Generations of families enjoy the rich traditions and tailgating pastimes at the University of Illinois. Each year my family, along with several hundred of our closest friends, get together to celebrate our love for the Fighting Illini. With great food, music and of course football, we welcome Fall in Champaign, Illinois the only way true Illini Fans can. GO Illini!
As advid Illini fans, our kids are as involved with Illinois Athletics as we are. As card carriers of the official Fighting Illini Kids Club, our kids get their own perks for various Illinois athletics. With Free Admission to all regular season home events for Volleyball, Women's Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling, Swimming & Dive, Gymnastics, Cross Country, Tennis, Track & Field, Softball, and Baseball my kids get to enjoy all things Illini!
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner visited the Community & Campus Day of Service in April 2015 to help with distributing more than 10,000 meals to families in need after devastating tornadoes in northern Illinois. An additional 148,000 meals were delivered to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank to benefit local families.
This is an image of the Chinese Students Club member in 1912-13.
There is plenty of documented history about PLATO, the first computer-based education system in the world. An innovator of so many of today's technologies, including on-line communities, on-line education, chat, forums, inter-computer gaming, plasma technology, touch screen technology, and more.
The talent surrounding PLATO's invention and evolution is staggering, from inventor Dr. Donald Bitzer to U of I alumus and renowned international software genius Ray Ozzie to alumni who are leaders in many of the world's largest companies.
On a personal level, I first used PLATO in 1974 as a 11-year-old, later programming for many University departments. After graduating from Illinois, I returned in 1993 to lead a successful technology transfer of the original PLATO system, later rebranded as NovaNET. Just two weeks ago, NovaNET was decommissioned, ending the longest run of a single system in history, spanning more than 50 years. We are unlikely to ever see that kind of technology shelf life in a computer system/network again.
The website www.platohistory.com documents some of the stories and contributors.
I can honestly say that path to discovery really started in the Masters Social Work Program and ended in the College of Education. My academic experiences with Dr. Halter and Dr.Downing opened my mind to the need for social justice. Though their mentorship, they put me on the path of discovery. But it was within the College of Education that I was tested, challenged, and shaped into the academic professional and social justice advocate I am today. I owe a great deal to the direction and mentorship of Drs. Alexander, Trent, Anderson, and Parker. When talking to my peers in the field who attended other universities, I realize how blessed I am to have them be a part of my shaping. These great scholars are a true representation in regard to the greatness of the University of Illinois.
Famous teacher of Classical Mythology, Professor Dick Scanlan, was known for disappearing from the lecture platform in the middle of a class of 1200 students, only to return a few minutes later dressed as a toga-clad priest of Apollo, the Greek god of prophecy, in order to predict an Illinois game!
The Undergraduate Library is underground for a reason. "cuz you can’t throw shade on the corn" (Song by The Other Guys). The Morrow Plots are a national landmark, the oldest continuous agricultural experimental field in the United States. The first plots were laid out in 1876, by Professor Manly Miles, then expanded by Professor George Morrow, for whom the plots will forever be known. aces.illinois.edu/blog/no-shade-corn
Exchange year , 1986 to 1987 .
Classics Honors Society Eta Sigma Phi hosts luncheon and State Latin contest on May 7, 1928.
I fell in love with the University of Illinois sitting at my kitchen table, listening to story after story from my grandparents. I am the fifth generation to attend the U of I, and I am proud to say that my family has been molded by this university. You can read all about it on the Voices of ACES blog!
Sarah Zehr, Laura Frerichs (Research Park), and Linda Zhao at Abbott China.
Karen Weng, an employee in the University's China Office, has a cat who is an Illinois fan!
Professor W. A. Oldfather, one of the most prominent first faculty in Classics, with the Hikers' Club
So there we were, my mother and I, standing side-by-side on the patio of the Illini Union, at noon on a warm and sunny October day in 1974.
It was "visit the campus day" and it was fantastic. To me, anyway. I was already in love with U of I, having visited it several times for workshops and high school basketball championships.
My mom, who was preparing to let go of her first baby (me), the first young woman in the family who'd go to college, looked out over the Quad where thousands of students passed by on that lunch hour. "There are so many people here," my mother said, her voice full of concern. "It's so big." How would her first child find her way and rise to achieve on this campus? Not get lost? Literally or figuratively? Even figure out how to get back to the dorm?
My response? "Yeah! Isn't it great?," I asked, just plowing ahead. That's what kids do. Right? I was, of course, doing my job.
My mother wisely kept the rest of her comments or thoughts to herself. And she and my father were thrilled when I received my acceptance that winter. My U of I experience was everything I hoped it would be. And more. But I remembered my mom's concerns. And she saw, over the next four years, the benefits of attending a university "as large as" U of I. It was a good decision -- for me to apply and graduate from U of I, and for my parents to let me go. Thanks, Mom and Dad!
T. Chuang, a 1914 University of Illinois alumnus, designed this building on the Tsinghua University campus. He modeled the building after Foellinger Auditorium on the University of Illinois quadrangle.
At lunch, the waiter at Timpone's told our group that the restaurant has been on campus for more than 30 years and that the menu constantly changes. The one exception is the warm goat cheese and arugula salad, which has been on the menu since the beginning!
Performance of the Greek Play on April 19, 1910 at the Auditorium.
A team from the College of ACES visited Myanmar to discuss opportunities for collaboration on research and professional development in September 2014. In this image, people from Myanmar are drying out corn from the fields. The entire process is done by hand. Dr. George Czapar joined them in this image.
Bruce Vojak, an administrator in the College of Engineering, participates in agriculture research in 2012.