blog posts100 years ago at Illinois: The May FêteMay 1, 2017 10:45 am4 views Along with the May Pole dance and crowning of a May Queen, there were sporting events, a circus featuring the various student groups, concerts, a parade, and general merriment.150 for 150: Celebrating accomplishments of women at IllinoisMar 16, 2017 9:30 am5 views To celebrate the sesquicentennial, the University Library created an exhibit on the first floor of the Main Library highlighting achievements of students, staff, faculty and alumni.1970s program attempted to diversify Illinois library schoolMay 11, 2017 9:45 am3 views The Carnegie Scholars was a group of 30 minority students admitted to the graduate library program in the early 1970s in an effort to increase the diversity of the program.21st Century University and Research for the Public GoodMar 14, 2018 10:45 am2 views Experts in health care; food, energy and water systems; technology; criminal justice; and other areas consider what it means for research to serve the public good in the 21st century40 years ago, Robinson twins jumpstart Illini women’s sports movementMay 3, 2018 11:30 am2 views In the summer of 1972, young sports-minded girls had no idea just how much the Title IX legislative bill President Nixon was signing into law would eventually change their livesAlumnus of first Illinois veterinary class still working hardMar 3, 2017 8:15 am2 views Dr. George C. Scott (yes, his real name) is a member of the Class of ’52, the college’s first graduating class. And he is the last surviving alumnus of that historic group.'A mad mixture of sleigh bells and telephone bells': The history of Dial-a-Carol at IllinoisDec 8, 2017 8:00 am0 views Betty Gordon is commonly credited with conceiving of the Dial-a-Carol idea around 1960 when she was working as a clerk in Snyder HallApril 19, 1880: The demise of 'The Elephant'Apr 18, 2017 1:15 pm5 views At approximately 1:00 am on April 19, a portion of the building’s west exterior wall fell down, and later that morning a large part of the roof was shorn off by wind.Bicycling, advocacy at Illinois: A marriage made on campusJun 14, 2017 2:45 pm3 views How did Illinois get bike lanes and bike paths? Well, that's an interesting story...Book celebrates planning, building of University of Illinois campusAug 28, 2017 10:30 am1 views When the University of Illinois was established, its physical presence consisted of 10 acres for its main campus and a single five-story building. Today it's 4,550 acres (excluding farms) and 647 buildings.Campus landmark renovated: Natural History Building reopensAug 29, 2017 11:30 am1 views $70 million renovation transformed the Natural History Building into both a beautiful space filled with interesting display cases, and a 21st century learning spaceCampus life on the silver screen: The 1916 film “Pro Patria”Apr 24, 2017 10:15 am10 views Advertised as “the first all-University movie ever attempted,” virtually ever aspect of the film was connected to campus.Celebrating 20 years of Asian American studiesSep 26, 2017 2:45 pm5 views Illinois' Department of Asian American Studies traces its roots to student, faculty, staff, and community activism in the 1990s.Chancellor’s Medallion awarded to three who have preserved U of I historyJun 23, 2017 8:00 am9 views The Chancellor’s Medallion is the highest campus honor, having been awarded just six times since it was first presented in 1999.Cuban Illini, since 1908May 22, 2017 10:00 am2 views Since at least 1908, Cuban students have been attending the University of Illinois.Explore Illinois' history of technical innovation with the Illinois Distributed MuseumJan 9, 2018 11:00 am3 views The Distributed Museum is a cross between a traditional museum and virtual museum: the campus becomes the museum building, the website portion serves as exhibit labels and tour guideFlorence Lee’s scrapbook: Mapping campus history during WWIFeb 12, 2018 8:45 am3 views Items from Lee's 1917 scrapbook help illustrate an online interactive map chronicling events on campus during World War I‘Gathering’ concert series features new music to celebrate sesquicentennialMar 29, 2018 9:30 am8 views The Illinois Wind Symphony and Chamber Singers premiered the piece at Chicago Symphony Center, and will perform it April 14 at NYC’s Lincoln Center and April 21 at KCPAGeorge Huff, the Father of Illini AthleticsJun 12, 2017 9:45 am13 views Huff, a member of Illinois’ first varsity football team in 1890, became coach and athletics director during the first 46 years of the Athletic AssociationGun Battles, Bootlegging, and Dissent: Crime and Disorder at the U of IFeb 8, 2018 12:30 pm0 views Class fights, hazing rituals, Prohibition-era booze raids, war protests, and racism. History instructor Nathan Tye explores how the campus was shaped by these eventsHappy first day of classes (in 1868)Mar 2, 2017 11:15 am2 views Illinois welcomed its first class of 50 students (like these agriculture students) and just two faculty members to the newly charted Illinois Industrial University on March 2, 1868.How was 'old gold and black' replaced with Illini orange and blue?Nov 1, 2017 1:45 pm0 views And what did then-new Engineering Hall have to do with selecting our school colors?Illini Everywhere: Afghan Illini, since 1939Aug 21, 2017 8:30 am1 views Since at least 1939, Afghan students have been attending the University of IllinoisIllini Everywhere: Chinese Illini, since 1906Feb 1, 2018 8:30 am7 views Early Chinese Illini faced not only the challenges of studying on another continent; some later students’ educations were interrupted by the Chinese Revolution of 1911Illini Everywhere: Greek Illini, Since 1873Mar 29, 2017 8:00 am3 views Since at least 1873, Greek students have been attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignIllini Everywhere: Iranian Illini, Since 1907Mar 21, 2017 9:00 am1 views As the first Iranian students were arriving, some University community members were already embracing Persian arts and culture. The University library began building a Persian collection.Illini Everywhere: Syrian Illini, Since 1909Apr 19, 2017 8:30 am2 views The first Syrian Illini might be Shukry Elaswad who was the first University soccer (or 'soccer football,' as it was called then) coach from 1909 to 1910. Illini Grove: An institution since 1868Apr 30, 2018 10:30 am4 views Older than the University’s prized Morrow Plots, North America’s oldest crop research field, the Illini Grove dates back to the first years of University instructionIllini Union celebrates 77th birthday Thursday. Here's its historyFeb 5, 2018 9:00 am3 views Celebrate with us at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8 in the Illini Union Art Gallery with a cake-cutting ceremony, refreshments and a presentation at 2:15 p.m.Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame: George HalasJun 19, 2017 9:15 am123 views Before he helped create profressional football and started the Chicago Bears, George Halas played football, baseball and basketball at Illinois.