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Outstanding Graduate Alumni Awards

On Friday, April 12, 2013, the Graduate School and the Graduate Alumni Advisory Board welcomed back 10 graduate alumni for a series of events celebrating their induction to the 2013 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 main theatre in the Doudna Fine Arts Center that evening. Honorees were nominated by academic departments and were selected by the Graduate Alumni Advisory Board.

The 2013 Class of Outstanding Graduate Alumni are pictured above: Honored alumni are listed with the name of the graduate program responsible for nominating them for the honor. In the front row seated: Mardell Wilson, Ed.D. '92 (dietetics); Angie Propst, '77, '78 (family and consumer sciences); Linda Brissenden, '79,'92 (elementary education); Justin MIller, '02, 03 (art); Chris Enstrom, '93,'97 (English). In the back row standing: John Sipes, '00, '03 (MBA); Jon Crabiel, '92, '95 (music); Tom Reitz, '86 (historical administration); Paul Straub, Ph.D., '85, '86 (economics); Scott Humbard, '92, '93 (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.


  • Jerry Boyd, '75, '76, Chair
  • Pamela Rathjen, '85, '86, Vice Chair
  • Dwight Baptist, '51, '52
  • Chris Carron, '86
  • Bob Dennison, '77, '90
  • Marilyn Holt, '88, '94
  • Sharon Jackson, '83, '84
  • Nancie King Mertz, '79
  • Walter Knollenberg, '67, '72
  • Linda Komes, '74
  • Norm Plummer, '72