Alumni Achievement Award
Nick Holonyak Jr. ’50 ENG, MS ’51 ENG, PHD ’54 ENG, is honored for his pioneering and world-renowned achievements in optoelectronics that facilitate conversion between electricity and light.
Sylvia Puente MS ’80 LAS, is honored for her national leadership and impact on improving educational quality and access, as well as social equality issues, for the Latino community through policy analysis and advocacy.
Don B. Wilmeth Phd ’64 LAS, is honored for a distinguished,
Alumni Humanitarian Award
Molly Jane Melching ’71 LAS, MA ’79 LAS, is honored for her work in empowering communities in Senegal, and elsewhere, to develop literacy and skills training programs, reduce infant and maternal mortality rates, increase school and birth registrations, and foster human rights and female leadership.
Distinguished Service Award
Dale H. Flach ’59 ED, EDM ’64 ED, is honored for his insight and innovation in developing programs that continue to serve—well beyond his career tenure—not only the University of Illinois but also communities throughout the state.