Alumni Masthead
September 2013


My favorite part of being the Alumni Relations Coordinator is learning how the lives of our alumni have been improved through learning here at Elgin Community College (ECC).  After all, that's our mission, "to improve prople's lives through learning."

How has ECC improved your life through learning?  Did you have a professor that was inspiring?  What have you been doing since you left ECC?  There's a story behind each ECC alum just waiting to be told.  What's yours? 

Warm regards,

Diane Stredde

Alumni Relations Coordinator   

Alumni Sports Day to honor its first
Hall Of Fame Inductees
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Team Alumni  2012

Alumni Sports Day just keeps getting bigger and better every year! 

We will have our extraordinary alumni games as we have in previous years, with the addition of our first Hall Of Fame Presentation at 2:00 P.M. and a post-games Social Event from 3:00-6:00 P.M.

Hall Of Fame Inductees:

Dick Durrant - Men's Basketball Coach

Michelle Fandel - Women's Volleyball Player

Clark Hallpike - Tennis Coach

Karen O'Dowd - Women's Soccer Player and Coach

Deb Peterson - Women's Volleyball Coach

Beth Salvaggio - Women's Basketball Player


Alumni Sports Day Agenda:

10:00 A.M. - Women's Basketball Game - ECC Events Center Gym
10:30 A.M. - Men's Baseball Home Run Derby - Baseball Field                
11:30 A.M. - Men's Baseball Game - ECC Baseball Field
12:00 P.M. - Men's Competitive Basketball Game - ECC Events Center
12:00 P.M. - Women's Soccer Game - ECC Soccer Field 
2:00 pm -   Hall of Fame Induction Presentation - ECC Events Center Gym 
2:30 pm -   Men's Friendly Basketball Game - ECC Events Center Gym
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Alumni Social Post-Event - All are welcome to attend the post-event at Wise Guys Pizzeria (325 Randall Rd, South Elgin, IL  60177) for an additional $10 per person (includes salad, pizza, soft drinks, and cake). 

Admission to the alumni games is free!  Bring your family and friends to cheer you on!

For full details, to register to play in the alumni games, make your reservation for the post-event activity, or to purchase a commemorative t-shirt, go to Alumni Sports Day Event 
Karen "K" Locke '76

"Poet with a Cause"
Karen & Patrick Locke
"K" with her husband Patrick
Karen & Henry Hide
"K" with Henry Hyde
in 1978

Karen Locke wrote a poem three decades ago entitled "When Will Mankind Stop?" that she read to an audience of thousands who attended the festivities in Washington D.C. during the unveiling of the commemorative monument to Martin Luther King Jr.  Her story is inspirational and has led her to become the "Poet with a Cause."  Her story is inspirational and has lead her to become the "Poet with a Cause."
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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!

It's not too late to nominate! 

 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award   


Nomination deadline is September 30, 2013 

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.   Nomination information and forms




Please call Alummi Relations if you have any questions, want to give back to your alma mater, reconnect and 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"



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New Arrival! 
Alumni Merchandise

Alumni Mug
  • Mugs;
  • Key chains;
  • Really cool alumni t-shirts; 
  • License plates;and
  • Business card holder and pen gift set

Here's the Link.
ECC Bookstore
The Alumni merchandise should be added to their website  soon!  If not, stop in the bookstore on campus where items are on display and for fun, stop by Alumni Relations B230.16 on your way out. We would love to see you!
Save The Date!
Massage Therapy
10-Year Anniversary Reception

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

For Massage Alumni and
Former Faculty

For more information, contact the Massage Therapy Program at  


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 and celebrate your successes!
 Alumni Photos
Who are these awesome students?
They met at ECC, are married, and recently attended the Brick Dedication Ceremony this past May 2013.
ECC Athletics.  In what year was this taken?

March 19, 1952
What's a Comptometer?
The Pioneer in 1952 was the equivalent of our current ECC Observer written by the students.  Here is an article from that publication.


Two representatives of the Felt and Tarrant Comptometer School of Chicago demonstrated the comptometer throughout the day last Monday. 

The office training class was fortunate in being able to see one of the demonstrations. 

One of the representatives from the company was a former Elginite and a graduate of Elgin High School.  She and another lady showed the class the operation of the machine at high speeds. 

The Comptometer School was located in the Merchandise Mart in Chicago and had an open house on April 14, 1952.  Students were urged to attend. 

A Comptometer is a calculator!  Does anyone remember these?