It was a rain-soaked evening as the CornBelters endured their last homestand of the season. About 100 Heartland faculty, staff, alumni and friends sat beneath umbrellas but enjoyed the comraderie and networking. The best news of all -- the rain held out until after th first pitch!
Yes, the skies waited to open up until Alumni Association Board of Trustees Vice President Katie Eades could hand out this year's Alumni Service Award which recognizes service to the College and/or service to the community. In the case of former area radio broadcster Kent Casson, he was recognized for both. As news and program director for WJEZ FM in Pontiac, Kasson regularly covered breaking news and provided important weather and community-related information as part of the 24/7 news operation. He also lent countless hours of airtime to Hearltand Community College representatives to promote Heartland events, programs and activities. Casson and his extended family of nearly a dozen or so enjoyed special VIP seating in the Heartland CornBelter's suite. He called it one of the biggest honors he's received and something he'll never forget.
The day he received the award was ironically his last day as a radio broadcaster. Casson decided to leave so he could devot more time to his family farming operation and his farming website that offers news and podcasts.
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