blog postsIllinois study abroad program prepares student for real life disasterJan 19, 2015 1:00 pm112 views When Jessica Weston was choosing a study abroad location, she had two qualifications: beautiful weather and English-speaking. So, she chose the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, where she was able to fulfill her academic requirements, as well as develop her interest in volunteer work through a course called “Rebuilding Christchurch.” The New Zealand city was recovering from a series of violent earthquakes.Top DogsOct 21, 2016 9:15 am112 views U of I team designs “bark park”A Community of PeersOct 21, 2016 9:15 am111 views Resources await at the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher EducationHistory GamesMar 23, 2017 8:00 am105 views Students learn about the past by replaying it, in a different kind of history class.Social Work Ambassadors: Students welcome peers to their field of studyOct 18, 2017 4:00 pm105 views Social Work Ambassadors promote the School of Social Work programs, courses to students curious about the major and the careers available to alumni with degrees in the field.Ferreting out fake newsMar 23, 2017 9:00 am104 views Illinois computer science students Mark Craft and Qinglin Chen created an extension for the Chrome web browser to verify articles and pictures posted to Facebook. Even more impressive? They did it in less than 36 hours, as part of a student hackathon event hosted by Princeton University in November 2016. From Field to Market to Table: Students study post-harvest losses in IndiaAug 25, 2014 1:00 pm101 views Flowers. Groundnuts (peanuts). Wheat. And paddy (rice): These were the focus of a 10-day student excursion to India over the 2014 winter break. Business administration professor Udatta Palekar organized the trip with 15 undergraduate business students majoring in supply chain management.Celebrating our sesquicentennialMar 23, 2017 9:15 am100 views Milestones and relevant connections to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's 150th anniversary. Trip to China a welcome new opportunity for future teachersJan 21, 2013 4:30 pm99 views The trip that took Bell, Wang and their peers from East Central Illinois to East Asia is part of a new program in the College of Education called the Greater China Initiative, which makes study abroad practicable for undergraduate preservice teachers and provides an opportunity for them to delve into research.Global health issues drive students around the worldJan 23, 2012 4:15 pm96 views On a campus of 40,000 undergraduates, a student organization can provide a grounding point. For the members of Frontiers International Health Society, it’s also a launch pad, sending students far beyond the lecture halls to apply their skills around the globe.La Colectiva advocates for immigrants, social justice, changeJan 27, 2014 1:00 pm96 views When Stephanie Mazariegos was a small child, her parents struggled to pay their bills. During the day, her parents worked alternating shifts – her father in a restaurant and as a janitor at a synagogue, her mother cleaning a woman’s home – so that one parent could be at home to care for the children.Administrative PostsAug 22, 2011 3:30 pm93 views Administrative PostsCHAMPS/Life Skills program supports student-athletesJan 23, 2012 4:45 pm87 views The athlete shines on the playing field or the court, in the gym or the pool. That’s the part of “student-athlete” that most UI fans know about. The student part happens out of the limelight, but the record shows student-athletes succeeding there as well.High-altitude balloon flight inspires 'space geeks' for moreAug 20, 2012 5:30 pm87 views UI junior Spencer Gore, the founder and director of Space for All, holds onto the payload rigging at the launch site as he addresses the launch crew. Inside the payload housing are devices and cameras filming the action figure "passengers" astride a model of the Starship Enterprise.Dear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorOct 22, 2015 9:00 am85 views By the time you read this issue of Postmarks, we’ll be nearing the middle of the fall semester here at Illinois.Neglected classrooms getting much needed renovationsAug 20, 2012 5:00 pm83 views UI students have access to some of the best professors in the country using the most current data and teaching techniques – but funding challenges have made campus classroom space the final educational frontier.The Greek life was greek to them so they started their ownJan 20, 2014 10:00 am82 views Jasmine and Jeniece Baines had no interest in Greek life when they stumbled into the Delta Xi Phi sorority. It happened last fall, when the twin sisters from Country Club Hills, near Chicago, visited a cultural fair at the Illini Union.Dear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorOct 21, 2016 9:00 am73 views By the time this issue of Postmarks is in your hands, we'll be well into the fall semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Students 'interns in name only' at Fortune 500 companyJan 21, 2013 5:00 pm70 views For students looking to become the next Nate Silver, or for those who simply like working with numbers but don’t want to become engineers, the U. of I. offers a little-known but highly esteemed major that’s also very much in-demand in the business world.Service learning project unites special ed students, othersJan 21, 2013 5:15 pm66 views If curiosity gets the better of the passersby, and they pause to read the card attached to the brightly colored ceramic hearts or hands, they’ll find that the chimes, called Ben’s Bells, are part of a nationwide grassroots movement for spreading kindness. The bells are gifts for whomever happens upon them, but they come with strings attached: Those who pluck the bells from their perches and take them home are volunteering to spread kindness wherever they go.Forward march! Marching Illini strike up a lasting relationship with practice fieldJan 20, 2014 8:00 am64 views The University of Illinois Marching Illini provide the soundtrack for a long list of cherished football traditions. Gridiron games wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without the band leading the players out of the tunnel, playing “Imperial March” from “Star Wars” on third downs and of course “Oskee Wow Wow” after every touchdown. But the band is abandoning one lesser-known custom that dates back several generations – and everyone is happy to see this tradition go.Dear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorJan 19, 2015 9:00 am62 views As this issue of Postmarks reaches your home, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign we are moving into the final months of the academic year.Moon Goons have out-of-this-world experience at NASAAug 26, 2013 4:30 pm61 views One high-flying group of engineering students discovered the heavy importance of gravity in a few moments of weightlessness.Making music for the fun of itJan 23, 2012 5:15 pm53 views During the winter holiday break, when music education major Christopher Whiteford went home to Bradley, Ill., he played a few Christmas carols for his parents, jammed on some rock ’n’ roll with a guitarist friend and serenaded his girlfriend with one of her favorites, Ingrid Michaelson’s “You and I.”A summer of fun and GAMESAug 20, 2012 6:00 pm53 views The weeklong camp is geared toward high school students with interests in science and engineering. GAMES includes seven camps, each focusing on a particular engineering discipline: aerospace engineering, bioengineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science and robotics.Minrva project makes library navigation and research easy with appAug 25, 2014 12:00 pm50 views Finding the right book in the library these days doesn’t involve a card catalog. In fact, it doesn’t necessarily involve a computer terminal or even a librarian, thanks to a mobile phone application called Minrva, developed by student interns in the undergraduate library’s Technology Prototyping Service (TPS).Peer Education Program promotes dialogue on edgy topicsAug 25, 2014 11:00 am49 views There’s perhaps nothing more intimidating in a young adult’s life than leaving the comfy confines of the family nest for the first time and venturing off to college. But University of Illinois students can take comfort knowing a well-developed and well-supported network of fellow students – or “peer educators,” as they’re known on campus – are ready and willing to help them navigate the swirling sea of college life.Student consultants aid nonprofits in C-U and beyondAug 22, 2011 5:30 pm47 views Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO) is only 1 year old, yet it already has a worthy list of achievements linked to its name.GAME ON: Students score as park district coachesAug 22, 2011 6:00 pm45 views It was the final game of the Urbana Park District basketball season, and Jordan Morris’ motley crew of third- and fourth-grade boys (at right) was winning. He watched them dribble, pass and deploy the pump fake and the jab step – moves he and his friends had taught them at practice – to almost double their opponent’s score.Camp Kesem acts as an escape for children whose parents have cancerAug 25, 2014 2:00 pm45 views The little girl chatted excitedly to her dad. As the two waited in the check-in line, she began to list all of the things she loved about camp: the special guest, the other kids, the counselors. She was the typical girl excited to attend summer camp, with one marked difference: two weeks earlier her mom passed away from cancer.Administrative PostsJan 20, 2014 7:45 am44 views Administrative PostsStudy Abroad's top priority is safety for studentsJan 27, 2014 3:00 pm44 views Students participating in the U. of I.’s Study Abroad program say they were thankful for the comprehensive safety training they received on campus before traveling – and more thankful still they never had to employ it in an emergency situation.Virtual lab encourages creativity, offers safe place to exploreJan 21, 2013 5:30 pm38 views Welcome to the virtual lab, a digital re-creation of the nuclear, plasma and radiological engineering (NPRE) undergraduate laboratory. The virtual lab is a detailed first-person video game developed to guide freshmen through basic lab setup and procedure, though it soon could provide a training environment for advanced classes in nuclear engineering and beyond.Cricketers maintain their wicket waysAug 20, 2012 4:00 pm34 views On Quad Day, more than 600 registered student organizations set up displays in hopes of attracting new members. Junior Utkarsh Yadav didn’t need to browse. He knew exactly which RSO he wanted to join.Deep passion: Student charting future on Navy submarineAug 22, 2011 5:15 pm34 views What should a little girl aspire to become when she grows up? If you’re asking Kristin Schoemaker, anything she wants. Schoemaker, a junior in nuclear engineering, is preparing to cast off the limitations of an age-old Navy rule prohibiting women from serving on nuclear submarines.Out of Illinois and into Africa: Study Abroad program takes engineering students out of their elementJan 23, 2012 6:00 pm32 views Life – and career – lessons can take many forms. For seven UI undergraduates, a hands-on engineering collaboration with peers in South Africa – with weekend excursions to some of the most exotic locales on the planet – offered just about all of them.Undergraduate research office off to good startAug 26, 2013 11:30 am31 views It’s been just a year since the Office of the Provost created the Office of Undergraduate Research and students this fall are already seeing tangible results.Laptop research benefits landfills, chickens … and studentsAug 20, 2012 3:45 pm30 views A student-centered research course at the UI in the spring semester proved it is possible for the concepts of academic exploration and commercial practicality to peacefully co-exist – and that Earth’s environment can benefit from the union.More campus patrols, other security measures mean safer campusAug 22, 2011 4:45 pm28 views UI Police say the Urbana campus is as peaceful as it has been in years – not because there are fewer bad guys, but because of the implementation of several integrated security upgrades over the past two years.It takes time and patience: Journalism students apply literary craft to shape storiesAug 26, 2013 5:00 pm28 views Journalism is often a deadline-driven job. Get the story; get it done.Students put sustainability on U. of I. mapJan 19, 2015 10:00 am27 views The year 2015 will mark a milestone for sustainability at Illinois. This fall, a 5.87-megawatt, 20.8-acre solar farm – now under construction on university farmland – will supply about two percent of the campus’s total electricity needs. This project is the result of a dream and a lot of hard work by many stakeholders – not least among them the Illinois students.New program puts knowledge to work solving community needsJan 19, 2015 2:00 pm26 views When Morgan Tarter was an undergraduate in the bachelor of social work program, she wanted to work in the addiction and recovery field. But her career aspirations changed after she gained some “real world” experience through service learning.IUB: A community that builds community across campusAug 26, 2013 2:00 pm26 views One of U. of I. senior Stuti Mehta’s most memorable experiences at Illinois may have been dinner with Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.IN THE TRENCHES: Student journalists report from TurkeyAug 20, 2012 4:45 pm25 views They left for Turkey last May as a group of student reporters. They returned two weeks later as novice foreign correspondents.Tucker named head of undergraduate education, innovationJan 21, 2013 4:00 pm24 views Charles Tucker III, the newly installed vice provost for undergraduate education and innovation, is well aware of the challenges of producing a high-quality undergraduate experience.Administrative PostsJan 23, 2012 4:00 pm24 views Administrative PostsDear ParentsJan 21, 2013 3:00 pm22 views Dear ParentsNow trending: Pop, politics, fashion, food among the glitz and glamJan 21, 2013 3:45 pm22 views You don’t have to look to the runways of New York City to find the hallmarks of high culture and style. Inside IMPULSE magazine, an independent quarterly publication created by U. of I. students, it’s easy to find glamour and glitz in the heart of Champaign-Urbana.X students + 1 subject + 1 room = creative and fun teamworkJan 21, 2013 4:45 pm22 views If that’s not the math you remember from school, that’s no surprise. But that’s the math they practice and preach through the Illinois Geometry Lab, a new math department initiative now in its fourth semester.Impacting the Community: Students invest time, talent in Avicenna Community Health CenterAug 25, 2014 3:00 pm22 views At the height of the recession, east central Illinois residents saw medical needs growing in their community. And, due to the job market, many residents were without health insurance.