We tell stories that
Meet Illini who travel the world in service to humankind, and help communities prosper and thrive. Who dive deep into the oceans and set their sights on the moon. These individual stories compose our collective one.
Our storytelling shows a fresh side of Illinois, one where different viewpoints and perspectives teach us something new every day. Unafraid to push boundaries, Illini embrace change and innovation.
At the core of the Illinois experience is compassion and strength. Our stories acknowledge and show gratitude for Illini voices and experiences—whether on campus or around the world.
Updated October 2, 2022
Illinois Storytellers: Nariah Romero-Rudy
The Illinois Commitment scholarship program made an Illinois education possible for Nariah Romero-Rudy (LAS ’23).
The Grainger College of Engineering honors the legacy of Nobel laureate Rosalyn Yalow (Grainger ’45) while supporting the noteworthy work of physics professor Nadya Mason.
Terrell Jermaine Starr
Armed with a U.S. passport, an intellectual curiosity, and a willingness to help, journalist Terrell Jermaine Starr (LAS '09, MEDIA '09) shares a rarely told perspective of the war in Ukraine.
The Attitude of Gratitude
Barry L. Houser, director of the Marching Illini, answers the Proust Questionnaire.
Curiosities: Series 7
In this seventh installment of Curiosities, we examine our connections to three films regarded by many to be landmark contributions to the entire filmmaking cannon.
Illinois Storytellers: Vilas Dhar
Vilas Dhar (GRAINGER ’04), president of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, believes in investing in technology that can create lasting social change.
Reporting with an Anthropologist's Eye
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism professor Leon Dash answers the Proust Questionnaire.
Q&A with Edgar Mejia (GRAINGER '18, '26)
To help save our planet, recent Illinois graduate and first-year PhD student Edgar Mejia sees the potential in recycling the impossible.
Coming in Hot
As Illini Men’s Basketball begins a highly anticipated season, Hot Ones host Sean Evans (MEDIA ’08) sees if Coach Brad Underwood can take the heat.
Volcanologist and geology professor Patricia Gregg takes us with her on the deep ocean sub, Alvin, to investigate a volcanic ridge on the bottom of the sea floor.
History will record the grief the coronavirus pandemic has caused. One day we will look back at the enormous loss and our complicated response, as well as the joyful and hopeful moments when we came together with compassion. Over centuries, other pandemics have swept across the globe and changed our lives forever. These stories take us back.
1918: The year without a Homecoming
On the hundredth anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic, we look back at a campus that prepared soldiers for war, tended to the sick, and came together in a spirit of selflessness and compassion.
Pandemics and fear
Historians and anthropologists see parallels between past outbreaks and today's crisis.
Chasing the flu
One hundred years after the deadly 1918 influenza pandemic, scientists are still trying to understand the virus.