Alumni Gala

2020 Alumni Gala

Friday, February 21, 2020 | 6pm

Join fellow alumni and friends 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, Dr. 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.

RSVP online today or call 217.206.6058. Reservations requested by February 13. Cocktail attire – UIS blue encouraged.

UIS Student Union
2551 Richard Wright Drive
Springfield, IL

2019 Alumni Gala

2019 Alumni Gala Recap

The 2019 UIS Alumni Gala was held on Friday, February 22, 2019 at the Student Union. Thank you to all who attended and helped us honor two exceptional individuals: Randall F. Dunn with the Alumni Achievement Award, and Dr. Larry Golden with the Distinguished Service Award. On the left are a few photos from the event – view the complete photo album on Flickr.


Randall F. Dunn | 2019 Recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award

Randall F. Dunn

Alumnus 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.

Dr. Larry Golden | 2019 Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Larry Golden

Professor 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.


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