blog postsU. of I. approves ‘sheltered market’ contracts for IT servicesMar 16, 2016 4:00 pm226 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 MelchiMar 10, 2016 10:30 am832 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 LearningMar 10, 2016 9:15 am541 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 11Mar 10, 2016 9:00 am331 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 membersMar 10, 2016 9:00 am13594 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 centerMar 10, 2016 9:00 am1034 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 FacilityMar 10, 2016 9:00 am224 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 futureMar 10, 2016 9:00 am1533 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 IllinoisMar 9, 2016 9:00 am188 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 studentsMar 4, 2016 3:15 pm2822 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 announcedMar 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 9Mar 2, 2016 5:30 pm298 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 athleticsMar 1, 2016 11:15 am62 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-HowardFeb 25, 2016 9:00 am1301 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 impasseFeb 25, 2016 9:00 am626 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 underwayFeb 25, 2016 9:00 am317 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 4Feb 18, 2016 9:00 am160 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 themeFeb 18, 2016 9:00 am145 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 proceedingsFeb 18, 2016 9:00 am157 views Bringing order to the 250-member Urbana-Champaign Senate is not a task for the fainthearted.Campus PromotionsFeb 18, 2016 9:00 am190 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, cheaperFeb 11, 2016 2:45 pm1565 views There is a revolution brewing in the textbook world and, of course, the University of Illinois is leading it.Campus promotionsFeb 11, 2016 1:30 pm507 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 CovingtonFeb 11, 2016 9:15 am523 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 workersFeb 11, 2016 9:00 am81 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 cheerFeb 11, 2016 9:00 am264 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. systemFeb 11, 2016 9:00 am318 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 FebruaryFeb 10, 2016 4:30 pm336 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 programFeb 10, 2016 2:45 pm1026 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 MarchFeb 8, 2016 9:00 am252 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 shiftFeb 4, 2016 9:30 am433 views A midwinter evening descends on the Bardeen Engineering Quad. Killeen pushes state ‘compact’ to ensure predictable fundingJan 28, 2016 9:00 am2303 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 chairmanJan 28, 2016 9:00 am216 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 issuesJan 28, 2016 9:00 am444 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 partnershipJan 28, 2016 9:00 am831 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 lecturerJan 28, 2016 9:00 am304 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 PartinJan 21, 2016 2:45 pm1040 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 policyJan 21, 2016 1:45 pm1374 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, reportingJan 21, 2016 12:15 pm350 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 worldJan 21, 2016 8:45 am739 views U. of I. Board: No base tuition increase for in-state freshmenJan 20, 2016 4:45 pm158 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 spacesJan 14, 2016 9:00 am321 views Dedra ‘DeeDee’ Williams appointed U. of I. secretaryJan 12, 2016 2:15 pm615 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 SnyderJan 7, 2016 10:45 am699 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 LincolnJan 7, 2016 10:00 am2799 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 am810 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. celebrationJan 7, 2016 9:00 am640 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.Students give input on Nesbitt black cultural center building, futureJan 7, 2016 8:45 am3378 views By 2018, after nearly five decades of using temporary campus facilities, the U. of I.'s Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center will finally have a permanent building of its own.Enrollment doubles for second winter sessionDec 22, 2015 4:00 pm552 views 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 HanDec 22, 2015 9:00 am1453 views Wencui Han is a new assistant professor in the department of business administration in the College of Business. Winter light showDec 22, 2015 7:30 am547 views 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.