Alumni & Campus Stories

Michael Pan

’Shroom Chef

In 2008, Michael Pan, ’01 ENG, traveled from his home in Chicago to visit his vegetarian Buddhist family in Malaysia. His cousin put a bowl of food on the table. Pan tried a bite...

Christine Rea

Show Starter

For Christine Rea, ’91 LAS, the roller-skating rink was a fixture of her childhood in Lansing, Ill. She loved every aspect of her weekly Saturday skates with her best friend: the music, the food,...

Audrey Chapuis

Bibliophile

From earliest childhood, Audrey Chapuis, MA ’06 LIS, was in love with books. “No one knows where it came from,” she says, “but since I was 3 years old I was obsessed with them....

David Kroese

Park Rover

Lots of men facing a mid-life stall opt to get a divorce or a sports car. David Kroese, ’93 LAS, visited all of the U.S. National Parks.  “I’d had a very good run,” Kroese...

Julia Pryde

One of a Kind

The unwieldy head, with its single white horn and tri-color mane, towers and bobs. The inflated torso overwhelms her body. She gets someone to turn on the video on their phone, then prances a...

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...