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  • Enrollment doubles for second winter session

    This year's winter session cohort reached 1,600 students after the number of courses offered was increased from eight to 17 because of last year's interest. The colleges offering winter session courses are Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business, Media and Applied Health Sciences.

  • New Faces 2015: Wencui Han

    Wencui Han is a new assistant professor in the department of business administration in the College of Business.


  • Winter light show

    Campustown lights take on a holiday glow in this time-exposure photo at the intersection of Green and Wright streets. After a short break, business at the U. of I. will resume Jan. 4.  Students return for classes Jan. 19.

  • Illinois named No. 11 of ‘The 25 Fittest U.S. Colleges in 2015’

    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 grant

    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 drive

    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 viral

    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 Channell

    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-being

    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 spot

    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-Knobloch

  • On the Job: Brian Jacobson

    There are dangers lurking in every kitchen. But in Brian Jacobson's kitchen, they are bigger than most.

  • New Faces 2015: Simon Rogers

    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 degrees

    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 checks

    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. priority

    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 changes

    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.



  • Olga Maslova

    New Faces 2015: Olga Maslova

    Olga Maslova is a new assistant professor of theatre in the College of Fine and Applied Arts

  • Season's greeters

    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 level

    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 campus

    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.

  • Kevin Leicht is a new professor and the head of the department of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

    New Faces 2015: Kevin Leicht

    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 Plan

    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 Passalacqua

    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, 2009-15

    A graphic illustration of academic and civil service retirement by the numbers, from 2009 to 2015.

  • Quad lights celebrate Hindu festival

    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 Magee

    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 students

    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.

  • Disciplined research Michael J. Plewa, right, a professor of genetics in the department of crop sciences, and Brian Miller, the director of the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program, conduct ongoing water quality research together based on work started in 2010 through the UI Graduate College's Focal Point grant program. The Focal Point partnership included five graduate assistants and professors from civil and environmental engineering, crop sciences, food science and human nutrition, and the interdisciplinary Environmental Toxicology Program.

    Focal Point projects promote interdisciplinary research

    All groundbreaking, earth-changing, multidisciplinary research has something in common: a starting point.

  • Killeen: U. of I. can weather budgetary storm for only so long

    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 litigation

    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 ceremony

    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 CAS

    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 meeting

    The campus is starting to feel the pinch of the state budget impasse.

  • Bianca Da Costa Martins

    New Faces 2015: Bianca Da Costa Martins

    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 students

    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 awareness

    The effort to create awareness and learn more about sexual misconduct on campus is being expanded to include a campuswide student survey.

  • U. of I. elevator mechanic David Youhas

    On the Job: David Youhas

    Some say a good elevator mechanic is not seen.

  • Ramn Soto-Crespo

    New Faces 2015: Ramón Soto-Crespo

    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.

  • Quad Day on the Urbana campus.

    Study finds U. of I. contributes $13.9 billion in annual income to Illinois economy

    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 recognized

    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 selected

    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 university

    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 priority

    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 Liu

    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 meeting

    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 Museum

    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. 27

    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 policy

    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 initiatives

    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.

  • Judy Whittington, an administrative aide, said her favorite part of working on campus is the people she has met through her jobs. A 26-year U. of I. employee, she has worked at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the department of statistics and currently the department of astronomy.

    On the Job: Judy Whittington

    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.