blog postsIllinois Commitment will help students from middle-income families attend IllinoisAug 27, 2018 8:30 am18595 views Through a combination of institutional, federal and state aid, including Pell Grants and Monetary Award Program grants, Illinois Commitment will provide financial awards to cover the tuition and campus fees for in-state students whose family income is less than $61,000, the current median family income in Illinois.May 2018 graduates, Dean’s List and Bronze Tablet honorees namedAug 16, 2018 10:00 am12786 views The University of Illinois has announced Dean’s List and Bronze Tablet honorees and graduates for the 2018 spring semester. $25M gift from tech entrepreneur and UI alumnus Thomas Siebel will fund construction of Siebel Center for DesignOct 4, 2016 10:00 am11199 views The 60,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will cultivate interdisciplinary design thinking and will foster innovation in undergraduate and graduate curricula in multiple colleges.Actor and U. of I. alumnus Nick Offerman 2017 commencement speakerApr 25, 2017 3:30 pm8985 views Illinois alumnus and actor, humorist, author and woodworker Nick Offerman, best known for his role as Ron Swanson on the NBC hit comedy series "Parks and Recreation," will be the U. of I.’s commencement speaker Saturday, May 13.Carle Illinois College of Medicine welcomes first class of studentsJul 3, 2018 10:00 am8715 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school, welcomed its first class of 32 students July 2. A partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Carle Health System, the college aims to create a cohort of physician-innovators who exemplify the qualities of compassion, competence, curiosity and creativity. The students will receive full four-year tuition scholarships, privately funded, valued at more than $200,000 each.Illinois physics professor named national Professor of the YearNov 19, 2015 8:30 am8590 views Mats Selen, professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named Outstanding Doctoral and Research Universities Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.Li selected as dean and chief academic officer of Carle Illinois College of MedicineAug 30, 2016 9:00 am7572 views Dr. King Li, a renowned researcher, educator, inventor and clinician in molecular imaging and radiology, will become the inaugural dean and chief academic officer of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine effective Oct. 1. August and December 2016 graduates, Dean's List honorees namedMar 9, 2017 8:30 am6656 views The University of Illinois announced Dean’s List honorees – all 6,643 of them – and graduates from August and December 2016.Campus sets new marks for undergraduate enrollment, diversitySep 13, 2017 10:30 am5701 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reached record levels of undergraduate and total enrollment this semester, and also set high marks for diversity and first-generation representation in the freshman class.Entrepreneur, UI grad Max Levchin to deliver commencement addressMar 12, 2018 10:00 am5568 views Max Levchin, a U. of I. alumnus, co-founder of PayPal, former chairman of Yelp and currently the CEO and founder of the consumer-financing platform Affirm, will serve as the commencement speaker Saturday, May 12. Carle Illinois College of Medicine announces inaugural facultyMay 3, 2017 9:15 am5354 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine has announced nearly 100 inaugural faculty members.U. of I. alumnus Jeff Huber, Grail CEO and ex-Google exec, is 2016 commencement speakerMar 31, 2016 8:15 am5298 views Illinois alumnus Jeff Huber, whose company is developing a revolutionary blood test to detect early stage cancer, will be the U. of I.'s commencement speaker on Saturday, May 14. The event starts at 9:30 a.m. in Memorial Stadium.Five Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 17, 2017 8:00 am4666 views Five faculty members have been named to the 2017 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list (previously known as the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list). The list recognizes “leading researchers in the sciences and social sciences from around the world."Carle Illinois College of Medicine receives preliminary accreditationOct 16, 2017 12:00 am4606 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the first engineering-based medical school, has received preliminary acreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and is recruiting students for its first class. Book celebrates planning, building of University of Illinois campusJun 22, 2017 10:45 am4269 views A new book, “An Illini Place – Building the University of Illinois Campus,” covers the history of the planning and building of the University of Illinois campus and why the campus looks the way it does.Cangellaris named vice chancellor for academic affairs and provostNov 15, 2017 10:00 am3262 views Andreas Cangellaris has been selected by Chancellor Robert Jones to be the Urbana campus’s next vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost. Cangellaris, the dean of the College of Engineering, will start in his new role Jan. 16, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.Website celebrates achievements of University of Illinois womenApr 4, 2018 9:15 am3247 views A new website celebrates the achievements women have made during the University of Illinois’ 150-year history.Scott R. White, pioneer of self-healing materials, has diedMay 31, 2018 10:45 am3235 views University of Illinois aerospace engineering professor Scott R. White, an innovator of self-healing and self-regulating materials, died Monday of cancer at age 55.Chancellor's Scholars named to Campus Honors ProgramAug 28, 2018 8:00 am3090 views The Campus Honors Program announces the names of 159 freshmen and sophomores at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who have been designated Chancellor’s Scholars. Illinois breaks ground on Siebel Center for DesignApr 27, 2018 3:15 pm3037 views The University of Illinois broke ground for the Siebel Center for Design, a multidisciplinary hub of student-focused design thinking and learning. Urbana campus faculty members named University ScholarsJan 31, 2018 8:00 am2922 views The University Scholars program recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Six Urbana campus faculty members have been named University Scholars and will be honored at a campus reception Jan. 31.The back story of the NY Times attorney and U of I grad whose letter went viralOct 19, 2016 2:45 pm2809 views A U. of I. journalism alumnus who is now the newsroom attorney for The New York Times got some unexpected online attention last week. The focus of that attention was his response to an open letter from Donald Trump’s attorney, demanding the paper retract and apologize for a story. McCraw’s brief letter to the attorney, published on the Times site, went viral on social media and shot to the top of the paper's most-read content. In an interview, he talks about the letter, his job and what he learned at Illinois.Chancellor's Scholars named to Campus Honors ProgramSep 11, 2017 8:45 am2769 views One hundred forty freshmen and sophomores have been designated Chancellor’s Scholars, chosen for their academic excellence and leadership potential. Committee to identify, recruit founding dean for Carle Illinois College of MedicineSep 30, 2015 10:00 am2759 views A search committee established to find the Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s inaugural dean will begin its work this month with the goal of naming the dean by spring 2016Tim Nugent a pioneer in changing life for people with disabilitiesNov 12, 2015 1:15 pm2736 views Tim Nugent, who died Wednesday at the age of 92 in Urbana, Illinois, was a visionary who changed the world for people with disabilities. Starting with a small program at the University of Illinois a few years after World War II – but for years with little support, and often outright opposition – Nugent sought to change both the opportunities for people with disabilities and public attitudes about them.Faculty and staff members honored for excellence at IllinoisApr 27, 2016 1:45 pm2733 views Faculty and staff members, and graduate teaching assistants at the U. of I. were honored April 26 for excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising. Each was recognized during a reception at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center.Class of 2022 sets records for enrollment, diversity, first-generation studentsSep 12, 2018 9:00 am2667 views Among the Top 10 in numbers in the U.S., the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s freshman class sets new high marks for students from underrepresented backgrounds and first-generation college students, as well as a 10-year high of Illinois residents. August and December 2017 graduates, Dean's List honorees namedApr 4, 2018 8:15 am2656 views More than 4,100 students received degrees last August and December from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and 7,845 students earned Dean’s List status.Switzky named first director of Siebel Center for DesignMar 29, 2018 9:00 am2605 views Rachel Switzky has been selected as the inaugural director of the Siebel Center for Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Switzky, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial design at Illinois, will begin the new role June 18. Six Illinois professors named Guggenheim FellowsMay 2, 2016 12:15 pm2583 views Six professors at the University of Illinois have been named 2016 Guggenheim Fellows, bringing to 13 the number of U. of I. faculty members who have been honored with the fellowship over the last three years. This year’s fellows are Dennis Baron, Karin A. Dahmen, Craig Koslofsky, Mei-Po Kwan, Ralph W. Mathisen and Rebecca Stumpf.Josh Whitman named director of athletics for IllinoisFeb 17, 2016 4:30 pm2431 views Illinois alumnus Josh Whitman has been named director of athletics by Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. ‘Illinois Icons’ tells story of three Illinois legendsDec 20, 2017 11:30 am2396 views “Illinois Icons,” a new 30-minute documentary premiering Jan. 16 on BTN, tells the stories of three men who left enduring marks on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Max Abramovitz, Robert Zuppke and Lorado Taft.Hanley-Maxwell named College of Applied Health Sciences deanJul 1, 2016 8:45 am2351 views Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell will join the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences effective Aug. 16, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.Finalists named for vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost positionSep 7, 2017 10:00 am2292 views Chancellor Robert Jones named the four finalists for the role of vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost. Each will make a presentation on campus in the coming weeks.Wilkin named interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost designateFeb 13, 2017 10:00 am2289 views Currently the dean of libraries and university librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, John Wilkin will become the interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost designate effective Feb. 18.Illinois joins coalition seeking greater opportunities for high-achieving low- and moderate-income studentsApr 18, 2018 11:15 am2030 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of 100 top universities taking part in the American Talent Initiative, with a shared goal of increasing the recruitment, enrollment and graduation of high-achieving lower- and moderate-income students.Nina Baym, pioneer in the study of American women writers, has diedJun 21, 2018 9:00 am2029 views Nina Baym, an internationally recognized scholar of American literature and a pioneer in the field of study of American women’s writing, has died.Bill Geist to serve as grand marshal of 2015 Homecoming ParadeSep 18, 2015 1:45 pm1909 views Bill Geist, noted columnist, author, correspondent and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alumnus, will serve as grand marshal of this year’s Homecoming Parade.Annual report quantifies Illinois graduates’ first destinationsMar 7, 2018 8:00 am1898 views Drawing from the experiences of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students who recently completed undergraduate degrees, an annual survey indicates that the campus will once again exceed national averages related to graduates securing first destinations.Campus bans hoverboards from all facilitiesJan 12, 2016 8:15 am1839 views Effective Jan. 18, the popular self-balancing motorized devices known as hoverboards will not be allowed in any facilities owned, leased, occupied or controlled by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Klaus Schulten, pioneer in biophysics and computational biology, has diedNov 4, 2016 8:30 am1794 views University of Illinois physics professor Klaus Schulten, an innovator in the use of computational methods to study the chemical and biological processes driving living cells, died Monday, Oct. 31, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was 69.Faculty members selected for distinguished chairsJan 23, 2018 8:00 am1772 views Four University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been selected for endowed chairs deemed to be among the most distinguished honors on the campus.U. of I. student named Rhodes ScholarNov 20, 2017 9:15 am1768 views Thomas Dowling, a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is among 32 U.S. students selected as Rhodes Scholars. Dowling is the first Rhodes Scholar on the Urbana campus since 1998.Altgeld Tower closed for repairs, carillon on autopilotMar 19, 2017 7:15 am1749 views With the closing of Altgeld Tower for repairs, the iconic carillon will be limited to machine-controlled announcements of quarter-hour intervals.U. of I. student named Marshall ScholarNov 23, 2015 8:45 am1687 views U. of I. student Leah Matchett, of Grand Haven, Michigan, is one of more than 30 students from the United States selected as Marshall Scholars for postgraduate study at a university in the United Kingdom.Urbana campus faculty members named University ScholarsSep 28, 2015 8:00 am1645 views Seven Urbana campus faculty members have been named University Scholars and will be honored at a campus reception Sept. 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the ballroom of the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.Chancellor's Scholars named to Campus Honors ProgramAug 27, 2015 10:00 am1608 views One hundred forty-one freshmen and sophomores at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been designated Chancellor’s Scholars, chosen for their academic excellence and leadership potential, in the Campus Honors Program this fall.Illinois sociologist wins MacArthur fellowshipOct 4, 2018 11:45 am1588 views Illinois sociologist Rebecca Sandefur has been named the recipient of a 2018 MacArthur fellowship, or “genius grant.”Five Urbana-Champaign campus professors named University ScholarsSep 13, 2018 10:00 am1543 views Five University of Illinois professors at the Urbana-Champaign campus have been named University Scholars in recognition of their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.Campus holiday gift guideDec 16, 2015 11:15 am1529 views Last-minute shoppers will find many gift options on the U. of I. campus, including books on the wildlife of Illinois, a charming set of Nutcracker characters, Fighting Illini bobbleheads and a Star Wars-themed coffee mug -- items that say “Illini” in their own unique ways.