As part of the homecoming festivities, the College of Education (COE) inducted five alumni into the Alumni Hall of Fame last Friday, a tradition that started in 1995.
Stefanie Lee-Berardi, director of college advancement and communications, said the event is designed to honor the “movers and shakers” in the field of education that have connections to ISU.
This year, Lee-Berardi said the selection committee looked for more than just a long career in education; they looked for alumni who made significant contributions to the field.
Inductees were Lori Ann (Duncan) Campbell, Greg Gardner, Lois (Hurston) Gaston, Teresa (Lucie) Thompson and Beverly Trezek.
Rebecca Mullen received the first ever Outstanding Young Alumni award that the COE recently established to honor early career achievements.
Mullen is currently the executive director of Reading Power, a nonprofit organization in Chicago that focuses on developing literacy programs for low-achieving elementary students.
“The accomplishments of this group of honorees is a testament not only to their hard work and dedication to the field of education, but also to the outstanding preparation they received here at Illinois State University,” Dean of the College of Education Perry Schoon said.
Honorees, their families and their nominators were invited to the induction ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Main Room, a ceremony meant to showcase the passion of each inductee and foster connections between inductees and the university, Lee-Berardi said.
“Some of them aren’t a direct link, but they’re still connected to the community and to Illinois State University, and most of all, they’re connected to their fellow Redbirds who are still here,” Lee-Beradi explained.