Harper College Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Distinguished Alumni Awards program at Harper College recognizes Harper College Alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers and in their service to the community. The program launched in 2008 and to date, a total of 78 individuals have been honored. In 2019, a new award, the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award, was added to honor an alumna/alumnus who is less than 10 years out from Harper College but making great contributions in both career and communities. Learn more about previous Harper College Distinguished Alumni honorees by visiting the Distinguished Alumni digital display on Harper’s campus on the main level in Building A or click here.
Click here to watch the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Awards LIVESTREAM event. 

Questions? Email alumni@harpercollege.edu.

2022 Distinguished Alumni Honorees

James Idsein, 2022 Distinguished Alumi

James R. Idstein, CPA, MBA

Owner, James Idstein Consulting LLC

Michael Patrick McGowan, 2022 Distinguished Alumni

Michael Patrick McGowan

President, Foster Electric (USA), Inc.

Joseph Plazak, 2022 Distinguished Alumni

Joseph Plazak, PhD

Senior Principal Software Developer, Avid Technology

Leslie AW Van Wolvelear, 2022 Distinguished Alumni

Leslie AW Van Wolvelear, EdD, CPA, CGMA

Chair and Distinguished Professor of Accounting
Oakton Community College


2022 Outstanding Recent Alumni Honoree

Isaac Jean-Paul, 2022 Outstanding Recent Alumnus

Isaac Jean-Paul

2021 Paralympic medalist
CEO and Founder, itsNmyDNA.org
Head Coach, San Diego State University Adaptive Athletics


2022 Sponsors

Financial Elements


Ascension Alexian Brothers logo

Ascension Saint Alexius logo

Harper Bookstore logo

For information on sponsoring the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Awards event, please contact Shannon Hynes at shynes@harpercollege.edu or 847.925.6701.

Past Distinguished Alumni Honorees

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Last Updated: 10/28/22