The Quadrangle Online

Fall 2022 coverThe Quadrangle is a biannual magazine published by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences every spring and fall. It tells stories of and impacting alumni, students, faculty, and staff throughout the college. 

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News & research from LAS

Click on the images to read recent news and research from faculty, staff, students, and alumni. View the full list in the magazine.

The Great Reconnect

The College of LAS reaches abroad with a deeper sense of purpose

Venetria K. Patton
A minute with the dean
Venetria K. Patton talks about the future of LAS
Erica Bauer poses with Ayo Dosunmu
Alumna connects the Chicago Bulls to the community
Nancy Thies Marshall
Catching up with Nancy Thies Marshall

The former star gymnast chose college over a second shot at the Olympic Games and found her calling

Book covers from LAS facultyBooks from LAS

Indigenous poetry, natural disasters, political philosophy, and racism in Russia were just some of the subjects of books published recently by LAS faculty members. 


Commencing together

For the first time since 2019, graduates from the University of Illinois and their supporters gathered at Memorial Stadium for spring commencement. Graduates from 2020 and 2021, whose ceremonies were curtailed for the COVID-19 pandemic, were also invited to attend. Some 2,429 undergraduates from the College of LAS graduated in May.

A student smiles while talking to a peer
Landmark moment for ethnic, gender, and women's studies
A new building will mark the significance of academic units that work to reduce inequality
Religious symbols
Department of Religion nears its 50th anniversary
Academic unit teaches some of our most sensitive aspects of culture to a growing variety of students
Contrary to commonly accepted standards of morality

A plant biologist’s views on sex triggered a storm of protest and debate on academic freedom

Bill Hammack, at left, in his studio. Since launching a YouTube channel to explain how things work, the professor has received millions of views.
The Engineer Guy
By using YouTube to explain how things work, Bill Hammack earns one of his field’s highest honors
Xun Yan
Making our standardized tests better
Xun Yan studies the assessments we use to gauge our language and literacy

LAS by the numbers

This year’s incoming freshman class is unlike any other in history. How are the COVID-19 pandemic and related stressors affecting college applications? Here’s a glimpse of what we’re seeing in the College of LAS.

Data reads: +20% applications, 2,924 accepted admissions to LAS. +15.4% Student applications in 2020-2022. +14.3% Students accepting admission offers. +37% International students accepting admission. +30% African American students accepting admission. 489 Biology students accepting admission. 68% Students accepting admission who are from Illinois.