blog postsYouth Literature Festival authors, artists to visit 90 Illinois schoolsOct 17, 2016 10:30 am301 views About 90 local schools will welcome award-winning authors and book illustrators as part of the University of Illinois’ 2016 Youth Literature Festival.KoFusion to celebrate Illini Union Food Court openingAug 23, 2016 3:15 pm297 views Kofusion will hold the grand opening of its Illini Union Food Court location Thursday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. A limited number of free sushi samples will be available during remarks from Illini Union Board President Sophie Ruiz-Gehrt, KoFusion owner Janet Bubin and Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and the Director of Auxiliary Services Lowa Mwilambwe. Annual beginning teacher conference adds boot camp for new alumniJun 27, 2016 8:00 am296 views 2016 graduates of the U. of I. teacher preparation programs who will begin their first teaching jobs this fall are invited to take part in a boot camp offered June 30-July 1, including joint sessions with the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative's Beginning Teacher Conference.Street closures announced for Homecoming paradeOct 25, 2017 3:15 pm288 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.Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies established at IllinoisNov 22, 2017 11:45 am288 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 TaiwanInformation meeting about new independent high school is May 18May 13, 2016 2:15 pm287 views Organizers of a new independent high school, Academy High, will share details with prospective parents and students at two meetings May 18 at the I Hotel and Conference center.Media advisory: Candlelight vigil Sunday to honor missing scholar Yingying ZhangSep 13, 2017 9:45 am285 views A candlelight vigil to honor missing scholar Yingying Zhang will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Illini Union. In the event of rain, the vigil will be held in the Union’s Courtyard Cafe.Soil temperatures and moisture levels declining in early MarchMar 16, 2018 3:30 pm277 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.Historians take to their soapbox for books that changed the worldMar 21, 2017 1:30 pm274 views Ten U. of I. history professors, staff and students will each make their case for a book that changed everything at the “History Soapbox” on March 30. Illinois New Teacher Collaborative’s annual leadership summit to be held Jan. 26Jan 11, 2018 9:30 am271 views "Stoking the Flames of Passionate Teaching" will be the theme for the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative's Winter Leadership Summit on Jan. 26.Willard Airport switches to a new parking systemApr 4, 2018 1:15 pm271 views A new, automated system that allows flyers to pay for parking with credit cards has replaced the parking booth at the University of Illinois Willard Airport. Customers who wish to pay with cash may pay for parking inside the terminal.Annual new teacher induction, mentoring conference to be Feb. 21-22Feb 13, 2017 9:45 am261 views Helping early career teachers improve their instructional practices while fostering skills and relationships that promote professional development are the foci of the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative’s upcoming Induction and Mentoring Conference.Hospitable Illinois wetlands in spring signal happy waterfowl hunting in fallFeb 27, 2017 4:15 pm257 views When waterfowl return to Illinois in early spring on their way north, will they find enough food for a two-week layover? A limited food supply during spring migration and subsequent declines in duck populations can affect Illinois’ multimillion-dollar waterfowl hunting industry, say researchers from the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. Solar Farm repaired, resumes power generationFeb 2, 2018 2:30 pm253 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.Major sections of Green Street to close for MCORE project workMay 19, 2017 2:45 pm251 views Beginning Monday, May 22, two sections of Green Street between Wright Street and Goodwin Avenue will close to through traffic as construction resumes on Multimodal Corridor Enhancement (MCORE) Project 1 (see map). Significant detours for vehicular and pedestrian traffic will occur for primary campus locations.Media Advisory: New chancellor introduced WednesdayJul 19, 2016 12:15 pm250 views New U. of I. chancellor Robert Jones will be introduced at a public event WednesdayJournalists Balz and Simon part of April 12 panel on Trump-era political reportingApr 5, 2018 10:00 am249 views Political reporting in the Trump era will be the subject of a panel discussion April 12 featuring the Washington Post’s Dan Balz and columnist Roger Simon.Bagchi next director of the School of Molecular and Cellular BiologyJun 5, 2017 8:45 am248 views Milan Bagchi, the head of the department of molecular and integrative physiology, was named the next director of the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Illinois. Estonian ambassador to address the state of the EUOct 16, 2017 1:45 pm246 views The Estonian ambassador to the U.S. will address the state of the European Union as part of EU Day on Oct. 20.Japan House Mottainai Holiday BazaarDec 11, 2017 3:15 pm244 views Japan House will hold its annual Mottainai Holiday Bazaar this weekend. The bazaar will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at Japan House, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana. Mottainai is a Japanese word meaning “what a waste” or “don't waste” and is a treasured Japanese concept.Panel Discussions Announced for ‘Ebertfest’Apr 14, 2017 12:45 pm241 views Organizers of the 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival have announced the slate of panel discussions for the festival. Media advisory: Crime Stoppers raises missing scholar award amount to $50,000Jul 13, 2017 5:00 pm236 views The reward for information about missing scholar Yingying Zhang’s whereabouts will be raised to $50,000. The increase, requested by Zhang's family, will be announced at a news conference Friday morning.Media advisory: Siebel Center for Design groundbreaking April 24Apr 19, 2018 2:45 pm228 views A groundbreaking ceremony for the Siebel Center for Design will take place Tuesday, April 24 at 2 p.m. on a site located on Fourth Street between Gregory Drive and Peabody Drive, Champaign.Expert on pre-language communication to give annual Goldstick LectureOct 12, 2017 8:00 am226 views Nancy C. Brady, an expert on pre-language communication and language development in young children, will give the annual Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders at the University of Illinois.Civil Service Employee and Dependents Scholarship Program to pause awarding of scholarshipsJan 24, 2017 4:15 pm224 views After 33 years of service, the Scholarship Program Committee for the Civil Service Employee and Dependents Scholarship Program is analyzing the program to ensure its continuity. U. of I. conference to address immigration and refugee issues in light of U.S. electionSep 21, 2016 11:00 am223 views Immigration, migration and refugees – topics that have loomed over both the U.S. presidential campaign and world politics – will be the subject of a two-day conference Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 26-27) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to speak March 7Feb 11, 2016 9:00 am219 views The U. of I. will host “A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor” from 7-8 p.m. March 7 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.2018-19 Avery Brundage scholarships availableNov 13, 2017 11:15 am216 views University of Illinois students who excel in both academics and athletics are encouraged to enter the 2018-19 Avery Brundage Scholarship competition. Scholarship applications can be submitted online. The deadline for submission is Feb. 6. Media advisory: Campus commemorates Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 8Oct 1, 2018 8:15 am214 views A celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day will take place Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to noon on the South Quad near the ACES Library, 1101 S. Goodwin, Ave., Urbana. A reception follows.Money in politics focus of Cline Symposium, featuring director of watchdog OpenSecrets.orgNov 3, 2016 1:15 pm212 views Money in U.S. politics will be the theme of a U. of I. symposium starting Friday, Nov. 11, with the director of the watchdog website OpenSecrets.org giving the keynote.Audiology Clinic offers free hearing screeningsMay 26, 2016 3:15 pm210 views The Audiology Clinic at the U. of I. is offering free hearing screenings June 1 to July 22. Screenings appointments may be scheduled by calling 217-333-2230. The clinic does not schedule appointments by email.Illinois soils are cooler, drier in mid-AugustAug 22, 2017 1:45 pm210 views Soils across Illinois were cooler and drier than average in the first half of August, said Jennie Atkins, the water and atmospheric resources monitoring program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois.‘Ebertfest’ adds musical performance to follow final film ‘Rumble’Apr 10, 2018 9:30 am209 views This year’s “Ebertfest” will close with a performance by Native American artist Pura Fe following its final film, “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World.”Historians make case for books that changed the worldMar 31, 2016 9:15 am208 views Ten faculty and staff members and students associated with the department of history will get six minutes each to make their case for the book they think changed everything. A jury will then vote and declare a winner.Abbott Power Plant stack to be dismantled ahead of gas boiler upgradesApr 19, 2017 2:30 pm207 views Abbott Power Plant’s 77-year-old south stack will be taken down in much the same way it went up, one piece at a time. Crews this month began preparations to disassemble the 197-foot concrete stack at the plant, located on the U. of I. campus at 1117 S. Oak St. The work is expected to end this summer.‘Being There,’ ‘Pleasantville’ and Cole Porter biopic among final slate for ‘Ebertfest’Mar 30, 2017 12:30 pm206 views The last films have been added and the schedule is out for this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, coming April 19-23 to downtown Champaign. Media advisory: Media passes for commencement available this weekMay 8, 2018 9:45 am206 views News media passes for Saturday's campuswide commencement at Memorial Stadium are available through Friday at the Office of Public Affairs, 507 E. Green St., Room 319, Champaign. Illini Union hosting celebration event for its 75th anniversaryFeb 15, 2017 4:30 pm201 views The Illini Union will host a celebration of its 75th anniversary on Friday, Feb. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Illini Union Art Gallery and Pine Lounge. All are welcome to attend.‘Ebertfest’ final slate includes ‘Interstellar’ in 70mm, ‘Indians who rocked the world’Apr 2, 2018 10:15 am196 views “Interstellar” in 70mm coming to 20th annual “Ebertfest,” as well as documentary on the role of American Indians in rock music.Bike light giveaway at two campus locations Sep 18, 2018 1:15 pm188 views Bring your bike to the 11th annual Light the Night event on Thursday, Sept. 20 and get a free set of front and rear lights. Illinois law requires bicyclists riding at night to use lights.EU ambassador to speak March 15 at the U. of I.Mar 8, 2017 9:15 am183 views The European Union ambassador to the U.S. is speaking March 15 at the University of Illinois, part of EU Day 2017.Illinois recognized as a HEARTSafe campusMar 12, 2018 11:15 am181 views Illini Emergency Medical Services, a student program under the Illinois Fire Service Institute, received national recognition recently when the U. of I. was awarded the designation of a HEARTSafe Campus. IEMS accepted the award Feb. 24 at the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation Awards Reception in Philadelphia. Warm soils across Illinois in JulyJul 21, 2017 1:30 pm179 views Soil temperatures are above normal in mid-July, 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. YMCA seeks volunteers to help with Dump & Run recycling eventAug 3, 2016 11:30 am179 views The University YMCA is seeking volunteers in Champaign County to join the 15th annual Dump & Run community recycling event to help divert reusable items from the landfill. Volunteers are needed beginning Aug. 8 and up to Aug. 21 to help collect, sort, price and sell household items at the garage sale on Aug. 20-21. Volunteers at last year’s event were able to divert approximately 27 tons of reusable items from the landfill.Illinois researchers awarded computing time on NCSA’s Blue WatersJul 13, 2016 4:30 pm178 views Twenty-four U. of I. research teams have been awarded allocations on the National Center for Supercomputing Applications’ Blue Waters, the most powerful supercomputer on a university campus. “The U. of I. is a tremendous university with plenty of talented people who can take effective advantage of a resource like Blue Waters,” said Blue Waters project director Bill Kramer. “It’s important for the project that our home institution has a close relationship with this great supercomputer, and we look forward to seeing more groundbreaking science come from the researchers at Illinois.”Krannert Center announces $30 million fundraising campaignFeb 2, 2018 1:45 pm177 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts has announced a five-year, $30 million fundraising initiative.Art of Science 7.0: Images show the beauty of researchApr 11, 2017 9:30 am177 views Artistically enhanced research images from the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology will be shown at the Art of Science 7.0 exhibit.Campus Faculty Association to award Social Justice ScholarshipsSep 13, 2016 8:45 am176 views The Campus Faculty Association will award up to five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus who demonstrate a commitment to social justice in the community.McKinley Health Center offers free flu shots for faculty and staff members and studentsOct 8, 2015 9:15 am176 views The seasonal flu shot is now available 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for free at McKinley Health Center to all U. of I. students who have paid the Health Service Fee and all benefits-eligible faculty and staff members, retirees and state employees. Check the McKinley website and its Flu Clinic Events Calendar for other locations on campus.Panel discussion on immigration executive order to be held at College of LawJan 31, 2017 9:45 am174 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.