The Hawk: October 18, 2018

October 18, 2018 6:48 pm

IACS Alumni Hawk

#the college years and beyond

Hello IACS Grads, Parents and folks who care about them!

We here at IACS are hoping that you are doing well in your post High School undertakings and are reaching out to you because, well, we want to stay connected to you.

We’d like to hear about your adventures, your experiences and what you’ve been up to. We’ll let you know about stuff that is going on here at IACS that you might want to hear about and we’ll post a few pictures and stories from your peers. Let us know about your accomplishments or about a change in email address so that we can congratulate you and share your good news. We could all use more good news right?

If this seems like a good idea, great, keep reading, if not, just hit unsubscribe and we’ll leave you alone.

Richele Miller, IACS Class of 2012:

“I graduated in 2016 from Plymouth State with a BA in tourism management with a minor in adventure education. I spent my last semester in Thailand studying near Bangkok at Mahidol University and volunteering for a sticky rice farm-stay in Chaing Mai. When I got back, I landed my first job as an office manager and SUP/kayak/hiking & snorkel guide in a mangrove lagoon on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. I felt so lucky. I currently live on Catalina Island right off the coast of Long Beach CA. I’m working as the lead operations supervisor for the Aerial Adventure course here. It’s an incredible opportunity and I’ve learned so much. It’s challenging, keeps me on my toes, and something I love doing. I get to climb our course every day and find new ways to challenge myself. I lead a team of really unique and great people who climb and adventure like there’s nothing else to do in life. I also just got back to the island today after a week long cross country road trip with IACS alumni, Becca Keenan! We drove all through the south hitting national parks and camping along the way. All I’ve wanted to do (and still want to do) is travel and keep learning. I plan to come back to the east coast at the end of my contract here in March. I’m not sure what I’ll end up doing for work but I’m confident I can find something that I will enjoy and will pay the bills. As long as I’m still learning and growing I’ll just keep living and let my wanderlust pick my next job!”

Richele we can’t wait to hear about your next adventure!

Amanda Curran, IACS Middle School Class of 2009 (formerly Murdoch Middle School):

“I completed my bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Lesley University in the fall of 2015, and transitioned directly into their Counseling Psychology master’s program the following spring. I completed a 1-year clinical internship at Lighthouse School (in Chelmsford), and am currently at IACS completing a second year-long clinical internship. At IACS, I am working with both high school and middle school students in a therapeutic capacity (individually and in groups) under the supervision of the school social workers. I will graduate in May 2019 with my MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a specialization in School & Community Counseling (specifically school adjustment).”

Thanks Amanda for coming back home!

Megan Lovely, IACS Class of 2015:

“Here is an article that was written about me by my University Communications Office! The two points I’d like to highlight from the article are: my time studying abroad at the conservatory, and the one-woman play I wrote with my boyfriend.”

Way to go Megan! We knew you’d always be a star!

Kate Willgohs IACS Class of 2017:

I have gotten involved with a lot of research since I left IACS. Last year, I presented my research on violation of expectations in dogs at the International Comparative Cognition Conference in Melbourne, FL. My title is now a Lead Researcher in Eckerd’s Comparative Psychology Lab where I’m continuing doing animal behavior research on dogs but also elephants as well! I was also just selected as one of 16 students at Eckerd to be recognized as a Phi Beta Kappa Peter Pav scholar for my academic work during my 2017-2018 school year.

Katie’s love for animals shines through, especially in this picture with the white rhino in Africa!

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Tickets are available for the IACS production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA! Join us for this beautiful show! You can get your tickets here!

Substitue Teaching

Graduated and looking for a chance to make a little extra cash while staying connected to IACS? Have you ever thought about teaching? Contact Administrative Assistant, Crystal McKiel, to attend one of our substitute training classes and get on our call list. Just ask alumni Rebecca O’Keeffe, pictured here with some current IACS Students, she’s been substituting here this year and we’re glad to have her.

Internship Mentoring

Are you interested in mentoring an IACS intern in a certain field for a few hours a week? Would your company/organization like some (read: free) help, a motivated learner, one who has the same core momentum that you were taught; community membership, self direction, problem solving and effective communication?

Click here if you think you may be interested in being a part of an IACS students journey to finding his/her career path by way of an internship.

2nd Annual Pumpkin Run

Pumpkin Run 3:30pm-6:00pm: Come join us for a FUNdraiser, Run (or Walk) our 3K trail race. Race check in at 3:30pm, play some cornhole, check out our second annual Trunk or Treat, see the Girls varsity soccer game, enjoy some delicious food, play some games and have FUN, right here at IACS!

Click for more info or to register:

Questions? – Heather Landis at


Any IACS Alumni who would like to help get their class together for a Turkey Bowl, Festive Gathering, Community Service Trip or has other ideas of things to do, please contact Tina Lindberg if you would like support in making that happen!

Class of 2015 Stays Connected Via The Turkey Bowl

Saturday, November 24th the Class of 2015 in annual tradition will be playing their Turkey Bowl here at IACS from 11am-2pm. It is a great way for the class to stay connected. Furthermore, the class started doing a drive at their Turkey Bowl a couple years ago for the charity, Christmas in The City.

Anyone who would like to donate a toy to this charity can drop it off at the main office anytime between Nov.12 and Nov. 23rd between 10am-2pm and we will be sure the Class of 2015 adds it to their donation box for the Christmas in The City charity.

We will keep you updated on the outcome of the bowl and donations!

Emma Chaitin, IACS Class of 2015 Stays Connected to IACS via The Mitten Tree!

In 2015, Emma Chaitin did her internship through IACS at the Thom Anne Sullivan Center, Child & Family Services of Lowell. During her internship, Emma created a mitten tree drive to help support and provide presents for families connected to this organization that were in need for the holiday season. The Thom Anne Sullivan Center offers early intervention services to infants, toddlers, and their families.

This year Emma will partner with Thom Anne Sullivan IACS Interns, Lindsey Sablone and Grace Madonna to set up the mitten tree and collect donated gifts and living essentials to give to those in need.

Click here for How, Where & When to get a mitten!

If you have additional questions regarding the mitten tree contact Emma:

For any questions regarding Thom Anne Sullivan, contact Karen Rubino

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No cooking + Help IACS = WIN/WIN

IACA has set up "Dining for a Cause" Nights at local restaurants around the community, If you’re in the mood to go out to eat and would enjoy running into some fellow IACS people, consider joining us on Just think.You don’t have to cook, you run into cool people and the restaurants then kick back a little money to IACS, it’s a win, win for everyone.

November 7th – Tavern in the Square – Lowell