Alumni & Campus Stories

Fast Track

It’s a Saturday morning in early March at the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science. Outside, grim gray rain lashes the Illinois campus. Inside, spirits are high and hopes are bright. Students sit...

In Class: Chef Master

The Spice Box, which serves as a learning lab for the UI’s hospitality management program, is a white-tablecloth restaurant housed in the café on the second floor of Bevier Hall. The restaurant hosts fine-dining...

Our Space

Sweeping and intimate, long-ago and close-at-hand, institutional and personal, anecdotal and archival: the tales are here by the hundreds in the Richmond Family Welcome Gallery. The Gallery’s narrative—aggregated into faces and voices, writing and...

West Point of the West

Outfitted in West Point-style dress grays and a blue scoop-shaped cap, Illinois freshman Clarence Shamel stood painfully at attention alongside dozens of other fledgling cadets. It wasn’t easy. “We had our first drill today in...

Cancelled

Under a gray and drizzling October sky in 1918, freshman Fred H. Turner stood at the locked iron gates of Illinois Field, then located north of the Engineering Quad. He watched from afar as...