Alumni & Campus Stories

Carmen Rossi, casually dressed, sitting on the edge of a bar countertop at his Hubbard Inn restaurant.

Serial Entrepreneur

It’s astonishing that Carmen Rossi, ’07 LAS, MS ’09 AHS, ever had time to go to class. As an undergraduate at Illinois, he started a business that built dormitory lofts and rehabbed heating fixtures....

Male student being silly, laughing and poking his face through a life-size, orange Illinois block "I."

From Zero to $2.7 Billion

One might say a triumph was front-loaded. When With Illinois officially kicked off in the fall of 2017, approximately 45 percent of the campaign’s ambitious $2.25 billion goal had already been secured through a...

Sunny library facade with an open book in the foreground and pages curled into the spine to form the shape of a heart.

The University Library

Beloved and ever-evolving, the University Library has drawn a range of gifts, including a $2.5M pledge for revisioning and renovation from the Shebik family (Steven E., ’78 BUS, ’78 BUS, and Megan M. Shebik,...

Rendering of Ubben Basketball complex locker room complete with orange, black and blue colors, a large block I on the ceiling and separate numbered changing bays for players.

Ubben Basketball Complex

The $40M renovation of the sports facility will add approximately 40,000 square feet to the existing building, remodel more than 8,000 square feet and introduce such enhancements as a sports medicine area. Announced in...

Sydney and Chase Brown in suits standing in front of giant "BIG 10" letters.

Opposite Sides

Late in the football game against Purdue on Nov. 12, Illini star running back Chase Brown, ’22 LAS, suffered what appeared to be a significant leg injury.  As the team’s medical personnel attended to...

Dome of lights sculpture viewed with women and dogs at night.

The Big Picture: Holiday Glow

Seasonal magic illuminates the grounds of the Allerton Park & Retreat Center, where visitors can enjoy an enchanting mile-long walk glittering with festive lights and attractions. Originally designed in 1900 as a private estate...