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.

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.

How to Nominate Someone for the Alumni Distinguished Service Award

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.

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.

Deadline

Nominations are due August 31.

2018 Recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Service Award

Mary Mitchell Beaumont with AwardMary Mitchell Beaumont MA ’89 LAS was the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. Mary has been a passionate advocate for UIS since she stepped foot on campus, and was a founding steering committee member of the Alumni SAGE Society. Read her story here.

 

 

Previous Recipients

  • 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