Alumni & Campus Stories

The State of the University

IA: In the Spring ’22 issue of Illinois Alumni, we published a cover story on the first graduating class of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine (CIMED). What’s your take on the College? RJ:...

Server Savior

As an academic technology specialist at Stanford University, Quinn Dombrowski, MS ’09 IS, helps scholars conduct better digital research in linguistics. When Russia invaded Ukraine, she found herself co-leading a new effort: Saving Ukrainian...

Linguaphile

A professor of ESL/Bilingual education at National Louis University, Kristin Lems, MA ’75 LAS, MA ’83 LAS, received the 2021 Elliot Judd Outstanding Teacher Award presented by the Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers...

Birds of a Feather

In his first picture book, Mr. Watson’s Chickens (Chronicle Books), Jarrett Dapier, ’01 LAS, MSLIS ’15, tells the story of a same-sex couple whose love can survive anything—even a house overrun by 456 singing,...

Dr. Nicole Williams

Taboo Buster

Dr. Nicole Williams, ’97 LAS, ’97 LAS, doesn’t get mad—she gets motivated. When a guidance counselor suggested that she consider becoming a nurse instead of a doctor, Williams doubled down on her studies, earned...

Alumni Interview: Ronald S. Urick

In the 1995 movie Mr. Holland’s Opus, Richard Dreyfuss plays a classical composer who begrudgingly accepts a high school music teaching job to pay the bills. As the film unfolds, though, his outlook transforms,...

Chamber-alt Cellist

They play music in a converted garage. Equipped with a vaulted ceiling and retrofitted with asymmetrical walls, vibration-free floor and acoustical insulation, the space has gone from a bay for your dad’s Oldsmobile to...

ARC Outdoor Pool

The Big Picture: Summer Hot Spot

Here’s a summer hot spot if you’re looking to cool down! The Activities and Recreation Center features two Olympic-size, 50-meter pools (one indoor, open July–August; and one outdoor, open for the run of the...