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Business Alumni Among 2013 University of Illinois Alumni Award Recipients


The University of Illinois Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 2013 University of Illinois Alumni Award recipients for the Urbana-Champaign campus. These distinguished alumni will be honored on campus at the May 11 Commencement Dinner (co-hosted by the Office of the Chancellor and the UI Alumni Association) and during Commencement ceremonies on May 12.

University of Illinois Alumni Achievement Award
Established in 1957 for outstanding success and national or international distinction in one’s business, profession or life’s work
William A. Edelstein ’65 LAS (Physics)
Visiting Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins Medical Institution, Baltimore, MD
Pioneer in the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), whose work laid the foundation for current and future medical imaging technology.
Thomas M. Siebel ’75 LAS (History), MBA ’83, MS ’85 ENG (Computer Science)
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, C3 Energy, Redwood City, CA
Famed Silicon Valley entrepreneur and founder of Siebel Systems, one of the world’s leading software companies.

University of Illinois Alumni Humanitarian Award
Established in 2001 for significant contributions of leadership or service to improve the lives of others and the welfare of humanity
Christie L. Gilson, MSW ’01, PhD ’08 EDU (Special Education)
Assistant Professor of Education, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
National and international advocate for special education programs and individuals with disabilities

University of Illinois Distinguished Service Award
Established in 1972 for extraordinary commitment, dedication and service to the advancement of the University of Illinois
Mary Kay Kretch Haben ’77 BUS (Business Administration)
President, North America (Retired), William Wrigley Jr. Co., Chicago, IL
For exemplary volunteer leadership, advocacy and service to the Alumni Association, the University of Illinois Foundation and the College of Business.

CORRECTION: In our monthly newsletter we incorrectly identified Haben as the recipient of the Humanitarian Award, rather than the Distinguished Service Award. We sincerely apologize for the error.

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