2018 Alumni Honors Gala

2018 Honorees Video Presentation

2018 Gala Photos

The four alumni honorees for 2018 stand with Dean Alfred Tatum, posing for a photo.

Alumnus Robert Moses walks up to the stage to accept his alumni award.

An aerial view of alumni, faculty, staff, donors and friends mingling at the gala.

Alumni, faculty and staff atand around a blackjack table, having a conversation and playing cards.

Students, faculty, staff and alumni from the Department of Educational Psychology pose for a photo at the gala.

Alumni, faculty and staff throw dice while playing craps at the gala.

Members of the incoming cohort of Call Me Mister, a scholarship program recruiting males to the teaching profession, pose for a photo with Dean Alfred Tatum at the gala.

Two College of Education alumna pose for a photo at the gala.

Gala attendees mill about during the cocktail hour before the start of the event.

Dean Alfred Tatum presents a plaque to alumni honoree Louanne Smolin.

Guests mingle around the event space at the gala.

COE Alumni Board

Mission Statement

The purpose of the COE Alumni Board shall be to maximize involvement of COE alumni and students in the affairs of the College by developing programs and activities that provide opportunities for professional and social interaction, build lifelong relationships, and support the College’s mission of ensuring that all children and youth in America’s urban schools receive a quality education.

  • To recognize contributions of distinguished alumni, students and faculty of the College
  • To stimulate interest in education as a career among outstanding students
  • To maintain a direct line of communication and involvement between the College and its alumni

For more information, contact Ed Briscoe at

Alumni in the News

WCIU Feature: Alumna Chala Holland

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WCIU's morning news program, You and Me, profiled EdD Urban Education Leadership alumna Chala Holland on her journey from growing up in Philadelphia to a teaching career in the Chicago suburbs to the principalship at Lake Forest High School.
Watch the video

Classroom Instant Replay

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Alumna Kathryn Chval strapped cameras to English language learners' heads to uncover how teachers affect students' academic, communicative and social competencies in math, finding teacher actions that call out ELL students can lead to unintended consequences.  Read the story

The Atlantic Cites COE Research

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The Atlantic magazine highlighted research by professor David Stovall and alumna Ebony McGee in an article about how acts of racism exact mental costs on Black college students, citing their evidence on how Black students display resiliency overcoming these acts.  Read the story

A Teacher as a Father

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Evan Taylor, BA Urban Education: Elementary Education '14, reflects on his third-grade students at Roosevelt Elementary School describing him as a father and the class as a family, and how these moments have changed his perceptions about his role as a teacher and community leader.  Read the story


Read more alumni and student stories at The Recess Blog.

Career Resources

Job Seekers

The University of Illinois Alumni Association Alumni Career Center offers resources to job seekers and those advancing in their careers.  The Center edits resumes and cover letters, prepares candidates for interviews, and actively maintains a job board of employers looking specifically to hire University of Illinois graduates.  We encourage you to take advantage of these free resources.

Help us build the COE network

The College is currently building out its own job board, specifically devoted to our alumni seeking professions as teachers, educators, school leaders, early childhood managers and more.  Help us strengthen the COE network by sending in job opportunities at your place of work. Send job openings to