blog posts Killeen: Strategic plan will emphasize systemic approach Mar 17, 2016 9:00 am538 views The U. of I system’s long-term strategic plan will leverage the combined academic power of all three campuses to uphold the land-grant principle of “serving the public good,” while continuing to offer students a diversified, world-class liberal arts education. Chancellor search committee creating candidate profile, forming list Mar 17, 2016 9:00 am647 views The heavy-lifting phase is just beginning, but members of the committee leading the search for a permanent chancellor say identifying the best candidate will take the strength of the entire campus. Classroom assessment is central topic of campus workshops Mar 17, 2016 9:00 am487 views Assessment is a tool that can be used to measure anything, but according to Jennifer Amos, a professor of bioengineering and this year's Distinguished Teacher-Scholar, it's especially useful in the classroom. Schook to step down as vice president for research Mar 16, 2016 5:00 pm934 views University of Illinois Vice President for Research Lawrence B. Schook announced March 16 that he will step down from the universitywide post in August to return to his research and faculty work on the Urbana and Chicago campuses. U. of I. President Tim Killeen said a national search will be conducted to select Schook’s successor. U. of I. approves ‘sheltered market’ contracts for IT services Mar 16, 2016 4:00 pm324 views The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on March 16 approved the state’s first contracts under a new Illinois purchasing initiative enacted to attract more minority- and female-owned businesses as vendors for state agencies and universities. On the Job: Lori Melchi Mar 10, 2016 10:30 am857 views Pianos are playing. Horns can be heard. And students are practicing opera. It’s just a typical morning for Lori Melchi, an administrative aide at the School of Music. Faculty retreat focuses on Universal Design for Learning Mar 10, 2016 9:15 am552 views Techniques designed to make classroom instruction accessible to students with disabilities can be a rising tide that lifts all boats, according to speakers at the March 4 faculty retreat. Campus forum on search for permanent chancellor is March 11 Mar 10, 2016 9:00 am334 views A campus forum to discuss the search process for a permanent chancellor will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 11 at the Illini Union Ballroom. Library offers Rosetta Stone service free to campus members Mar 10, 2016 9:00 am14648 views The only things one needs to learn Mandarin Chinese or nearly 30 other languages is a computer with a microphone, a University of Illinois NetID and plenty of phonetic practice. Former site is new site for campus’s African-American cultural center Mar 10, 2016 9:00 am1098 views The Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center building will be torn down and replaced with a new building at the same Mathews Avenue and Nevada Street location. President hosts town hall March 14 at Business Instructional Facility Mar 10, 2016 9:00 am229 views President Tim Killeen will lead a universitywide strategic planning initiative meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. March 14 in the Deloitte Auditorium of the Business Instructional Facility. The town hall meeting will help set goals for the University of Illinois system for the next five years. Feser: We must create a budget paradigm for the future Mar 10, 2016 9:00 am1550 views Edward Feser, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, discusses a new budgeting approach. He said the approach is needed to help the campus move toward less dependency on state funding, to increase transparency in budgeting, and to ensure fiscal stability and academic excellence into the future. New report highlights growth of university-driven startups in Illinois Mar 9, 2016 9:00 am199 views The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition released March 8 new data conveying the growth of entrepreneurial activity across the state’s universities as part of its Illinois Innovation Index, a publication that reports on key metrics of the state’s innovation economy. University of Illinois is a top producer of U.S. Fulbright students Mar 4, 2016 3:15 pm2849 views The University of Illinois is among the top-five public universities in the nation for 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Students, according to information recently released from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. March budget meetings announced Mar 3, 2016 9:00 am502 views The Office of the Provost invites faculty and staff members and students to attend open meetings this month to discuss the budgeting process and actions the campus is taking in response to diminishing state funding. IPRH’s ‘Cell Phone Slam!’ rescheduled for March 9 Mar 2, 2016 5:30 pm315 views IPRH has rescheduled its "Cell Phone Slam!" for 4 p.m. March 9 in the IPRH Lecture Hall at the Levis Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana. Whitman approved as director of athletics Mar 1, 2016 11:15 am68 views Josh Whitman was approved Feb. 29 as director of athletics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign during a special meeting of the U. of I. Board of Trustees Executive Committee. On the Job: Valeri Nesbitt-Howard Feb 25, 2016 9:00 am1382 views When Valeri Nesbitt-Howard started working at the U. of I.'s Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center last year, it was like returning to a home she never really left. Campus, community leaders discuss difficulties amid budget impasse Feb 25, 2016 9:00 am647 views Local representatives of the Illinois Coalition to Invest in Higher Education used a Feb. 22 press conference at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center to illustrate the plight of students and communities facing uncertainty over the state budget impasse. Energy performance contracting projects underway Feb 25, 2016 9:00 am337 views A set of energy conservation projects on the Urbana campus will guarantee more than $41million in cost avoidance over the next 20 years and reduce the campus deferred maintenance backlog by an estimated $25million. Campus readies for 'Unofficial' on March 4 Feb 18, 2016 9:00 am170 views Campus administrators are taking steps to ensure safety and to minimize disruption to classes and campus operations during this year's Unofficial St. Patrick's Day on March 4. University YMCA hosts social justice forum as part of yearlong theme Feb 18, 2016 9:00 am148 views A panel on local social justice efforts pointed out myriad challenges – and active efforts to meet them – during a Friday Forum discussion Feb. 12 at the University YMCA. Parliamentarians work to ensure fair, consistent senate proceedings Feb 18, 2016 9:00 am199 views Bringing order to the 250-member Urbana-Champaign Senate is not a task for the fainthearted. Campus Promotions Feb 18, 2016 9:00 am210 views Ed Ewald has been named acting vice chancellor for advancement; Lindsay Anderson will become executive director for governmental relations for the University of Illinois; Anna Westerstahl Stenport became the director of the campus Office of Undergraduate Research. New eText option making textbooks interactive, cheaper Feb 11, 2016 2:45 pm1667 views There is a revolution brewing in the textbook world and, of course, the University of Illinois is leading it. Campus promotions Feb 11, 2016 1:30 pm517 views Kimberly Armstrong will serve as the director of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation’s Center for Library Initiatives, effective March 1; Antoinette Burton, a professor of history and the Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, has been named director of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, pending the approval of the U. of I. Board of Trustees. On the Job: Diane Covington Feb 11, 2016 9:15 am676 views Building service worker Diane Covington starts her day at the Mechanical Engineering Lab while most of the campus is still sleeping, making sure the building is clean and ready for use. Sexual misconduct training aimed at campus workers Feb 11, 2016 9:00 am90 views Graduate and professional students, faculty and staff members will be asked to complete a mandatory online training program aimed at preventing discrimination and sexual violence. Illini cheer Feb 11, 2016 9:00 am284 views Alma Mater, center, and Labor and Learning don custom-made hats and a scarf during a winter storm earlier this week after the wind chill factor dipped below zero. Snow flurries continued over the next few days without significant accumulation. January marked the fifth consecutive month that Champaign-Urbana temperatures were above average. Freshman applications up 13 percent across U. of I. system Feb 11, 2016 9:00 am322 views More than 56,000 prospective first-time freshmen have applied for enrollment next fall across the University of Illinois system, record demand that is up 13 percent from the year before, officials announced Feb. 5. Black History Month events run through February Feb 10, 2016 4:30 pm343 views Several events have been scheduled on the U. of I. campus to commemorate Black History Month. Extension kicks off $4.5 million school lunchroom program Feb 10, 2016 2:45 pm1061 views Will broccoli by any other name be more likely to wind up in students’ tummies than in lunchroom garbage cans? Does strategic placement of fruit on the cafeteria line increase its appeal to finicky kids? Illinois Public Media to premiere new radio talk show in March Feb 8, 2016 9:00 am260 views Illinois Public Media (WILL-AM-FM-TV) will premiere a new hourlong talk show March 14. “The 21st" will be broadcast weekdays at 11 a.m., with veteran journalist and public radio host Niala Boodhoo serving as host and as executive producer. Night shift Feb 4, 2016 9:30 am435 views A midwinter evening descends on the Bardeen Engineering Quad. Killeen pushes state ‘compact’ to ensure predictable funding Jan 28, 2016 9:00 am2317 views While continuing to advocate for an end to the state's ongoing budget impasse, President Tim Killeen said Jan. 25 that the university is also proposing solutions to provide stable, predictable funding in the future. McMillan re-elected U. of I. Board chairman Jan 28, 2016 9:00 am237 views Edward L. McMillan was re-elected to a second one-year term as chairman of the U. of I. Board of Trustees during its annual organizational meeting Jan. 21. Wilson addresses campus climate and diversity awareness issues Jan 28, 2016 9:00 am448 views Urbana campus administrators are considering a host of initiatives regarding the campus climate for underrepresented minorities and to increase awareness of issues of diversity and inclusion, including the possibility of creating a required general education course. U. of I.'s INSPIRE recognized for best international partnership Jan 28, 2016 9:00 am858 views The Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational Research and Exchange this week was awarded the Institute of International Education's Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education for the best international partnership in the country. Legendary lecturer Jan 28, 2016 9:00 am307 views Renowned investigative journalist and nonfiction author Bob Woodward spoke Jan. 26 at Foellinger Auditorium in the first of the College of Law’s lecture series about Abraham Lincoln. Woodward spoke about how Lincoln relates to the 21st century and the country's more recent presidents. The next lecture features award-winning columnist and political commentator George Will at 7 p.m. March 1 at Foellinger Auditorium. On the Job: Richard Partin Jan 21, 2016 2:45 pm1180 views Richard Partin doesn't have a Clue of the precise date he first realized he loved the Trivial Pursuit of board gaming. Board of trustees approves revised background check policy Jan 21, 2016 1:45 pm1411 views The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a revised policy requiring background checks for all new faculty, academic professional and civil service employees. Postgraduate survey to improve data collection, reporting Jan 21, 2016 12:15 pm355 views A message to recent University of Illinois graduates: Alma wants to know what you've been up to. At least that’s the goal of the recently unveiled First Destination initiative, a campuswide program that has revamped the way postgraduate information is volunteered, reported and updated. Winter world Jan 21, 2016 8:45 am817 views U. of I. Board: No base tuition increase for in-state freshmen Jan 20, 2016 4:45 pm178 views For the second straight year, the University of Illinois has proposed holding the line on base tuition for in-state freshmen next fall, a move that officials say reflects the university’s commitment to student access and affordability. Artful spaces Jan 14, 2016 9:00 am334 views Dedra ‘DeeDee’ Williams appointed U. of I. secretary Jan 12, 2016 2:15 pm864 views Dedra “DeeDee” Williams, a high-level administrator at the University of Illinois for more than two decades, has been appointed secretary of the U. of I. Board of Trustees and of the university, President Tim Killeen announced Jan. 11. On the Job: Janet Snyder Jan 7, 2016 10:45 am734 views Graphic designer Janet Snyder will be more excited than most when renovations at State Farm Center are finished next fall. Journalist Bob Woodward is first speaker in College of Law lecture series honoring Abraham Lincoln Jan 7, 2016 10:00 am2844 views In commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of President Lincoln’s death and then, two years later, of the founding of the University of Illinois, the U. of I. College of Law will host “The New Lincoln Lectures: What Abraham Lincoln Means to the 21st Century,” a series of several lectures to be held in 2016 and 2017. Illinois in 2016: 'We will rise to the challenge' Jan 7, 2016 9:30 am828 views With the state budget impasse still looming large, high-profile administrator positions needing to be filled and plans for a new medical school to be finalized, there's no indication 2016 will be any less challenging. 'Community' is focus of 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Jan 7, 2016 9:00 am643 views The Urbana-Champaign community will join the U. of I. campus community in January to celebrate the legacy of legendary civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.