Alumni & Campus Stories

Alma and Altgeld Hall

The Big Picture: Alma Mater

Flanked by the snowstruck figures of Learning and Labor, Alma Mater wears a becoming cape of white in this wintry scene outside Altgeld Hall. “Mother” has stood here since 1962, when she was moved...

The Big Picture: Soldier Field

Illinois football returns to Soldier Field on Nov. 28, 2015, for a showdown against Big 10 in-state rival Northwestern University. The last time the Fighting Illini played in Chicago was Sept. 14, 2013, when...

The Big Picture: Alma Mater restored

Sturdy, strong and simply beautiful—Alma Mater is back. Following a nearly two-year absence for a complete restoration, the beloved icon returned to campus April 9, prompting cheers, chimes (from nearby Altgeld Hall) and even...