August, 2012

Classes are in full swing and the college is alive with activity as we start the fall semester.  The alumni association is looking for nominations for their 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award so if you or someone you know fits the criteria for the award, please nominate them or self-nominate if you qualify.  All information is on the alumni website at  The deadline for nominations is September 28, 2012.

The "Pathway to Knowledge" Brick Campaign had a successful dedication ceremony and we hope that if you haven't already commemorated your time here at ECC, that you will consider placing your brick order soon.  Orders are still coming in with tributes to professors who have made an impact on an alum's life, graduation class bricks, clubs and organizations proud of their accomplishments, gifts in honor or in memory of, and many more.  Let's fill the circle!
Enjoy the newsletter and don't forget to "Tell Us Your Story!"


Warm regards,


Diane Stredde

Alumni Relations Coordinator   

Cassie Dumoulin '12

NJCAA's Lea Plarski Award Recipient  

exemplifies sportsmanship, leadership, community service, academic excellence, athletic ability and achievements  


Cassie Dumoulin
Cassie Dumoulin, "the most coachable and hardest working student I have had in my 30+ years of college coaching," says
Coach McLaughlin


Cassie Dumoulin has finished her degree here at Elgin Community College (ECC), but her legacy will live on as one of the "most exceptionally well-rounded student athletes ECC has ever had", said Jerry Mclaughlin, ECC's women's basketball coach.   Dumoulin not only plays basketball, but volunteers for various charitable

organizations, her church, has a perfect grade point average, and is the oldest sibling of 10 children in her family.


Dumoulin's outstanding athletic ability, along with that of her teammates, has brought the Spartans an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference ISSC champs in the 2011-2012 season.  The college has not held this title since 2003. Here are a few highlights of Dumoulin's athletic accomplishments:

  • NJCAA All-American Third Team 2010-11 season
  • Ranked 4th in NJCAA DII scoring leaders for 2010-11 season
  • 5th leading scorer in the nation at 22 points per game
  • Ranked 6th in NJCAA DII scoring leaders for 2011-12 season
  • NJCAA Player of the Week (Jan. 23-29, 2012)
  • Three-time Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Player of the Week
  • Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Player of the Year (2011-12)
  • First player (male or female) in ECC women's basketball history to score over 1,000 career points (1,393)
  • ISCC All-Conference First Team (2011-12)
  • Had the first triple-double in ECC women's basketball history in 2010-11 season (27 points, 10 steals, 10 assists)
  • First two-time co-captain in ECC's history
  • Lea Plarski Award  

Coach McLaughlin said," Dumoulin is the most coachable and hardest working student-athlete I have had in my 30+ years of college coaching."

On the academic side, Dumoulin has been on the ECC Dean's List every semester, currently holds a 4.0 grade point average, and has been an active member of Phi Theta Kappa. She plans to continue her education and will be studying Civil Engineering at University of Illinois in the fall of 2012.  


Dumoulin shared her philosophy of what success means to her. She said, "If you always work your hardest, and seize every opportunity, you will never have any regrets. You will never have to worry whether or not you have done your best."


Dumoulin is never too busy to take time to help others by volunteering for community service activities. She has donated her time to the ECC Foundation for various special events as a scholarship recipient, the V Foundation for Cancer Research, Intellectual Disabilities Fund Drive, Northern Illinois Food Bank, and Feed My Starving Children organizations, and is involved to a high degree with her local church, St. Charles Borromeo in Hampshire, Illinois.  


When asked how she balances athletics, her studies, and community involvement, Dumoulin said that her best advice to students is to "prioritize and be very organized with your time. Focus, hard work and sacrifices are what it takes. Sometimes you just have to stay home and work on homework instead of going out. If you want to be successful, all your hard work and effort will be rewarded."  


Dumoulin has set the bar high for students following in her footsteps, and for her nine younger siblings of whom some are already here or planning to attend ECC. Receiving the 2012 Lea Plarski Award, given by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), is a testament to her talent as this award is only given to one person in the entire country, male or female from every sport in the NJCAA for the 2011-2012 seasons.  She is an inspiration to all who know her.  



2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award:
Call for Nominations
New on our website!

Tell Us your story!

Reconnect, let us know what you have been doing, and what you have accomplished since you left Elgin Community College.  Tell your story of how a community college education has shaped your future.  


Who Deserves This Year's Honor? Call for Nominations - 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award 

2012 Distinguished Alumnus Sandro Miller 


The Elgin Community College Alumni Association is accepting nominations for its 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award. The award will be presented during the Founders' Day Brunch on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.


The Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes the accomplishments of notable ECC alumni who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in their chosen profession and made a positive impact on their community. Past recipients include world-renowned photographer Sandro Miller, Maryland State Delegate Michael Smigiel, and Elgin City Councilmember Robert Gilliam.


Nominations are accepted online at through midnight on Friday, Sept. 28. More information about the nomination process, deadline and criteria also is available at or, contact the ECC Alumni Relations Office at 847-214-7746.


Sandro Miller will be back on campus with the opening an exhibit of his work on October 2, 1012 in the Safety-Kleen Gallery One in the Visual and Performing Arts Building.  The exhibit runs from October 2 thru November 3, 2012. 


It's all on our website! 

Dedication Ceremony for Brick Campaign



Jerry T. speaking at brick ceremony
Jerry Turnquist, telling his story of what ECC meant to him and his career path at the Dedication Ceremony


The new library courtyard was filled with pride as more than 75 people participated in the ceremony that dedicated the first 250 bricks from the past and present on May 8, 2012. 

The ceremony included words from Dr. Sam, President of ECC, Dr. McBride, Chairman of the Board of Trustees who did the dedication, and Jerry Turnquist, alumnus who told his story of what ECC meant to him and his career path.  Following the ceremony, guests were given photo opportunities and refreshments.      


There is still plenty of space for your brick commemorating your time here at ECC before the next dedication ceremony to be held in the Fall of 2012 or Spring 2013.  Just complete the attached form and send with payment to the ECC Alumni Association to have your engraved brick included in this inspirational display.  

     Brick Order Form 


The Elgin Community College Foundation is a non-profit,  

501(c)(3) organization. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by the IRS.  Proceeds benefit the ECC Alumni Program Fund.  

Please call the ECC Alumni Associaton if you have any questions, want to get involved, enrich your life, or need assistance.




Diane Stredde 


ECC Alumni Association

1700 Spartan Drive

SRC 166A 

Elgin, IL 60123




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Class of 2012

Largest Graduation Ceremony in
ECC History!

Here's what our graduates wanted to share with you. 

Favorite Professors

Dana B. -
Chef Jill Russell
Jackie D. -
Lisa West
Randle T. & Dustin V. -
Gary Norden
Shirldine W. -
Tim Kaar & Connie Oberta
Brianne D. -
Dr. Sharon Baker and Elizabeth Becker
Martha G. -
Cathy Incapreo and Janet Flynn
Debbie P. - Maureen Lange
Shaikh A. - Ed Kroll
Carrie F. - Dr. Joseph Rosenfeldt
Louis G. - Dave Zacker
Michael H. - Tim Malone
Barbara O. - Bob Steinbach
Adam G. - Rachel Tecza

Favorite Memories

Darryl S.
- "Prof. David Carrillo told me to never forget self-care - in order to care for others"

Aaron W. - Favorite Memory: The Latin Dance Festival and the Cultural Pagent for the Latin countries.

 Jacqueline R. - "Professor Dakarian made Anatomy and Physiology Awesome!!"

Randle T. - Mr. Norden "is just smart and funny.  He made my college experience awesome. Hands down!"

Jean Paul M. - Continuing my education at North Dakota State University

Shirldine W. - "I'm getting married in July!"


Dustin V. - I want to give a special thanks to Gary Norden, Len Fitzpatrick, Susan Timm, Gary Christianson, and Beverly Augustine for being great teachers and influences.


Brianne D. -  "because I learned so much from them!" (Professor's Sharon Baker and Elizabeth Becker)


 Devora M. - "All my teachers are my favorite!" 


Clarita M. - Favorite Memory: "The friendly atmosphere, how everything was easy to find, with people to help you."  


Caitlin C. - "Ed Thomas for President!"  


Carlos A. - "Mr. Martinez is awesome!"    


Laura V. - "The biology faculty is amazing."     


Adam O. - "All of the teachers in the graphic design department are supurb and I have learned a lot from them."


Joanna H. - "Attending a field trip to Hamburger University."


Debbie P. - "Mrs Lange of Surgical Tech, hard teacher but fair, very knowledgeable.  Would take her again."


Dan D. - "Solar cooking demo for culinary event." 


Louis G. - "Dave Zacker was amazing."


Kelly I. - "Being a part of Phi Theta Kappa."


Kane L. - "Hanging in the Jobe Lounge." 


Jehra M. - "When I worked with a group in Speech 101 Class. We did an elementary volunteer activity to help kids understand cultures."  


Jaedyn O. - "Starting in the Nursing program Fall 2012 for my 2nd degree."


Kayla P. - "Volleyball :)" 


Lance V. - "Basketball, going to Colorado Christian in the Fall 2012." 



ECC Alumni Tours

Last Tuesday of the Month 

Alumni Tour Tuesdays  

The Last Tuesday  

of every month 

7:00 P.M.   

UBC Lobby  


  Join one of our Tuesday tours while we take a look around, reminisce and witness the amazing progress.


Please RSVP to ECC Alumni Association at 847-214-7746 or 



The ECC Alumni Association is looking for alumni committee members.  We have several large projects in the works and "many hands make light work." 

Please consider joining this committee to help us grow our affinity groups, plan alumni activities and events, and grow our membership. 

Please call alumni relations for more information.  (847) 214-7746