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  • Library offers Rosetta Stone service free to campus members

    The only things one needs to learn Mandarin Chinese or nearly 30 other languages is a computer with a microphone, a University of Illinois NetID and plenty of phonetic practice.

  • Students give input on Nesbitt black cultural center building, future

    By 2018, after nearly five decades of using temporary campus facilities, the U. of I.'s Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center will finally have a permanent building of its own.

  • Journalist Bob Woodward is first speaker in College of Law lecture series honoring Abraham Lincoln

    In commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of President Lincoln’s death and then, two years later, of the founding of the University of Illinois, the U. of I. College of Law will host “The New Lincoln Lectures: What Abraham Lincoln Means to the 21st Century,” a series of several lectures to be held in 2016 and 2017.

  • University of Illinois is a top producer of U.S. Fulbright students

    The University of Illinois is among the top-five public universities in the nation for 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Students, according to information recently released from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

  • Feser delivers hard dose of reality, path for future in campus budget meetings

    Two things haven’t changed since Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Edward Feser concluded a month of campus budget presentations: The state still doesn’t have a budget, and the university still doesn’t have its annual appropriation.

  • Killeen pushes state ‘compact’ to ensure predictable funding

    While continuing to advocate for an end to the state's ongoing budget impasse, President Tim Killeen said Jan. 25 that the university is also proposing solutions to provide stable, predictable funding in the future.

  • Final issue of Inside Illinois announced

    This is the final issue of Inside Illinois, but it’s not the end of the campus news function.

  • Report offers insights into Illinois students’ success after graduation

    Analysis of a first-ever campuswide survey of recent Illinois graduates provides extensive information on where those students ended up after college. Released today, the Illini Success initiative invited 7,701 bachelor’s degree recipients in 2014-15 from nine Urbana campus academic schools or colleges to participate.

  • Klaus Schulten, pioneer in biophysics and computational biology, has died

    University of Illinois physics professor Klaus Schulten, an innovator in the use of computational methods to study the chemical and biological processes driving living cells, died Monday, Oct. 31, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was 69.

  • On the Job: Brooke Eisenmenger

    She just returned from Turkey and is planning a trip to Israel. This is the work life of Brooke Eisenmenger, the director of international advancement.

  • Feser: We must create a budget paradigm for the future

    Edward Feser, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, discusses a new budgeting approach. He said the approach is needed to help the campus move toward less dependency on state funding, to increase transparency in budgeting, and to ensure fiscal stability and academic excellence into the future.

  • Computerized testing pioneer Hua-Hua Chang to receive achievement award

    College of education faculty member Hua-Hua Chang will receive 2017 E.F. Lindquist Award from the American Educational Research Association and the American College Testing Program at the AERA Awards Luncheon on April 29. The luncheon will take place during the AERA’s annual meeting, April 27-May 1 in San Antonio.

  • New eText option making textbooks interactive, cheaper

    There is a revolution brewing in the textbook world and, of course, the University of Illinois is leading it.

  • Georgian prime minister – an Illinois alumnus – to visit Urbana campus April 27

    Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the prime minister of the country of Georgia and a 1998 master’s degree graduate in finance from the University of Illinois, will speak on campus April 27. He will make remarks and take questions at 4:45 p.m. in the Deloitte Auditorium of the Business Instructional Facility, 515 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign. The event is open to the public.

  • Electric performance

    What has become a favorite feature of the annual Engineering Open House is the Tesla Coil Concert, hosted this year on the Bardeen Engineering Quad.

  • U. of I. is No. 2 in nation among public universities for international students

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the second top destination for international students attending public universities in the United States, according to the annual Open Doors report, released Nov. 16 by the Institute of International Education. The report ranks Illinois as second in the nation for international students in 2014-15 (fifth when accounting for private schools) and ninth for students participating in study abroad programs in 2013-14. According to the report, there are more international students studying in the U.S. today than at any time in history.

  • Student veterans say new center is a lifeline and oasis

    Returning service men and women have always faced the challenge of reintegrating into civilian life. But those returning with disabilities because of a combat injury face the additional challenge of having to redefine their physical identity.

  • Conservation process continues for La Casa’s beloved mural

    The chirp of screws being driven into wood and the whirr of drills filled the air in the front room of the old white house at 510 E. Chalmers St. that’s the birthplace of La Casa Cultural Latina and the former home of the U. of I.’s department of Latina/Latino studies.

    Art-handling company Terry Dowd Inc. project manager Darren Martin and his work crew are creating a roughly 6 feet by 6 feet panel, part of the “bread” that will be used to make a large art “sandwich.”  The “meat” is a section of lathe, plaster and wallpaper of part of a wall covered with a vivid mural filled with bold depictions of heritage and social justice, of individual and community strength.

    “We basically sandwich the walls,” Martin said. “It almost turns it into a crate.”

  • New Faces 2015: Wencui Han

    Wencui Han is a new assistant professor in the department of business administration in the College of Business.

     

  • Board of trustees approves revised background check policy

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a revised policy requiring background checks for all new faculty, academic professional and civil service employees.

  • Dial-A-Carol has nary a silent night after news of it goes viral

    The campus Dial-A-Carol program broke its previous record by a long shot this holiday season, racking up an amazing 12,000 calls in seven days.

  • Styrecycle introduces a new way to reduce campus waste

    Expanded polystyrene – more commonly known by its brand name “Styrofoam” – is everywhere. It makes up your disposable coffee cup, the packing peanuts in those care packages to students, and the insulation in your office walls. At Illinois, countless bottles of chemicals, biology specimens and fragile parts of lab equipment arrive in packaging made of Styrofoam every day, and, sadly, almost all of it gets tossed in the trash.

  • On the Job: Valeri Nesbitt-Howard

    When Valeri Nesbitt-Howard started working at the U. of I.'s Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center last year, it was like returning to a home she never really left.

  • Solar Farm ready to provide renewable energy to campus

    A ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 19 commemorated the campus’ Solar Farm being connected to the university’s electrical distribution system a week earlier. The farm is expected to produce 7.86 million killowatt-hours per year or approximately 2 percent of the average electrical demand for the Urbana campus.

  • Modified teaching option helps tenure-track faculty devote time to family

    The University of Illinois’ family leave policy was revised recently to remove a teaching requirement for tenure-track faculty members after the birth or adoption of a child.

  • Meet the Class of 2019

    A graphic illustration of the freshman class, which boasts the university’s largest class since 2005.

  • Former U. of I. police chief remembered as great leader

    Former University of Illinois police chief Paul Dollins is being remembered as a leader in law enforcement, a community builder and a great friend.

  • Benefit Choice: Clarification on fiscal year 2017 insurance premiums

    Last week, a flier announcing the May Benefit Choice period was mailed from the state of Illinois Central Management Services, which administers health coverage for state employees. It included information at the bottom of page 5 about the possibility that U. of I. employees would be required to pay retroactive increases to their insurance premiums, depending on the outcome of an ongoing legal dispute pending before the Illinois Labor Relations Board. The potential retroactive costs are unknown at this time and will remain unknown during the Benefit Choice period, during which time employees must select a health plan.

  • Extension kicks off $4.5 million school lunchroom program

    Will broccoli by any other name be more likely to wind up in students’ tummies than in lunchroom garbage cans? Does strategic placement of fruit on the cafeteria line increase its appeal to finicky kids?

  • On the Job: Richard Partin

    Richard Partin doesn't have a Clue of the precise date he first realized he loved the Trivial Pursuit of board gaming.

  • Former site is new site for campus’s African-American cultural center

    The Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center building will be torn down and replaced with a new building at the same Mathews Avenue and Nevada Street location.

  • Seven academic professionals honored with CAPE awards

    Seven academic professionals were honored with 2017 Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence awards at a reception April 6. Now in its 29th year, the program honors the accomplishments and contributions of academic professionals, who provide critical support for administration, research laboratories and educational programs, and offer important outreach programs throughout the state.

  • Promotions, tenure announced

    In July, the U. of I. Board of Trustees approved faculty promotions in academic rank and changes in tenure status.

  • On the Job: Nate Beccue

    In addition to the main gardens at Allerton Park and Retreat Center, there are 1,500 acres of grounds that have to be maintained, and Nate Beccue manages to do it all by himself.

  • Employees credited for success of U. of I.'s annual charity drive

    More than 3,000 U. of I. employees helped the Urbana-Champaign campus exceed the goals of the 2015 Campus Charitable Fund Drive, raising $1.32 million.

  • On the Job: Terry Free

    In need of a classroom for an event or review session? Terry Free, an office manager for the Office of the Registrar, has got you covered.  

  • American Indian imagery, ‘Three-in-One’ song discussed at faculty meeting

    Issues related to Chief Illiniwek, the former university symbol, were discussed at the Urbana-Champaign Senate-sponsored annual meeting of the faculty Oct. 26.

  • Killeen: U. of I. can weather budgetary storm for only so long

    According to U. of I. President Tim Killeen, the U. of I. is at "risk of deterioration" unless the state finds a budget solution soon.

     

  • Eight honored with distinguished staff award

    Eight civil service staff employees were honored with the Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award at a banquet April 20. The award recognizes exceptional performance.

  • Special delivery

    Sara Pearson, a second-year veterinary student, was among the veterinary students volunteering for the “lamb watch" program in the U. of I.'s College of Veterinary Medicine.

  • University of Illinois retirement by the numbers, 2009-15

    A graphic illustration of academic and civil service retirement by the numbers, from 2009 to 2015.

  • U. of I.'s INSPIRE recognized for best international partnership

    The Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational Research and Exchange this week was awarded the Institute of International Education's Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education for the best international partnership in the country.

  • New Faces 2015: Marie Channell

    Marie Channell is a new assistant professor in the department of speech and hearing science in the College of Applied Health Sciences.

  • On the Job: Lori Melchi

    Pianos are playing. Horns can be heard. And students are practicing opera. It’s just a typical morning for Lori Melchi, an administrative aide at the School of Music.

  • Police begin enforcement of campus smoking policy

    The U. of I. Police Department last week started citing smokers who flout the campus's smoking ban.

  • Illinois in 2016: 'We will rise to the challenge'

    With the state budget impasse still looming large, high-profile administrator positions needing to be filled and plans for a new medical school to be finalized, there's no indication 2016 will be any less challenging.

  • Schook to step down as vice president for research

    University of Illinois Vice President for Research Lawrence B. Schook announced March 16 that he will step down from the universitywide post in August to return to his research and faculty work on the Urbana and Chicago campuses. U. of I. President Tim Killeen said a national search will be conducted to select Schook’s successor.

  • Four nominated for 2016 honorary degrees

    The Urbana Champaign Senate has nominated four men to receive honorary degrees at the May 2016 Commencement exercises.

  • Illinois acceptance numbers reflect strong in-state interest, diversity gains

    The number of first-year students expected to report to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus for the upcoming fall semester is similar to the fall 2015 total.

  • U. of I. researchers help discover ‘dark galaxy’

    Researchers have uncovered the existence of a dwarf “dark galaxy” lurking nearly 4 billion light-years away from Earth. The discovery was made when a team of researchers, including astronomers at the University of Illinois, using the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, noticed subtle distortions in the image of gravitational lens SDP.81. The discovery paves the way to spot many more such objects, which could help astronomers address important questions on the true nature of dark matter.