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  • The new freshman class is the largest, most academically talented and most diverse in the history of the university.

    Class of 2023 sets records for enrollment, diversity, excellence

    The new freshman class at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the largest, most academically talented and most diverse in the history of the university.

  • Library offers Rosetta Stone service free to campus members

    The only things one needs to learn Mandarin Chinese or nearly 30 other languages is a computer with a microphone, a University of Illinois NetID and plenty of phonetic practice.

  • Two smiling students sitting under a tree on the U. of I. quad in the autumn surrounded by fallen leaves

    Illinois Neurodiversity Initiative accepting freshmen applicants for fall semester

    The Illinois Neurodiversity Initiative at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is accepting applications from neurodiverse students who will be incoming freshmen in the 2023 fall semester.

  • Beckman Institute researcher Joey Ramp poses with her dog, Sampson.

    Are science laboratories truly inclusive if not accessible to service-dog handlers?

    According to a new commentary in Disability and Health Journal, people with disabilities who rely on service dogs often are prohibited from bringing their working dogs into teaching and research laboratories. This one barrier can stop them from pursuing careers in science, says Joey Ramp, a researcher in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and lead author of the commentary. Ramp spoke about the issue with News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates.

  • Physics professor Nadya Mason is one of five Urbana-Champaign faculty members named as University Scholars.

    Five professors named University Scholars for Urbana-Champaign campus

    Five Urbana-Champaign campus professors have been named University Scholars in recognition of their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.

  • Photo of Chancellor Robert J. Jones and Dr. Lynn Hassan Jones standing in front of library books.

    'With Illinois' fundraising campaign concludes with gift from Chancellor Robert J. Jones and Dr. Lynn Hassan Jones

    The “With Illinois” fundraising campaign officially ended June 30 and concluded with a $200,000 personal contribution from Chancellor Robert J. Jones and his wife, Dr. Lynn Hassan Jones.

  • Students give input on Nesbitt black cultural center building, future

    By 2018, after nearly five decades of using temporary campus facilities, the U. of I.'s Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center will finally have a permanent building of its own.

  • Busboom's dream house has more than medieval theme

    Depending on the dreamer, the phrase "dream house" means different things. To Bruce Busboom, construction superintendent in the Facilities and Services Division, it meant a castle - complete with a drawbridge and a pair of gargoyles spouting water 30 feet down into a moat. Nestled in dense woods north of Mahomet, Busboom Castle is a symbol of one man's perseverance and ingenuity at bringing his dream to life - with the help of his friends.

  • University of Illinois is a top producer of U.S. Fulbright students

    The University of Illinois is among the top-five public universities in the nation for 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Students, according to information recently released from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

  • Journalist Bob Woodward is first speaker in College of Law lecture series honoring Abraham Lincoln

    In commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of President Lincoln’s death and then, two years later, of the founding of the University of Illinois, the U. of I. College of Law will host “The New Lincoln Lectures: What Abraham Lincoln Means to the 21st Century,” a series of several lectures to be held in 2016 and 2017.

  • The Chancellor’s Commission on Native Imagery: Healing and Reconciliation begins its work today.

    Chancellor’s Commission on Native Imagery: Healing and Reconciliation begins work

    The Chancellor’s Commission on Native Imagery: Healing and Reconciliation begins its work today.

  • Feser delivers hard dose of reality, path for future in campus budget meetings

    Two things haven’t changed since Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Edward Feser concluded a month of campus budget presentations: The state still doesn’t have a budget, and the university still doesn’t have its annual appropriation.

  • Physics professor Klaus Schulten, 69, died Monday, Oct. 31.

    Klaus Schulten, pioneer in biophysics and computational biology, has died

    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.

  • Social support is a significant need for many undergraduate students who are juggling the demands of parenthood, employment and postsecondary education, according to Brent McBride, director of the Child Development Laboratory.

    Grant will fund child care, support for undergraduates with children

    Low-income undergraduate students at the U. of I. who need assistance juggling the demands of parenthood and college will be able to get assistance through programs and services offered by the Child Development Laboratory.

  • Final issue of Inside Illinois announced

    This is the final issue of Inside Illinois, but it’s not the end of the campus news function.

  • Killeen pushes state ‘compact’ to ensure predictable funding

    While continuing to advocate for an end to the state's ongoing budget impasse, President Tim Killeen said Jan. 25 that the university is also proposing solutions to provide stable, predictable funding in the future.

  • Educational psychology professor Hua-Hua Chang has been awarded the 2017 E.F. Lindquist Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of educational testing and measurement. Conferred jointly by the American Educational Research Association and the American College Testing Program, the award will be presented to Chang on April 29 during the AERA’s Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Chang also holds appointments in psychology and statistics and serves as the director of the Confucius Institute on the Urbana campus.

    Computerized testing pioneer Hua-Hua Chang to receive achievement award

    College of education faculty member Hua-Hua Chang will receive 2017 E.F. Lindquist Award from the American Educational Research Association and the American College Testing Program at the AERA Awards Luncheon on April 29. The luncheon will take place during the AERA’s annual meeting, April 27-May 1 in San Antonio.

  • Report offers insights into Illinois students’ success after graduation

    Analysis of a first-ever campuswide survey of recent Illinois graduates provides extensive information on where those students ended up after college. Released today, the Illini Success initiative invited 7,701 bachelor’s degree recipients in 2014-15 from nine Urbana campus academic schools or colleges to participate.

  • Police begin enforcement of campus smoking policy

    The U. of I. Police Department last week started citing smokers who flout the campus's smoking ban.

  • Meet the Class of 2019

    A graphic illustration of the freshman class, which boasts the university’s largest class since 2005.

  • On the Job: Brooke Eisenmenger

    She just returned from Turkey and is planning a trip to Israel. This is the work life of Brooke Eisenmenger, the director of international advancement.

  • Faculty members, academic professionals retire

    Between Sept. 1, 2009, and Aug. 31, 2010, 270 faculty members and academic professionals retired from the UI, according to the Office of Academic Human Resources. Of those new retirees, 171 retired under the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program or Voluntary Retirement Program. (Last year, during the same time, 143 academic employees retired.)

  • New eText option making textbooks interactive, cheaper

    There is a revolution brewing in the textbook world and, of course, the University of Illinois is leading it.

  • If enacted, a bill now in the Illinois Legislature could have a transformative effect on history curricula  and on youths  in Illinois public schools, according to Leslie K. Morrow, the director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center at the University of Illinois.

    How might teaching inclusive history affect the educational, social climate in Illinois' public schools?

    Leslie K. Morrow, the director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, discusses the impact that a proposed law could have on the curricula and students in Illinois public schools.

  • Chief Illiniwek performs last dance amid continued controversy

    Chief Illiniwek performs last dance amid continued controversy

  • Garrett Anderson

    Student veterans say new center is a lifeline and oasis

    Returning service men and women have always faced the challenge of reintegrating into civilian life. But those returning with disabilities because of a combat injury face the additional challenge of having to redefine their physical identity.

  • Georgian prime minister – an Illinois alumnus – to visit Urbana campus April 27

    Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the prime minister of the country of Georgia and a 1998 master’s degree graduate in finance from the University of Illinois, will speak on campus April 27. He will make remarks and take questions at 4:45 p.m. in the Deloitte Auditorium of the Business Instructional Facility, 515 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign. The event is open to the public.

  • New Faces 2015: Wencui Han

    Wencui Han is a new assistant professor in the department of business administration in the College of Business.


  • Illinois Commencement Speaker Jeanne Gang: Keep the Spark

    Jeanne Gang, an internationally renowned architect, graduated from the university in 1986 with a degree in architecture. Here's the transcript of her 2024 Commencement speech.

  • Electric performance

    What has become a favorite feature of the annual Engineering Open House is the Tesla Coil Concert, hosted this year on the Bardeen Engineering Quad.

  • Feser: We must create a budget paradigm for the future

    Edward Feser, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, discusses a new budgeting approach. He said the approach is needed to help the campus move toward less dependency on state funding, to increase transparency in budgeting, and to ensure fiscal stability and academic excellence into the future.

  • A team of workers removes a section of a mural at the former location of La Casa Cultura Latina

    Conservation process continues for La Casa’s beloved mural

    The chirp of screws being driven into wood and the whirr of drills filled the air in the front room of the old white house at 510 E. Chalmers St. that’s the birthplace of La Casa Cultural Latina and the former home of the U. of I.’s department of Latina/Latino studies.

    Art-handling company Terry Dowd Inc. project manager Darren Martin and his work crew are creating a roughly 6 feet by 6 feet panel, part of the “bread” that will be used to make a large art “sandwich.”  The “meat” is a section of lathe, plaster and wallpaper of part of a wall covered with a vivid mural filled with bold depictions of heritage and social justice, of individual and community strength.

    “We basically sandwich the walls,” Martin said. “It almost turns it into a crate.”

  • U. of I. is No. 2 in nation among public universities for international students

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the second top destination for international students attending public universities in the United States, according to the annual Open Doors report, released Nov. 16 by the Institute of International Education. The report ranks Illinois as second in the nation for international students in 2014-15 (fifth when accounting for private schools) and ninth for students participating in study abroad programs in 2013-14. According to the report, there are more international students studying in the U.S. today than at any time in history.

  • On the Job: Valeri Nesbitt-Howard

    When Valeri Nesbitt-Howard started working at the U. of I.'s Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center last year, it was like returning to a home she never really left.

  • Board of trustees approves revised background check policy

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a revised policy requiring background checks for all new faculty, academic professional and civil service employees.

  • Phi Eta Sigma initiates 942 freshmen into honor society

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. The University of Illinois chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, a national scholastic honorary society for freshmen, initiated 942 members at a campus ceremony this spring.

  • Styrecycle introduces a new way to reduce campus waste

    Expanded polystyrene – more commonly known by its brand name “Styrofoam” – is everywhere. It makes up your disposable coffee cup, the packing peanuts in those care packages to students, and the insulation in your office walls. At Illinois, countless bottles of chemicals, biology specimens and fragile parts of lab equipment arrive in packaging made of Styrofoam every day, and, sadly, almost all of it gets tossed in the trash.

  • Solar Farm ready to provide renewable energy to campus

    A ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 19 commemorated the campus’ Solar Farm being connected to the university’s electrical distribution system a week earlier. The farm is expected to produce 7.86 million killowatt-hours per year or approximately 2 percent of the average electrical demand for the Urbana campus.

  • Personal treasures await in limbo in lost and found

    Personal treasures await in limbo in lost and found

  • Phi Eta Sigma initiates 981 UI freshmen

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Illinois chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, a national scholastic honorary society for freshmen, initiated 981 members at a campus ceremony this spring.

  • Dial-A-Carol has nary a silent night after news of it goes viral

    The campus Dial-A-Carol program broke its previous record by a long shot this holiday season, racking up an amazing 12,000 calls in seven days.

  • Modified teaching option helps tenure-track faculty devote time to family

    The University of Illinois’ family leave policy was revised recently to remove a teaching requirement for tenure-track faculty members after the birth or adoption of a child.

  • Gregory S. Milner, the research laboratory shop supervisor in the aerospace engineering department, is one of eight U. of I. staff members honored with the Chancellor's Distinguished Staff Award this year.

    Eight honored with distinguished staff award

    Eight civil service staff employees were honored with the Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award at a banquet April 20. The award recognizes exceptional performance.

  • Illinois State Geological Survey senior geochemist Samuel Panno is one of seven academic professionals honored with CAPE awards this year.

    Seven academic professionals honored with CAPE awards

    Seven academic professionals were honored with 2017 Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence awards at a reception April 6. Now in its 29th year, the program honors the accomplishments and contributions of academic professionals, who provide critical support for administration, research laboratories and educational programs, and offer important outreach programs throughout the state.

  • On the Job: Richard Partin

    Richard Partin doesn't have a Clue of the precise date he first realized he loved the Trivial Pursuit of board gaming.

  • 252 faculty members, academic professionals retire

    Between Aug. 16, 2011, and Aug. 15, 2012, 252 faculty members and academic professionals retired from the UI, according to the Office of Academic Human Resources. Those who retired during that time were honored last spring at the campus's Academic Service Recognition Luncheon. Also honored were employees celebrating an employment milestone (10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 years) during that time.

  • photo of former U. of I. police chief Paul Dollins

    Former U. of I. police chief remembered as great leader

    Former University of Illinois police chief Paul Dollins is being remembered as a leader in law enforcement, a community builder and a great friend.

  • Former site is new site for campus’s African-American cultural center

    The Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center building will be torn down and replaced with a new building at the same Mathews Avenue and Nevada Street location.

  • On the Job: Terry Free

    In need of a classroom for an event or review session? Terry Free, an office manager for the Office of the Registrar, has got you covered.  

  • Passengers board an MTD bus at the Transit Plaza on Wright Street during a Feb. 6 snowstorm that dropped 4 1/2 inches of snow on Champaign-Urbana. A week later, a blizzard dumped an additional 13 inches of snow. High winds and blowing snow made streets and sidewalks impassable, prompting the UI to cancel classes for the first time since 1979.

    sNOw school: Campus closes, but services continue despite blizzard

    The UI’s Urbana campus made headlines around the U.S. and the world when a winter storm that dumped about a foot of snow on Central Illinois prompted Chancellor Richard Herman to cancel classes for two days, Feb. 13-14. Newspapers and magazines from New York to California and points in between as well as media in Australia, Canada, England and France reported that the snowstorm had forced Illinois to close for the first time since January 1979.