News Bureau | University of Illinois

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign logo

postmarks headerPostmarks


Since 1989, Postmarks has delivered stories of interest to the parents of undergraduates at the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois. It is published each spring and fall semester by the News Bureau | Public Affairs. The publication is distributed by U.S. mail to the parents' homes.

Editors: Libby Kacich and Steve Witmer

WRITERS (News Bureau Staff)
Liz Ahlberg,
Craig Chamberlain,
Phil Ciciora,
Sharita Forrest,
Mike Helenthal,
Diana Yates,

Current Issue

Miss Possible group

SPRING 2015 | pdf

Illinois study abroad program prepares student for real life disaster
When Jessica Weston was choosing a study abroad location, she had two qualifications: beautiful weather and English-speaking. So, she chose the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, where she was able to fulfill her academic requirements, as well as develop her interest in volunteer work through a course called “Rebuilding Christchurch.” The New Zealand city was recovering from a series of violent earthquakes.

Archived Issues

Mark Micale, one of four professors who share the joy of teaching

FALL 2014

Marie Curie: Chemist, physicist, Nobel laureate…childhood playmate? In January 2015, girls across the country will be playing with dolls based on a 10-year-old Curie, who will lead them through various hands-on activities in basic chemistry and physics through an interactive mobile app. Curie is the first in the Miss Possible line of dolls, created by Illinois engineering students Supriya Hobbs and Janna Eaves to help young girls explore the realm of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
more | pdf

Mark Micale, one of four professors who share the joy of teaching


Teaching was part of the environment Mark Micale grew up in. Kim Graber wanted to teach from the time she was a small child. Andrew Alleyne remembers sitting in the back of the college classroom in which his mother taught on days he was sick and out of school. Kelly Tappenden tries to catch her students "where they're at and then take them to the level that we need within the curriculum."
more | pdf

Four kings of ches

FALL 2013

Last spring, a Cinderella team from the U. of I. clinched a berth in the Final Four of a major college tournament. But this unheralded group of undergraduates used pawns, bishops and queens – not basketballs – to work their tournament magic.
more | pdf

GAMES participants


Amelia Lee wasn’t sure she wanted to attend the University of Illinois. As a serious oboist, her idea of college was an arts institution such as Oberlin Conservatory or the Manhattan School of Music. Her mother, however, wanted Lee to get a more well-rounded education, and with a top-10 ranked music school, the U. of I. suited them both. So Lee came to Urbana to audition for oboe professor John Dee, an internationally known performer and conservatory-caliber coach.
more | pdf

GAMES participants

FALL 2012

"Girls rock!" Landria "Landi" Lark shouted over the chatter of a dozen high school girls and the whirring of coaster-sized robotic cruisers.
"Yes, we do!" came the answering chorus. Conversation and motors suddenly stilled.
more | pdf

Julie Honegger


Life – and career – lessons can take many forms. For seven UI undergraduates, a hands-on engineering collaboration with peers in South Africa – with weekend excursions to some of the most exotic locales on the planet – offered just about all of them.
more | pdf