Alumni Awards and Nominations


Annually Joliet Junior College and the Foundation honor recipients of three prestigious awards, JJC Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, Susan H. Wood Hall of Fame Award and the J.D. Ross Extraordinary Service Award

Here you will find criteria, nomination and past recipient information on the two alumni based awards.  

JJC Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

This award is the highest honor bestowed upon a Joliet Junior College alumna/alumnus by the Alumni Association. It is presented at the annual Night of Stars to those alumni who have demonstrated outstanding success in their chosen field and provided humanitarian service to society. Nominees must be living at the time of their nomination.

  • Nomination Information

    The JJC Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. Do you know someone who has:

    • Earned a degree from Joliet Junior College? 
    • Demonstrated outstanding success and distinction in their field? 
    • Provided humanitarian service to society? 
    • Demonstrated an interest in support of higher education, especially JJC? 

    This award is the highest honor bestowed upon alumni of Joliet Junior College by Alumni Relations on behalf of Joliet Junior College. Nominees must be living at the time of their nomination.  

    If so, please consider nominating him/her for the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. To nominate someone, please fill out the recipient's nomination form online. 

  • Past Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

    ​2018

    Jay D. Bergman '68 - President and Ceo Petco Petroleum Corp. 

    Ed Czerkies '57 - Businessman and Philanthropist

    ​2017

    Rev. Dr. Lester Brown '98 - JJC Criminal Justice Adjunct Professor 

    Dave Westphal '66 - Agricultural Business Development

    2016

    Robert Garza '83 - First Sergeant, USMCR, Retired

    ​2015

    ​​Dr. Robert Larson '76 - Optometrist

    2014

    The Honorable Raymond Bolden '53 - Retired Circuit Judge

    Bob Zak '81 - Radio Personality

    2013

    Ronald M. Whitaker '69 - Member of the first BOT; Retired, Ronald M. Whitaker and Company

    2012

    Beulah Hoffer '32 - Former Chair of Women's Physical Education at JJC

    Philip Nelson '78 - President of Illinois Farm Bureau

    2011

    Dr. Daniel Gutierrez '58 - Internal Medicine Physician; Medical Director

    Robert Baca '78 - Professor or Music

    2010

    Dr. Charles O. Warthen '58 - Former Dept. Chair of Technology at JJC

    Charles Morgan '91 - JJC Music Professor, Director of JJC Band

    2009 

    Richard Brandolino '59 - Retired, JJC Administrator

    2008

    Larry Walsh '68 - Will County Executive, Former Illinois Senator

    2007 

    Rose Mancuso - Pharmacist, Owner REMCO Medical

    2006 

    Katherine Dunham '28 - Award presented posthumous
    Revolutionized the world of dance, Dunham's intellectual, artistic and humanitarian contributions were extraordinary. 

    Edmund C. Puddicombe '34
    Returned to JJC in 1938 as a teacher of biological sciences. Sponsored the Students of Medical Sciences for 25 years.

    2005 

    Dr. Thomas Streitz '52
    Practicing Dentist, instrumental in Founding the JJC Alumni Association in 1970 and was the Association's first president. 

    2004 

    Vera Smith '24
    Retired JJC English Instructor
    JJC's first Director of Admissions and Records 

    2003 

    Anthony Gutierrez '48
    Retired Assistant Principal of Joliet Central 

    2002 

    John H. Weitendorf, Sr. '42 (deceased)
    Owner of Town & Country Realtors 

    2001 

    James Stephenson, Jr. '56
    Founder of Kinetic Systems Corp., Lockport, IL 

    2000 

    Dr. Curtis J. Crawford '71
    President and CEO of ZiLOG, Inc. 

    1999 

    Dr. Richard Tarizzo '51
    Retired Vascular Surgeon, Joliet, IL 

    1998 

    Richard L. Joutras '47 (deceased)
    Chairman, Bradley Printing & FNW Bank

    Bernard J. Kestel '57
    Engineering Specialist, Argonne Nat'l. Laboratory

    1996 

    Major General Daniel J. Manning '31 (deceased)
    Eng. Executive and WWII Veteran 

    1995 

    Dr. Earle Stellwagen '53
    Instructor 

    1994 

    Hon. Julian E. Hughes '42 (deceased)
    Judge

    Dr. Stanley G. Rousonelos M.D. '47 (deceased)
    Doctor

    1993 

    Dr. Joseph McFadden '52
    St. Thomas University, First Lay President, Houston, TX

    Dr. Thomas Peyla M.D. '54
    Physician Pediatrician

    Russell E. Wunderlich '31 (deceased)
    Businessman

    1992

    James Agazzi '60
    Art Director and Emmy Award Winner

    Hon. William Caisley '60
    Retired Circuit Court Judge

    1991 

    Franklin Brewster, Sr. '36 (deceased)

    Int'l. Tech. Adviser for Motorola

    John Barnes '41
    Retired Vice President Eastman Kodak Company

    Dr. John Radke '56
    Clinical Professor of Medicine

    1990 

    Dr. Barbara Smith '60
    Assistant Professor, Food Science and Nutrition Department

    Dr. Edward Schweizer '53
    Research Physiologist

    1989 

    Raymond M. Standahar '41 (deceased)
    Government Exec. Dept. of Defense 

    1988 

    Dr. David Imig '59
    College Administrator

    Herbert Trackman '31 (deceased)
    Businessman

    1987 

    Dr. William Shannon '32 (deceased)

    Dr. Wayne Watson '66
    President, Kennedy-King College

    Hon. Susan Pierson-Sonderby '67
    Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court

    Dr. Donald Holt '52
    Instructor

    1986 

    Oscar Kreimeier '27 (deceased)
    Research Chemist

    Alan Kehlet '49
    NASA

    George Sangmeister '51 (deceased)
    Retired Illinois Congressman

    Phyllis Reynolds Naylor '53
    Author and 1992 Newbery Medal Winner

    B. Leighten Wellman '28 (deceased)
    University Instructor

    Edward C. Zajac '36
    Retired Computer Administrator

    Dr. John C. Houbolt '38
    Chief Aeronautical Scientist, LaRC, NASA, (retired). Best known as developer of the LOR concept for putting men on the moon and returning them safely to Earth. 

    1985 

    Dr. Arthur Toy '37 (deceased)
    Chemist, holding more than 80 patents

Susan H. Wood Hall of Fame Award

This award was established to recognize a non-alumna/alumnus of Joliet Junior College who is a current or former faculty member, administrator or friend who has served Joliet Junior College in an exceptional way. Susan H. Wood organized and fostered the growth of the Joliet Junior College Alumni Association. This award is presented at the annual Night of the Stars, formerly Alumni Brunch.

  • Nomination Information

    The JJC Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Susan H. Wood Hall of Fame Award.

    • This award was established to recognize a non-alumna/alumnus of Joliet Junior College who is a current or former faculty member, administrator or friend who has served Joliet Junior College in an exceptional way.


    To nominate someone for the 2018 Susan H. Wood Hall of Fame Award, please fill out the online recipient's nomination form. The deadline for 2018 nominations is February 1, 2018.

  • Past Susan H. Wood Hall of Fame Recipients

    2017

    William Johnson

    JJC Agricultural Sciences Professor​

    Joe Milosevich

    JJC Fine Arts Professor

    2016

    Professor Emeritus Ted Thompson

    Professor Emeritus Dr. Arthur A. Wagner

    ​2015

    ​Professor Emeritus Silas Ellingson

    John Cronin

    2014

    Professor Emeritus Patrick Asher

    Dr. Cecil Ingmire

    2013

    Professor Emeritus Paul Lester

    2012

    Professor Emeritus Curtis Hieggelke

    2011

    Dr. Emily Zabrocki

    2010

    Dr. John Peterson

    Jerry Lewis

    2009

    J. D. Ross

    2008

    Myra Linden

    Natalie Miller

    2007

    John Stobart

    2006

    Gilbert Bell

    2005

    Robert Klein

    2004

    Robert Wysocki

    2003

    John Fillipitch

    2002

    John F. Corradetti

    2001

    Dr. William Zales

    2000

    Dr Robert Sterling

    1999

    Dr. Carolyn T. Engers

    1997

    Helen Harshbarger

    1996

    Clarence F. Schmitz

    1995

    Dr. Peter Nichols

    Virginia Richards

    1990

    Maurice Berlinsky

    Maynard Boudreau

    Henry Pillard

    1989

    John M. Sayre

    Sheila Sasso

    1988

    Carl Eggman

    1987

    Grace A. Brewer

    Walter F. Zaida

    1986

    Max Kuster

    1985

    William R. Glasscock

    1984

    Vera Stellwagen Smith

    1983

    Lottie Skidmore

    1982

    Harry D. and Emily Lennon Leinenweber

    1981

    Kenneth P. Parker

    1980

    Grayce M. Stadler

    1979

    Edmund C. Puddicombe

    1978

    Elmer W. Rowley

    1977

    Susan H. Wood

J.D. Ross Extraordinary Service Award

To make a nomination for the J.D. Ross Extraordinary Service Award, please fill out the nomination form below or contact Kelly Rohder-Tonelli, Executive Director, Communications & Marketing at 815-280-2915.