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  • Alumnus Pablo Serrano: The city is his canvas

    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 narrative

    Illinois alumnus Carey Cranston oversees the only national museum dedicated to celebrating the written word.

  • Doris Derby: Alumna, photographer documented Civil Rights Movement

    '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?'

    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 waves

    From Illinois graduate to CEO of CurlMix, Kim Lewis is on a mission to empower curly-haired women.

  • 2019 World Series contenders share Illinois connections

    The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences was well-represented in the 2019 World Series.

  • Alumni Interview: Temple Grandin

    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 Home

    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 clinics

    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 Week

    During Homecoming Week, the Illinois Alumni Association will recognize Illinois alumni and friends with awards. 

  • Alumnus launches bionic hand

    Millions of hand amputees around the world are now closer to receiving a life changing prosthetic device.

  • Rashard Mendenhall: Gridiron writer

    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 video

    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 now

    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 tradition

    '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 Stahl

    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 border

    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 menagerie

    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-Banks

    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 Illini

    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 team

    Elias Waddington designs, tests, and flies the world’s longest-flying production electric quadrotor.

  • Designing the iconic Chicago Theatre

    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 address

    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 first

    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.

  • Memory Lane: The 2007 Valentine‚Äôs Day blizzard

    On Feb. 13, 2007, Chancellor Richard Herman cancelled classes at Illinois for the first time in almost 30 years. For some, it was the best snow day ever

  • Alum Ed Jackson, Jr.: Chief architect, MLK National Memorial

    Ed Jackson, Jr. shares insights into how he and his team brought the memorial from the original vision to its permanent place on the National Mall

  • Alumnus Nate Azark: Drawn to the City

    Nate Azark owns of 12 Line Studio, which does design work for national brands and local startups. His distinctive style has also been featured on concert posters and album covers

  • West Point of the West

    From its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois has played an important role in training future military officers

  • Robert Falls: Visionary leader of Chicago's Goodman Theatre

    Robert Falls’ theater career was launched at Illinois. '[We] were given a ton of freedom to act and direct; we did plays all over campus, in every nook and cranny.'

  • Practicing diplomacy

    Larry Harris is bringing a little bit of Chicago to Cameroon, his first post in the Foreign Service.