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As a member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association, Joan Mahon realized that many of its members were full of ideas. Some ideas were good, others not.
“The whole organization, the students who joined him, were very creative, go-getters,” said Mahon. “Kind of a risk taker, not in a bad way, but in a very creative way of doing things that had never been done before.”
This is where Bob Lumsden came in. Lumsden served as an advisor to the group and guided the members to work towards the good ideas and forget the bad ones.
“If people got lost (in the ideas department), he would kindly say to them, ‘Maybe consider another way of looking at it,’” said Mahon.
“The unique thing about Bob was the gift he had for bringing out our creativity in a very gentle way.”
Graduating from college in 1953, Lumsden was first hired at his alma mater in 1963 for the newly created position of Campus Tourism Coordinator.
The position was expanded and Lumsden was hired in 1975 as an office manager to help start the alumni association, where he continued to excel. So much so that he was honored Thursday evening as the recipient of the Lou Liay Spirit Award 2020 in honor of the man who served as executive director of the UI Alumni Association for 15 years.
The award is presented to alumni who have always demonstrated extraordinary spirit and pride in the university, the alumni association and related organizations.
Under Lumsden’s leadership, the alumni association has broadened its reach.
Lumsden, who retired from UI in 1993, has been at the center of his alma mater’s activities throughout his career. Union Illini was his home port during his 30-year mandate.
Lumsden, who is 90, notes several programs he is most proud of.
One was to convince the students early on to join the group.
“The students who go to college, not just in Illinois but at any college … really didn’t know much about their college alumni association until they were ready. to graduate, ”Lumsden said.
“It was really the student programs that attracted me. I would say it was my love. I had the opportunity to work with students who were so enthusiastic and capable. I think their enthusiasm made me feel younger.
Lumsden said there were more than 500 student organizations on campus.
He was instrumental in helping rekindle interest in Coming Home, which had waned during the troubles of the 1960s and 1970s. He credits Josh Grafton, a sophomore at Interface user who came up with the idea to help spark renewal. Prior to that, “there really wasn’t much going on in regards to student events around coming home,” he said.
He called Grafton a “very special person” who helped recruit other students as leaders. Eighteen months later, in 1979, they helped lead their first homecoming revival with a parade, large cheering rally and fireworks.
Another SAA-led event: a party for graduate students that was co-hosted by the student sports association turned into a reception at President Stanley Ikenberry’s house and a continental breakfast in the courtyard.
The SAA, under Lumsden’s leadership, also borrowed from Penn State to launch the Be a Part from the Start program which allowed students to join the association early in their college careers.
The Student Alumni Ambassadors broke away from SAA in 1983. Lumsden advised both groups until his retirement.
Mahon said being a member of the SAA was a valuable experience.
“I think one of the great things I learned was to become a teammate and a contributor,” she said. “Not everyone can be the leader at the same time, but we can all contribute. “
Born at Burnham Hospital in Champaign, Lumsden is a city dweller who graduated from Champaign High School in 1949.
Lumsden and his wife, Sharon, continue to live in Champaign, where he resides near his beloved university.
He came out of retirement in 2016 to help organize the SAA’s 40th anniversary party.
Apprentice linemen help with the Habitat house
Some of the second-year apprentices from Local 149, the union representing plumbers and fitters in the area, have dedicated time to put their skills to work for a Habitat for Humanity house in Champaign County under construction. in Monticello.
The volunteer effort was the result of a collaboration between the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors and members of Local 149. Together they did all the underground plumbing and wall plumbing. Once construction is complete, they will return to install fixtures and other finishes.
It is the 15th house built by the Habitat for Humanity in Piatt County.
The group included AJ Schlueter, training director Derek Reedy, Xtreme Mechanical owner John Matthews, Fletcher Roth, Pete Fortney, Evan Bachert, Jonathan Brown and Webb Hancock.
UI student receives music scholarship
Maggie Ward, a student at the University of Illinois, is the recipient of a 2021 Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarship.
Ward received the scholarship on September 13 in a virtual awards ceremony with the management and members of the National Association for Music Education.
The scholarship was created by Kane’s family and friends in coordination with NAfMe to honor his life and love of teaching music.
Ward is the president of the NafME collegiate section of the UI. She led her Chapter welcoming 26 new members during the 2020-21 school year, offering online events for new members to build friendships with each other and with current Chapter members. She also hosted a freshman picnic on campus where new members were able to meet existing members.
Ward also hosted a benefit concert with a local organization that offers free or discounted group or individual music lessons that reached 800 people and raised $ 800 to help school-aged students in need.
She also coordinated a question-and-answer panel for first-year music teachers, a resume writing workshop, and other student-run music events.
PBL student named engineer ambassador
A freshman from Paxton-Buckley-Loda has been appointed EngineerGirl Ambassador by the National Academy of Engineering.
Elizabeth Megson is one of 24 new Ambassadors who will participate in a one-year program designed to develop the leadership skills of female high school students by helping them promote engineering to younger students in their community.
Megson will create a STEM day where university participants will teach girls about science and engineering and answer questions about different STEM fields.
EngineerGirl Ambassadors receive project support and funding of up to $ 250, opportunities for leadership development, networking and engagement, and a certificate and letter of recognition from the National Academy of Engineering.
Founded in 1964, the United States National Academy of Engineering is a private, independent, not-for-profit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the United States.
Rotary champagne awarded
Champaign Rotary received its share of awards on September 25 at the Rotary District 6490 annual conference on September 25 in Decatur.
The local club received the International Service Award for providing supplies to pump water from a river to a holding pond to grow crops in Zimbabwe and for providing materials for vocational training of adolescents and children. single mothers in Mexico.
This earned them the Club Service Award for their monthly meeting to discuss issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion in their club and for adding payment buttons to their website so they can continue to donate to charities when they get together virtually.
He won the Honorable Mention in Youth Service because the Centennial High School Interact Club, which the chapter sponsors, provided services to non-profit organizations locally. It won the Big Club of the Year for adding 18 new members, keeping attendance high during the pandemic, donating over $ 100,000 to local nonprofits, completing 13 service projects, making donated $ 11,600 for international projects and assumed leadership roles in district committees and events.
The Jaycees recognize Champaign’s Sullard
The Illinois Jaycees have selected Champaign resident Elizabeth Sullard as the recipient of their Illinois Outstanding Youth Awards program.
Sullard was recognized in the Humanitarian and / or Volunteer Leadership category.
She is the Customer Care Manager at SYNERGY Home Care and an active young citizen. She is president of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease, volunteers with the Senior Working Group of the Committee on Aging, and is the founder of the Working Moms of Chambana support group which helps over 400 mothers who working.
Sullard has also served as the Vice President of Young Professionals at Champaign-Urbana and has dedicated many hours to UPAVIM, a Guatemala-based organization that helps women and children affected by gang violence.
The Jaycees will honor Sullard at an awards banquet on November 13 at the Wyndham Springfield City Center.
Adamek likes to learn
John F. Adamek of Champaign received a Love of Learning Award worth $ 500 from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. He is one of 200 recipients to receive the award.
The Love of Learning Scholarships are designed to help fund the post-baccalaureate professional development of active Phi Kappa Phi members, including graduate or professional studies, doctoral theses, continuing education, education-related travel and to research, career development and more.
A doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Adamek will use the scholarship funds to support his study on exercise and brain function.
He was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi in 2019.