Distinguished Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Awards

2017 Honorees


Ty Ballou

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
Communication, 1978


William (Bil) Johnson

Presidential Teaching Professor Emeritus
Department of English

Sheila Quirk-Bailey

President of Illinois Central College
Former vice-president and dean at Harper College

Master of Arts, Communication, 1987

Charles Larson 

Professor Emeritus
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

Karyne Jones 

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


April Davis 

Office Manager, Department of Political Science

Sedara Kim 

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

Gregory Ross 

Coordinator, Foreign Language Residence Program

Camilla Vasquez 

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

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