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Celebrating 200 years of American Sign Language

Watch video [https://youtu.be/fBF6HlEbpkA]

Illinois School for the Deaf Alumni Association (ISDAA) make an announcement that they will host the banquet with two special guests, Dr. MJ Bienvenu, ASL and Deaf Studies Professor at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and Colin Analco, ASLVersion Translator at Deaf Missions in Council Bluffs, IA. Bob Dramin, ISD Alumnus will be our Master of Ceremonies for this event. 

The name of banquet is Reichert’s Banquet Bar & Grill, 1852 South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL on Friday, April 14, 2017. It will be $30 per person and the reservation deadline is on April 7, 2017. (Absolutely no later than this date, please!)

Anyone is welcome to attend.

If you need more information, contact ISDAA President, Susan Dramin-Weiss.

Download PDF to print the flyer, (200 Years ASL banquet flyer)

ASL 200th Celebration T-Shirt

 Watch YouTube video [https://youtu.be/RfQbb4gS_CI]

Hello, this is DeDe Summers as I am secretary of ISDAA. We fundraise American Sign Language (ASL) 200th Celebration T-Shirt. The price for the t-shirt is (small, medium and large: $10) (x-large, 2x-large and 3x-large: $15). The celebration of ASL is 200 years, founded by ASD (American School for the Deaf) which is on April 15, 2017. If you are in interested to buy t-shirt, contact Becky Prill, her text number is 217-320-8569 or email Cady at museum1989@gmail.com or vp at museum, 217-408-0229. I hope you will buy, thank you.

Here is the invoice to order t-shirt.

DHS Announces Illinois School for the Deaf Superintendent

For Immediate Release: Contact: 

January 11, 2017 Meredith Krantz

Department of Human Services Announces Illinois School for the Deaf Superintendent 

Julee Nist brings vast experience as educator and leader to the school 

JACKSONVILLE, IL – The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced today the selection of Julee Nist to serve as the next Superintendent for the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD). Nist brings a wide range of experience, from interpreter and teacher to principal, which will be beneficial to the continued success of ISD students. Nist will assume her role as Superintendent in February 2017.

“Julee Nist is a well-versed educator whose strong commitment to delivering quality education will be a tremendous asset to the entire Illinois School for the Deaf community,” Illinois Secretary of Education Dr. Beth Purvis said. “I look forward to Julee Nist leading the school as Illinois strives to provide the highest level of education and support for the students that attend ISD and their families.”

“We are pleased to welcome Julee Nist as the next Superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf,” said IDHS Secretary James Dimas. “Julee Nist is a success-driven leader whose vast experience makes her uniquely qualified to lead ISD. Her desire to motivate students to embrace a pursuit of continuous learning, as well as her ability to build collaboration with all levels of professionals and the community will help lead ISD into a new era of educational excellence.”

Nist most recently held the role of school principal at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. In this role, she oversaw all programs and staff. Prior to serving as the school principal, she oversaw multiple services including athletics, after school programs, interpreters, high school education and the extended school year program. Her efforts helped students excel and earn higher test scores over previous years.

Nist has also taught as an adjunct professor for the Interpreter Training Program at the Community College of Philadelphia. She began her career as an interpreter and later became a teacher of American Sign Language, English, and early childhood.

Nist earned her Masters of Education in Administration, Superintendent Certification, bachelor’s degree in Communication with the Deaf and a minor in Speech Communication from Sam Houston State University. Nist earned her associate’s degree in Communication with the Deaf at Houston Community College. Nist also holds multiple certifications including Alternative Certification in Deaf Education and Education Specialist in Administrative Leadership for Teaching.


On one of Bob Dramin ‘88’s summer trips to St. Louis, he decided to drop in to visit Mike Moore at Dolan Memory Care Homes. The visit was bittersweet but was a good one with reviving some old memories of Mike’s years as basketball coach and athletic director at ISD. 



 He was able to recall vaguely all the wonderful years of bringing CSSD  championships to ISD when ISD fielded excellent teams during those years between 1964 and 1999 as an ISD employee. 

ISDAA Board Meeting

ISDAA Board meeting is cancelled on August 27 due to lack of quorum.

Next meeting is on Sunday, September 11. TBA: Location

See you all there,
ISDAA President Susan Dramin-Weiss