and awards for professional development and research and networking opportunities through mentorship, job shadowing and events. Please see below for details on each program. We also collaborate with the Faculty and the Ontario Library Association to bring additional professional development opportunities to Alumni. Our goal is to foster a community of Graduates who are engaged with each other and the Faculty. We offer benefits to students as well as they soon become Graduates themselves.
Want to know more about our programming or to get involved? Stay connected and up to date on our current activities through social media or send us an email to get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org), we’d love to hear from you!
Eve Leung (MISt ’09)
FIAA President 2017-2019
ASK AN ALUM (AaA)Chaired by Kate Johnson (’10) this past year, the Committee focused on streamlining the AaA process to improve consistency and record-keeping by establishing online registration and an online request form for introductions to AaA Mentors. In 2016-2017, the Committee hopes to expand the Mentor community and increase awareness about the AaA program. Two new alumnae volunteers, Suzanne Moncrieff (’10) and Mona Elayyan (’13) joined the Committee this year.
GRANTS & AWARDSStudent Conference/Research Grants, Outstanding Alumni Award, and Outstanding Student Contribution Award are among the grants and awards given out this year. By setting a later deadline, Committee Chair Le Dieu Tran (’05) and volunteers Sooin Kim (’00), Jenna Rose (’12), Catherine Lamoureux (’15), Christina Kim (’10) and Jacqueline Lee (’05) saw an increase in nominations for the Outstanding Contribution Award. We hope the Alumni Professional Development Grant, also introduced this year, will be offered annually.
WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA
The Committee, co-chaired by Kate MacDonald (’09) and Marisa Maharaj (’09), has been regularly sharing notable stories and news from the Faculty of Information and our alumni on our iSchool Alumni Facebook and Twitter pages. The FIAA Exec was happy to see more alums getting in touch with FIAA on these networks, and hopes even more of you will join us to stay in contact with the iSchool and your former classmates. The Committee plans to work with Isadora Petrovic, the iSchool’s Career Officer, to enhance alumni networking opportunities within our LinkedIn group. Finally, we’ll be improving the alumni section of the iSchool website to provide additional information about Executive activities and highlight events and programs for our alumni.
JOB SHADOWINGThe Job Shadowing Committee of Chair Ricardo Laskaris (’04), Alison Stirling (’06), Ashleigh Graden (’16) and Heather McTavish (’08) facilitated arrangements that saw 79 students being welcomed to the workplaces of 68 hosts. Collaboration with iSchool career development and MISC professional development is a goal for the upcoming year, to encourage students to apply business communication skills in their professional interactions with prospective hosts.
MUSEUM STUDIESThe Museum Studies Reunion was held in December 2015 with students, alumni, and arts and culture professionals in attendance. During this academic year, the Committee plans to organize a thank you event for MMST Internship and Exhibition Project hosts, maintain engagement with recent graduates, attract more volunteers to the Committee, and increase the number of social events and professional development opportunities. Expect to hear from Chair Jenna Rose about a joint event for all Museum Studies grads and professionals in the cultural heritage field in January 2017!
SOCIAL EVENTSThis year’s Committee was chaired by Angela Henshilwood (’10). The Committee had a great time organizing the Alumni Stars iTea, SLA Joint Holiday Social, OLA Super Conference Reception, Spring Reunion, and Convocation Reception. Our goals with event programming are to provide venues with a great atmosphere in which alumni can catch up with former classmates and make new friends. We try to create a comfortable, happy space where you can get together and have fun sharing memories, job tidbits, and life experiences. We also want to ensure you have tasty and healthy food at our events. For 2016-2017, Jelena Stankovic (’16) will be the new Chair, while Angela enjoys being a first-time mother! And the Chair of the Spring Reunion Silent Auction is Lily Mac (’06).