Get it right
When it comes to representing the university well, correct pronunciation is nearly as important as correct factual details. There are several Illinois buildings and names that can be difficult to pronounce correctly by looking at spelling alone. Please use this guide to ensure you are representing the university correctly.
Words that are routinely mispronounced
BIELFELDT ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
BOWS-field (rhymes with “wows”)
CARLE ILLINOIS COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
KARL, not CAR-lee
CHEZ FAMILY FOUNDATION CENTER FOR WOUNDED VETERANS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
CHEZ, not shay
Long “o” as in COH-bull, not CAHB-ul as in cobbler.
CHANUTE AIR FORCE BASE
DEMERJIAN GOLF PRATICE FACILITY
FOAL-in-grrr (like a baby horse with a hard “g”)
GIES COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
HOLONYAK, NICK JR.
(no ‘s’ or ‘z’ sound at end)
KRANNERT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS/KRANNERT ART MUSEUM
KRAN-ert, not CRANE-ert
LEED PLATINUM RATING
lead with an “ee” sound, not led
Lev-ISS, not lee-vize as in the jeans.
SIEBEL CENTER FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE
TEMPLE HOYNE BUELL HALL
Hoyn (like “ahoy”) BYOU-ell
UBBEN BASKETBALL FACILITY
CARL R. WOESE INSTITUTE FOR GENOMIC BIOLOGY
Is there a word you think we should add to our pronunciation guide? Please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the most important moments for correct pronunciation is when honoring a student, faculty member or donor. If there is a specific event coming up where an individual’s name will be said aloud, we encourage you to reach out to the department head or family of the individual to ensure accuracy.