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  • 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.

  • Addiction expert to speak at April 27 workshop

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. People who have dealt with addiction, or the family disorder that often surrounds it, may find assistance in a workshop April 27 in Urbana.

  • Japan House annual open house April 20

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. The welcome mat will be out on April 20, when the University of Illinois' Japan House invites the community inside and to experience Japanese arts and culture at its annual spring open house.

  • Focus on health care in two upcoming talks at Illinois

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Health care will be the topic of two talks at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, both sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study.

  • 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.

  • BP's chief scientist to give Beckman Lecture April 29 at the U. of I.

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Steven Koonin, chief scientist for BP, will speak April 29 at the University of Illinois on the topic "Energy, Environment, Security: Can We Have It All?"

  • 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:

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  • Brain Day 2009: Spend a day exploring your own and others' brains

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Explore the mysteries of your brain April 26 at Lincoln Square Village in Urbana, and literally touch the brains of other creatures. "Brains Rock!" is the theme of this year's Brain Day, which will take place from 1-5 p.m. in the south hallway of the mall.

  • Senators support supplemental retirement resolution

    Senators at the April 14 Urbana Academic Senate meeting unanimously supported a resolution asking the U. of I. Board of Trustees to offer university employees a supplemental retirement program.

  • 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.

  • Inside Illinois plans monthly printed issues this summer

    Inside Illinois plans monthly printed issues this summer Because of the excellent response to its new advertising program, Inside Illinois will print monthly issues this summer on the first Thursday of June, July and August, with an online-only version issued on the third Thursday of each summer month. The paper will return to its usual semi-monthly schedule Sept. 2. "We very much appreciate the campus and off-campus advertisers who put their confidence in us and placed ads this past year," said Doris Dahl, editor. "It was the first time in the paper's 25-year history that advertising was sold. We had hoped to pay for the printing of the paper and were pleased that revenue was high enough that we could return to printed issues in the summer. We realize that not all readers have access to the Web, so we're glad that we can provide the paper in printed format once again during the summer." According to Dahl, the past two summers Inside Illinois has published electronic-only issues, sending employees a mass e-mail to alert them that a new issue was available and providing a link to the current index. The paper will continue to sell advertising in its printed issues (no ads appear in the online versions of the publication). "Special summer rates are being offered to advertisers," Dahl said, "with a 20 percent discount to those who reserve space in all three summer printed issues." Inside Illinois premiered on campus as IlliniWeek, a weekly newspaper, in January 1979. The paper moved to semi-monthly as a budgetary strategy in August 1990 and was renamed Inside Illinois. The paper was redesigned in September 1999. Anyone interested in placing an ad in Inside Illinois may get more information from the Web at The schedules and rates for summer as well as academic year 2004-05 are posted. If you would like a printed brochure with rates and advertising guidelines, call 333-2895 or e-mail

  • Libraries find creative ways to stretch subscription dollars

    Behind the bricks and mortar, behind the stately architecture and inspiring carved inscriptions, enormous pressures, most of them hidden to the casual observer, are mounting in our nation's research libraries -- the UI among them.

  • Award-winning photojournalist to speak April 29

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Award-winning photojournalist James Nachtwey will visit the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus Tuesday (April 29) to discuss his experiences covering conflicts in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya, Iraq, Kosovo, Rwanda and Somalia.

  • Program to ease pay-date transition

    Academic faculty and staff on the Urbana campus who anticipate cash-flow problems when their pay date changes this fall will be able to get assistance from a short-term transitional payment program offered by the university.

  • Chancellor reports on campus efforts to retain faculty

    Lately a lot of attention has been paid to campus efforts to revolutionize undergraduate education and recruit and attract faculty members from outside the university.

  • Campus to focus on students, interdisciplinary opportunity

    "Be ready to move!"

  • Restorative powers

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  • Financial group to be investigated for defrauding state employees

    Financial group to be investigated for defrauding state employees

  • Two more project team reports online

    Two additional project team reports have been posted on the Stewarding Excellence @ Illinois website: the Institute of Aviation and IT@Illinois (information technology services).

  • Cutting energy usage 'right thing to do,' Urbana chancellor says

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has established a goal of reducing the energy consumption of existing buildings by 10 percent over the next three years and has established a five-year target of rolling back usage to 1990 standards, consistent with the Kyoto Protocol.

  • Health plan options not final

    There still is no end date to the university's Benefit Choice period, which began May 1 because not all health contracts for FY2013 have been finalized.

  • Input sought to improve information technology resources

    Members of the campus community - and faculty members in particular - are being asked to provide their input about how the campus can meet new and emerging information technology needs through IT@Illinois, a campuswide initiative started by Provost Linda Katehi in December. The goal of IT@Illinois is to rethink the configuration of information technology resources at Illinois so that they can be more efficient, more cost effective and dedicated to higher value activities that more directly support the university's core missions.

  • Last call for Benefit Choice

    Benefit Choice open enrollment ends June 1. U. of I. employees who have not already done so are reminded that if they wish to make changes to their health or dental insurance, dependent coverage or flexible spending plans, the changes must be made using NESSIE, the university’s online self-service benefits application. All changes must be made by June 1 and will have an effective date of July 1.

  • Benefit Choice enrollment open through June 17

    Some advice for anyone seeking information on the university's employee health insurance program: Don't pay attention to politicians, news reports or co-workers.

  • UI president commends tough budget decisions; promises UI will maintain high quality

    UI President James J. Stukel has commended the budget crafted by Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the Illinois General Assembly as an austere plan to erase a crippling state deficit, and he said the university remains dedicated to preserving quality as it manages its way through the fiscal crisis.

  • Trustees discuss financial outlook, approve appointments

    UI President B. Joseph White predicted that FY07, which begins July 1, would be a good year for the university in terms of marshaling the $100 million in resources needed to help the UI meet its most urgent needs and objectives. He made his comments about the FY07 preliminary operating budget during a teleconference meeting of the UI Board of Trustees on June 5.

  • Krannert Art Museum photography exhibition

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  • President Hogan: Salary increase possible for UI employees

    It could be a lot worse.

  • Herman officially named interim chancellor

    Provost Richard Herman was named interim chancellor at the UI Board of Trusteesmeeting June 17 in Chicago.

  • Units implement conservation programs to use less energy

    Faculty and staff members at the Urbana campus are pursuing a variety of eco-friendly initiatives aimed at protecting the environment and helping the campus pare its utility bills.

  • GSLIS receives grant for data curation

    The Graduate School of Library and Information Science has been awarded a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services totaling $988,543. The purpose of the grant is to develop a sustainable and transferable model for educating library and information science master's and doctoral students in data curation through field experiences in research and data centers.

  • NCSA awards fellowships to 13 UI faculty members

    NCSA awards fellowships to 13 UI faculty members The National Center for Supercomputing Applications has named 13 UI faculty members as faculty fellows for the 2006-2007 academic year. The NCSA/UIUC Faculty Fellows program extends opportunities in advanced computing and information technology to UI faculty members. In addition to financial support, faculty fellows have access to NCSA's high-performance computers, visualization- and data-analysis tools, and other advanced information technology, as well as opportunities to collaborate with NCSA staff members. Awards are administered through NCSA's Campus Relations office, directed by Radha Nandkumar. The program is funded by NCSA and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. "The fellows program offers opportunities for faculty and NCSA staff members to collaborate on projects of common interest and to be exposed to the breadth of research on campus. Nandkumar said "This is a truly beneficial win-win situation." The 2006-2007 fellows and their projects:

  • State budget cuts reduce UI departmental budgets (again)

    While the appropriations bill passed by the Illinois General Assembly in May spared the UI from the drastic budget cuts it has seen in recent years, units on the UI’s three campuses will have to tighten their belts another notch to help balance the university’s FY06 budget.

  • Graduate students' exhibition to open Friday at I-space

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Six graduate-student artists will exhibit their work July 12 through Aug. 10 at the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • U. of I. regional studies programs named National Resource Centers

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received the unusual distinction of having all of its campus international regional studies programs receive designation by the U.S. Department of Education as National Resource Centers.

  • Smoke-free campus start-date moved to Jan. 1

    Champaign splitting street ownership almost in thirds. "The map will be available this fall to help clarify which areas are part of the smoke-free campus."

  • University decreased energy use during dismal budget year

    Although the UI continues to cope with a backlog of overdue payments from the state, the UI Board of Trustees learned at its July 22 meeting in Chicago that there were a few bright spots in the budget year that ended June 30.

  • On the Job: Pat Ridinger

    Pat Ridinger has worked in the Division of Housing for 23 years.

  • University makes difficult budget cuts while sustaining quality education

    As the university settles into the second month of the fiscal year, faculty and staff members on the Urbana campus face difficult choices about how to sustain quality instruction and services with fewer people and economic resources.

  • History in the making

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  • On the Job: Stephen Menke

    Stephen Menke is an enology specialist in the food science department and the state enologist for the Illinois Grape and Wine Resource Council. Enology is the study of wines and winemaking. plants and fields.

  • Citizen's police academy accepting applications

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If you can't get enough "Law and Order" and "NYPD Blue," you're the perfect participant for the Champaign County Citizen Police Academy.

  • Early fall lectures in Center for Advanced Study series announced

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Fears about monsters and artificial life, the struggles of China's rural-urban migrants, and what we can trust and not trust about our memories will all be among the topics early this fall in lectures sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • North Central Association 'focused visit' report received

    North Central Association 'focused visit' report received

  • Phase one of South Farms modernization project under way

    The UI marked the inception of an ambitious six-phase, multiyear plan to modernize the South Farms with a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 26.

  • SEC to review system for appointing tenured faculty

    The Senate Executive Committee voted to create a task force/ad hoc committee to review aspects of the campus's system for appointing tenured faculty.

  • Campus shifting to emphasize undergraduate research

    It's been just a year since the Office of the Provost created the Office of Undergraduate Research and it already has produced tangible results.

  • Illinois ranked No. 10

    Illinois ranked No. 10 In its Aug. 18, 2006, rankings of undergraduate programs, U.S.News & World Report ranked Illinois No. 10 among public national universities. The undergraduate business program was ranked No. 13; within the business program, the accounting specialty was ranked No. 2 and insurance No. 4.

  • U. of I. Asian American Cultural Center to celebrate grand opening

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The new Asian American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will celebrate its grand opening Friday with a ribbon-cutting at 3 p.m. at the center, 1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana.