Rend Lake College Counselor Annette Braden has been elected Secretary of the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling by a group of her peers, a rare accomplishment for Southern Illinois.
Braden said she will serve as secretary on the 2004-2005 IACAC Executive Board. The election was held during the recent IACAC Conference.
According to fellow RLC Counselor Michelle Garrett, Braden also won a 2004 Newcomer Award "for being one of the most active and energetic new IACAC members."
Braden said she has yet to learn the extent of her duties as IACAC Executive Board Secretary, but does know she will attend six meetings over the next year and will take notes and prepare reports.
Braden said this situation is unusual for a counselor in the Southern Illinois area because most active members of IACAC are from Northern Illinois.
"It’s an honor to be elected," Braden said. "It will be a learning experience. It means extra responsibility, but I am up for it."
"It will be nice to have a representative on the board from both a community college and a downstate school," Garrett said.
IACAC is a professional development organization for high school, community college and four-year university counselors. "What makes it so valuable is that it provides an opportunity for counselors in all forums to examine each other’s points of view," Braden said.
Braden, a McLeansboro resident, has been with Rend Lake College since February 2001 and has been an IACAC member since that time. She has been an active member of the Southern District Committee of IACAC and a driving force behind the Illinois College Expo.
For more information on the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling, visit the organization’s Web site at www.iacac.org.