Alumni & Campus Stories

Alethenai Class, 1871

Co-Education

In her later years, Frances Potter Reynolds, Class of 1874, recalled the day in 1870 when the Illinois Industrial University’s Board of Trustees voted to admit women as students. Unlike the 14 other “young...

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

Pathbreaker

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...

Lou Henson

The University of Illinois Alumni Association and Fighting Illini fans across the country are saddened to learn of the passing of legendary Illinois Head Basketball Coach Lou Henson. During his 21 years at Illinois...

The Quad

A World Beyond

THE COVID-19 ERA, Part 1 of 3 They were on top of a mountain in Puerto Rico, queued up for the adrenaline rush of the longest zip-line ride in the world when the pandemic...

Jaya Yodh

In Class: Facilitator

I am one of four core medical education facilitators at U of I’s Carle Illinois College of Medicine. We come from different backgrounds—engineering, neuroscience, physiology, biochemistry. I’m the biochemist. We started with the College’s inaugural...

Anti-Vietnam march

Flash Point

EDITOR’S NOTE The 1960s were a period like no other in the history of higher education, as student unrest about the Vietnam War and other social issues overtook campuses nationwide, with thousands of students...

Dan Corry

Nut Job

Dan Corry, ’19 MEDIA, gets a lot of funny looks doing his job. And he doesn’t give a flying filbert.  In June, Corry began a year-long stint driving one of three, 26-foot-long motorized legumes...