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Lodging Transportation Dining Recreation & Activities

Illinois by the Numbers Landmarks Map Our Illinois Family: Rachel Switzky

Arts & Culture Libraries

Illinois Stories 16 Taking on Brain Cancer Combining strengths in chemistry and veterinary medicine


20 This Gift Means Business Illinois alumnus Larry Gies gives $150 million gift

24 Ruby Mendenhall Interdisciplinary research will revolutionize the delivery of health care

44 Lives Transformed 2018 graduates discuss how Illinois changed their lives

48 Marching Illini Instructional Tower A new view of band rehearsals

50 Solving For X Creating new degrees by combining computer science with other undergraduate programs

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52 Illini Success Ninty percent of the class of 2017 report finding their first postgraduate position within six months

53 Science at Illinois Feeding the world, furthering

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health, protecting the planet

56 Connecting Technology and Compassion Carle llinois College of Medicine will produce physician-innovators

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Illinois Community On behalf of all of us at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, welcome to our campus. I know, looking around today, how hard it is to believe this place began with a single building and 77 students back in 1867. Now, we are home to more than 47,000 students who come to us locally from the state of Illinois, from across the country and from more than 120 nations. More than 20 percent of our students are also the first generation in their family to attend college. This is, literally and figuratively, a global crossroads of cultures, languages and ideas. From art to science and from faith to food, I hope you will find your visit here to be engaging and exciting, with the occasional discovery of something you didn’t expect. This is a place of innovations and new ideas that advance the human experience. There is history around every corner and a story behind every brick you’ll touch. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a mission to pursue knowledge and research to make the world a better place. This vision is not only the strategic goal of the university, it is also evident in every member of our Illinois community. Our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends embody the idea that this university exists for the good of society. This issue of On Campus will give you just a glimpse of all of the amazing things that happen at Illinois every day. Whether it’s stories about how our faculty members are using their expertise to treat cancer and advance the lives of families or first-person student accounts of their Illinois experience or success stories about our alumni, I believe you will be entertained and inspired. I hope your Illinois experience is memorable and that you leave here already making plans for your next visit.

Robert J. Jones Chancellor

University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign


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ACCESSIBILITY Illinois is one of the most accessible campuses in the nation. With a campus as large as ours, we are continually working to allow people with disabilities to have the same access to opportunities at Illinois as anyone else. Our campus

Lodging ILLINI UNION HOTEL Tucked away in the Illini Union on Green Street, the Illini Union Hotel is located at the center of the Illinois campus. The hotel

features an accessible bus line, chair ramps on all city buses, talking crosswalk signals, and classic buildings retrofitted with the latest accessible amenities.  

has 72 guest rooms and two VIP suites with


spacious sitting rooms and expansive views

Biking is one of the most convenient ways

of the Main Quad. Staying at the Illini Union

to get around campus. Nearly 16 miles of

Hotel puts campus attractions right outside

marked bikeways run through campus

your door, including the State Farm Center,

and into the surrounding community.

Memorial Stadium, Campus Recreation facilities, Green Street restaurants, shops and most major campus buildings.  1401 W. Green St. Urbana   217.333.3030


Bikeshare will be available across ChampaignUrbana starting fall 2018. The services are not part of the university but are easy to use with a smartphone app and registration. Bikeshare bicycles on campus must be parked near a bike rack at all times. Call the company if there are any issues with a bike.

A student rides her bike near the Business Instructional Facility

PARKING ON CAMPUS Metered parking for university visitors is available on university streets, drives and several lots and parking garages designated by visitor parking signs. Parking meters can be paid using coins, or electronically using the MobileMeter app. Temporary permits also are available from the Parking

Contact information is posted on each bike.

Department by calling 217.333.3530.

is located in the University of Illinois

The Campus Bike Center, a collaboration

The University District comprises three

Research Park, a vibrant community of

between the university and The Bike

entrepreneurs, academics and innovators.

Project of Urbana-Champaign, offers an

of Illinois, the city of Champaign and the

Minutes from central campus, Illinois

educational workspace where visitors

city of Urbana. Please read all meters and

sports facilities and Willard Airport, the

can learn to repair, maintain and build

signs, as there are differences between city

I Hotel features well-appointed rooms,

bicycles, or purchase refurbished bicycles.

and university rules and regulations. Many

Houlihan’s Restaurant and Bar, workout

All bicycle owners on campus are required

university-owned lots are free to the public

facilities and a complimentary shuttle.

to register their bikes online and to learn

in the evenings, but a permit is required

 1900 S. First St., Champaign

the rules of the road for safe cycling.

during weekdays and no overnight parking is



permitted. Housing lots, handicapped spaces

The I Hotel and Conference Center

 217.819.5000


primary parking jurisdictions: the University

and 24-hour spaces are restricted at all times. 

Ride the bus for free at several campus


stops marked with an iStop logo. At all other

The university’s Willard Airport, named

During the construction of

stops, show your i-card or pay $1 per ride.

after Arthur Cutts Willard, who served

Memorial Stadium a bulldozer

For non-students, monthly passes are $20,

as university president from 1934 to

got stuck in the mud, and

and annual passes are $84. With CUMTD

1946, has been providing airline service

apps and the website’s Trip Planner, enter

to the campus and east central Illinois

your location and destination to find a quick

since 1945. Located in Savoy, Willard

and easy route. Get real-time departure

Airport offers daily connections to

info using apps and at-the-stop signage.

destinations around the world.




the cost to remove it was too great so it remains buried under the field today.

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ZIPCAR The Zipcar car-sharing program offers members the convenience of a vehicle


when they need one. Rates start at $8.50 per

The College of Media organizes alumnus Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, known as

hour or $69 per day and include gasoline,

Ebertfest, every April, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018.

insurance and up to 180 miles. Located on campus and in the two downtowns, Zipcars are a great way to explore ChampaignUrbana or take a weekend getaway.



This café serves hot breakfast, sandwiches, salad


bar, fresh fruit and specialty hot food daily.

Jitters is a full-serve café featuring

 Beckman Institute Atrium,

Starbucks coffee drinks, fresh



405 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana

breakfast and lunch menus.



 217.244.1792

 217.333.8308

Guests are welcome at any of the six


dining halls across campus, where meals

This location serves freshly baked


are all-you-care-to-eat. For a quick

bagels, breakfast sandwiches, lunch

This café serves gourmet coffees and

snack or food on the go, visit an A La

sandwiches, soft drinks and coffee.

pastries, salads, paninis, wraps and soups.

Carte location where items are priced

 Open: Monday – Friday

 IGB Gatehouse, lower level,


individually. On designated days, dining halls offer specialty cuisines such as Asian, Mexican, Southern-style and vegetarian. 

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday  Siebel Center, first floor, 201 N. Goodwin Ave., Urbana

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1206 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana   217.244.1113



BEVIER CAFÉ Staffed and managed by Food Science and Human Nutrition students, Bevier Café is a real-life classroom laboratory and full-service cafe.  Open: Monday - Friday 8 to 11:30 a.m. for self-service 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch 1 to 3 p.m. for self-service  Bevier Hall, second floor, 905 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana  View from the upper seats of the State Farm Center at a Fighting Illini men’s basketball game

 217.333.8469

GREENHOUSE CAFE AT ALLERTON This café serves classic refreshments – coffee drinks, homemade baked goods, fresh and fun sandwiches, and unique salads.  Open: April 1 – October 31 Monday: Closed Tuesday – Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday – Saturday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 1 – March 31

PALETTE CAFÉ AT KRANNERT ART MUSEUM drinks, cookies, pastries and sandwiches.


 Open: Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 Lower level, Food Court

7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays when classes are in session  Krannert Art Museum, first floor,  217.344.2791

Friday – Saturday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This café serves freshly baked breakfast

Sunday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

goods, light lunches and dinners, vegetarian

 Allerton’s Visitor Center,

and nonvegetarian fare, sweet treats, yogurt,


SPICE BOX Spice Box is a student-run restaurant associated with Illinois’ hospitality management program. Each Spice Box meal has two menu selections: a prix fixe four-course meal and a special two-course meal. Specialty beverages and wine are available. Meals are served most Wednesdays and Fridays during the semester.

fruit, juice and Krannert Blends coffee.  Open: Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Extended hours on performance days  Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, lobby, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana.


At Illinois, there are three plots of corn called the Morrow Plots. They are the oldest continuous research plots in the U.S. and listed as a national historic landmark.

 Lower level, Food Court

Recreation & Activities STATE FARM CENTER With recent concerts featuring national touring acts such as Garth Brooks, Green Day, Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Pentatonix, Lil Wayne and many more, to


WWE and monster trucks, the stars come


out at the State Farm Center. Since 1963,

AUNTIE ANNE’S  Main level, southwest

shows such as the Harlem Globetrottters,

the venue has been bringing the best and brightest entertainment to the Midwest. It’s one of the world’s architectural wonders, and


only a handful of other arenas can match

 Lower level, Food Court

its size, versatility and dramatic scope. The center is also home of the Fighting Illini




national touring Broadway shows and family

 217.333.6520

 Main level, Courtyard Cafe

 217.333.8412

 Bevier Hall, second floor, 905 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana


500 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign

Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

515 Old Timber Rd., Monticello

 Lower level, Food Court

This café serves coffee, espresso, soft


Monday – Wednesday: Closed


 Lower level, Food Court

men’s and women’s basketball teams. The State Farm Center recently completed a state-of-the-art, $170 million renovation.


 1800 S. First St., Champaign

This is an eat-in or carry-out all-you-


can-eat venue. It is open during the school year and closed in the summer.  Main level, east wing  Open: Monday - Friday 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign

 866.455.4641



PayPal co-founder Max Levchin is an Illinois alumnus.

ILLINI UNION REC ROOM Outfitted with 14 bowling lanes, 12 billiards tables, arcade and console games, a TV lounge and snack bar, the Illini Union Rec Room is a great place to relax and unwind with friends. Cosmic Bowl is offered some evenings.  Illini Union, lower level, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana   217.333.2415

ORANGE AND BLUE GOLF COURSE Built in the 1950s as an 18-hole championship course, the University of Illinois golf course added another 18-hole tract in 1966, resulting in what is now known as the University of Illinois Orange and Blue golf course. Home to the men’s and women’s golf teams, the course is open to the public and located in Savoy. Rental clubs and a driving range are available.  800 Hartwell Drive, Savoy   217.359.5613

CAMPUS RECREATION Campus Recreation provides a welcoming environment for everyone with sustainable facilities and programs that inspire the university community to engage in recreation and wellness opportunities. With the Activities and Recreation Center, Campus Recreation Center East and the Ice Arena, there is approximately 500,000 square feet of state-of-the-art recreation space available to concentrate on wellness and healthy lifestyles. Campus Recreation also offers many diverse programs and services, including almost 100 group fitness classes each week, 38 personal trainers, eight intramural sports each semester, rock climbing, aquatic activities, ice skating and hockey programs and more than 40 club sports. 

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Allerton is available to host a wide

CRCE (pronounced SIR-see) is located in

conferences, weddings, retreats

the heart of campus, behind Freer Gym.

and special events. Overnight

Cultural houses at Illinois provide dedicated spaces for students to participate in educational programming, cross-cultural engagement and social activities.

Its 110,000 square feet includes an aquatic

accommodations are also available.

center (featuring a leisure pool, water slide, volcano fountain and 12-person spa), 1/8-mile indoor track, free weights and machines, cardio equipment, a three-court gymnasium, three racquetball courts and

FOUNDED 1 9 69

BRUCE D. NESBITT AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER  51 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign (temporary location)

discover why it is considered one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois! Admission is free.  Open daily, 8 a.m. to sunset Visitor Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m  515 Old Timber Road, Monticello

 1102 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana

 217.333.3287

 217.333.3806




At 340,000 square feet, the ARC is one of the country’s largest on-campus recreation centers. Hundreds of weight and exercise machines, 1/5-mile indoor track, four 35-foot climbing wall and two 50-meter swimming pools are just some of the amenities at this tremendous facility.  201 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign  217.333.3806

LA CASA CULTURAL LATINA  1203 W. Nevada Street, Urbana

Visit Central Illinois’ “best-kept secret” and

an indoor soccer/roller hockey court.

gymnasiums, 12 racquetball courts, a


range of events including meetings,

The Arboretum is a living laboratory, including plant collections and facilities that support the teaching, research and public service programs of several units throughout campus. Located on the southeast corner of campus just south of the intersection of Lincoln and Florida avenues, it was developed from the late 1980s to early 1990s and covers 160 acres. Visitors can experience the lush gardens – a series of great outdoor rooms – ask questions


about plants and get ideas for designing

The University of Illinois Ice Arena offers

their own gardens. Admission is free.

a variety of skating opportunities for the

 Open: daily, sunrise until sunset

campus, surrounding communities and visitors. In addition to instructional ice

 1800 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana 

skating programs and public skating sessions, the arena supports intramural sport leagues and club activities, including Illini Hockey. FOUNDED 2 0 02

 406 E. Armory Ave., Champaign  217.333.2212

Arts & Culture NATIVE AMERICAN HOUSE  1206 W. Nevada Street, Urbana

ALLERTON PARK & RETREAT CENTER Built as a private residence in 1900, Allerton Park and Retreat Center is a historical treasure donated to the University of Illinois in 1946. Located in Monticello,

FOUNDED 2 0 0 5

Ill., about 25 miles from the UrbanaChampaign campus, the property contains 1,500 acres of woodland and prairie areas, formal sculpture gardens, hiking trails, a Georgian-inspired mansion, a 10-acre

ASIAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER  1210 W. Nevada Street, Urbana

meadow and several lodging facilities. Student listening to a professor teaching a classical civilization class at the Spurlock Museum

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Nick Offerman studied tea ceremony when he was a student here, and built an azumaya for the Japan House grounds in 2014 as a thank you!

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The mission of Japan House is to bring

Spurlock Museum of World Cultures

about cultural understanding and to

celebrates our shared humanity by

give a necessary refuge for all to embrace

collecting, preserving, documenting,

tranquility in an immersive Japanese

exhibiting and studying objects of cultural

environment. Through the study of

heritage. The museum features exhibits

Japanese traditional arts, and particularly

representing ancient Mesopotamia,

the Way of Tea, Japan House provides an

ancient Egypt and Africa; ancient Greece

opportunity for students and the community

and Rome; East Asia, Southeast Asia and

to gain a deeper sensitivity toward diverse

Oceania; Europe; and native cultures of

cultures. Celebrating the 20th anniversary

North and South America. Special exhibits,

of their permanent facility in 2018, Japan

based in the Campbell Gallery, serve

House events range from the Matsuri

as a springboard for unique programs,

Japanese festival to tea ceremonies,

tours and special events. Admission is

workshops, performances and tastings.

free with a suggested donation of $3.

 Open: daily, sunrise until sunset;

 Open: Tuesday – Sunday

check website for event schedule

12 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday

 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday - Friday


10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday 12pm to to 4 p.m on Sunday

 217.244.9934

 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana


Performer plays the drums at Matsuri Japanese festival

  217.333.2360

Krannert Art Museum (KAM) and Kinkead Pavilion connects people and the arts at the University of Illinois. The second-


largest general fine arts museum in the

Every May, seniors in the School of

state, KAM has a rich collection of fine

Art + Design exhibit their work at

art from across the globe, from the fourth

KAM in the annual BFA exhibition.

millennium BCE to present day. The breadth

with the community. The museum’s permanent galleries showcase strengths of the collection, from the ancient Andes and the ancient Mediterranean to European and American art, and the award-winning Encounters: The Arts of Africa.

The University Library, open to everyone, is the largest public university library volumes and 20 area studies libraries. It

KAM a premier cultural destination.

inspire teaching, research and engagement


in the nation, with more than 14 million

of these holdings, available online, makes

KAM presents special exhibitions that



includes one of the largest engineering

Krannert Center is the country’s premier

agricultural library and an acclaimed rare

university-based performing arts complex.

book and manuscript library. It is renowned

Its roles as classroom, laboratory and public

worldwide for its innovative services,

square enliven world-class artistry and life-

the expertise of librarians and staff and

affirming public engagement. The facility

extensive and specialized collections –

includes four formal theatres, an outdoor

which include those of John Milton, Marcel

libraries in the country, a state-of-the-art

amphitheatre, classrooms, rehearsal halls

Proust, H.G. Wells, Carl Sandburg and

KAM provides a full calendar of events,

and technical areas, a flexible 1.5-acre lobby,

Gwendolyn Brooks. The Library at Illinois

including education programs, gallery

Intermezzo cafe and Promenade gift shop.

plays a vital role in the teaching, research

talks, concerts and family activities to

Working with faculty, staff and students

and service missions of the university.

more than 125,000 visitors each year.

from the College of Fine and Applied Arts

 The Main Library is open daily.

Admission is always free and group

and across the university, Krannert Center

tours are available year-round.

serves as a central hub for creativity, the

 Open: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

discourse surrounding the arts and the

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thurs. when classes in session  500 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign   217.333.1861

8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday 1 to 10 p.m. on Sunday

collective enjoyment of live performance.

 1408 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana

 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana



 217.333.2290

 217.333.6700

University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign


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are keeping our campus beautiful and protecting


our environment.








 Windsor Rd. and First St.


The more than 20-acre solar farm has generated enough energy to power 1,300 U.S. homes since 2015.

 Shelden Hall



 Green St. and Wright St.

This project features a complete reconstruction of campus streets to make them more bike, bus and pedestrian friendly.


miss some of the ways we


beautiful campus. Don’t



At Illinois, we love our


The Sustainability Living Learning Community is a housing option that brings students from different backgrounds together to explore their interest and commitment to sustainable living.

 E Curtis Rd. and Race St.

The main research greenhouse for the Illinois Energy Farm has replaced 8,000 gallons of propane per year with a biomass boiler that runs on perennial grasses.

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3. TREE CAMPUS USA  Campuswide

The Illinois campus is home to more than 15,000 trees, including the beautiful Illini Grove. This has earned Illinois recognition as a Tree Campus USA® by the Arbor Day Foundation for a third straight year.


 Pennsylvania Ave. and Peabody Dr. This is a research institute at Illinois finding solutions to the ever-growing demand for food, water and energy while ensuring a safe, productive and sustainable environment.


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Taking on Brain Cancer


PAUL HERGENROTHER, TIMOTHY FAN, and Violet enjoy a game of basketball

Taking on Brain Cancer Combining strengths in chemistry and veterinary medicine, scientists at Illinois are developing a new drug to fight cancer

W R I T E R Kim Schmidt

That’s how chemist Paul Hergenrother approaches science.

Now the drug is in human clinical trials and could radically

He and veterinary oncologist Timothy Fan are taking on

change the treatment for one of our most deadly cancers.

one of the biggest challenges they can: developing new drugs to

The beauty of a college town is that it is large enough to have

fight brain cancer. Before they collaborated in the lab, they met at

hundreds of subject experts in diverse areas of study, but small

pick-up games on the court. Years later, with federal funding and

enough to run into Nobel Prize winners on the bus or find

an $11 million investment from an anonymous donor, they have

collaborators in unique places. Paul and Tim first ran into each

seen promise in the treatment of pet dogs with brain cancer.

other at pick-up basketball games at the Activities and Recreation

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Photos: Brad Olson



Taking on Brain Cancer


Center, but it wasn’t until Paul gave a talk on campus about his discoveries that Tim realized the potential for collaboration. Unable to attend the talk, Tim read Paul’s paper and contacted him right away. “I was fascinated by the research that Paul’s lab had been doing over the past several years to culminate in that really impactful paper,” said Tim. “We met for lunch and began to think about where the synergy might lie between his lab and my work at the College of Veterinary Medicine. I wanted to figure out how we could begin to integrate

This is a uniformly fatal disease, and an area of unmet need. The data in dogs, although limited so far, has been quite promising.

into the novel drug development path.” “When I met with Tim at that first lunch, I recognized him from the court. We were both ballers,” Paul laughs, “so I knew I could trust him.” Paul and Tim immediately saw an opportunity to help Tim’s veterinary patients while also collecting data that would be vital to further develop PAC-1 for use in humans as well. Tim was treating dogs with certain cancers that had little to no options for treatment. Several

given cancer for the purpose of the drug trial, and they do not share our environment in the same way dogs do—two important factors. “We think that if we put things forward on this much higher bar, which is efficacy in these veterinary patients who have metastatic cancer and heterogeneous tumor populations just like humans do, it would have a better chance of success,” said Paul.

of the cancers that dogs get are very similar

Cancers in the brain are notoriously hard

to how the disease presents in humans. As

to treat, in part because most drugs don’t

companion animals, they are exposed to

pass from the blood into the brain, making

many of the same environmental factors we

it impossible for the medicine to reach a

are; dogs also have genetic predispositions to developing the disease, much like we do.

tumor. However, during their investigation into compounds that might provide targeted

Most cancer drugs are tested on mice, and

cancer treatment, scientists in Paul’s lab

Paul explains that may be one possible reason

uncovered PAC-1’s somewhat surprising ability

many cancer drugs fail. The mice are artificially

to cross the blood-brain barrier. This rare ability is what gives PAC-1 such promise.

The anti-cancer properties of the chemical compound PAC-1 were discovered in Paul Hergenrother's laboratory. They found that introducing PAC-1 to cancer cells caused them to activate a protein called procaspase-3, which caused the cells to self-destruct.

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Taking on Brain Cancer


According to Paul, nearly 95 percent of cancer drugs tested in humans fail. But PAC-1’s way of killing cancer cells is different than what is currently found in the market— use of the drug actives procaspase-3, a protein in the cancer cell that encourages it to self-destruct. Their studies have found that when PAC-1 is used in conjunction with other conventional cancer treatments, the size of brain tumors in dogs shrink. “This is a uniformly fatal disease, and an area of unmet need. The data in dogs, although limited so far, has been quite promising,” said Paul.

There is a real need out there for treating canine cancer, and obviously we also want to advance the drug to treat the human disease.

Tim explained that “curing cancer is often very difficult in pet dogs or cats because they usually present with much more advanced

Pretzel received her first dose of PAC-1 on

disease.” While PAC-1 is not yet proving to

April 4, 2016. “To this day, Pretzel has never

be a cure, Tim has measured its success

had another seizure,” said Donna. “She

on the reduction in volume of tumors and

has never gotten sick on the treatments,

the dog’s ability to regain a more normal

never lost any hair. Actually, to see her,

quality of living. “I can say that the pets that

one would never know she has cancer.

we have enrolled in our clinical trials have

She loves her walks, loves her belly rubs,

all uniformly improved quality of life.”

and car rides. I am thankful for every day

Of course, improving drug compounds

with her. I love her dearly and am very

and analyzing statistics is only the “how” of treating cancer. Paul and Tim

the study, not only for her health, but for

are also concerned with the “why.”

all others she may help in the future.”

“The ability to help these canine cancer

Luzviminda Cruz’s boxer/bulldog Breta has

patients and their owners is something that has driven us forward from the beginning. There is a real need out there

Paul Hergenrother, Timothy Fan and Violet

grateful that she was able to participate in

also seen an improvement in her health as well, including fewer seizures. “It gave us renewed hope for the future to give us

for treating canine cancer, and obviously

more time with Breta,” said Luzviminda.

we also want to advance the drug to

Both Breta and Pretzel live hours away

treat the human disease,” said Paul.

from campus, but every shipment of

Pretzel is a dachshund who suffered her first

medicine included a reassuring note

seizure in March 2016. Tests a few weeks later

from Tim, and he follows up with his

revealed she had a brain tumor and likely

patients to see how they are doing.

had only six months to live. However, her

“Pet dogs are forever loving and accepting

veterinarian told owner Donna Gescheidler

of who we are as human beings, so finding

that Pretzel qualified for the PAC-1 trial.

ways to help them live longer and healthier

Donna had a tough decision to make.

lives seems the natural and right thing to

“It was quite overwhelming and bittersweet.

do and is one way that we can give back

My baby girl has cancer—do I treat with conventional radiation and temozolomide or do I add the new drug and hope all goes well? I read all I could find on PAC-1 and learned about Dr. Fan’s work. I wanted Pretzel to live as long a good quality of life as possible and the PAC-1 seemed to bring me that hope.” Pretzel

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to them during times of need,” he said.

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This Gift Means Business


This Gift Means Business Illinois alumnus Larry Gies gives $150 million gift

E D I T O R Allison Vance

*On October 26, the university announced that business alumnus Larry Gies and his family were making a $150 million gift to the College of Business. This is a slightly edited and shorted version of the speech Gies gave at the announcement.


t’s not about me. And it’s not about the name. It’s about a commitment we’re all making. A commitment to create the greatest business school on Earth. But what does that mean? Is that a ranking? What does that mean? Here’s what

that means. It’s where purposeful leaders get the tools to pursue their passion to make the world a better place. That’s how we make this the best business school on Earth. And I’ll tell you something, I have some really good news. And I’ve spent a lot of time on this over the last six months. We have all the ingredients at the University of Illinois to make absolutely sure we create the greatest business school on Earth. The Internet would not be possible if Andreessen wasn’t here years and years ago to make a portal so we could all surf the net. And you know where that’s gone today. The world’s powerful supercomputer, where is it? It’s right here at the University of Illinois. More people are hired at Microsoft from Illinois than any other college in the world. Just take a little stroll over to Research Park. Fifty start-ups over there. Fifty startups in our incubator. Go over there and see what they’re doing. Some of you may be a part of it. It’s fascinating. But the point is we have incredible areas to collaborate. Can any other schools partner with the greatest engineering school every day of the week? We can. It’s right down the street. Let’s collaborate. Let’s work together. Greatest engineering school. Greatest business school. Match made in heaven. Who has our entrepreneurial spirit? Nobody does. The entrepreneurial spirit was alive and well when I went here. I see it now. It is alive and well on this campus, and it’s only going to get stronger. There’s something else special here. The professors. That’s what we have here at Illinois. You’ve seen them. You’ve met them. You’ve gone to office hours. Did you ever go to office hours in high school? There’s nobody there. These people are there. They want you to connect with them. Our faculty sets us apart. In fact, you know our university has 23 Nobel laureates and 25 Pulitzer Prize winners? That is unbelievable. Look at the numbers. I was shocked. It’s really amazing.

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This Gift Means Business


Students fill the Business Instructional Facility to hear Illinois alumnus Larry Gies talk about why he decided to give $150 million to Illinois. His gift was the largest in university history.

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This Gift Means Business

Our team is only going to get stronger in

This summer at Madison Industries I had

day as the first day of the rest of your life, to

the years ahead as we attract them. As we

an intern—wicked sharp, energized the

learn and experience everything you can.

attract these great people, the energy you

room—but he’s going to a different business

felt yesterday, the energy you feel today, it’s

school. So I asked him one day, I said “Hey,

only going to build. This is only the start.

love the work you’re doing. I want you to

I spent some time with the Chancellor. And we have an amazing Chancellor. I said, “Chancellor Jones, are you committed to this?” He says, “I’m committed to building the greatest business school on Earth.”

work here full time. But why not Illinois? Why didn’t you consider Illinois?” He said, “Oh, I did. I not only considered it, it was my first choice. Not only was it my first choice, I got in.” I’m like, “Why didn’t you go?” “I couldn’t afford it.” My heart dropped.

Seek out opportunities that may put you a little out of your comfort zone. To take a class that isn’t required. To lead. There’s so many wonderful opportunities here to lead. Go lead a group, even a case study. Whatever it may be. When I was a freshman at this university— and my wife will attest to this—I was not a great leader. But I tried it, and I tried again. What I learned is, it had nothing to do with my leadership or what I had as an idea. What

One-hundred years from now, how is someone going to remember you? They’re going to remember you by if you made the world a better place... What you do for the world and those you touch along the way, that’s how we as a team become the greatest business school for purposeful leadership in the world. It takes all of us.

it had was someone to ask and challenge the team to step up. And when the whole team works together, that’s what the University of Illinois is all about. I’ve seen that. It’s team work. You don’t see that at other schools. The case study class I teach, there is teamwork. And it’s that team work that sets us apart, it’s that teamwork that really gets stuff done. That leadership—getting that team to do more—go try it. It’s uncomfortable. It’s probably something you haven’t

But money and buildings, and naming, and

Never again. If someone wants to come and

all this wonderful stuff—even the t-shirts,

be an Illini—they have the ability, the heart

which are a little intimidating because you’ll

and soul and entrepreneurial spirit—we’re

have my name on there—that’s not what it’s

going to make sure they’re an Illini. The

all about. It’s about you, the students, all of

investments today and more importantly

you. These are the greatest students on Earth.

the investments to follow are going to

I’ve been asked to teach a class here every semester for 30 years and every time I come in I am challenged. Touching the classroom, that’s where it really happens for me. When I

make sure that anyone who has a financial need will never be able to say, “I wanted to be an Illini but I couldn’t.” You will be taken care of. We will make sure of that.

engage with the students, I am better at what

And there’s going to be so much investment

I do. You challenge me, you energize me, you

to follow. As the dean said, we have 61,000

give me ideas I’ve never thought of before.

alums. Let’s tap into that. 61,000 proud alums

The questions you ask; I wouldn’t even be

who’d love to figure out a way to give back

able to articulate what you are articulating

to a university that gave them so much. So, I

today. You’re so far ahead of where I was.

invite every one of my fellow alums to join us

You are the reason we’re here today and

in this amazing journey that we are on today.

you are the reason I’m investing so heavily into the greatest business school on Earth.

So we clearly have everything we need to make this a great business school—the

There are things going on at the University

greatest business school. At the end of the

of Illinois that are incredible. When you

day, it all comes down to the students in this

hear the dean talking about democratizing

room. I’m talking directly to you. Each and

education, that is beautiful. But he’s making

every one of the students. You’re the key. You

it happen. It’s amazing what he’s doing

need to make a commitment today to raise

because not everyone who wants to be an

the bar. To not just go through the motions of

Illini and has the ability to be an Illini.

getting a degree, but to treat each and every

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done before, but go try it if you haven’t. Otherwise, you’re really not taking advantage of the wonderful opportunities you have at the University of Illinois. Go take a summer job that your parents may frown at, but it’s experiential. I’m not talking about surfing, or something like that. But go do something amazing, try something you’ve never tried before. There are 15 Caribbean islands that need help. Go out there this summer and rebuild an island with others. It’s amazing what you can do, it’s amazing what experiences you can get. Or just help someone in need. Champaign-Urbana has plenty of people in need. Go help them. And those struggling classmates, this is not a zero-sum game here. We only become the greatest, true leaders when we help those on our right, and those on our left. Until the person on your right and on your left know that they’re just as important to you as you are to yourself, you’ll never create a real team. Your greatest teams in the world are created by unselfish people who know the power of the team, not the individual. Build a team, help a struggling

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classmate. I can tell you from experience, when you help

remember you or one. But how is that one person that you

someone it creates some amazing karma. Do it, it’s amazing.

touched going to remember you and how can they pass that

When you graduate—some of you are looking at 6 months from now, some of you are looking at 3 ½ years from now— you’re not going to ask “How much does that job pay?” or “How much can I make?” What you’re going to ask is “How

on? That is how you make your mark on the world. What you do for the world and those you touch along the way, that’s how we as a team become the greatest business school for purposeful leadership in the world. It takes all of us.

can I make my mark on the world?” “How can I make the

October 27, 2017. Today. Every single student who passes

world a better place?” “How can I connect the dots between

through these halls, whether it be five years or 50 years from

what I’m doing each and every day, and a higher purpose?”

now—if you students do your job, pursue your passion—they’ll

You don’t want to be 40 years old and realize “This is not what I want to do.” Now’s the time to connect those dots. Connect them today. Think about what you can do in the world. Do you have a revolutionary idea? Develop a new product. Fund a life-saving device. Bring awareness to a little-known disease. Create some wealth and direct it to those in need. Disrupt an industry. What changes can you make in the world? One hundred years from now, how is someone going to remember you? They’re going to remember you by if you made the world

look back on this moment. The commitment we made today to make something bigger than ourselves, something truly remarkable, something that will outlast us. And for all of those who follow in our footsteps, this is our legacy today. So let’s make that commitment today to create the greatest business school on Earth. I want you each to take a moment. Look at the person on your right and the person on your left, look them right in the eye, shake their hand, and say “I am committed.” Let’s so build the greatest business school on Earth. It is a great day to be an Illini!

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a better place. It doesn’t matter if its 100,000 people who


Illinois business alumnus Larry Gies poses with students just after he announced a $150 million gift to the College. Gies says he was inspired to give in order to provide access to an Illinois education for more students.

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Ruby Mendenhall and Interdisciplinary Research


Ruby Mendenhall and Interdisciplinary Research Assistant dean of the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine believes merging engineering studies with clinical instruction will revolutionize the delivery of health care


Photo: Joe Brumleve

W R I T E R Craig Chamberlain

sk Ruby Mendenhall about

scientist, an art professor or someone who can

One such opportunity brought her back to

the scope of her activities, and

arrange study abroad.

school to take genomics-related courses as part

you’re quickly overwhelmed.

Ask her to illustrate how they all connect, and you’ll soon have a page full of circles, lines, themes and projects—many of them connecting people you’d think would have little to talk about. Yet they do. Mendenhall is a professor of sociology and of African American studies, and those disciplines guide her core concerns: poverty and racial inequality, black lives past and present, and black women’s lives in particular. In recent years, her prime focus has been on black mothers living with the threat of gun violence in the Chicago neighborhood of Englewood, and the toll that takes on their mental and physical health. Some have lost children and others fear they will. In pursuing those interests, however, Mendenhall ranges far and wide, crossing many academic borders, seeking interdisciplinary connections and affiliations. She is willing to work with anyone in any field, be they a genomic biologist, a computer

If experts at Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) can help determine how stress “gets under the skin” of women living with the fear of gun violence, she’s interested. If researchers at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) can help recover the lost history of black women from digitized historical documents or combine data from fitness trackers and crime location technology to study the effect of crime on women’s health, she’s all for that. If artists can help communicate something essential about the lived experience of these same women for an exhibit, or colleagues and staff can arrange courses in Ghana or France to help students connect with and understand “other Englewoods,” she’s for that too. These are not all studies or activities that Mendenhall leads, but she’s involved in one way or another—by initiating, inspiring, supporting, working with student researchers or just being open to opportunities.

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of the Study in a Second Discipline program for faculty. Another brought her recently to the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine as an assistant dean, where she hopes to play a part in the school’s research, curriculum, community outreach and recruitment. “Ruby is amazing because she brings to everything she does an unwavering conviction about what her work means and who it’s for,” says Antoinette Burton, a professor of history and director of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. “Ruby’s work starts in communities; it emanates from the people there; it is grounded in every possible way out of their lives.” As for her border-crossing methods, that’s “signature Illinois,” Burton said. “There’s a culture and a set of practices that just suffuse the environment we work in here, that makes that interdisciplinary collaboration easier. It’s not like you just fall into it, but if you want to do it, there are a lot of pathways.”

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Mendenhall grew up in Chicago and earned her first degree in occupational therapy, then went to work at Cook County Hospital in pediatrics. There, she saw many children with stunted growth, and remembers first wanting to question their mothers’ care. But then she heard repeatedly that these mothers could barely afford formula and so watered it down. They also kept their children from playing on the floor for fear of rats. She grew to question the system and public policies behind those conditions. Another degree followed, in public policy from the University of Chicago, followed by work in public housing, where she witnessed how gang violence could affect the everyday lives of the residents. Then came a Ph.D. in human development and social policy from Northwestern University. Then her arrival at Illinois in 2006. The genomics connection began with Gene Robinson, an entomologist whose research focus is honey bees. “Our discoveries had led me to propose a new model of the naturenurture problem that emphasized the strong role of the environment in affecting brain gene expression,” said Robinson, now the director of IGB. “I thought it could be important to engage a social scientist to explore the implications.” The sociology department head recommended he connect with Mendenhall, already interested in taking multidisciplinary approaches to studying stress and resilience in the women of Englewood. In one resulting study, they surveyed and interviewed about 90 women and also drew their blood to study how stress might be affecting their genome. To involve Englewood mothers in the research as “citizen scientists,” Robinson, Mendenhall and others have been developing a short course called Genomics for You. Other such projects followed, with other researchers, often brought together through additional initiatives to promote


interdisciplinary research.

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working on in Englewood and beyond:

The project also fit his interest in moving

McKee also thinks that dance, for

DREAM, for Developing Responses to

from lab settings on campus to applied work

Mendenhall, “very much informs her world

Poverty through Education And Meaning,

in the field, and in tackling the challenges

view.” Dance “is all about a poetic expression

and De.SH(ie), for Designing Spaces of Hope

that came with that. This study would run for

of the body,” she said, and she notes that

(interiors and exteriors).

30 days in a city two hours away and involve a

Mendenhall often starts with the body when

population without easy access to technology

talking about the mothers of Englewood and

beyond their phones.

the effects of stress.

Making such projects work across academic borders, Mendenhall said, often requires significant meeting time for finding where

Mendenhall also relates to those women as a

research interests connect, learning each

mother herself, with two black sons, saying

other’s language and coming to understand the lived experience of those who will be the subjects of the research. The importance of that last piece was brought home to her several years ago when a mother in Englewood commented that “the small things make a difference.” Mendenhall understood that to mean that it’s important to ask “How are you doing? How are you managing in this very stressful situation?

When you’re on the margins, your lived experiences very rarely make it into the academic journals.

What do you need?”

working through an awkward period. But when it comes together, “I think it’s just amazing because you get something beyond what you could ever have imagined.”

Christy Lleras, a professor of human development and family studies, has been a key part of DREAM and De.SH(ie) since meeting Mendenhall at an interdisciplinary event several years ago. For her, there hasn’t been much of a border to cross. Trained

be a motivator. Mark Van Moer’s previous

as a sociologist, Lleras believed in applied

work was about as far as one could get from

research and had worked on public policy

Mendenhall’s. A visualization programmer at

around desegregation and other issues.

visualizations of things like fluids and black holes. But he learned about Mendenhall’s big data project to recover black women’s history from documents of previous centuries, and he signed on. “We all made it work by just being willing to ask questions if we didn’t understand something,” he said. “There was mutual respect for each other’s expertise. What was exciting was the atmosphere of the room, which was driven by Ruby’s enthusiasm.” Kiel Gilleade, a research programmer at NCSA, was pulled into the fitness tracker project when he learned at a networking event that Mendenhall was in need of someone with his expertise in biosensors. “Looking at social issues sounded really attractive,” he said, and he was particularly troubled by gun violence.

these are women on the margins who often do not have a voice. “When you’re on the margins, your lived experiences very rarely make it into the academic journals,” Mendenhall said. “It makes it into the news, in terms of stereotypes and things like that—but rarely does that tell about who you are, your violence, how you are raising children despite

Just the experience of collaboration can

NCSA, he’d previously developed scientific

in similar circumstances. She also knows

strengths, how you are trying to combat this

Sometimes all of that takes a while for a research team, Mendenhall said, and requires

she might be preoccupied with worry if living

She’s also motivated by the style of the research they’re doing, which involves buy-in, outreach and follow-through with the community, in contrast with “extractive research” that involves just going in, collecting data and leaving. Chicago’s low-income population is the “most studied poor population in the world, and relatively little has changed in their lives,” Lleras said. “So there’s a real motivation for a lot of us to do something differently now.” Malaika McKee, a visiting professor of African American studies and also a key part of DREAM and De.SH(ie), said she clicked with Mendenhall almost immediately when they first met. In part, she thinks, it was due to their mutual love of dance, which is Mendenhall’s primary passion outside of her work and family.

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all of this, how you crumble when your children die, after you do everything you know to do and your child still gets caught in the crossfire.” “We can change this as a country and we must.”

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university library in North America  100 percent of all classrooms have wireless access A R T S & C U LT U R E  10,000+ works of art at Krannert

Art Musuem and Kinkead Pavilion’s permanent collection  6 cultural centers: Asian American

Cultural Center, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, La Casa Cultural Latina, Native American House, Women’s Resource Center, LGBT Resource Center FAC I L I T I E S  354 main campus buildings, 3.6

square miles (2,295 acres)  651 total buildings, 9.9 square

S P O R T S & R E C R E AT I O N  10 men’s and 11 women’s NCAA

teams; 11 major sports facilities  470,000 square feet of recreational

space between two campus rec centers  1,000+ registered student

organizations, coalitions, honorary societies and teams

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students; among the top 10 U.S. universities in number of earned doctorates awarded annually PEOPLE  44,880 total students


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companies (including eight of the top 10) recruited on campus last year.

miles (6,370 acres)  24 undergrad residence halls

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Beckman is the largest academic building on campus and anchors the far end of the north campus. It is constructed on the site of the university’s first building, which was demolished in 1881 (also the site of the Illinois Field baseball diamond and the university’s first collegiate homecoming in 1910). Completed in 1989, the institute was made possible by a $40 million B gift from alumnus Arnold O. Beckman and his wife, Mabel M. Beckman.

and 1956. When first occupied, it had a museum in the basement, the University Library on the first floor, and stacks and offices on the second floor. It then served as the law building (1927 to 1955), and the math building and library (1955 to the present). Named after Illinois Gov. John P. Altgeld, the building is

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ENGINEERING HALL This example of Renaissance Revival architecture was built in 1894. Architect George Bullard, a student of Nathan C. Ricker, won a design competition open only to university graduates. The interior has oak woodwork, the ceiling is paneled in Washington fir. Engineering Hall underwent an extensive renovation that was completed in 2000.


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40 ALPHABETICAL LEGEND 219 Abbott Power Plant (H2) 18 ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center (D4) 209 Activities and Recreation Center/ARC (F2) 19 Admissions and Records (D6) 35 Advanced Computation Bldg. (E7) 266 Aerodynamics Research Lab. (E7) 93 Aeronautical Lab. A (F6) 68 708 South Mathews Avenue (E6) 64 Afro-American Studies and Research Program (D5) 59 Agricultural Bioprocess Lab. (D4) 160 Agriculture Engineering Sciences Bldg. (D4) 238 Agriculture Services Bldg. (C1) 239 Agriculture Services Warehouse (B1) 241 Agronomy/Plant Pathology Farm (B1) 242a Agronomy Seed House (B1) 247 Agronomy Soybean Research Farm (A1) 262 Alice Campbell Alumni Ctr. (D6) 267 Alma Mater (F5) 132 Altgeld Hall (F5) 62 Animal Sciences Lab. (D4) 192 Arcade Bldg. (F5) 61 Architecture Annex (D4) 152 Architecture Bldg. (E4) 169 Armory (F4) 167 Art and Design Bldg. (E3) 256 Asian American Cultural Ctr. (E5) 25 Astronomy Bldg. (E7) 230 Atkins Bldg. (E1) 269 Atkins Tennis Ctr. (C2) 87 Atmospheric Sciences Annex 2 (E6) 29 Atmospheric Sciences Bldg. (E7) 88 Aviation Ground School (E6) 111 Beckman Inst. for Advanced Science and Technology (G7) 205 Beckwith Hall (H4) 63 Bevier Hall (D5) 176 Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Bldg (D1) 108 Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Facility (A1) 58 Burnsides Research Lab. (C4) 85 Burrill Hall (E6) 107 Campbell Hall for Public Telecommunication (WILL A M-FM-TV (F7) 5 Campus Recreation Ctr. East/CRCE (D5) 211 Campus Recreation Outdoor Ctr. (H2) 258 Carl R. Woese Inst. for Genomic Biology (D5) 23 Ctr. for Advanced Study (D6) 226 Central Receiving Warehouse (G1) 91 Ceramics Bldg. (F6) 90 Ceramics Kiln House (F6) 81 Chemical and Life Sciences Lab. (E5) 139 Chemistry Annex (E5) 9 Chez Family Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education (D6) 15 Child Development Lab. (D5) 70 Children and Family Research Ctr. (E5) 283 Clark Hall (F3) 186 Coble Hall (F5) 271 College of Business Instructional Facility (E4) 203 Colonel Wolfe School (H5) 113b Computer and Systems Research Lab (G7) 199 Computing Applications Bldg. (G6) 188 Credit Union Mini-branch (G5) 246 Dairy Experimental Round Barns (B2) 6 Dance Administration Bldg. (C5) 7 Dance Studio (C5) 140 Davenport Hall (E5) 151 David Kinley Hall (E4) 118 Digital Computer Lab. (F6) 259 Doris Kelley Christopher Hall (C6) 237 Duplicating/Quick Copy Bldg. (C1) 17 Early Child Development Lab. (D5) 257 Gregory Place I (D5) 235b Eichelberger Field (C3) 279 Electrical and Computer Engineering Bldg. (G7) 130 Engineering Hall (F6) 36b Engineering Sciences Bldg. (F7) 37 Engineering Senior Design Studio (E7) 265 Engineering Student Project Lab. (E7) 138 English Bldg. (F5) 30 Environmental Health and Safety Bldg. (E7) 28 Environmental Research Annex (E7) 131 Everitt Lab. (F5) 60 FAA Performing Arts Annex 207 Flagg Hall (F3) 144 Foellinger Auditorium (E5) 249 Food Science Dry Processing Lab. (A1) 142 Foreign Languages Bldg. (E5) 38 Frederick Seitz Materials Research Lab. (E6) 46 Freer Hall (D5)

Map 274 Gable Home (E1) 228 Garage and Car Pool (F1) 217 Geological Survey Lab. (H2) 121 Grainger Engineering Library Information Ctr. (F6) 145 Gregory Hall (E4) 257 Gregory Place I (D5) 268 Hallene Gateway (D6) 170 Harding Band Bldg. (F4) 135 Harker Hall (F5) 136 Henry Admin. Bldg. (F5) 224 Housing Food Stores (H1) 168 Huff Hall (F3) 113a Hydrosystems Lab. (G7) 270 I Hotel and Conference Ctr. (E1) 172 Ice Arena (F4) 16 ICS Oregon Computing Laboratory (C6) 3 Illini Grove (B4) 191 Illini Hall (F5) 173 Illini Tower (F4) 133 Illini Union (F5) 185 Illini Union Bookstore (F5) 235a Illinois Field (D2) 55 Integrated Bioprocessing Lab (D4) 272 Demirjian Golf Practice Facility (C2) 202 Information Kiosk (G1) 14 Inst. of Government and Public Affairs (D5) 66 Intensive English Inst. (D5) 175a International Studies Bldg. (F4) 21 Irwin Academic Services Ctr. (F4) 158 Irwin Indoor Football Practice Facility (E2) 260 Japan House (A3) 116 Kenney Gym. (G6) 117 Kenney Gym. Annex (G6) 166 Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion (E3) 42 Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (E6) 65 510 East Chalmers Street (D5) 195 Latina/o Studies (F4) 165 Law Bldg. (E3) 22 Levis Faculty Center/Visitor’s Center (D6) 146 Library (E4) 175b Library and Information Science Bldg (F4) 141 Lincoln Hall (E5) 39 Loomis Lab. (E6) 47 Madigan Lab. (D5) 227 Mailing Ctr. (G1) 179 909 South Sixth Street (F4) 129 Materials Science and Engineering Bldg. (F6) 275 McFarland Carillon (D4) 4 McKinley Health Ctr. (C5) 56 Meat Science Lab. (C4) 86 Mechanical Engineering Bldg. (F6) 125 Mechanical Engineering Lab. (F6) 83 Medical Sciences Bldg. (E5) 210 Memorial Stadium (F2) 177 512 East Chalmers Street (F4) 115 Micro and Nanotechnology Lab. (G6) 84 Morrill Hall (E5) 149 Morrow Plots (E4) 150 Mumford Hall (D4) 157 Mumford House (D4) 12 Music Education Annex (C6) 45 Music Bldg. (D5) 53 National Soybean Research Ctr. (C4) 261 Native American House (E5) 134 Natural History Bldg. (F6) 164 Natural History Survey Greenhouse (D3) 162 Natural Resources Bldg. (D3) 163 Natural Resources Garage (D3) 104 NCSA (F7) 278 NCSA Petascale Computing Facility (F1) 75 1203 1/2 West Nevada Street (D5) 114 Newmark Civil Engineering Lab. (G6) 208 Noble Hall (F3) 112 North Campus Chiller Plant (G7) 254 North Campus Parking Deck (G7) 137 Noyes Lab. (E5) 92 Nuclear Engineering Lab. (F6) 221 Nuclear Physics Lab. (H2) 89 Nuclear Radiations Lab. (F6) 40 School of Nursing (E6) 255 Oak Street Chiller Plant (H2) 148 Observatory (E4) 196 Optical Physics and Engineering Lab (G6) 183 Parking Deck (G5) 128 Parking Deck and Fire Station (C5) 216 Personnel Services Bldg. (H2) 225 Physical Plant Service Bldg. (G1) 263 Physics Research Lab. Storage (H1) 244 Plant Clinic (B2) 52 Plant Sciences Lab. (C4) 31 Plant Services Bldg. NE (E7) 32 Plant Services Building-North (E7) 27 Plant Services Storage Bldg. (E7) 174 Police Training Inst. (G4) 1 President’s House (A4)

206 Printing Services Bldg. (H2) 201 Professional Arts Bldg. (G6) 180 Psychology Bldg. (F5) 36a Public Safety Bldg. (F7) 220 Rehabilitation Education Ctr. (H2) 107a Richmond Studio/Swanson Center (F7) 74 Roger Adams Lab. (E5) 264 Roller Hockey Rink (G2) 171 School of Labor and Employment Relations (F4) 106 R.T. Ubben Basketball Complex (D1) 193 School of Nursing(G5) 281 School of Social Work (Gregory Place II (D6) 197 Shelford Vivarium (G6) 143 Smith Memorial Hall (E5) 236 Soccer and Track Stadium (C2) 242b South Farms Field Lab. (B1) 240 South Farms Warehouses (B1) 181 Speech and Hearing Clinic (F4) 20 Spurlock Museum (D6) 229 State Farm Center (E1) 161 Stock Pavilion (D3) 282 Student Dining and Residential Programs Building (G3) 153 Surveying Bldg. (E4) 187 Swanlund Admin. Bldg. (F5) 57 Taft House (C4) 122 Talbot Lab. (G6) 194 Technology Plaza (G5) 156 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall (D3) 103 Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science (F7) 94 Transportation Bldg. (F6) 204 Tower at Third (H4) 50 Turner Hall (D4) 51 Turner Hall Greenhouse (C4) 190 Turner Student Services Bldg. (F5) 147 Undergraduate Library (E4) 100 University High School Gym. (F7) 102 University High School (F7) 223 University Press Bldg. (H1) 48 Vegetable Crops Bldg. (C4) 251 Veterinary Basic Sciences Bldg. (A2) 248 Veterinary Feed Storage Bldg. (A1) 250 Veterinary Surgery and Obstetrics Lab (A2) 252 Veterinary Teaching Hospital (A2) 222 Volatile Storage Bldg. (H1) 154 Wohlers Hall (E4) 159 Wood Engineering Lab. (D4) 40 408 S. Goodwin, U. (E6) 215 51 E. Armory, C. (H3) 214 55 E. Armory, C. (H3) 213 57 E. Armory, C. (H3) 212 59 E. Armory, C. (H3) 189 505 E. Green, C. (G5) 273 507 E. Green, C. (G5) 177 512 E. Chalmers, (F4) 76 608 S. Mathews, U. (E5) 68 708 S. Mathews, U (E5) 2 805 W. Pennsylvania Avenue (B4) 178 911 S. Sixth, C. (F4) 179 909 S. Sixth , C. (F4) 10 1001 W. Nevada, U. (C5) 11 1003 W. Nevada, U. (D5) 75 1203 1/2 W. Nevada, U. (D5) 71 1205 W. Oregon, U. (E5) 67 1205 1/2 W. Nevada, U. (D5) 72 1207 W. Oregon (E5) 98 1208 W. Springfield, U. (F6) 200 508 S. Sixth, C. (G6) 126 912 S. Fifth, C. (F4) 34 1009 W. Springfield, U. (E7) 253 1208 W. Nevada Street (E5) 104 1208 W. Stoughton, U. (F7) 99 1210 W. Springfield, U. (F7)

UNIVERSITY RESIDENCE HALLS Champaign Residence Halls BR Barton (F3) BF Bousfield Hall (G2) CL Clark Hall (F3) GR Garner (G3) HP Hopkins (G2) LN Lundgren (F3) NG Nugent Hall (G3) SC Scott (F2) SN Snyder (F2) TF Taft (F3) VD Van Doren (F2) WJ Wassaja Hall (G3) WS Weston (F3) Urbana North Residence Halls AL Allen (C5) BS Busey (D5) EV Evans (D5) LA Lincoln Avenue (C5) Illinois Street Residence Halls TW Townsend (D6)

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WR Wardall (E6) Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Halls BB Babcock (B4) BL Blaisdell (B4) CR Carr (B4) SD Saunders (B4) Florida Avenue Residence Halls OG Oglesby (B4) TR Trelease (B4) Graduate Halls DN Daniels (E6) SM Sherman (G4) Family Housing AW Ashton Woods Family and Graduate Housing (see C1) GG Goodwin/Green Apts. (E6) OD Orchard Downs Apts. (see A4) Privately Owned Residence Halls AH Armory House (G3) BH Bromley Hall (G4) HH Hendrick House (D7) NH Newman Hall (F4)

NUMERICAL LEGEND 1 President’s House (A4) 2 805 West Pennsylvania Avenue (B4) 3 Illini Grove (B4) 4 McKinley Health Ctr. (C5) 5 Campus Recreation Ctr. East/CRCE (D5) 6 Dance Administration Bldg. (C5) 7 Dance Studio (C5) 9 Chez Family Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education (D6) 10 1001 W. Nevada, U. (C5) 11 1003 W. Nevada, U. (D5) 12 Music Education Annex (C6) 14 Inst. of Government and Public Affairs (D5) 15 Child Development Lab. (D5) 16 ICS Oregon Computing Laboratory (C6) 17 Child Development Lab. (D5) 18 ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center (D4) 19 Admissions and Records (D6) 20 Spurlock Museum (D6) 21 Irwin Academic Services Ctr. (F4) 22 Levis Faculty Center/Visitor’s Center (D6) 23 Ctr. for Advanced Study (D6) 25 Astronomy Bldg. (E7) 27 Plant Services Storage Bldg. (E7) 28 Environmental Research Annex (E7) 29 Atmospheric Sciences Bldg. (E7) 30 Environmental Health and Safety Bldg (E7) 31 Plant Services Bldg. NE (E7) 32 Plant Services Building-North (E7) 34 1009 W. Springfield, U. (E7) 35 Advanced Computation Bldg. (E7) 36a Public Safety Bldg. (F7) 36b Engineering Sciences Bldg. (F7) 37 Engineering Senior Design Studio (E7) 38 Frederick Seitz Materials Research Lab (E6) 39 Loomis Lab. (E6) 40 408 S. Goodwin, U. (E6) 42 Krannert Ctr. for the Performing Arts (E6) 45 Music Bldg. (D5) 46 Freer Hall (D5) 47 Madigan Lab. (D5) 48 Vegetable Crops Bldg. (C4) 49 Ornamental Horticulture Bldg. (D4) 50 Turner Hall (D4) 51 Turner Hall Greenhouse (C4) 52 Plant Sciences Lab. (C4) 53 National Soybean Research Ctr. (C4) 55 Integrated Bioprocessing Lab (D4) 56 Meat Science Lab. (C4) 57 Taft House (C4) 58 Burnsides Research Lab. (C4) 59 Agricultural Bioprocess Lab. (D4) 60 Architecture Annex (D4) 61 FAA Performing Arts Annex (D4) 62 Animal Sciences Lab. (D4) 63 Bevier Hall (D5) 64 Afro-American Studies and Research Program (D5) 65 1203 W. Nevada, U (D5) 66 Intensive English Institute (D5) 67 1205 1/2 W. Nevada, U. (D5) 68 708 South Mathews, U (E5) 70 Children and Family Research Ctr. (E5) 71 1205 West Oregon Street (E5) 72 1207 W. Oregon (E5) 74 Roger Adams Lab. (E5) 75 1203 1/2 West Nevada Street (D5) 76 608 South Mathews Avenue (E5)

Map 81 Chemical and Life Sciences Lab. (E5) 83 Medical Sciences Bldg. (E5) 84 Morrill Hall (E5) 85 Burrill Hall (E6) 86 Mechanical Engineering Bldg. (F6) 87 Atmospheric Sciences Annex 2 (E6) 88 Aviation Ground School (E6) 89 Nuclear Radiations Lab. (F6) 90 Ceramics Kiln House (F6) 91 Ceramics Bldg. (F6) 92 Nuclear Engineering Lab. (F6) 93 Aeronautical Lab. A (F6) 94 Transportation Bldg. (F6) 98 CSO Systems Consulting Office (F7) 99 1210 W. Springfield, U. (F7) 100 University High School Gym. (F7) 102 University High School (F7) 103 Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science (F7) 104 NCSA (F7) 106 R.T. Ubben Basketball Complex (D1) 107 Campbell Hall for Public Telecommunication (WILL AM-FM-TV) (F7) 107a Richmond Studio/Swanson Center (F7) 108 Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Facility (A1) 111 Beckman Inst. for Advanced Science and Technology (G7) 112 North Campus Chiller Plant (G7) 113a Hydrosystems Lab. (G7) 113b Computer and Systems Research Lab. (G7) 114 Newmark Civil Engineering Lab. (G6) 115 Micro and Nanotechnology Lab. (G6) 116 Kenney Gym. (G6) 117 Kenney Gym. Annex (G6) 118 Digital Computer Lab. (G6) 121 Grainger Engineering Library Information Ctr. (F6) 122 Talbot Lab. (G6) 125 Mechanical Engineering Lab. (F6) 126 912 S. Fifth, C. (F4) 128 Parking Deck and Fire Station (C5) 129 Materials Science and Engineering Bldg. (F6) 130 Engineering Hall (F6) 131 Everitt Lab. (F5) 132 Altgeld Hall (F5) 133 Illini Union (F5) 134 Natural History Bldg. (F6) 135 Harker Hall (F5)

136 Henry Admin. Bldg. (F5) 137 Noyes Lab. (E5) 138 English Bldg. (F5) 139 Chemistry Annex (E5) 140 Davenport Hall (E5) 141 Lincoln Hall (E5) 142 Foreign Languages Bldg. (E5) 143 Smith Memorial Hall (E5) 144 Foellinger Auditorium (E5) 145 Gregory Hall (E4) 146 Library (E4) 147 Undergraduate Library (E4) 148 Observatory (E4) 149 Morrow Plots (E4) 150 Mumford Hall (D4) 151 David Kinley Hall (E4) 152 Architecture Bldg. (E4) 153 Surveying Bldg. (E4) 154 Wohlers Hall (E4) 155 Education Bldg. (E3) 156 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall (D3) 157 Mumford House (D4) 158 Irwin Indoor Football Practice Facility (E2) 159 Wood Engineering Lab. (D4) 160 Agriculture Engineering Sciences Bldg (D4) 161 Stock Pavilion (D3) 162 Natural Resources Bldg. (D3) 163 Natural Resources Garage (D3) 164 Natural History Survey Greenhouse (D3) 165 Law Bldg. (E3) 166 Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion (E3) 167 Art and Design Bldg. (E3) 168 Huff Hall (F3) 169 Armory (F4) 170 Harding Band Bldg. (F4) 171 School of Labor and Employment Relations (F4) 172 Ice Arena (F4) 173 Illini Tower (F4) 174 Police Training Inst. (G4) 175a International Studies Bldg. (F4) 175b Library and Information Science Bldg. (F4) 176 Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Bldg. (D1) 177 512 East Chalmers Street (F4) 178 911 South Sixth Street (F4)

179 909 South Sixth Street (F4) 180 Psychology Bldg. (F5) 181 Speech and Hearing Clinic (F4) 183 Parking Deck (G5) 185 Illini Union Bookstore (F5) 186 Coble Hall (F5) 187 Swanlund Admin. Bldg. (F5) 188 Credit Union Mini-branch (G5) 189 505 E. Green, C. (G5) 190 Turner Student Services Bldg. (F5) 191 Illini Hall (F5) 192 Arcade Bldg. (F5) 193 School of Nursing (G5) 194 Technology Plaza (G5) 196 Optical Physics and Engineering Lab (G6) 197 Shelford Vivarium (G6) 199 Computing Applications Bldg. (G6) 200 508 S. Sixth, C. (G6) 201 Professional Arts Bldg. (G6) 202 Information Kiosk (G1) 203 Colonel Wolfe School (H5) 204 Tower at Third (H4) 205 Beckwith Hall (H4) 206 Printing Services Bldg. (H2) 207 Flagg Hall (F3) 208 Noble Hall (F3) 209 Activities and Recreation Center/ ARC (F2) 210 Memorial Stadium (F2) 211 Campus Recreation Outdoor Ctr. (H2) 212 59 E. Armory, C. (H3) 213 57 E. Armory, C. (H3) 214 55 E. Armory, C. (H3) 215 51 E. Armory, C. (H3) 216 Personnel Services Bldg. (H2) 217 Geological Survey Lab. (H2) 219 Abbott Power Plant (H2) 220 Rehabilitation Education Ctr. (H2) 221 Nuclear Physics Lab. (H2) 222 Volatile Storage Bldg. (H1) 223 University Press Bldg. (H1) 224 Housing Food Stores (H1) 225 Physical Plant Service Bldg. (G1) 226 Central Receiving Warehouse (G1) 227 Mailing Ctr. (G1) 228 Garage and Car Pool (F1) 229 State Farm Center (E1) 230 Atkins Bldg. (E1) 235a Illinois Field (D2)

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41 235b Eichelberger Field (C3) 236 Soccer and Track Stadium (C2) 237 Duplicating/Quick Copy Bldg. (C1) 238 Agriculture Services Bldg. (C1) 239 Agriculture Services Warehouse (B1) 240 South Farms Warehouses (B1) 241 Agronomy/Plant Pathology Farm (B1) 242a Agronomy Seed House (B1) 242b South Farms Field Lab. (B1) 244 Plant Clinic (B2) 246 Dairy Experimental Round Barns (B2) 247 Agronomy Soybean Research Farm (A1) 248 Veterinary Feed Storage Bldg. (A1) 249 Food Science Dry Processing Lab. (A1) 250 Veterinary Surgery and Obstetrics Lab (A2) 251 Veterinary Basic Sciences Bldg. (A2) 252 Veterinary Teaching Hospital (A2) 253 1208 West Nevada Street (E5) 254 North Campus Parking Deck (G7) 255 Oak Street Chiller Plant (H2) 256 Asian American Cultural Ctr. (E5) 257 Gregory Place I (D5) 258 Carl R. Woese Inst. for Genomic Biology (D5) 259 Doris Kelley Christopher Hall (C6) 260 Japan House (A3) 261 Native American House (E5) 262 Alice Campbell Alumni Ctr. (D6) 263 Physics Research Lab. Storage (H1) 264 Roller Hockey Rink (G2) 265 Engineering Student Project Lab. (E7) 266 Aerodynamics Research Lab. (E7) 267 Alma Mater (F5) 268 Hallene Gateway (D6) 269 Atkins Tennis Ctr. (C2) 270 I Hotel and Conference Ctr. (E1) 271 College of Business Instructional Facility (E4) 272 Demirjian Golf Practice Facility (C2) 273 507 E. Green Street (G5) 274 Gable Home (E1) 275 McFarland Carillon (D4) 278 NCSA Petascale Computing Facility (F1) 279 Electrical and Computer Engineering Building G7) 281 School of Social Work (Gregory Place II) (D6) 282 Student Dining and Residential Programs Building (G3)

Lives Transformed


Lives Transformed 2018 graduates discuss how Illinois changed their lives

R E N E E TA M AC K Bachelor’s Degree in Media and Cinema Studies JAKE AKSTINS Bachelor’s Degree in Actuarial Science “Diversity and inclusion to me is going beyond the numbers. So, instead of filling quotas and instead making sure people feel included. This is not just in physical spaces but having their ideas heard. For example, in a corporate setting it might be not only just people who are visibly diverse at the company, but also having those people in leadership positions. In my past three years here, I’ve been a multicultural advocate in university housing. In that position I help cultivate diversity and inclusion efforts for my residence hall. I’ve never had a space where I felt so included.”

JOSE CHRISTIAN DE LARA Bachelor’s Degree in

“I definitely am a different person and I know this from reflecting back from my boss who has known me since freshmen year. I actually took the class to prepare to become an RA with my current boss. I was definitely more shy and more reserved. But I started to get into the RA thing, which told me I can do other things and change things in bigger spaces outside of my residence hall communities. So, I created a registered student organization. I brought in workshops that we didn’t have. I did a screenwriting workshop. We were in between having production classes, and I had a sound editing workshop. I went from feeling like I wasn’t powerful and had to go with what was already set from years back, to knowing that I could actually change the university.”

S TA R R ’ R E T I E C E G I B S O N Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science

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“One of the things that engineers, and myself, struggle with today is technical communications and public speaking. I’d say after my experiences, I’m very well-versed in public speaking and that’s not something many engineers can say. So, that has really brought out the leader in me. I have a couple leadership experiences of being a director for one of my organizations as well as being an on campus affiliate and being on multiple boards. But that really shows how much voice I have in me, and I didn’t realize that until I became this leader and put in this position. I realized there’s this person inside me that wouldn’t have come along if I hadn’t gone out and taken a leap of faith.”

“Coming here, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t have a lot of friends who came to college here. So, I didn’t really have an expectations. It’s a huge campus, and there are a lot of people everywhere. I was actually kind of scared coming in. Chemistry has over 300 people in a classroom in a lecture hall, and I didn’t know if I was going to be able to do it. It’s a lot of people. But as time went on and classes got smaller, I felt better about it. Now, it feels like home.”

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Lives Transformed


C H LO E S M I T H Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture and Actuarial Science “I never really wanted to go anywhere else. I didn’t really apply anywhere else. I didn’t really tour anywhere else. This is where I always wanted to be. I actually found horticulture on Quad Day. I never really knew that’s what I wanted to do. I knew I liked plants, but I found the horticulture club booth on Quad Day. I had never heard the word before, never heard of horticulture club – nothing. And I mean I still have the plant they gave me freshman year in my room. It’s kind of symbolic for me. I found what I wanted to do here at Illinois.”

RANEEM SHAMSELDIN Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management “I think the university has shaped me to be more comfortable with who I am as a person. I remember coming into school and my first year here no one even knew I had curly hair, because I would straighten it all the time. I was always embarrassed to have curly hair, and now I always wear it curly. I’m so proud of being black and having curly hair and everything that has to do with my identity. My freshman year going to Quad Day I was almost scared to talk to the president at the time, so I never thought I would ever be confident enough to run for president of the student body. Being confident in who I am has been a huge transformation for me.”

N AO M I K A I N U M A Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science “Being here, I’ve learned what I deserve as a woman. In Tokyo, I would experience horrible things outside of school like people touching me without my consent on the trains, and that’s a big social issue. But you could not call it out as well, because it’s such a normalized thing. And there were other things too like watching movies or reading books, you realize things are sexist but when that’s normal to you, you don’t realize that. Coming here and being in a liberal arts program, I’ve realized what I deserve and what I can call out and what I’m able to be entitled to.”

TO M D OW L I N G Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and History “My research is on the effects of understaffed and under-resourced state legislatures. I grew up on government benefits after my father passed away, and when I was 16 years old we found out that the check that we had gotten in the mail that was supposed to fund our college savings accounts was going to be discontinued. So, I had a frank conversation with my mom and we didn’t think college was going to be an option for me due to the cost. I got in touch with every elected official I could think of: state representative, alderman, governor. Two weeks went by and we got a letter back. And it turned out it was an administrative error. And that’s a really powerful moment I think for a young person to see. It was something that probably took 15 minutes for a young caseworker in a congressmen’s office, but it changed the trajectory of my life.”

S T E V E N WA D D E L L Bachelor’s Degree in Education “I’ve learned that I am very passionate about things that I didn’t know I would be passionate about. I came from a very marginalized population in Chicago. So I didn’t know about all these other issues facing people, I only knew about what was facing me. Coming into Illinois, I began to understand different issues facing women or Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders or transgender people. Now, those are all issues I care about and am passionate about. I want to help people and students who have these different identities that are different than mine. Being able to interact with these people who aren’t like me has been invaluable to me. You learn not only about peoples’ experiences, you also learn about their world.”

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Lives Transformed


V I C TO R I A WO O D S Master’s Degree in Labor and Employment Relations F I K Y R A H W I N ATA “When I started I had some anxiety, and I really didn’t think I would have to deal with that. It was a struggle for me in the beginning to go to class and to stick with it. So, I actually went to the Counseling Center. One thing my counselor said in the process was, ‘What’s the difference between someone who is fearless and someone who is courageous? The person who is fearless doesn’t have any fear. They just do what they do. But the person who is courageous says despite the fear, they’re going to go after it anyway.’ So that’s one of the biggest lessons I have learned in this program. Going forward I know that whatever challenge I face working, I have the courage to, despite my fear, go for it anyway.”

Master’s Degree in Geography “I think I’m quite fortunate to study here, because Illinois has quite a lot of Indonesian students. We have the Indonesian community, and I kind of really learned how to interact with people from different backgrounds. Because Illinois has international students from more than 100 countries, it’s really diverse. For instance, I’ve never been to Kazakhstan, and I met a friend from Kazakhstan. I have friends from some countries in Africa. It has enriched my interests in culture and diversity. This school has a lot of programs and activities I can join, like leadership and diversity seminars. It has given me the opportunity to meet a lot of people from different backgrounds, different religions, different cultures. To me, that’s exciting.”

MARK MCCARTHY Master’s Degree in Information Management “For me, research has just been about talking to people. You can do research without a pipette or crunching numbers. You can do research just by talking to people and finding out what it is that they need. I love interdisciplinary work. I’m a historian by trade. My friend is in linguistics. I have another friend in computer science. It’s about talking to folks with different interests than you and specialties than you and figuring out how can we all come together to make something better than the sum of our parts? When it comes to hard sciences or soft sciences, they’re all sciences. And they all have equal merit to them. Bringing all of them together, we can make something so much better than if we tackle things separately.”

DREW MCNAMARA Master’s Degree in Social Work As a freshman, I had no idea I would be starting a start-up company. I’m in the School of Social Work. I’m not really a business person, but I was in a social entrepreneurship class. Our teacher told us to come up with an idea that would change the world. So, I knew my passion was working with individuals with disabilities, so I thought why not combine this passion with social entrepreneurship? So, that’s where I came up with the idea for Creative Souls. Creative Souls provides an opportunity for people with disabilities to create artwork on shoes, and hopefully more apparel and accessories in near future. It’s just so important to me to give people with disabilities opportunities to work and be happy. It started with just an idea, and Illinois. has enabled me to get it off the ground and become a reality that can impact thousands of people across the world.”

CARA MONICAL Doctoral Degree in Mathematics “One thing that I would say that has changed in me is that I’m much more aware of my privilege. I came here and my first semester teaching I was teaching students that were the first in their family to go to college. I had students who told me that I was the first teacher they ever had that expected them to be successful. It really made me aware of the kind of benefits I’ve reaped from having that support system my whole life. Having that expectation for success leads people to success. I became much more aware of the challenges of not coming from that kind of background. It made me much more aware of how I talk to my students. Now, I make sure to tell them I expect them to be successful as much as I can.”

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Marching Illini Instructional Tower


Marching Illini Instructional Tower

Photo: Brian Stauffer

A new view of band rehearsals W R I T E R Jodi Heckel


Illinois associate director of bands and director of athletic bands Barry Houser stands on the observation deck of the new instructional tower

arry Houser is more than 50

Houser has been observing the band for years

the stadium and see things on Thursday

feet above the members of the

from a scissors lift on the sideline of the band’s

or Friday or even Saturday morning. We’re

Marching Illini as they practice

practice field at First Street and Gregory Drive.

better able to prepare and make sure we’re

their formations in preparation for the

He has wanted to move away from the lift for

very proactive in how we teach the drill,

upcoming football season. He has a

safety reasons for some time, and the band

instead of reactive.”

bird’s-eye view of the practice field—the

program has been looking at concepts for a

equivalent of someone sitting in the

permanent tower for the past two years.

upper deck at Memorial Stadium.

The observation decks form the shape of a Block I, and the tower is painted orange and

The Marching Illini share their practice space

blue. Plans call for putting in a walkway to the

A new instructional tower for the Marching

with the Division of Campus Recreation,

tower with flagpoles and donation plaques.

Illini made that view possible. The 60-foot-

which oversees the soccer fields on which

tall tower—one of the tallest band towers in

the band practices. Using the fields gave the

the country—was put up in October 2017, at

Marching Illini a permanent practice space

the end of marching band season.

when they moved their rehearsals there

Houser, the director of the Marching Illini, began using the tower for practices shortly after graduation this spring, when the band began its summer rehearsals.

Donors Ron and Paula Filler gave $200,000 toward the tower’s estimated $265,000 cost.

four years ago. Campus Recreation allowed a permanent structure to be built on the sideline of the fields, Houser said. The tower—which was prefabricated in a St. Louis factory and constructed in a week— has two observation decks, one at 32 and one at 52 feet.

We’re better able to prepare and make sure we’re very proactive in how we teach the drill, instead of reactive.

Being able to look down on the band’s formations from that height “gives us a more realistic look at what people sitting in the deck of Memorial Stadium will see. It gives a true-to-life perspective,” Houser said. That means more efficient use of time at practices. “Instead of guessing at what something is going to look like, you can see it,” Houser said. “We’ll be better able to fix some things in rehearsals, rather than when we get in The new instructional tower

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Solving for X


Solving For X

Illustration: Taylor Ackerman

Creating new degrees by combining computer science with other undergraduate programs W R I T E R Todd Wilson

Illinois’s CS + X initiative is creating new undergraduate degrees that combine computer science with other programs across campus


And for the lifespan of today’s college students, computers have been ubiquitous. Most modern college students have been using the smart phone in their hand or backpack for everything from communication, entertainment and socializing, to information

Today, computers are integral to nearly every facet of everyday life.

gathering, shopping and even fundraising. It’s no wonder computer science feels

ew Illinois undergraduates can apply to 150 programs of study. Do you know which

one gets the most applicants? The answer is Computer Science—no contest.

comfortable and familiar to so many. “With the advent of the smart phone and social media, and inroads being made into every area you can imagine, I think young people started to see how relevant computing

When CS began to pitch the idea for these combined degrees, they found willing partners in faculty members who have already been using CS skills in their work.

was and how critical a role it played in their

“We didn’t need to go out and beat the

For the fall 2017 semester, one of every

lives,” said Lenny Pitt, associate department

bushes and talk to the departments,”

seven applicants to Illinois—more than

head and director of undergraduate programs.

Pitt said. “We heard a lot of interest from

5,000 students—wanted to enroll in the Department of Computer Science.

Simultaneous to the growth in demand, CS faculty have seen some of their

departments saying, would you guys consider doing a CS+X with us…for our ‘X’?”

The demand far outstrips the Department’s

graduates going into non-traditional

The first four programs—CS +

capacity, but in the past several years, CS has

careers—careers that bridge employers’

Anthropology, CS + Astronomy, CS +

established a series of new undergraduate

needs for CS skills with their own desire

Chemistry, and CS + Linguistics—enrolled

degree programs that not only alleviate

for a career outside of engineering.

their first new students in fall 2014.

Pitt said the department realized that “not

New students will enroll in two new CS +

everyone who was interested in CS needed

X programs in fall 2018: CS + Music in the

to be able to write the next compiler or

College of Fine and Applied Arts, and CS +

The reason for the growing demand is, by

needed to know the details about operating

Crop Sciences in the College of Agricultural,

now, a matter of historical record. Decades

systems or networking. What was more

Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

ago, computers were the exclusive terrain of

important was that they have fundamental

engineers, scientists and forward-thinking

problem solving abilities we teach in

business leaders who were keen to exploit

computer science and could apply those

data processing. Today, computers are

skills to some particular field of interest.”

some of that demand, but also give students a chance to merge their interest in STEM with humanities or social sciences.

integral to nearly every facet of everyday life. University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign

Programs are in development for CS + Advertising, CS + Economics and CS + Philosophy, and others are under consideration.

Solving for X


CS + X programs are designed to be completed in four years—unlike double majors—which often require an additional undergraduate year to complete. But the CS + X programs do require the same core courses required of CS Engineering students. For many, CS + X is the “sweet spot” between a minor in CS and a double major.

C S + A N T H R O P O LO G Y



Anthropologists create large amounts

Researchers are generating astronomical

Students are prepared for a variety of

of data when researching field sites or

amounts of data from the universe,

careers, such as helping pharmaceutical

studying on-line communities, and they

and people with data mining skills are

firms characterize new compounds for

use computational tools and algorithms

needed to make sense of them. Those

drug discovery and conducting research

to analyze that data. Students develop

data can be used to create visualizations

that requires studying the fundamental

knowledge of how people live and

and models, which can further our

properties of atoms, molecules and chemical

communicate, which can inform designs

understanding of how the universe works.

reactions. Again, this work is dependent on handling huge amounts of data.

and user interfaces for software.




Today’s agriculture relies on technologies

How do Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa

This program prepares students for graduate

such as GIS-based data gathering, drone-

work? If you are intrigued by artificial

study in music and audio technology, or

enabled soil and field analysis, the study

intelligence, which enables computers to

to enter the workforce immediately in

of weather and climate and molecular

behave and communicate with humans,

jobs centered around the creation and

genetics. Students learn about using

consider this degree. It can take you many

distribution of entertainment media

computational modeling, as well as data

directions: natural language software

through new technology platforms.

collection, analysis and management

design and applications, teaching and

to advance agricultural practices.

research, law, medicine and public service.

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Illini Success


Illini Success

Illustration: Taylor Ackerman

Ninty percent of the Class of 2017 report finding their first postgraduate position within six months W R I T E R Meaghan Downs


ine out of 10 graduates from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign class of

2017 accepted a job, continued their education or started a volunteer position

The 2018 report draws from the experiences of

The 2015-16 report, released March 1,

those who completed undergraduate degrees

2017, has been previewed online more

in August 2016, December 2016 and May 2017.

than 12,000 times and downloaded more

“Our alumni continue to find first jobs and

than 60,000 times, Makela said.

postgraduate destinations at a rate that is

“We invite our current undergraduate

truly impressive,” said Chancellor Robert

students to use the Illini Success website

Jones. “This year’s Illini Success survey

to explore where Illinois degrees can lead

confirms that an Illinois education is a rapid

and to be inspired by their peers who have

pathway to transformational life and career

graduated,” she said. “It’s a vibrant resource to

extensive information on where students end

opportunities. And we’re particularly proud

help them achieve similar career outcomes.”

up in the first six months after earning their

of the fact that such a high percentage of

The surveying of the class of 2018 is underway

Illinois degree. Illinois once again exceeded

these graduates choose to stay in our state

now, and those results are expected to be

national averages related to undergraduate

and become drivers of economic and social

students securing first destinations.

published in March 2019. But, based on an

growth that benefit all of us in Illinois.”

analysis of the data from the first three years

Some of the highlights from the class of 2017:

The project is managed by The Career Center,

of this initiative, things look pretty good for

within six months of graduation. This is the big takeaway in the March 2018 edition of Illini Success, an annual campuswide survey of recent Illinois bachelor’s degree recipients. The survey provides

• 89 percent of 2016-17 graduates

which is a central campus resource to help

secured a first destination within

students translate their Illinois education

six months of graduation.

into their career aspirations. But the effort

• Across campus, the average salary for full-time employed graduates is $59,494, about 18 percent above the projected national average. • 70 percent of employed graduates said their jobs were located in Illinois. • Three percent reported working internationally, with 19 countries listed.

also involves staff from every college and

these newest Illini graduates. The number of those finding their first destination and the average salaries for those who start jobs have both gone up every year.

more than a dozen other campus offices. It

“That is a trend that doesn’t surprise any

represents an intensive and comprehensive

of us at Illinois,” said Chancellor Jones.

effort to put solid data behind what many

“We get to spend four years working closely

Illini alumni have believed to be true for years:

with these young women and men. We

an Illinois degree opens doors in a hurry.

know how smart, talented and capable

“We have one voice to celebrate the many successes of Illinois graduates,” said Julia

they are. And we know they will be in very high demand when they graduate.”

Panke Makela, the associate director for

The full Illini Success reports and

assessment and research of The Career Center.

data from the first three years can be

participated in internships or other

“Since all undergraduate degree graduates

found at

experiential learning activities

responded to the same survey questions, we

indicated that they received a

can tell a unified story for our campus.”

• 31 percent of graduates who

full-time job offer as a result. University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign

Science at Illinois


Science at Illinois Feeding the world, furthering health, protecting the planet

W R I T E R Diana Yates Mechanical science and engineering student Benjamin Sohn, pictured, worked with professor Gaurav Bahl, to demonstrate that sound waves can be used to produce ultraminiature optical diodes that are tiny enough to fit onto a computer chip. This may help solve major data capacity and system size challenges for photonic integrated circuits, which are used in computing and communications.

Every day, scientists and students at Illinois work to develop better medical and engineering technologies, improve crop yields, understand the physical and psychological underpinnings of health and safeguard the environment. Here is what a few of them are up to:

Feeding the World Scientists are using technology in unforeseen ways to increase agricultural output. From modeling every step in the photosynthetic process to look for—and correct—bottlenecks in plant metabolism, to building new robots

Photos: Brian Stauffer / Graphics: Julie McMahon

to scout fields and provide data, Illinois scientists are making significant contributions to the world’s ability to feed itself. 1

Agricultural and biological engineering professor Girish Chowdhary and his colleagues and students developed a lightweight, low-cost agricultural robot that will transform data collection for farmers. The bot’s body can be 3-D printed, making it affordable even for those without the capital to invest in large-scale agricultural equipment.


One Illinois study altered how a tobacco plant protects itself from excess sunlight and boosted plant growth 15 percent. Led by Stephen Long, a professor of crop sciences and of plant biology, the team is testing the approach in other crop plants. Much of this work is conducted at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology.


Scientists at Illinois have found new ways to boost plants’ photosynthetic efficiency, growth and drought tolerance. They also are testing how plants will fare in a warmer, more carbon-rich world.


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Science at Illinois


Protecting Wildlife Emerging pathogens and invasive species threaten native wildlife – in Illinois and beyond. Illinois scientists are at the forefront of regional studies of native and invasive plants, animals and the microorganisms that support or infect them.



Illinois Natural History Survey mycologists were the first to characterize the basic biology of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats.


Veterinary clinical medicine professor Matthew Allender is a leader in studies of snake fungal disease. He and his collaborators at Illinois are tackling every aspect of the disease – its spread to wild snake populations, how it grows, how it is transmitted and how to treat it. One potential treatment his team developed involves nebulizing infected snakes with an antifungal agent.


INHS aquatic ecologists and field biologists discovered a new species of invasive Asian clam in the Illinois River.


Inventing New Technologies Illinois researchers are finding inventive ways to tackle age-old problems and improve the process of doing science.



Electrical and computer engineering professor Viktor Gruev, right, and graduate student Missael Garcia developed a camera that mimics the vision of the mantis shrimp. The camera can sense both color and polarization and may be used to improve cancer detection or gain new insights into underwater phenomena.


A team led by chemistry professor and medical doctor Martin D. Burke built a molecule-making machine to assemble complex small molecules at the click of a mouse. This invention will speed ug discovery and development.


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Science at Illinois


Improving Health Illinois is now home to the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical degree program. Faculty members in the college include scientists from Carle Health System, based in Urbana, and professors and researchers from across the Urbana-


Champaign campus. These and many others on campus are making meaningful contributions to human and animal health. For example: 9

Practitioners of veterinary medicine, like Dr. Kenneth Welle (a), who treats exotic animals, and Dr. Katherine Kling (b), who specializes in dental care, contribute every day to the health and wellbeing of pets and agricultural animals. Kling poses with students Rita Chu, center, and Nicole Andrews, along with Elliot, a senior rescue dog treated for a fractured jaw.


Bioengineers, from left, Ayanjeet Ghosh, professor Rohit Bhargava, Prabuddha Mukherjee and Sanghamitra Deb are using an updated infrared imaging technique to optimize metal organic frameworks, materials that could help address some of the world’s most challenging energy, environmental and pharmaceutical challenges.


Kinesiology and community health professor Ruopeng An analyzes large data sets to tease out important associations between what Americans eat and drink and factors that contribute to obesity or health. One study looked at the extra calories Americans consume with their coffee and tea.


Psychology professor Aron Barbey explores how brain structure and function give rise to intelligence. Barbey is affiliated with the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at Illinois.


Animal studies also offer insight into evolution, behavior and gene regulation. For example, animal biology professor Allison Bell and graduate student Syed Abbas Bukhari found that when a stickleback fish encounters another fish, the interaction triggers waves of gene expression changes in its brain.




“Ongoing scientific research is essential to a healthy economy, populace and planet,” said Robert Jones, Chancellor, himself a plant scientist. “As a nation and as global citizens, we cannot thrive without continuing support for the kind of science going on here at Illinois and at our university peers across the U.S.”

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Connecting Technology and Compassion at Carle Illinois


Connecting Technology and Compassion Carle-Illinois College of Medicine will produce physician-innovators


s arguably one of the most difficult educational pursuits and professions, medical schools and students face rapidly-changing technologies, global patterns and

diseases. This means the world of medicine is challenged to evolve in order to meet myriad issues facing humanity. The Carle-Illinois College of Medicine—the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine—is doing just that. Welcoming the first class of students in July 2018, the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine is the answer to a question that Dr. Judith Rowen, who was named the new associate dean for academic affairs in November 2017, says has been asked for the past few years. “The vast majority of medical schools are based on what is called the Flexnerian model, which was created in 1910 by Abraham Flexner,” Rowen explained. “He outlined a program for medical education that involves two years in the laboratory and classroom, followed by two years in the clinic and hospital. But obviously medicine has changed since then, [and so] we have to change medical school.” The question: How to create a new form of medical training

Blair Rowitz, MD, and Dipanjan Pan, PhD, collaborated to develop an absorbable stent to be used for patients with gastrointestinal perforations or blockages.

to meet the challenges facing medicine today? The answer: create a brand-new medical curriculum that “integrates the biological and clinical sciences alongside engineering and innovation, and medical humanities,” said the college of medicine executive associate dean. Rashid Bashir. Carle-Illinois’ focus on technology and engineering is a new concept. As Carle-Illinois students progress through the four-year program, they will focus on medical innovation and applying new technologies. One of the people who best understands this incredibly exciting task is Professor Thenkurussi (Kesh) Kesavadas, codirector of the JUMP simulation center at the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine. Kesavadas described healthcare advances

Carle-Illinois’ focus on technology and engineering is a new concept. As Carle-Illinois students progress through the four-year program, they will focus on medical innovation and applying new technologies.

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Photo courtesy of Carle Foundation Hospital / Illustration: Karolina Malaczynska, Graphic Design, ‘18

W R I T E R Meghan McCoy

Connecting Technology and Compassion at Carle Illinois

In addition, Rowen affirmed how each course is staffed by

The idea is to provide information and flexibility to the physicians to become better and more compassionate, and make connections with patients at a human level.

a physician, basic scientist and an engineer. This structure exemplifies the college’s three-tiered approach and how it plans to create physician-innovators. Every course is also designed to implement the “four C’s,” or curiosity, competence, creativity and compassion, which shapes Carle-Illinois College of Medicine’s philosophy. Technological innovation, in combination with compassion, initially feels like an oxymoron. Bashir was quick to clarify why compassion is just as vital to technological innovation in the practice of medicine. “At the end of the day, this [compassion] is so critical. We

designed from engineering and technology that seemed

are not replacing the physician with the machine,” said

more reminiscent of a Star Trek episode than a hospital.

Bashir. “The idea is to provide information and flexibility to

“We are looking at how engineering can help people’s health.

the physicians to become better and more compassionate,

A lot of basic research happens at Illinois, so what we are

and make connections with patients at a human level.”

trying to do is look at those technologies and see how we can apply those to health and people,” explained Kesavadas. “One area, which we broadly call Smart Health Technologies, [uses] sensors that can track everything from movements to vitals, while virtual reality could potentially simulate different kinds of patients and give doctors a chance to practice skill sets in a virtual environment, instead of first on real patients.” Although it might seem like students wouldn’t incorporate these technologies and engineering concepts until later in their education, Rowen emphasized how each course is connected by a series of “threads” that begin on day one and weave throughout the entire program. “All of our courses are integrated, and one of our threads is engineering-innovation,” she explained. “We want to make sure that throughout the curriculum students are exposed to the concepts important in innovating, [like] creativity, curiosity, entrepreneurship, etc.” To make sure that students receive the depth of exposure the college of medicine is hoping for, students will be introduced weekly to a new case that challenges them to think from both a medical and an engineering point of view. For example, Rowen described how one of the first cases students work on is a patient with chest pain. In this case she wants the students to think about not just how to take blood pressure and treat an abnormal result, but to also consider how blood pressure physically happens. Specifically, “blood pressure is an engineering concept,” said Rowen.

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Photo: Nicolas Zurcher


After working with many Fortune 100 companies while leading design teams for IDEO and Razorfish, Rachel Switzky, FAA ’93 & ’98, reflects on how her experiences at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign shaped her and influenced her vision for the future of the Siebel Center for Design. On Campus: Why did you decide to come to Illinois? Rachel Switzky: I wanted to go to biggest school possible. I was from a teeny, tiny town. I grew up in Sycamore, Illinois. I wanted to go somewhere with a lot of opportunities, where I could meet lots of people and see the world. In that moment in my life, Illinois was a really big campus. OC: What was your major when you started? RS: I was in general studies in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. I was interested in so many different things. Then, I discovered industrial design. It’s not an easy major to find. It doesn’t come naturally out in the open–you have to seek it out. It’s a very interesting melding of different kinds of viewpoints. Some people come from liberal arts, others

have an arts background, some are

got big and Wired magazine came out,

interested in architecture and others are

and I started thinking about this aspect

from engineering.

of how people move through space. I

OC: How do you think coming to Illinois

was familiar with physical spaces, but

for college shaped your future?

what about virtual? I transitioned from

RS: I was raised a Midwesterner. And

exhibitions to the Internet.

Midwesterners have that build-a-barn,

OC: What was that like?

roll-up-our-sleeves and get-to-work

RS: It was the birth of e-commerce and

mentality. The fact that I’m from Middle

communicating online. I started to think

America helped me in my career. I’ve

about: how can you express a brand or

explored design in New York and

service, designing for people so they

London and all through Europe. But we

don’t get caught up in the technology?

put people at ease as Midwesterners.

At Razorfish, I spent a lot of time thinking

It has helped everything in my design

about how to take complicated topics

career, especially with people skills and

and help people to simplify them through

talking to clients.

design. At IDEO, I was able to think about

OC: Did Illinois shape how

concepts and the practices of design

you view design?

thinking across a spectrum of disciplines.

RS: Absolutely. I was taught the design

OC: What excites you about your new

process here, especially the viewpoint

position at the inaugural director of the

of human perspective. It was a great

Siebel Center for Design?

foundation for the rest of my career. It

RS: I’m so excited to learn from and

gave me perspective.

collaborate with all of the amazing

OC: How did you start in

people across the university. I enjoy

the design world?

working with teams of all different

RS: During the summers, I interned

people. They are all there to help you–

at the Art Institute of Chicago. I was

designers, engineers, economists, artist,

interested in design and art history, and

humanists. It feels very natural to me to

I had this industrial design background.

have everyone working together.

A lot of students in my program went

OC: What would freshman Rachel think

to work at a design firm. But I wanted

about the new Siebel Center for Design?

to complement my industrial design

RS: Freshman Rachel would be very

experience with something different. I

excited. This is going to create the

grew to love exhibitions–understanding

same kind of discovery for others that

not just product design but how

I had in finding industrial design. When

people map educational surroundings

you’re a student and you find your niche,

and move through space. Then, after

you think, “Oh yeah, this is where I’m

graduation, I got an internship and a job

supposed to be.” That’s how I feel taking

at the Smithsonian.

this position.

OC: So, how did your career progress after that? RS: When I was working at the Smithsonian, that’s when the Internet

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On Campus 18-19  

On Campus is the guide to Illinois, featuring the latest people, places, events, discoveries and more. The full-color magazine is published...

On Campus 18-19  

On Campus is the guide to Illinois, featuring the latest people, places, events, discoveries and more. The full-color magazine is published...