Alumni & Campus Stories

Room with a number of large sculptures

Living Monument

From its agricultural and engineering roots, John Milton Gregory had a profound vision for what the U of I should become—a full-fledged university offering courses in every field and grounded

John Sutherland in a lab

Sustainability Engineer

Growing up in the western suburbs of Chicago, John W. Sutherland, ’80 ENG, MS ’82 ENG, PHD ’87 ENG, always liked math and was “pretty good at science.” It was

Jaap Hoogstraten, poses along a Spinosaurus skeleton

Field Guide

It’s showtime for the newest star attraction at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History: Sobek, a 46-foot-long cast of a Spinosaurus skeleton. This fierce semi-aquatic predator ruled the seas around

Group shot of J.P., J.R. Rose and Anthony Hoffman wearing orange and blue colors.


For the Hoffman family, cheering on the Illini is a family affair. At home football and basketball games,  you will find J.R. Hoffman, ’92 LAS, MD ’96 UIC, and Rose

outside portrait of Sonya Zalubowski

Undercover Reporter

In 1981, as the Solidarity labor movement was gaining traction in Poland, Sonya Zalubowski, MS ’78 MEDIA, took a leave of absence from the Associated Press and moved to Warsaw,