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feature giving them the chance to share how their work affects society. Among those who participated were Arin Billings of the United Way of Central Alabama, J.W. Carpenter ’97 of Teach for America, Angela Moore of the YWCA/ Americorps, and Daniel Odrezin ’05 of the Birmingham Jewish Federation. The roundtable participants also served as sounding boards for the students as they made plans for their own change-making projects.

who will share how their experiences in business have positively affected the larger community.

The 8th Grade class — along with the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Class — will also host alumni business leaders for a school-wide panel on “The Individual and Society” in April in conjunction with Alumni Weekend. Participants will include 50th reunion class members Tom Adams ’63, Mike Goodrich ’63, Gray Plosser ’63 and Sam Weisel ’63,

“Our alumni and friends are showing our students that the best way to form a more perfect union is for government, social services, and businesses to work together,” Jacobs says. Examples of other classes who have employed the school theme so far this year:

• World Literature — examined books that emphasize the •

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individual’s power to act against dominant societal forces Spanish — read about individuals who made an impact in Latin American communities Geometry and Statistics — hosted Dr. Eric Gottlieb, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Rhodes College, who spoke about math, voting methods and the democratic process Biology — watched a documentary about an individual who stopped illegal shark fishing in Costa Rica, and researched other people who made similar contributions to society Wellness/Fitness — discussed the impact of personal health choices on society.

Just prior to the November elections, Rhodes College professor Eric Gottlieb spoke to Geometry and Statistics students about the connection between math, voting methods, and the democratic process.

Arts Music always makes a day brighter. And when you are visiting a child in the hospital, that brightening is sorely needed. Students in the Music Ensemble classes, along with other musically inclined students, offered a lift to those visiting Children’s of Alabama— playing a miniconcert in the hospital foyer on December 3.

access to concerts and music education.

These students are part of the ISS Music Van project, a series of outreach performances aimed to help students share classical music with Birmingham-area groups that do not have regular

“The project gives students exposure to performing outside of school and – most importantly — seeing how they can make a difference through the arts,” says ISS Director of Instrumental Music Alina Voicu.

Students have also performed at Greenbriar at the Altamont retirement community, the Episcopal Place living facility for seniors and disabled adults, the Shelby County YMCA, and the Hannah Homes for at-risk youth, children and women.

Music Van participants entertain visitors at Children’s of Alabama

Other arts initiatives that have employed the theme include:

• Fall Musical “Zombie Prom” — described the woes of a •

teenage nuclear zombie who faced discrimination because he was different Concert Choir — performed “Goin´ Down Dat Lonesome Road,” an example of blues and work song that offered 19thcentury African-Americans a way to express themselves despite mistreatment.

Benjamin Kitchens ’13 (center) plays a discriminated-against nuclear zombie in the school’s fall musical. s p r i ng

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ISS Magazine - Spring 2013  
ISS Magazine - Spring 2013  

The magazine continues the school's celebration of its 60th year, with a particular focus on faculty.