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Distinguished Alumni Award

Deborah Fedor

Deborah Fedor

The Alumni Association (HCCAA) will yearly recognize someone who through their accomplishments, both personally and professionally, personifies the values of the College which include a "can-do" attitude, a respect for diversity, and ethical decision-making among others.

Award Recipients

2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Deborah Fedor is an example of a non-traditional student who found, as she told graduates, "It's never too late to learn, never too late to work toward achieving your dream." Fedor was a Presidential Scholar and earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Nursing from Heartland in 1996. Combining her Heartland education with a passion for public service, Deborah spent most of her career as a pediatric nurse, taking care of children right here in our community. In addition, Deborah helped to improve regional immunization rates not only as a nurse, but also as an advocate for public health at the McLean County Health Department.

Scholarship Opportunities:

Deborah Fedor has also made a considerable commitment to providing educational opportunities at the local level. She and her husband David have established two scholarships, including one for a Heartland Community College Nursing student and another for students involved in the HALO (Heartland Academy for Learning Opportunities) program. Her nominator, Executive Director Development and the HCC Foundation, Chris Downing, says Deborah's story reminds us that if we are driven to succeed by our passions, we can do amazing things to enhance our own lives, and to better the lives of those around us.

2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient video

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Video Transcription

A transcript of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient video transcript* (available in PDF format, 1 page, 180 KB) is available.

Past Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

2014 Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations

The HCCAA is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. Do you know someone who:

  • Has made notable career moves and shown professional growth within his/her chosen field?
  • Has made a positive impact on his/her community through leadership and/or active volunteering?
  • Has received local, state, or national recognition for his/her accomplishments?

If so, please consider nominating him/her for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. To nominate someone, please fill out the nomination form* (available in PDF format, 1 page, 113 KB) and send to:

  • Colleen Reynolds, Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Community Outreach
    Heartland Community College
    1500 West Raab Road
    CCB 1608
    Normal, IL 61761

For more information call (309) 268-8188.

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