Eureka College Names Alumni Award Winners

EUREKA – Eureka College will present its annual alumni awards at a dinner at 6:00 PM, April 12 during Alumni Weekend. The dinner is open to the public. Cost is $25 for individuals and $40 for couples. For reservations, call the alumni office at 309-467-6317 by April 4.

Award recipients are Bob Gold of Eureka; Clarence “Pete” Hughes of Roanoke; Charles “Chuck” Coffman and Florence Coffman, both of Pekin; David Windley of Seymour, Ind.; Anna Freidinger Palmer of Boston, Mass., formerly of Pekin; and Stephen Hathway of Green Bay, Wis.

Gold will receive the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award for professional achievement and community service.  He received a degree in mathematics and secondary education from Eureka College in 1994. He is superintendent of Eureka Community Unit School District 140. He formerly taught at Eureka High School and was principal at Eureka Middle School. He is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Eureka College Education Department and was a member of the committee that hosted the visit to Eureka College by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. He is a member of Eureka Rotary Club and has been a volunteer for many community organizations and events.

The Coffmans each will receive an Alumni Board President’s Award for Service for dedicating their time and effort for the advancement of Eureka College. The couple each received a degree in elementary education from Eureka College in 1951. They are retired from teaching in the Pekin school district. They are co-founders of the Class of 1951 Endowed Scholarship and were members of the Eureka College Alumni Board. Florence Coffman was a member of the Eureka College Women’s Board. 

Hughes and Windley will be named honorary alumni of Eureka College for their extraordinary commitment and loyalty to the college and for their efforts toward the advancement of the college, its students and its mission. Hughes taught in the Eureka College Teacher Education Department for 16 years after retiring as a public school teacher, basketball coach and superintendent. He is a member of the college’s Touchdown Club for football and attends many college arts and athletics events. Windley is a certified public accountant and co-founder of Blue, a regional CPA firm headquartered in Indianapolis. He is serving a fourth term on the Eureka College Board of Trustees.

Palmer will receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award for alumni who have graduated within the past 15 years and who have shown outstanding commitment to their professions, communities, churches and alma mater. She received a degree in communications and political science and history from Eureka College in 2007. She is CEO of Fashion Project, an online designer clothing resale boutique that benefits diverse humanitarian causes. Palmer has founded two nonprofit organizations, served on three nonprofit boards and volunteers with BUILD, an entrepreneurship training and college preparation program for high school students.

Hathway will receive the Alumni Award of Merit for consistently representing the high ideals and great purposes of Eureka College through distinctive service to school and community. He received a degree in biology from Eureka College in 1963. He was a pathologist for 20 years and a medical director for two insurance companies. He was director of the Wisconsin State Medical Society. He served four terms on the Eureka College Board of Trustees.

Eureka College Names Alumni Award Winners

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Carl Hirsch received the Alumni Board President’s Award for Service.  Photo provided by Eureka College.


EUREKA – Eureka College presented its annual alumni awards at a dinner held April 13 during Alumni Weekend. 

 

Recipients are Carl Hirsch, Donald Litwiller and William Davis, all of Eureka; Kouri Marshall of Washington, D.C.; and Bradley Smith of Tokyo. 

Hirsch received the Alumni Board President’s Award for Service for dedicating his time and effort for the advancement of Eureka College. Hirsch received a degree in communication in 1951. He held sales positions with several companies during his career. He supports the Eureka College Athletic Department, the Ronald W. Reagan Leadership Program and has established a scholarship in the name of his late wife, Beverly, who also graduated from Eureka College. He attends many college events. 

Litwiller and Davis were named honorary alumni of Eureka College for extraordinary commitment and loyalty to the college and for their efforts toward the advancement of the college, its students and its mission. 

Litwiller has been involved with Century 21 and Lakeview Builders, Eureka, for more than 40 years. He is a former Eureka College trustee and served on the Facilities Committee to help improve many campus buildings. He was integral in providing new laundry facilities that are free of charge to students. 

Davis taught theatre arts and drama at the college for 35 years and was involved in approximately 200 theatre productions. He was founding chairman of the Fine and Performing Arts Division and a winner of the Helen Cleaver Distinguished Teaching Award. He was a member of the Eureka City Council for 10 years. 

 

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Donald Litwiller, above, and William Davis, below, were named honorary alumni of Eureka College. All are from Eureka. The awards were presented at a special dinner held during Alumni Weekend. Photos provided by Eureka College.


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Marshall received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award. The award is given to alumni who have graduated within the past 15 years and who have shown outstanding commitment to their professions, communities, churches and alma mater. Marshall received a degree in communication in 2005. He is the campaign manager for Anita Bonds, who is a Washington, D.C., at-large council member and D.C. Democratic State Committee chair. He also was the District of Columbia director for President Barack Obama’s campaign. Marshall helps organize events for Eureka College alumni living in the Washington, D.C., area.

Smith received the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award for professional achievement and community service.  Smith received a degree in social science and business in 1988. He is president and chief executive officer of the Laurasian Institution, a not-for-profit educational foundation. He is a former Eureka College trustee, and he served on the Development and Educational Policies committees and the Reagan Forward Task Force. He is a charter donor and member of the Ronald W. Reagan Society and co-sponsored the visit of Mikhail Gorbachev to Eureka College in 2009. 

“It is the great pleasure of the Eureka College Alumni Board to publicly recognize these special individuals for their successes, professional accomplishments and heartfelt support of our alma mater,” said Alumni Board President Lacey Gleason, who presented some of the awards.  

Eureka College Names Alumni Award Winners

EUREKA – Eureka College presented its annual alumni awards at a dinner held April 21 during Alumni Weekend.

Recipients are Fred Altman and Sharon Altman, both of Pekin; Richard Sanders of Eureka; R. Rennie Atterbury III of Dunlap; Larry Baron of Burr Ridge; Bradley Kenny of Las Vegas; and Johanna “Corrie” Heck of Honolulu.
• Fred Altman and Sharon Altman both received the Alumni Board President’s Award for Service for dedicating their time and effort for the advancement of their community and Eureka College. Fred Altman received a degree in business administration in 1959. Sharon Altman received a degree in elementary education in 1960. The couple sponsors a scholarship for Eureka College students. Sharon Altman is a member of the Eureka College Alumni Board. She formerly was president of the board. Both are former teachers, and Fred Altman is a former school administrator. Fred Altman was a member of the District 108 Board of Education, the Pekin Optimist Club and the Pekin Kiwanis Club. Sharon Altman was a member of the Pekin Business and Professional Women’s Club and the Pekin YWCA Board.
• Sanders and Atterbury were named honorary alumni of Eureka College for extraordinary commitment and loyalty to the college and for their efforts toward the advancement of the college, its students and its mission.
Sanders taught European history at Eureka College for 25 years until his retirement in 2010. He funded the atrium lobby in the college’s new Ivy Hall residence hall. He also sponsors a scholarship for students studying history or political science.
Atterbury was formerly vice president of the Legal Services Division and general counsel and secretary at Caterpillar Inc. He is a member of the Eureka College Board of Trustees. He formerly was chairman of the board, interim dean of admissions and chairman of the presidential search committee in 2005. He gave his late wife’s grand piano to the college, which holds the annual Cynthia Atterbury Piano Duet Recital in her memory.
• Baron received the Alumni Award of Merit for lifetime excellence in one’s profession and service to community and to Eureka College. Baron received a degree in political science and marketing in 1970. He is president and chief executive officer of Acme Refining, a scrap metal company in Chicago that employs more than 450 people in six divisions. Baron provides scholarships to low-income students to attend prep schools in Chicago. He also funds a scholarship at Eureka College.
• Kenny received the Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award for professional achievement and community service. Kenny received a degree in economics in 1989. He is an attorney at Craig P. Kenny and Associates, which handles vehicle and work-related accidents, criminal defense and DUI cases. He also is a small claims judge in the Eighth Judicial District. He is a member of the Nevada Justice Association. He formerly was a member of the Board of Governors for the State Bar Association and was president of the Clark County Bar Association. He supports Eureka College as a member of the President’s Circle of Donors and hosts a gathering of Eureka College alumni and staff in Las Vegas.
• Heck received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award. The award is given to alumni who have graduated within the past 15 years and who have shown outstanding commitment to their professions, communities, churches and alma mater. Heck received a degree in communication and political science and history in 2006. She is chief operating officer for Successful Events for Educational Development, a marketing agency that creates communication strategies for small businesses and organizations. She also is deputy communications director for the U.S. Senate campaign of Linda Lingle. While a Eureka College student, Heck performed an internship with Lingle when she was governor of Hawaii. After graduation, Heck was Gov. Lingle’s chief communications officer. Heck also is the event producer for the annual International Women’s Leadership Conference and she is a member of the Hawaii Robotics Organizing Committee. Heck facilitates internships for Eureka College students at various businesses and organizations in Honolulu.
“It is the great pleasure of the Eureka College Alumni Board to publicly recognize these special individuals for their successes, professional accomplishments and heartfelt support of our alma mater,” said Alumni Board member Chris Peterson, who presented some of the awards.