Alumni & Campus Stories

Way of the Sensei

Shozo Sato, HON ’99, still remembers the searchlights sweeping across the sky over Osaka, Japan, in 1945. Then came the B-29 bombers. “I could hear the planes coming in, the very deep propeller sounds,”...

Mars rover

Perseverance has landed

DATE: Feb. 18, 2021 PLACE: Outer atmosphere of Mars Seven minutes of terror—that’s what people at NASA call atmospheric reentry, an interval of conditions so extreme that the spacecraft’s communications go silent. That’s where...

Class Notes Profile: Tax Consultant

As president of the nonprofit, nonpartisan research and advocacy group Taxpayers Federation of Illinois since 2012, Carol Portman,’84 ACES, has grown accustomed to testifying before legislative committees of the Illinois Senate and House of...

Turner Hall greenhouses plants

The Big Picture: Spring flowers

Spring’s sunnier skies and warmer weather bring renewed greenhouse activity to the Sustainable Student Farm. Founded in 2009, the farm offers a hands-on learning lab for environmentally and economically sustainable agriculture. Student workers and...

Righteous Runner

Sister Stephanie Baliga, ’10 LAS, is fast as well as faithful. The former Illini track and cross country runner previously completed a full marathon in 2 hours and 53 minutes—an elite pace of six...

Angel Chatterton

In Class: Vision Quest

I teach taxation, which is a required class for accounting students at Illinois. They find it, frankly, kind of boring. We cover the core concept of depreciation. Everybody in the U.S. who has their...

One in a million

The November presidential vote might have confirmed a deep rift in the American psyche, but in Chicago, there was total unanimity. With the possible exception of corrupt politicians, anyone who has ever watched TV...

Memory Lane: Field Day

It’s a Saturday in October, about 100 years ago. The trees are starting to change, there’s a chill in the air, and the stands at Illinois Field (1891–1986)—all wooden bleachers—are starting to fill, as...

Foodies

The adage that “too many cooks spoil the broth” does not apply if they are U of I alumni working for Chicago-based meal service company Tovala. “You hire from within your network because they...