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  • 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: www.grad.uiuc.edu/ 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).

  • Books of honor photo

    Books of honor

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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; slforres@illinois.edu 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:

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  • Trustees review proposed revisions to campus Master Plan

    Trustees review proposed revisions to campus Master Plan By Sabryna Cornish, UIC News Bureau

  • 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.

  • Public hearing on future of Aviation Institute is March 8

    Those wishing to comment on the proposed closing of the UI Institute of Aviation have until next week to make their voices heard.

  • USC wants faculty involved in Global Campus startup

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Intel, Microsoft to invest $10 million in new center

    Intel and Microsoft corporations will invest $10 million over five years in a new research center at the UI to develop ways to take maximum advantage of today's multi-core computer chips.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Senate agenda to be continued in May 2 meeting

    At the April 28 meeting of the Urbana-Champaign Senate held at Foellinger Auditorium, Senators Ron Peters, professor emeritus of labor and industrial relations, and Al Kagan, professor of library administration, expressed concerns that the shortened contract period the administration has proposed for academic employees this year will adversely affect academic employees’ service dates and pay.

  • Ilesanmi Adesida, the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, joined Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise on April 22 in unveiling a plan designed to help the university navigate the next several decades. The two leaders, whom Wise said had worked closely together in developing the plan, promised to add 500 faculty members in an effort to bring faculty totals back to around 2,000.

    Campus to focus on students, interdisciplinary opportunity

    "Be ready to move!"

  • Health care, pension issues rise to top

    The issue of employee benefits has taken center stage on the UI campus this spring and it likely won't be going away anytime soon.

  • Financial group to be investigated for defrauding state employees

    Financial group to be investigated for defrauding state employees

  • U-C Senate discusses Campus Strategic Plan

    Faculty members voiced concerns about the priorities outlined in the Campus Strategic Plan – and their potential impact on institutional quality and campus units’ budgets - when the Urbana-Champaign Senate met April 24.

  • Senate discusses future 'financial challenges'

    The coming months may not afford much summer vacation to those dedicated to campus shared governance, said Urbana-Champaign Senate chairwoman Joyce Tolliver at the April 26 meeting.

  • Senate review report may lead to future reforms

    A report reviewing the full breadth of the responsibilities of the Urbana-Champaign Senate is expected to lead to action following its acceptance at the May 4 meeting.

  • Strategic plan used to plot UI's future course

    The UI has released its 2010 Strategic Plan Progress Report, which discusses the five-year progress of the Urbana campus and serves as a blueprint for its future.

  • 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.

  • Final commencement Bob Easter spoke at this years commencement  his final as president. He has been named president emeritus by the board of trustees.

    Board honors Easter for service

    The U. of I. Board of Trustees presented its Distinguished Service Medallion to retiring President Bob Easter May 7, honoring his more than 40 years with the university that began as a graduate student and took him to the presidency.

  • 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.

  • Members sought for senate implementation committee

    The Urbana-Champaign Senate’s Committee on Committees is requesting nominations for membership on the Seventh Senate Review Implementation Committee. 

  • State woes multiply with Supreme Court’s pension ruling

    The Illinois Supreme Court May 8 struck down legislation passed in 2013 that would have scaled back state employee benefits.

  • 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 Board of Trustees discuss proposed FY09 state budget

  • Trustees approve additional funding for Global Campus

    University trustees approved an additional $3.4 million for Global Campus as administrators said they expect a marketing campaign and partnerships with community colleges to put the online degree program in “fast growth mode.”