Alumni Spotlight

Here are some of the amazing things our English alumni are up to. If you'd like to share your alumni story, contact us.
  • Ryan Suffern has worked on films of all kinds over the past 13 years, starting with the independent film community in Chicago, and later, serving as an assistant to Steven Spielberg. Ryan has worn many different hats as a filmmaker— be it writer, director, producer, or editor; and in 2006, he began...
  • Seth Fein graduated in 2001 with a B.A. in Rhetoric. He is the founder and publisher of Smile Politely, an online magazine devoted to exposing culture in Champaign-Urbana since 2007. He also started and still produces the Pygmalion Music Festival, which is in its 10th year. In 2013, he partnered...
  • Kari Piwoni graduated with her Bachelors in English in May 2007 and graduated with her Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from UIUC in December 2008. Upon completion she joined a Leadership Development Program with Raytheon Company and lived in Boston, MA; Tampa, FL; and Tucson, AZ...
  • As my status as a senior and, therefore, a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Illinois dawned on me less than a year ago, the frantic pursuit of post-graduate plans began. Fortunately, the University of Illinois provides countless resources for undergraduate students to plan and pursue...
  • Not many kids dream of being copywriters. If they did, you’d see a lot more seven-year-olds drinking bourbon and muttering about clients at snack time. I didn’t want to be anything but a wizard until the age of eleven (I gave up after my Hogwarts letter didn’t come), and a professional writer after...