Alumni & Campus Stories

Baptism by fire

The train from Champaign lumbered through the black Illinois night, just past the witching hour, en route to a city on fire. Nineteen-year-old Dillon Brown, Class of 1875, sat in his seat, smelling the...

Optimistic Thriller

Known for his writings about sports and film, Athens, Ga.–based journalist, Will Leitch, ’98 MEDIA, veers into new territory with How Lucky (Harper, 2021), a novel in which a young man with a debilitating...

Roxanne Chow

Tax Guide

The Mexican American family came looking for help—with their taxes. Dad was a maintenance worker. Mom was a homemaker. The eldest of their three children served as their translator. When a helpful volunteer ran...

Six Generations

This past May, 9,200 students graduated from the U of I, joining a network of nearly 500,000 alumni around the world. One of those graduates, Mariah Jean Guyot, FAA ’21, was already part of...