blog postsToday in 1922, Illinois professor showed how movies could talkJun 7, 2017 12:45 pm288 views ECE professor Joseph Tykociner devised one of the first optical sound tracks -- in which sound is converted to a light pattern on film -- so it can be played back in sync with the movie.Text: Chancellor Jones's remarks at the Sesquicentennial Opening CelebrationFeb 28, 2017 3:15 pm250 views 'What we were given that day in 1867 was an idea. A big idea. What we did from there was take that idea, drop it into the context of the time, place and society, and begin to build...the land-grant university.'Video: When African American Illini could enroll, but not resideSep 26, 2017 11:30 am248 views A new documentary, “A Home of Their Own,” celebrates the local African American community’s role in welcoming these students in the 1930-50sIllinois BTN producer wins Emmy for Tim Nugent documentarySep 14, 2017 1:00 pm224 views Alison Davis Wood's writing was recognized with a Mid-America Emmy Award for The Game Changer, the story of Illinois accessibility pioneer Tim NugentIllinois 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.Watch 'Albert Lee: A Man of Substance'Feb 19, 2019 9:45 am14 views This short documentary honors Albert Lee, the 'unofficial dean for African-American students in the first half of the 20th century. Lee helped students gain admission, then helped them find housing and work through the black community.George 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 AssociationCampus 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.Video: Sesquicentennial Celebration kickoff announcementFeb 28, 2017 9:45 am9 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was created in 1867 with one building surrounded by a sea of mud. Join in our year-long celebration of its world-changing accomplishments and continuing potentialWebsite celebrates achievements of University of Illinois womenApr 3, 2018 12:00 pm9 views Visit the University Library's website highlighting 150 women nominated for the significant achievements they realized as Illinois students, staff, faculty, or alumniChancellor’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.‘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 KCPAIllini 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 1911Want to play the Altgeld Chimes? Try this virtual playerMar 20, 2017 3:30 pm7 views You know you’re on the University of Illinois’ campus when you hear the sound of Altgeld Hall’s chimes on the breeze.Illinois Theatre's 50th Anniversary Celebration, March 3-5Feb 26, 2018 12:45 pm5 views Alumni and friends of Illinois Theatre are invited to a weekend celebration that highlights our five decades of innovative teaching and production, and efforts to diversify stages150 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.April 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.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.The 'wind, motion, and freedom' of Lillian Gatlin, Illinois' pioneering aviatrixMar 13, 2018 9:45 am4 views Lillian Gatlin, a student from 1906-1908, is rarely remembered today, but in the fall of 1922 was the toast of the nation the first woman to fly across the countryIllini 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 instruction100 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.Illinois: The early yearsJun 22, 2017 8:00 am4 views From the muddy prairie rose a school—and a student body—rooted in manual labor and religious worship, in addition to cultural activities that left sports in the dustIllinois to honor its only Medal of Honor awardeeOct 25, 2017 8:00 am4 views Maj. Kenneth Bailey of Danville, a 1935 graduate, was awarded the medal posthumously for leading his company in defending an airfield during the Guadalcanal Campaign in September 1942Explore 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 guideIllini 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.Florence 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 IIllini 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-ChampaignIllinois junior Paige Jones: Where my ACES story beginsApr 14, 2017 10:30 am3 views As the university celebrates its 150th birthday, I think of all of my family members that were a part of those 150 years.What did a University of Illinois student handbook look like in 1934?Apr 20, 2017 11:15 am3 views The handbook allowed Illini to plan which class dance they’d attend, pencil in a class schedules and check guidelines on curfew. (Yes, there was a residence hall curfew.)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.