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  • 10,000th enrollee in UI Motorcycle Rider program to be recognized

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Illinois Motorcycle Rider Program, now in its 24th year, will recognize its 10,000th enrollee Saturday.

  • The original time capsule was replaced into the rebuilt gateway's wall Jan. 28.  Click photo to enlarge

    100-year-old time capsule found in Lincoln Hall gateway

    The unearthing of a 100-year-old box in the wall of the Lincoln Hall gateway last month is thrilling to Melvyn Skvarla, a Facilities and Services planner and the university's campus historic preservation officer.

  • Fred Kummerow

    100-year-old trans fat pioneer celebrates news of an FDA ban

    A Minute With™... Fred Kummerow, trans fat expert

  • One hundred years after the widespread fatalities of the 1918 flu pandemic, influenza is still a serious and deadly disease, says professor Christopher Brooke. Flu shots and new antiviral treatments could help thwart another pandemic.

    100 years after influenza pandemic, why should I get a flu shot?

    Influenza has no cure, but vaccines and anti-viral treatments could help thwart another deadly outbreak, says microbiology professor Christopher Brooke.

  • Tamara Chaplin

    100 years ago: The Christmas Truce of World War I

    A Minute With™... Tamara Chaplin, a University of Illinois historian of modern France

  • Architecture professor Marci Uihlein with a student drawing in the architecture department's student design archives.

    100 years of architecture student design work to be preserved, archived

    A project led by architecture professor Marci Uihlein will archive and make accessible 100 years of student design work, representing a history of architecture education.

  • Physics and astronomy professor Stuart Shapiro used data from a computer simulation that solves Einsteins equations of general relativity to create a visualization of merging binary black holes.

    100 years of relativity: How has Einstein's theory shaped modern physics, astronomy?

    A Minute With...™ U. of I. physicist Stuart Shapiro

  • Members of the Class of 2017 pose for a photo at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 23. According to fall enrollment statistics released this week, there are 7,331 freshmen this year.

    10-day numbers at Illinois show larger freshman class, higher ACT scores

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The 2013-14 freshman class of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is larger than last year, its makeup more diverse and its test scores higher, according to fall enrollment statistics released this week.

  • 10-day numbers at Illinois show record average test scores

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Average test scores for the 2014-15 freshman class of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are the highest ever, according to fall enrollment statistics released this week.

  • 12 Illinois faculty awarded Blue Waters Professorships

    Twelve U. of I. faculty members from a range of fields have been selected as Blue Waters Professors, an honor that comes with substantial computing and data resources on the Blue Waters supercomputer at the university's National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

  • 130th Commencement to be held May 13 Jeff Unger, News Bureau (217) 333-1085 4/16/2001

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. The 130th Commencement of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be held in two ceremonies May 13 at the Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., Champaign.

  • 132nd commencement May 18 features Pulitzer Prize-winning speaker

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The 132nd commencement of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be held in two ceremonies May 18 at the Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., Champaign.

  • 139 Freshmen, sophomores at Illinois named Chancellor's Scholars

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - One hundred and thirty-nine freshmen and sophomores at the University of Illinois have been designated Chancellor's Scholars in the Campus Honors Program this fall.

  • Photo of researcher.

    14 Illinois faculty members elected AAAS Fellows

    Fourteen University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been elected 2021 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  • 150 freshmen, sophomores at Illinois named Chancellor's Scholars

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - One hundred and fifty freshmen and sophomores at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been designated Chancellor's Scholars in the Campus Honors Program this fall.

  • Bruce Levine

    150 year anniversary of the Confederate surrender at Appomattox

    Bruce Levine, professor of history and expert on the Civil War

  • Bruce Levine

    150 years after the Confederate surrender at Appomattox

    The American Civil War came to an end 150 years ago with the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865. Five days later, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. What role did slavery play in the Confederate defeat? And how might history have been different if Lincoln had lived? University of Illinois historian Bruce Levine (pronounced La-VEEN) has written extensively about the war and its consequences. His 2013 book, "The Fall of the House of Dixie," traced how fighting the war transformed the South from within. He spoke with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain.

  • $151.5 million in private gifts support UI programs

    $151.5 million in private gifts support UI programs Gifts to the UI and the UI Foundation for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2005, totaled $151.5 million, according to Stephen K. Rugg, UI chief financial officer and treasurer of the UI Foundation. Of the $151.5 million received, $36.9 million was given to the UI directly and $114.6 million was contributed through the foundation. Rugg announced the private gift figures during the business session of the foundation's 70th annual meeting, held Sept. 23. The foundation is the private gift procurement arm of the UI. Of the $151.5 million in private support received last fiscal year, $55.4 million, or 36 percent, came from alumni and friends, $45.1 million (30 percent) was from corporations, $36.1 million (24 percent) was from foundations and $14.9 million (10 percent) was from associations. Private gifts support a number of programs across the campuses at Chicago, Springfield, and Urbana-Champaign. Last fiscal year, $30.4 million of the $151.5 million raised was added to the endowment. Student financial aid in the form of scholarships, fellowships and student loans received $4.9 million in contributions. Donors to the UI provided $22 million to academic divisions, $41.3 million for research, $10 million for buildings and equipment, $12.6 million for public service and extension, and $3 million for faculty and staff compensation. Gifts to UI athletics at all three campuses increased by $1.5 million over the preceding year totaling $7.1 million. Of the $151.5 million received last year, 77 percent or $116.1 million was designated by donors for current use. Those funds provided support to a number of programs across all of the university's campuses. Twenty percent or $30.4 million was invested in endowed funds, which are held in pooled investment accounts under the policy supervision of the Investment Policy Committee of the Foundation Board and the Finance and Audit Committee of the UI Board of Trustees. Earnings from endowed funds help support an array of university endeavors, including student financial aid, faculty and programs. Such investments also provide specified annuity and life-income funds for many donors. The UI's combined active and deferred endowment stood at $1.656 billion as of June 30, 2005. The active endowment, which represents 69 percent of the university's endowment picture, grew to $1.148 billion by the end of last June. Also included in the UI's total endowment is $374.3 million designated as revocable deferred gifts. Another $133.1 million of the endowment is in charitable trusts and other irrevocable gifts held by the UI Foundation and others. The foundation's endowment goal is to provide a distribution to the university each year to meet its spending needs coupled with a desire to protect the purchasing power of the endowment against inflation. Over the past 10 years, the investment return allowed the Foundation not only to meet the spending and inflation objectives, but also permitted a net real return to the endowment of 1.6 percent. Growth of the endowment during the past decade, Rugg said, has enhanced many important academic efforts at the UI. For instance, the library's endowment has risen from $10.3 million in 1995 to $29.6 million as of June 30 this year. Endowment for professorships has increased from $26.2 million to over $74.9 million. Graduate fellowships have climbed from $29.1 to $79 million. Endowed chairs have soared from $35.4 million ten years ago to $120.8 million by the end of FY 05. And undergraduate scholarships and student aid endowment jumped from $41.7 million to $154.9 million over the past 10 years. "Total market returns," Rugg said, "combined with new-gift development have produced a total endowment today that is nearly three times what it was 10 years ago, rising from $589.9 million to $1.656 billion. That translates to total endowment growth of 11 percent annually over the past decade."

  • $1.5 billion needed to ensure 12-month stockpile of pediatric vaccines

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A six-month stockpile of recommended pediatric vaccines would cost $1 billion and could cover more than 90 percent of U.S. children during a six-month interruption in production, say researchers at two Illinois universities.

  • Portrait of Hamed Kadiani, one of 16 Illinois students offered Fulbright grants

    16 Illinois students, recent graduates offered Fulbright grants

    Sixteen University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students and recent graduates were offered Fulbright grants to pursue international education, research and teaching experiences around the globe this coming year. Another six Illinois students were named Fulbright alternates.

  • 1970s program attempted to diversify Illinois library school

    University of Illinois library professor Nicole Cooke wrote about the history of the Carnegie Scholars program -- an early 1970s effort to increase the diversity of Illinois' graduate library school.

  • Jonathan Inda, a professor of Latina/Latino studies at Illinois, says the reform legislation being proposed in Congress offers little change from current policies heavy on enforcement - policies that can be traced to the last major immigration reform act in 1986.

    1986 law helped lay foundation for 'governing immigration through crime'

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Three key issues were at the center of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act: money for border enforcement, a pathway to citizenship and making it illegal to hire undocumented workers.

  • $1.9 million available for campus utility conservation projects

    More than $1.9 million will be available for campus projects through the Revolving Loan Fund this semester. Departments and units interested in submitting utility conservation work for consideration are encouraged to complete the application online.

  • $1 million grant to establish weatherization training center

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A program that helps low-income residents save money and fuel by improving their homes' energy efficiency is being expanded.

  • $1 million Mellon grant to help humanities scholars explore digital publishing options

    A four-year, $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will help University of Illinois humanities scholars identify digital publishing options and produce new publications that will best disseminate their research.

  • 2000 Illinois Statistical Abstract is available

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The 2000 Illinois Statistical Abstract has been completed by the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Illinois.

  • 2002 homecoming court members selected

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Twenty seniors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were selected to serve on this year's homecoming court (EDITORS: See list).

  • Lenny Pitt

    2004 Distinguished Teacher/Scholars share talent for teaching

    Paul Kelter, a professor of chemistry and director of general chemistry, and Lenny Pitt, a professor of computer science, have been named Distinguished Teacher/Scholars.

  • 2005 was warm, dry year

    2005 was warm, dry year

  • Professors Walt Hurley, left, and Prasanta Kalita will help educators explore the benefits of inquiry-based and community-based learning and how teachers can incorporate these activities in their curricula. The seminar series, “Undergraduates Engaging in Inquiry,” meets from 3-5 p.m. Wednesdays in Room 428 Armory. The series runs through Nov. 28 and is open to anyone in the campus community interested in these topics.

    2007-08 Distinguished Teacher/Scholars

    The Distinguished Teacher/Scholar program recognizes outstanding faculty members who actively enhance teaching and learning on campus and supports innovative projects that recipients develop as part of the selection process. Award recipients serve as consultants and mentors to other faculty members and departments seeking to explore new instructional methods and revitalize their teaching programs.

  • 2007 ACES Academy for Global Engagement Scholars Selected

    2007 ACES Academy for Global Engagement Scholars Selected Eight scientists from the UI College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences have been selected to form the ACES Academy for Global Engagement class of 2007. The yearlong program encourages global awakening in areas of education, research and outreach. One member of each of the seven departments in the college and one UI Extension educator will represent the 2007 class. The academy involves a one-year commitment that focuses on global activities at the college, campus and national levels, and culminates in an international immersion trip. Each member of the academy is encouraged through the program by senior faculty mentors (called fellows) who have had scholarly experience on an international level. The scholars selected for the 2007 ACES Academy for Global Engagement:

  • 2008 Distinguished Teacher/Scholars announced

    The Teaching Advancement Board recently selected Annie Abbott, a professor and director of the Spanish & Illinois program in the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, and Rajeshwari Pandharipande, a professor of linquistics, of Sanskrit and of comparative literature, as its Distinguished Teacher/Scholars for the 2008-2009 academic year.

  • Most Americans won't know the names of the Native Americans in Frederick Hoxie's new book, "This Indian Country," but they're the ones who persisted through years of history to make a place for Indians and give them their rights.

    200 years of American Indian persistence turned U.S. into 'Indian Country'

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Frederick Hoxie starts each of his courses asking students to list three American Indians, and their answers are almost always the same: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull and Geronimo.

  • 2010 fall Dean's List recognizes 6,371 students

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Dean's lists for the 2010 fall semester have been announced by eight colleges and another academic unit at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • 2010 spring Dean's List recognizes 6,121 students

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Dean's lists for the 2010 spring semester have been announced by eight colleges and another academic unit at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • James D. Nowlan

    2012: Still seeking solutions on gambling, pensions, economy

    A Minute With™... James D. Nowlan, a senior fellow in the Institute of Government and Public Affairs

  • 2013-14 Paul D. Doolen scholarships available for study of aging

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Applications are being accepted for the 2013-2014 annual Paul D. Doolen Graduate Scholarship for the Study of Aging, sponsored by the Retirement Research Foundation.

  • 2015-16 committee rosters available

    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.

  • 2015-16 online courses offered Dec. 21-Jan. 15

    The U. of I. will again offer four-week online courses during winter break this year. Winter Session 2015-16 will run Dec. 21 through Jan. 15. The courses offer an opportunity for undergraduate degree-seeking students to take an active role in their education, learn time management, set goals and meet them as they work toward degree completion. Illinois faculty members teach the courses that are offered to U. of I. undergraduate students at the Urbana campus and nondegree students at other institutions.

  • 2016 Campuswide Commencement

    Exercises set for May 14

  • 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration ponders ‘challenging times’

    With a theme of “Pursuing the Dream in Challenging Times,” the 2017 communitywide celebration of the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. includes a half-dozen events throughout Champaign and Urbana.

  • The annual Carbon Budget Project report found that among other trends, the global COVID-19 pandemic restrictions caused a record drop in CO2 emissions for 2020, says Illinois atmospheric sciences professor and report co-author Atul Jain.

    2020 a bad year in many respects, but what about global carbon emissions?

    The Global Carbon Project recently published the Global Carbon Budget 2020, giving world leaders access to data on atmospheric carbon concentrations, emissions and trends. Illinois atmospheric scientist Atul Jain was part of an international team of scientists that contributed data to the report. Jain talked about the carbon budget and this year’s findings with News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian.

  • Sheldon Jacobson and Janet Jokela stand outdoors.

    2020 deadlier than previous five years, even with COVID-19 numbers removed, study finds

    An upswing in death rates from non-COVID-19 causes in 2020 hit hard for men ages 15-64, according to a new study by computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson and internal medicine professor Janet Jokela.

  • The third annual Ebert Symposium, exploring film and the media industry, will be online this year on three different dates, starting Oct. 8.

    2020 Ebert Symposium to explore changing times in film, media

    Films and the media industry in changing times will be the subject of this year’s online Ebert Symposium, on Oct. 8 and two later dates, with filmmakers, media professionals and academics part of the discussion. Participants will explore the effects of the pandemic, the racial justice movement and other factors on the media industry, documentary filmmaking and media representation.

  • Roger Ebert’s Film Festival will return in April 2021.

    2020 Roger Ebert’s Film Festival canceled

    This year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” has been canceled due to concerns related to the coronavirus.

  • Roger Ebert’s Film Festival will be in September 2021, rather than April.

    2021 Roger Ebert's Film Festival moved to September

    The 2021 edition of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” has been moved to early September due to uncertainties related to COVID-19.

  • 2023 spring semester graduates, Dean's List and Bronze Tablet honorees named

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has announced 8,209 Dean’s List students, 253 Bronze Tablet honorees and more than 10,500 graduates for the 2023 spring semester. 

  • 20th Century French Studies Colloquium to begin Thursday

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More than 200 scholars from Europe and North America will meet at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to take part in the 2003

  • Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, named for the late film critic and University of Illinois alumnus, opens April 18 at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign. This marks its 20th year.

    20th Ebert Film Fest adds ‘The Big Lebowski’ to lineup, with ‘The Dude’ as guest

    “The Big Lebowski” is coming to the 20th annual “Ebertfest,” along with the man who inspired the movie’s central character, “The Dude,” as a guest.

  • All Ebertfest films are shown in the ornate 1,500-seat Virginia Theatre, a restored downtown Champaign movie palace opened in 1921.

    20th Ebert Film Fest to open with ‘The Fugitive’ and feature guest Ava DuVernay

    The 20th Ebert Film Festival will open with "The Fugitive" and feature Ava DuVernay, the director of the Oscar-nominated "Selma" and "The 13th," among its guests.