Jim Graham Receives Sandburg’s Distinguished Service Award

  Aaron Frey
  Friday, May 19, 2017 12:05 PM
  Campus News

Galesburg, IL

Retired Carl Sandburg College instructor James “Jim” Graham was presented with the College’s Distinguished Service Award during the 49th annual Sandburg Commencement on Thursday evening.

A political science faculty member from 1979-2010, Graham also served as the associate dean of social and behavioral sciences during his final 13 years at Sandburg. While at Sandburg, Graham served as the adviser for several clubs and organizations, including Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the International Students Society.

He was named the College’s Faculty Member of the Year in 1985, 1988 and 1989, and he remains the only three-time recipient of the award. Among his other honors, he received the Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award in 1992.

An avid runner, Graham also served as an assistant coach for the Chargers cross country teams from 2005-10 and was a board member for the Galesburg Road Runners Club for several years. He also organized and was the race director of the Sandburg 4-mile run for nearly 30 years before his retirement. He has finished more than 20 marathons, including four Boston Marathons.

A Michigan native and graduate of Western Michigan University, Graham and his wife, Claudia, now reside in Suttons Bay in his home state.

Jim Graham

Jim Graham


Carl Sandburg College Distinguished Service Award Recipients

2017 — Jim Graham

2016 — Mary Robson

2015 — Elaine Long

2014 — Dorothy Appell

2013 — Larry Schroeder

2012 — Shirley Pritchard

2009 — Jetty Calvert, Carol Gronewold

2008 — Janet Hardine (LaDage), Wendel Hunigan

2007 — Tom Karjala, James MacDonald, Berniece Peterson

1997 — Joann Lundeen, Jack Daddona

1996 — Betsy Housh, Cleo Davis

1995 — Patricia Harrison, Carol Eiten, Tom Fuller

1993 — Martha LaDuke, JoAnne Goudie, Joan Rescinito

1990 — Genevieve Yaw, Art Williamson, Patricia Bivens

1986 — Ruth Torrence, William Masters, Bill Hungate

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