Call for Distinguished Alumni nominations

April 7, 2015

Harper College is accepting nominations for its 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards, an annual honor saluting former students for outstanding career and community achievements.

The awards were first handed out in 2008 as part of the College’s 40th anniversary celebration. Since then, 43 recipients representing a variety of educational journeys and professional paths have been honored. Honorees have included a mayor, a fire chief, a National Geographic-honored geoarchaeologist, a former NFL player, an Emmy-nominated screenwriter, entrepreneurs and accomplished health care workers.

In October, five additional standout alumni will join this select group during a celebratory reception and awards ceremony.

“Recipients of this award have the opportunity to inspire others, including the faculty who taught them and the students currently attending classes on the same campus that helped so many alumni get their start,” said Fredia Martin, director of alumni relations and special events.

The nomination deadline is Friday, May 15. Recipients will be recognized at a fall reception; they must agree to also return to campus at least once more within the year to be a guest speaker or participate in an activity designed to engage students.

Nominees must have completed at least two credit courses at Harper, achieved success of an exceptional nature in their field, and had a positive impact on the community through leadership or volunteering.

“It’s important that we honor those who have used Harper as a springboard for outstanding accomplishments,” Martin said.

Nomination forms are available online at For more information, call 847.925.6701 or email Watch a video from the 2014 Distinguished Alumni reception here:

Press contact: Phil Burdick, Chief Communication Officer, 847.925.6183