Alumni Spotlight

Attention Alumni: We Want to Hear Your Stories

We want to hear from you: what do you do (job title, duties), where do you work, and how has your UofI education prepared you for your success? Please send us your story, 200 words maximum, to Rick Partin. You may include a photo of yourself in electronic format. We will publish select ones on the SLCL website.
  • After finishing his PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures at the U of I in August, Mark Frank took up the position of Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer in the Environmental Humanities at Yale University for 2020-2021. Mark said that this is primarily a research position that would afford him...
  • Sun Joo Chung (MATESL 2012, PhD Educational Psychology, 2014) is an assistant professor in the Department of English Literature and Linguistics at Gachon University in South Korea. She’s currently teaching undergraduate students who want to become EFL teachers in Gachon's teacher training program...
  • Lauren Ficek (BA, Spanish, 2014) is currently working as an Industrial Hygienist contracted with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md. In her work she supports four main programs: water and mold incursion investigation, oxygen monitoring, ergonomics, and respiratory protection,...
  • Lydia Catedral (PhD, Linguistics, 2018) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Translation at the City University of Hong Kong. She is currently teaching a General Education course called "Image of the City". She also has taught sociolinguistics, conversation analysis,...
  • When Max Colon learned he was accepted as one of the inaugural Lincoln Scholars back in 2012, just ahead of his freshman year at Illinois, he was shocked and overjoyed. Seven years later, after earning bachelor’s degrees in psychology and Spanish and a master’s degree in human resources and...
  • Barbara Barackman DeBolt graduated from the U of I in 1964 with a BA in French. She resided in the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority house all four years. After graduation she returned home to Chicago Heights and married soon after. Barbara taught French at Tinley Park High School, then had two babies,...
  • Asura Louise Osborne, who graduated in May 2018 with a minor in Italian, is a recipient of the Dante Society of America Prize for an undergraduate essay. She wrote her essay during the 2017-18 academic year for Italian 413, taught by Dr. Corey Flack.  Osborne is one of only...
  • Just a few months after earning her bachelor’s degree at UIUC, Emily Doehring hopped on a plane and moved to South Korea. Still in Korea, she now works as an English teacher at a small, rural elementary school in Gangwon-do Province through the TaLK Scholarship Program. She assists...
  • Jessica Romero, a 2018 graduate in Spanish and Portuguese, has been offered a highly prestigious Fulbright grant for 2018-19, awarding her the opportunity to pursue international research, educational, and teaching experiences. The, provided by the U.S. government, approximately 2,100 U.S....
  • Aiyu (Iris) Zhang graduated in 2013 with a BA in East Asian Languages and Cultures, concentrating on the teaching of K- through12th-grade Mandarin Chinese. She also received a teacher education minor in ELL (English language learners). She is currently a 6th-8th grade Mandarin teacher at Maple...
  • Since graduating with a B.A. in French in 1991 (and being on the Bronze Tablet - Joy Nevin), Joy Axelson has earned a Masters degree in French, an Illinois French teaching certificate, a French D.A.L.F. certificate, and has become an ATA-certified French translator and a Realtor®.  She has had...