Distinguished Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Awards
President and owner of PLB, Inc. and PLB Sports, Inc. and founder of Ballou Skies, a charity which supports Muscular Dystrophy research
Bachelor of Arts
William (Bil) Johnson
Presidential Teaching Professor Emeritus
Department of English
President of Illinois Central College
Former vice-president and dean at Harper College
Master of Arts, Communication, 1987
Department of Communication
Howard and the White Boys
Renowned blues band formed by Howard McCullum (BA, Sociology, 1988), Steven Asma (BA, Philosophy, 1988) and Jim Christopulos (BA and MA, Communication Studies, 1989 and 1991). McCullum teaches at Chicago’s Harvard School of Excellence.
W. Bruce Lincoln
Presidential Research Professor Emeritus
Department of History
President and CEO of The National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. Former executive director for federal relations for SBC Communications (now ATT). Former member of the Texas House of Representatives and a congressional aide for U.S. Rep. Andrew Young.
Master of Public Adminstration, Public Administration, 1981
Office Manager, Department of Political Science
Formerly served as Senior Researcher for the Cambodia Development Resource Institute and advisor to Cambodia’s Council of Ministers. Currently serving as the President of The National Preah Vihear Authority and Advisor to the Office of Council of Ministers, Equivalent to the Minister, Royal Government of Cambodia.
Master of Arts, Anthropology, 2001
Coordinator, Foreign Language Residence Program
Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of South Florida with research and teaching specializations in the areas of discourse analysis, the language of digital media, sociolinguistics, pragmatics and cultural issues in language teaching.
Master of Arts, English, 2000