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Seven to receive 2020 Alumni Awards

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David DeMarini ’72, M.S. ’74, Ph.D. ’80, accepts the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Each year Illinois State University’s Alumni Association recognizes alumni for their outstanding contributions to their fields, their impact on society, and their passion for Illinois State through the Alumni Awards program. This year seven individuals will be honored at the Annual Awards Dinner:

Distinguished Alumni Award
Jay D. Bergman ’70
CEO and chairman, Petco Petroleum Corp.
Major/College: Business administration, College of Business

Alumni Achievement Award
Daniel Wagner ’89, M.S. ’94
Senior vice president of government relations, Inland Real Estate Group
Major/College: Political science, College of Arts and Sciences

Senator John W. Maitland Jr. Commitment to Education Award
Damian K. Gregory
Founder and executive director, Gridiron Group

E. Burton Mercier Alumni Service Award
Beverly Grimes ’60
Retired nurse
Major/College: Nursing, Mennonite College of Nursing

Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Paul DeJong ’15
Shortstop, St. Louis Cardinals
Major/College: Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

Jenna Goldsmith ’08, M.S. ’10
Instructor of Writing, Oregon State University-Cascades
Major/College: English, College of Arts and Sciences

Griffin Hammond ’07, M.S. ’09
Documentary Filmmaker, Recount Media
Major/College: Television/Communication, College of Arts and Sciences

Nominations are also being sought for the 2021 Alumni Awards. The deadline to submit is May 31, 2020.

Related Article: Video: Learn how to nominate for Alumni Awards A quick summary how to recognize outstanding alumni.


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