He has been active in the Springfield community, having served on the boards of the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln and the United Way of Central Illinois. He was the founding chair of the Springfield/Sangamon County Continuum of Learning. He currently serves on the board of Advance Illinois, a statewide education policy and advocacy organization. Retiring with recognition as professor emeritus, he made a lasting contribution to UIS through his efforts to implement the teacher-scholar model, which attracts and retains faculty of excellence throughout the University. His service continues through the Harry and Deborah Berman Faculty Sabbatical Endowment and an endowed UIS scholarship.
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.
- 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.
Nominate Deserving Alumni Today
Recipients must be nominated for the award. Working from these nominations, the Alumni Association Awards and Recognition Committee will select the recipients. The awards will be presented at Commencement or an Alumni Association event. Please complete this online form to submit a nomination.
Please be advised: Should the committee determine the nominee would be more appropriately honored by means of a different award, the committee reserves the right to consider each nominee for other, more suitable recognition. If you have questions, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 217-206-6058.
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Delinda Chapman Ed.D., MA ’74 EHS
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Judith E. Everson
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Cullom Davis, MA ’61 LAS, PHD ’69 LAS
Mary Rechner ’98 CBM
Pamela L. McClelland ’90, MA ’95 CBM