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PUBLICATIONS Inside Illinois Vol. 26, No. 16, March 15, 2007
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Colleges and campus units developing strategic plans in support of campus plan
In January 2006, Chancellor Richard Herman released his Strategic Plan for the Urbana campus – an ambitious five-year map containing five broad initiatives focused on strengthening Illinois as an educational and research institution, as a work environment and as a partner in addressing society’s most pressing problems.
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Regardless of global warming, rising CO2 levels threaten marine life
Like a piece of chalk dissolving in vinegar, marine life with hard shells is in danger of being dissolved by increasing acidity in the oceans. Full story

New study rewrites evolutionary history of vespid wasps
UI scientists have conducted a genetic analysis of vespid wasps that revises the vespid family tree and challenges long-held views about how the wasps’ social behaviors evolved. Full story


Service ensures access to course materials for students with disabilities
About 1,000 students on the UI campus are identified as having disabilities. Ensuring that those students have access to the same learning materials as their non-disabled peers is one of the responsibilities of Angella Anderson, disability specialist and supervisor of text conversion in the Text Conversion Office in the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services. Full story


Illinois budget: 2.3 percent more for higher ed?
The UI would receive a $13.3 million increase in its general funds appropriation during fiscal year 2008, which will begin July 1, if the budget proposed by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on March 7 is approved by the Illinois General Assembly. Overall, Blagojevich proposed increasing general funds appropriations for higher education operations and grants by $51.9 million, or 2.3 percent, over FY07 levels. Full story

Trustees vote to support Global Campus Partnership
Two landmark decisions were made by the UI Board of Trustees at its March 13 meeting in Urbana: the decision to support a consensus resolution to retire Chief Illiniwek, and another to proceed with the Global Campus Partnership, an initiative that will offer degrees, certificates and professional development courses to a worldwide audience primarily through the Web. Full story

Board takes final vote, retires Chief Illiniwek
It’s official: Chief Illiniwek, the symbol of the athletic teams at the Urbana campus since 1926, will be retired. Full story

  Robert B. Graves named dean of UI College of Fine and Applied Arts
Robert B. Graves, the interim dean of the UI College of Fine and Applied Arts, has been selected to be the college’s permanent dean. The appointment was approved by the UI Board of Trustees at its May 13 meeting . The appointment is effective March 16. Full story

GEO ratifies three-year contract
The Graduate Employees Organization, IFT-AFT Local 6300, recently ratified its second three-year contract with the university. The GEO represents about 2,800 of the 6,048 graduate assistants on the Urbana campus. Its members had been working without a contract since August, when the initial contract expired. Full story

Writer focused on UI musicologists as he developed play
She studies Wagner and opera. He studies mostly Mozart and Beethoven. Together, husband-and-wife musicologists Katherine Syer and William Kinderman have themselves been the subject of much prodding and research – by internationally acclaimed playwright and director Moisés Kaufman. Full story

Exhibition of Spanish Civil War-era print culture is first of its kind
Armed with Internet access, soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are blogging their war stories – and digital images – back home and beyond. But, according to a UI professor of art history, this is not the first time those on the front lines have used popular new forms of communications to promote their ideas and influence public opinion. Full story

Investigative reporting back in style, with bright future, professor says
The news business may be in constant turmoil these days, but investigative reporting is alive and well, says a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner who is writing his second textbook on the subject, due out in June. Full story

  UI humanities research program honors 14 with fellowship awards
Six faculty members and eight graduate students at the UI have won fellowship awards for 2007-2008 from the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. Full story

brief notes Vet Med hosts open house March 31 … The physics of superheroes discussed … Single-film tickets for Eberfest on sale April 6 …Secrets Shared = Secrets Revealed Colby to speak on foundation giving … Forms due to Ethics Office by April 23 … Cross-species research discussed …Two new I space exhibitions on display Professionals Day Breakfast is April 25 … Parenting Conference is May 19 … UI attractions nominated for honor … 'The Church and Politics' discussed 'Gender Matters' conference is May 29-31 More

On the Job: Pete Hetman
Pete Hetman, an instrument maker in the department of mechanical science and engineering, says working with numbers always has come easier than working with words. More
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Gabor “Gabi” Belso, 70, died March 6 in Champaign. He was a stagehand at the UI Assembly Hall from 1957 to 1971.

Larry J. Birch, 65, died March 6 at Kindred Hospital in Sycamore, Ill. Birch had worked as a building service worker for Facilities and Services since 2001. Memorials: American Lung Association, Kindred Hospital, 225 Edward St., Sycamore, IL 60178; or The Pay it Forward House, 719 Somonauk St., Sycamore, IL 60178.

Sam J. Bundy, 59, died Feb. 28 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Bundy worked at the UI for 26 years, retiring in 2003 as a sheet metal worker. Memorials: Unity Baptist Church Building Fund, 404 S. Duncan Road, Champaign, IL 61822.

James E. Corbin, 85, died March 1 at his Urbana home. Corbin came to the UI in 1973 to help develop the Companion Animal Science Program. He retired as professor emeritus in 1984. Memorials: Canine Connection or Lifeline Pilots.

Dorothy Fay Dunn, 96, died March 6 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She was a professor of health science for 16 years, retiring in 1967. Memorials: UI Foundation, Harker Hall, Urbana, IL 61801.

Joseph A. Jackobs, 89, died Feb. 25 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was a professor of agronomy at the UI.

Bernard Karsh, 76, died March 7 at Meadowbrook Health Center, Urbana. He was a professor of sociology and industrial relations at the UI. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 405 Pine St., Suite A, Normal, IL 61761.

Robert C. Olson, 86, died March 5. He worked at the UI for 32 years as an internal auditor, retiring in 1978. Memorials: Grace Lutheran Church of Champaign or Faith Lutheran Church of Sullivan.

Robert Reuter, 85, died Feb. 18 at The Carle Arbours in Savoy. He worked at the UI for 21 years, retiring in 1987 as a purchasing assistant II. Memorials: Champaign County Humane Society or the American Lung Association.

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