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WHEN THREE UIUC ALUMS WERE RECENTLY NAMED 12998 CHICAGO ILLINI OF TH YEAR, COMMERCE LOYALISTS WERE PROUD TO CLAIM TOW OF THEM AS GRADUATES — WHO ALSO HAPPEN TO HAVE BEEN MEMBERS OF THE SAME CLASS.


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Lester McKeever (B.S. Accountancy) and Sheldon Good (B.S. Marketing), both 1955 grads, were presented with the honor at the University of Illinois Founders Day Celebration in Chicago, on April 2. Sponsored by the University of Illinois Alumni Association and the Chicago Illini Club, the event marked the grand opening of the new Illini Center, a Windy City showcase for the university. (See side bar.) Also named a Chicago Illini of the Year was Tonise Paul (B.A. Communications 1979, M.S. Communications 1980). The Chicago Illini of the Year Awards were established in 1997 and the names of recipients are displayed on a plaque, to hang in the Illini Center.

Managing partner and head of Washington, Pittman & McKeever, the country's oldest African American-owned accounting and consulting firm, Lester McKeever is a certified public accountant, consultant, and attorney. Active in a wide range of professional and civic organizations, he was named Chicagoan of the Year in 1991. As a UIUC alumnus, he has served as chair of the Commerce Business Advisory Council, 1997-98 and as president of the Commerce Alumni Association, 1992-93. A former treasurer of the UI Board of Trustees, he has also served on the Illinois Alumni Association board. Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and a member of the transition teams for Chicago mayors Harold Washington and Richard M. Daley, McKeever was recently elected to the board of directors of Photogen Technologies (see Class Notes).

Sheldon Good is founder and chairman of Sheldon Good & Company, one of the nation's largest real estate auction firms. Active in professional and charitable organizations, he was recently elected as a director of the Forum, an organization for UIUC alumni in the real estate industry administered by the Office of Real Estate Research at CBA. A sought-after speaker, whose venues have ranged from the National Realtors Convention in Las Vegas to real estate classes at CBA, Good had these words for the Founders Day gathering at which he was honored: "The U of I was a great contributor along my journey through problems, challenges, and solutions of my life."

The Illini Center

For the many Commerce students and many, many alumni who call the Windy City home, there's now a campus away from campus. On April 2, the Illini Center opened in the heart of downtown Chicago, providing a consolidated locale for most of the service and outreach activities of UIUC in and around the city. The center is there to accommodate UIUC expatriates with a range of support, from registration for classes and career counseling to networking opportunities and advice from the extension service.

Handsome and unusual (three of the architects are UIUC grads), the center features two mezzanine decks in a glass-curtained lobby. It is housed in the 200 South Wacker Building, a distinctive office facility designed by Harry Weese, at the corner of Adams and South Wacker. On-site offices represent an array of campus units, including the Alumni Association, Admissions and Records, the Principal's Scholars Program, the Cooperative Extension Service, the 4-H Foundation, Intercollegiate Athletics, and the Campus, Law, and ACES Development offices. An Alumni Career Center serves all three U of I campuses. Set up to host distance conference and learning activities, the center's West Conference Room is outfitted with high-tech videoconferencing equipment, as well as computer interface and ISDN connectivity capacity. Two other conference rooms — the high-tech Orange and Blue Room and the intimate East Room — are ideal for the alumni social events and lectures and presentations planned for the center's calendar. Illini loyalists can even drop by to arrange for football tickets. If you're in Chicago and would like a tour, call Illini Center Coordinator Andrea Fox at 312-575-7800. Or e-mail her at alfox@uiuc.edu.