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Nominations sought for Distinguished Alumni Award

January 6, 2022

The Heartland Community College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Alumni award. The award recognizes notable Heartland alumni who demonstrate exceptional achievement in their profession and make a positive impact on their community. 

“The purpose of the award is to recognize alumni who are making a difference in their community,” said Foundation Executive Director Chris Downing. “We encourage co-workers, family members, friends and professors to consider taking a few minutes to nominate a former Heartland student who deserves to be honored.” 

Last year’s award winner was Dr. Justin Rickard, Associate Professor of Animal Science at Illinois State University. Dr. Rickard teaches a wide variety of animal science and food industry courses and is involved with advising undergraduate and graduate students. He also has a research appointment which focuses on improving livestock production and food animal industries. Dr. Rickard started at Heartland Community College and furthered his education at Illinois State (B.S. and M.S.) as well as University of Missouri-Columbia (Ph.D.).

Criteria for Nominations 

To be considered for the Distinguished Alumni award, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Have completed at least 30 semester hours at Heartland Community College
  • Achieved success of an exceptional nature within their chosen field or profession
  • Made a positive impact on his/her community, through leadership and/or active volunteering
  • Agree to be present and accept the award during commencement on May 13, 2022. 

Nomination forms are available at

Nominations are due Friday, March 18, 2022 and can be emailed to or mailed to:

Gena Glover
Associate Director of College Engagement
Heartland Community College
1500 West Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761

Written by: Steve Fast