Nominations open for Distinguished Alumni Award

March 9, 2016

John Bierbaum receives the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015.Heartland Community College is proud of its graduates and their accomplishments.

The HCC Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its Distinguished Alumni award. The award recognizes HCC alumni who demonstrate exceptional achievement in their profession and make a positive impact on their community.

"Our first Distinguished Alumni Award recipient was Chad Pregracke. He was named CNN’s Hero of the year in 2013 for his work in cleaning up rivers,” said Director of Alumni Relations and Donor Engagement, Colleen Reynolds. “We know there are other alumni who are making a difference in their community.”

Last year’s award winner was a nominee for Illinois Teacher of the Year, Normal Community West High School Teacher John Bierbaum. He’s also an active member of the McLean County Diversity Project.

 Reynolds is encouraging employers, co-workers, family members, friends and professors to consider taking a few minutes to nominate an alum who deserves to be honored.

Anyone is eligible to nominate alum including employers, co-workers, family members, friends and professors.

Criteria for nominations

To be considered for the award, candidates need to meet the following requirements:

  • Completed at least one class at HCC

  • Achieved success of an exceptional nature within their chosen field or profession
  • Made a positive impact on his/her community, through leadership and/or active volunteering
  • Agrees to be present and accept the award during commencement Saturday, May 14 at the College

Send your nomination by March 25

  • Get the form here 
  • Complete the form and submit it to:
    Colleen Reynolds, Director of Alumni Relations and Donor Engagement
    Heartland Community College
    1500 West Raab Road
    You can also drop the form off in CCB Suite 2300.

For more information, call (309) 268-8188.

Written by: Becky Gropp