Alumni & Campus Stories

Ned Nolan

A new phase

After retiring six years ago, following a successful career in finance, Ned Moran, LAS ’82, purposely entered a new phase of his life. For him, it wasn’t time to kick back and relax, but...

Alethenai Class, 1871

Co-Education

In her later years, Frances Potter Reynolds, Class of 1874, recalled the day in 1870 when the Illinois Industrial University’s Board of Trustees voted to admit women as students. Unlike the 14 other “young...

Taylor Berkley Boydstun

Cellar Master

Days after his 30th birthday, Taylor Berkley Boydstun, ’08 LAS, suffered a heart attack. He spent three days in a coma. Upon waking—painfully aware of his mortality—Boydstun began to reconsider his life.  He had...

Professor Ven Te Chow

Ingenious: The Rainmaker

When international hydrology experts visit the University of Illinois, they often look for the “mighty” Boneyard Creek. They’re shocked to discover that it’s a tiny waterway winding through campus and “not much larger than...

Rocky Harvey

Illini Replay: Rocky Harvey

Illinois fans were hungry for postseason football heading into the 1999 season. That fall ended up marking the first Illini appearance in a bowl game in five years, as running back Rocky Harvey and...

Leisha Alcia

Illini Replay: Leisha Alcia

Goalkeeper Leisha Alcia made life difficult for opposing offenses 15 years ago. In 2003, Alcia set school records for the most shutouts in a season (12), most consecutive shutouts (six) and most consecutive shutout...

Jill Wine Banks

Pathbreaker

Jill Wine Banks, ’64 MEDIA—or Jill Wine Volner, as she was known in the early 1970s—was barely 30 years old when she became the only woman on the legal team that prosecuted the highest-ranking...