The Distinguished Alumni Award was presented posthumously to Denny Dalmasso, founding member of the CCC/SRC Alumni Association and its president when he passed away August 4. His son, Erik Dalmasso, accepted the award on his father’s behalf.
“If you had a minute to talk about Spoon River College, my dad had an hour,” said Dalmasso. “He would tell you about all the students this place has touched, including himself. He would tell you how he had been 18 years old and a ‘wildly, unfocused student who didn’t have a clue,’ and how Marion Guyton and Martha Strode forced him to be a better person and to always focus on doing the right thing.”
When Denny enrolled in 1971, the College was still known as Canton Community College and was located downtown. By the time he received his degree in 1974, it had become Spoon River College and was at its current site. Denny later received a BS in Education from Bradley University and also a MS. He taught and coached athletics at all levels of education.
Erik Dalmasso accepted the award on his father’s behalf.
Following the 2012 Alumni Reception, Denny presented the SRC Foundation with a $1500 check to go towards the establishment of an Alumni Scholarship, promising another $1000 the next year and challenging other alumni to contribute also.
“SRC gave dad the chance to be an educator, and he loved education. He also loved this event – it was the only time he wore a suit – and he had every intention of being here tonight. We miss him, and my sister and I are honored to accept this award on his behalf,” said Dalmasso.