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Outstanding Graduate Alumni Awards

On Friday, April 12, 2019, the Graduate School and the Graduate Alumni Advisory Board welcomed back ten graduate alumni celebrating their induction to the 2019 Class of Outstanding Graduate Alumni.

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

The 2019 Class of Outstanding Graduate Alumni along with EIU administrators pictured above: Honored alumni in the front row: Lyza Shaw, '98, '99, (nutrition and dietetics); Patty Poulter, '82, '83 (music); Jacqueline Joines, '88,'96 (technology); Jim Acklin, '79, '87, '98 (educational leadership); Sebastian Huluban, '03  (political science); Charity Bohnhoff, '08 (mba); Lynn Holdheide, '06 (special education) Back row:  President David Glassman; Tim Burke, '71, '72 (college student affairs); Amanda McKay Williamson, '01, '02 (English); Dan Stephenson, '77, '79 (biological sciences); Dean Jeanne Lord, College of Health and Human Services; Dean Bill Minnis , Lumpkin College of Business and Technology;  Associate Dean Chris Mitchell, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Dean Doug Bower, College of Education;  Dean Ryan Hendrickson, Graduate School.

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 or visit our Facebook page.
To submit a nomination for the Outstanding Graduate Alumni Award:

2019 2018 2017 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006

50 Years of Graduate Education

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 Acklin, '79, '87, '98
  • Matt Davidson, '82, '84
  • Craig Gatto, Ph.D., '87, '89
  • Marilyn Holt, '88, '94
  • Kendra McClure, '10
  • Nancie King Mertz, '77
  • Mark Kasper, Ed.D., '83, '86
  • Linda Komes, '74
  • David VanVooren, '78, '79

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

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The Graduate School

1201 Blair Hall
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-6020

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