Alumni & Campus Stories

“I”s on the World: Hot Shots

Patrick Tyrrell, ’76 LAS, started off 2020 by venturing to Antarctica.  Of his photo sporting Orange and Blue on the bottom of the world, Tyrrell says that his “camera-shy wife” Catherine took it. “She’s...

Memory Lane: Matinee Idol

In the 1950s, two decades after the end of his legendary football career with Illinois and the Chicago Bears (1923–34), Harold “Red” Grange was still an icon for kids all across America. But not...

Indonesia’s Equity Advocate

As finance minister for the Republic of Indonesia, Bambang Brodjonegoro, MUP ’95, PHD ’97 FAA, instituted a tax amnesty program that increased tax compliance and economic growth while reducing social inequality. His budget policy...

The Illini Comeback Awards

This year, the University of Illinois Alumni Association marks the 20th anniversary of its Illini Comeback Awards, a program that invites prominent and accomplished alumni back to campus during Homecoming Week to share their...

Fast-tracked

“The pandemic was bearing down on us, and we knew we had to do something,” recalls Martin Burke, associate dean of research at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Burke had just been asked...

Alan May

Challenged

Alan May ’80 LAS, MS ’82 LER, was on vacation when he heard about the coronavirus. It was early January 2020, and he was in a hotel room in Marrakesh, Morocco, drinking mint tea...

Alumni Ambassador

LOU LIAY SPIRIT AWARD Champaign native Bob Lumsden, ’53 BUS, first joined the U of I staff in 1963 to fill a brand-new position at Illinois—coordinator of campus tours. The job had been created...

True Orange and Blue

HONORARY ALUMNI It was early April 1975 and Lou Henson was coming off his latest successful basketball season at New Mexico State University. The Aggies went 20–7 and qualified for another NCAA tournament appearance....