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.

Accepting Nominations Now through December 8, 2019

Alumni Achievement Award

Purpose: The Alumni Achievement Award, established in 1957, is the highest honor bestowed upon alumni of the University of Illinois by the Alumni Association on behalf of the University. The award is presented to those alumni who have attained outstanding success and national or international distinction in their chosen profession or life’s work, and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on or bring honor to their alma mater.

Learn more about Alumni Achievement Award criteria and instructions for nomination. Selected nominees will be eligible for award presentations beginning with the fiscal year 2021 award cycle.

Alumni Distinguished Service Award

Purpose: Established in 1972, this honor has been bestowed upon alumni, faculty, staff or friends of the University of Illinois by the University of Illinois Alumni Association on behalf of the University. The honor is given to those individuals who have consistently demonstrated extraordinary commitment, dedication and service to the advancement of the University of Illinois.

Learn more about Alumni Distinguished Service Award criteria and instructions for nomination. Selected nominees will be eligible for award presentations beginning with the fiscal year 2021 award cycle.

Alumni Humanitarian Award

Purpose: Established in 2001, this honor is bestowed upon alumni of the University of Illinois by the Alumni Association of each respective University. The award is presented to those alumni who, through their outstanding involvement and dedication, have made a significant contribution of leadership or service which has improved or enriched the lives of others and the welfare of humanity, and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on, or bring honor to, their alma mater.

Learn more about Alumni Humanitarian Award criteria and instructions for nomination. Selected nominees will be eligible for award presentations beginning with the fiscal year 2021 award cycle.

Loyalty Award for Exceptional Alumni Service

Purpose: Established in 1957, this award has been bestowed upon alumni of the University of Illinois who have made significant, notable and meritorious contributions, and who have consistently demonstrated exceptional loyalty, commitment, dedication and service to the University for the advancement of their alma mater.

Learn more about Loyalty Award for Exceptional Alumni Service criteria and instructions for nomination. Selected nominees will be eligible for award presentations beginning with the fiscal year 2021 award cycle.


Award Presentations at 2020 UIS Alumni Gala

2020 Alumni Gala

The annual UIS Alumni Gala celebrates UIS alumni and friends who have impacted the world and exemplify Leadership Lived. Join Chancellor Susan J. Koch in celebrating achievement, distinguished service, and loyalty, as we honor exceptional alumnae at the 2020 UIS Alumni Gala. Nina Burleigh will be presented with the Alumni Achievement Award, Janice Spears will be presented with the Distinguished Service Award, and the Loyalty Award will be presented to: Carolyn Berning, Karen Fifer, Carol Kerins, Marilyn Lawler and Lois Strom.

The 2020 UIS Alumni Gala will be held on Friday, February 21, 2020 at the UIS Student Union at 6pm. RSVP online today or call 217.206.6058. Reservations requested by February 13. Cocktail attire – UIS blue encouraged.