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Twin Cities Illini Club Committees

Learn more about what the TC Illini Club has to offer

We hold several types of events throughout the year.  We also offer an annual scholarship.
 
Select a topic below to learn more.  Refer to the calendar for actual dates, times, and locations.
 
Professional Development Series 
 
This series will feature local Illinois alumni as speakers and provide opportunities for networking.  Check the club calendar for a list of upcoming events.
   
Community Service Projects 
 
The Twin Cities Illini Club performs volunteer service so that we can positively impact the lives of others as well as our own lives.  Our service projects are opportunities to use our skills and energy to respond to the needs of our community.  At the same time, we are able to interact with our fellow Illini, families, and friends with a sense of teamwork and fulfillment.
 
Our club's service projects generally have taken place on a quarterly basis; the fall project is in conjunction with the University's "iHelp" initiative (see below).  We have been helping several Twin Cities-based agencies with a variety of activities. Here are just a few examples of what we have done in the past.
  • Painted rooms in the group homes that Wingspan Life Resources manages for the developmentally disabled
  • Worked in the warehouse for Bridging, to help them provide furniture and other household goods for families in transition
  • Packed family meal boxes for the Emergency Foodshelf Network
 
We look forward to future projects with as much Illini participation as possible, and we welcome ideas for those projects.
 
iHelp, You Help, We all Help
 
iHelp is a volunteer initiative organized by the Student Alumni Ambassadors that unites current University of Illinois students with the Champaign-Urbana Community as well as participating Alumni around the world.  Visit ihelpillinois.org for more info.
 
In the weeks and weekends leading up to Homecoming, UIUC students organize community service projects serving the Champaign-Urbana agency.  Over 50 agencies in the C-U community were served in 2011 via iHelp.  To unite the global Illini community in service, the iHelp organizers also have encouraged alumni groups to conduct service projects in their respective communities and report the events to iHelp.
 
We in the Twin Cities Illini Club contributed to iHelp in the fall of 2011 with our service project at the Emergency Foodshelf Network.  We look forward to a project in the fall of 2012 for the next iHelp initiative. 
 
Please contact Paul Lubinski (317-224-7950, lubinski3nm@yahoo.com) if you have project ideas or you want to iHelp out!
  
Alumni Family Picnic and Student Send-Off 
 
We hold an annual picnic where we bring incoming and current students as well as alumni and their families for a picnic, networking, and games at a local park.  This is a great opportunity for students and alumni alike. 
 
We also hold a raffle and silent auction to raise money for our annual scholarship.  Additionally, we have several student-only prizes, such as a $100 Illini Union bookstore gift card.  We also take this opportunity to meet and congratuate our current year's scholarship winner.
 
The event is generally held in early August prior to the students heading off to Champaign-Urbana.  Check the events calendar for the specific date, time, and location of our event this year.
   
Game Watches 
 
For each men's basketball and football game, we reserve tables at Champps in Richfield to watch the games together as fellow alumni.  We are the only Big 10 alumni group who holds these for all games.  If a particular sport advances to a championship round (such as women's volleyball), we will add special gamewatches for those events.  Champps is easily accessible just south of the intersection of I-35W and Hwy 62.  Check the club calendar for a list of upcoming game dates.
 
For games that are played here in Minnesota, we do not hold a game watch, but rather purchase a block of tickets to see the live action and generally have a pre or post-game party depending on the time of the game.
 
We typically have 10-25 people come to our gamewatches, depending whether the game is on a weeknight or weekend, weather, who they are playing, and how the team is doing.  We also have co-gamewatches with other local Big Ten alumni clubs such as Michigan State, Northwestern, Michigan and Purdue.  For these co-game watches, when the game is being played in Champaign we host at Champps, and when the Illini are the road team our group typically travels to their gamewatch site.

Gamewatch updates are e-mailed to members generally once a week. The distribution list for these weekly e-mails is kept separate from the main TC Illini Club distribution list in order to send this information only to those who are interested.  If you are interested in receiving these e-mails, please send an e-mail to Suresh Sreenivasan at sureshks1@msn.com.

 

Local Sporting Events 

As mentioned in the Game watch section of this page, if the Illini come to town, we purchase a block of tickets to attend the game in-person. We always do this for men's basketball and football and women's volleyball.  Depending on how other sports are doing, we may arrange for additional in-person events.  Most events are accompanied by a pre or post game party.  Check the calendar of events for details and ticket purchase options.  By purchasing a block of tickets, we generally get a discounted ticket price without any fees and are able to donate that discount to our annual scholarship fund.
 
We also occassionally arrange for a block of tickets to other local sports teams, such as the Timberwolves or the St. Paul Saints.  Watch the calendar for specific events.