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  • STOCKED ITEMS

    Each item listed under 'stocked items' is representative of an Illinois pride point and available for purchase.

  • Basket

    Medium size brown basket with side handles, includes filler, cellophane wrap and ribbon.  Items in basket are not included in price, but can be selected from the list below. Each item is representative of an Illinois pride point covering various areas of excllence at the University of Illinois.

    Measurement: 14" w x 7" h x 9" d

    Cost: $8.00

  • Bookmark

    OVERALL EXCELLENCE
    The University Library holds over 14 million volumes. Its world-renowned holdings include one of the greatest rare book and special collections (the Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare folios, John James Audubon’s Birds of America folio are only a few examples) and the personal papers of John Milton, Marcel Proust, H. G. Wells, Carl Sandburg and Gwendolyn Brooks.

    No label
    Cost: Free

  • Calculator

    ENGINEERING
    Jack Kilby, an Illinois College of Engineering alumnus, invented the hand-held calculator while working at Texas Instruments in 1967. Kilby shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in physics for his part in the invention of the microchip and currently holds more than 60 patents.

    Label included
    Cost: $2.50

  • Chapstick

    INSTITUTE for GENOMIC BIOLOGY
    In 2013, a team of Illinois researchers led by entomology professor Gene Robinson, discovered that some honey bees have distinct personalities. The researchers found thousands of distinct differences in gene activity in the brains of scouting and nonscouting bees, and further found the same genes may be used by insects, humans and other animals in the evolution of behavior.

    Label included
    Cost: $3.50

  • Coloring Book ~ Orange Blue and U

    LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES
    In 1976, University of Illinois mathematicians Kenneth Appel and Wolfgang Haken announced the solution to the Four Color Problem which conjectures that four is the smallest number of colors needed to color the regions of an arbitrary map in such a manner that any two adjacent countries are painted with different colors. The Appel-Haken Four Color Theorem is a landmark result in geometry, graph and network theory, and computer science and solved a mathematical puzzle that dated back to the 1850’s.

    Label included
    Cost: $6.00

  • Deck of Cards

    BUSINESS
    University of Illinois professor emeritus John Kindt is a senior editor of the U.S. International Gaming® Report.  For 20 years, his research has focused on the societal, business and economic impacts of decriminalizing gambling activities – particularly gambling’s destabilization of international financial institutions and criminal justice systems, resulting in increased numbers of addicted gamblers, bankruptcies and crimes.

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    Cost: $3.50

  • Ear Plugs

    MEDICINE
    In 1916, William A. Noyes, (pronounced "noise"), the head of the chemistry department, argued successfully for an addition to be built to house the largest chemistry department in the United States. The roster of scientists who studied or taught at Noyes Laboratory reads like a Who’s Who of American chemistry. It includes 10 Nobel Prize winners; 23 presidents of the American Chemical Society; and 12 winners of the Priestley Medal.

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    Cost: $0.25

  • First Aid Kit

    MEDICINE
    The Carle Illinois College of Medicine is the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine that leverages technology to transform healthcare. It was the first new college created at Illinois in 60 years, and it welcomed its first class of physician-innovators in July 2018.

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    Cost: $3.50

  • Golf Tees

    ATHLETICS
    The Illini golf team has boasted two recent NCAA individual champions in Scott Langley (2010) and Thomas Pieters (2012). The men’s golf team has won eight of the last nine Big Ten Championship titles.

    Label included
    Cost: $1.00 - package of 10

  • Headphones

    MEDIA
    Illinois has a rich history in film innovation. Joseph Tykociner gave the first public demonstration of sound recorded simultaneously with pictures on film, which took place on the Urbana campus. Alumnus Tomlinson M. Holman developed the technology that produces a surround sound experience at the movie theater. 

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    Cost: $5.00

  • Honey 3oz. jar

    INSTITUTE for GENOMIC BIOLOGY
    In 2013, a team of Illinois researchers led by entomology professor Gene Robinson, discovered that some honey bees have distinct personalities. The researchers found thousands of distinct differences in gene activity in the brains of scouting and nonscouting bees, and further found the same genes may be used by insects, humans and other animals in the evolution of behavior.

    Label included
    Cost: $2.50

  • Insulated Tumbler 20oz

    APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCES
    The modern fitness movement got its start at Illinois. In 1944, Thomas K. Cureton became the founding director of the Physical Fitness Research Laboratory in the College of Applied Health Sciences, one of the first of its kind in the nation. Cureton developed methods to test cardiovascular fitness, aquatic performance and to appraise the human physique.

    ENGINEERING
    Superfluids and Superconductors
    Sir Anthony J. Leggett, shared the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pinoneering theories that help to explain the seemingly strange behavior of superfluid helium at temperatures approaching absolute zero.

    LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES
    For more than a century, Illinois chemistry professors have analyzed thousands of Illinois water samples. They created the first systematic documentation of the quality of Illinois water. These data became the basis for sanitary and public health reform, standards of water quality and the science of aquatic ecology.

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    Cost: $10.00

  • Illinois by the Numbers 2018-2019

    OVERALL EXCELLENCE
    University of Illinois ~ ILLINOIS is a preeminent public research university with a land-grant mission and a global impact.  3.5" x 8.5" large bookmark listing interesting facts and figures on undergraduate and graduate education, academic resources, and campus life.

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    Cost: FREE

  • Keychain

    OVERALL EXCELLENCE
    Illinois has always believed in mobility. Illinois was the first postsecondary institution to introduce curb cuts to accommodate students with disabilities. Illinois is also home of the first wheelchair-accessible fixed route bus system, the first accessible university residence halls and the first collegiate adapted sports and recreation program for students with disabilities. Illinois has been named the most “disability friendly” U.S. college campus.

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    Cost: $2.50

  • LED Flashlight

    ENGINEERING
    Illinois engineering professor emeritus Nick Holonyak Jr. invented the LED in 1962 and has been called “the father of the light-emitting diode." In addition to being widely used in flashlights, LEDs also are used in airplanes, cars, microscopes and traffic signals.

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    Cost: $3.00

     

  • Luggage Tag

    OVERALL EXCELLENCE
    Illinois truly is an international institution. Our students come from all 50 states and more than 110 countries. Illinois also ranks 15th in the nation among all public and private universities for number of students who study abroad.

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    Cost: $1.00

  • Rapster Luggage Gripper

    OVERALL EXCELLENCE
    Illinois has the largest alumni network in the country, and there are more than 425,000 living alumni worldwide. Wherever you are in the world, you're never far from a fellow Illini. Our alumni live in all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

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    Cost: $1.00

  • Illinois Journal Notebook

    FINE AND APPLIED ARTS
    Talk about noteworthy! The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts has been amazing audiences and performers alike since it opened in 1969. As the nation’s leading university-based performing arts center, Krannert presents more than 300 diverse performances each season.

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    Cost: $2.50

  • Microfiber Tek Pouch

    ENGINEERING
    Mosaic, the first popular graphical browser for the Web, originated at Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing Applications.  Upon its 1993 release to the public, Mosaic gave Internet users easy access to multimedia sources of information, transforming the exchange of information presented on the computer screen.

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    Cost: $2.00

  • On Campus guide

    OVERALL EXCELLENCE
    This full-color, 60-page magazine offers feature content as well as maps, calendars, and general campus information.   8.5" x 11" magazine

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    Cost: Free

  • Paper Pen 2pk

    AGRICULTURAL, CONSUMER AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - ACES
    These biodegradable pens are made from post-consumer newspaper waste.  They represent the ideal of sustainability that is the cornerstone of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.  Through our research and scholarship, we invest in the future to reach a goal of increased sustainability for our community and our planet.

    Label included
    Cost: $1.50/pk

  • Postcard

    OVERALL EXCELLENCE
    Outside the classroom, Illinois students can participate in more than 1,600 registered student organizations. Quad Day is the annual event at the beginning of the fall semester where students can discover new passions. Topics range from leadership to fencing to glee club to dance to a club dedicated to the month of October.

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    Cost: $0.50

  • USB Flash Drive 8gb

    SCHOOL OF INFORMATION SCIENCES
    In a world with increasingly abundant information, there is a critical need for professionals to access, organize and preserve it. The School of Information Science leads research and education at the intersection of people, information and technology.

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    Cost: $7.00

  • PERISHABLE ITEMS

    Each item listed under 'perishable items' is representative of an Illinois pride point.  Your department will be responsible for purchasing the perishable item indicated for your basket.  Illinois in a Basket will provide LABELS ONLY.

  • Coffee

    LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES
    In 2000, Illinois chemists developed an artificial nose that is simple, fast and inexpensive. It works by visualizing odors such as pollutants, illegal drugs and one of the most distinct smells – coffee.

  • Fresh Fruit

    AGRICULTURAL, CONSUMER AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - ACES
    The Sustainable Student Farm grows a variety of produce for use in University Housing dining halls. Almost 95 percent of the harvest is used for student meals; the rest is sold directly to the public. The dining halls also use 600,000 gallons of milk that is produced on campus.

  • Fiji Water

    APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCES
    The modern fitness movement got its start at Illinois. In 1944, Thomas K. Cureton became the founding director of the Physical Fitness Research Laboratory in the College of Applied Health Sciences, one of the first of its kind in the nation. Cureton developed methods to test cardiovascular fitness, aquatic performance and to appraise the human physique.

    LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES
    For more than a century, Illinois chemistry professors have analyzed thousands of Illinois water samples. They created the first systematic documentation of the quality of Illinois water. These data became the basis for sanitary and public health reform, standards of water quality and the science of aquatic ecology.

  • Granola Bar

    AGRICULTURAL, CONSUMER AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - ACES
    Teaching Illinois communities about healthy eating is only one part for University of Illinois Extension. The flagship outreach effort of the U. of I., Extension offers education programs on healthy societies, food security, environmental stewardship and sustainable food production and marketing systems. Extension has a presence in all 102 Illinois counties and beyond.

  • Green Tea

    FINE & APPLIED ARTS
    Japan House is a teaching facility not only for university students, but also the general public.  Academic classes are held throughout the semester, tea ceremonies are offered on a weekly basis and numerous outreach programs and classes for the public teach about traditional Japanese arts.

  • Pepsi / Coke

    BUSINESS
    The Geis College of Business, students are given the opportunity to network with company representatives and learn about full-time and internship opportunities at the Business Career Fair. PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Proctor & Gamble are just a few of the Fortune 100 companies that recruit on campus.

    LABOR & EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS
    The School of Labor and Employment Relations has been established as a leader in training human resources and industrial resources professionals for more than 60 years and has successfully placed interns and graduates in their chosen field. PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble are just a few of the Fortune 100 companies that recruit on campus.

    OVERALL EXCELLENCE
    Illinois believes solid professional placement is the capstone of a rigorous education. Each year, students are given the opportunity to network with company representatives and learn about full-time and internship opportunities. PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Proctor & Gamble are just a few of the Fortune 100 companies that recruit on campus.

  • Popcorn

    AGRICULTURAL, CONSUMER AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - ACES
    In 1953, Illinois professor John R. Laughnan discovered that kernels of a mutant corn were unusually sweet. Within eight years, he developed the “Illini Supersweet” hybrid that revolutionized the sweet corn industry. Supersweet, now a dominant variety internationally, is higher in protein and lower in calories than conventional sweet corn.

  • San Pellegrino

    OVERALL EXCELLENCE
    In 2008, Illinois made a commitment to reduce campus water usage 30 percent by 2020 and 40 percent by 2025. Illinois is an innovator in water-use reduction and research. Other efforts include student work on water filtration systems throughout Africa and faculty research projects on drainage systems.

  • Soynuts

    AGRICULTURAL, CONSUMER AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - ACES
    Illinois is the top state in soybean production, growing more than 9 million acres annually. Historically, the University of Illinois has been a birthplace for soybean innovation – establishing the plant as a cash crop – and it continues cutting-edge research today.

  • Swedish Fish

    MEDICINE
    Illinois chemistry professor Paul Lauterbur conducted research that led to the development of magnetic resonance imaging. In 2003, his work was honored with the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. Today, MRI scans remain the primary way to see inside the body, providing detailed images that can detect tiny changes within structures.

    OVERALL EXCELLENCE
    Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been committed to excellence in research, teaching, and public engagement. Among the University's most significant resources is its talented and highly respected faculty. University of Illinois faculty and alumni have 24 Nobel Prizes.

  • Toothpaste - travel size

    BUSINESS
    The Geis College of Business, students are given the opportunity to network with company representatives and learn about full-time and internship opportunities at the Business Career Fair. PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Proctor & Gamble are just a few of the Fortune 100 companies that recruit on campus.

    LABOR & EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS
    The School of Labor and Employment Relations has been established as a leader in training human resources and industrial resources professionals for more than 60 years and has successfully placed interns and graduates in their chosen field. PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble are just a few of the Fortune 100 companies that recruit on campus.

    OVERALL EXCELLENCE
    Illinois believes solid professional placement is the capstone of a rigorous education. Each year, students are given the opportunity to network with company representatives and learn about full-time and internship opportunities. PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Proctor & Gamble are just a few of the Fortune 100 companies that recruit on campus.