Alumni & Campus Stories

Righteous Runner

Sister Stephanie Baliga, ’10 LAS, is fast as well as faithful. The former Illini track and cross country runner previously completed a full marathon in 2 hours and 53 minutes—an elite pace of six...

“I”s on the World: Hot Shots

Patrick Tyrrell, ’76 LAS, started off 2020 by venturing to Antarctica.  Of his photo sporting Orange and Blue on the bottom of the world, Tyrrell says that his “camera-shy wife” Catherine took it. “She’s...

Indonesia’s Equity Advocate

As finance minister for the Republic of Indonesia, Bambang Brodjonegoro, MUP ’95, PHD ’97 FAA, instituted a tax amnesty program that increased tax compliance and economic growth while reducing social inequality. His budget policy...

The Illini Comeback Awards

This year, the University of Illinois Alumni Association marks the 20th anniversary of its Illini Comeback Awards, a program that invites prominent and accomplished alumni back to campus during Homecoming Week to share their...

Alumni Ambassador

LOU LIAY SPIRIT AWARD Champaign native Bob Lumsden, ’53 BUS, first joined the U of I staff in 1963 to fill a brand-new position at Illinois—coordinator of campus tours. The job had been created...

True Orange and Blue

HONORARY ALUMNI It was early April 1975 and Lou Henson was coming off his latest successful basketball season at New Mexico State University. The Aggies went 20–7 and qualified for another NCAA tournament appearance....

Algorithm Activist

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AWARD Most Googlers search for something specific: song lyrics or a reliable neighborhood repair shop. But Safiya Noble, MS ’09 IS, PHD ’12 IS, seeks to understand what isn’t shown—namely, results...

Research Risk-taker

YOUNG ALUMNI AWARD Submitting your first paper for publication is a nerve-wracking rite of passage for any Ph.D. student. While pursuing her doctorate in chemical physics at Illinois with U of I Professor of...

Corporate Communicator

ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD It’s not hard to imagine, over the past four decades, more than one corporate CEO, when facing a challenge communicating with employees, has turned to the company’s human resources director and...

Chemical Catalyst

ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD When Joe Glas, MS ’62 LAS, PHD ’65 LAS, was put in charge of the Freon division of chemical company DuPont in 1985, he thought the controversy surrounding the refrigerant—namely, the...