Illini Comeback

Illini Comeback
Illini Comeback
Illini Comeback

Each year since 1980, the Student Alumni Ambassadors of the University of Illinois Alumni Association invite a group of distinguished alumni back to the campus to participate in traditional activities such as the Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally. These alumni honorees also interact with current students and talk about their professional experiences since leaving their Alma Mater.

2014 Illini Comeback Honorees

Suheily Natal Davis Suheily Natal Davis ’04 MEDIA uses her journalistic and legal skills to increase the number of women of color in the profession of law. Her ability to communicate across racial, gender and socioeconomic lines has resulted in improving the community of Chicago, where she has been recognized twice as a “Rising Star” in the legal profession by Super Lawyers Magazine, an honor reserved for less than 3 percent of all lawyers in the state of Illinois. Davis has served on the board of directors for both the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago and the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois, where she implemented several initiatives aimed at recruiting and retaining women of color in law school, law firms, corporations and the judiciary. A member of the associate board of CARPLS, an innovative legal-aid provider for low-income residents of Cook County, Illinois, she also writes and edits the Illinois Employment Law letter, a monthly publication highlighting recent developments in employment law. Having previously worked for nearly seven years in the Chicago office of Ford Harrison LLP, a private law firm focusing on national labor and employment law, in 2014 Davis joined the global labor and employment team at McDonalds Corp. She earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the College of Media in 2004.

James E. Schlueter James E. Schlueter ’80 media currently serves as the director of technology communications at Boeing’s Commercial Airplane Group in Chicago, but he hasn’t forgotten the education he received at the University of Illinois College of Media that launched his media career. As such, Schlueter and his wife, Amy, have created the Schlueter Family Endowed Fund for Internships in Journalism, believing that “gaining as much real-life experience as possible can make a big difference for our students when they enter our challenging media and communications job market.” An Illini fan since childhood, Schlueter became a sports writer at The Daily Illini student newspaper as a UI sophomore, and after graduating, he worked at the Daily Leader in Pontiac, Ill.; the Danville (Ill.) Commercial News; and at a newspaper in Collinsville, Ill. Moving on to McDonnell Douglas, Schlueter wrote for its employee newspaper, and after the company merged with Boeing, he moved into communications, working with international communications, commercial airplanes and technology. In addition to his financial support of the College of Media, Schlueter serves on the college’s new volunteer leadership board and Leadership Council, as well as guiding students interested in careers in journalism. He earned a bachelor’s degree in print Journalism in 1980 from the College of Media.

Dr. Der-Tsai Lee Dr. Der-Tsai Lee MS ’76 eng, phd ’ 78 eng is an accomplished computer scientist and president of National Chung Hsing University in Taichung, Taiwan. His research interests include the design and analysis of algorithms, software security, digital libraries and bioinformatics. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University in 1971, he spent 25 years in the U.S.—first studying computer science at the University of Illinois, then teaching in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Northwestern University. In 1998, Lee became a distinguished research fellow with the Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, back in Taiwan, and was also its director through 2008. He has led numerous research enterprises, including roles as president of the Institute of Information and Computing Machinery, executive director of the Taiwan Information Security Center and deputy program director of the Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program. In addition to holding a research chair at National Taiwan University, he has a joint appointment with the Research Center for Information Technology Innovation, Academia Sinica. Among many honors, he has received the Humboldt Research Award, the Science Profession Medal from Taiwan’s National Science Council, and the German-Taiwanese Friendship Medal. He earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in computer science from the UI College of Engineering in 1976 and 1978, respectively.

Past Illini Comeback Guests


Jeffrey D. Breslow ’65 FAA
Col. Michael S. McBride ’84 las
Tonise Paul ’79 media, ms ’ 80 media


Ron Bess ’69 BUS, MS ’72 media
Sheldon Siegel ’80 bus
Beverly Washington ’78 faa


Ryan Baker ’91 media
Paul Schrage ms ’59 media
Bud Strom ’54 ahs


Bob Epstein ’74 media
G. Robert Hillman ’72 media
Jon Khachaturian ’78 eng
Laura Rowley ’87 media


Mark Filip ’88 las
Robert G. Kennedy ’78 eng
Marvin White ’69 las


Scott W. Atlas '77 LAS
Barry Sabath '74 LAS


Lee Archambault ’82 ENG, MS ’84 ENG
Cathy Larson Koerner ’87 ENG, MS ’89 ENG
Maj. Matthew C. Shortal ’94 BUS


C.O. “Doc” Erickson ’43 ACES
Gregory Paw ’85 MEDIA
Betty Lee Sung ’48 LAS  


Andrea Darlas ’94 MEDIA
Stuart M. Kaminsky ’57 MEDIA, AM ’60 LAS
Ann Davenport McBrien ’82 BUS


Mary Frances Fagan ’76 MEDIA, MA ’83 LAS
Bridget Later Lamont, MS '72 LIS
John David Mooney, MFA ’65 FAA
Grover “Russ” Whitehurst, AM ’68 LAS, PHD ’70 LAS


John Burgstone ’95 ENG
Londa Jorgensen Dewey ’82 LAS
Carol Hillsman Sagers ’79 MEDIA


Scott Altman ’81 ENG
Temple Grandin, PHD ’89 ACES
Laura McInerney Jennings ’83 BUS  
Barbara Baxter Pillinger ’56 AHS
Andrew A. Sorensen ’59 LAS


Daniel J. Balz ’68 MEDIA, MS ’72 MEDIA
Henry Givens Jr., EDM ‘61
Edward L. McMillan ’69 ACES
Sheldon B. Rubin ’64 LAS, ’66 VM, DVM ’68 


Dr. Scott Anderson MS ’36 ENG, PHD ’40 ENG
Carol Ross Barney ’71 FAA
Dianne Sautter Campbell ’71 ED
Merle Gilmore ’70 ENG
Mary Kay Kretch Haben ’77 BUS


Cheryl R. Berman ’74 MEDIA
Lu Ann Walker Maddox ’74 AHS, MS ’76 AHS
Peer Pedersen ’47 DSSWV, LLB ’48 LAW
Fred A. Rubin ’72 FAA
Lt. Gov. Corinne J. Giese Wood ’76 LAS


Doris Kelley Christopher ’67 ACES
Eileen F. Fisher ’72 ACES
Fred F. Guyton Jr. ’61 FAA
John A. Johnson ’64 ENG, MS ’65 ENG
Arthur Ramer Wyatt ’49 BUS, MS ’50 BUS, PHD ’53 BUS


Rowine Hayes Brown-Truitt ’38 MEDIA, MD ’39 MEDIA
Julia J. Henderson ’36 LAS, AM ’37 LAS
David F. Linowes ’41 BUS
Park C. Livingston ’30 LAS, MED ’81
Charles B. Shuman ’28 ACES, MS ’29 ACES


James M. Benson ’68 LAS
Judge Maynard Glitman ’55 LAS
Debra L. Mitchell ’75 FAA
Cordell Reed ’60 ENG
Dr. Katie Harper Wright ’44 LAS, EDM ‘59


Judge Eugene N. Hamilton ’55 LAS, LLB ’59 LAW
R. Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, PHD ’69 LAS  
Carol Ann Keiser ’68 ACES
Robert D. Novak ’52 LAS, HON ’98 
Gary K. Wolf ’63 MEDIA, MS ’69 MEDIA


K. Kenn Allen ’71 LAS
Samuel T. Balen ’57 FAA
Steven H. Gerdes ’77 ACES  
Nada J. Rowand ’58 FAA
Joyce E. Tucker ’70 LAS


Emiel Hamberlin, EDM ’77, EDD ’83  
Mannie L. Jackson ’60 AHS
Robert B. Levin ’65 MEDIA
Terri L. Ludwig ’85 LAS
David A. McConnell ’54 VM, DVM ’56
Eleanor H. Moty ’68 FAA


Jacqueline Triche Atkins ’69 LAS, JD ’73 LAW
Herbert Y. Chang ’60 ENG, MS ’62 ENG, PHD ’64 ENG
George M.C. Fisher ’62 ENG, HON 96
Graham C. Grady ’80 LAS
John G. “Red” Kerr ’54 UIUC
Cecilia McCane “Ceil” Kuzma ’70 LAS
Miriam J. “Jess” Marlow ’58 DSSWV
Lester H. McKeever Jr. ’55 BUS


William F. Kirk ’64 ACES
Landon Parvin ’70 BUS
Roger L. Plummer ’64 ENG
David A. Powless ’66 BUS
Christina Walton Tanner ’86 LAS
Eddie N. Williams ’54 MEDIA


Stewart D. Daniels Jr. ’49 LAS
Stanley L. Elkin ’52 LAS, AM ’53 LAS, PHD ’61 LAS, HON ’86 
Laura Barber Fraley ’77 LAS, MS ’79 BUS
William E. Geist ’68 MEDIA
Charla M. Krupp ’75 MEDIA
Robert “Bob” Martinez AM ’64 LIR
William F. Mellberg ’75 BUS
Dora Dougherty Strother AM ’53 ED
Barbara Seaquist Williams ’49 BUS


Nancy Goodman Brinker ’68 LAS
Richard B. Fink ’50 VM, DVM ’52
Rita Bell ’65 BUS
Jacquelyn Knight Gates ’71 UIUC
H. Richard McFarland ’52 ACES
Susan Sowle Suter ’72 LAS


Gary K. Bielfeldt ’58 ACES, MS ’59 ACES
Lee H. Falk ’32 LAS
Richard H. Frank ’65 BUS
Grover G. Hankins, JD ’72 LAW 
Hachiro “Buddy” Koyama, AM ’80 LIR, HON ’95 
Kathy Olesker Pounds ’71 LAS
Gail Shapiro Steinberg ’69 LAS


Max Abramovitz ’29 FAA
Barton A. Cummings ’35 MEDIA
W. Leonard Evans. Jr. ’35 BUS
John C. Houbolt ’40 ENG, MS ’42 ENG, HON ’05
George E. Keck ’32 BUS
Jack S. Kilby ’47 ENG
Thomas A. Murphy ’38 BUS
James B. “Scotty” Reston ’32 MEDIA
Alfred B. Swanson ’45 MEDIA, MD ’47 MEDIA
Phillips Talbot ’36 MEDIA, ’36 LAS
Robert C. Underwood, JD ’39 LAW  
Wilma L. Vaught ’52 BUS


Lee L. Morgan ’41 ACES
Steven R. Nagel ’69 ENG
Lou Proana ’66 LAS
Edith Ann Stotler ’68 LAS
John L. Strom ’35 MEDIA


Michael Colgrass Jr. ’56 FAA
Donald C. Johanson ’66 LAS
Barbara Miller Knuckles ’70 LAS, MS ’71 MEDIA
Prentice H. Marshall ’49 DSSWV, JD ’51 LAW
Lynn Morley Martin ’60 LAS
Sherman Ted Rice ’43 ACES, MS ’48 ACES, PHD ’50 ACES
B. Kenneth West ’55 LAS


Andrew Barr ’23 BUS, MS ’24 BUS
Richard A. Campbell ’49 ENG, MS ’50 ENG
Roger J. Ebert ’64 MEDIA
Richard A. Greenberg ’70 FAA, MFA ’72 FAA
Charles Marshall ’51 ACES
Cesar Pelli, MS ’54 FAA
Meredith Pleasant Sparks PHD ’36 LAS


James S. Brady ’62 MEDIA
Harry J. Gray ’41 MEDIA, MS ’47 MEDIA
Gardner W. Heidrick ’35 BUS
Herbert H. McKenley ’49 UIUC
Godfrey Sperling Jr. ’37 MEDIA  
Marion Morse Wood, PHD ’65 MEDIA 


John B. Anderson ’42 LAS, JD ’46 LAW
Arnold Orville Beckman ’22 LAS, MS ’23 ENG
Carole Kamin Bellows ’57 LAS
Earl B. Dickerson ’14 LAS, HON ’84 
Malcolm C. Todd ’34 LAS
Craig S. Virgin ’77 MEDIA


Harold R. “Hal” Bruno Jr. ’50 MEDIA  
Arthur S. “Arte” Johnson ’49 MEDIA
Kathleen K. Kellaigh ’76 FAA
Alfred N. Koplin ’49 DSSWV
Lester G. Leutwiler ’29 ENG
Timothy J. McCarthy ’72 BUS
Nina Temple Shepherd ’55 LAS
Larry A. Werries ’62 ACES


John S. Coleman ’57 MEDIA
Sheldon F. Good ’55 BUS
Alan M. Hallene Sr. ’51 ENG
Nancy Thies Marshall ’79 LAS
Cirilo A. McSween ’54 LAS
Judith Ford Johnson Nash ’73 AHS
Jane Hayes Rader ’54 LAS