blog postsLibrary offers Rosetta Stone service free to campus membersMar 10, 2016 9:00 am12151 views 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, futureJan 7, 2016 8:45 am3372 views 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 LincolnJan 7, 2016 10:00 am2758 views 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 studentsMar 4, 2016 3:15 pm2747 views 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 meetingsMar 31, 2016 9:00 am2496 views 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 fundingJan 28, 2016 9:00 am2287 views 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 announcedMay 5, 2016 9:00 am2091 views 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 graduationApr 19, 2016 6:00 am1983 views 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 diedNov 4, 2016 8:30 am1588 views 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 EisenmengerMar 24, 2016 10:00 am1579 views 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 futureMar 10, 2016 9:00 am1521 views 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 awardApr 24, 2017 2:00 pm1514 views 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, cheaperFeb 11, 2016 2:45 pm1508 views 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 27Apr 20, 2016 9:15 am1495 views 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 performanceMar 17, 2016 9:00 am1434 views 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 studentsNov 16, 2015 3:30 pm1429 views 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 oasisOct 1, 2015 9:30 am1399 views 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 muralJul 5, 2016 3:30 pm1366 views 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 HanDec 22, 2015 9:00 am1346 views 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 policyJan 21, 2016 1:45 pm1344 views 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 viralDec 17, 2015 9:00 am1312 views 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 wasteMay 4, 2016 4:45 pm1305 views 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-HowardFeb 25, 2016 9:00 am1282 views 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 campusNov 25, 2015 9:00 am1236 views 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 familyOct 13, 2016 10:00 am1190 views 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 2019Sep 24, 2015 9:00 am1050 views 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 leaderApr 7, 2016 11:30 am1035 views 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 premiumsMay 5, 2016 9:00 am1020 views 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 programFeb 10, 2016 2:45 pm972 views 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 PartinJan 21, 2016 2:45 pm969 views 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 centerMar 10, 2016 9:00 am944 views 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 awardsApr 7, 2017 8:00 am935 views 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 announcedOct 14, 2015 11:45 am924 views In July, the U. of I. Board of Trustees approved faculty promotions in academic rank and changes in tenure status.On the Job: Nate BeccueMay 5, 2016 8:00 am893 views 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 driveDec 17, 2015 9:15 am890 views 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 FreeApr 22, 2016 9:15 am870 views 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 meetingOct 29, 2015 7:00 am842 views 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 longNov 13, 2015 3:15 pm841 views 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 awardApr 21, 2017 10:30 am833 views 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 deliveryMar 24, 2016 9:00 am830 views 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, 2009-15Nov 19, 2015 9:00 am825 views 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 partnershipJan 28, 2016 9:00 am812 views 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 ChannellDec 17, 2015 9:00 am812 views 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 MelchiMar 10, 2016 10:30 am810 views 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 policySep 24, 2015 9:15 am798 views 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'Jan 7, 2016 9:30 am793 views 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 researchMar 16, 2016 5:00 pm757 views 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 degreesDec 9, 2015 8:45 am754 views 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 gainsMay 5, 2016 9:30 am735 views 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’Apr 18, 2016 11:00 am734 views 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.