FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(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.
- 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.
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.
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.