2017 Annual Alumni Banquet

Not only will the club recognize Melvin G. Spiese, retired US Marine Corps Major General, with our Distinguished Alumni Award, but MGEN Spiese will also be our featured speaker. This will also be a great opportunity to meet your fellow San Diego Alumni.

On Sunday, March 26, the Illini Club of San Diego County annual dinner will be held at the SDSU alumni center. If you have never attended an annual banquet, you will find out what a rewarding experience you have been missing: a chance to meet and socialize with outstanding fellow Illini while reconnecting with your University.  All proceeds from this event go towards our Scholarship Fund, which supports local students who are now attending the University of Illinois. 

THE HONORED GUEST and FEATURED SPEAKER: Melvin Spiese, retired US Marine Corps Major General

Each year the Club recognizes an Illinois graduate who has made contributions to the community as well as achievements in their chosen profession.  This year we are proud to present the award to Melvin Spiese.  He graduated with a BSCE from U of I in 1976 (and NROTC), followed by: MS USC 1981, MA 1997 US Army School of Advanced Military Studies.

Melvin Spiese retired in 2013 after a 36-year career with the USMC. At time of his retirement he was Deputy Commanding General of I Marine Expeditionary Force and Commanding General of 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, overseeing 57,000 Marines and Sailors, the largest warfighting organization in the USMC. He served in: Naval Weapons Station, Concord (CA); Headquarters Marine Corps; Marine Aircraft Group 12, Iwakuni, Japan; US Special Operations Command.  

The Venue: SDSU Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center Ballroom (5250 55th St, San Diego, CA)

The event begins with cocktails at 6pm, followed by dinner at 7pm.  There are three choices for dinner entrees:  Fennel braised salmon, Baked rosemary chicken, or Eggplant fennel canneloni.  All three include a tossed green salad and are served with roased red potatoes and seasonal vegetables.  Dinner will be followed by a Chocolate bomb dessert.


The event is closed for additional tickets.  Parking is still available for $4 per vehicle.  When making your puchase, please be sure to add both the dinner price and parking (if necessary) to your cart.  For recent graduates (2007 and later), there will be a $10 discount, which is sponsored by one of our generous club members.  If you are a recent graduate, please select this ticket option.  Click the link below to buy your tickets today!

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