I lived in a residence hall much like Illini Tower as a college student. I later became an RA, which was a wonderful college experience! I now have two college-aged kids of my own, so I know about college life as both a student and as a parent. Our goal at Illini Tower is to help make your U of I experience the best and most rewarding it can be by providing a convenient, affordable and fun living experience with numerous amenities and one-of-a-kind student programming. The team and I look forward to seeing you soon!
Assistant General Manager
My name is Eric Kappelmann and I have been the Assistant General Manager for Illini Tower for two years. Before that I was an Assistant Manager, Manager, and Interim Director at other student living facilities. I started out years ago as a Resident Assistant while attending college and have over 15 years’ experience in helping students to achieve success while in an environment specifically for those attending college. I hail from Missouri originally but have lived in Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Texas, and recently Pennsylvania. Please stop by my office to learn more about me and so that I may learn more about you. Let’s have a great year together!
I have been the Maintenance Supervisor for just over three years I enjoy being part of a great team here at Illini Tower
Dining Services Manager
Hi! My name is Holly LaPrade and I am the dining manager at Illini Tower. I have been with the company for just over a year. I have been in the food/customer service industry for over 10 years. Working with people, particularly our residents and ensuring they have a great dining experience is my passion. I am always looking for new and exciting ways to help insure we are satisfying our residents.
Hello name is Ronald “Willy “Twine and I am the executive chef at Illini Tower at the University of Illinois. I have been in the restaurant industry for over 30 years. I grew up about 30 minutes outside of Boston, Massachusetts. I started working in the restaurant industry when I was 14. I fell in love with cooking and enjoy what I do. I have a wide interest in cooking from simple breakfast to 5 course meals.
My name is Timothy Wright. I Am the sous chef here at Illini Tower. This is my second school year here in the IT kitchen. I have been in the industry for over twenty years. I am recently engaged with two wonderful children and three spoiled dogs. I am a Champaign-Urbana native, born and raised.
Hello Residents! Welcome to Illini Tower. I am the Resident Director at Illini Tower. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Media and Technology. Illini Tower has been my college home for the last three years while I was a Resident Assistant. My hobbies include traveling, going to concerts and hanging out with friends. I love working with the other remarkable Resident Assistants at I.T. and enjoy getting to know the incredible residents that make these apartments such a great place to live. If you have any questions or need any help feel free to come see me!
Director of Leasing
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