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UPDATE: Extended Deadline for the Celebration Dinner


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Come to the Dinner Celebration with Gallaudet President Bobbi Cordano presents by Gallaudet University Alumni Association Lincoln Chapter!

Event is on March 2nd, 2018!

Tickets – $25 per person


Register now at to reserve your seating! Follow the instructions.

Have a dinner with Gallaudet University President Bobbi Cordano



The president of Gallaudet University, Bobbi Cordano is coming to Jacksonville and Springfield on February 28th to March 2nd. She will meet Illinois School for the Deaf students and staffs, give a keynote speech at the Illinois Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing conference, sit down with Illinois legislators, and she will attending to various events provided by the communities of Jacksonville.

President Cordano’s last night will conclude with a dinner hosted by the Gallaudet University Alumni Association Abe Lincoln chapter.

Please visit for the event details. 


Joe Vieira
The President Cordano Visit Planning Committee


Gift of NFSD Custom-Made Round Table to ISDAA Museum

To the Illinois School for the Deaf Alumni Association.

The Al Van Nevel Memorial Foundation Board consisting of nine members hereby agreed in their annual Board meeting last July 19, 2017 held at your Alma Mater to gift the famous National Fraternal Society of the Deaf (NFSD) custom-made table to the ISDAA Museum. After looking for a most appropriate place to house the table after NFSD dissolved in January, 2007, we felt that your Museum was the most deserving to receive this gift.

The Board wishes to thank the Illinois School for the Deaf for housing the NFSD Round table in their 2nd Floor Conference Room in the Main Building for ten years as we awaited our decision how to “dispose” of it. The then- ISD Superintendent, Mary Beth Lauderdale reassured us that it would never become a property of the State of Illinois and we thank her.

With this official announcement, I trust the current Superintendent, Julee Nist will work with ISDAA Museum Curators, Elaine Cady and Marene Mattern to insure the status stay intact.

The famous NFSD Round Table custom-made by a deaf man many years ago will continue to be in use by both ISDAA and ISD. There will be a plaque mounted on the wall at the entrance of the 2nd Floor Conference Room engraved with wordings of the history of the NFSD Table.

Please check out our AVNMF website at

It is heartening to know the wonderful table is in good hands for years to come with your Museum in possession of our gift. We thank you.


Paula Chance, Vice President, AVNMF





Deloris De Summers, ’84 and Melvin Long, ’64 have something to say about ISDAA 180th Anniversary on July 5-7, 2019. Watch video


ISDAA Membership


The Tiger Times is an official newsletter of Illinois School for the Deaf Alumni Association regular news from alumni.

The newsletter is published quarterly – First issue in January-March; Second issue in April-June; Third issue in July-September and Fourth issue in October-December. They are mailed out in-between the months specified with first class postage affixed thereon.

Subscription Rates For The Tiger Times: The current membership including
subscription to The Tiger Times is $12.00 for Single or $17.00 for Husband/Wife per year.

Remember to give your new address to our Membership Secretary, Shelley Williams ’82 via email: or to her mailing address: 904 St. Andrews Cir. Rantoul, IL 61866. The reason for that is to help you get the newsletter on time in the mail, or in your computer if you’re getting it electronically. It also helps make the newsletter mail outs smoothly instead of mailing it out again to you with your new address after getting it back with a sticker from USPS saying you have moved or that your e-mail address is not deliverable if you have changed the e-mail address. Thanks for your cooperation.

Here is the ISDAA Membership form for you to fill up the form if you are interested to subscribe it. The form is PDF, please click –> ISDAA Membership form to open PDF and print it.

Have any questions/concerns about The Tiger Times Newsletter, please contact Shelley Williams,