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Foundation seeks Distinguished Alumni nominations

February 17, 2020

The Heartland Community College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Alumni award. The award recognizes notable Heartland alumni who demonstrate exceptional achievement in their profession and make a positive impact on their community.

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

Last year’s award winner was Chris Marx, owner of Redbird Plumbing. Marx earned his Associate of Arts degree from Heartland in 2000. He opened Redbird Plumbing in 2004 after completing his bachelor’s degree at Illinois State University. The business has received multiple Pantagraph Reader’s Choice Awards and the Angie’s List Super Service Award.

Criteria for Nominations:

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

  • Have completed at least 30 semester hours at Heartland Community College
  • 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
  • Agree to be present and accept the award during commencement on May 15, 2020

Nomination forms are available at

Nominations are due Friday, March 27, 2020 and can be emailed to or mailed to:

Gena Glover
Associate Director of College Engagement
Heartland Community College
1500 West Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761

Written by: Steve Fast