Alumni Distinguished Service Award

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

Janice Spears2020 Alumni Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Dr. Janice Spears of Springfield, IL is the 2020 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. Spears has earned three degrees from the University, and had a remarkable career as a school administrator, which included national recognition for environmentally friendly school buildings. Upon retirement, Spears has focused her time and energy on the University and has become an invaluable, “go –to” alumni volunteer leader whose actions have made significant, notable impact on the institution’s overall welfare and the advancement of its mission.

Accepting Nominations Now through December 8, 2019

Please complete this online form to submit a nomination. Nominations are due by December 8, 2019 at 11:59pm.  Selected nominees will be eligible for award presentations beginning with the fiscal year 2021 award cycle. If you have questions, feel free to contact us at advancement@uis.edu or by phone at 217.206.6058.

Recipients must be nominated. Working from these nominations, the Alumni  Awards and Recognition Committee will select the recipients from each campus. The awards will be presented at Commencement or an Alumni Association event.

Please be advised: Should the Advisory Board 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.

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. The honor is given to those individuals who have consistently demonstrated extraordinary commitment, dedication and service to the advancement of the University of Illinois.

Criteria

  • Nomination is required. Nominees must be living at the time of their nomination. Nominations will be considered active for three years.
  • Nominee must be an individual or couple who, in deed or action, reflects and recognizes the importance of an education at the University of Illinois; who demonstrates pride in the University of Illinois; and whose extraordinary commitment, dedication and service have significantly advanced the University.
  • Nominee must be an individual or couple in whom alumni, students, faculty and staff of the University of Illinois will take pride and be inspired by this recognition.
  • Previous recipients are not eligible for reconsideration.
  • Current members of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees; the UIAA Board of Directors; the Alumni Association Awards and Recognition Committee; the Campus Alumni Advisory Board; and relatives, employers or employees thereof 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 granted posthumously.

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.

 

Previous Recipients

  • 2018
    Mary Mitchell Beaumont MA ’89 LAS
  • 2016
    Cheryl Peck ’86 LAS, MA ’89 LAS
  • 2015
    Delinda Chapman Ed.D., MA ’74 EHS
  • 2014
    Julie Kellner ’86 CBM and William Kellner ’73 (UI)
  • 2012
    Randall F. Witter MPA ’82
  • 2011
    Ray Schroeder, ’72 (UI)
  • 2010
    Judith E. Everson
  • 2009
    Helen Jane Dunn
    , ma ’72 ehs
  • 2008
    Shelley J. Hoffman
    ’82 CBM
  • 2007
    Karen Hasara
    ’72 EHS, MA ’92 PAA
  • 2006
    Cullom Davis, MA ’61 LAS, PHD ’69 LAS
  • 2005
    Mary Rechner ’98 CBM
  • 2004
    Pamela L. McClelland ’90, MA ’95 CBM