Alumni & Campus Stories

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...

Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin

Cultural Commissioner

Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin, ’86 MEDIA, is managing director of the acclaimed New American Theatre in Los Angeles. Celebrating its 25th year in 2020, NAT has put on more than 100 mainstage plays and hundreds...

Michael Albert

The Governor’s Messenger

Michael Albert, ’87 LAS, has become a reluctant celebrity, thanks to his work as a sign language interpreter at Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s daily coronavirus briefings. He’s been interviewed by print, broadcast and social...

Nancy Baym

Social Mediator

When Warner Bros. announced its fourth film set in the world of the dystopian thriller, The Matrix, it was a testament not only to our love of cutting-edge action movies, but to our predicament...