My job at U of I has taught me:
The world, although vast in size, is actually a small "place"! There are so many connections made through U of I as a student or faculty/staff member, many life-long, that it is easy to discover friends and peers in common while speaking with an alum. Similar to the Kevin Bacon six degrees of separation, Vandals often have only two degrees of separation!
I always take these three things with me when I travel:
Chapstick, water bottle and headphones, in addition to the usual suspects: phone charger and business cards!
My favorite historical figure is:
That’s a tough one since I studied history at U of I! It’s a five-way tie between Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Sacajawea, Eleanor Roosevelt and Eleanor of Aquitaine.