blog postsIllinois named No. 11 of ‘The 25 Fittest U.S. Colleges in 2015’Dec 21, 2015 11:15 am456 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been named No. 11 of “The 25 Fittest U.S. Colleges in 2015” by The Active Times, a website that aims to be “the world's best source of authoritative, inspiring, enlightening content for living the active, adventurous life.”U. of I. awarded $5.5 million Department of Defense grantDec 18, 2015 12:15 pm103 views The University of Illinois has received a $5.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to support economic revitalization in Illinois communities affected by reductions in federal military spending.Employees credited for success of U. of I.'s annual charity driveDec 17, 2015 9:15 am898 views More than 3,000 U. of I. employees helped the Urbana-Champaign campus exceed the goals of the 2015 Campus Charitable Fund Drive, raising $1.32 million.Dial-A-Carol has nary a silent night after news of it goes viralDec 17, 2015 9:00 am1320 views The campus Dial-A-Carol program broke its previous record by a long shot this holiday season, racking up an amazing 12,000 calls in seven days.New Faces 2015: Marie ChannellDec 17, 2015 9:00 am829 views Marie Channell is a new assistant professor in the department of speech and hearing science in the College of Applied Health Sciences.Book Corner: A look at how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program affects health and well-beingDec 17, 2015 9:00 am459 views A new book looks at aspects of how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program affects health and well-being. “SNAP Matters” includes a chapter on obesity by University of Illinois economist Craig Gundersen, one of the book’s editors.Warm spotDec 10, 2015 9:45 am72 views Light coats and fog have been mainstays on campus in December, and the unseasonably warm weather is not expected to go away anytime soon. According to preliminary data collected by the U. of I.'s Midwestern Regional Climate Center, this fall was the second warmest since 1895, when record keeping began. The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center said the Midwest would continue to see above-normal temperatures in December, January and February. Photo by Joyce Seay-KnoblochOn the Job: Brian JacobsonDec 10, 2015 9:30 am658 views There are dangers lurking in every kitchen. But in Brian Jacobson's kitchen, they are bigger than most.New Faces 2015: Simon RogersDec 10, 2015 9:00 am530 views Simon Rogers is a new assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.Four nominated for 2016 honorary degreesDec 9, 2015 8:45 am759 views The Urbana Champaign Senate has nominated four men to receive honorary degrees at the May 2016 Commencement exercises.Despite proposed fixes, senate still against background checksDec 9, 2015 8:30 am290 views The Urbana-Champaign Senate voiced its disapproval Dec. 7 for the university's new criminal background check policy, even as campus administrators continue their work to implement it.Wilson: Diversity, inclusion always a top U. of I. priorityDec 3, 2015 9:00 am271 views A recent racially motivated incident aimed at U. of I. minority students is a reminder that racism continues to be a serious societal problem. Senate committees call for background check policy changesDec 3, 2015 9:00 am201 views Two senate committees are suggesting changes to the university's new criminal background check policy, though a resolution to be presented to senators Dec. 7 calls for the policy to be scrapped altogether. New Faces 2015: Olga MaslovaDec 3, 2015 9:00 am442 views Olga Maslova is a new assistant professor of theatre in the College of Fine and Applied ArtsSeason's greetersDec 3, 2015 8:15 am220 views A trio of decorated trees greets visitors to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts near the entry to the Colwell Playhouse. Upcoming holiday events at Krannert Center include performances Dec. 3-6 of “The Nutcracker,” presented by the Champaign Urbana Ballet and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra; “Sinfonia da Camera: Messiah and Mozart” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5; the “Annual Carol Concert” at 3 p.m. Dec. 6; and the “Winter Festival With Ginger and Spice, Harp Duo” at 4:10 p.m. Dec. 6.Proposed changes to put hiring power for lower-level appointments at campus levelDec 1, 2015 8:00 am88 views Members of the University Statutes and Senate Procedures Committee will refine language on proposed rules changes aimed at more clearly delineating the lines of authority for hiring tenure system faculty members. Solar Farm ready to provide renewable energy to campusNov 25, 2015 9:00 am1297 views A ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 19 commemorated the campus’ Solar Farm being connected to the university’s electrical distribution system a week earlier. The farm is expected to produce 7.86 million killowatt-hours per year or approximately 2 percent of the average electrical demand for the Urbana campus.New Faces 2015: Kevin LeichtNov 25, 2015 9:00 am548 views Kevin Leicht is a new professor and the head of the department of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.Town hall meeting focuses on university Strategic PlanNov 19, 2015 10:00 am246 views U. of I. President Tim Killeen made a stop at the Urbana campus Nov. 18 during his three-campus town hall tour, engaging constituents and asking them to contribute to the 5- to 10-year university Strategic Plan.On the Job: Ginger PassalacquaNov 19, 2015 9:15 am607 views Ginger Passalacqua works hard to make sure area veterinarians are getting the information they need to help make animals healthier and happier.University of Illinois retirement by the numbers, 2009-15Nov 19, 2015 9:00 am826 views A graphic illustration of academic and civil service retirement by the numbers, from 2009 to 2015.Quad lights celebrate Hindu festivalNov 19, 2015 9:00 am533 views The Indian Graduate Students Association sponsored Diwali on the Quad on Nov. 13 as the kickoff for the celebration of the traditional Hindu “festival of lights.”New Faces 2015: Rachel MageeNov 19, 2015 4:30 am274 views Rachel Magee is a new assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.U. of I. is No. 2 in nation among public universities for international studentsNov 16, 2015 3:30 pm1432 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the second top destination for international students attending public universities in the United States, according to the annual Open Doors report, released Nov. 16 by the Institute of International Education. The report ranks Illinois as second in the nation for international students in 2014-15 (fifth when accounting for private schools) and ninth for students participating in study abroad programs in 2013-14. According to the report, there are more international students studying in the U.S. today than at any time in history.Focal Point projects promote interdisciplinary researchNov 16, 2015 9:45 am4 views All groundbreaking, earth-changing, multidisciplinary research has something in common: a starting point.Killeen: U. of I. can weather budgetary storm for only so longNov 13, 2015 3:15 pm841 views According to U. of I. President Tim Killeen, the U. of I. is at "risk of deterioration" unless the state finds a budget solution soon. University of Illinois, Steven Salaita settle litigationNov 12, 2015 11:45 am492 views The settlement agreement between the University of Illinois and Steven Salaita was approved by the U. of I. Board of Trustees at its Nov. 12 meeting in Chicago.Veterans honored in campus ceremonyNov 12, 2015 11:00 am218 views Cadet Lt. Col. Erin O’Neil, the cadet battalion commander, stands at attention in front of a formation of cadets gathered during the U. of I.'s Tri-Service ROTC Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11 at the indoor track of the Armory building.SEC discusses administrative reorganization of CASNov 12, 2015 9:00 am223 views Campus leaders say administrative changes in the Center for Advanced Study would not affect academic programs or its mission.State budget stalemate and local budget cuts discussed at SEC meetingNov 12, 2015 9:00 am673 views The campus is starting to feel the pinch of the state budget impasse.New Faces 2015: Bianca Da Costa MartinsNov 12, 2015 9:00 am608 views Bianca Da Costa Martins is a new assistant professor of ophthalmology in the department of veterinary clinical medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine.FAA Arts Exchange provides arts experiences for studentsNov 5, 2015 9:00 am135 views A two-day Arts Exchange for the College of Fine and Applied Arts allowed FAA students to enroll in workshops to learn about other disciplines within the college, from hip-hop dance to stage lighting design to sustainable papermaking.Student survey to focus on sexual misconduct awarenessNov 5, 2015 9:00 am71 views The effort to create awareness and learn more about sexual misconduct on campus is being expanded to include a campuswide student survey.On the Job: David YouhasNov 5, 2015 9:00 am429 views Some say a good elevator mechanic is not seen.New Faces 2015: Ramón Soto-CrespoNov 5, 2015 9:00 am359 views Ramón Soto-Crespo, an associate professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is among the new faculty members to be included in our New Faces feature.Study finds U. of I. contributes $13.9 billion in annual income to Illinois economyOct 29, 2015 9:15 am562 views The University of Illinois contributes $13.9 billion in annual income to the state’s economy – and a 19.3 percent return on the public’s investment – through spending by its campuses, employees and students and the increased earning power of its graduates, according to a new economic impact study released Oct. 21.Retirees, long-serving staff members recognizedOct 29, 2015 9:00 am583 views Recently retired and long-serving staff employees will be honored at the 2015 Staff Service Recognition Banquet Nov. 5 at the I Hotel and Conference Center. The program will honor 110 employees who retired between Sept. 1, 2014, and Aug. 31, 2015. In addition employess will be honored for service completed during that time.Chancellor's search committee members, chair nominees selectedOct 29, 2015 9:00 am302 views The chancellor's search committee is nearly formed, with senators last week choosing seven members and selecting two faculty members for chairman consideration.Killeen updates faculty members on range of issues facing universityOct 29, 2015 9:00 am647 views The university's top administrators covered a wide variety of topics at the Urbana-Champaign Senate-sponsored annual meeting of the faculty, held Oct. 26 in the Illini Union Ballroom.Wilson says AAUP censure removal a top priorityOct 29, 2015 9:00 am331 views Interim Chancellor Barbara J. Wilson said removing the U. of I. from the American Association of University Professors censure list continues to be a top concern on campus and a top priority of her administration.New Faces 2015: Xin LiuOct 29, 2015 9:00 am613 views Xin Liu, an assistant professor of astronomy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is among the new faculty members to be included in our New Faces feature.American Indian imagery, ‘Three-in-One’ song discussed at faculty meetingOct 29, 2015 7:00 am854 views Issues related to Chief Illiniwek, the former university symbol, were discussed at the Urbana-Champaign Senate-sponsored annual meeting of the faculty Oct. 26.Contemporary artist Nnenna Okore to visit Krannert Art MuseumOct 27, 2015 1:15 pm659 views Those who have seen sculptor Nnenna Okore’s work at Krannert Art Museum will be able to hear from the artist how she transforms materials and gallery spaces into works of art.The Center for Advanced Study holds its 25th annual lecture Oct. 27Oct 23, 2015 11:45 am87 views Stephen Long, a professor of plant biology, will deliver the lecture “Feeding and Fueling the World from Crops. Will it be possible by 2050?” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Knight Auditorium in Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana.Senate continues to grapple with new background check policyOct 22, 2015 10:15 am202 views The newly expanded background check policy will be implemented by the Nov. 1 deadline, but suggested revisions for it won't be brought to the U. of I. Board of Trustees until January.President Killeen announces $24 million in cost-saving initiativesOct 22, 2015 9:00 am61 views University of Illinois President Timothy L. Killeen announced nearly $24 million in spending cuts Oct. 19 for central administration programs not directly related to teaching and research as the university prepares for expected reductions in funding once a new state budget is approved.On the Job: Judy WhittingtonOct 22, 2015 9:00 am476 views Judy Whittington is one of the first people who new faculty and staff members and students meet in the department of astronomy. She makes them feel welcome and continues to provide support throughout their time at the university. New Faces 2015: Sandy Dall’ErbaOct 22, 2015 9:00 am361 views Sandy Dall’Erba, an associate professor of agricultural and consumer economics in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, is among the new faculty members to be included in our New Faces feature.2015-16 committee rosters availableOct 22, 2015 9:00 am644 views The annual summary of committee members on the Urbana-Champaign campus can be viewed online. In an effort to provide the most accurate information, Inside Illinois has compiled a list of URLs for units that appoint committees.New Faces 2015: Aaron McColloughOct 15, 2015 9:15 am469 views Aaron McCollough, an assistant professor for the university library and the head of scholarly communications and publishing, is among the new faculty members to be included in our New Faces feature.