blog postsUniversity of Illinois Black Chorus to present Black Sacred Music Symposium ConcertFeb 18, 2019 1:00 pm374 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Fourteenth Biennial Black Sacred Music Symposium Concert begins Sunday, March 10, at 5 p.m. in the Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana.University of Illinois Black Chorus to perform annual fall concertOct 3, 2018 1:30 pm183 views Champaign, Ill. - The University of Illinois Black Chorus will perform its fall concert, “Grace (an amazing homecoming),” Sunday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. in the Foellinger Great Hall of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana. The concert continues a legacy of 50 years of sustained campus, national and international musical performances. Led for 38 years by University of Illinois professor of music Ollie Watts Davis, the concert welcomes alumni back to campus and features music from the African-American sacred music tradition, with arrangements of spirituals, anthems, hymns and traditional and contemporary gospel selections. The concert is supported by the School of Music at Illinois and Krannert Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 and available for purchase at the Krannert Center Ticket Office. For ticket information, call 217-333-6280.University Library event to honor veteransNov 8, 2018 2:00 pm113 views A University Library event and exhibit will recognize the services of veterans of the armed forces.Undergraduate Research Week celebrates, highlights student innovation and excellenceApr 14, 2016 9:00 am33 views Advancing the University of Illinois educational mission to foster a “culture of discovery” and its commitment to innovative research and scholarship with global impact, Undergraduate Research Week, April 17-23, showcases the best of undergraduate research and creative inquiry at the University of Illinois.Two Illinois professors awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 15, 2016 3:00 pm1818 views Illinois professors Erik McDuffie and Carol Symes have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2017.Tickets on sale for International Dinner and Performance NightFeb 18, 2016 9:00 am51 views Tickets are on sale for the 33rd annual International Dinner and Performance Night.There’s still time to nominate a deserving civil service staff memberDec 10, 2015 12:45 pm11 views The deadline is nearing for the annual Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award. This program is designed to recognize outstanding contributions to the U. of I. by members of the staff.'The College Years of a Catholic Radical: Dorothy Day, University of Illinois Dropout'Jun 6, 2019 4:15 pm220 views “The College Years of a Catholic Radical: Dorothy Day, University of Illinois Dropout,” scheduled for July 18 at 4 p.m. at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, 500 S. Gregory St., Urbana, illuminates Day’s experiences as a U. of I. student, their impact on her later work and the legacy of Day’s presence on campus.The All Employee Expo to be held Oct. 18Oct 10, 2016 3:00 pm41 views The annual All Employee Expo will take place Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana, in rooms A, B and C.Technology Services to perform maintenance on campus network Oct. 23Oct 22, 2015 9:15 am13 views Technology Services will perform maintenance to the campus network on Friday morning, Oct. 23, beginning at 3 a.m. The work is expected to take 15 to 20 minutes, but maintenance could potentially continue until 5 a.m. Technology Services implements one-password system and easier resetsOct 15, 2015 9:15 am32 views Technology Services recently implemented a new password system that will save faculty and staff members and students time by not having to maintain multiple passwords. It also will be easier to reset a password if the user forgets it.Technology Services hosts IT Power Plant Town Hall Sept. 22Sep 17, 2015 9:00 am12 views Faculty and staff members and students are invited to discuss the future of campus information technology at the IT Power Plant Town Hall from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in Illini Union Room C.Talk describes early South Asian student presence at IllinoisMar 4, 2019 3:30 pm99 views Since at least 1906, South Asian students have attended the University of Illinois. In a talk scheduled for March 21 at 5 p.m. at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, archivist Salvatore V. De Sando will highlight some of the first South Asian students, early South Asian student-organized events on campus and early South Asian student organizations. This presentation is based on original archival research, and historic campus photos will be featured to bring the story to life.Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies established at IllinoisNov 22, 2017 11:45 am295 views On Nov. 14, the International and Area Studies Library at Illinois hosted a ceremony to celebrate a new Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies. The center was established through a memorandum of understanding between Illinois and the National Central Library of TaiwanSummit on Online Education is Oct. 14Sep 17, 2015 10:00 am14 views The campus will host its fifth annual Summit on Online Education on Oct. 14 with Johns Hopkins University professor, author and New York Times higher education columnist Kevin Carey as the keynote speaker.Summer Quad Cinema Series open to allMay 25, 2016 2:00 pm44 views The Illini Union Board’s Summer Quad Cinema Series features four films open to the Champaign-Urbana community, free of charge. Film titles, run dates and ratings are Zootopia, PG, May 26; Eye in the Sky, R, June 9; The Boss, R, July 7; and The Angry Birds, PG, Aug. 4. Start time for all films is 9 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the movies will be shown inside the Illini Union.Summer construction projects announcedJun 27, 2019 2:15 pm334 views More than 40 capital improvement construction projects are in progress this summer on the Urbana campus. Substantial completion is expected by the start of the fall semester for the Henry Dale and Betty Smith Football Center, Foellinger Auditorium and the Education Building, along with multiple restroom renovations, roof replacements, elevator upgrades, and classroom and laboratory modernizations.Submit automated external defibrillators to the Campus RegistryJun 20, 2016 3:30 pm103 views All faculty and staff are asked to register campus automated external defibrillators (AEDs) by 5 p.m. Friday, July 8. The information will better equip the Illinois Fire Service Institute to maintain and provide access to this life-saving equipment. Please coordinate reporting within your unit to avoid multiple submissions. Questions should be addressed to IEMS-AED@illinois.edu.Students encouraged to enter the Sesquicentennial Design CompetitionMar 10, 2017 10:00 am44 views The department of landscape architecture at Illinois announces the Sesquicentennial Design Competition, an initiative for students. Student Senate invites faculty, staff to give input on possible university mascotMar 10, 2016 9:00 am28 views The Illinois Student Senate Ad-hoc Committee on the Exploration of a University Mascot invites faculty and staff members to share their opinions about the possibility of creating a university mascot.Student Senate hosts fourth meeting, invites input on possible university mascotMar 31, 2016 9:00 am39 views The Illinois Student Senate Ad-hoc Committee on the Exploration of a University Mascot will host its fourth meeting at 5 p.m. April 1 in Illini Union Room 104.Street closures during Homecoming parade announcedOct 22, 2015 9:15 am67 views On Friday, Oct. 23, several campus-area streets and intersections will be closed between 5:30 and 7 p.m. for the Homecoming parade. MTD routes through the parade area will be modified and delays may occur. Streets and intersections that are affected are listed below. Street closures announced for Homecoming paradeOct 25, 2017 3:15 pm290 views Traffic patterns in the campus area will be affected by the annual Homecoming Parade, which takes place Friday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 7 p.m.Stephens named Nesbitt Center directorJan 3, 2017 10:30 am2530 views Nathan Stephens will become the director of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center effective Jan. 9. The center is named for Bruce D. Nesbitt, who led the U. of I.'s Afro-American Cultural Program for 22 years.Star and host of popular MTV show to speak at the Illini UnionSep 24, 2015 9:00 am65 views Nev Schulman, of MTV’s “Catfish: The TV Show,” will speak at the Illini Union I-Rooms at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 as part of the Illini Union Board Lecture Series.Staff Advisory Council seeks nominationsApr 7, 2016 9:00 am10 views The Staff Advisory Council seeks nominations for one representative from Equal Employment Opportunity Group 5 (clerical-secretarial) and one representative from Equal Employment Opportunity Groups 1 and 3 (executive-administrative-managerial). These representatives will serve a four-year term beginning July 1.Spurlock Museum Third Thursday Series: ‘University of Illinois Wheelchair Athletics'Apr 12, 2018 9:15 am25 views On Thursday, April 19 at 4 p.m., Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois presents the talk “University of Illinois Wheelchair Athletics: A Tradition of Excellence.” Adam Bleakney, the head coachof men's and women's track, field and racing, and Stephanie Wheeler, the head coach of women’s basketball, will discuss the program’s roots, its legacy and its continuing leadership and success in wheelchair sports. Spurlock Museum Third Thursday Series: ‘Inside Allerton’Apr 11, 2018 3:00 pm12 views Who was Robert Allerton, the creator of the English-style country house, grounds and sculpture park in central Illinois? Author Maureen Holtz will share insights about the life and estates of Allerton, called “Chicago’s Richest Bachelor” by the Chicago Tribune in 1906. The event is Thursday, May 17, at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana. Allerton’s Monticello, Illinois, estate, now owned by the U. of I., is listed as one of the state’s Seven Wonders, and his Kauai, Hawaii, estate, Lawai-Kai, is now a botanical garden.Spurlock Museum hosts ‘Music at Illinois,’ a lecture by Joe RankNov 8, 2017 3:45 pm87 views Spurlock Museum of World Cultures and the Illinois Alumni Association will present “Music at Illinois,” a special program on popular music written especially for or about the university. The free program will be presented by retired Alumni Association Vice President Joe Rank at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Drive, Urbana. Sonic Illinois celebration returns to Krannert CenterFeb 6, 2019 2:30 pm225 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and the School of Music at Illinois are exploring the diversity of today’s contemporary music scene during the months of February and March. ‘Solar Superstorms’ invited to show at SIGGRAPH 2016Jul 8, 2016 3:30 pm140 views The Advanced Visualization Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at Illinois was recently invited to present its recent film “Solar Superstorms” at the 2016 SIGGRAPH Conference. This conference will be the 43rd annual international conference and exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques, and will take place July 24-28 in Anaheim, California.Solar Farm repaired, resumes power generationFeb 2, 2018 2:30 pm285 views The university’s Solar Farm resumed full electricity production Jan. 25 after repairs to the site’s three inverters were completed. Inverters change direct current to alternating current to prepare energy for delivery to the campus electrical grid. The installation went offline Oct. 29 after a malfunction of the array’s electrical system.Solar farm marks one year in operationDec 19, 2016 3:15 pm52 views In its first year of commercial operation, the university’s solar farm generated 7,284 megawatt-hours of clean, renewable energy for the campus, successfully meeting expectations. Located at the southwest corner of Windsor Road and First Street, Champaign, the solar farm reduced the campus carbon footprint by more than 6,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.Soil temperatures were warmer than normal in mid-NovemberNov 16, 2017 2:15 pm70 views Soil temperatures were above normal in mid-November, according to Jennie Atkins, the Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.Soil temperatures rising across IllinoisMay 19, 2017 2:15 pm31 views After a cool beginning of the month, soil temperatures are rising throughout the state in mid-May, according to Jennie Atkins, the Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. Soil temperatures decrease statewideOct 18, 2018 2:45 pm53 views Cooler weather has caused soil temperatures to decrease across the state, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey at Illinois.Soil temperatures continue November declineNov 20, 2018 12:45 pm107 views Soil temperatures have fallen significantly throughout the state in November, according to Jennie Atkins, the Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey at the U. of I.Soil temperatures and moisture levels declining in early MarchMar 16, 2018 3:30 pm283 views Cooler, drier weather has led to declining soil temperatures and moisture levels, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.Soils were warm throughout the state this winterFeb 24, 2017 2:15 pm129 views Warmer winter soils may have an effect on agriculture and crop pest control this spring, according to researchers at the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.Soils are warming and drying in mid-MayMay 17, 2019 12:15 pm146 views After a cooling spell last weekend, soil temperatures are once again rising in Illinois, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.Soils are drying, warming across IllinoisSep 14, 2018 3:00 pm161 views Soils are drying out after the early September rain, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.Soil moisture rises the second week of SeptemberSep 17, 2015 8:30 am6 views Soil moisture levels rose across Illinois the second week of September as the state saw increased rainfall and cooler soil temperatures.Social issues theater group to perform ‘Manifesto’Feb 24, 2017 2:15 pm119 views Inner Voices at Illinois will present “Manifesto,” a performance of intersectional feminist voices of inspiration and intervention, at two locations in March. The performances are free and open to the public, and are in honor of Women’s History Month.Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy to talk about land reforms in AfricaDec 10, 2015 12:45 pm22 views The Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy will hold the event titled “Land Reforms in West and Central Africa: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Empowerment of Local Communities."Sloan Foundation grant continuation to help U. of I. improve STEM minority representationApr 12, 2018 8:15 am482 views The University of Illinois has received a three-year, $1 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to continue funding for the Sloan University Center of Exemplary Mentoring at Illinois. The program, started in 2015, supports underrepresented minority doctoral students in science, technology, engineering and math fields and is one of nine UCEMs throughout the country.Six projects receive seed grants from Illinois Learning Sciences Design InitiativeMay 23, 2016 11:00 am171 views The Illinois Learning Sciences Design Initiative recently awarded $164,000 in grants to six interdisciplinary research teams on campus. The awards were disbursed under the second phase of ILSDI’s seed-funding program, which was implemented to foster interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations among faculty members on campus and facilitate development of large-scale proposals for external fundingSix Illinois researchers receive Presidential Early Career AwardJul 3, 2019 1:15 pm5796 views Six researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were named recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers. Six Illinois faculty members elected AAAS FellowsNov 21, 2016 10:00 am2102 views Six University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been elected 2016 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science: Jianjun Cheng, Brian T. Cunningham, Kevin T. Pitts, Bruce L. Rhoads, Chad M. Rienstra and Josep Torrellas.Sierra Leone YMCA to visit campus June 20Jun 8, 2016 4:15 pm30 views With the Ebola virus outbreak now ended in Sierra Leone, the University YMCA, the Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs and the Sierra Leone YMCA are revisiting an international-service learning exchange partnership that was brought to a halt by the Ebola outbreak relief efforts in 2014. Campus members are invited to meet Christian Kamara, the CEO and national secretary of the YMCA of Sierra Leone, to learn more about the work that the organization performs and to explore possible collaborations.Sicilian Puppet Theater coming to campusOct 19, 2018 2:00 pm563 views Sicilian Pupi, or Sicilian Puppet Theater, will present a performance at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 in Foellinger Auditorium, 709 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana. The event is free and open to the public.