August marked 16 years since Michael Aiken packed up his belongings and left the Swanlund Administration Building. Now retired, the UI chancellor is living happily among the grizzly bears, he reports from Wyoming.
Aiken isn't sure when he'll next make it back to campus but rest assured, when he does, it will include a trip to his all-time favorite spot.
“Each time I return to Champaign-Urbana, I never fail to visit the Hallene Gateway," he says. "It is a very special place in my view.
“If I recall correctly, it was stored at Allerton for many years until Al Hallene, now deceased, a devoted and loyal alumnus of the university from Moline, donated the funds to construct the gateway.
“For me, the gateway represents historical continuity and the greatness of the University of Illinois. Further, it serves to welcome students, alums, and friends to the University of Illinois."