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May 21, 2015 (Vol. 34, No. 21)
Timothy L. Killeen began his tenure as the 20th U. of I. president May 18 by leading a town hall meeting with the three campus chancellors. Killeen, who has incrementally taken on the president’s duties since being appointed by the board of trustees six months ago, said it will take thoughtful planning, teamwork and a bold approach for the U. of I. to overcome the challenges of the 21st century.
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RIght to work
Timothy L. Killeen began his tenure as the 20th U. of I. president
May 18 by leading a town hall meeting with the three campus chancellors. Killeen,
who has incrementally taken on the president’s duties since being appointed by the board of trustees six months ago, said it will take thoughtful planning, teamwork and a bold approach for the U. of I. to overcome the challenges of the 21st century.


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Board honors Easter for service

The U. of I. Board of Trustees presented its Distinguished Service Medallion to retiring President Bob Easter May 7, honoring his more than 40 years with the university that began as a graduate student and took him to the presidency.

Last call for Benefit Choice

Benefit Choice open enrollment ends June 1. U. of I. employees who have not already done so are reminded that if they wish to make changes to their health or dental insurance, dependent coverage or flexible spending plans, the changes must be made using NESSIE, the university’s online self-service benefits application. All changes must be made by June 1 and will have an effective date of July 1.

Board OKs budget resolution, names new hall after Wassaja

The U. of I. Board of Trustees approved a resolution at its May 7 meeting meant to keep the university operating legally after its current fiscal year ends June 30.

Task force submits report on transition for medical school

A university appointed task force has made several recommendations for the transition to an engineering-based medical school on the Urbana campus.


Members sought for senate implementation committee

The Urbana-Champaign Senate’s Committee on Committees is requesting nominations for membership on the Seventh Senate Review Implementation Committee. 

‘Peace Memorial’ to be returned to Lincoln Hall May 28-29

A popular memorial dedicated to the U. of I. students who served in the U.S. military during wartime will be returned May 28-29 to its original place of honor in the south courtyard of Lincoln Hall.

State woes multiply with Supreme Court’s pension ruling

The Illinois Supreme Court May 8 struck down legislation passed in 2013 that would have scaled back state employee benefits.

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts announces its 2015-16 season

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ 2015-16 season will feature international stars whose roots are in Champaign-Urbana or at the U. of I.

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Researchers link dolphin deaths to Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Dolphins found stranded on Gulf of Mexico beaches following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill were much more likely to have severe lung and adrenal gland damage “consistent with petroleum product exposure” than dolphins stranded elsewhere and prior to the spill, researchers report. One in five dolphins from the spill zone also had primary bacterial pneumonia.

College readiness declines when school focuses on test scores, study finds

Education reform policies that penalize struggling schools for poor standardized test scores may hinder – not improve – students’ college readiness, if a school’s instructional focus becomes improving its test scores, suggests a new study that explored efforts to promote a college-going culture at one Texas high school.

Tiny silicone spheres come out of the mist

Technology in common household humidifiers could enable the next wave of high-tech medical imaging and targeted medicine, thanks to a new method for making tiny silicone microspheres developed by chemists at the U. of I.

HONORS »

Four receive awards for excellence in faculty leadership

Four faculty members are the inaugural recipients of the Campus Award for Excellence in Faculty Leadership. The three annual awards for excellence in faculty leadership, given by the Office of the Provost, recognize faculty members who distinguish themselves with their vision of the future and their effort to enable and promote others in shaping that future.