Alumni Awards and Recognition

2019 Alumni Gala Award RecipientsAbove: (left to right) Chancellor Susan J. Koch, Dr. Larry Golden, Randall F. Dunn and President Timothy Killeen at the 2019 UIS Alumni Gala.

Alumni Awards

Every year, the University of Illinois Alumni Association has honored outstanding UIS graduates and friends with the Alumni Achievement, Alumni Humanitarian, Distinguished Service and Loyalty awards. We invite you to learn more about these awards and to nominate someone deserving today for the University of Illinois Springfield Alumni Awards.


2019 Alumni Humanitarian Award Recipient

Matthew Wallace

Matthew Wallace and his wife moved to Myanmar in 2008 to live and work full time on poverty alleviation and job creation. He has leveraged his education into enterprise development, and was part of the conceptual design of Opportunities NOW, where he serves as Executive Director. Opportunities NOW is an entrepreneurship development system in Myanmar that seeks to reduce poverty by providing business training and mentoring in various stages of business startup.

2019 Alumni Achievement Award Recipient

Randall F. DunnAlumnus Randall F. Dunn ’73 CBM, MA ’74 PAA is the 2019 recipient of the UI Alumni Achievement Award. His pursuit of higher education and experiences fueled his passion for entrepreneurship and leadership, propelling Dunn to achieve significant professional success, while being a leader in his local community in Southwest Florida. The Alumni Achievement Award is the highest University honor bestowed upon alumni, and recognizes graduates who have attained outstanding success and national or international distinction in their chosen profession or life’s work. Learn more about the Alumni Achievement Award, and view past recipients.

2019 Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Dr. Larry GoldenProfessor emeritus Dr. Larry Golden is the 2019 recipient of the UI Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Golden is a founding faculty member of the University and current Founding Director of the Illinois Innocence Project. His life and career have been dedicated to teaching and activism in the areas of civil rights and liberties, law, inequality, and justice. Golden’s consistent, exceptional and meritorious service to the University has made a significant impact on the institution’s overall welfare and the advancement of its mission. Learn more about the Distinguished Service Award, and view past recipients.