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[ Alumni + Friends Math Monthly | October 2021 ]

Alma Mater dressed in a Homecoming 2021 shirt with Altgeld Hall in the background.   |  Photo by UI Public Affairs

Close or Apart, We're Illini at Heart


Homecoming at UIUC is always a week to remember and 2021 was no different. In true UIUC fashion, this year's event brought new virtual innovation, making this year's celebration more connective to Illini from around the world. Each day celebrated one of the pillars that makes the University of Illinois so special—from academics, the arts and athletics to our incredible community, both near and far.

Whether you were able to join us in Champaign-Urbana or participated virtually from around the world, we can always say that “Close or Apart, We’re Illini at Heart.”
Watch the Homecoming parade →




DEADLINE APPROACHING: Submit a nomination for the 2022 Department of Mathematics Alumni Awards

A photo of Alma Mater with Power of I written across the image.  

Each year, the Department of Mathematics recognizes exceptional alumni who have made significant contributions through outstanding professional achievement in academia, research, and industry.

Nominations for the 2022 UIUC Department of Mathematics Alumni Awards are now open:

  • Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Outstanding Recent Alumni
  • Alumni Humanitarian Award
  • Actuarial Science Alumni of the Year Award

But act quick! The deadline for nominations is Monday, Nov. 15
Learn more and submit a nomination →


IJM releases September issue

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The September issue of the Illinois Journal of Mathematics (Volume 65, No, 3) is available online to subscribers. Back issues are also available, as are articles in advance publication. Issues older than five years are open access. IJM is published by the Department of Mathematics in partnership with Duke University Press.

You can subscribe to the Illinois Journal of Mathematics via Duke University Press. Institutional, individual, and student subscriptions are available.
Learn more at IJM →


Annual retirees' gathering happening later this month

Alma Mater with Altgeld tower in the background.  

In lieu of an in-person lunch at Silvercreek Restaurant, we have switched to a Zoom-based happy hour for our annual retirees’ gathering. It will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21. Emails with a Zoom link and instructions will be going out soon to everyone who’s been invited in the past (plus any of our recent retirees). We will have some short presentations/updates by faculty members, as well as some time for anyone who wants to share news or an announcement.

If you don’t receive an email by Oct. 18, please contact Peggy Currid, program coordinator, at
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Join the University of Illinois Department of Mathematics

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The Department of Mathematics has a long and distinguished history at the University of Illinois and is rated in the top 20 mathematics departments in the nation. Many of our faculty have spoken at the International Congress of Mathematicians, won national and international prizes for research, and are acclaimed experts in their fields. We are hoping to expand on that legacy of excellence and impact as we look to transform the future. We are currently seeking candidates for the following open positions:

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Aldo Manfroi  

"I’m not just teaching the theorems, the rules. My approach is more about: How do we apply this? How do we solve this problem?"

Earlier this year, the University of Illinois Alumni Association featured senior lecturer Aldo Manfroi in their "In Class" interview series, a UIAA series featuring impact and innovation in the classroom. Manfroi was recognized for his exceptional approach to teaching as a 2020 recipient of the university's Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, where it was noted “he makes it a point to relate to his students on a personal level, greeting and conversing with individual students and engaging them throughout the lecture.”
Read the "In Class" interview →



Next gen Illini

Kallan McCormick looking at the summer issue of Math Times.  

College may be several years off, but Kallan McCormick of San Francisco is getting a head start learning all about the Department of Mathematics. Kallan, who is the 17-month-old son of alumnus Andrew McCormick (BS, ’06, mathematics and physics), reportly enjoyed reading the summer issue of Math Times so much that his grandmother, Chris McCormick, snapped a photo to share with the department. 

Need to catch up on the latest issue like Kallan? 
View the Math Times archives →

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Have news you would like to share with your fellow alums in an upcoming issue of Math Monthly? Submit your items using our online form.
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Did you know ...

Altgeld Hall in fall  

The Altgeld and Illini Halls renovation and building project will target LEED Silver certifications, meaning the buildings will use water and energy efficiently, be constructed with recycled or renewable materials, and are meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Learn more fun facts →



John H. Walter  

Professor Emeritus John H. Walter passed away Sept. 20, 2021, at Carle Foundation Hospital. He joined the faculty of the University of Illinois, where he served as a full professor of mathematics until his retirement in 1993. He was a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and author of the Walter Theorem. He also had visiting professorships at Harvard, UCLA, Cambridge (England), and the University of London.
View the obituary →



Senior Memorial Chime Homecoming Concert

The Altgeld Chimes players held a special two-part concert in honor of Homecoming 2021.
Watch part 1 →
Watch part 2 →



Illini Hall  

Built in 1907, Illini Hall has been the home of the campus’ student union, Daily Illini, The Illio, campus’ Police Training Institute, and the Division of University Extension. The Department of Statistics began its residence in Illini Hall upon its founding as a standalone department in 1985, though math faculty had a presence in the building dating to about 1965. For this month’s trivia, let’s take a closer look at the unofficial second home of the Department of Mathematics.
Test your knowledge →



Mathematics Department Retirees' Happy Hour | Oct. 21, 2021

This Zoom-based happy hour for Department of Mathematic retirees will begin at 4 p.m. 
Learn more →

2021 MDAB Annual Meeting | Oct. 22, 2021

Members of the Mathematics Development Advisory Board (MDAB) will gather for the 2021 MDAB annual meeting.

Actuarial Science Advisory Board Meeting | Oct. 29, 2021

Members of the Actuarial Science Advisory Board will gather virtually via Zoom.

Dads Weekend 2021 | Oct. 29–31, 2021

Get your gameday faces on for this year's Dads Weekend, Oct. 29-31! 
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Alumni Awards Nomination Deadline | Nov. 15, 2021

Each year, the Department of Mathematics recognizes exceptional alumni who have made significant contributions through outstanding professional achievement in academia, research, and industry. 
Learn more and nominate today →

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