Contact: Tom Parisi, NIU Office of Public Affairs
September 22, 2009
DeKalb, Ill. — The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Northern Illinois University is pleased to announce the 50 recipients of its Golden Anniversary Alumni Award.
The award honors individuals who have distinguished themselves either in professional fields or through involvement in civic, cultural or charitable service. Recipients of the college’s Golden Anniversary Alumni Award will be honored during a Friday, Sept. 25, gala dinner on the NIU campus, launching a year-long celebration of the college’s 50th anniversary.
“The Golden Anniversary Alumni Award winners span the five decades of the college, and their accomplishments are a testament to the opportunities that an NIU liberal arts education can provide,” said Christopher McCord, dean of the NIU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
“These alumni have built on their NIU education to create lives and careers that have contributed to the worlds of education, science, scholarship, business, law, medicine, philanthropy, community leadership and government service,” he added. “I salute their individual accomplishments, and the contributions of the college faculty and staff, both past and present, who helped them realize their full potential.”
Liberal Arts & Sciences is the largest of NIU’s six undergraduate colleges. It boasts numerous graduate programs, including 11 at the doctoral level, for more than 1,200 master’s-level and doctoral students. The college is also home to seven research centers and three interdisciplinary research and teaching programs: the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Women’s Studies Program.
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences currently has 550 faculty and staff and 7,700 students and counts more than 70,000 alumni. Virtually all NIU students, regardless of their career choices, benefit from the college’s general education and service courses.
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