blog postsFor ParentsPractice made perfect: Men make the women's volleyball team betterJan 27, 2014 12:00 pm96 views If you visit a women’s volleyball practice you might be surprised to see one or two men on the court. There they are, playing against the women, spiking the ball over the net or jumping high to block a shot. These men are practice players, helping the women hone their skills. The men serve as hitters, blockers, motivators or whatever else the team needs.For ParentsThe Greek life was greek to them so they started their ownJan 20, 2014 10:00 am51 views Jasmine and Jeniece Baines had no interest in Greek life when they stumbled into the Delta Xi Phi sorority. It happened last fall, when the twin sisters from Country Club Hills, near Chicago, visited a cultural fair at the Illini Union.For ParentsWorld champions genetically engineer winning designJan 20, 2014 9:00 am17 views Last summer, as most undergraduates spent their vacation traveling to exotic locales or lounging by the pool, one group of students spent their time on campus in an Institute for Genomic Biology lab, reading papers and creating a probiotic pill that could help prevent heart disease."For ParentsForward march! Marching Illini strike up a lasting relationship with practice fieldJan 20, 2014 8:00 am37 views The University of Illinois Marching Illini provide the soundtrack for a long list of cherished football traditions. Gridiron games wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without the band leading the players out of the tunnel, playing “Imperial March” from “Star Wars” on third downs and of course “Oskee Wow Wow” after every touchdown. But the band is abandoning one lesser-known custom that dates back several generations – and everyone is happy to see this tradition go.For ParentsAdministrative PostsJan 20, 2014 7:45 am21 views Administrative PostsFor ParentspostscriptsJan 20, 2014 7:30 am17 views postscriptsFor ParentsDear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorJan 20, 2014 7:15 am7 views By the time you are reading this issue of Postmarks, we’ll be moving into the final months of our academic year. It’s hard to believe that another academic year is coming to a close so quickly. And just as those of us on campus find ourselves in a whirlwind of exams, final projects and preparation for graduation, many of you are considering whether Illinois is the right choice for your child next year. For ParentsIt takes time and patience: Journalism students apply literary craft to shape storiesAug 26, 2013 5:00 pm12 views Journalism is often a deadline-driven job. Get the story; get it done.For ParentsMoon Goons have out-of-this-world experience at NASAAug 26, 2013 4:30 pm42 views One high-flying group of engineering students discovered the heavy importance of gravity in a few moments of weightlessness.For ParentsFour kings of Illini Chess Club make move on elite stageAug 26, 2013 4:00 pm86 views Last spring, a Cinderella team from the U. of I. clinched a berth in the Final Four of a major college tournament. But this unheralded group of undergraduates used pawns, bishops and queens – not basketballs – to work their tournament magic.For ParentsI-Promise delivers support to first-generation college studentsAug 26, 2013 3:30 pm37 views The day Loreal Latimer arrived at the U. of I., her parents dropped her off at Taft-Van Doren residence hall and drove away. Because she graduated fifth in her class at Chicago’s Corliss High School – while leading extracurricular activities and working 17 hours a week at a food service job – the Latimer family figured she could easily navigate a bucolic college campus. For ParentsGraphic designers branch out to help develop identity for gardenAug 26, 2013 2:30 pm9 views Students majoring in graphic design took their skills out of the classroom and into the real world during the spring 2013 semester, when they offered their services to Prosperity Gardens – a community garden in Champaign.For ParentsIUB: A community that builds community across campusAug 26, 2013 2:00 pm15 views One of U. of I. senior Stuti Mehta’s most memorable experiences at Illinois may have been dinner with Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.For ParentsHeavy competitionAug 26, 2013 1:30 pm4 views What began 40 years ago as a civil engineering class project at the U. of I. has grown into an organized annual tradition for engineering students worldwide. For ParentsCrime alerts to include follow-up notices on arrestsAug 26, 2013 12:30 pm5 views When there’s a serious crime within the campus district, the U. of I. police department sends an email to inform the campus community of the situation. Public Safety officials are planning to use the system to share good news as well.For ParentsCoursera shares U. of I. courses far beyond campusAug 26, 2013 12:00 pm8 views As Illinois students took their seats last fall in lecture halls across campus, half a world and several time zones away in New Delhi, Kunwar Apoorva Singh booted up his computer and logged into the Illinois portion of Coursera, the consortium of more than 80 global universities offering free online courses to anyone in the world with access to the Internet.For ParentsUndergraduate research office off to good startAug 26, 2013 11:30 am27 views It’s been just a year since the Office of the Provost created the Office of Undergraduate Research and students this fall are already seeing tangible results.For ParentsSmoke-free campus initiative postponedAug 26, 2013 10:30 am5 views The start date for the smoke-free campus initiative has been postponed from this fall to Jan. 1.For ParentsAdministrative PostsAug 26, 2013 10:00 am10 views Administrative PostsFor ParentspostscriptsAug 26, 2013 9:30 am5 views postscriptsFor ParentsDear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorAug 26, 2013 9:00 am6 views As you read this issue of Postmarks, we will be near the mid-point of the fall semester. Whether this is your first semester with a son or daughter at Illinois or it is a year of return for your child, we are proud to count them among our students.For ParentsShaving cane: Making music by the micrometerJan 21, 2013 6:00 pm313 views Amelia Lee wasn’t sure she wanted to attend the University of Illinois. As a serious oboist, her idea of college was an arts institution such as Oberlin Conservatory or the Manhattan School of Music. Her mother, however, wanted Lee to get a more well-rounded education, and with a top-10 ranked music school, the U. of I. suited them both.For ParentsAnimators help fight disease, preserve crops, feed the worldJan 21, 2013 5:45 pm12 views A farmer in Burkina Faso learns how to safely store his crops. An entrepreneur in India learns how to truck her harvested grain to market. Thanks to student animators at the U. of I., these people and countless others around the world can also see and hear about the symptoms, transmission and treatment of tuberculosis, or how and when to wash their hands to avoid disease.For ParentsVirtual lab encourages creativity, offers safe place to exploreJan 21, 2013 5:30 pm26 views Welcome to the virtual lab, a digital re-creation of the nuclear, plasma and radiological engineering (NPRE) undergraduate laboratory. The virtual lab is a detailed first-person video game developed to guide freshmen through basic lab setup and procedure, though it soon could provide a training environment for advanced classes in nuclear engineering and beyond.For ParentsService learning project unites special ed students, othersJan 21, 2013 5:15 pm21 views If curiosity gets the better of the passersby, and they pause to read the card attached to the brightly colored ceramic hearts or hands, they’ll find that the chimes, called Ben’s Bells, are part of a nationwide grassroots movement for spreading kindness. The bells are gifts for whomever happens upon them, but they come with strings attached: Those who pluck the bells from their perches and take them home are volunteering to spread kindness wherever they go.For ParentsStudents 'interns in name only' at Fortune 500 companyJan 21, 2013 5:00 pm32 views For students looking to become the next Nate Silver, or for those who simply like working with numbers but don’t want to become engineers, the U. of I. offers a little-known but highly esteemed major that’s also very much in-demand in the business world.For ParentsX students + 1 subject + 1 room = creative and fun teamworkJan 21, 2013 4:45 pm6 views If that’s not the math you remember from school, that’s no surprise. But that’s the math they practice and preach through the Illinois Geometry Lab, a new math department initiative now in its fourth semester.For ParentsTrip to China a welcome new opportunity for future teachersJan 21, 2013 4:30 pm53 views The trip that took Bell, Wang and their peers from East Central Illinois to East Asia is part of a new program in the College of Education called the Greater China Initiative, which makes study abroad practicable for undergraduate preservice teachers and provides an opportunity for them to delve into research.For ParentsStudents push for smoke-free campus; planning under wayJan 21, 2013 4:15 pm11 views The U. of I. student body has spoken, and it says it doesn’t want to inhale secondhand smoke anymore.For ParentsTucker named head of undergraduate education, innovationJan 21, 2013 4:00 pm13 views Charles Tucker III, the newly installed vice provost for undergraduate education and innovation, is well aware of the challenges of producing a high-quality undergraduate experience.For ParentsNow trending: Pop, politics, fashion, food among the glitz and glamJan 21, 2013 3:45 pm9 views You don’t have to look to the runways of New York City to find the hallmarks of high culture and style. Inside IMPULSE magazine, an independent quarterly publication created by U. of I. students, it’s easy to find glamour and glitz in the heart of Champaign-Urbana.For ParentsAdministrative PostsJan 21, 2013 3:30 pm6 views Administrative PostsFor ParentspostscriptsJan 21, 2013 3:15 pm16 views postscriptsFor ParentsDear ParentsJan 21, 2013 3:00 pm3 views Dear ParentsFor ParentsA summer of fun and GAMESAug 20, 2012 6:00 pm31 views The weeklong camp is geared toward high school students with interests in science and engineering. GAMES includes seven camps, each focusing on a particular engineering discipline: aerospace engineering, bioengineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science and robotics.For ParentsExtreme makeover for Alma Mater under wayAug 20, 2012 5:45 pm48 views Although the inscription on the base of the Alma Mater statue hasn’t changed, the statue’s location did Aug. 7 as workers lifted the 5-ton sculpture onto a truck and took it to Chicago for extensive conservation work.For ParentsHigh-altitude balloon flight inspires 'space geeks' for moreAug 20, 2012 5:30 pm50 views UI junior Spencer Gore, the founder and director of Space for All, holds onto the payload rigging at the launch site as he addresses the launch crew. Inside the payload housing are devices and cameras filming the action figure "passengers" astride a model of the Starship Enterprise.For ParentsLincoln Hall re-created as state-of-the-art instructional facilityAug 20, 2012 5:15 pm2 views The refurbished Lincoln's bust has been returned, ready for students to start rubbing his nose for luck once again.For ParentsNeglected classrooms getting much needed renovationsAug 20, 2012 5:00 pm35 views UI students have access to some of the best professors in the country using the most current data and teaching techniques – but funding challenges have made campus classroom space the final educational frontier.For ParentsIN THE TRENCHES: Student journalists report from TurkeyAug 20, 2012 4:45 pm8 views They left for Turkey last May as a group of student reporters. They returned two weeks later as novice foreign correspondents.For ParentsNature, culture, education and recreation happily coexist at UI ArboretumAug 20, 2012 4:30 pm101 views Gardeners, cross-country runners (and skiers), stressed-out students, soccer players, bug enthusiasts, Japanese tea aficionados, bird watchers, architects and scientists of nearly every stripe find something of value at the UI Arboretum, a vibrant, 57-acre swath of green near the south end of the Urbana-Champaign campus.For ParentsScience, humanities lure 17 students to the Arctic for summerAug 20, 2012 4:15 pm10 views Imagine spending a summer in a place where the summer sun lights the sky for 24 hours, where you can take a long hike on a grand glacier, and where nature’s brilliance greets you at every turn.For ParentsCricketers maintain their wicket waysAug 20, 2012 4:00 pm19 views On Quad Day, more than 600 registered student organizations set up displays in hopes of attracting new members. Junior Utkarsh Yadav didn’t need to browse. He knew exactly which RSO he wanted to join.For ParentsLaptop research benefits landfills, chickens … and studentsAug 20, 2012 3:45 pm20 views A student-centered research course at the UI in the spring semester proved it is possible for the concepts of academic exploration and commercial practicality to peacefully co-exist – and that Earth’s environment can benefit from the union.For ParentsDear ParentsAug 20, 2012 3:30 pm3 views There are outstanding universities in every state where a student can get an education. We want to ensure that at Illinois, students don’t just get an education – they have experiences that really prepare them for the challenges they’ll have when they leave this campus. For ParentsAdministrative PostsAug 20, 2012 3:15 pm8 views Administrative PostsFor ParentspostscriptsAug 20, 2012 3:15 pm7 views postscriptsFor ParentsOut of Illinois and into Africa: Study Abroad program takes engineering students out of their elementJan 23, 2012 6:00 pm18 views Life – and career – lessons can take many forms. For seven UI undergraduates, a hands-on engineering collaboration with peers in South Africa – with weekend excursions to some of the most exotic locales on the planet – offered just about all of them.For ParentsExcellent student experience a priority for new chancellorJan 23, 2012 5:45 pm6 views To new Urbana Chancellor and UI Vice President Phyllis M. Wise, education and family are inextricable elements.For ParentsAcademy helps students get down to businessJan 23, 2012 5:30 pm4 views A generation ago, all an entrepreneur needed was an idea and a garage. Now, entrepreneurs need little more than an Internet connection – and, for UI students, the help of a unit on campus that can guide them as they turn their ideas into full-fledged businesses.