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Lowell Hill

Seeds of Success

Armed with a new-fangled device called a laptop that was “the size of a suitcase,” Jeanne Bailey, ’85 ACES, MS ’88 ACES, and her fellow ACES intern, Karen Bender, ’85 LAS, MS ’88 ACES,...

Kidney Sisters

Rachel Kindred Kesler, ’09 BUS, and Mandy Lockman Leib, MS ’09 MEDIA, played together as toddlers and attended grade school, high school and the U of I together. Now they live a block apart...

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...