Who was in town? William Stratton

UI Alumni Assoc (UIAA) Board Chairman, William Stratton (Bill) was in town for a few days and met up with us on Aug 26 for a quick TGIF drink at Zentro IFC. The night was highlighted by the outdoor heat  and some amazing stories and updates from Bill including one about the history-making around-the-world flight by an Illinois alumnus, Dr. Bo Zhang  (full story here). Share with us your photos from the night!

The University of Illinois Alumni Association (UIAA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that strives to enhance the Universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield by connecting, inspiring and celebrating more than 700,000 University of Illinois alumni.

Lets get down to earth! Beer Tasting

Not sure if you have notice that there are more craft beer serve in Hong Kong’s bars and people starting to appreciate the diversity of beer offering here in the City! With that thought, we are thinking why not do some sophisticated beer tasting of our own (the idea is mostly stolen from HK BREWCRAFT)!
HK Brewcraft is co-founded by one of our UIUC alum, Angus IpClass of 2007, and yes he is bringing us this event to share some loves for craft beer and home brew!
Come join the UIUC Beer Appreciation Workshop!
Date: 5 June 2015 (Friday)
Time: 6:30pm
Cost per head: HK$200
What do you get: min 4 types of craft beer per person
Email Us today so we can sign you up!!

Good Morning Tai O

Thank you for all of you Illini for joining us for our first hike at Tai O. It was great to see our Illini bringing their families with them, spreading some orange LOVE. Check out some photos below!!

Keep your eye out for more hike like this. Are you ready for more exploring of Hong Kong? Any suggestions of route? Drop us a comment or email and lead the next hike!


oh my, its the school orange!!


The Tai O Heritage Hotel


Trying our luck with the Pink Dolphins!

The UIAA Board is Formed!


Thanks for all the supports at our first general meeting last Friday in Central! Not only we have 40 members attended the event, we also received a bunch of proxy from members who was not available that night!

We have unanimously adopted the Bylaws and voted for the 4 officers. 2 committees are also established on the night to support upcoming UIAA activities!

The night is highlighted by our special guest. Scott Koeneman, UI Director of International Advancement and Associate Dean of the Library, came to our support and presented some U of I souvenirs to our new officers and committees’ chairs.

We have some members who have been very supportive in our initiatives to re-energize UIAA-HK, including Sophie Leung, Brian Leung and Norman Li, Director of Asia Pacific, Illinois Office of Trade and Investment, who also made it to the meeting last Friday and shared with us their experiences and expectations inthe Association. We would like to take the chance here again to thanks Sophie for bringing back UIAA-HK!

Many thanks to the preparation committee to pull the crowd together!

Meet the officers and committees here and see the photo from that night!




Drina C. Yue


Vice President

Adrian Aw



Carol Chu



Jack Lai



Mentoring and Public Relations (Co-Chair)

Jason Lo


Mentoring and Public Relations (Co-Chair)

Yan Chu


Events Committee (Chair)

Carolyn Tsai

It’s Monday: Cannot Wait till It’s Friday!


It’s Monday Morning Everyone! To those that got in work early, brainstorming something to look forward to this weekend?

This Friday is the UIAA FIRST General Meeting!

Bring your UI friends to the meeting for a drink or two and meet our fellows UI Alum!

Not to mention we will be voting our board, so don’t miss out!


Date: Oct 17,2014 (Friday)
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue: Va Bene, 17-22 Lan Kwai Fong

$300/person (food and drink)