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Kent Starwalt

Kent Starwalt

Executive VP | Tennessee Road Builders Assn. | Class of 1986

The view from 377 miles away can’t match what he had in college, but if Illinois football or basketball is playing, it’s a good bet that Kent Starwalt is watching.

“When I think back on my time at the University of Illinois, the places I met the friends I have from school today were the Illinois Street Residence Hall and the fraternity of Alpha Kappa Lambda. But the two places I had the most fun were Memorial Stadium and State Farm Center/Assembly Hall,” the executive VP of the Tennessee Road Builders Association (BA ’86, political science) says from Nashville.

“I sat in the Block I section on the east side of Memorial Stadium all four years. I will never forget shaking our keys before every kickoff, rowing to get ourselves lined up to do the card shows, and the football season of 1983 when we defeated every Big Ten school on our way to the Rose Bowl.

“While I had a great time at Memorial Stadium, Illinois basketball at Assembly Hall was my favorite. I was a season ticket holder my first three years and had the great honor of being part of the Orange Krush my senior year.

“The 1983-84 season was a highlight with the Illini wining the Big Ten and advancing to the NCAA regional final. I love Illini athletics and still bleed orange and blue to this day.”