Nominations Sought for Distinguished Alumni Award

Harper College is accepting nominations for its 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards - annual honors saluting former Harper students for outstanding career and community achievements. The nomination deadline is Wednesday, May 15. Recipients will be lauded at a fall reception; they must also agree to return to campus at least once more within the year to be a guest speaker or participate in an activity designed to engage students.

"Recipients of this award have the opportunity to inspire others, including our current students," Alumni Relations Director Fredia Martin says. "These are role models who remind all of us that we are surrounded by determination and potential."

The awards first were handed out five years ago as part of the College's 40th Anniversary celebration. Twenty-eight recipients, representing a variety of educational journeys and professional paths, have been honored since then. Previous honorees have included a National Geographic-honored geoarchaeologist, a songwriter who penned Madonna's hit "La Isla Bonita," an Emmy-winning TV producer, a local mayor, a fire chief, businessmen and women and a renowned event planner whose work has included the White House Halloween Party. To be eligible, nominees must have completed at least two Harper credit courses, achieved success in their chosen field and had a positive impact on the community through leadership or volunteering.

Forms are available at Harper's Alumni Relations Office on the third floor of the Wojcik Conference Center on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine, or online, For more information, call 847.925.6701.

Press contact: Erin Brooks, 847.925.6159