blog postsAdministrative PostsAug 26, 2013 10:00 am23 views Administrative PostsSmoke-free campus initiative postponedAug 26, 2013 10:30 am9 views The start date for the smoke-free campus initiative has been postponed from this fall to Jan. 1.Undergraduate research office off to good startAug 26, 2013 11:30 am31 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.Coursera shares U. of I. courses far beyond campusAug 26, 2013 12:00 pm15 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.Crime alerts to include follow-up notices on arrestsAug 26, 2013 12:30 pm9 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.Heavy competitionAug 26, 2013 1:30 pm5 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. IUB: A community that builds community across campusAug 26, 2013 2:00 pm28 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.Graphic designers branch out to help develop identity for gardenAug 26, 2013 2:30 pm23 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.I-Promise delivers support to first-generation college studentsAug 26, 2013 3:30 pm164 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. Four kings of Illini Chess Club make move on elite stageAug 26, 2013 4:00 pm434 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.Moon Goons have out-of-this-world experience at NASAAug 26, 2013 4:30 pm62 views One high-flying group of engineering students discovered the heavy importance of gravity in a few moments of weightlessness.It takes time and patience: Journalism students apply literary craft to shape storiesAug 26, 2013 5:00 pm28 views Journalism is often a deadline-driven job. Get the story; get it done.Dear 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. postscriptsJan 20, 2014 7:30 am20 views postscriptsAdministrative PostsJan 20, 2014 7:45 am44 views Administrative PostsForward march! Marching Illini strike up a lasting relationship with practice fieldJan 20, 2014 8:00 am66 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.World champions genetically engineer winning designJan 20, 2014 9:00 am21 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."The Greek life was greek to them so they started their ownJan 20, 2014 10:00 am84 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.Practice made perfect: Men make the women's volleyball team betterJan 27, 2014 12:00 pm369 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.La Colectiva advocates for immigrants, social justice, changeJan 27, 2014 1:00 pm98 views When Stephanie Mazariegos was a small child, her parents struggled to pay their bills. During the day, her parents worked alternating shifts – her father in a restaurant and as a janitor at a synagogue, her mother cleaning a woman’s home – so that one parent could be at home to care for the children.Students 'SPIN' opportunity with NCSA into internship goldJan 27, 2014 2:00 pm124 views Help wanted: On-campus supercomputing behemoth – you know, the place that invented the Web browser – seeks highly motivated student interns to solve some of the world’s most intractable problems.Study Abroad's top priority is safety for studentsJan 27, 2014 3:00 pm44 views Students participating in the U. of I.’s Study Abroad program say they were thankful for the comprehensive safety training they received on campus before traveling – and more thankful still they never had to employ it in an emergency situation.Getting personal: Beckwith assistants may receive more than they giveJan 27, 2014 4:00 pm21 views All students have their favorite places to escape the stress of finals week. But during a study break last December, senior Shelby Wills found herself in a place she had never imagined: in a swimming pool with a classmate who has a severe physical disability.Inspiration. Perspiration. Dedication. Four professors share the Joy of teachingJan 27, 2014 5:00 pm145 views Teaching was part of the environment Mark Micale grew up in. His father taught high school history and economics. “There was a lot of talk in the household about schools and classes and students,” Micale said – though it didn’t prompt him, as he started college, to pursue a career in education. Two great college teachers did that.Dear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorAug 25, 2014 9:00 am4 views By the time this fall issue of Postmarks is in your hands, we’ll be well into the fall semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Nearly 7,000 freshmen and more than 1,300 new transfer students joined the Illinois family in August, setting new records for academic achievement. Together with our returning students, they represent every state in the nation and nearly half the nations in the world. The campus is once again full of the energy, excitement and anticipation of what this year will bring us all.The Great War: Two courses make conflict meaningful through study abroad and campus expertiseAug 25, 2014 10:00 am19 views World War I began in 1914 n the age of biplanes and the Model T – before even radio, much less the Internet. Yet its effects were massive and are still being felt today.Peer Education Program promotes dialogue on edgy topicsAug 25, 2014 11:00 am49 views There’s perhaps nothing more intimidating in a young adult’s life than leaving the comfy confines of the family nest for the first time and venturing off to college. But University of Illinois students can take comfort knowing a well-developed and well-supported network of fellow students – or “peer educators,” as they’re known on campus – are ready and willing to help them navigate the swirling sea of college life.Minrva project makes library navigation and research easy with appAug 25, 2014 12:00 pm53 views Finding the right book in the library these days doesn’t involve a card catalog. In fact, it doesn’t necessarily involve a computer terminal or even a librarian, thanks to a mobile phone application called Minrva, developed by student interns in the undergraduate library’s Technology Prototyping Service (TPS).From Field to Market to Table: Students study post-harvest losses in IndiaAug 25, 2014 1:00 pm103 views Flowers. Groundnuts (peanuts). Wheat. And paddy (rice): These were the focus of a 10-day student excursion to India over the 2014 winter break. Business administration professor Udatta Palekar organized the trip with 15 undergraduate business students majoring in supply chain management.Camp Kesem acts as an escape for children whose parents have cancerAug 25, 2014 2:00 pm46 views The little girl chatted excitedly to her dad. As the two waited in the check-in line, she began to list all of the things she loved about camp: the special guest, the other kids, the counselors. She was the typical girl excited to attend summer camp, with one marked difference: two weeks earlier her mom passed away from cancer.Impacting the Community: Students invest time, talent in Avicenna Community Health CenterAug 25, 2014 3:00 pm23 views At the height of the recession, east central Illinois residents saw medical needs growing in their community. And, due to the job market, many residents were without health insurance. New Online Course Hits a Home Run: Students pitch sustainability during All-Star WeekAug 25, 2014 4:00 pm9 views A group of Illinois students joined the Green Team this past summer, volunteering with Major League Baseball and the Natural Resources Defense Council to promote environmental sustainability during MLB’s annual All-Star Week, held July 11-15 in Minneapolis.Miss Possible: Students design dolls and activities to teach girls about science and engineeringAug 25, 2014 5:00 pm131 views Marie Curie: Chemist, physicist, Nobel laureate…childhood playmateDear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorJan 19, 2015 9:00 am62 views As this issue of Postmarks reaches your home, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign we are moving into the final months of the academic year.Students put sustainability on U. of I. mapJan 19, 2015 10:00 am27 views The year 2015 will mark a milestone for sustainability at Illinois. This fall, a 5.87-megawatt, 20.8-acre solar farm – now under construction on university farmland – will supply about two percent of the campus’s total electricity needs. This project is the result of a dream and a lot of hard work by many stakeholders – not least among them the Illinois students.Giving sustainability a hand: Student helps launch recycling program for disposable glovesJan 19, 2015 11:00 am211 views Madeline Kull didn’t know much about sustainability initiatives before starting an internship at the Illinois Sustainability Technology Center, but found that the field fit her like a recycled glove.Growing support for scholars: A Lincoln Hall scholarship program has multiplied in size since the building renovationJan 19, 2015 12:00 pm19 views With the reopening of Lincoln Hall more than two years behind us, an initiative tied to the renovation grows more significant every day. The Lincoln Scholars program has so far provided financial assistance to 50 Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) students to help complete their studies.Illinois study abroad program prepares student for real life disasterJan 19, 2015 1:00 pm113 views When Jessica Weston was choosing a study abroad location, she had two qualifications: beautiful weather and English-speaking. So, she chose the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, where she was able to fulfill her academic requirements, as well as develop her interest in volunteer work through a course called “Rebuilding Christchurch.” The New Zealand city was recovering from a series of violent earthquakes.New program puts knowledge to work solving community needsJan 19, 2015 2:00 pm26 views When Morgan Tarter was an undergraduate in the bachelor of social work program, she wanted to work in the addiction and recovery field. But her career aspirations changed after she gained some “real world” experience through service learning.Career prep starts early: Even freshmen, whether certain or searching, have things they can doJan 19, 2015 3:00 pm119 views The Career Center at the U. of I. is in a handy spot, across the street from the Alma Mater sculpture on the edge of Campustown.Voices in harmony: Student a cappella groups enjoy close-knit communityJan 19, 2015 4:00 pm302 views Attend a charity fundraiser on the University of Illinois campus, and you might hear one of the many student a cappella groups singing a classic song such as “Blue Skies.” Or you might hear a group at a student event performing a recent Rihanna hit, or singing a blend of Indian and American pop music at the chancellor’s pre-game party on a football Saturday.Dear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorOct 22, 2015 9:00 am86 views By the time you read this issue of Postmarks, we’ll be nearing the middle of the fall semester here at Illinois.Education Students Down Under: Australia study trip gives future teachers a global educationOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm277 views Visiting Australia was on Lindsay Duffy’s bucket list since the seventh grade, the U.of I. junior said. So Duffy “did a little happy dance” when she learned she’d be studying abroad Down Under.Illinois Cancer Scholars: Cancer Scholars Program links education to real-world issuesOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm873 views When Pierce Hadley came to the University of Illinois, he wanted access to professors, a chance to do research in a lab, and a perspective on how his classes and research in bioengineering could relate to medicine. He found all of that when he became one of 12 students who are the first cohortof the Illinois Cancer Scholars Program, a new undergraduate training program launched in fall 2014 in the department of bioengineering.Safety in Numbers: Student Patrol plays dual role as community service, career trainingOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm616 views U. of I. students Alex Tran and Angela Annarino prefer to work in the dark. While their peers are studying, sleeping or unwinding at the end of a long day of class, Tran, from Chicago, Illinois, and Annarino, from Lamont, strap on their work vests and radios. It’s during the night when they are needed the most.Illinois MakerLab: 3-D printing lab fosters an entrepreneurial spirit, interdisciplinary teamworkOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm662 views The next industrial revolution has arrived at the Universityof Illinois, but it’s not happening on the side of Green Street that anyone familiar with the Urbana campus would expect. Located on the third floor of the Business Instructional Facility, the Illinois MakerLab is touted as the world’s first 3-D printing lab in a business school.Laboratory Learning: Research teaches students about flexibility—in electronics and in lifeOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm1534 views “Fabricating flexible electronics is my thing. I love it!” said Seung Yun “Simone” Heo, her enthusiasm evident even while speaking about the technical processes of metal vapor deposition and electron beam lithography. “We’re making everything from scratch. I can do it myself from step one. It’s not that hard to do, it’s more about time and effort.”KEEPING IN STEP: Marching Illini Head to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day ParadeOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm120 views The first time Angela Kucharski saw the Marching Illini perform, she knew she wanted to be a part of it.I Pay It Forward: Student by student, ACES ‘pays it forward’ through month-long scholarship campaignOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm234 views Illinois student Dexter Smith knew he wanted to study at the U. of I. since the eighth grade. But he needed financial help to stay at Illinois, and found it through some fellow classmates.The Turtle Team: Veterinary students use dogs to study turtlesOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm778 views They show up in rubber boots and load their backpacks with gear: GPS units, latex gloves and data collection notebooks. The other equipment–calipers, syringes, scales and folding tables–will be used later when the students bring turtles here to their temporary laboratory alongside a park road.