NORMAL — Each year the Illinois State University Alumni Association recognizes individuals who personify the University’s tradition as an environment for excellence.

Through outstanding achievements and contributions, these individuals bring honor to Illinois State and the Alumni Association. Established in 1971 with one award, the program has grown to five award categories to better recognize the accomplishments of alumni at different stages of their careers.

Here are the recipients of the 2015 Alumni Awards, who were interviewed at the Alumni Awards Dinner on Founders Day, February 19. See more photos from the dinner.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Patti Hart ’78, business administration (College of Business)

Senator John W. Maitland Jr., Commitment to Education Award

Jaime Flores ’80, marketing (College of Business)

Burton Mercier Alumni Service Award

Sandra D. Harmon, M.A. ’70, D.A. ’90 (College of Arts and Sciences)
Sharon Rossmark ’78, family and consumer sciences (College of Applied Science and Technology)

Alumni Achievement Award

Jay Blunk ’86, communications (College of Arts and Sciences)

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Matt Klusas ’03, public relations (College of Arts and Sciences)

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