blog postsDear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorAug 25, 2014 9:00 am4 views By the time this fall issue of Postmarks is in your hands, we’ll be well into the fall semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Nearly 7,000 freshmen and more than 1,300 new transfer students joined the Illinois family in August, setting new records for academic achievement. Together with our returning students, they represent every state in the nation and nearly half the nations in the world. The campus is once again full of the energy, excitement and anticipation of what this year will bring us all.Heavy competitionAug 26, 2013 1:30 pm5 views What began 40 years ago as a civil engineering class project at the U. of I. has grown into an organized annual tradition for engineering students worldwide. Dear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorJan 20, 2014 7:15 am7 views By the time you are reading this issue of Postmarks, we’ll be moving into the final months of our academic year. It’s hard to believe that another academic year is coming to a close so quickly. And just as those of us on campus find ourselves in a whirlwind of exams, final projects and preparation for graduation, many of you are considering whether Illinois is the right choice for your child next year. postscriptsJan 23, 2012 3:30 pm7 views postscriptsExcellent student experience a priority for new chancellorJan 23, 2012 5:45 pm7 views To new Urbana Chancellor and UI Vice President Phyllis M. Wise, education and family are inextricable elements.Dear ParentsAug 20, 2012 3:30 pm7 views There are outstanding universities in every state where a student can get an education. We want to ensure that at Illinois, students don’t just get an education – they have experiences that really prepare them for the challenges they’ll have when they leave this campus. Dear ParentsAug 22, 2011 3:15 pm7 views On Oct.1 during Homecoming I assumed my new responsibilities as vice president of the University of Illinois and as chancellor of the Urbana campus. I want to share with you how excited and humbled I am to have the privilege to lead one of the greatest modern research universities in the world. Dear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorAug 26, 2013 9:00 am7 views As you read this issue of Postmarks, we will be near the mid-point of the fall semester. Whether this is your first semester with a son or daughter at Illinois or it is a year of return for your child, we are proud to count them among our students.postscriptsAug 26, 2013 9:30 am7 views postscriptsPeer educators spill the beans on good nutritionJan 23, 2012 4:30 pm8 views Whether people are crunched for time or for cash, or they’re overwhelmed by having to grocery shop and cook for themselves for the first time, eating healthy can be a challenge for college students. However, a team of aspiring registered dietitians at Illinois is sharing its expertise to help everyone get passing grades in good nutrition and healthful living.Smoke-free campus initiative postponedAug 26, 2013 10:30 am9 views The start date for the smoke-free campus initiative has been postponed from this fall to Jan. 1.Crime alerts to include follow-up notices on arrestsAug 26, 2013 12:30 pm9 views When there’s a serious crime within the campus district, the U. of I. police department sends an email to inform the campus community of the situation. Public Safety officials are planning to use the system to share good news as well.Cheers! Giant smoothie breaks record at ConvocationAug 22, 2011 4:00 pm10 views Dining Services cooked up some excitement at the annual New Student Convocation and the Guinness Book of World Records certified their efforts. The world’ largest smoothie – a 330-gallon pink delight – was created from 960 pounds of yogurt, 600 pounds of strawberries and 105 gallons of pineapple juice.New Online Course Hits a Home Run: Students pitch sustainability during All-Star WeekAug 25, 2014 4:00 pm10 views A group of Illinois students joined the Green Team this past summer, volunteering with Major League Baseball and the Natural Resources Defense Council to promote environmental sustainability during MLB’s annual All-Star Week, held July 11-15 in Minneapolis.Dear ParentsJan 23, 2012 3:45 pm11 views Much to my delight, in my first few months as chancellor I have discovered two common threads at this great university: Learning never rests and helping others is a way of life.postscriptsAug 20, 2012 3:15 pm11 views postscriptsLincoln Hall re-created as state-of-the-art instructional facilityAug 20, 2012 5:15 pm11 views The refurbished Lincoln's bust has been returned, ready for students to start rubbing his nose for luck once again.UI Board of Trustees votes to close Institute of AviationAug 22, 2011 4:30 pm13 views At the July 21 meeting of the UI Board of Trustees on the UIC campus, university trustees voted 6-2 to close the Institute of Aviation and end the undergraduate degree program. The institute, which opened in 1945, will likely close its doors at the end of the 2013-14 school year, after all current students have completed the program.Students push for smoke-free campus; planning under wayJan 21, 2013 4:15 pm14 views The U. of I. student body has spoken, and it says it doesn’t want to inhale secondhand smoke anymore.Coursera shares U. of I. courses far beyond campusAug 26, 2013 12:00 pm15 views As Illinois students took their seats last fall in lecture halls across campus, half a world and several time zones away in New Delhi, Kunwar Apoorva Singh booted up his computer and logged into the Illinois portion of Coursera, the consortium of more than 80 global universities offering free online courses to anyone in the world with access to the Internet.Two undergrads improve plant carbon-cycle modelsOct 18, 2017 10:00 am16 views In the summer of 2012, two undergraduate students tackled a problem that plant ecology experts had overlooked for 30 years. The students demonstrated that different plant species vary in how they take in carbon dioxide and emit water through stomata, the pores in their leaves. The data boosted the accuracy of mathematical models of carbon and water fluxes through plant leaves by 30 to 60 percent.Science, humanities lure 17 students to the Arctic for summerAug 20, 2012 4:15 pm17 views Imagine spending a summer in a place where the summer sun lights the sky for 24 hours, where you can take a long hike on a grand glacier, and where nature’s brilliance greets you at every turn.Administrative PostsAug 20, 2012 3:15 pm18 views Administrative PostspostscriptsAug 22, 2011 3:00 pm18 views postscriptspostscriptsJan 20, 2014 7:30 am20 views postscriptsThe Great War: Two courses make conflict meaningful through study abroad and campus expertiseAug 25, 2014 10:00 am20 views World War I began in 1914 n the age of biplanes and the Model T – before even radio, much less the Internet. Yet its effects were massive and are still being felt today.World champions genetically engineer winning designJan 20, 2014 9:00 am21 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."Animators help fight disease, preserve crops, feed the worldJan 21, 2013 5:45 pm21 views A farmer in Burkina Faso learns how to safely store his crops. An entrepreneur in India learns how to truck her harvested grain to market. Thanks to student animators at the U. of I., these people and countless others around the world can also see and hear about the symptoms, transmission and treatment of tuberculosis, or how and when to wash their hands to avoid disease.postscriptsJan 21, 2013 3:15 pm23 views postscriptsNow trending: Pop, politics, fashion, food among the glitz and glamJan 21, 2013 3:45 pm23 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.Getting personal: Beckwith assistants may receive more than they giveJan 27, 2014 4:00 pm23 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.Impacting the Community: Students invest time, talent in Avicenna Community Health CenterAug 25, 2014 3:00 pm23 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. Dear ParentsJan 21, 2013 3:00 pm24 views Dear ParentsAdministrative PostsJan 21, 2013 3:30 pm24 views Administrative PostsInteractive tool puts physics lab in the palm of your handAug 22, 2011 9:00 am24 views Physics often is the stuff of nightmares. For students, the terror lies in the expectation of mastering concepts as foreign as a never-heard language. Professors struggle to effectively teach complex concepts in a limited amount of time. And the expense of laboratory equipment is enough to make a department administrator reach for the antacids.Graphic designers branch out to help develop identity for gardenAug 26, 2013 2:30 pm24 views Students majoring in graphic design took their skills out of the classroom and into the real world during the spring 2013 semester, when they offered their services to Prosperity Gardens – a community garden in Champaign.Growing support for scholars: A Lincoln Hall scholarship program has multiplied in size since the building renovationJan 19, 2015 12:00 pm25 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.Tucker named head of undergraduate education, innovationJan 21, 2013 4:00 pm25 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.X students + 1 subject + 1 room = creative and fun teamworkJan 21, 2013 4:45 pm25 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.Academy helps students get down to businessJan 23, 2012 5:30 pm27 views A generation ago, all an entrepreneur needed was an idea and a garage. Now, entrepreneurs need little more than an Internet connection – and, for UI students, the help of a unit on campus that can guide them as they turn their ideas into full-fledged businesses.IN THE TRENCHES: Student journalists report from TurkeyAug 20, 2012 4:45 pm27 views They left for Turkey last May as a group of student reporters. They returned two weeks later as novice foreign correspondents.Students put sustainability on U. of I. mapJan 19, 2015 10:00 am28 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 pm28 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.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.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.IUB: A community that builds community across campusAug 26, 2013 2:00 pm31 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.Administrative PostsJan 23, 2012 4:00 pm32 views Administrative PostsMore campus patrols, other security measures mean safer campusAug 22, 2011 4:45 pm32 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.Administrative PostsAug 26, 2013 10:00 am34 views Administrative PostsOut of Illinois and into Africa: Study Abroad program takes engineering students out of their elementJan 23, 2012 6:00 pm36 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.