blog postsIllinois alumna oversees NASA's Ingenuity helicopter missionApr 7, 2021 9:30 am78 views NASA's Ingenuity helicopter recently landed on Mars along with the Perseverance Rover. Once the helicopter detaches, it will conduct several test flights on the surface, marking the first powered flights on another planet.Advertising alum creates two highest-rated Super Bowl adsMar 5, 2021 9:45 am10 views The winning ads this year were two commercials for Rocket Mortgage starring Tracy Morgan, demonstrating the difference between being 'pretty sure' and 'certain' about buying a home. Patrick Burke was the writer of both ads.Showtime! Remembering the old campus-area movie theatersOct 7, 2020 10:45 am13 views The Co-Ed on Green Street was 'full all the time.' Students flocked to the Thunderbird Theatre on Goodwin, too, as well as the Rialto, with its massive steel-and-glass marquee; the art-deco Princess; and the Orpheum, with its 24 Greek columns.Remembering Pro and Illini Hall of Famer Bobby MitchellApr 13, 2020 9:45 am11 views 'Bobby...reminisced about everything from his recruitment out of Hot Springs, Arkansas, his Illini football and track careers, his pro playing career... He spoke about how he met his wife, Gwen, on the UI campus.'Public Health alums on the front line of COVID-19 battleApr 10, 2020 11:45 am1 views 'The (epidemiology) knowledge and biostatistics prepared us for how a pandemic is going to come in waves, how we can track cases. ...Knowing the science and the (epidemiology) behind it really helps.'Alumnus Jack Welch, former General Electric CEO, dies at 84Mar 2, 2020 1:45 pm5 views Welch became a chemical engineer at GE immediately after completing his doctorate at Illinois. He was named chairman and CEO in 1981 at the age of 45. He remained at the helm for the next 20 years.Alumnus Pablo Serrano: The city is his canvasJan 27, 2020 2:45 pm15 views With close to 20 murals adorning buildings in Chicago - as well as walls U of I's La Casa Cultural Latina - Serrano embraces his Mexican-American heritage in his art with an eye toward how we share our stories.Shaping the narrativeJan 15, 2020 9:45 am1 views Illinois alumnus Carey Cranston oversees the only national museum dedicated to celebrating the written word.Doris Derby: Alumna, photographer documented Civil Rights MovementDec 23, 2019 1:30 pm4 views 'When I came here, the University of Illinois embraced me in terms of my interests and my values. I see this as the home for the kind of things I value.''Do we want to get to the moon or not?'Nov 22, 2019 10:00 am0 views He called himself 'a voice in the wilderness.' He sat in conference rooms filled with scientists who ridiculed his ideas. But Houbolt was going to be heard. And we were going to land on the moon.Making big wavesNov 19, 2019 9:15 am2 views From Illinois graduate to CEO of CurlMix, Kim Lewis is on a mission to empower curly-haired women.2019 World Series contenders share Illinois connectionsNov 14, 2019 8:00 am3 views The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences was well-represented in the 2019 World Series.Alumni Interview: Temple GrandinNov 6, 2019 8:00 am69 views The animal-facilities designer and autism-community icon on why we should nurture people who think differently and abandon hope of a Disneyland for pigs.Taylor Rooks: Coming HomeOct 28, 2019 2:30 pm73 views Rooks is only five years out from graduation, but she has already landed her own Bleacher Report web series, 'Take It There with Taylor Rooks.' LAS alumna Alison Kirby rethinks school-based health clinicsOct 21, 2019 9:00 am7 views She co-founded a school-based health clinic that has drawn nationwide attention, even being featured in 'Paper Tigers,' a documentary about Lincoln High School directed by Robert Redford’s son, Jamie.Illinois Alumni Association to present awards during Homecoming WeekOct 7, 2019 9:15 am297 views During Homecoming Week, the Illinois Alumni Association will recognize Illinois alumni and friends with awards. Alumnus launches bionic handSep 25, 2019 11:45 am6 views Millions of hand amputees around the world are now closer to receiving a life changing prosthetic device.Rashard Mendenhall: Gridiron writerSep 9, 2019 9:45 am5 views For Mendenhall, 'capturing a vision—a line or a scene' in the HBO show, Ballers, 'pulling inspiration out of the air and putting it on the TV screen, that’s as good as any touchdown.'Couldn't get to Illini Fest? Check out the videoAug 8, 2019 9:00 am0 views We painted Chicago orange and blue, with drinks, live music, notable Illini, and more! Enjoy watching a celebration of Illini pride in downtown Chicago at Illini Fest!July 18 at Millennium Park, RSVP nowJun 18, 2019 2:00 pm39 views Celebrate your Illini pride in downtown Chicago at Illini Fest! Drinks, live music, notable Illini, and more! First 1,000 registrants receive a free Illinois flag at the event.Alejandra Carrillo-Estrada: Interweaving technology and traditionJun 19, 2019 9:45 am2 views 'I am especially captivated by the fretwork designs of the archaeological site of Mitla, Oaxaca,' the author writes. She uses 3D modeling to recreate the designs, then uses the models to cast them in silver.The many Illinois memories of alumnus Fred StahlJun 17, 2019 10:15 am15 views Fred met his wife in the Illini Union. One day they walked up to the door at the President's House and asked President David Henry’s wife if they could marry in the garden. They were one of the first couples to do so.Meet a spring grad who's already helping people at the U.S.-Mexico borderJun 12, 2019 9:30 am4 views I was a psychology major when I first enrolled but my I-Promise mentor suggested that I look into Human Development and Family Studies because it seemed like a better fit, and it was!Illinois grads who care for Brookfield Zoo's menagerieJun 5, 2019 10:15 am1 views The work of Drs. Michael Adkesson and Jennifer Langan helps keep the more than 3,000 animals at Brookfield Zoo healthy and helps ensure the survival of their cousins in the wild.Chicago Illini of the Year Awards to Rich Sieracki, Jill Wine-BanksJun 3, 2019 10:15 am16 views Chicago Illini of the Year Awards recognize outstanding alumni who live and work in the Chicago metropolitan area. The Nigerien Connection: Top diplomats between the U.S., Niger are IlliniMay 31, 2019 12:00 pm1 views Eric Whitaker and Hassana Alidou took very different paths to reach their similar posts - but both paths led through Illinois and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.Alum Elias Waddington: Using skills to help police SWAT teamApr 9, 2019 1:00 pm22 views Elias Waddington designs, tests, and flies the world’s longest-flying production electric quadrotor.Designing the iconic Chicago TheatreMar 11, 2019 11:45 am9 views Illinois graduates played center stage in designing this State Street landmark in 1921...and in rescuing it sixty years later.Alumnus Larry Gies to deliver commencement addressMar 4, 2019 10:15 am7 views Gies will encourage each graduating student to 'find your why' at the May 11 ceremony. 'It’s about being able to connect the dots from what you are doing each and every day to a higher purpose.' The courage to be firstFeb 26, 2019 8:30 am0 views When she graduated from Illinois in 1906, Maudelle Brown Bousfield was the only African American woman on campus. Later, she continued to break barriers in education in the Chicago Public Schools.