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Chicago Teachers College/Chicago State University Alumni Association unveils 2016 Alumni Award honorees

(CHICAGO, November 8, 2016) — Making incredible contributions to the city and state, Chicago State University is proud to announce 9 accomplished alumni will receive the highest accolades at the 15th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration. This event takes place Friday, November 18th at the South Shore Cultural Center at 6:00 pm.

For over 149 years, Chicago State University continues to develop leaders who impact the Chicagoland area, the state of Illinois and the world. This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni in nine categories that represent the fields of education, medicine, art, community and public service, business, health sciences, athletics, lifetime achievement, and consistent service to the university. CSU will also honor their 1991/92 Women’s Tennis Team that went undefeated and restaurant owner and community activists, Josephine Wade.

This year’s nominees are the following:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    Mr. Bob Hallberg, athletics director and women’s basketball head coach for Saint Xavier University.
  • Excellence in Education
    Janice Jackson, PhD, chief education officer, Chicago Public Schools
  • Outstanding Business/Professional Achievement
    Thurman “Tony” Smith, MBA, senior vice president and community development bank-market manager, PNC Bank
  • Outstanding Achievement in Medicine
    Brian Clay, MD, Illinois Bone and Joint Institute
  • Outstanding Achievements in the Arts
    Carlos Tortolero, MA, president and founder of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago
  • Outstanding Achievement in Health Sciences
    Lt. Col. Dr. Myra Celestin, nurse educator Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
  • Outstanding Achievement in Community/Public Service
    Cherese Ledet, executive director, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Golden Alumna/Alumnus Award
    Lois Gueno, PhD, retired educator, professor, and activist
  • Outstanding Young Alumni
    Rashad Talley, MA, principal at Chicago Public Schools
  • Special Recognition Award
    1991/92 Chicago State University Undefeated Women's Tennis Team
    Mrs. Josephine Wade, owner of Captain's Hard Time 

The public is invited to attend the awards celebration; tickets cost $80.  To purchase tickets to the event, visit HERE

For more information about the Distinguished Alumni Awards or the celebration event, please contact Louis Wright, vice president of development and alumni affairs at 773.995.2050.

About Chicago State University

Chicago State University was founded as a teacher training school in Blue Island, Illinois on September 2, 1867. Today, the University is a fully accredited public, urban institution located on 161-picturesque acres in a residential community on Chicago’s South side. CSU is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor of Illinois. The University’s five colleges—Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Pharmacy—offer 36 undergraduate and 25 graduate and professional degree-granting programs. 

About Chicago Teachers College/Chicago State University Alumni Association 

The Chicago Teachers College/Chicago State University Alumni Association raises funds to provide scholarships for students and support for academic and administrative initiatives that benefit the entire CSU community. The Association also promotes recognition of alumni achievements and offers opportunities for graduates to network with each other and with university faculty, staff and students.