blog postsStudent Senate hosts fourth meeting, invites input on possible university mascotMar 31, 2016 9:00 am37 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 am51 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 pm263 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 am2381 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 am62 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 am9 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 hosts ‘Music at Illinois,’ a lecture by Joe RankNov 8, 2017 3:45 pm68 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. ‘Solar Superstorms’ invited to show at SIGGRAPH 2016Jul 8, 2016 3:30 pm139 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 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 pm61 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 pm30 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. Soils were warm throughout the state this winterFeb 24, 2017 2:15 pm127 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.Soil moisture rises the second week of SeptemberSep 17, 2015 8:30 am4 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 pm112 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 pm10 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."Six projects receive seed grants from Illinois Learning Sciences Design InitiativeMay 23, 2016 11:00 am158 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 faculty members elected AAAS FellowsNov 21, 2016 10:00 am2035 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 pm28 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.Sexual Assault Prevention Program Celebrates 20 Years at IllinoisNov 11, 2016 12:15 pm56 views This weekend, Illinois alumni, students and staff will gather to celebrate 20 years of the First Year Campus Acquaintance Rape Education (FYCARE) Program, a nationally renowned mandatory sexual assault prevention workshop for first-year students.School of Music faculty performing Disaster Relief ConcertNov 10, 2017 1:00 pm58 views Several faculty musicians from the School of Music will perform a concert this weekend with donations going to help victims of natural disasters in Mexico and Puerto Rico. The concert is 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, 309 W. Green St., Urbana.Saving India’s River: Ganges Symposium is Oct. 9Oct 1, 2015 9:15 am31 views The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies will host a daylong symposium dedicated to exploring the Ganges River – its heritage, threats to its sustenance and planning initiatives to conserve it.Saturday lectures explain engineering in everyday termsMar 31, 2016 9:00 am15 views Saturday Engineering for Everyone is an open and free lecture series aimed at non-engineers of all backgrounds who are interested in learning about engineering.Saturday lectures explain engineering in everyday termsApr 21, 2016 9:00 am22 views Saturday Engineering for Everyone is an open and free lecture series aimed at non-engineers of all backgrounds who are interested in learning about engineering.Richard Levin presents “Preparing Undergraduates for Global Citizenship”Nov 5, 2015 9:00 am18 views Richard Levin, CEO of Coursera and president emeritus of Yale University, will present two upcoming lectures on the U. of I. campus.Renowned professor of medicine to discuss advance care planningOct 1, 2015 9:00 am10 views Bernard Hammes, a professor of medicine, will speak on advance care planning from noon-1 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Presence Covenant Medical Center auditorium, 1400 W. Park St., Urbana. The event is free and open to the public.Registration open for U. of I. Spanish classes for childrenJul 27, 2016 2:30 pm35 views Registration is now open for Spanish classes for the 2016-17 academic year at the University Language Academy for Children for pre-kindergarten through the fifth grade, as well as middle school. The latter program is now in its second year for the academy, which opened in 2010. For pre-K through fifth grade, classes meet four times a week, Monday-Thursday from 3:15-4:10 p.m. or 4:20-5:15 p.m. Classes are at the University Primary School (Children’s Research Center), 51 E. Gerty Drive, Champaign. For middle school, classes are offered three times a week, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 3:45-5 p.m. Classes are at the Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathew Ave., Urbana. The academy’s academic year begins Sept. 6 and ends May 20.Registration now open for Annual Faculty RetreatFeb 11, 2016 9:00 am20 views Registration is now open for the 2016 Annual Faculty Retreat, to be held March 4 with the theme “Bringing Out the Best in Our Students.”Registration for language summer camps now openMar 31, 2016 9:15 am29 views The University Language Academy for Children offers quality summer camp second-language programs in Spanish, Latin and Greek, where children learn the language and gain knowledge of the rich cultural traditions from around the world.Register for AWSome DayMay 5, 2016 9:00 am67 views Amazon will host an AWSome Day for U. of I. researchers from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11. The event will take place in the Training Room of the Atkins Building, 1800 S. Oak St., Champaign, in the Research Park. The goal of this event is to help researchers and their staff members understand Amazon Web Services.Record-setting December occurred in IllinoisJan 7, 2016 9:00 am50 views December was the warmest and second-wettest for that month on record in Illinois, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, of the Illinois State Water Survey. Race and violence explored at Oct. 4 seminarSep 24, 2015 9:00 am18 views Wesley Student Center and United Methodist Church at the U. of I. have been sponsoring a monthlong exploration of race and violence in America. The final event will be a panel discussion at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 4 featuring Travis Dixon, a U. of I. professor of communication, and Monica McDermott, a U. of I. professor of sociology, as well as Champaign Mayor Deb Frank Feinen and Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb.Public forum, website to help forward efforts for new campus master planApr 7, 2016 9:00 am33 views The committee leading an effort to update the campus master plan has announced a new website and that it will host two upcoming public forums.Psychologist to present Beckman’s SmithGroup Distinguished Lecture April 15Apr 7, 2016 9:00 am31 views Michael Posner, a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Oregon and an adjunct professor at Weill Medical College, will present the 2016 SmithGroup Distinguished Lecture at noon April 15 in the auditorium of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. His talk is titled "Mechanisms of Brain Network and Brain State Training.”Professor to speak about ‘locked-in’ patients Oct. 15Oct 1, 2015 9:15 am22 views Emanuel Donchin, a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida, will present the U. of I. department of psychology's 2015 Lyle Lanier Lecture, “Typing With Your Brain Waves: A Communication Tool for Locked In Patients.” The lecture is at 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at the auditorium of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.Pre-tenure and midcareer faculty workshops announcedApr 21, 2016 9:00 am35 views Two upcoming workshops organized by the Provost’s Office – one for pre-tenure faculty members and one for midcareer faculty members – will be May 5 at the I Hotel and Conference Center.Preservation Working Group and University Library to presentFeb 4, 2016 9:00 am25 views The Preservation Working Group and University Library will host a hands-on informational event from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Champaign Public Library.‘Plants in Silico' symposium and workshop to be a paradigm shift in plant modelingMar 3, 2016 9:00 am12 views Registration is now open for the “Plants in Silico” symposium and workshop, which will bring together leaders in the fields of computation, mathematics, plant sciences, data visualization and molecular, cellular, organ-level and ecosystem modeling.Performances by artist Autumn Knight scheduled for AprilApr 5, 2017 1:45 pm60 views Performance artist Autumn Knight will be on campus this month for two performances. Krannert Art Museum is hosting the first solo museum presentation – “Autumn Knight: In Rehearsal” – by Knight this semester. Knight incorporates elements of theater, dance, psychology and religious studies into her work, which examines with perceptions of race, gender and authority. Penny Chisholm public lecture will open Woese SymposiumSep 17, 2015 5:30 am5 views Penny Chisholm, a professor of environmental studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will kick off the upcoming weekend symposium hosted by the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology with a free public lecture. No registration is necessary.Passes for 20th annual Ebertfest on sale Nov. 1Oct 30, 2017 10:00 am325 views Passes for the 20th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, coming in April, go on sale Nov. 1.Panel to discuss ‘The War on Facts’Apr 6, 2017 3:15 pm119 views Disinformation, “alternative facts” and the Trump administration’s battle with the mainstream media all will be topics in a panel discussion, “The War on Facts: Costs and Casualties,” April 13 at the University of Illinois. Panel Discussions Announced for ‘Ebertfest’Apr 14, 2017 12:45 pm239 views Organizers of the 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival have announced the slate of panel discussions for the festival. Panel discussions announced for 2016 ‘Ebertfest’Apr 1, 2016 3:00 pm79 views Film-related panel discussions have been announced for the 18th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, coming April 13-17 to Champaign-Urbana.Panel discussion on immigration executive order to be held at College of LawJan 31, 2017 9:45 am156 views The University of Illinois College of Law will host a panel discussion at noon Friday on President Trump’s executive order on immigration. The discussion will be moderated by U. of I. law professor Lesley Wexler.Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert and TV legend Norman Lear coming to ‘Ebertfest’Mar 17, 2017 11:00 am685 views Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert and TV legend Norman Lear are coming to this year’s “Ebertfest,” along with two films, the first announced in this year’s lineup. One Book One Campus features graphic novel tackling religious intolerance, gender politicsOct 4, 2017 1:45 pm122 views The Illini Union will feature “Ms. Marvel #1: No Normal” by G. Willow Wilson as this year’s One Book One Campus selection. Wilson will speak at a free public lecture Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Illini Union Ballroom. An informal reception and book signing will follow.Ollie Watts Davis and Jeffery Poss discuss “Memory” at Uncorked and On TopicJan 28, 2016 9:00 am28 views The College of Fine and Applied Arts will present a thought-provoking discussion about memory at its next Uncorked and On Topic at 5:15 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Tryon Festival Theatre foyer.Office of Volunteer Programs co-hosts food drive in recognition of Hunger Action MonthSep 20, 2016 3:00 pm75 views The Office of Volunteer Programs is co-sponsoring the Campus and Community Food Drive with the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, iHelp and Student Alumni Ambassadors on Saturday, Sept. 24 and Tuesday, Sept. 27. This year’s collection goal is 3,000 meals, with every 1.2 pounds of food equaling one meal. The state of hunger in Illinois is alarming: 22 percent of children live in poverty, 33 percent of the population is in poverty or very close to it, and 7 percent are in extreme poverty. In Champaign County, 40,848 people live in poverty. “This year, we are modifying what was previously known as Cans Across the Quad,” said John Race, program advisor for the Office of Volunteer Programs. “We are excited about this new format and think it will be more accessible for people to participate in and meet our goal.” Participants should bring nonperishable packaged or canned goods. Meats and fish, complete meals, fruit and peanut butter are the most requested items. The Eastern Illinois Foodbank will collect all donations at the end of the event and distribute the contributions to food shelters across the county. Drop-off times are Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Quad and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. On Tuesday, donations will be accepted at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Quad is located directly south of the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana. The Alice Campbell Alumni Center is located at 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana. Cans that are dented, rusted or expired cannot be accepted.Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access: Nominations sought for ‘Make a Difference’ awardsSep 10, 2015 8:45 am40 views The Office of Diversity, Equity and Access is now accepting nominations for the annual Larine Y. Cowan “Make a Difference” Awards. The awards honor campus community members who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion on campus in the following areas (nomination forms and criteria are online):October is Domestic Violence Awareness MonthOct 4, 2017 1:45 pm66 views To increase awareness of domestic violence and its consequences, the University of Illinois’ Women’s Resources Center and Courage Connection, along with other campus and community organizations, will host activities and events throughout October.