Alumni Gala

2019 Alumni Gala

Friday, February 22, 2019 | 6pm

Join fellow alumni and friends 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 Alumni 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 

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

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.

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

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.


Recap of the 2018 Alumni Gala

The 2018 UIS Alumni Gala was held on Friday, February 23 at the Student Union.  Thank you to all who attended and helped us honor our exceptional alumnae: Kathy Best who was presented with the Alumni Achievement Award, and Mary Mitchell Beaumont who was presented with the Distinguished Service Award. View full event photo album on Flickr.

2018 Alumni Gala Room View

Kathy Best | 2018 Recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award

Kathy Best with AwardTwo-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Kathy Best MA ’90 PAR was the recipient of the 2018 Alumni Achievement Award. She has covered news from the Statehouse to the Capitol, and from the digital domains of Seattle to the big skies of Missoula, Montana. Read Kathy’s story. 



Mary Mitchell Beaumont | 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 Mary’s story.