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Three IWU grads to be recognized at homecoming in October

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BLOOMINGTON — A McLean County circuit judge is among three Illinois Wesleyan University alumni who will be recognized during homecoming festivities in October.

Circuit Judge Elizabeth Robb of Normal will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award on Oct. 13. The award honors alumni who make distinguished contributions to society, achieve professional distinction or demonstrate civic leadership.

Robb, a 1978 graduate of IWU, received her law degree from Loyola University in Chicago in 1981. She has been a judge since 1993 and, in 2004, became the first woman to be named chief judge in McLean County. She was a key player in obtaining a $1.2 million federal grant for the Adult Treatment Court Collaborative to enhance the county’s special drug and mental health courts.

She also has provided internships and mock trial opportunities for IWU students.

Other honored alumni are Karl Pierburgh, director of football systems/special projects for the Atlanta Falcons, and Coyner Smith of Omaha, Neb.

Pierburgh will receive the Robert M. Montgomery Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, recognizing outstanding professional achievement and/or civic leadership. He is a 1998 IWU graduate, was a four year-letterman in football and a member of the Academic All-Conference team. He lives in Hoschton, Ga.

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Smith, a member of the Class of 1954 and founder of Better Business Equipment, will receive the Loyalty Award that recognizes alumni who have helped IWU through service to the university and/or strong financial support. Among projects Smith and his wife, Donna, have been involved in are helping restore the Phi Mu Alpha fraternity house after a fire and providing funding for Presser Hall renovations.

IWU will play its homecoming game at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 13 against Carthage College.

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