Alumni & Campus Stories

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,...

Memory Lane: The Walking Club

The UI Walking Club was lead by Professor William Abbott Oldfather from 1909 until his passing in 1945. The group consisted of students who congregated on Saturdays for various outdoor activities such as hiking,...

Still standing

Engineering professor Nathan M. Newmark’s work on the Latin-American Tower helped it survive two devastating earthquakes One eyewitness said that when she woke up in the middle of the night, things were shaking so...

Altgeld Hall Bells

Music of Illinois: The bells of Altgeld Hall

For nearly a century, University of Illinois students, faculty and alumni have enjoyed noontime concerts performed by bells perched atop Altgeld Hall, constructed in 1897 as University Library. Although plans called for crowning the...