LAS alumni award winners announced

Lincoln Hall (Photo by Wayne Cable Photography)

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has announced seven recipients of its 2017 annual alumni awards. The awardees represent several different fields of study and have remarkable accomplishments that are linked to their experiences and connections at the University of Illinois.

Ifeoluwa (Luvvie) Ajayi, ’06 LAS, is a recipient of the LAS Outstanding Young Alumni Award.  Through her blog, Awesomely Luvvie, and her first book, “I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual,” Ajayi has emerged as a highly prominent pop culture commentator, with more than 10,000 visitors to her site on any given day,  180,000 likes on the Awesomely Luvvie Facebook page, 30,000 followers on Instagram, and 60,000 followers on Twitter. She co-founded The Red Pump Project with another Illinois alumna to increase HIV/AIDS awareness.

David Boger, MS ’64 LAS, PhD ’64 LAS, is a recipient of the LAS Alumni Achievement Award. He is currently a world-renowned expert in rheology and professor of chemical engineering at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where he has also held several positions at the University of Melbourne. He is best known for the development of “Boger Fluids,” which behave both like solids and liquids depending on how stress is applied to the fluid. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering earlier this year.

Nancy Greenwalt, ’89 LAS, is a recipient of the LAS Alumni Humanitarian Award. She currently serves as executive director for Promise Healthcare, also known as the Frances Nelson Community Health Center, which assures access to medical services for thousands of men, women, and children. Greenwalt manages health and dental clinics for the organization and also helps raise money for operations. Prior to this work she worked for Community Shares of Illinois, which linked employers and employees to charities.

To read the full list of awardees, follow the link here.