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Special Distinguished Alumni Edition
April 2013
April 2013


The ECC Alumni Association is proud to present this special edition newsletter to highlight our 2014 Distinguished Alumna, Gloria Johnston, PhD and the success stories of our nominees. 

Their stories are ones of devotion and success that we want to celebrate here in our Alumni News.  Congratulations to Dr. Johnston and all of our nominees!  May they be an inspiration to all who have received, are working towards, or thinking about a degree here at Elgin Community College.


Warm regards,

Diane Stredde

Alumni Relations Coordinator   

2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient, Gloria Johnston, PhD Devoted Over 40 Years to Education

Dr. Gloria Johnston Speaking at Brunch

The 2013 Distinguished Alumni 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.   


 See how Dr. Johnston has helped students world-wide.   Read Full Story 

Cassie Dumoulin '12
Cassie Dumoulin


Ms. Dumoulin has accomplished so much as a recent graduate and has set the bar high for her ten younger siblings. She is the youngest Distinguished Alumni nominee in the history of this award. 


Anita Forte-Scott '91

Ms Forte-Scott is the owner of Bright Stars Academy in Elgin, Il.  She has been a elected official, and is active in the community.  See how she has had an incredible positive impact on hundreds of families and children living in and around the Elgin area. 
Craig Fowler '80

Mr. Fowler, former Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Elgin Community College, was instrumental in the design of the Business Conference Center, developed a regional SBDC consortium, and founded the Entrepreneurial Certificate Program at ECC.  He is continuing his success at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.
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Josh Guge '02

Mr. Guge is a wood sculptor who owns The Guge Institute of Wildlife Art.  He travels all over the nation showcasing his work and teaching others his craft. 
David Priegnitz '75
Mr. Priegnitz has played an important role in meteorological research & technology for over 30 years that has lead to saving hundreds of lives.  He has volunteered in the local community in Norman Oklahoma where he now resides and is an avid runner. 
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Margarita Rosiles '10
M. Rosiles photo
Ms. Rosiles is a 2nd Lieutenant in military intelligence and described by her nominator, Robert Paganucci, as "a person of great honor."  Her dream is to be an economic consultant to the President of the United States.  Read Full Story
New Home Stay Program for International Students. 
     The Elgin Community College Homestay Program placed its first two students with a host family this fall. The program is designed to give international full-time students on an F-1 visa the opportunity to live with an American family for a predetermined amount of time during their study at ECC.      

     The student is immersed in American culture by participating in day-to-day activities, encouraged to improve his/her language through daily interactions, and has a home away from home. The host is able to learn about a new culture and play an active role in furthering the educational opportunities for our world's youth. The student and host family often end up creating lifelong friendships.  

     The program is currently recruiting host families who have an interest in wanting to learn from an international student, share their traditions and culture, and contribute to global cultural awareness. For more information please visit our website at or contact Natalie Escobar at 847-214-7722.

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




Diane Stredde 

Alumni Relations Coordinator  

ECC Alumni Association

1700 Spartan Drive

SRC 166A 

Elgin, IL 60123




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Tuesday, May 7, 2013 4:00 P.M.
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Call to Action!
"Stand Up and Be Counted!" 

We are Searching for our alumni.

Alumni Relations has launched a new project to reconnect with our alumni who work for, lead or own businesses in District 509 called "Stand Up and Be Counted."

We are asking local businesses to participate by putting information and sign-up forms in the employee lunch/break room(s) to give them the opportunity to "Stand Up and Be Counted" for their employer. 

Participating businesses can benefit from this program in many ways as we celebrate those businesses who hire Elgin Community College educated employees.

If you know an alum who works, leads or owns a business in our district that could help us connect with the person who would assist us in facilitating this program, please contact Alumni Relations. 

Thank you for your support!