Distinguished Alumnus award recognizes former students who have
achieved career success, while providing humanitarian services to
society, and continually demonstrating support for higher education
and Illinois Central College. The Alumnus of the Last Decade award
recognizes an alumnus at the beginning of their career, who over the
past 10 years has realized notable achievements either
professionally, in improving our education district, or other
outstanding community service.
The awards are presented in October as part of the college's
Community Celebration event, held annually to honor high-achieving
alumni, and to recognize and celebrate current ICC scholarship
recipients, their donors, and our community partners.
"These awards honor ICC alumni who have achieved exceptional success
since their time at ICC. They also recognize community service and
support for higher education," said ICC President Dr. Sheila
Quirk-Bailey. "The nomination process itself is an opportunity to
reflect on how ICC changes lives. I look forward to celebrating the
next alumni to be added to honor roll of exceptional representatives
of Illinois Central College."
ICC Distinguished Alumnus award was presented to Dr. Jonathan F.
Sauder. Jonathan was homeschooled before ICC and earned his
Associate in Engineer Science early in 2007. He later attended
Bradley, and achieved a PhD at the University of Southern
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A past winner of the Presidential
Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, Jonathan is a
Deputy Manager for the Office of Technology Infusion at NASA's
Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Additional past winners of the
Distinguished Alumnus award include Ron Givens and Rachel
The 2022 ICC
Alumnus of the Last Decade award was presented to Markie Maloof. She
attended Illinois Central College from 2010 to 2012, and is now an
Organizational Development Advisor for St. Jude Children's Research
Hospital. Markie's commitment to St. Jude can be traced back to her
grandfather, former Peoria Mayor Jim Maloof, who co-founded the
first-ever St. Jude affiliate outside of Memphis, Tennessee. Markie
and her sister Micheline "Michy" (2018 Alumnus of the Last Decade),
also wrote and recorded a song "Changing the Face of Beauty"
advocating for the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in
media. Other past winners of the Alumnus of the Last Decade award
include Brent Baker and Christine Bare-Kemper.
Nominations are due by Friday, March 31, 2023. To submit
nominations and for more information, please visit icc.edu/alumni.
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