Alumni & Campus Stories

Paul Lisnek

Alter Ego

After four successful decades as a lawyer, jury consultant, professor, and currently, WGN-TV’s political analyst, Paul Lisnek, ’80 LAS, MA ’80 LAS, JD ’83, PHD ’86 LAS, decided to give fiction a whirl. In...

The Big Picture: The new normal

U of I students began wrapping up their 2020–21 classes at the one-year milestone of coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. Face masks, physical distancing, classroom- and event-capacity limitations all became customary as Illini life...

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...

In Class: Veterans’ Advocate

The Veterans Legal Clinic is one of four legal clinics in the U of I College of Law. We also have an Immigration Law Clinic, Family Advocacy Clinic and Federal Civil Rights Clinic (it...

John Cannon

Trades Man

He’s got a job as big as Idaho itself. From Twin Falls to Coeur d’Alene, John G. Cannon, ’91 ACES, EDM ’94, brings vocational education to the high schools of the state. An associate...

Aakrit Vaish and Swapan Rajdev

Client Retainers

Common business wisdom holds that it takes months to find a customer—and seconds to lose one. Two Illini have created a better way for businesses to keep their customers through an artificial intelligence-powered, conversational...

Piglet in cage

Ingenious: Mapping the pig genome

When it was announced in 2001 that the University of Illinois would lead the first efforts to sequence the pig genome, Animal Sciences Professor Lawrence Schook had a lab party to celebrate. His team...