Alumni & Campus Stories

Story Teller

Growing up, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, MFA ’15, felt absent from the fiction she was reading. “I didn’t see a lot of black nerds,” is how she explained it to NPR’s Audie Cornish when interviewed for...

A Reader Writes

When Lisa Dunick, PHD ’10 LAS, was a youngster and her mother urged her to go outside and play, she preferred to stay inside and read—even the back of the cereal box was fair...

Canine Crusaders

As the No. 7–ranked tennis player in the world (as of this writing), Kevin Anderson knows something about life in the spotlight. So last December, the former record-setting Illini tennis player and three-time All-American...

“I”s on the World: Sino-Illini

Not everyone can boast that they climbed atop the Great Wall of China, but for Alyssa Baratta-Martin, ’13 ACES, DVM ’17 CM, it’s an accomplished feat. While in Beijing for a two-week course in...

International alumni awards

Established in 2001, the Madhuri and Jagdish N. Sheth International Alumni Award for Exceptional Achievement recognizes the work of distinguished international graduates who have helped to better their own nation or the world through...