The old Carmon’s diner on Neil is where Primetime Emmy-winning producer Felicia Wong (’96) and her brother always got an extra helping of kindness.
“Larry and his sister were so sweet to us, especially since coming from Singapore, we were pretty foreign to Urbana-Champaign,” she says. “They epitomize the kind and warm hospitality of Midwesterners to us. Now that I live in New York City, it’s definitey a feeling that I do miss from time to time.”
The Art Theater on Church is where Showtime Networks’ former director of interactive television had an important breakthrough — “my first theater experience with alcohol. How cool is that? was that feeling.
The Art “is not as grand at the Virginia Theatre, but the relaxed vibe and eclectic screenings of mainstream, art house and indie films helped nourish my passion for cinema and media,” Wong says.
Jarling’s Custard Cup on Kirby is where she developed a craving for that “yummy lemony-corn-milk goodness in a cup.”
“The best ice cream ever,” Wong sayd.
The Quad is where she caught “some natural Vitamin Ds in between classes,” and St John’s Chapel is where she went often for “a quiet moment of contemplation.”
“By every measure, I truly am blessed to have spent my formative years at this great institution of learning,” Wong says. “So thank you everyone who’s a part of this wonderful community, and happy 150th birthday, dearest grande dame.”