blog postsCampusHumanitiesSocial SciencesIllinois historian receives Humboldt Award, fellowship to American Academy in BerlinMay 5, 2016 9:45 am574 views University of Illinois history professor Harry Liebersohn has been chosen to receive the prestigious Humboldt Research Award honoring a career of research achievements. This follows news earlier this spring that he had been named as a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin – the first U. of I. history professor, and perhaps the first Illinois professor in any field, to receive that honor.CampusHumanitiesLife SciencesPhysical SciencesSocial SciencesSix Illinois professors named Guggenheim FellowsMay 2, 2016 12:15 pm2494 views Six professors at the University of Illinois have been named 2016 Guggenheim Fellows, bringing to 13 the number of U. of I. faculty members who have been honored with the fellowship over the last three years. This year’s fellows are Dennis Baron, Karin A. Dahmen, Craig Koslofsky, Mei-Po Kwan, Ralph W. Mathisen and Rebecca Stumpf.CampusCommencement ceremony to take place May 14 at Memorial StadiumMay 1, 2016 12:15 pm589 views The 145th Commencement of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14 at Memorial Stadium.CampusUniversity and Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition reach tentative agreement on five-year contractApr 30, 2016 8:30 pm553 views Negotiators reach tentative agreement, and the NTFC will vote Sunday on whether to end its five-day work stoppage. NFTC membership to review and vote on the tentative agreement in the near future.CampusWhite House invites Education Justice Project director to prison reform discussionApr 28, 2016 8:00 am1102 views University of Illinois faculty member Rebecca Ginsburg is among a small group of college and university leaders invited to participate in an upcoming roundtable discussion on prison reform at the White House.HonorsCampusFaculty and staff members honored for excellence at IllinoisApr 27, 2016 1:45 pm2643 views Faculty and staff members, and graduate teaching assistants at the U. of I. were honored April 26 for excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising. Each was recognized during a reception at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center.CampusGoldwater scholarship winners announced by University of IllinoisApr 8, 2016 10:00 am1256 views Three University of Illinois students have been nationally recognized for their potential to contribute to the advancement of research in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering. Two of the students were awarded Barry M. Goldwater scholarships for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years, and a third earned honorable mention.CampusMedia Advisory: Public forums to solicit input for campus master planApr 7, 2016 2:15 pm192 views Two upcoming public forums will provide overviews of the process for updating the campus master plan and ask for ideas on the future of the Urbana campus. CampusU. of I. alumnus Jeff Huber, Grail CEO and ex-Google exec, is 2016 commencement speakerMar 31, 2016 8:15 am5192 views Illinois alumnus Jeff Huber, whose company is developing a revolutionary blood test to detect early stage cancer, will be the U. of I.'s commencement speaker on Saturday, May 14. The event starts at 9:30 a.m. in Memorial Stadium.CampusU. of I. students taking ride through civil rights history for spring breakMar 1, 2016 10:00 am704 views Almost 50 University of Illinois students will spend their spring break not on the beach, but on the bus, taking a 2,500-mile trip through key cities and sites significant in the history of civil rights for African-Americans. This will be the sixth year for the Civil Rights Pilgrimage.CampusAugust and December 2015 graduates, Dean's List honorees namedFeb 25, 2016 12:30 pm3557 views Dean’s List honorees and graduates for the fall semester 2015, as well as those who graduated in August 2015, have been announced by the University of Illinois. CampusJosh Whitman named director of athletics for IllinoisFeb 17, 2016 4:30 pm2304 views Illinois alumnus Josh Whitman has been named director of athletics by Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. CampusCampus bans hoverboards from all facilitiesJan 12, 2016 8:15 am1735 views Effective Jan. 18, the popular self-balancing motorized devices known as hoverboards will not be allowed in any facilities owned, leased, occupied or controlled by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. CampusExecutive search firm selected for athletic director recruitmentDec 16, 2015 2:30 pm1139 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has hired Korn Ferry, the world’s largest executive search firm, to assist with the search for a new director of athletics.CampusCampus holiday gift guideDec 16, 2015 11:15 am1413 views Last-minute shoppers will find many gift options on the U. of I. campus, including books on the wildlife of Illinois, a charming set of Nutcracker characters, Fighting Illini bobbleheads and a Star Wars-themed coffee mug -- items that say “Illini” in their own unique ways.CampusAthletic director search officially underwayDec 4, 2015 9:00 am1310 views A committee to identify and recruit the next director of athletics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will proceed expeditiously but thoroughly in that process, Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson said today in announcing the committee roster.CampusU. of I. student named Marshall ScholarNov 23, 2015 8:45 am1534 views U. of I. student Leah Matchett, of Grand Haven, Michigan, is one of more than 30 students from the United States selected as Marshall Scholars for postgraduate study at a university in the United Kingdom.EngineeringCampusEducationPhysical SciencesIllinois physics professor named national Professor of the YearNov 19, 2015 8:30 am8215 views Mats Selen, professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named Outstanding Doctoral and Research Universities Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.EducationCampusHealthTim Nugent a pioneer in changing life for people with disabilitiesNov 12, 2015 1:15 pm2151 views Tim Nugent, who died Wednesday at the age of 92 in Urbana, Illinois, was a visionary who changed the world for people with disabilities. Starting with a small program at the University of Illinois a few years after World War II – but for years with little support, and often outright opposition – Nugent sought to change both the opportunities for people with disabilities and public attitudes about them.CampusCampus announces change in athletic leadershipNov 9, 2015 10:45 am170 views University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson announced today the campus will make a change in leadership of its Division of Intercollegiate Athletics by exercising a “without cause” separation clause in Director of Athletics Mike Thomas’ contract. EngineeringCampusCarle Illinois College of Medicine research affiliation agreement completedNov 2, 2015 9:00 am744 views Leaders of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health System announced the completion of a set of agreements and policies related to joint research practices and governance of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.CampusU. of I. appoints new Willard Airport executive directorOct 20, 2015 2:30 pm329 views The new executive director of the U. of I.'s Willard Airport has more than 25 years airport management experience. David "Gene" Cossey (COO-zee) was named the airport's executive director Oct. 20 following a national search led by a university-appointed committee. He will start Dec. 7.CampusU. of I. Homecoming 2015 activities will run from Oct. 18-24Oct 15, 2015 9:00 am288 views Activities for the 2015 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Homecoming, its 105th, take place Oct. 18 (Sunday) through Oct. 24 (Saturday).ArtsCampusEbert Film Festival passes go on sale Nov. 2Oct 14, 2015 9:45 am884 views Roger Ebert’s Film Festival returns for an 18th year in April, and those who want the whole experience can soon purchase festival passes.CampusEngineeringHealthCommittee to identify, recruit founding dean for Carle Illinois College of MedicineSep 30, 2015 10:00 am2677 views A search committee established to find the Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s inaugural dean will begin its work this month with the goal of naming the dean by spring 2016CampusHonorsHumanitiesLife SciencesUrbana campus faculty members named University ScholarsSep 28, 2015 8:00 am1580 views Seven Urbana campus faculty members have been named University Scholars and will be honored at a campus reception Sept. 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the ballroom of the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.CampusBill Geist to serve as grand marshal of 2015 Homecoming ParadeSep 18, 2015 1:45 pm1881 views Bill Geist, noted columnist, author, correspondent and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alumnus, will serve as grand marshal of this year’s Homecoming Parade.CampusDocumentary featuring three extraordinary women at the U. of I. debuts on BTNSep 16, 2015 2:45 pm353 views A new documentary premiering on the Big Ten Network features three extraordinary women at the University of Illinois. “Making Their Mark” will air on BTN on Friday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. CDT.CampusFreshmen student total at Urbana-Champaign campus approaches decade-old recordSep 8, 2015 4:45 pm157 views A near-record 7,565 freshmen enrolled on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus for the fall semester, according to enrollment statistics released today on the 10th day of classes. CampusFeser named interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost designateSep 3, 2015 12:15 pm409 views University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Acting Chancellor Barbara Wilson has named as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost designate Edward J. Feser, dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts. His appointment will be submitted to the Board of Trustees for approval at its Sept. 10 meeting.CampusChancellor's Scholars named to Campus Honors ProgramAug 27, 2015 10:00 am861 views One hundred forty-one freshmen and sophomores at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been designated Chancellor’s Scholars, chosen for their academic excellence and leadership potential, in the Campus Honors Program this fall.CampusMay 2015 graduates, Dean's List and Bronze Tablet honorees namedAug 25, 2015 11:00 am3156 views Dean’s List and Bronze Tablet honorees and graduates for the spring 2015 semester have been announced by the University of Illinois.Campus'We Care' campaign aims to increase awareness of sexual misconduct resourcesAug 25, 2015 10:00 am74 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is launching a campaign to increase awareness of the resources available at the University and in the Champaign-Urbana community for everyone affected by sexual violence.ArtsCampusIllini Gadget Garage will provide a space to repair electronics on campusAug 24, 2015 9:00 am238 views The Illini Gadget Garage will open this semester. It will be a place for collaborative repair, modeled after the Campus Bike Center, only for electronics. The goal of the Gadget Garage project – part of the Sustainable Electronics Initiative at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center – is to extend the useful life of electronic products and reduce electronic waste.CampusLAS dean Barbara J. Wilson named acting chancellorAug 20, 2015 9:45 am12 views Barbara J. Wilson, the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will serve in the role ofchancellor while the campus conducts a nationwide search to replace former Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise.ArtsCampusJapan House to host Matsuri Festival to celebrate Japanese cultureAug 20, 2015 9:00 am820 views Japan House will host its first Matsuri festival, celebrating Japanese culture, at the end of the month. The event is free and open to the public.ArtsCampusHumanitiesNew art exhibitions at Krannert Art Museum open Aug. 27Aug 19, 2015 9:00 am130 views Krannert Art Museum will exhibit a wide variety of works from its permanent collection – many of which have not been displayed publicly in a long time – as the museum opens its new season Aug. 27. Four exhibitions will open that evening, including a solo exhibition by acclaimed sculptor Nnenna Okore, current work by U. of I. faculty members, and two collection-based shows. A public reception will begin at 6 p.m.CampusU. of I. scholars awarded fellowships from American Council of Learned SocietiesJul 24, 2015 11:15 am28 views A University of Illinois music professor and two U. of I. graduate students are among the 2015 fellowship recipients from the American Council of Learned Societies.EducationCampusAnnual STEM conference for new teachers expands to include the artsJul 21, 2015 11:15 am53 views An annual statewide conference that focuses on helping new teachers prepare students to compete in science, technology, engineering and math fields in the global economy is expanding this year to include the arts.The STEM Beginning Teacher Conference, July 28-29 in Champaign, will be the third such event organized by the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative – but the first time that the agenda will include sessions focusing on instructional strategies for the arts. CampusFive U. of I. graduate students earn National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate FellowshipsJul 13, 2015 11:15 am38 views Five University of Illinois graduate students have been awarded National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships from the U.S. Department of Defense. CampusU. of I. students taking part in Fulbright summer study program in the UKJul 9, 2015 11:15 am57 views Three University of Illinois students are among the 61 college freshmen and sophomores nationwide awarded expenses-paid opportunities to study in the United Kingdom this summer.CampusTwo U. of I. graduate students receive Boren FellowshipsJul 7, 2015 11:15 am55 views University of Illinois graduate students Eduardo Alvarez-Gutierrez and Ambar Flores have received Boren Fellowships from the National Security Education Program (NSEP). Boren Fellowships provide U.S. graduate students with resources to acquire language skills and experience in regions critical to U.S. national security, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. In exchange for funding, Boren recipients agree to work in the federal government for a period of at least one year.CampusChodzko-Zajko named Illinois Graduate College deanJun 30, 2015 11:15 am39 views Wojtek J. Chodzko-Zajko, the head of the kinesiology and community health department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2005 and past president of the American Kinesiology Association, has been named the new dean of the U. of I.'s Graduate College.BusinessCampusU. of I. finance professor Jeffrey R. Brown named dean of College of BusinessJun 30, 2015 9:15 am645 views Jeffrey R. Brown, the William G. Karnes Professor of Finance, has been named the 10th dean of the College of Business, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees.EducationCampusFreedom Writer to speak at annual new teacher conferenceJun 25, 2015 1:15 pm8 views New teachers will have opportunities to reflect on their first year on the job, share best practices and learn from a former at-risk youth whose life was transformed by his high-school English teacher at the annual Beginning Teacher Conference, June 30-July 1, in Champaign.CampusSixteen U. of I. students and recent alumni offered Fulbright grantsJun 18, 2015 10:45 am205 views Sixteen Illinois students and recent alumni are among the 1,900 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2015-16 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.CampusUniversity of Illinois commencement ceremony to take place May 16 at Memorial StadiumMay 7, 2015 2:30 pm27 views The 144th Commencement of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will take place May 16 (Saturday) at Memorial Stadium, 1402 S. First St., Champaign. The event begins at 9:30 a.m.ArtsCampusKrannert Art Museum to showcase student workMay 6, 2015 9:00 am60 views Krannert Art Museum and the School of Art and Design will display the work of graduating seniors in art and design. The School of Art and Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition opens May 9, with a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition will be on display in the East and Gelvin Noel galleries through May 17.CampusHonorsFaculty and staff members honored for excellence at IllinoisMay 1, 2015 9:00 am61 views Faculty and staff members, and graduate teaching assistants at the U. of I. were honored April 30 for excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising. Each was recognized during a reception at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.EducationCampus400 youth to compete in statewide 4-H Robotics ChallengeApr 27, 2015 12:00 pm18 views Nearly 400 youth from across Illinois will be on the University of Illinois campus Saturday (May 2) to compete in the seventh annual Illinois 4-H Robotics Challenge.