Museum Grand Opening and Alumni Awards Program among highlights

LINCOLN, IL – Lincoln College’s 2014 Alumni Reunion will be held on the Lincoln campus April 25-26. All Lincoln College alumni and friends are welcome and encouraged to return for reunion, as the College celebrates the 25th, 50th, 70th and 75th anniversary years for the classes of 1989, 1964, 1944 and 1939. Three alumni and three local friends of Lincoln College will be honored at this year’s Awards program which will be held in the Jack D. Nutt Arena in the Lincoln Center on Saturday, April 26.  The evening’s activities begin with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. The awards program will follow, concluding around 9 p.m. This event is open to the public and the cost for the reception and dinner is $30; call the Alumni Office at (217) 735-7217 or e-mail to make reservations.

The 2014 Alumni Award recipients are: Marc Kalman, class of 1964, of Plymouth, Minn., will receive the Alumni Achievement Award for broadcasting; Nathan Englehardt, class of 1999, of Washington, Ill., will receive the Young Alumni Achievement Award; Don Vinson, class of 1957, of Lincoln, Ill., will receive the LaVeta Zurkammer Alumni Award in recognition of his years of service to Lincoln College as a volunteer at the Lincoln Heritage Museum. In addition to the regular alumni awards, Rev. Glenn Shelton, Les Plotner, and the late Joyce Kinzie will be recognized as Honorary Alumni of Lincoln College in recognition of their work to establish and support the Martin Luther King, Jr. Minority Student Endowed Scholarship. Kinzie’s daughter Cathy Tiffany will accept the award on her behalf.

Other scheduled activities include:

Wine & Cheese Reception, featuring Kickapoo Creek Winery of Edwards, Ill., on Friday, April 25, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Lincoln Center. This event is open to all alumni and friends of the College. Tickets are $10 and include light appetizers and three complimentary wine tastings.

The Lincoln College Jazz Ensemble will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26 on the main stage of the Johnston Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free; donations will be accepted.

The Lincoln Heritage Museum will reopen to the public with a Grand Opening Ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26. The opening ceremony will include remarks from Lincoln College President John Blackburn, Trustee Dan Weinberg, Representative Rich Brauer, and Museum Director Ron Keller, and will feature a special musical performance by Lincoln College students Cody Garretson, Nicole Ker, and Derrick Spiker, followed by a ribbon cut with the members of the Chamber of Commerce. As part of the grand opening festivities, a special living history music presentation will be given at 1:30 p.m. in the Museum’s first floor gallery by Lincoln College music majors Jeff Arbisi and Allen Mendez.

On Saturday, April 26, the Museum will be open for visitors to walk through free of charge until 12:30 p.m., after which the Museum will be conducting timed tours of the second floor gallery at the reduced fee of $2. The timed tours, featuring audio/video presentations, take approximately 75 minutes, and will start approximately every 35 minutes. A limited number of tickets will be available, so visitors who want to take an afternoon timed tour should request tickets at the Museum welcome desk after the opening ceremony. The Museum will also be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, with the reduced admission fee. Beginning Monday, April 28, the Museum will return to regular hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; general admission will be $5 for adults, $3 for children and seniors.

Also on Saturday, Dr. Dennis Campbell will be conducting tours of Creekside, the College’s new Outdoor Center for Environmental Education located north of Lincoln along Sugar Creek. Tours will depart from the parking area in front of the Davidson-Sheffer Gymnasium at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. These tours are free and open to the public; guests are welcome to ride the College bus or drive themselves. Each tour lasts about one hour. (Weather permitting; boots or tennis shoes are recommended.)

The Lincoln College Baseball and Softball teams will be playing at home on Saturday, April 26.  The baseball team will play a double header against Illinois Central starting at 1 p.m. The softball team will play against Spoon River College at 2 p.m. Both teams will be wearing pink and selling T-shirts to raise money for breast cancer research.

Registration information and the complete list of all activities and events, including Bookstore hours, are available at For more details, contact the Lincoln College Alumni Relations office at (217) 735-7217 or e-mail