blog postsCampus LifeNew report highlights growth of university-driven startups in IllinoisMar 9, 2016 9:00 am158 views The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition released March 8 new data conveying the growth of entrepreneurial activity across the state’s universities as part of its Illinois Innovation Index, a publication that reports on key metrics of the state’s innovation economy. HonorsCampus LifeUniversity of Illinois is a top producer of U.S. Fulbright studentsMar 4, 2016 3:15 pm2630 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.Campus LifeMarch budget meetings announcedMar 3, 2016 9:00 am502 views The Office of the Provost invites faculty and staff members and students to attend open meetings this month to discuss the budgeting process and actions the campus is taking in response to diminishing state funding.Campus LifeHumanitiesIPRH’s ‘Cell Phone Slam!’ rescheduled for March 9Mar 2, 2016 5:30 pm295 views IPRH has rescheduled its "Cell Phone Slam!" for 4 p.m. March 9 in the IPRH Lecture Hall at the Levis Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana.Campus LifeWhitman approved as director of athleticsMar 1, 2016 11:15 am61 views Josh Whitman was approved Feb. 29 as director of athletics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign during a special meeting of the U. of I. Board of Trustees Executive Committee.Campus LifeOn the Job: Valeri Nesbitt-HowardFeb 25, 2016 9:00 am1279 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.Campus LifeCampus LifeCampus, community leaders discuss difficulties amid budget impasseFeb 25, 2016 9:00 am612 views Local representatives of the Illinois Coalition to Invest in Higher Education used a Feb. 22 press conference at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center to illustrate the plight of students and communities facing uncertainty over the state budget impasse.Campus LifeEnergy performance contracting projects underwayFeb 25, 2016 9:00 am283 views A set of energy conservation projects on the Urbana campus will guarantee more than $41million in cost avoidance over the next 20 years and reduce the campus deferred maintenance backlog by an estimated $25million.Campus LifeCampus readies for 'Unofficial' on March 4Feb 18, 2016 9:00 am157 views Campus administrators are taking steps to ensure safety and to minimize disruption to classes and campus operations during this year's Unofficial St. Patrick's Day on March 4.Campus LifeCampus LifeUniversity YMCA hosts social justice forum as part of yearlong themeFeb 18, 2016 9:00 am132 views A panel on local social justice efforts pointed out myriad challenges – and active efforts to meet them – during a Friday Forum discussion Feb. 12 at the University YMCA.Campus LifeParliamentarians work to ensure fair, consistent senate proceedingsFeb 18, 2016 9:00 am147 views Bringing order to the 250-member Urbana-Champaign Senate is not a task for the fainthearted.HonorsCampus LifeCampus PromotionsFeb 18, 2016 9:00 am182 views Ed Ewald has been named acting vice chancellor for advancement; Lindsay Anderson will become executive director for governmental relations for the University of Illinois; Anna Westerstahl Stenport became the director of the campus Office of Undergraduate Research. Campus LifeNew eText option making textbooks interactive, cheaperFeb 11, 2016 2:45 pm1464 views There is a revolution brewing in the textbook world and, of course, the University of Illinois is leading it.HonorsCampus LifeCampus promotionsFeb 11, 2016 1:30 pm498 views Kimberly Armstrong will serve as the director of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation’s Center for Library Initiatives, effective March 1; Antoinette Burton, a professor of history and the Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, has been named director of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, pending the approval of the U. of I. Board of Trustees.Campus LifeOn the Job: Diane CovingtonFeb 11, 2016 9:15 am501 views Building service worker Diane Covington starts her day at the Mechanical Engineering Lab while most of the campus is still sleeping, making sure the building is clean and ready for use.Campus LifeSexual misconduct training aimed at campus workersFeb 11, 2016 9:00 am71 views Graduate and professional students, faculty and staff members will be asked to complete a mandatory online training program aimed at preventing discrimination and sexual violence.Campus LifeIllini cheerFeb 11, 2016 9:00 am242 views Alma Mater, center, and Labor and Learning don custom-made hats and a scarf during a winter storm earlier this week after the wind chill factor dipped below zero. Snow flurries continued over the next few days without significant accumulation. January marked the fifth consecutive month that Champaign-Urbana temperatures were above average.Campus LifeFreshman applications up 13 percent across U. of I. systemFeb 11, 2016 9:00 am312 views More than 56,000 prospective first-time freshmen have applied for enrollment next fall across the University of Illinois system, record demand that is up 13 percent from the year before, officials announced Feb. 5.Campus LifeBlack History Month events run through FebruaryFeb 10, 2016 4:30 pm331 views Several events have been scheduled on the U. of I. campus to commemorate Black History Month.Campus LifeExtension kicks off $4.5 million school lunchroom programFeb 10, 2016 2:45 pm957 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?Campus LifeIllinois Public Media to premiere new radio talk show in MarchFeb 8, 2016 9:00 am246 views Illinois Public Media (WILL-AM-FM-TV) will premiere a new hourlong talk show March 14. “The 21st" will be broadcast weekdays at 11 a.m., with veteran journalist and public radio host Niala Boodhoo serving as host and as executive producer.Campus LifeNight shiftFeb 4, 2016 9:30 am431 views A midwinter evening descends on the Bardeen Engineering Quad. Campus LifeCampus LifeKilleen pushes state ‘compact’ to ensure predictable fundingJan 28, 2016 9:00 am2228 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.Campus LifeMcMillan re-elected U. of I. Board chairmanJan 28, 2016 9:00 am179 views Edward L. McMillan was re-elected to a second one-year term as chairman of the U. of I. Board of Trustees during its annual organizational meeting Jan. 21. Campus LifeCampus LifeWilson addresses campus climate and diversity awareness issuesJan 28, 2016 9:00 am422 views Urbana campus administrators are considering a host of initiatives regarding the campus climate for underrepresented minorities and to increase awareness of issues of diversity and inclusion, including the possibility of creating a required general education course.Campus LifeU. of I.'s INSPIRE recognized for best international partnershipJan 28, 2016 9:00 am806 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.Campus LifeLegendary lecturerJan 28, 2016 9:00 am304 views Renowned investigative journalist and nonfiction author Bob Woodward spoke Jan. 26 at Foellinger Auditorium in the first of the College of Law’s lecture series about Abraham Lincoln. Woodward spoke about how Lincoln relates to the 21st century and the country's more recent presidents. The next lecture features award-winning columnist and political commentator George Will at 7 p.m. March 1 at Foellinger Auditorium.Campus LifeOn the Job: Richard PartinJan 21, 2016 2:45 pm958 views Richard Partin doesn't have a Clue of the precise date he first realized he loved the Trivial Pursuit of board gaming.Campus LifeCampus LifeBoard of trustees approves revised background check policyJan 21, 2016 1:45 pm1339 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.Campus LifePostgraduate survey to improve data collection, reportingJan 21, 2016 12:15 pm338 views A message to recent University of Illinois graduates: Alma wants to know what you've been up to. At least that’s the goal of the recently unveiled First Destination initiative, a campuswide program that has revamped the way postgraduate information is volunteered, reported and updated.Campus LifeWinter worldJan 21, 2016 8:45 am703 views Campus LifeCampus LifeU. of I. Board: No base tuition increase for in-state freshmenJan 20, 2016 4:45 pm114 views For the second straight year, the University of Illinois has proposed holding the line on base tuition for in-state freshmen next fall, a move that officials say reflects the university’s commitment to student access and affordability.Campus LifeArtful spacesJan 14, 2016 9:00 am312 views Campus LifeDedra ‘DeeDee’ Williams appointed U. of I. secretaryJan 12, 2016 2:15 pm403 views Dedra “DeeDee” Williams, a high-level administrator at the University of Illinois for more than two decades, has been appointed secretary of the U. of I. Board of Trustees and of the university, President Tim Killeen announced Jan. 11.Campus LifeOn the Job: Janet SnyderJan 7, 2016 10:45 am668 views Graphic designer Janet Snyder will be more excited than most when renovations at State Farm Center are finished next fall.Campus LifeJournalist Bob Woodward is first speaker in College of Law lecture series honoring Abraham LincolnJan 7, 2016 10:00 am2753 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.Campus LifeIllinois in 2016: 'We will rise to the challenge'Jan 7, 2016 9:30 am781 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.Campus Life'Community' is focus of 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. celebrationJan 7, 2016 9:00 am639 views The Urbana-Champaign community will join the U. of I. campus community in January to celebrate the legacy of legendary civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.Campus LifeStudents give input on Nesbitt black cultural center building, futureJan 7, 2016 8:45 am3365 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.Campus LifeEnrollment doubles for second winter sessionDec 22, 2015 4:00 pm549 views This year's winter session cohort reached 1,600 students after the number of courses offered was increased from eight to 17 because of last year's interest. The colleges offering winter session courses are Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business, Media and Applied Health Sciences.Campus LifeNew Faces 2015: Wencui HanDec 22, 2015 9:00 am1304 views Wencui Han is a new assistant professor in the department of business administration in the College of Business. Campus LifeWinter light showDec 22, 2015 7:30 am546 views Campustown lights take on a holiday glow in this time-exposure photo at the intersection of Green and Wright streets. After a short break, business at the U. of I. will resume Jan. 4. Students return for classes Jan. 19.Campus LifeIllinois named No. 11 of ‘The 25 Fittest U.S. Colleges in 2015’Dec 21, 2015 11:15 am451 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been named No. 11 of “The 25 Fittest U.S. Colleges in 2015” by The Active Times, a website that aims to be “the world's best source of authoritative, inspiring, enlightening content for living the active, adventurous life.”Campus LifeU. of I. awarded $5.5 million Department of Defense grantDec 18, 2015 12:15 pm73 views The University of Illinois has received a $5.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to support economic revitalization in Illinois communities affected by reductions in federal military spending.Campus LifeEmployees credited for success of U. of I.'s annual charity driveDec 17, 2015 9:15 am884 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.Campus LifeDial-A-Carol has nary a silent night after news of it goes viralDec 17, 2015 9:00 am1310 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.Campus LifeNew Faces 2015: Marie ChannellDec 17, 2015 9:00 am797 views Marie Channell is a new assistant professor in the department of speech and hearing science in the College of Applied Health Sciences.Campus LifeBusinessSocial SciencesBook Corner: A look at how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program affects health and well-beingDec 17, 2015 9:00 am434 views A new book looks at aspects of how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program affects health and well-being. “SNAP Matters” includes a chapter on obesity by University of Illinois economist Craig Gundersen, one of the book’s editors.Campus LifeWarm spotDec 10, 2015 9:45 am67 views Light coats and fog have been mainstays on campus in December, and the unseasonably warm weather is not expected to go away anytime soon. According to preliminary data collected by the U. of I.'s Midwestern Regional Climate Center, this fall was the second warmest since 1895, when record keeping began. The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center said the Midwest would continue to see above-normal temperatures in December, January and February. Photo by Joyce Seay-KnoblochCampus LifeOn the Job: Brian JacobsonDec 10, 2015 9:30 am632 views There are dangers lurking in every kitchen. But in Brian Jacobson's kitchen, they are bigger than most.