The SIU Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes SIU Carbondale alumni who have achieved success and recognition since their graduation. Former recipients include leaders in the business industry, famous actors, and world-class athletes. Pictures and biographies of the selected alumni are located on the first floor of the SIU Rec Center in the Alumni Lounge. We want to congratulate all alumni who have been recognized and thank the many others who bring prestige and recognition to SIU every day.


2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients


Career Achievement Award
John Hubert Dunn
B.S., Education and Human Services
John Hubert Dunn is recognized as the father of gymnastics in the Pacific Northwest, and he began his involvement with the sport at SIU, as a team captain and six-time championship more.
Humanitarian Efforts Award: 
Gilbert Kroening
B.S., Agricultural Sciences '59
B.S., Agricultural Sciences '60
Gilbert Kroening is a professor emeritus of SIU, having served in various capacities – including as dean of the School of Agriculture for 12 years – from 1969 until his retirement in more.
Cultural Impact Award: 
Harrison Scott Key
Ph.D., Liberal Arts '03
Harrison Scott Key is the author of “The World’s Largest Man: A Memoir,” named by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best nonfiction books of the year and winner of the 2016 Thurber Prize in American more.
Young Alumni Achievement Award: 
Jeff Rose
B.S., Business '02 
Jeff Rose is a certified financial planner and CEO of Alliance Wealth Management. He is a nine-year veteran of the Army National Guard, which included a 17-month deployment to Iraq to support Operation Iraqi more.