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Outstanding Young Alumni Award

This award is presented to alumni of Illinois State University who are 40 years of age or younger on January 1 of the year the award is presented. The award recognizes significant accomplishment and leadership in one's chosen field or in civic, cultural or charitable activities.

The Awards Ceremony is held each spring. Nominations from alumni, the University community, and friends of the University are welcome.

Past Outstanding Young Alumni Award Recipients

  • 1990 Dan Cotter '80, M.S. '81
  • 1990 David DeMarini '72, M.S. '74, Ph.D. '80
  • 1990 Timothy F. Johnson '72
  • 1991 John Healy '81
  • 1991 Glen Hortin '76
  • 1991 Timothy Kanold '73, M.S. '80
  • 1992 Lester T. Brol '81
  • 1992 Roxanne Castleman'78
  • 1992 Richard Schildgen '78
  • 1993 Joan Besing M.S. '79
  • 1993 Dan Rutherford '79
  • 1993 Bruce Scher '74, M.A. '77
  • 1994 Suzy Bogguss '79
  • 1994 Patti (Sarles) Hart '78
  • 1994 Barbara (Aten) Scholley '80
  • 1995 Patrick Cotter '78
  • 1995 Jay Groves '80, M.S. '83
  • 1995 Darryl One '77, M.M. '79
  • 1996 Dawn Bradley Berry '79, M.S. '82
  • 1996 Michael Mayo '77
  • 1997 Curt Cavnar '80
  • 1997 Kathleen Embry '84, M.S. '89
  • 1997 Michael Prior '85
  • 1998 Cathy L. Boswell '83
  • 1998 Bradley M. Look '83
  • 1999 Bruce Brown '81
  • 1999 Rex Martin '81
  • 1999 Reginald Summerrise '86
  • 2000 Robert L. Freitag '84
  • 2000 Michael R. Torry '89, M.S. '92
  • 2001 Ricardo Cortez Cruz '89, M.S. '91
  • 2001 Karla Kelly Daye '93
  • 2001 Jay C. Hoffman '83
  • 2002 Sean Hayes
  • 2002 J. Scott Keogh, M.S. '93
  • 2002 Pam Tanner '89
  • 2003 Kevin Bulatek '93
  • 2003 Jeffrey A. Lewis '92
  • 2004 Neal Cotts
  • 2004 Christine M. Haas '97
  • 2004 Reggie Hayes '91
  • 2005 Daniel R. Butterly ' 94
  • 2005 Shadd Maruna ' 93
  • 2005 Amy L. Shelton ' 93
  • 2006 Boomer Grigsby
  • 2006 Javelyn Ibarra '97
  • 2007 Laura L. Long '94
  • 2008 Madeline Ostrander '97
  • 2008 Stephen J. Rice '95
  • 2009 Mac Condill '99
  • 2010 Joseph Reynolds '03
  • 2011 Dori Byard '96
  • 2012 Amar Kamath M.B.A. ‘97
  • 2013 Adam Kinzinger '00
  • 2014 Jessica (Thompson) Rau ’03