Hello, alumni and friends —

ILLINOIS HOMECOMING is one of the best college traditions there is! So we hope you'll make plans to be a part of it here in Urbana-Champaign this fall.

As I write this, the campus is coming alive with bright, energetic students returning – or just arriving for their first semester. There's something about this time that makes us all excited, optimistic … and inspired.

You can revisit that excitement, optimism and inspiration for yourself. Homecoming is the time when the whole campus is poised to welcome you back. Reflect on your own great memories of campus in one, big University of Illinois family reunion. It's a great way to spend an autumn weekend.

Remember, the UI Alumni Association is here for you year-round, and there are lots of ways to be connected and involved as a member. Our University has a proud heritage and a bold path for its future excellence — and alumni are a key part of both.

So wear your ORANGE with pride and celebrate ILLINOIS HOMECOMING 2016. Why not suggest that a few friends from the old days join you? There's a lot going on to see and do, so be sure to check the Homecoming Calendar regularly as you make your plans.


Loren R. Taylor
President and CEO, University of Illinois Alumni Association