Awards Banquet

Each spring the college holds its Awards Banquet. On May 1, 1994, students and faculty gathered before a large group of family, friends, colleagues, faculty, and donors to be recognized for outstanding achievement. Students who won scholarships or received other prizes were honored, as were teaching assistants and faculty who were commended for their outstanding teaching. There were too many awards to list here, but a few deserve special mention.

LARRY JOHNSON, assistant dean for undergraduate affairs received the Emerson Cammack Outstanding Service to Undergraduate Students Award. This prestigious, college-wide award is given by the Commerce Alumni Association to recognize service to students that truly makes a difference. Larry Johnson has served Commerce students for 15 years. As one of his nominators wrote, "he was partly responsible for delivering the service that earned Dean Cammack the reputation that led to this award." As an advisor, Johnson is understanding and judicious, doing what is best for the student, not always what the student wants.

Recipients of the college teaching awards were recognized at the banquet and the Alumni Spring Luncheon in Chicago.

Two college-wide student leadership awards are presented by the Council of Presidents. The President's Award went to ROBERT J. BALLSRUD, immediate past president of Delta Signa Pi, a national business fraternity. Bob was praised as an outstanding leader and mentor, able to motivate people while remaining well-liked. Bob involved the fraternity in fundraising for the Josh Gottheil Memorial Fund and served the college splendidly through his active participation in the Council of Presidents. The Senior Send-off held this year was conceived and arranged largely by Bob. A senior in finance, Bob will graduate this December. He is from Monticello, Illinois, and was married this September.

The Student Leadership Award went to CANDYCE M. MAYER, who has served as external publicity chair, alumni relations chair, membership / scholarship chair, and external vice president for Phi Gamma Nu. In all these positions she demonstrated initiative and leadership. Candyce, who is from Sauk Village, Illinois, graduated last spring.
Commerce Quad Day - sponsored by the Council of Presidents
Each year the Commerce Alumni Association gives a Commerce Appreciation Award to recognize extraordinary service to the college and university. This year's recipient was DAVID J. DOWNEY (B.S. '63, J.D.'66).
Downey, president of Downey Planning Services, Ltd., lives in Champaign. He is one of the most successful insurance agents in the country. A familiar figure on campus, he is a frequent guest speaker in classes, has taught as an adjunct professor, served on the UI Board of Trustees and on the college's Business Advisory Council. Currently he is a member of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Many of you may remember Dave Downey as an Illini basketball star. He still holds the single game scoring record - 53 points - set in 1963 when he led the basketball team to a Big 10 Championship.