Alumni Awards and Recognition

Chancellor Susan J. Koch, Kathy Best, Mary Mitchell Beaumont and President Timothy Killeen at the 2018 UIS Alumni Gala.Above: (left to right) Chancellor Susan J. Koch, Kathy Best, Mary Mitchell Beaumont and President Timothy Killeen at the 2018 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.


Award Presentations at 2019 Alumni Gala

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 6pm

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 and distinguished service, as we honor two exceptional individuals. Randall F. Dunn will be presented with the Alumni Achievement Award, and Dr. Larry Golden will be presented with the Distinguished Service Award.

RSVP online today or call at 217.206.6058.

Student Union Ballroom
2251 Richard Wright Drive
Springfield, IL 62703

Campus map for directions 

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 Alumni 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 Alumni Distinguished Service Award, and view past recipients.