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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...

James Franklin Sharp

Mr. Speaker

How good of a commencement speaker is James Franklin Sharp, ’59 ENG? The Chester, Ill., native has delivered five keynote addresses at his hometown’s grade school and high school, and he bested the draw...

Bart Ladd, Dee Brown and Grant Pitcher,

Orange on Brown

The place was Rosebud, but the occasion was straight up Orange and Blue—emphasis on Orange. This past January, the grandfather/grandson duo of Bart Ladd, ’57 BUS, and Grant Pitcher, ’19 ACES, took Illini basketball...

The Power of I

“The University of Illinois is done with Midwest humble.” That’s the word from Eric Minor, ’86 ENG, the U of I chief marketing officer, as he and his team prepare to launch “The Power of I,” a marketing...