blog postsVideo: When African American Illini could enroll, but not resideSep 26, 2017 11:30 am246 views A new documentary, “A Home of Their Own,” celebrates the local African American community’s role in welcoming these students in the 1930-50sText: Chancellor Jones's remarks at the Sesquicentennial Opening CelebrationFeb 28, 2017 3:15 pm230 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.'Today in 1922, Illinois professor showed how movies could talkJun 7, 2017 12:45 pm202 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.Illinois BTN producer wins Emmy for Tim Nugent documentarySep 14, 2017 1:00 pm190 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 am20 views Before he helped create profressional football and started the Chicago Bears, George Halas played football, baseball and basketball at Illinois.Video: Sesquicentennial Celebration kickoff announcementFeb 28, 2017 9:45 am4 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 potential150 for 150: Celebrating accomplishments of women at IllinoisMar 16, 2017 9:30 am4 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.Campus life on the silver screen: The 1916 film “Pro Patria”Apr 24, 2017 10:15 am4 views Advertised as “the first all-University movie ever attempted,” virtually ever aspect of the film was connected to campus.Want to play the Altgeld Chimes? Try this virtual playerMar 20, 2017 3:30 pm3 views You know you’re on the University of Illinois’ campus when you hear the sound of Altgeld Hall’s chimes on the breeze.Illini 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-ChampaignApril 19, 1880: The demise of 'The Elephant'Apr 18, 2017 1:15 pm3 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.George Huff, the Father of Illini AthleticsJun 12, 2017 9:45 am3 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 AssociationIllinois: The early yearsJun 22, 2017 8:00 am3 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 dustSesquicentennial celebration kicks off Feb. 28Feb 22, 2017 2:15 pm2 views The 15-month celebration of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s 150th birthday begins in earnest with a ceremony at 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana.1970s program attempted to diversify Illinois library schoolMay 11, 2017 9:45 am2 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.Cuban Illini, since 1908May 22, 2017 10:00 am2 views Since at least 1908, Cuban students have been attending the University of Illinois.Music of Illinois: ‘Illinois Loyalty’Jun 5, 2017 8:45 am2 views The origins of University of Illinois’ school songChancellor’s Medallion awarded to three who have preserved U of I historyJun 23, 2017 8:00 am2 views The Chancellor’s Medallion is the highest campus honor, having been awarded just six times since it was first presented in 1999.Alumnus of first Illinois veterinary class still working hardMar 3, 2017 8:15 am1 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.Illini 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.Illinois junior Paige Jones: Where my ACES story beginsApr 14, 2017 10:30 am1 views As the university celebrates its 150th birthday, I think of all of my family members that were a part of those 150 years.Mirage and Murder in the ArcticApr 21, 2017 12:45 pm1 views One hundred years ago, two Illinois alumni were part of an ill-fated expedition to the edge of the earth.100 years ago at Illinois: The May FêteMay 1, 2017 10:45 am1 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.Move-in begins next weekAug 14, 2017 11:00 am1 views New residents being greeted at the entrance to Busey Hall in the 1960sBook 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.Video: An oral history of the Altgeld ChimesAug 28, 2017 8:45 am1 views Longtime Chimesmaster Sue Wood and other players of the historic Altgeld Chimes tell of the history behind the bells and what makes them such a central part of the Illinois experienceIllinois to honor its only Medal of Honor awardeeOct 25, 2017 8:00 am1 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 1942Interactive Map Project: The Early Years Building TourNov 7, 2017 10:00 am1 views Learn about the campus buildings built - and destroyed - from 1867-1904. Happy first day of classes (in 1868)Mar 2, 2017 11:15 am0 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.U of I Black Chorus’ thirteenth biennial Black Sacred Music SymposiumMar 6, 2017 4:15 pm0 views This four-day, biennial conference is dedicated to the study of Black Sacred Music traditions. The Thirteenth Black Sacred Music Symposium will be held March 9-12, 2017.