blog postsIllinois in 2016: 'We will rise to the challenge'Jan 7, 2016 9:30 am809 views With the state budget impasse still looming large, high-profile administrator positions needing to be filled and plans for a new medical school to be finalized, there's no indication 2016 will be any less challenging.Personal treasures await in limbo in lost and foundDec 15, 2005 9:00 am798 views Personal treasures await in limbo in lost and foundCarols and carolers just a phone call away at the University of IllinoisDec 9, 2008 9:00 am788 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Nearly a half century after it started, a holiday/finals week tradition at a University of Illinois residence hall is still hitting the high notes with the public.Illinois acceptance numbers reflect strong in-state interest, diversity gainsMay 5, 2016 9:30 am773 views The number of first-year students expected to report to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus for the upcoming fall semester is similar to the fall 2015 total.On the Job: Jan AdamczykMay 19, 2016 11:45 am768 views The Slavic collection at the U. of I. is the largest in Illinois, the Midwest and any state-supported U.S. university. Jan Adamczyk, a senior library specialist, takes care of the collection and responds to questions about it. Carbon dioxide storage is focus of new center's missionSep 10, 2015 9:00 am766 views Research by University of Illinois scientists with the Center for Geologic Storage of CO2 could have planetary implications while also producing benefits close to home.Four nominated for 2016 honorary degreesDec 9, 2015 8:45 am761 views The Urbana Champaign Senate has nominated four men to receive honorary degrees at the May 2016 Commencement exercises.U. of I. researchers help discover ‘dark galaxy’Apr 18, 2016 11:00 am749 views Researchers have uncovered the existence of a dwarf “dark galaxy” lurking nearly 4 billion light-years away from Earth. The discovery was made when a team of researchers, including astronomers at the University of Illinois, using the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, noticed subtle distortions in the image of gravitational lens SDP.81. The discovery paves the way to spot many more such objects, which could help astronomers address important questions on the true nature of dark matter.Winter worldJan 21, 2016 8:45 am734 views New Faces 2015: Richard BentonSep 10, 2015 9:00 am714 views Richard Benton, an assistant professor of labor and employment relations, 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. On the Job: Patty JonesJun 3, 2016 8:45 am707 views “You never know what path you’re going on,” said Patty Jones, the associate director for research at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. And, yes, she has gone on many different paths.New Faces 2015: Francina DominguezSep 3, 2015 9:15 am698 views Francina Dominguez, an assistant professor of atomospheric sciences, is the first new faculty member to featured in our annual "New Faces" feature. Among the newcomers to the Urbana campus we will feature are faculty members whose appointments began this summer or fall. 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. On the Job: Janet SnyderJan 7, 2016 10:45 am697 views Graphic designer Janet Snyder will be more excited than most when renovations at State Farm Center are finished next fall.State budget stalemate and local budget cuts discussed at SEC meetingNov 12, 2015 9:00 am673 views The campus is starting to feel the pinch of the state budget impasse.Contemporary artist Nnenna Okore to visit Krannert Art MuseumOct 27, 2015 1:15 pm667 views Those who have seen sculptor Nnenna Okore’s work at Krannert Art Museum will be able to hear from the artist how she transforms materials and gallery spaces into works of art.On the Job: Brian JacobsonDec 10, 2015 9:30 am664 views There are dangers lurking in every kitchen. But in Brian Jacobson's kitchen, they are bigger than most.NCSA’s Advanced Visual Lab contributed to IMAX 3-D film ‘A Beautiful Planet’Apr 21, 2016 9:00 am660 views The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the U. of I. is helping produce movie magic with cinematic scientific visualization.Wassaja Hall dedicated with songs, drums and wordsSep 14, 2016 2:30 pm660 views The dedication of Wassaja Hall began Thursday with the sound of drums and a song sung in Comanche by the OtterTrail drum group, from the Peoria Tribe in Oklahoma. The dedication of the new student residence hall, held in the Student Dining and Residential Program Building due to inclement weather, is a celebration of the legacy of Wassaja, later known as Carlos Montezuma, who in 1884 became the first Native American to graduate from the University of Illinois, said Alma Sealine, the director of University Housing, the first of six speakers at the event.New Faces 2015: Christopher Dunbar Jr.Sep 17, 2015 9:00 am660 views Christopher Dunbar Jr., a professor of education policy, organization and leadership in the College of Education, 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 updates faculty members on range of issues facing universityOct 29, 2015 9:00 am647 views The university's top administrators covered a wide variety of topics at the Urbana-Champaign Senate-sponsored annual meeting of the faculty, held Oct. 26 in the Illini Union Ballroom.2015-16 committee rosters availableOct 22, 2015 9:00 am644 views The annual summary of committee members on the Urbana-Champaign campus can be viewed online. In an effort to provide the most accurate information, Inside Illinois has compiled a list of URLs for units that appoint committees.'Community' is focus of 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. celebrationJan 7, 2016 9:00 am640 views The Urbana-Champaign community will join the U. of I. campus community in January to celebrate the legacy of legendary civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.Grand Challenge courses to follow multidisciplinary themesOct 8, 2015 2:30 pm632 views Faculty members teaching six Grand Challenge Experience courses this fall say they've enjoyed opening students' eyes to the unnoticed connections of a research campus, and they hope it leads to a new way of engaging student participation and thinking.New Faces 2015: Xin LiuOct 29, 2015 9:00 am631 views Xin Liu, an assistant professor of astronomy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is among the new faculty members to be included in our New Faces feature.Campus, community leaders discuss difficulties amid budget impasseFeb 25, 2016 9:00 am626 views Local representatives of the Illinois Coalition to Invest in Higher Education used a Feb. 22 press conference at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center to illustrate the plight of students and communities facing uncertainty over the state budget impasse.252 faculty members, academic professionals retireNov 15, 2012 9:00 am624 views Between Aug. 16, 2011, and Aug. 15, 2012, 252 faculty members and academic professionals retired from the UI, according to the Office of Academic Human Resources. Those who retired during that time were honored last spring at the campus's Academic Service Recognition Luncheon. Also honored were employees celebrating an employment milestone (10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 years) during that time.New Faces 2015: Bianca Da Costa MartinsNov 12, 2015 9:00 am622 views Bianca Da Costa Martins is a new assistant professor of ophthalmology in the department of veterinary clinical medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine.New book examines role of children’s writing in creating their childhoodsMay 2, 2016 1:30 pm616 views The experiences of eight children from around the world as they learned written language, and the ways in which these students used composition to confront social, societal and pedagogical barriers, are explored in a new book by a University of Illinois scholar.On the Job: Ginger PassalacquaNov 19, 2015 9:15 am610 views Ginger Passalacqua works hard to make sure area veterinarians are getting the information they need to help make animals healthier and happier.Dedra ‘DeeDee’ Williams appointed U. of I. secretaryJan 12, 2016 2:15 pm599 views Dedra “DeeDee” Williams, a high-level administrator at the University of Illinois for more than two decades, has been appointed secretary of the U. of I. Board of Trustees and of the university, President Tim Killeen announced Jan. 11.Chancellor search committee creating candidate profile, forming listMar 17, 2016 9:00 am599 views The heavy-lifting phase is just beginning, but members of the committee leading the search for a permanent chancellor say identifying the best candidate will take the strength of the entire campus.Campus promotionsApr 7, 2016 9:00 am585 views 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.Retirees, long-serving staff members recognizedOct 29, 2015 9:00 am584 views 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 agreementApr 22, 2016 2:30 pm570 views 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.Study finds U. of I. contributes $13.9 billion in annual income to Illinois economyOct 29, 2015 9:15 am564 views 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.Phi Eta Sigma initiates 981 UI freshmenApr 4, 2000 9:00 am561 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Illinois chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, a national scholastic honorary society for freshmen, initiated 981 members at a campus ceremony this spring.New Faces 2015: Kevin LeichtNov 25, 2015 9:00 am552 views Kevin Leicht is a new professor and the head of the department of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.Enrollment doubles for second winter sessionDec 22, 2015 4:00 pm552 views 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.New Faces 2015: Kelly TuOct 8, 2015 9:15 am550 views 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. Winter light showDec 22, 2015 7:30 am547 views 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.Initiative rethinks how general education courses are designed and deliveredOct 8, 2015 9:00 am545 views 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.Faculty retreat focuses on Universal Design for LearningMar 10, 2016 9:15 am541 views 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.Restored Alma Mater sculpture to return to U. of I. campus on April 9Mar 21, 2014 9:00 am534 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Alma Mater sculpture will make her long-awaited return to the Urbana campus April 9, where she will be put back on her pedestal to silently watch the next century of university progress.Quad lights celebrate Hindu festivalNov 19, 2015 9:00 am534 views 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.”New Faces 2015: Simon RogersDec 10, 2015 9:00 am532 views Simon Rogers is a new assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.On the Job: Walter WilsonSep 3, 2015 11:00 am530 views Walter Wilson's work is behind every great piece of art in Krannert Art Museum. And, if you take into consideration each individual's tastes, it's also behind some of the not-so-great pieces.Senators ask board to postpone university background check policySep 24, 2015 9:15 am527 views Senators overwhelmingly approved a resolution Sept. 21 calling for the postponement of a universitywide background check policy set to go into effect Oct. 5.Phi Eta Sigma initiates 942 freshmen into honor societyMay 17, 2001 9:00 am524 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. The University of Illinois chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, a national scholastic honorary society for freshmen, initiated 942 members at a campus ceremony this spring.On the Job: Diane CovingtonFeb 11, 2016 9:15 am522 views Building service worker Diane Covington starts her day at the Mechanical Engineering Lab while most of the campus is still sleeping, making sure the building is clean and ready for use.Krannert Art Museum galleries to close during summer renovationsApr 15, 2016 2:30 pm521 views 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.