Alumni Humanitarian Award

Dr Tim RandolphAbove: Tim R. Randolph, Ph.D., MT (ASCP), ’83 LAS, 2015 Humanitarian Award

2019 Alumni Humanitarian Award Ceremony
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Matthew Wallace

Please join us in honoring Matthew Wallace at the Alumni Humanitarian Award Ceremony on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 10am in the UIS Student Union Ballroom. RSVP by calling 217.206.6058 or emailing Reservations requested by April 23.

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.

Purpose and Description

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.

All recipients must be nominated for the honor. The Awards and Recognition Committee may select one recipient per year but need not confer the award every year. This award will be presented at an appropriate University related event. Should the committee determine the nominee would be more appropriately honored by means of a different award, it reserves the right to consider each nominee for other, more suitable recognition.


  • Nomination is required. Nominees must be living at the time of their nomination. Nominations will be considered active for five years.
  • Nominee must hold an earned degree from the University of Illinois.
  • Nominee must be an individual who is highly distinguished for his/her humanitarian contributions to society in his/her chosen business, profession or philanthropic life’s work.
  • Nominee must be a person of such stature, demonstrated ability and renown that alumni, students, faculty and staff of the University of Illinois will take pride in and be inspired by his/her recognition.
  • Nominee must be an individual who, in deed or action, reflects the importance of his/her education at the University of Illinois.
  • Previous recipients are not eligible for reconsideration.
  • Current members of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees; UIAA Board of Directors; the UIS Alumni Board; the Awards and Recognition Committee; and relatives, employers or employees thereof are not eligible for consideration.
  • Current faculty, staff and other employees of the University of Illinois are not eligible for consideration.
  • Persons currently holding or running for elected state or federal public office in Illinois are not eligible for consideration.
  • The award may not be conferred in absentia; however, it may be awarded posthumously.

Previous Recipients

  • 2015
    Tim R. Randolph, Ph.D., MT (ASCP), ’83 LAS, 2015
  • 2014
    June C. Agamah, MPH ’01
  • 2012
    Ahbee Staab Robinson
    ’74 LAS, MA ’76 EHS
  • 2011
    Suzanne Brown
    MA ’84 PAA
  • 2010
    Francie Staggs
    ’81 LAS, ma ’91 LAS
  • 2009
    Robert Moore
    ’80 PAA, MPA ’85
  • 2008
    Barbara Dickerman
    ’97 PAA
  • 2007
    Betty Marcy
    ’76 CBM
  • 2006
    Ethel S. Gingold
    MA ’73 EHS, MA ’79 EHS