Alumni & Campus Stories

The Sounds of Somi

“I’m an alien. I’m a legal alien. I am an African in New York,” sings Laura Kabasomi Kakoma, ’99 LAS, in the song “Alien” from her 2017 release Petite Afrique. Kakoma grew up in...

In Class: Dance Doctor

I lead studies to understand the ways in which dance can improve mobility in people with movement disorders. I design targeted classes that address movement dysfunction and test how effective the interventions are. We are...

Falls’ Reign

Very little in theater can surprise Robert Falls, BFA ’76. An actor coming back from the dead is an exception, and that’s what we are witnessing this afternoon during a tech rehearsal for an...

Logistics enhancer

An enormous amount of food is wasted globally every year, with up to one-third of all edibles being discarded, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. At the same time,...

Ingenious: When science came home

Beyond the main doors of Bevier Hall, the stairs rise to a landing adorned with a large painting of a larger-than-life woman—Isabel Bevier, for whom the building is named. In 1900, Bevier arrived at...

Illini Replay: Big Ten Champions

It’s been 15 years since the Fighting Illini football team hoisted the outright Big Ten Championship trophy after a 34-28 victory over Northwestern University at Memorial Stadium on Thanksgiving Day 2001. With captains such...

Memory Lane: Lost Cities of Elms

It stands on Race Street, on the very edge of campus—a survivor from a more genteel time when stately American elms formed lush, green archways over many small-town and suburban streets, their graceful branches...