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Mihir Vardhan

Illinois Shines in The College Tour

Mihir Vardhan, a freshman electrical engineering major from Haryana, India, has something to tell the world about the University of Illinois: “It’s about studying what you’re passionate about, in the most amazing labs...

Way of the Sensei

Shozo Sato, HON ’99, still remembers the searchlights sweeping across the sky over Osaka, Japan, in 1945. Then came the B-29 bombers. “I could hear the planes coming in, the very deep propeller sounds,”...

Virtual Town Hall Series

April 30, 2020: Chancellor Robert J. Jones March 2, 2020: Director of Athletics Josh Whitman   December 9, 2019: University of Illinois System President Timothy Killeen


“The pandemic was bearing down on us, and we knew we had to do something,” recalls Martin Burke, associate dean of research at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Burke had just been asked...

Taylor Berkley Boydstun

Cellar Master

Days after his 30th birthday, Taylor Berkley Boydstun, ’08 LAS, suffered a heart attack. He spent three days in a coma. Upon waking—painfully aware of his mortality—Boydstun began to reconsider his life.  He had...

Jill Wine Banks


Jill Wine Banks, ’64 MEDIA—or Jill Wine Volner, as she was known in the early 1970s—was barely 30 years old when she became the only woman on the legal team that prosecuted the highest-ranking...