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    Jeff Moore will serve as the interim director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology; Paul Ellinger became the new vice provost for budget and resource planning; Katherine Galvin will join the Office of the Chancellor as an associate chancellor.

  • Quad Day on the Urbana campus.

    Study finds U. of I. contributes $13.9 billion in annual income to Illinois economy

    The University of Illinois contributes $13.9 billion in annual income to the state’s economy – and a 19.3 percent return on the public’s investment – through spending by its campuses, employees and students and the increased earning power of its graduates, according to a new economic impact study released Oct. 21.

  • Alt: Kelly Tu

    New Faces 2015: Kelly Tu

    Kelly Tu, an assistant professor of human development and family studies in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, is among the new faculty members to be featured in our New Faces feature. Inside Illinois continues its tradition of introducing some of the new faculty members on campus and will feature one new colleague each week during the fall semester. 

  • Retirees, long-serving staff members recognized

    Recently retired and long-serving staff employees will be honored at the 2015 Staff Service Recognition Banquet Nov. 5 at the I Hotel and Conference Center. The program will honor 110 employees who retired between Sept. 1, 2014, and Aug. 31, 2015. In addition employess will be honored for service completed during that time.

  • Killeen statement on stopgap funding agreement

    The University of Illinois system appreciates and welcomes the bipartisan effort in Springfield to provide partial, stopgap funding for the state’s public universities, which have been forced to manage through the first 10 months of fiscal year 2016 with no state appropriation.

  • Quad lights celebrate Hindu festival

    The Indian Graduate Students Association sponsored Diwali on the Quad on Nov. 13 as the kickoff for the celebration of the traditional Hindu “festival of lights.”

  • University of Illinois, Steven Salaita settle litigation

    The settlement agreement between the University of Illinois and Steven Salaita was approved by the U. of I. Board of Trustees at its Nov. 12 meeting in Chicago.

  • Kevin Leicht is a new professor and the head of the department of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

    New Faces 2015: Kevin Leicht

    Kevin Leicht is a new professor and the head of the department of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

  • Initiative rethinks how general education courses are designed and delivered

    Undergraduate education at Illinois is in the process of a new experiment. This semester marked the start of a multiyear pilot designed to analyze what general education is and what role it serves on a research campus such as the University of Illinois.

  • Krannert Art Museum galleries to close during summer renovations

    Krannert Art Museum will act on its multiyear commitment to transform galleries and other public spaces by renovating four main-floor galleries this summer. As a result, the museum will close to the public after the final day of its spring semester exhibition calendar, May 15.

  • Enrollment doubles for second winter session

    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.

  • Winter light show

    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.

  • Faculty retreat focuses on Universal Design for Learning

    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.

  • On the Job: Rhonda Winston

    There are very few things in the Illinois Street Residence Halls kitchen that Rhonda Winston doesn't have her hand in. To rephrase, Winston, a kitchen helper since 2001, is an integral part of every dish served to the students of ISRH.

  • New Faces 2015: Simon Rogers

    Simon Rogers is a new assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

  • The homeless on campus: Panhandlers or nuisance?

    There is a fine line between panhandling and nuisance, according to area police, and a number of homeless people who have set up shop in Campustown have been crossing it.

  • Trades surplus Tim Prunkard, the technical services supervisor at the Nathan M. Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory, took a circuitous path to the U. of I., working a number of trades jobs and earning various job certifications along the way. He's made everything from caskets to aerospace components.  Click photo to enlarge

    On the Job: Tim Prunkard

    Before coming to Illinois, Tim Prunkard, the technical services supervisor at the Nathan M. Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory, had always considered himself a lineman.

  • Senators ask board to postpone university background check policy

    Senators overwhelmingly approved a resolution Sept. 21 calling for the postponement of a universitywide background check policy set to go into effect Oct. 5.

  • Babette Hiles has plenty of behind-the-scenes stories about her 19 years as the Urbana campus's director of special events - some of which she is able to share in public. The job has led to her meeting a host of celebrities and politicians along the way. This year's commencement ceremony will mark Hiles' last, as she retires at the end of the academic year.

    Event planning: Attention to detail, teamwork are essential

    Babette Hiles, who has led the planning of U. of I. commencement ceremonies for 19 years, doesn't lose sleep worrying about sputtering microphones or collapsing stages.

  • Sergei Maslov

    New Faces 2015: Sergei Maslov

    Sergei Maslov, professor of bioengineering and the Bliss Faculty Scholar in the College of Engineering, is among the new faculty members to be featured in our annual "New Faces" feature. Inside Illinois continues its tradition of introducing some of the new faculty members on campus and will feature one new colleague online each week during the fall semester. 

  • Killeen: Strategic plan will emphasize systemic approach

    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.

  • New signage was added at 29 campus crosswalk locations over the summer to reflect the state's year-old crosswalk law. Under the new law, motorists must come to a complete stop if a pedestrian has already entered a crosswalk. Pedestrians also are required to give motorists ample time to slow down and stop - or wait for a better opportunity to cross.  Click photo to enlarge

    New state law yields crosswalk changes

    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.

  • Campus promotions

    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.

  • Creative architectural projects subject of two new I space exhibitions

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Innovative architectural projects will be featured in two new exhibitions on view Feb. 3-25 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Restrictions still apply to campus for new gun laws

    The new Illinois law allowing citizens to carry a concealed handgun won't have much effect on campus.

  • Judy Whittington, an administrative aide, said her favorite part of working on campus is the people she has met through her jobs. A 26-year U. of I. employee, she has worked at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the department of statistics and currently the department of astronomy.

    On the Job: Judy Whittington

    Judy Whittington is one of the first people who new faculty and staff members and students meet in the department of astronomy. She makes them feel welcome and continues to provide support throughout their time at the university.


  • Chief Illiniwek performs last dance amid continued controversy

    Chief Illiniwek performs last dance amid continued controversy

  • March budget meetings announced

    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.

  • Activist and author Susan Burton will discuss her new memoir and the challenges of re-entering society after prison at an event co-sponsored by the Education Justice Project at the University of Illinois.

    Susan Burton, advocate for women re-entering society after prison, to speak at event

    Susan Burton, a nationally recognized advocate for restoring civil and human rights to formerly incarcerated women, will discuss her new book and the challenges of re-entering society after prison at an event Tuesday, May 15,  in Champaign.

  • Classroom assessment is central topic of campus workshops

    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.

  • New Faces 2015: Aaron McCollough

    Aaron McCollough, an assistant professor for the university library and the head of scholarly communications and publishing, is among the new faculty members to be included in our New Faces feature.

  • Faculty members, academic professionals retire

    Faculty members, academic professionals retire

  • Out in the Open Jonathan H. Tomkin, the associate director of the School of Earth, Society and Environment, is the editor of a new open-source textbook on sustainability developed by professors from the UI's three campuses. The textbook, the first of its kind on campus, is available free online and can be easily updated.  Click photo to enlarge

    Open-source textbook was a three-campus collaboration

    Anyone, anywhere at any time can thumb through the pages of an open-source textbook developed by experts from the three campuses of the UI.

  • Interim Chancellor Barbara J. Wilson makes a point during discussion about the university's expanded background check policy at the Oct. 12 Senate Executive Committee meeting. Wilson said the revision process needs to be completed before the delay hampers campus hiring.

    Faculty members continue to push for background check policy changes

    Interim Chancellor Barbara J. Wilson said suggestions for changes in the university's expanded background check policy are being seriously considered.

  • U. of I. elevator mechanic David Youhas

    On the Job: David Youhas

    Some say a good elevator mechanic is not seen.

  • Digitization project finds anthrax samples in collections

    When anthrax became a household name in 2011, even curators of some herbaria were unaware that samples of Bacillus anthracis, the source of anthrax, had been housed in their microfungal collections for more than a hundred years. Recently, a digitization project at the Illinois Natural History Survey at the Prairie Research Institute unearthed the whereabouts of historical samples, including one at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Olga Maslova

    New Faces 2015: Olga Maslova

    Olga Maslova is a new assistant professor of theatre in the College of Fine and Applied Arts

  • Book Corner: A look at how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program affects health and well-being

    A new book looks at aspects of how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program affects health and well-being. “SNAP Matters” includes a chapter on obesity by University of Illinois economist Craig Gundersen, one of the book’s editors.

  • Illinois named No. 11 of ‘The 25 Fittest U.S. Colleges in 2015’

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been named No. 11 of “The 25 Fittest U.S. Colleges in 2015” by The Active Times, a website that aims to be “the world's best source of authoritative, inspiring, enlightening content for living the active, adventurous life.”

  • CIC annual report shows communal benefits

    The Committee on Institutional Cooperation continues to promote interuniversity partnerships that lead to better collaboration and lower individual institutional costs.

  • Springtime walk

    A student walks by two limestone sculptures on the south side of Foellinger Auditorium earlier this week.

  • Alma Mater sculpture restoration more extensive than originally thought

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Because deterioration to the Alma Mater sculpture is more extensive than an initial inspection of the exterior indicated, the restoration of the 5-ton bronze statue is going to cost more and take longer.

  • Center for Wounded Veterans maintains campus's commitment to disabled students

    The design concept behind the U. of I.'s new Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education building was simple: It should feel free from conflict. The concept becomes reality with the official dedication of the center from 3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 2.

  • MCORE improvements on schedule to start this fall

    Multimodal Corridor Enhancement Project transportation improvements are on schedule to begin this fall. The scale of this infrastructure work on key corridors will have significant traffic impacts including detours and street closures during construction. Updated project timelines and associated information will be provided beginning in late summer 2016.

  • Wilson addresses campus climate and diversity awareness issues

    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.

  • New biography on H.G. Wells focuses on late-life loves

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. That H.G. Wells' intelligence was rivaled only by his appetite for women has never been a secret.

  • Night shift

    A midwinter evening descends on the Bardeen Engineering Quad. 

  • Shaping cities This panoramic view of the Shangai financial district skyline shows the distinctive ornament-shaped Oriental Pearl Tower in the center. The Shanghai International Convention Center, with a giant globe at each end, is in the foreground to the right. Behind the convention center is the Shanghai World Financial Center, nicknamed the "bottle-opener."  Click photo to enlarge

    Book Corner: Exploring the future of cities: Tall buildings and urban design

    Five years ago, with a Fulbright Fellowship funding his summer study in Malta, U. of I. architecture professor Mir Ali agreed to assist the Malta Environmental and Planning Authority and the University of Malta in determining whether more skyscrapers should be built in the tiny island nation. As one of the most densely populated countries in the world, Malta consists of a group of islands, the largest of which is the "rock" just off the toe of Italy. The Republic of Malta's government had received close to 50 proposals from developers wanting to build high-rise office buildings, hotels and condominiums.

  • Clarence Shelley to receive Chancellor's Medallion

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Clarence Shelley, a former dean of students and associate vice chancellor, will receive the Chancellor's Medallion today for his 33 years of exemplary service to the University of Illinois and the Champaign-Urbana community.

  • "We tend to think of poverty and struggle as being isolated in urban areas, but it is now in the suburbs as well, and it is spreading," says Jennifer Hamer, the author of "Abandoned in the Heartland" (University of California Press).  Click photo to enlarge

    Book Corner: A closer look at East St. Louis, Ill., a city in peril

    Political corruption, minimal policing and firefighting resources, limited transportation, public works deficiencies and condemned buildings. It's not the backdrop for a prime-time cop show - this is a city three hours from Champaign.