Alumni & Campus Stories

Papa Bear

One hundred years ago this month, a rough-hewn Chicagoan reported for football practice at Illinois Field. George Stanley Halas, ’18 ENG, was entering his senior year at Illinois, his first season with the Fighting...

Priya Shah: Simply Good

More than most, Priya Shah, ’09 BUS, understands the meaning of life’s seemingly small things. A blood clot nearly cut short Shah’s life while she was traveling to Morocco and Spain in 2008. As...

Sue Wood: Chimemaster

When Sue Wood, PhD ’76 ACES, first positioned herself behind the pump handle keyboard contained within the console room of Altgeld Hall’s bell tower in 1971, she did so with no particular song in...

Illini Greats

This Fall, the University is honored the inaugural class of its Athletics Hall of Fame. Some of the greatest names in sports comprise the 28-person Class of 2017, dating back to the very first...

Big Beats

On Oct. 31, 1925, a cold damp day, an underachieving Fighting Illini football team was in Philadelphia, facing the powerful Quakers of the University of Pennsylvania. Illinois’ record was a desultory 1 and 2,...