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...

One in a million

The November presidential vote might have confirmed a deep rift in the American psyche, but in Chicago, there was total unanimity. With the possible exception of corrupt politicians, anyone who has ever watched TV...

Foodies

The adage that “too many cooks spoil the broth” does not apply if they are U of I alumni working for Chicago-based meal service company Tovala. “You hire from within your network because they...

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...

Alan May

Challenged

Alan May ’80 LAS, MS ’82 LER, was on vacation when he heard about the coronavirus. It was early January 2020, and he was in a hotel room in Marrakesh, Morocco, drinking mint tea...

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...