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John Sutherland in a lab

Sustainability Engineer

Growing up in the western suburbs of Chicago, John W. Sutherland, ’80 ENG, MS ’82 ENG, PHD ’87 ENG, always liked math and was “pretty good at science.” It was

Group shot of J.P., J.R. Rose and Anthony Hoffman wearing orange and blue colors.


For the Hoffman family, cheering on the Illini is a family affair. At home football and basketball games,  you will find J.R. Hoffman, ’92 LAS, MD ’96 UIC, and Rose

portraits of Pam and Kevin Paradies, then and now

Eternal Flames

Their romance began even before school did, at a summer orientation for incoming freshmen. Over the next couple of years, they blossomed together, becoming finance majors, members of rival business

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  DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AWARD TRACEY MEARES Yale Law School Professor addresses justice-system inequities One of the nation’s leading authorities on policing in urban communities, Yale University Law School professor

Javan and Melissa Raney Samp kiss in front of the Alma Mater sculpture on their wedding day.

Club Kids

So special. So romantic. So U of I, how Javan G. Samp, ’15 ENG, and Melissa Raney Samp, ’15 ACES, together inscribed their names in the membership log of a

Scott Ziffra crossing the finish line at the 2022 Antarctic Ice Marathon.

Globe Trotter

When Scott Ziffra, ’94 ENG, crossed the finish line of the December 2022 Antarctic Ice Marathon, he raised his arms—hands covered by thick black gloves—in victory. The moment marked not