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State Microscopical Society of Illinois Awards Dinner

Honoring Walter J. Rantanen, 2022 August Köhler Award Recipient

Wednesday, June 14, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Event closed

Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Social hour
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Dinner and drinks (see menu below)
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Award announcement and presentations, photomicrography competition results
Dinner includes a wristband for free admission to live music beginning at 5:30 p.m. until closing.

Join Inter/Micro and the State Microscopical Society of Illinois (SMSI) as they honor Walter J. Rantanen with the 2022 August Köhler Award.
Mr. Rantanen did not attend this event in 2022 and will receive the award in person this year.

Mr. Rantanen is Technical Leader of the Fiber Lab at SGS-Integrated Paper Services. He holds a B.S. in Wood Products Engineering with an emphasis on wood anatomy from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY. He has more than 30 years of experience conducting paper fiber analysis courses through his association with SGS-IPS and The Institute of Paper Chemistry.

Private Event Venue: Buddy Guy’s Legends, owned by seven-time Grammy Award winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame bluesman Buddy Guy, is renowned as Chicago’s premier blues club, serving tantalizing Cajun and soul cuisine. Since opening in 1989, the Legends stage has been graced by some of the world’s most talented musicians such as The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Bo Diddley, The Black Crowes, John Mayer, Junior Wells, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to name a few.


Appetizers, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
• Legendary fried okra served with Creole honey mustard sauce
• Santa Fe chicken egg rolls
• Jambalaya skewers: grilled andouille sausage, shrimp, and red pepper triangles

Dinner Buffet, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
• Buttermilk cornbread
• Mixed greens salad
• Collard greens
• Garlic smashed potatoes
• Southern fried chicken
BBQ pulled pork sandwiches
• Chicago’s own Eli’s assorted cheesecake bites