A milestone birthday deserves a special gift. This is ours.
Over the past two years, Editor Jeff D’Alessio has tracked down
1,596 former students, faculty and staff who’ve done
the University of Illinois proud. The mission: to get them to share
personal stories about the places, spaces, people and programs that had
the most profound impact on them.
You’ll find the memories of astronauts and ambassadors, color
barrier breakers and history makers, Olympians and Paralympians, those
who’ve been honored with prestigious prizes — Nobels, Pulitzers, Oscars —
and many more.
You’ll find 100 special video messages we received from alumni
across the globe. Among them: singing judges, a Red Cross worker in
hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico and the CEO who became the first