Alumni & Campus Stories

Chemical Catalyst

ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD When Joe Glas, MS ’62 LAS, PHD ’65 LAS, was put in charge of the Freon division of chemical company DuPont in 1985, he thought the controversy surrounding the refrigerant—namely, the...

Student aid

Dyslexia can have devastating consequences for young children learning how to read, yet many teachers are overwhelmed by other demands in their classrooms and can’t give such children the individual instruction they need. Enter...

Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin

Cultural Commissioner

Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin, ’86 MEDIA, is managing director of the acclaimed New American Theatre in Los Angeles. Celebrating its 25th year in 2020, NAT has put on more than 100 mainstage plays and hundreds...

James Franklin Sharp

Mr. Speaker

How good of a commencement speaker is James Franklin Sharp, ’59 ENG? The Chester, Ill., native has delivered five keynote addresses at his hometown’s grade school and high school, and he bested the draw...

Jim Hansen

In Class: Horror Buff

I’ve been teaching film since I was a graduate student in English, back in the mid-90s. I’ve always loved it. I used to use film to make points in classes about prose fiction. Eventually...

Michael Albert

The Governor’s Messenger

Michael Albert, ’87 LAS, has become a reluctant celebrity, thanks to his work as a sign language interpreter at Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s daily coronavirus briefings. He’s been interviewed by print, broadcast and social...

Nancy Baym

Social Mediator

When Warner Bros. announced its fourth film set in the world of the dystopian thriller, The Matrix, it was a testament not only to our love of cutting-edge action movies, but to our predicament...