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Alumni Association History & Traditions Committee

The University of Illinois Alumni Association's ad hoc History & Traditions Committee is composed of 24 Alumni Association Board members, alumni, emeritus or retired faculty and staff, and others who share an abiding love of and interest in the history and traditions of the University of Illinois. Alumni Association Board member Stephen C. Van Arsdell '72 BUS, '73 MAS BUS serves as the chair of the committee. Steve's Illinois legacy dates to the 1920s when his father, the late Prof. Paul M. Van Arsdell, Sr. '27 BUS, '29 MS LAS. '35 PHD LAS came to campus as an undergraduate and went on to earn a master's and a doctorate and become one of the Urbana-Champaign campus's most beloved faculty members.

Like Steve, each of the committee members has a special connection to the University of Illinois. They strongly believe that the preservation and interpretation of the University's rich history and traditions are the keys to link the cherished memories of the past with the present and to the institution's aspirations for the future. They epitomize the inscription at the base of Lorado Taft's Alma Mater statue, a gift to the University from its alumni, "To thy happy children of the future, those of the past send greetings."

The Commitee

Stephen C. Van Arsdell
Stephen C. Van Arsdell
Chairman of the Board/CEO, Retired
Deloitte & Touche, LLP
'72 BUS, MAS '73 BUS
photo of Joe Alexander
Joe Alexander
Farnsworth Partners
'99 LAS
Dr. Robert L. Bender
Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs, Retired
University of Illinois
Pat Basu
Chief Medical Officer, Doctor on Call
Virtual Radiological Corporation
'00 ENG
Willard L. Broom
Associate Dean of Students, Retired
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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E. J. Donaghey
President & CEO
University of Illinois Employees Credit Union
David V. Dorris
Dorris Law Firm, PC
'73 JD LAW
Angela Boecker Eckert
VP, Retail Operations
Eckert's Country Store & Garden Center
'94 ACES
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James Evenson
Head, Data Governance
Siemans Healthcare Diagnostics
William D. Forsyth III
Frontier Partners
'86 BUS
Bernice H. "Bernie" Freeman
Associate Vice President, The President's Council, Retired
University of Illinois Foundation
'72 FAA
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Dr. Roger L. Johnson
Chief Executive Officer
Information Technology, Ltd
'65 ENG, '66 MSEE ENG, '70 PHD ENG
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Thomas J. Kacich
Enterprise Editor
The News-Gazette
'75 MA UIS
Robert G. Kennedy
President and Co-CEO
C-SPAN, Washington, DC
'78 ENG
Bridget Lamont
MS '72 LIS
Dr. Naomi B. Lynn
Chancellor Emerita
University of Illinois at Springfield
Louis A. Margaglione
Senior Vice President
Bank of Montreal/Harris Bank
'92 FAA
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Dr. Linda Moorhouse
Interim Director of Bands, UI at Urbana-Champaign
Prabha Parameswaran
Manager & Corporate Counsel, Complex Transactions - Legal
'89 BUS, JD '93 LAW
Joseph S. Rank
Vice President, Retired
University of Illinois Alumni Association
Steve A. Raquel
President & CEO
Illinois Online Ventures
Ryan A. Ross
Coordinator, History & Traditions Programs
University of Illinois Alumni Association
'08 LAS, '10 MS GSLIS
Ruiz photo
Marilyn Faklis Ruiz
Assistant to the Director, Retired
University of Illinois Chicago
Navy Pier Attendee
Solberg photo
Dr. Winton Solberg
Professor of History, Emeritus
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
photo of Paul Stone
Paul L. Stone
Stone, Stone & Hanson Law Offices
'67 BUS, '70 JD LAW
Tate photo
Alexis M. "Lex" Tate
Associate Director, Retired
University of Illinois Public Affairs
Dr. Michele Thompson
Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Retired
University of Illinois
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James E. Vermette
Executive Vice President
Cozad Asset Management, Inc.
'60 LAS
Thomas J. Wood
University Archivist
University of Illinois at Springfield