News from MacMurray College
Award honors influential alumna
Marjorie Howard’s contributions to physical education are recognized.
MacMurray College is honoring an alumna, former faculty member, and continuing supporter who made significant contributions to MacMurray College, the Jacksonville community and girls’ high school sports in Illinois. The MacMurray Physical Education Department Award honors a senior student who displays superior scholarship in physical education. It has been renamed the Marjorie A. Howard Award to honor Marjorie Howard, a 1959 MacMurray graduate.
“I think this is a real culmination of my career, knowing my name is still there and that students will strive for excellence in teaching as I did as a student at MacMurray and as a faculty member,” said Howard.
Howard served as the first coach for girls’ basketball, tennis, track and volleyball at Jacksonville High School, where she taught Physical Education for 38 years. Howard was instrumental in the campaign to sanction girls’ high school sporting events. She also served as a visiting professor of physical education and coordinator for the Physical Education Department at MacMurray.
Howard graduated from MacMurray in 1959 with a bachelor’s and went on to earn master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Springfield and Western Illinois University.
Caleb A. Jett was the first recipient of the Marjorie A. Howard Award at graduation this past spring.