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2016 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, February 17

11:30 a.m.
Employee Recognition Private Luncheon
Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center

10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 years of service employees

Thursday, February 18

8-10 a.m.
Loyalty Circle Reception
Prairie Room, Bone Student Center

Loyalty Circle donors are invited to enjoy a reception with light refreshments prior to the Bell Ringing Ceremony.

10:00 a.m.
Founders Day Bell Ringing Ceremony
Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center

Nominations are being sought to ring the bell.

9 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
STATE Showcase
Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center

Sign up to participate in the STATE showcase.

1:30 p.m.
Processional Line-up
Faculty— Circus Room
Platform— Old Main Room
Team Excellence and Students— Spotlight Room
Distinguished Professor— Circus Room
Retirees— Circus Room

Registration is now available online to march in Convocation.

2 p.m.
Founders Day Convocation
Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center

Join us for presentations of some the highest awards bestowed from Illinois State University.

3:30 p.m.
Founders Day Convocation Reception
Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center

Reception immediately following the Founders Day Convocation.

6 p.m.
Alumni Awards Dinner
Alumni Center


2015 honorary Degree Recipients

John and Joanne Maitland

John and Joanne Maitland have served Central Illinois for more than 40 years, both as a couple and as individuals. In 2014, they were honored by the McLean County Museum of History as History Makers for their lifelong contributions to McLean County. They have made numerous charitable donations throughout the community, have volunteered, and been members of countless committees, boards, and organizations. They are members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington.

Born in Normal and a graduate of Normal Community High School, John grew up on a farm west of Danvers, which was his inspiration to later become a grain farmer. He met the love of his life, Joanne, at the Future Farmers of America/Future Homemakers of America High School Spring Dance in 1953. He married her in 1956, and together they have three children—Jodi, Johnny, and Jay—six grandchildren, and a great-grandson. John served in the United States Marine Corps and was a state senator for the 44th District in Illinois for 24 years.

John entered the Illinois General Assembly in 1979, and throughout his tenure, he was dedicated to supporting education, agriculture, and health care. In 1993, John became an assistant majority leader and served as chairman of the Appropriations Committee and the Higher and Secondary Education Committee. He helped secure funds for major projects, including the construction funds for the State Farm Hall of Business on the Illinois State campus. He was responsible for many improvements in the Illinois School Code. In addition, he created and served on the Task Force on School Finance to better determine state spending for K–12 students in various geographic areas.

In 1995, he received Illinois State’s E. Burton Mercier Alumni Achievement Award, and the University’s Commitment to Education Award carries his name. The Illinois Health Care Association awards nursing scholarships each year in honor of his advocacy for support of long-term care. As a senator in the general assembly, John was considered to have done more to advance the needs of the long-term care profession and residents than any other elected official in Illinois. In 2003, John had the distinguished honor of being appointed a Laureate of the “Lincoln Academy of Illinois.”

Joanne has spent her life in McLean County and has volunteered for more than 23 area organizations. While her husband was in office, she supported him by being by his side at many functions in his district and state. She took a professional approach to her volunteer career, balancing work as assistant finance manager for the City of Bloomington Township with dozens of charities and boards, while continuing her deep commitment to their three children and the Maitland farm.

Joanne has served as president of the United Way of McLean County, McLean County Homemakers, and McLean County Board of Health, and as a board member of United Way of Illinois, BroMenn Health Care, the McLean County Extension Foundation Board, and the David Davis Mansion Foundation Board. Joanne served 11 years as a member of the Illinois State University Board of Trustees. As a trustee, she also served as secretary and actively engaged in numerous campus activities. She was also a trustee-in-residence at the Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) and other colleges on campus.

Furthermore, she served on the board for the Mennonite College of Nursing, which she helped receive its university accreditation, becoming the first single purpose college in the nation. She has remained a friend to the college and attends many nursing events as an honored guest. She was the recipient of the 2011 Mennonite College of Nursing Alumni Service Award.

Joanne was honored as one of the 2010 “Women of Distinction” by the YWCA and also cochaired the first Community Cancer Center’s successful $6 million capital campaign. Her commitment to MCN, McLean County organizations, and Illinois State University is truly remarkable.