Alumni & Campus Stories

Katharine L. Sharp

Ingenious: The best

When organizers of the Armour Institute in Chicago were seeking “the best man” to head their new library in 1893, they sought the advice of librarian Melvil Dewey, who created the Dewey Decimal Classification...

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Athletics Hall of Fame

This fall, the University will induct 16 new members into the UI Athletics Hall of Fame. Athletes and coaches from 11 sports are represented. Among those honored are football greats J.C. Caroline, Bobby Mitchell,...

Rashard Mendenhall

Class Notes Profile: Gridiron Writer

He hasn’t played football since 2013, but Rashard Mendenhall is still pushing himself. After a glittering college career for the Illini—27 touchdowns, 3,103 yards, 2007 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and All-America...

In Class: Marriage Counselor

My area of research is domestic violence, and the majority of my students are human development and family studies majors.  I teach an undergraduate class on family stress and change. It’s focused on understanding...

Illini Fest debuts

More than 5,000 alumni, friends and fans of the University came together on July 18 at the Park Grill in Chicago’s Millennium Park for the University’s first Illini Fest, a celebration of all things...

Story Teller

Growing up, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, MFA ’15, felt absent from the fiction she was reading. “I didn’t see a lot of black nerds,” is how she explained it to NPR’s Audie Cornish when interviewed for...

A Reader Writes

When Lisa Dunick, PHD ’10 LAS, was a youngster and her mother urged her to go outside and play, she preferred to stay inside and read—even the back of the cereal box was fair...

Old-schoolers

On warm summer mornings, the line stretches halfway to the corner. On the freezing-cold November Sunday that I visited, it was standing-room only inside. Waiters skittered past packed tables with trays of eggs and...