blog postsDear ParentsJan 21, 2013 3:00 pm3 views Dear ParentsA summer of fun and GAMESAug 20, 2012 6:00 pm48 views The weeklong camp is geared toward high school students with interests in science and engineering. GAMES includes seven camps, each focusing on a particular engineering discipline: aerospace engineering, bioengineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science and robotics.Extreme makeover for Alma Mater under wayAug 20, 2012 5:45 pm117 views Although the inscription on the base of the Alma Mater statue hasn’t changed, the statue’s location did Aug. 7 as workers lifted the 5-ton sculpture onto a truck and took it to Chicago for extensive conservation work.High-altitude balloon flight inspires 'space geeks' for moreAug 20, 2012 5:30 pm69 views UI junior Spencer Gore, the founder and director of Space for All, holds onto the payload rigging at the launch site as he addresses the launch crew. Inside the payload housing are devices and cameras filming the action figure "passengers" astride a model of the Starship Enterprise.Lincoln Hall re-created as state-of-the-art instructional facilityAug 20, 2012 5:15 pm7 views The refurbished Lincoln's bust has been returned, ready for students to start rubbing his nose for luck once again.Neglected classrooms getting much needed renovationsAug 20, 2012 5:00 pm56 views UI students have access to some of the best professors in the country using the most current data and teaching techniques – but funding challenges have made campus classroom space the final educational frontier.IN THE TRENCHES: Student journalists report from TurkeyAug 20, 2012 4:45 pm20 views They left for Turkey last May as a group of student reporters. They returned two weeks later as novice foreign correspondents.Nature, culture, education and recreation happily coexist at UI ArboretumAug 20, 2012 4:30 pm142 views Gardeners, cross-country runners (and skiers), stressed-out students, soccer players, bug enthusiasts, Japanese tea aficionados, bird watchers, architects and scientists of nearly every stripe find something of value at the UI Arboretum, a vibrant, 57-acre swath of green near the south end of the Urbana-Champaign campus.Science, humanities lure 17 students to the Arctic for summerAug 20, 2012 4:15 pm15 views Imagine spending a summer in a place where the summer sun lights the sky for 24 hours, where you can take a long hike on a grand glacier, and where nature’s brilliance greets you at every turn.Cricketers maintain their wicket waysAug 20, 2012 4:00 pm25 views On Quad Day, more than 600 registered student organizations set up displays in hopes of attracting new members. Junior Utkarsh Yadav didn’t need to browse. He knew exactly which RSO he wanted to join.Laptop research benefits landfills, chickens … and studentsAug 20, 2012 3:45 pm27 views A student-centered research course at the UI in the spring semester proved it is possible for the concepts of academic exploration and commercial practicality to peacefully co-exist – and that Earth’s environment can benefit from the union.Dear ParentsAug 20, 2012 3:30 pm7 views There are outstanding universities in every state where a student can get an education. We want to ensure that at Illinois, students don’t just get an education – they have experiences that really prepare them for the challenges they’ll have when they leave this campus. Administrative PostsAug 20, 2012 3:15 pm8 views Administrative PostspostscriptsAug 20, 2012 3:15 pm11 views postscriptsOut of Illinois and into Africa: Study Abroad program takes engineering students out of their elementJan 23, 2012 6:00 pm24 views Life – and career – lessons can take many forms. For seven UI undergraduates, a hands-on engineering collaboration with peers in South Africa – with weekend excursions to some of the most exotic locales on the planet – offered just about all of them.Excellent student experience a priority for new chancellorJan 23, 2012 5:45 pm6 views To new Urbana Chancellor and UI Vice President Phyllis M. Wise, education and family are inextricable elements.Academy helps students get down to businessJan 23, 2012 5:30 pm14 views A generation ago, all an entrepreneur needed was an idea and a garage. Now, entrepreneurs need little more than an Internet connection – and, for UI students, the help of a unit on campus that can guide them as they turn their ideas into full-fledged businesses.Making music for the fun of itJan 23, 2012 5:15 pm27 views During the winter holiday break, when music education major Christopher Whiteford went home to Bradley, Ill., he played a few Christmas carols for his parents, jammed on some rock ’n’ roll with a guitarist friend and serenaded his girlfriend with one of her favorites, Ingrid Michaelson’s “You and I.”Art for the sake of self-discoveryJan 23, 2012 5:00 pm88 views Journeys that foster self-discovery are not always easy or pleasant – but can be empowering and liberating, says Elka Kazmierczak, a slender woman with short gray hair and sparkling brown eyes. She seems to vibrate with energy and purpose. At the first meeting of the semester for the Illini Art Therapy Association, Kazmierczak invites participants to take such a journey with her.CHAMPS/Life Skills program supports student-athletesJan 23, 2012 4:45 pm60 views The athlete shines on the playing field or the court, in the gym or the pool. That’s the part of “student-athlete” that most UI fans know about. The student part happens out of the limelight, but the record shows student-athletes succeeding there as well.Peer educators spill the beans on good nutritionJan 23, 2012 4:30 pm6 views Whether people are crunched for time or for cash, or they’re overwhelmed by having to grocery shop and cook for themselves for the first time, eating healthy can be a challenge for college students. However, a team of aspiring registered dietitians at Illinois is sharing its expertise to help everyone get passing grades in good nutrition and healthful living.Global health issues drive students around the worldJan 23, 2012 4:15 pm85 views On a campus of 40,000 undergraduates, a student organization can provide a grounding point. For the members of Frontiers International Health Society, it’s also a launch pad, sending students far beyond the lecture halls to apply their skills around the globe.Administrative PostsJan 23, 2012 4:00 pm15 views Administrative PostsDear ParentsJan 23, 2012 3:45 pm8 views Much to my delight, in my first few months as chancellor I have discovered two common threads at this great university: Learning never rests and helping others is a way of life.postscriptsJan 23, 2012 3:30 pm6 views postscriptsGAME ON: Students score as park district coachesAug 22, 2011 6:00 pm41 views It was the final game of the Urbana Park District basketball season, and Jordan Morris’ motley crew of third- and fourth-grade boys (at right) was winning. He watched them dribble, pass and deploy the pump fake and the jab step – moves he and his friends had taught them at practice – to almost double their opponent’s score.Student consultants aid nonprofits in C-U and beyondAug 22, 2011 5:30 pm27 views Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO) is only 1 year old, yet it already has a worthy list of achievements linked to its name.Deep passion: Student charting future on Navy submarineAug 22, 2011 5:15 pm17 views What should a little girl aspire to become when she grows up? If you’re asking Kristin Schoemaker, anything she wants. Schoemaker, a junior in nuclear engineering, is preparing to cast off the limitations of an age-old Navy rule prohibiting women from serving on nuclear submarines.More campus patrols, other security measures mean safer campusAug 22, 2011 4:45 pm14 views UI Police say the Urbana campus is as peaceful as it has been in years – not because there are fewer bad guys, but because of the implementation of several integrated security upgrades over the past two years.UI Board of Trustees votes to close Institute of AviationAug 22, 2011 4:30 pm3 views At the July 21 meeting of the UI Board of Trustees on the UIC campus, university trustees voted 6-2 to close the Institute of Aviation and end the undergraduate degree program. The institute, which opened in 1945, will likely close its doors at the end of the 2013-14 school year, after all current students have completed the program.Heads up! New state law yields crosswalk changesAug 22, 2011 4:15 pm80 views Chalk one up for the pedestrians after Illinois lawmakers last year changed the state’s crosswalk law, forcing motorists to stop – not just yield – if a walker has already entered a crosswalk.Cheers! Giant smoothie breaks record at ConvocationAug 22, 2011 4:00 pm8 views Dining Services cooked up some excitement at the annual New Student Convocation and the Guinness Book of World Records certified their efforts. The world’ largest smoothie – a 330-gallon pink delight – was created from 960 pounds of yogurt, 600 pounds of strawberries and 105 gallons of pineapple juice.Administrative PostsAug 22, 2011 3:30 pm66 views Administrative PostsDear ParentsAug 22, 2011 3:15 pm3 views On Oct.1 during Homecoming I assumed my new responsibilities as vice president of the University of Illinois and as chancellor of the Urbana campus. I want to share with you how excited and humbled I am to have the privilege to lead one of the greatest modern research universities in the world. postscriptsAug 22, 2011 3:00 pm14 views postscriptsInteractive tool puts physics lab in the palm of your handAug 22, 2011 9:00 am5 views Physics often is the stuff of nightmares. For students, the terror lies in the expectation of mastering concepts as foreign as a never-heard language. Professors struggle to effectively teach complex concepts in a limited amount of time. And the expense of laboratory equipment is enough to make a department administrator reach for the antacids.