JJC Seeking Nominations for the 2016 J.D. Ross Extraordinary Service Award

Joliet Junior College is pleased to begin the process of accepting nominations from the community for its annual J.D. Ross Extraordinary Service Award (ESA).

2015 ESA winner Gary Cheney, center.

2015 ESA winner Gary Cheney, center.

Established 12 years ago by the JJC Board of Trustees in honor of President Emeritus J.D. Ross, the award recognizes outstanding community service performed in Illinois Community College District 525 in the areas of humanitarian service, distinguished public service, scholarly service, and/or creative attainment. It is the highest honor given by the college. Community members are invited to nominate an individual who should be recognized for extraordinary service in one (or more) of the areas named above.

The recipient(s) of the award will be honored at an upcoming spring 2017 board meeting. Last year’s recipients were Gary Cheney of New Lenox, who was nominated by 37th District Representative Margo McDermed for his work with ShareFest, an organization which he founded in 2007. Deborah Reposh Smith of Lockport, nominated by Michelle Meyer, also received the J.D. Ross ESA for her extensive volunteer work through numerous organizations to help active soldiers and veterans programs, our local environment, and economically disadvantaged people through the community.

For complete guidelines and to fill out the online nomination form, visit www.jjc.edu/info/esaAll nominations must be received or postmarked by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Nominations received after that date will be considered for the following year.

2015 ESA winner Deborah Reposh Smith, center

2015 ESA winner Deborah Reposh Smith, center

District 525 encompasses large portions of Will and Grundy counties, but it also includes southern Kendall county, northern Livingston county, southeastern La Salle County, southeastern DuPage county, and northwestern Kankakee county.

For more information, contact the Communications and External Relations office at (815) 280-2659.

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