Alumni Masthead
July 2013


This quarter's e-newsletter is packed with alumni recognition, opportunities to give back, new initiatives and alumni stories.

The "Return of the Pin," written by a nursing alumnus, is an excellent example of the valuable connection we share.  You never know when something amazing will happen!

Enjoy the e-newsletter, share it with your alumni friends, and don't forget to "Tell Us Your Story!"


Warm regards,

Diane Stredde

Alumni Relations Coordinator   

ECC seeks nominations for notable,  

distinguished alumni  

Dr. Gloria Johnson
Goria Johnston, PhD, a 40-year career educator and speaker at local, state, and national conferences is ECC's 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. 

Who deserves this year's honor?

Do you know an outstanding Elgin Community College Alumnus/Alumna who has attended ECC, demonstrated achievement of an exceptional nature, shown professional excellence with his/her chosen field, and made a positive impact on his/her community? If so, please nominate them for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.      




Elgin Community College wants to celebrate with local businesses who employ ECC alumni 



ECC Alumni Relations is launching a new initiative to identify members of the ECC alumni community. The "Stand Up and Be Counted" project asks alumni to connect with the college while giving ECC the opportunity to recognize local employers for hiring its graduates.


Participation is a win-win!
The Return of the Pin

Written by Scott Lamprecht, DPN RN APN
Scott Lamprecht - nursing pin found
Scott Lamprecht '90 Nursing

As a new graduate RN in the Emergency Department in Northern Wisconsin, I was very proud of my nursing pin and what it represented.  I wore the pin every shift I worked until the day it disappeared three months after graduation in 1990.  I was devastated.  After changing out of my scrubs at work, the pin disappeared into the abyss of the hospital laundry system never to be seen again. 



Brick Dedication Ceremony

Diane Lukas '71 shared her inspiring story about her experience at Elgin Community College and beyond at the Brick Dedication Ceremony held on May 7, 2013.   Her story.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
for next years Brick dedication Ceremony.  It's not too late to order your commemorative brick.

Save the Date for Alumni Sports Day
alumni sports day 2012
Saturday, October 12, 2013

Women's Basketball Alumni Game 10:00 A.M.
Baseball Home Run Derby 11:00 A.M.
Men's Basketball Alumni Game 12:00 Noon
Baseball Alumni Game 12:00 Noon
Women's Soccer Alumni Game 12:00 Noon
Men's Basketball Friendly Game 2:00 P.M.
Social Event and Hall of Fame 3:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Please call Alummi Relations if you have any questions, want to get involved, enrich your life, or need assistance.




Diane Stredde 

Alumni Relations Coordinator  

1700 Spartan Drive


Elgin, IL 60123




ECC's Mission:

"To improve people's lives through learning"



Join Our Mailing List!
Did you know that Dr. Linda Hefferin just retired after 32 years here at ECC? 

How about sending a note of congratulations or your favorite story that we can forward to Dr. Hefferin. 

You can also give a gift in her honor through the ECC Foundation at Make a Donation or purchase a commemorative brick through the alumni website at Pathway to Knowledge Brick Campaign. 

Favorite Professor:

Dr. Near
was a favorite professor of Natalie (Vege) Vallianatos '95 who is now an elementary school teacher in McHenry, IL.

New opportunity to help students transition to college

Elgin Community College recently launched the Transitions Academy, a new college-readiness program designed to empower ninth-through 12th-grade students in Community College District 509 to enable them to succeed in college.

The Transitions Academy uses a three-pronged approach that focuses on the areas of academic achievement, parent and supportive adult engagement, and student motivation.

Your opportunity is to participate in the mentoring program.  "The Mentoring Program is designed primarily for the benefit of Transitions Academy participants", says DeSean Coleman, manager of ECC's Upward Bound Program.  "Mentors and their students are encouraged to begin the relationship with specific goals and expectations that will create positive academic and life choices.  In return, this relationship will enable these students to maximize their potential to attend and succeed in college." 

Mentors interact with students each Saturday during at least one academic semester.  Volunteer mentors meet on average one Saturday per month.

If you are inspired to help young men and women succeed in college, please contact DeSean Coleman at 847-214-6942.
Save The Date!
Massage Therapy
10-Year Anniversary Reception

For Alumni and
Former Faculty

October 22, 2013

Tell Us Your Story!
If you or someone you know has attended ECC,   Visit our Website
and Tell Us your Story by reconecting with your
alma mater.

We would love to hear what you have been doing since you left ECC and celebrate your successes!
 Alumni Photos
Alumni Sports Day
Alumni Sports Day
Signing the beam for the "new campus"
Brick Dedication 2013
Brick Dedication Ceremony