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Outstanding Graduate Alumni Awards

On Friday, April 10, 2015, the Graduate School and the Graduate Alumni Advisory Board welcomed back eight graduate alumni for a series of events celebrating their induction to the 2015 Class of Outstanding Graduate Alumni.

Honorees and their guests enjoyed a welcome reception with the provost in Booth Library, lunch and reunions with their home departments and an awards dinner on the stage of the Dvorak Concert Hall in the Doudna Fine Arts Center that evening. Honorees were nominated by graduate programs and were selected by the Graduate Alumni Advisory Board.

The 2015 Class of Outstanding Graduate Alumni are pictured above: Honored alumni are seated in the front row and listed with the name of the graduate program responsible for nominating them for the honor.  Adroaldo Cauduro, '00 (music); Ellen Endslow, '91 (historical administration); Jill Crowder '99, '00 (dietetics); Patricia Martinez, '90 (college student affairs); Brett Lawless,'91,'96 (elementary education); Jeff Zachwieja, Ph.D., '88 (kinesiology and sports studies); Jim Arndt, '01, '03 (political science); Matt Kircher, M.D., (biological sciences). In the back row standing: Dean Augustine, Graduate School; Dean Hild, College of Arts and Humanities; Dean Izadi, Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences; Provost Lord; Dean Jackman, College of Education and Professional Studies; President Perry; Dean Ornes, College of Sciences.

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, '87, '89
  • Marilyn Holt, '88, '94
  • Nancie King Mertz, '79
  • Mark Kasper, Ed.D., '83. '86
  • Walter Knollenberg, '67, '72
  • Linda Komes, '74
  • Kathy Pendleton, '79, '80
  • Norm Plummer, '71, '72


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Nancie King Mertz, '79


Chris Carron, '86


Jeremie Smith, '05, '13


Frankie Flood, '98, '00


Justin Miller, '02, '03


Dan Rogers, '92