2018-2019 DUES ARE DUE!

The club's 2018-2019 membership year begins 7/1/18 and continues until 6/30/19. As a Houston-area UIUC Alum please support us by electronically renewing or joining our UIAA award winning club! Doing so entitles you to the full priviliges of club membership. Please note that the Houston Illini Club receives no financial support from UIAA or UIUC for upcoming activities, or past activities or our annual scholarship to a top Houston-area high school graduate soon to begin their studies at UIUC. Annual dues are only $20 ($25 family).  


In May of 2018, the Houston Illini Club is pleased to announce that it has awarded its scholarship in the amount of $750 to Oak Ridge High School’s Ian Campbell Sloat.  Ian will begin his studies in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign beginning this fall.  Ian is the leader of the Oak Ridge HS Robotics club, where he led his team to State in both the VEX and BEST Robotics competitions.  He is a member of Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society) where he lettered all three years.  He won the Texas Math League’s Cumulative Points Test Award from 10th to 12th grade.  Ian was named a NASA High School Aerospace Scholar in his junior year.  Ian participated in NASA’s Johnson Space Center Regional and the Kennedy Space Center International Space Settlement Design Competitions placing 1st and 2nd respectively.  Ian was selected to intern with the NASA SEES (STEM Enhancement in Earth Science) & Texas Space Consortium in the Summer of 2017.  Ian’s “New and Improved Commercial Jet Engine” was recognized by the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics with a 1st place design award at the Houston Science and Engineering Fair.  The engine placed 2nd at the Houston fair and advanced to State.  Ian is an AP Scholar and participated in many extra-curricular activities including Science National Honor Society, Oak Ridge HS Band, TMEA Region IX Band, Oak Ridge HS Math UIL team, Habitat for Humanity, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and the St. Anthony of Padua Food Pantry.  The Houston Illini Club congratulates Ian and his family for the honor of winning the club’s 2018 scholarship!


University of Illinois' alumni in Housotn had the opportunity to meet Chancellor Jones and Vice Chancellor Barry Benson over beer at the 8th Wonder Brewery on 5/19/2018. Chancellor Jones explained that Houston, the nation's 4th largest city, is a target for subsequent visits as part of University of Illinois' 150 year plan. Chancellor Jones articulated the need amonst alumni to support our University, explaining that the University of Illinois is well perceived by the industry. He also shared that web based education is growing. Finally, Chancellor Jones promised to come back in February 2019 with a large crowd from campus. Mark your calendars!


On behalf on the Houston Illini Club at large we would first like to extend a warm thank you to Parul Koul for her work and positive initiatives as the first Activities and Young Member Coordinator on the Board!  Second, we would also like to welcome Doug Litteken to replace Parul. Doug is also a young Alumni, and has already led several club events, and made significant communications enhancements both to our website and to our Facebook presence.  Please support Doug as together we work to dramatically increase the club's young alumni population.


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