blog postsAlumnus Jack Welch, former General Electric CEO, dies at 84Mar 2, 2020 1:45 pm2 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 pm1 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 am0 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 pm2 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 am0 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 am1 views The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences was well-represented in the 2019 World Series.Alumni Interview: Temple GrandinNov 6, 2019 8:00 am16 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 pm24 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 am0 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 am265 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 am4 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 am13 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 am3 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 am14 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 pm0 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 pm21 views Elias Waddington designs, tests, and flies the world’s longest-flying production electric quadrotor.Designing the iconic Chicago TheatreMar 11, 2019 11:45 am4 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 am6 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.Memory Lane: The 2007 Valentine’s Day blizzardFeb 1, 2019 12:15 pm3 views 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 everAlum Ed Jackson, Jr.: Chief architect, MLK National MemorialJan 19, 2019 4:45 pm7 views 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 MallAlumnus Nate Azark: Drawn to the CityJan 14, 2019 11:15 am3 views 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 coversWest Point of the WestJan 16, 2019 4:15 am4 views From its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois has played an important role in training future military officersRobert Falls: Visionary leader of Chicago's Goodman TheatreJan 9, 2019 10:30 am1 views 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.'