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Outstanding Graduate Alumni Awards

On Friday, April 21, 2017, the Graduate School and the Graduate Alumni Advisory Board welcomed back nine graduate alumni celebrating their induction to the 2017 Class of Outstanding Graduate Alumni.

Alumni were nominated by graduate programs and were selected by the Graduate Alumni Advisory Board.

The 2017 Class of Outstanding Graduate Alumni along with EIU administrators pictured above: Honored alumni in the front row:  Suellyn Garner, '63, '64, '84 (music); Debbie Grinnell, '91 (historical administration); Umme Al-wazedi, Ph.D., '03 (English); Cathy Babbs, '83 (nutrition and dietetics); Carrie Boelens,'04 (family and consumer sciences); Rebecca Summary, Ph.D. '75, '76 (economics.) Back row: President David Glassman; Dean Ryan Hendrickson, The Graduate School; Leo Van Cleve, '81, '86 (history);  Dean Anita Shelton, College of Arts and Humanities; Dean Diane Jackman, College of Education and Professional Studies; Tim Warneke, '83, '84 (kinesiology and sports studies; Dean Jeanne Lord, Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences; Dean Doug Klarup, College of Sciences; Paul Mugerditchian, '80, '81 (economics.)

Outstanding Grad Alumni Awards Programs

To view biographies of this year's honorees as well as those of the past, see the links below. If you would like to submit your name for consideration for this award or would like to reconnect with other graduate alumni, please e-mail graduate@eiu.edu or visit our Facebook page.
To submit a nomination for the Outstanding Graduate Alumni Award: http://www.eiu.edu/~graduate/pdf/Outstanding_Alumni_Nomination_Form.pdf

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Graduate Alumni Advisory Board

The mission of the Graduate Alumni Advisory Board is to promote superior graduate study through philanthropic and alumni programs that advance the mission of graduate education at Eastern Illinois University.

The vision of the Graduate School Alumni Advisory Board is to offer superior graduate alumni programs that achieve the Board’s philanthropy goals resulting in awards that attract the finest graduate scholars to Eastern Illinois University.


  • Jim Arndt, '01, '03
  • Dwight Baptist, '51, '52
  • Craig Gatto, Ph.D., '87, '89
  • Marilyn Holt, '88, '94
  • Nancie King Mertz, '77
  • Mark Kasper, Ed.D., '83, '86
  • Walter Knollenberg, '67, '72
  • Linda Komes, '74
  • Kathy Pendleton, Ph.D., '79, '80
  • Norm Plummer, '71, '72


Check out graduate alumni featured in EIU's online magazine EIU360


Nancie King Mertz, '77


Chris Carron, '86


Jeremie Smith, '05, '13


Frankie Flood, '98, '00


Justin Miller, '02, '03


Dan Rogers, '92