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Banquet Entrées. If you informed us of any dietary needs or allergies when selecting your entrée, know that those were shared with the catering staff. However, and with safety in mind, they asked that banquet guests write any allergies or restrictions on your tickets (on the side with your entrée choice) which you can then place at your seat.

Evaluations. Shortly after this evening’s banquet, all participants will receive an electronic evaluation form. Some questions will be concrete (yes, no) and some will be more open-ended. The form will be available until Sunday, April 30 at 11:59 PM CDT (so that evaluation comments can be considered by the advisory council during their next “debrief” meeting).

Exhibits. Just a reminder that most materials on display are for sale, not necessarily free for the taking. If you happened to wander off with a book, score, prayer card set, or fair trade gift, kindly visit that exhibit again with cash, card, or smartphone.

Student Luncheon. All seminarians and students—regardless of year or degree program—are invited to attend a luncheon on TBD. Meet at The Hearth (lower level of Harre Union) at TBD time.

  • Post-Plenary Conversation with Plenary presenters take place during the workshop hour in Harre Union: Ballrooms B and C just after their perspective Plenary Sessions
  • Open conversation with the Institute’s advisory council (Helge Center: Multipurpose Room)

Conversation times are flexible and open: come and go as you please. There are no assigned leaders, procedures, or structures (other than the topics and rooms). 

Rideshares. Sign-up sheets for Wednesday or Thursday ridesharing are also at the staff table outside Ballrooms B and C. If you can give a ride or need a ride (in the general direction of the Chicago airports), feel free to use those.

LDA-ALCM Reception. This reception has been moved indoors. The reception is still at 5:30 PM (following evening prayer) at the Center for Diaconal Ministry, 1304 LaPorte Avenue, Valparaiso, IN 46383, and is open to all.

Banquet Table Sign-Up. Sign-up sheets for the banquet will be located at the staff table outside the entrances to Ballrooms B and C starting on Tuesday. You’ll see some reserved spaces here and there. There are also spaces set aside at several tables for first-time and student attendees to sign up as well, so please leave those spaces for them if possible.

Helge Center Entrance. To get to workshops in the Helge Center, use main entrance or enter any door of the chapel narthex then proceed along the narthex (toward the baptistry). The connecting space (with stairs to the left, an elevator in the center, and a ramp to the right) is the Helge Center Multipurpose Room. Go through the multipurpose to the Helge Center lobby.

Commissions. Art and music have been commissioned for this year’s Institute.

In memoriam. Members of the ILS community who have died since the 2022 Institute will be remembered at Wednesday’s sending eucharist prayers; those names will be outside the Harre Ballrooms at some point on Tuesday. All are welcome to add additional names of ILS presenters or attendees who have died.

Incense. Small quantities of incense will be used at morning and evening prayer on Tuesday; incense will be used in procession at the sending eucharist and those with sensitivities may wish to avoid sitting at or near the center aisle.

Name Badges. Please leave the plastic holder on the staff table outside of the ballrooms before you leave campus—we reuse them. If your badge has a misspelling, incorrect or missing title, or anything else, please correct that and leave it with your holder and we’ll update our records accordingly. All are welcome to write preferred names and pronouns on badges as well.