Distinguished Alumni Awards

PLEASE NOTE: Nominations for the 2019 awards are now closed.

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 63 individuals have received the Distinguished Alumni Award. 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 community.

2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Victoria “Vicki” Atkinson

Vicki Atkinson believes she’s doing exactly what she’s meant to be doing. As Associate Dean of New Student Programs, Career Development and the Rita and John Canning Women’s Program at Harper College, she develops and designs programming – including customized orientation and advising for at-risk and special populations – and empowers her staff to create an inclusive, impactful environment for students. Read More

James “Jim” Gallo

Jim Gallo is someone who knows paths can change. He was a student at Northern Illinois University when he was hit by a drunk driver in 1980 and lost the use of his legs. “I spent the semester in the hospital, I couldn’t return to Northern,” Gallo said. Having to withdraw from school, Gallo ended up enrolling at Harper College, 10 minutes from his hometown of Hoffman Estates. “Everything was pretty accessible,” he said of navigating the campus in wheelchair. Read More

Donald Grant

Donald Grant’s career is closely tied to safety and outcomes. As a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army, he served multiple combat deployments and developed training plans focused on soldier safety and quantifiable results, earning him two Bronze Star medals for service in Iraq and an Army Commendation Medal for service in Uganda. Read More

John O’Halloran

John O’Halloran has always seen himself as man behind the scenes. “I’m not a doctor, I’m not a lawyer. I’m like a reliable second baseman who gets a lot of singles,” he said. This consistency is evident in his 24-year career at electric utility company ComEd, where he variably served as account manager, external affairs manager and open access implementation team member until 2014. Read More

Jordan Sadoff

Career entrepreneur Jordan Sadoff has always had a knack for business. But he credits Harper College with bringing clarity to his ambitions. “My very first class I took at Harper was an economics class. All of the analogies really sunk in,” Sadoff said. “It was the first time that I really felt like something clicked in my mind about a career path I wanted to pursue.” Read More

Past Distinguished Alumni Honorees

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