Distinguished Service Medallion 2002

M. JOAN STUKEL

Mrs. Stukel "exemplified graciousness and quiet competence" as First Lady of the University of Illinois. Mrs. Stukel succeeded in making people feel very welcome and important when visiting the University of Illinois. She has been an outstanding ambassador for our University. She has also gladly taken on major tasks of renovation and preservation of the President's House, handling budgets and workers with aplomb. In doing so she has ensured protection of one of the University's treasures for future generations. The Medallion was presented to Mrs. Stukel in November 2002.

 

Board of Trustees Minutes
November 14, 2002

AWARD TRUSTEES' DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDALLION
TO M. JOAN STUKEL

The graciousness and quiet competence exemplified by Joan Stukel are characteristics the trustees and others have come to recognize as hallmarks of all that she has undertaken as First Lady of the University of Illinois. Many in Illinois and around the country have been beneficiaries of Joan's initiatives and exceptional planning of projects important to the University. Here at home, thousands of students, alumni, faculty members, and friends of the University have memories of important times at the home of President and Mrs. Stukel and have experienced the warmth, concern, and friendship she has offered all who have met her.

Joan is a presence within the University, representing the values we cherish, among them hard work, excellence, and service for the greater good. She is also an interpreter of those values and of the legendary contributions made by the University of Illinois for the betterment of our society to innumerable groups and individuals every year. She has always been wonderfully informed and has inspired many in her meetings with many diverse audiences as an ambassador for the University. In all settings and on all occasions, Joan has succeeded in making people feel very welcome and important to her family and to the University.

She has also provided capable assistance to national higher education organizations in the design and execution of programs at their meetings and conferences, and she has brought her extensive experience in executive positions to bear on her many volunteer activities for the University's benefit. Whether organizing major events for Chicago's Field Museum, or for the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, various philanthropic groups in Urbana-Champaign, or serving on committees of national organizations, Joan has served tirelessly----directed by her loyalty to the University. In doing so she has been an outstanding ambassador for our University. She has also gladly taken on major tasks of renovation and preservation of the President's House, handling budgets and workers with aplomb. In doing so she has ensured protection of one of the University's treasures for future generations.

We, the trustees of the University of Illinois, wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude and deep admiration for the skillful, sensitive, and devoted service of Joan Stukel. Today we honor her with the Trustees' Distinguished Service Medallion as a token of our appreciation.

On motion of Mrs. Sodeman, this recommendation was approved.