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Nominations now being accepted for HCC Distinguished Alumni award

February 14, 2017

The Heartland Community College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its Distinguished Alumni award. The award recognizes notable HCC alumni who demonstrate exceptional achievement in their profession and make a positive impact on their community. Nominations are due Friday, March 17, 2017.

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

Last year’s award winners were Justin and Adam Bellas, brothers and owners of Bellas Landscaping, which is a company they started while attending Heartland. The brothers participate in many volunteer projects throughout the community and often hire Heartland students for internships and seasonal help.

Criteria for Nominations

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

  • Completed at least one class at HCC
  • 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
  • Agrees to be present and accept the award during commencement on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the US Cellular Coliseum

Nomination forms are available online. Completed forms can be emailed to or delivered to:

Chris Downing
HCC Foundation Executive Director
Heartland Community College
1500 West Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761

For more information, call (309) 268-8110.

Written by: Becky Gropp