blog postsSocial Work Ambassadors: Students welcome peers to their field of studyOct 18, 2017 4:00 pm90 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.Art for the sake of self-discoveryJan 23, 2012 5:00 pm89 views Journeys that foster self-discovery are not always easy or pleasant – but can be empowering and liberating, says Elka Kazmierczak, a slender woman with short gray hair and sparkling brown eyes. She seems to vibrate with energy and purpose. At the first meeting of the semester for the Illini Art Therapy Association, Kazmierczak invites participants to take such a journey with her.Global health issues drive students around the worldJan 23, 2012 4:15 pm85 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 pm85 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.History GamesMar 23, 2017 8:00 am85 views Students learn about the past by replaying it, in a different kind of history class.Top DogsOct 21, 2016 9:15 am83 views U of I team designs “bark park”Trip to China a welcome new opportunity for future teachersJan 21, 2013 4:30 pm82 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.Heads up! New state law yields crosswalk changesAug 22, 2011 4:15 pm80 views 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.Dear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorOct 22, 2015 9:00 am76 views By the time you read this issue of Postmarks, we’ll be nearing the middle of the fall semester here at Illinois.From Field to Market to Table: Students study post-harvest losses in IndiaAug 25, 2014 1:00 pm73 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.High-altitude balloon flight inspires 'space geeks' for moreAug 20, 2012 5:30 pm69 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.Administrative PostsAug 22, 2011 3:30 pm66 views Administrative PostsThe Greek life was greek to them so they started their ownJan 20, 2014 10:00 am65 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.CHAMPS/Life Skills program supports student-athletesJan 23, 2012 4:45 pm60 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.Dear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorOct 21, 2016 9:00 am60 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.Dear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorJan 19, 2015 9:00 am58 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.Neglected classrooms getting much needed renovationsAug 20, 2012 5:00 pm56 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.Celebrating our sesquicentennialMar 23, 2017 9:15 am54 views Milestones and relevant connections to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's 150th anniversary. Moon Goons have out-of-this-world experience at NASAAug 26, 2013 4:30 pm52 views One high-flying group of engineering students discovered the heavy importance of gravity in a few moments of weightlessness.Students 'interns in name only' at Fortune 500 companyJan 21, 2013 5:00 pm51 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.Forward march! Marching Illini strike up a lasting relationship with practice fieldJan 20, 2014 8:00 am48 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.A summer of fun and GAMESAug 20, 2012 6:00 pm48 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.Ferreting out fake newsMar 23, 2017 9:00 am45 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. Service learning project unites special ed students, othersJan 21, 2013 5:15 pm41 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.GAME ON: Students score as park district coachesAug 22, 2011 6:00 pm41 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.Minrva project makes library navigation and research easy with appAug 25, 2014 12:00 pm40 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 am35 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.Camp Kesem acts as an escape for children whose parents have cancerAug 25, 2014 2:00 pm34 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 am33 views Administrative PostsVirtual lab encourages creativity, offers safe place to exploreJan 21, 2013 5:30 pm33 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.Study Abroad's top priority is safety for studentsJan 27, 2014 3:00 pm30 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.Undergraduate research office off to good startAug 26, 2013 11:30 am29 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.Making music for the fun of itJan 23, 2012 5:15 pm28 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.”Student consultants aid nonprofits in C-U and beyondAug 22, 2011 5:30 pm28 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.Laptop research benefits landfills, chickens … and studentsAug 20, 2012 3:45 pm27 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.Students put sustainability on U. of I. mapJan 19, 2015 10:00 am26 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.Cricketers maintain their wicket waysAug 20, 2012 4:00 pm25 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.Out of Illinois and into Africa: Study Abroad program takes engineering students out of their elementJan 23, 2012 6:00 pm24 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.Tucker named head of undergraduate education, innovationJan 21, 2013 4:00 pm23 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.IUB: A community that builds community across campusAug 26, 2013 2:00 pm22 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.It takes time and patience: Journalism students apply literary craft to shape storiesAug 26, 2013 5:00 pm22 views Journalism is often a deadline-driven job. Get the story; get it done.IN THE TRENCHES: Student journalists report from TurkeyAug 20, 2012 4:45 pm20 views They left for Turkey last May as a group of student reporters. They returned two weeks later as novice foreign correspondents.postscriptsJan 20, 2014 7:30 am19 views postscriptsNow trending: Pop, politics, fashion, food among the glitz and glamJan 21, 2013 3:45 pm19 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.Growing support for scholars: A Lincoln Hall scholarship program has multiplied in size since the building renovationJan 19, 2015 12:00 pm18 views With the reopening of Lincoln Hall more than two years behind us, an initiative tied to the renovation grows more significant every day. The Lincoln Scholars program has so far provided financial assistance to 50 Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) students to help complete their studies.World champions genetically engineer winning designJan 20, 2014 9:00 am18 views Last summer, as most undergraduates spent their vacation traveling to exotic locales or lounging by the pool, one group of students spent their time on campus in an Institute for Genomic Biology lab, reading papers and creating a probiotic pill that could help prevent heart disease."postscriptsJan 21, 2013 3:15 pm18 views postscriptsNew program puts knowledge to work solving community needsJan 19, 2015 2:00 pm17 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.Getting personal: Beckwith assistants may receive more than they giveJan 27, 2014 4:00 pm17 views All students have their favorite places to escape the stress of finals week. But during a study break last December, senior Shelby Wills found herself in a place she had never imagined: in a swimming pool with a classmate who has a severe physical disability.Deep passion: Student charting future on Navy submarineAug 22, 2011 5:15 pm17 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.