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SSC seeking Star Awards nominations for Chicago Women’s Conference

OAK FOREST, Ill. (December 11, 2019) – South Suburban College is seeking nominations for The Star Awards, which will be presented at the 12th Annual Chicago Women’s Conference being held at South Suburban College on Friday, March 13, 2020. The two awards recognize women for their outstanding leadership in business, community activities and/or education, and their encouragement of others to also be STARS. One of the awards recognizes lifetime achievement of a South Suburban College (Thornton Community College) alumna.

STAR awardees are role models because they not only focus on achieving their own goals, but through their inspiring actions they profoundly motivate others to do the same. Writers of the applications are urged to tell the full story of the women they are nominating. Applications are being accepted through Monday, February 3, 2020, and are available from

This year marks the fifth year of the Star Awards. This year’s conference theme is Vision 2020: Sharpen Your Focus!

Last year LaTanya Allen won the SSC Lifetime Alumna Award. She is a graduate of the college’s court reporting program and now a law student at University of Mississippi Law School after working as a court reporter and serving as president of the Mississippi Court Reporter Association. Shanina Thomas, an adjunct professor at Harold Washington College in African American Studies and History, won the STAR Award.

SSC President Dr. Lynette Stokes (center) poses with 2019 Star Award recipients Shanina Thomas and Latanya Allen. (Photo provided)

“These women are inspirational,” said Nancy Burrows, Co-chair of The Star Awards Committee. “They excel in what they do and then go even further by sharing their knowledge, kindness, and leadership with others. The awards are presented towards the beginning of the day and contribute to the upbeat, ‘can do’ tone of the rest of the day.”

Women may nominate themselves and others by February 3 from Registration is now open to attend the event on March 13, 2020.

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