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Rachyl Stephenson

Rachyl Stephenson

Assistant instructor | University of Texas | Class of 2009

If you’re running late to class, there’s no worse building on all of campus to have to navigate.

But for architecture fans, Altgeld Hall is in a class of its own.

It’s the first UI landmark that comes to mind when 2009 alumna Rachyl Stephenson thinks back to her undergrad days studying kinesiology.

“I only had one class in the building, but its unique architectural layout and story behind the architect who designed it are extremely fascinating,” says the University of Texas assistant instructor for children’s movement, who’s on track to earn her Ph.D. in 2020 in physical education teacher education.

Altgeld “reeks of the unique history that the university represents and all of the brilliant minds that passed through its presence,” she says.

“It took me about a half-hour to find my lab section for my calculus class in the building because it was on a ‘half’ floor. Its location near the Quad — by far one of the most memorable locations, as well, due its vibrant student life and beauty — along with being next to the Union also add to its noteworthiness.”

In  fall 2019, Stephenson will join the PETE faculty at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.