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Villages of Richton Park and Park Forest are Special Guests to PSC Anniversary Celebration

Villages of Richton Park and Park Forest are Special Guests to PSC Anniversary Celebration [11/14/2018]

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During a recent 60th Anniversary Community Celebration, Prairie State College President Dr. Terri L. Winfree (center) presented Pioneer Pillar of the Community Awards to (from left) President of the Village of Richton Park Rick Reinbold, Illinois State Representative Al Riley, Mayor of the Village of Park Forest John Ostenburg, and former PSC employee Dora Ivory.


Throughout the year, Prairie State College has been celebrating its 60th Anniversary with open house-style events focusing on each of the villages that make up the college’s district. During these events, the college has awarded Pioneer Pillar of the Community Awards to individuals who have made significant contributions to the college and the community it serves.

The September event recognized the Villages of Richton Park and Park Forest. Among the honorees was President of the Village of Richton Park Rick Reinbold, who was recognized for his work with the Sister Cities Partnership and support of the college’s Student Veteran’s Center and activities supporting veterans, as well as the many other ways he has supported the college and the community.

Also recognized was Mayor of the Village of Park Forest John Ostenburg, who was recognized as a former employee of PSC and for his involvement on the President’s Advisory Council and support of the Student Veterans Center and activities supporting veterans, as well as the many other ways he has supported PSC, the students and the community.

Among the other award recipients were Dora Ivory, who served as a college employee in the Continuing Education Department for more than 30 years and also serves in several community organizations, and Illinois State Representative Al Riley, who has been a longtime advocate the college, its students, and the community.

“All of these individuals have demonstrated exceptional performance and exemplary community service, and we are pleased to honor them for their contributions,” said PSC President Dr. Terri L. Winfree. “Furthermore, they exemplify the college values of Learning, Excellence, Accessibility, Respect, and Integrity.” 

The college is hosting its last 60th Anniversary Community Celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 14, welcoming members of Hazel Crest and Country Club Hills. For more information about Prairie State College and the 60th Anniversary Community Celebrations, visit prairiestate.edu/pscis60.