Alumni & Campus Stories

Memory Lane: Field Day

It’s a Saturday in October, about 100 years ago. The trees are starting to change, there’s a chill in the air, and the stands at Illinois Field (1891–1986)—all wooden bleachers—are starting to fill, as...

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

Fast-tracked

“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...

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...