Alumni & Campus Stories

Michael Pan

’Shroom Chef

In 2008, Michael Pan, ’01 ENG, traveled from his home in Chicago to visit his vegetarian Buddhist family in Malaysia. His cousin put a bowl of food on the table. Pan tried a bite...

Christine Rea

Show Starter

For Christine Rea, ’91 LAS, the roller-skating rink was a fixture of her childhood in Lansing, Ill. She loved every aspect of her weekly Saturday skates with her best friend: the music, the food,...

Audrey Chapuis

Bibliophile

From earliest childhood, Audrey Chapuis, MA ’06 LIS, was in love with books. “No one knows where it came from,” she says, “but since I was 3 years old I was obsessed with them....

Ingenious: Professor of Poverty

Oscar Lewis was no stranger to controversy—or to accolades and honors. This was certainly the case after the U of I professor of anthropology published The Children of Sánchez in 1961. Critics bristled at...

Virtual Commencement

The first of many celebrations

Commencement 2020 was like no other.For starters, the ceremony ran just seven seconds shy of 16 minutes—surely a speed record for a University that has, over 149 years, developed multiple Commencement celebrations and traditions....