Illinois Featured Content

blog navigation

Campus Life

blog posts

  • Portrait of Venetia Patton over larger image of the Hallene Gateway at Illinois. Portrait provided without credit.

    Patton named College of Liberal Arts and Sciences dean

    Venetria Patton, currently the head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Purdue, will become the Harry E. Preble Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  at Illinois effective Aug. 2, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. 

  • distinctive silverbell blooms. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

    Carolina Silverbell is latest state champion tree on campus

    'Having champions on campus shows the ability of our grounds professionals to carefully tend to their needs over many decades of time, ultimately allowing them to grow into the great specimens that we often take for granted.'

  • aerial view of new Feed Technology Center

    U of I Feed Technology Center completed, online

    The state-of-the-art processing and sensor technologies will deliver standard and specialized small-batch research diets, as well as unparalleled hands-on educational opportunities for students across the College of ACES.  

  • student works with virtual reality software. Photo by Heather Coit for the Grainger College of Engineering

    IBM, U of I to launch new Discovery Accelerator Institute

    'This institute with IBM is a pioneering new model of how we can build academic and researcher collaboration into technology and innovation at unmatched excellence and scale,' said Chancellor Robert Jones. 

  • student works on laptop. Photo by Brian Stauffer

    What will happen to your campus IT services after graduation?

    Here’s what you need to know to make sure your important files and software come with you after you leave the University of Illinois.

  • A student who works at a COVID-19 testing center gives a thumbs up after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Photo by Fred Zwicky

    Vaccine study now open for student enrollment

    U of I students who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 can enroll in a study to help understand the effectiveness of vaccines. Participants will be paid and could receive the vaccine as soon as April 1.

  • automated pipetting used in COVID-19 testing at Illinois. photo by Fred Zwicky

    University updates COVID-19 dashboard to enhance transparency

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign updated its COVID-19 dashboard to add more data points and greater detail.

  • Preston Singletary (Tlingit, San Francisco, California, United States; b. 1963), Wolf Grease Dish, 2013. Blown and sand-carved glass. Gift of Len Lewicki. 2020-13-2. © Preston Singletary

    Krannert Art Museum acquisitions showcase Native American artists

    KAM's recently acquired works of art by modern, contemporary Native American artists – painting, glasswork and pottery – will help it better present the history of Native American art and the broader history of modern and contemporary art.

  • Illini Fest graphic featuring Marching Illini members

    Celebrate what makes us Powerful Together

    What does Power look like at the University of Illinois? It looks like a 150-year legacy of individuals who are brave enough to think differently, smart enough to find a better way, and caring enough to make the world a better place.

  • The first class of students at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine in 2018 joined Dr. King Li, front center, the dean of Carle Illinois. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

    Carle Illinois College of Medicine granted provisional accreditation

    Provisional accreditation affirms that a medical school meets nationally accepted standards of educational quality and can move forward with plans to build a sustainable medical education program.

  • flea riding a bicycle on poster for Insect Fear Film Festival. Artwork by Erin Anderson  Courtesy Entomology Graduate Student Association

    38th Insect Fear Film Festival features fleas

    'In the midst of a pandemic, it seems an appropriate theme to focus on an insect associated with pandemics,' says festival founder, entomology professor May Berenbaum. Fleas are the primary vectors that spread the bubonic plague.

  • E.U. and U.S. flags

    EU Day online features Swedish ambassador, hip-hop artist, Greek tragedy

    Ambassador to the U.S. will discuss Sweden’s approach to gender equality; benfits of providing child care, gender-neutral parental leave; and why women’s access to rights, resources and representation are important in foreign policy.

  • C-band on wheels mobile radar. The white parabolic dish is the radar antenna used to transmit and receive microwave signals. The antenna, and truck bed, are stabilized and leveled using the hydraulic feet. (Photo courtesy of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences.)

    Atmospheric Sciences acquires Doppler mobile radar, instrumentation facility

    The 'Doppler on Wheels' is expected to transform capabilities for research, offer hands-on field training for students, and expand outreach efforts to demonstrate scientific observation of the atmosphere. 

  • aerial view of campus

    Students create podcast for faculty: 'Living and Working during COVID'

    The newly created Dear Alma podcast series highlights resources, tools and advice for faculty members at Illinois. The first season is titled 'Living and Working during COVID-19' and includes five episodes.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.

    More MLK events this week

    The local community joins the campus each year for this celebration honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 2021 theme is “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular.”

  • Illinois joins Age-Friendly University Global Network

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has joined the Age-Friendly University Global Network, a consortium of universities dedicated to promoting 'an inclusive approach to healthy and active aging.'

  • Alma visits the Alma Mater Statue

    Another Alma’s Heartwarming Homecoming

    'My Alma was very excited about this. She kept saying, "Can you believe it? The Alma Mater sent me a birthday card!”'

  • Krannert Center virtual performances: Manual Cinema's Christmas Carol

    A world premiere online event created for all ages, Manual Cinema takes on Charles Dickens’ holiday classic with a visually and musically inventive adaptation made to broadcast directly to your home.

  • Homecoming, delivered to you!

    View the list of events you can join remotely during a full week of Illinois Homecoming festivities!

  • Alma Mater statue. All characters wearing masks. Photo by Fred Zwicky

    Enrollment open for study comparing COVID-19 testing methods

    Enrollment is now open for a study that can help shape the national landscape for COVID-19 testing.

  • the University of Illinois Observatory, seen across the Morrow Plots. Photo by Brian Stauffer

    Renovation planned for U of I Observatory dome

    'We want to try to keep the historic feel of the dome itself. It's the original telescope that was there so we do want to keep that original late 19th century feel. It has its own very kind of old-school mystique.'

  • A conceptual rendering of the exterior of the new Illini Hall, viewed from the southeast. (Image by CannonDesign.)

    Timelines for Altgeld and Illini Hall Project come into focus

    Demolition of Illini Hall is scheduled from July 2021 until April 2022, making way for a new, six-story, 140,000-square-foot building to the west of (across Wright Street from) Altgeld Hall.

  • student dancers on set. Photo by Natalie Fiol

    November Dance performed on new set, livestreamed

    Performers at the November Dance concert will dance for the first time on a new set, but most of their audience will watch on screens rather than in person.

  • archive image of University President Edmund Janes James (1855–1925) posing next to the soon-to-be-installed chime bells

    The 100 year history of the Altgeld Chimes

    The path from an idea to the installation of the Altgeld Chimes was long and full of detours, but the generosity of Fighting Illini classes of 1914 to 1921 created one of the campus's most beloved traditions.

  • Christine Simmons. Photo provided.

    Academy executive featured in Ebert Symposium on media representation

    Christine Simmons, the chief operating officer for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, oversees its equity and inclusion initiative and has been involved with rule changes governing the Oscars.

  • Bea Nettles, “Golden Evenin” (1975). Cyanotype with applied color. George Eastman Museum, gift of the artist. © Bea Nettles  Images courtesy Krannert Art Museum

    KAM hosts retrospective of experimental photographer, book artist Bea Nettles

    'Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory' explores the 50-year career of the artist, who is well-known for her experimental use of photographic techniques and blending of craft and photography.

  • graphic with text, "Lou Henson Tribute." Features image of Lou Henson coaching his last game at Illinois.

    Sapora Symposium: Lou Henson's work to integrate collegiate sports

    Wednesday's panel discussion of legendary coach Lou Henson will include his family members and colleagues. The theme of this year's Sapora Symposium is Sports and Social Justice.

  • Illinois announces changes to spring academic calendar

    Spring semester classes at Illinois will begin a week later in 2021. The semester will not include a spring break, but classes will not be held on three midweek days.

  • Altgeld Hall and the bell tower that houses the Altgeld Chimes

    Concert series celebrates Altgeld Chimes' centennial

    For 100 years, the Altgeld Chimes have provided a soundtrack for the Urbana campus. Starting Oct. 25, a weeklong series of concerts will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the chimes, with a special livestreamed concert Oct. 30 at 3 p.m.

  • Where and when to vote on campus

    On-Campus Early Voting starts Monday, October 19, and runs through Monday, November 2. You can also vote at campus locations on Election Day, November 3.