Social Events

Overview

Reception: Evening of August 3, 2022
Japan House: Afternoon of August 3 or evening of August 4, 2022
Happy Hour: Evening of August 4, 2022
Banquet : Evening of August 5, 2022

Japan House

Tea ceremony and tour of gardens at Japan House
1 to 3 p.m.  Wednesday, August 3; or 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 4
Maximum 40 attendees per event
Shuttle service from the iHotel will be available

The roots of traditional Japanese ceremony go back centuries, and has been ritualized into an art form that takes years and years to master. It is a fascinating peak into Japanese culture as well because it incorporates so many other Japanese art forms and aesthetics. There will be a brief tour of Japan House before the tea ceremony. The ceremony itself is a highly ritualized serving of tea, and the people that conduct the tea ceremony wear kimonos and follow traditions that they have studied for many years. Japan House is surrounded by Japanese gardens, including a tea garden, a dry rock garden, and an allée of fifty cherry trees. These gardens are very different than Western gardens, with a focus on the natural landscape, utilizing plants, rustic stone, and water. Instead of bright color and symmetry, these gardens focus on green foliage and natural shapes of plants. The design of the gardens creates an extraordinarily peaceful and tranquil environment.

Banquet 

Alice Campbell Alumni Center
Friday evening, August 5
Maxiumum 200 attendees
Shuttle service from the iHotel will be available

Friday night’s banquet will be held at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. President John W. Robinson from the Society of Actuaries and President Roosevelt Mosley from the Casualty Actuarial Society will give their speeches. Join us for the dinner while enjoying a musical performance by Caroline McKinzie, a crossover singer and alumna of Lyric Theatre @ Illinois. While at the university of Illinois, she performed several roles with LTI, as well as being an active member of the University of Illinois Chamber Singers and producing her own work. She has performed with regional theaters in the Midwest and California and is soon relocating to New York City.

Happy Hour

Happy Hour at I Hotel
5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, August 4

The happy hour will start right after the last session on Thursday, and drinks and refreshments will be provided. Come join us for this opportunity to reunite with colleagues and to meet with new friends. A poster session will also take place during this time in the hallway, so don’t miss out if you are interested.