Rooted in conservation: IC student who hopes to save fish starts with orchids


Biology major Charles Veith ’23, who used his time at IC to explore orchid conservation, will take what he learned to graduate school to study marine biology.

A story about Charles Veith ’23 that highlights his research in orchid conservation during his time at Illinois College as well as the recent study abroad trip he took with Lydia Ballard ’23 and Luke Settles ’23 led by Professor of Biology Lawrence Zettler was featured in an article in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier on January 10, 2023. To read the full story by Angela Bauer, visit

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Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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