Posted - April 30, 2012
Eureka College Names Alumni Award Winners
Eureka College presented its annual alumni awards at a dinner held
April 21 during Alumni Weekend.
Recipients are Fred Altman and Sharon Altman, both of Pekin; Richard Sanders of Eureka; R. Rennie Atterbury III of Dunlap; Larry Baron of Burr Ridge; Bradley Kenny of Las Vegas; and Johanna “Corrie” Heck of Honolulu.
Fred Altman and Sharon Altman both received the Alumni Board President’s Award for Service for dedicating their time and effort for the advancement of their community and Eureka College. Fred Altman received a degree in business administration in 1959. Sharon Altman received a degree in elementary education in 1960. The couple sponsors a scholarship for Eureka College students. Sharon Altman is a member of the Eureka College Alumni Board. She formerly was president of the board. Both are former teachers, and Fred Altman is a former school administrator. Fred Altman was a member of the District 108 Board of Education, the Pekin Optimist Club and the Pekin Kiwanis Club. Sharon Altman was a member of the Pekin Business and Professional Women’s Club and the Pekin YWCA Board.
Sanders and Atterbury were named honorary alumni of Eureka College for extraordinary commitment and loyalty to the college and for their efforts toward the advancement of the college, its students and its mission.
Sanders taught European history at Eureka College for 25 years until his retirement in 2010. He funded the atrium lobby in the college’s new Ivy Hall residence hall. He also sponsors a scholarship for students studying history or political science.
Atterbury was formerly vice president of the Legal Services Division and general counsel and secretary at Caterpillar Inc. He is a member of the Eureka College Board of Trustees. He formerly was chairman of the board, interim dean of admissions and chairman of the presidential search committee in 2005. He gave his late wife’s grand piano to the college, which sponsors the annual Cynthia Atterbury Piano Duet Recital.
Baron received the Alumni Award of Merit for lifetime excellence in one’s profession and service to community and to Eureka College. Baron received a degree in political science and marketing in 1970. He is president and chief executive officer of Acme Refining, a scrap metal company in Chicago that employs more than 450 people in six divisions. Baron provides scholarships to low-income students to attend prep schools in Chicago. He also funds a scholarship at Eureka College.
Kenny received the Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award for professional achievement and community service. Kenny received a degree in economics in 1989. He is an attorney at Craig P. Kenny and Associates, which handles vehicle and work-related accidents, criminal defense and DUI cases. He also is a small claims judge in the Eighth Judicial District. He is a member of the Nevada Justice Association. He formerly was a member of the Board of Governors for the State Bar Association and was president of the Clark County Bar Association. He supports Eureka College as a member of the President’s Circle of Donors and hosts a gathering of Eureka College alumni and staff in Las Vegas.
Heck received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award. The award is given to alumni who have graduated within the past 15 years and who have shown outstanding commitment to their professions, communities, churches and alma mater. Heck received a degree in communication and political science and history in 2006. She is chief operating officer for Successful Events for Educational Development, a marketing agency that creates communication strategies for small businesses and organizations. She also is deputy communications director for the U.S. Senate campaign of Linda Lingle. While a Eureka College student, Heck performed an internship with Lingle when she was governor of Hawaii. After graduation, Heck was Gov. Lingle’s chief communications officer. Heck also is the event producer for the annual International Women’s Leadership Conference and she is a member of the Hawaii Robotics Organizing Committee. Heck facilitates internships for Eureka College students at various businesses and organizations in Honolulu.
“It is the great pleasure of the Eureka College Alumni Board to publicly recognize these special individuals for their successes, professional accomplishments and heartfelt support of our alma mater,” said Alumni Board member Chris Peterson, who presented some of the awards.
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