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George Fleischli

George Fleischli

Nat’l Academy of Arbitrators | Distinguished Alumni Award | Class of 1970

Try as he might, George Fleischli (’70) couldn’t single out one campus spot as his favorite.

“And then it dawned on me,” says the School of Labor and Employment Relations’ 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award winner. “There is a common theme — learning from others in an incredibly diverse milieu of students, staff and professors from all over the United States and around the world. 

“When I think of my days at the U of I, I think of the hundreds of hours I spent talking to others and solving the problems of the world — first as an undergraduate in the Canteen on Gregory Street, then as a law student in the student lounge, and most of all as a graduate student in the faculty-student lounge at the ‘Tute’ (Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations). 

“Sometimes, I think I learned more from those encounters than I did in the classroom.”