College of Media at Illinois

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Alumni & Friends

Alma Mater

College of Media graduates share a lifelong connection with each other, the College and the University of Illinois. To help keep that connection strong, we offer alumni a variety of programs, awards and networking tools.

Stay Connected

Keep in touch with us and your classmates by updating your information online with campus. To share your latest Alumni News Note, send an email to


Become a fan on our College of Media at Illinois Facebook page to stay in touch, find out about upcoming events, and connect with other College of Media alumni.

College E-newsletter

Stay on top of alumni, student and faculty news with the monthly e-newsletter from the College, formerly the Media I. To receive the e-newsletter, update your information with campus.

Chicago Alumni Board

The mission of the College of Media Alumni Board is to foster contact among alumni and to build meaningful relationships between the College its alumni and students.

Current Officers:

  • Kevin Passolt '04 ADV, president
  • Nicole England '05 ADV, vice president
  • Tom Polansek '03 JOURN, treasurer
  • Lisa Arnett '03 JOURN, secretary

Board Members:

  • Justin Breen '99 JRN
  • Kim Brun '93/'94 MS ADV
  • Tara Burghart '94 JOURN
  • Scott Goldberg ’04 ADV
  • Steve Hall '92 MS ADV
  • Monica Heckman '05 ADV
  • Luke LiManni '06 ADV
  • Bruce Miller '90 MS ADV

University of Illinois Alumni Association

The University of Illinois Alumni Association is one of the world’s largest, most diverse alumni communities. As a graduate or current student of the University of Illinois, you are automatically a member of this global family. UI alumni number more than 600,000 worldwide. As a graduate or current student of the College of Media, you are also automatically a member of the College of Media Alumni Association, a UIAA partner organization. Whether you want to keep up with what’s going on in the Illinois family, establish professional contacts or just bleed orange and blue, your University of Illinois Alumni Association offers programs, services, communications, and resources to help you make the connections you choose. Find out more about the UI Alumni Association at

UIAA Alumni Career Center

Since 1987, the University of Illinois Alumni Association has offered alumni comprehensive employment and career management services through its Alumni Career Center, located in downtown Chicago. Programs and services are available to all U of I graduates.

  • Participate in professional development webinars and tele-programs
  • Register for the Hire UI Alumni job board and resume posting database, link with professional opportunities at all levels of experience
  • Use the Virtual Career Center, a self-paced, comprehensive career planning, job search and career management resource, available 24/7/365
  • Register for individual advising services (available for nominal fees)
  • Find out more about the UIAA Alumni Career Center at
Illinois Connection: The University of Illinois Advocacy Network

University of Illinois ranks as one of the worldís greatest centers of learning and one of the state is most valuable assets. The UI Alumni Association facilitates a growing network of alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends to tell the "U of I story" and ensure support from the state and federal government.

  • Find out how you can make a difference as a vocal advocate for the U of I
  • Stay up to date on the latest facts, figures and news
  • Get involved in Illinois Connection activities
  • Find out more about Illinois Connection at

Alumni and College News Archive

Year in Review is published annually to highlight the activities of our students and faculty.
Year in Review 2013 (PDF)
Year in Review 2012 (PDF)

Advancing Excellence is published annually. It contains alumni profiles and the college’s funding priorities.
Advancing Excellence 2013 (PDF)
Advancing Excellence 2014 (PDF)

In the past the College published Alumni News, a 20-page newspaper for alumni, twice a year.

Download past issues:

Professional Honors and Awards

College of Media alumni have gone on to accomplished careers, and many have distinguished themselves by winning professional awards. Among the awards our graduates have received are the Pulitzer Prize, Peabody Award, Emmy Award and the Clio Award. Take a look at a list of some of our alumni honorees.

Official University documents

The University's Office of the Registrar provides the following resources:


For more information about College of Media alumni events and engagement opportunity, please contact:

Jeanine Simnick
Assistant Director of Annual Fund and Alumni Relations