J.D. Ross Extraordinary Service Award - Humanitarian Service
Thanks to a 20-year effort from Dave Holmes, more than $300,000 has been raised for community organizations in the memory of his friend and mentor, Tim Klotz.
Holmes began raising funds through an annual golf outing in his mentor’s honor. The initial funds went directly to Joliet Catholic Academy, the alma mater of Klotz’s children and wife.
Every year since then, Holmes kept his friend’s legacy alive and helped even more causes in the community, from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties to Guardian Angel Community Services, the JJC Foundation and more. In 2009, the Tim Klotz Memorial Fund won the Foundation Philanthropic Award from the Southwest Suburban Philanthropic Network and was named Donor of the Year by Guardian Angel Community Services in 2011.
Most recently, Holmes led the effort to endow the Timothy C. Klotz Memorial Scholarship at the JJC Foundation. J.D. Ross Extraordinary Service Award - Distinguished Public Service
Recognized for her influential role with the Old Joliet Prison Project, Joliet Museum Board of Directors President Lynne Lichtenauer is responsible for the worldwide attention the project has received and raising the Joliet Museum’s profile.
Thanks to her, the museum board also saw a transition in its membership with the addition of many diverse and enthusiastic members, made up of both experienced and emerging community leaders. In addition to her work with the museum,
Lichtenauer is the director of the following boards and organizations: the Lewis University Cultural Advisory Board, the Silver Cross Foundation Board, the Cultural Art Council of the Joliet Area, the Joliet Park District Foundation, the Joliet Township High School Foundation and the Rialto Square Theatre Foundation. Susan H. Wood Hall of Fame Award
Marcink is a JJC journalism, English and film professor and an advisor of the student newspaper, The Blazer. He has also served as JJC’s president of the AFT-Local 604 faculty union for the past 13 years.
Under his leadership at JJC, The Blazer won four first place awards for overall excellence from the Illinois Community College Journalism Association (ICCJA) in recent years. The Blazer also won Best of Show at the Fall ICCJA Conference at Eastern Illinois University in 2017 and 2018. In addition to this work,
Marcink is an author of the nonfiction book, "The Working Class in American Film." Last year, he was a recipient of JJC’s Jo Award for Integrity. Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Dr. Dennis Haggerty
Had it not been for JJC, Dennis Haggerty said he may not have realized his potential to become a podiatrist.
As a student in the 1960s, Haggerty was very active in the then Students of Medical Science Club before transferring to Aurora University and continuing on to the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine.
After graduating, Haggerty established private practices in the northwest suburbs of Chicago from 1972 to 2006.
Throughout his career, he also worked as an instructor for several institutions, including the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine, the William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and the Loyola Ambulatory Surgical Center at Oak Brook.
Haggerty held memberships to many professional organizations, including the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association, American Podiatric Medical Association, the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management, and was a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
Haggerty spends his free time with philanthropic efforts involving several regional medical centers and in the Middle East. Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Resis has not only been widely quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Barrons, The New York Times and Business Week, but he’s made many appearances on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Fox Business as a market strategist and investor.
Currently a U.S. Bank Corp Multi Series Trust board member and a member of the CFA Society of Chicago, Resis got his start at JJC more than 50 years ago. As a student, he was a Wolves baseball player and finance major.
After JJC, Resis attended Michigan State University. He worked in fixed income sales at Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and Paine Webber.
Later, he became the managing director at Kemper Financial Services, the director of North American Fixed Income and the director of Henderson Global Investors (now Janus Henderson). He retired in 2005.
J.D. Ross Extraordinary Service Award
The highest award bestowed upon an individual by Joliet Junior College. In 1975, JJC began honoring community members with this award to recognize their volunteerism and service to the district. In 2004, the award was renamed the J.D. Ross Extraordinary Service Award honoring past President J.D. Ross for his distinguished public service to the community.
Susan H. Wood Hall of Fame Award
Recognizes a non-alumna/alumnus who is a current or former faculty member, administrator or friend who has served JJC in an exceptional way. It was named after
Susan H. Wood, one of the most influential leaders of JJC’s past. She worked at the college from 1944 to 1970 and helped form the JJC Alumni Association.
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
The highest honor bestowed upon a JJC alumna/alumnus. It is presented to those alumni who have demonstrated outstanding success in their chosen field and provided humanitarian service to society.
Joliet Junior College will recognize the service of alumni and community members at the second annual Night of Stars on Thursday, April 4 from 5-7 p.m. It will take place at the Renaissance Center, 214 N. Chicago St. in Joliet.
The cost to attend is $35 per person. The public is invited to attend. For tickets, visit
JJC has a long history of honoring alumni and friends in the community for volunteerism, career achievement, and their commitment to the college. Night of Stars launched last year to combine multiple JJC recognition events into one.
This year’s ceremony will honor five individuals. Dave Holmes and Lynne Lichtenauer will be presented with the J.D. Ross Extraordinary Service Award; Dr. Dennis Haggerty, ’66, and Harry Resis, ’65, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award; and Robert Marcink is the recipient of the Susan H. Wood Hall of Fame Award.
At the event, major gift donors will also be recognized for their support of the JJC Foundation. Here is more information about the honorees:
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