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  • Fireswallow Project endorses 'Art'

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  • Public policy expert to discuss 'Living With Terrorism'

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Lewis M. Branscomb, a public policy expert from Harvard University and co-chair of the committee that recently wrote a report on countering terrorism, will deliver the inaugural lecture Oct. 8 (Tuesday) of a seminar series at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Employees may change health plan Oct. 10-28

    University employees have one more opportunity to change their health plan.

  • Groundbreaking for Asian American Center at Illinois to take place Wednesday

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Campus administrators, faculty and students will break ground at noon Wednesday (Oct. 13) for the construction of the Asian American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Israeli journalist to speak on peace, other topics, during campus visit

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Yossi Klein Halevi, a prominent Israeli journalist and author active in Middle East reconciliation efforts, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the auditorium at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, 405 N. Mathews Ave., Urbana.

  • Health professions community offers support, experience

    By Sharita Forrest, Assistant Editor 217-244-1072;

  • Musical merger (photo)

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  • Symposium at Illinois to focus on global water-management issues

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Is access to fresh water an inalienable human right? Or is water merely another marketable commodity?

  • Committees 2012-2013

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  • Working together

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  • 'Vision for the future' discussed at Annual Meeting of the Faculty

    Champaign Senate's Annual Meeting of the Faculty Oct. 25.

  • Senators discuss USC role in proposing amendments

    On Oct. 21, members of the Urbana Academic Senate heard the first reading of a proposal that would give the University Senates Conference, which has representatives from all three campuses, the power to propose amendments to university statutes.


  • Property crimes among increases in university crime report

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Property crimes, robberies and criminal sexual assaults all increased in the University of Illinois reporting district during the reporting period from Sept. 1, 2001, to Aug. 31, 2002, according to statistics released this week by the University of Illinois Division of Public Safety.

  • UI to break ground Monday on its new technology incubator

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. The University of Illinois will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Monday (Nov. 19) for its new technology incubator, a facility that will give faculty and students the opportunity to explore commercialization options for their research.

  • Welcome to the academy

    Welcome to the academy Promoted and newly tenured faculty were honored Nov. 9 with a reception at Grainger Engineering Library Information Center and a book plating, sponsored by Acting Provost Jesse Delia and University Librarian Paula Kaufman. Participating faculty members were asked to select books, either extant volumes or new additions to the university's collections, of personal significance to them and explain their rationale in 50 words or less. The 54 volumes chosen were embossed with commemorative bookplates for the 77 faculty members who participated; the books are on display in the library's main corridor. The program is in its fifth year.

  • Dress rehearsal

    Dress rehearsal Ronald Romm (left) and Michael Ewald, professors in the School of Music, practice a number for the "Stars, Stripes, Sousa" halftime show during the UI vs. Indiana football game on Nov. 6. Romm and Ewald are playing e-flat cornets, also called over-the-shoulder horns, from the 1850s, which are part of the university's collection. The concert was one of many events held on campus during November as part of a monthlong sesquicentennial celebration of John Philip Sousa's birth.

  • Schedule announced for election

    Schedule announced for election Simple majority will determine if graduate students get union representation Graduate assistants (GAs) and most teaching assistants (TAs) are eligible to vote in an election Dec. 3 and 4 to determine whether they wish to be represented by GEO (Graduate Employee Organization) as their exclusive bargaining representative or whether they would prefer to have no representation. About 2,700 assistants are eligible to vote. The question will be decided by a majority vote. "The outcome of the election will affect current and future graduate assistants and teaching assistants at this campus," said Graduate College Dean Richard P. Wheeler, "and it is important that the decision reflect the preferences of all those who are eligible to vote. I encourage all eligible assistants to consider the arguments and information supporting and opposing union representation, to make an informed choice, and to vote in the election." Election schedule 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 3 - Illini Union Dec. 4 - Assembly Hall (Bring a photo ID) Questions about eligibility to vote and voting procedures: Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board 320 W. Washington St., Suite 260 Springfield IL 62701-1135 (217) 782-9068 (phone) (217) 782-9331 (fax) A list of assistants who are eligible to vote: Absentee ballots The Labor Board must receive a written request (at the address given above) at least 10 days before the election (no later than Nov. 22).

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  • Wise to host town hall meeting Dec. 6

    The campus community is invited to a town hall meeting hosted by Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise at 4 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Colwell Playhouse at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

  • Graduate College to examine why some don’t complete doctoral study

    Graduate College to examine why some don't complete doctoral study The UI Graduate College has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the Council of Graduate Schools to examine the problem of graduate students who begin doctoral programs but who leave without completing their degrees. The UI is one of 21 institutions nationwide chosen to participate in the $2.6 million, three-year project. Working with the Graduate College on the project are doctoral programs in animal sciences, chemistry, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, educational psychology, electrical and computer engineering, English, French, history, mathematics, mechanical and industrial engineering, microbiology, neuroscience, physics and political science. The goal of the project is to significantly increase degree completion by developing "best practice" models that can be promulgated throughout the graduate community. The project is supported by a grant from Pfizer Inc. and the Ford Foundation. The participating schools are to collect and submit data on doctoral completion and attrition; implement interventions in areas such as selection, mentoring, financial support, program environment, and curricular processes; and develop rigorous assessment strategies to measure the impact of these interventions. "Doctoral education has much to gain from participation in this program, as our graduate programs recognized immediately when we approached them about it," said Richard Wheeler, the dean of the college. "I am very pleased that every department we invited to join us in this study agreed to do so with enthusiasm."

  • Senators set to vote Dec. 9 on resolution to support IT plan

    Senators will be asked at their Dec. 9 meeting to vote on a resolution supporting the 2013 Information Technology Strategic Plan.


  • U. of I. a recipient of grant funds to upgrade rural health network

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois is one of 12 institutions in Illinois to receive funding from the Federal Communications Commission Rural Health Care Pilot Program, an initiative to improve health-related communications infrastructure nationwide. The university will share in the $21 million grant to the state of Illinois. The money will be used to enhance the state's cyber-infrastructure, improving the communications capabilities of health providers all over the state.

  • Two win free tuition in drawing to benefit U. of I. parents groups

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Moms and Dads associations at the University of Illinois have granted free tuition to two winners of its annual benefit drawing.

  • Group to examine sexual-abuse policies, employee training

    UI President Michael J. Hogan has ordered a comprehensive study of university sexual-abuse policies in an effort to "reaffirm our commitment to the safety and well-being of all members of our community and visitors to our campuses."

  • College of Engineering to receive $2 million gift for fellowships

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The College of Engineering has received a $2 million gift for endowed fellowships from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, Iowa.

  • Tuskegee Airmen, former New Orleans mayor to take part in MLK events

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -Members of the World War II fighter pilots who became known as The Tuskegee Airmen, and Marc Morial, a former mayor of New Orleans, are scheduled to be on the University of Illinois campus this month to take part in this year's commemoration of the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 13-26.

  • U.S. immigration policy is the subject of university public forum

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Why is the issue of immigration so contentious in a nation of immigrants? Why do Americans welcome immigrants but also consider them a threat? As Congress considers changes to immigration, what are the policies that make sense?

  • Campus ahead of energy-consumption goal

    This year the UI continues this exceed its goal of energy-consumption savings, according to Terry Ruprecht, director of energy conservation.

  • Senators debate disclosure policy at Dec. 8 meeting

    Senators debate disclosure policy at Dec. 8 meeting By Sharita Forrest, Assistant Editor 217-244-1072; A proposed amendment allowing university officials to publicize the outcomes of student disciplinary hearings evoked much debate at the Dec. 8 meeting of the Urbana-Champaign Senate. Nicholas Burbules, chair of the conference on conduct governance, presented a proposal to amend Rule 62 of the Campus Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students that said that the "name, code violations and sanction of a student found in violation" of the Code "may be released to the public." Recent amendments to the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act granted universities permission to disclose the final results of disciplinary proceedings involving students who are alleged perpetrators of violent crimes or non-forcible sex offenses if university officials determine that a student's criminal offense also violated university policies. The amendment was crafted by a task force of campus faculty members, students and administrators, which included associate dean of students William Riley. Burbules said they believed that disclosure was a matter of public safety and that it protected the university from potential liability if a previous offender were to re-offend. Moreover, the task force believed that the student disciplinary process might be the only recourse available to victims who decline to pursue prosecution. However, Burbules said that the disciplinary process is not a default mechanism and that often cases subject to criminal proceedings are also heard by student discipline. Several senators stringently objected to the proposal, including Linda Biehl, professor of law, who said the wording was vague and left disclosure open to subjective judgment. Other senators expressed concern that the policy violated due process, that it would stigmatize students and that it established the university as a proxy for law enforcement and the justice system in criminal matters where the university has no jurisdiction. Burbules said that current university statutes cite the criminal offenses named in FERPA as being violations of university policy, and that jurisdiction was not at issue. The amendment only granted university officials the option of publicizing the results of disciplinary proceedings. CCG member Mark Roszkowski, professor of business administration, spoke against the amendment at the meeting and in a memorandum to Chancellor Nancy Cantor that was distributed to the Senate. Roszkowski challenged the task force's rationale that disclosure was a matter of public safety and said he failed to see how disclosure would afford any protection to other students. In addition, Roszkowski said that reporting a violator's name under Section 951 of FERPA would tie the offender's name to the federal criminal code, thereby criminalizing the disciplinary proceedings. Disclosure would be viewed by the violator and the public as a punitive sanction and would violate the rights of criminal defendants. Roszkowski also expressed concern that publicizing students' names and alleged offenses would undermine the educational value of the disciplinary process by encouraging students to deny wrongdoing in an attempt to circumvent the disciplinary process and public scrutiny. "I think the proponents of this proposal seriously underestimate the criminal character of this sanction," Roszkowski said. "This proposal is a bad idea. It's bad for victims. It's bad for the accused. It's bad for the disciplinary system because it destroys the integrity of the system." Cantor volunteered to meet with CCG to address the concerns raised by senators before rendering a decision on the amendment. In other business:

  • Fewer crimes against people reported during fall '99 semester

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Although fewer crimes against people occurred on the University of Illinois campus during the fall 1999 semester, police officials still are concerned about the numbers of aggravated assaults and batteries and robberies that put students in harm's way.

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  • Easter sees improvement, plenty of challenges ahead

    Honest introspection, vigorous discussion, strong leadership, increased outreach and effective strategic planning will not keep the U. of I. from the tumult encompassing higher education.

  • Female entomologists are themselves a source of horror in this year's Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois.  Click photo to enlarge

    New source of horror at the Insect Fear Festival: female entomologists

    Champaign campus. The evening will begin with activities for children, including face painting, the Beckman Institute's Bugscope, and an insect petting zoo. Opening remarks will begin at 7 p.m., followed by two family-friendly animated shorts from the (2006-08) Disney Kids TV series "Growing Up Creepie," which follows the adventures of a human girl who was raised by insects.

  • Illinois biofuels expert meets with President Bush

    Illinois biofuels expert meets with President Bush

  • USC wants faculty involved in Global Campus startup

  • Achievements

    A report on honors, awards, appointments and other outstanding achievements of faculty and staff members.

  • Illinois state scientific surveys slated to become part of U. of I.

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The four state scientific surveys - the Illinois State Geological Survey, the Illinois Natural History Survey, the Illinois Waste Management and Research Center, and the Illinois State Water Survey - will become part of the U. of I. if a plan proposed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich is approved. The surveys, on the U. of I.'s Urbana campus, would be organized as a new unit, the Institute for Natural Sciences and Sustainability, under the university's auspices beginning in Fiscal Year 2009.

  • Trustees discuss future of Global Campus, FY09 budget

    At the March 11 meeting of the UI Board of Trustees in Urbana, President B. Joseph White agreed to work with faculty members from the University Senates Conference in appointing three additional people to the academic policy council that oversees Global Campus. White agreed to amend the constitution for the Global Campus accordingly before the board approved it. Chester Gardner, who has led the online program since its inception, was appointed its chief executive.

  • Advocating for the University of Illinois

    When times are tough, who will speak up for the University of Illinois?

  • European Union Day to focus on post-Sept. 11 world

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Interrelated issues facing the United States and the European Union since Sept. 11 will be the focus of this years European Union Day activities on April 3 at the University of Illinois.

  • Google's chief internet evangelist to speak April 10 at the U. of I.

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Google corporation's chief Internet evangelist, considered one of the fathers of the Internet, will speak April 10 at the University of Illinois.

  • Symposium, workshop to focus on mixing of African, American musical forms

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The complex commingling of musical forms among the cultures of Africa and the Americas will be explored during a symposium and workshop April 16-17 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Future of Campus Research Board discussed

    Future of Campus Research Board discussed

  • Committee approves change in UI leadership

    The Executive Committee of the UI Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of President Michael J. Hogan and appointed Bob Easter as president-designate during an emergency meeting March 23 at UIC.

  • Trustees support Hogan, discuss research, suppliers

    The UI Board of Trustees covered a lot of ground during its March 23 meeting in Springfield.

  • Second annual business plan competition to kick off April 17

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. A reception will be held April 17 to mark the beginning of the second annual V. Dale Cozad Business Plan Competition at the University of Illinois.

  • Free brain sharpening this weekend at Lincoln Square in Urbana

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Bring your brain to Lincoln Square in Urbana this Sunday (April 13) for a quick tune-up on the latest brain research, courtesy of the neuroscience program at the University of Illinois.

  • Conference to focus on issues affecting claims to heritage items

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A group of international scholars will gather at the University of Illinois for a conference to discuss how forces of religion and nationalism may act to heighten intergroup tension around heritage claims - even to the point of causing the destruction of ancient and historic sites.

  • Disability Awareness Week, April 22-28, features lots of activities

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Disability Awareness Week takes place Sunday through Saturday (April 22-28), and the University of Illinois has scheduled a number of activities in recognition of the event:

  • SEC considers new software to improve communication

    The Senate Executive Committee is forming a subcommittee to consider a new online communications system designed to allow senators to voice their opinions virtually while maintaining compliance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act.