blog postsUniversity of Illinois System launches fundraising campaigns with $3.1 billion goalNov 1, 2017 4:30 pm280 views The University of Illinois System has officially launched its largest, and most ambitious, comprehensive fundraising initiative that aims to raise $3.1 billion over the next five years to support students, faculty and academic and research programs and facilities. This initiative is built on individual campaigns for each of the System’s universities in Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign that were officially launched during campus-based kickoff events in October.Soil temperatures and moisture levels declining in early MarchMar 16, 2018 3:30 pm276 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 pm272 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. Street closures announced for Homecoming paradeOct 25, 2017 3:15 pm268 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.Amazon to open new pickup location at the Illini Union BookstoreJul 13, 2016 8:00 am264 views Amazon has announced an agreement with the U. of I. to open Amazon@Illinois, a staffed pickup location in the Illini Union Bookstore, 809 S. Wright St., Champaign. The first Amazon pickup location in the state of Illinois, Amazon@Illinois offers the campus community a place to pick up and return Amazon orders.Illinois New Teacher Collaborative’s annual leadership summit to be held Jan. 26Jan 11, 2018 9:30 am263 views "Stoking the Flames of Passionate Teaching" will be the theme for the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative's Winter Leadership Summit on Jan. 26.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. Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies established at IllinoisNov 22, 2017 11:45 am257 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 TaiwanAnnual new teacher induction, mentoring conference to be Feb. 21-22Feb 13, 2017 9:45 am252 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.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 pm249 views New U. of I. chancellor Robert Jones will be introduced at a public event WednesdayBagchi next director of the School of Molecular and Cellular BiologyJun 5, 2017 8:45 am245 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 pm242 views The Estonian ambassador to the U.S. will address the state of the European Union as part of EU Day on Oct. 20.Journalists Balz and Simon part of April 12 panel on Trump-era political reportingApr 5, 2018 10:00 am240 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.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. Media advisory: Crime Stoppers raises missing scholar award amount to $50,000Jul 13, 2017 5:00 pm235 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.Japan House Mottainai Holiday BazaarDec 11, 2017 3:15 pm232 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.Solar Farm repaired, resumes power generationFeb 2, 2018 2:30 pm231 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.Civil Service Employee and Dependents Scholarship Program to pause awarding of scholarshipsJan 24, 2017 4:15 pm223 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.Expert on pre-language communication to give annual Goldstick LectureOct 12, 2017 8:00 am221 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.U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to speak March 7Feb 11, 2016 9:00 am218 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.Media advisory: Siebel Center for Design groundbreaking April 24Apr 19, 2018 2:45 pm216 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.Money in politics focus of Cline Symposium, featuring director of watchdog OpenSecrets.orgNov 3, 2016 1:15 pm211 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 pm209 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.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.‘Ebertfest’ adds musical performance to follow final film ‘Rumble’Apr 10, 2018 9:30 am207 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.”‘Being There,’ ‘Pleasantville’ and Cole Porter biopic among final slate for ‘Ebertfest’Mar 30, 2017 12:30 pm204 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. 2018-19 Avery Brundage scholarships availableNov 13, 2017 11:15 am204 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. Illini Union hosting celebration event for its 75th anniversaryFeb 15, 2017 4:30 pm200 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.Media advisory: Media passes for commencement available this weekMay 8, 2018 9:45 am199 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. Abbott Power Plant stack to be dismantled ahead of gas boiler upgradesApr 19, 2017 2:30 pm197 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.‘Ebertfest’ final slate includes ‘Interstellar’ in 70mm, ‘Indians who rocked the world’Apr 2, 2018 10:15 am190 views “Interstellar” in 70mm coming to 20th annual “Ebertfest,” as well as documentary on the role of American Indians in rock music.EU ambassador to speak March 15 at the U. of I.Mar 8, 2017 9:15 am182 views The European Union ambassador to the U.S. is speaking March 15 at the University of Illinois, part of EU Day 2017.Illinois professor to speak to congressional staffers about generational changeJul 13, 2018 10:00 am182 views U. of I. professor Julie Dowling is speaking to congressional staffers July 16 about generational change, racial/ethnic identity and the U.S. census.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 am178 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.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.A mild January in IllinoisFeb 3, 2017 10:30 am174 views The statewide average temperature in January was 31.4 degrees, 5 degrees above normal, and the 14th-warmest January on record, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey, part of the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. Campus Faculty Association to award Social Justice ScholarshipsSep 13, 2016 8:45 am174 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.Illinois recognized as a HEARTSafe campusMar 12, 2018 11:15 am172 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. Panel discussion on immigration executive order to be held at College of LawJan 31, 2017 9:45 am171 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.Illinois researchers awarded computing time on NCSA’s Blue WatersJul 13, 2016 4:30 pm171 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.”McKinley Health Center offers free flu shots for faculty and staff members and studentsOct 8, 2015 9:15 am168 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.“Long Lost” to open June 8 at Krannert CenterMay 25, 2016 2:00 pm167 views Illinois Theatre, the producing entity of the department of theatre at Illinois, announces the 2016 presentation of “The Sullivan Project,” a new-play production curated by Tony Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan. Sullivan is the holder of an endowed Swanlund chair and a theatre professor at Illinois.Lecture, open houses planned to celebrate Child Development Lab’s 75th anniversaryNov 1, 2017 12:30 pm167 views A lecture by educational psychologist Kathleen Gallagher is among the events planned to celebrate the Child Development Laboratory's 75th anniversary.Museum open house promotes campus collaborationFeb 21, 2018 4:45 pm166 views Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois invites faculty, staff and graduate students to attend an open house on specialized research and learning opportunities on Thursday, March 8, from 3-6 p.m. The museum welcomes proposals for collaborative exhibitions, research projects and public programs. The event highlights opportunities for using the museum’s collection of more than 50,000 objects from six continents for classes and outreach. Six projects receive seed grants from Illinois Learning Sciences Design InitiativeMay 23, 2016 11:00 am164 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 fundingYWCA seeks nominations for the 31st Women's Leadership AwardsDec 6, 2016 3:30 pm162 views The YWCA at Illinois is seeking nominations for the 31st annual Women’s Leadership Awards. Prospective nominees are exceptional women who display leadership, initiative, creativity and dedication, and go the extra mile to get involved in programs and activities that benefit the communities in which they live and work. The awards recognize the achievements and contributions of exceptional individuals, organizations and businesses in the greater Champaign-Urbana community who work to advance the mission of the YWCA.