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Michael VanBlaricum

Fleming’s Man

The driving passion of Mike VanBlaricum’s life (one of them, anyway) sparked to life early in 1965 at the Apollo Theater’s Friday-night show in Princeton, Ill., a tiny town surrounded by cornfields about two...

Dr. Nicole Williams

Taboo Buster

Dr. Nicole Williams, ’97 LAS, ’97 LAS, doesn’t get mad—she gets motivated. When a guidance counselor suggested that she consider becoming a nurse instead of a doctor, Williams doubled down on her studies, earned...

Lisa Hennessy

Show Runner

On a crisp, clear afternoon in February 2021, Lisa Hennessy, ’91 LAS, returned to the U of I for the first time since her graduation. Tan and fit, her blond hair bleached by the...

Siebel Center for Design

Tech Titan

SCD springs from a $25 million gift given by eponymous benefactor, Tom Siebel, ’75 LAS, MBA ’83, MS ’85 ENG, whose passion for learning across the disciplines is revealed in his Illinois degrees in...