blog posts Class of 2023 sets records for enrollment, diversity, excellence Sep 12, 2019 11:00 am28381 views 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 Mar 10, 2016 9:00 am14475 views 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. Are science laboratories truly inclusive if not accessible to service-dog handlers? Feb 16, 2021 8:15 am3708 views 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. Five professors named University Scholars for Urbana-Champaign campus Sep 12, 2019 10:45 am3573 views Five Urbana-Champaign campus professors have been named University Scholars in recognition of their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Students give input on Nesbitt black cultural center building, future Jan 7, 2016 8:45 am3408 views 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. University of Illinois is a top producer of U.S. Fulbright students Mar 4, 2016 3:15 pm2840 views 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 Jan 7, 2016 10:00 am2838 views 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. Feser delivers hard dose of reality, path for future in campus budget meetings Mar 31, 2016 9:00 am2512 views 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. Chancellor’s Commission on Native Imagery: Healing and Reconciliation begins work Nov 29, 2018 8:00 am2463 views The Chancellor’s Commission on Native Imagery: Healing and Reconciliation begins its work today. Grant will fund child care, support for undergraduates with children Nov 26, 2018 3:00 pm2331 views 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. Killeen pushes state ‘compact’ to ensure predictable funding Jan 28, 2016 9:00 am2316 views 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. Final issue of Inside Illinois announced May 5, 2016 9:00 am2299 views This is the final issue of Inside Illinois, but it’s not the end of the campus news function. Computerized testing pioneer Hua-Hua Chang to receive achievement award Apr 24, 2017 2:00 pm2245 views 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. Klaus Schulten, pioneer in biophysics and computational biology, has died Nov 4, 2016 8:30 am2190 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. Report offers insights into Illinois students’ success after graduation Apr 19, 2016 6:00 am2115 views 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. Busboom's dream house has more than medieval theme Dec 6, 2007 9:00 am2077 views 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. Police begin enforcement of campus smoking policy Sep 24, 2015 9:15 am1761 views The U. of I. Police Department last week started citing smokers who flout the campus's smoking ban. On the Job: Brooke Eisenmenger Mar 24, 2016 10:00 am1753 views 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. Meet the Class of 2019 Sep 24, 2015 9:00 am1713 views A graphic illustration of the freshman class, which boasts the university’s largest class since 2005. New eText option making textbooks interactive, cheaper Feb 11, 2016 2:45 pm1657 views There is a revolution brewing in the textbook world and, of course, the University of Illinois is leading it. Student veterans say new center is a lifeline and oasis Oct 1, 2015 9:30 am1594 views 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 Apr 20, 2016 9:15 am1573 views 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 Dec 22, 2015 9:00 am1573 views Wencui Han is a new assistant professor in the department of business administration in the College of Business. How might teaching inclusive history affect the educational, social climate in Illinois' public schools? Jun 26, 2018 9:00 am1553 views 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. Feser: We must create a budget paradigm for the future Mar 10, 2016 9:00 am1550 views 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. Faculty members, academic professionals retire Nov 18, 2010 9:00 am1517 views 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.) Electric performance Mar 17, 2016 9:00 am1511 views 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. Conservation process continues for La Casa’s beloved mural Jul 5, 2016 3:30 pm1499 views 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 Nov 16, 2015 3:30 pm1440 views 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. Board of trustees approves revised background check policy Jan 21, 2016 1:45 pm1409 views 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. Styrecycle introduces a new way to reduce campus waste May 4, 2016 4:45 pm1376 views 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. On the Job: Valeri Nesbitt-Howard Feb 25, 2016 9:00 am1372 views 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. Solar Farm ready to provide renewable energy to campus Nov 25, 2015 9:00 am1371 views 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. Dial-A-Carol has nary a silent night after news of it goes viral Dec 17, 2015 9:00 am1328 views 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 Oct 13, 2016 10:00 am1281 views 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. Personal treasures await in limbo in lost and found Dec 15, 2005 9:00 am1265 views Personal treasures await in limbo in lost and found Seven academic professionals honored with CAPE awards Apr 7, 2017 8:00 am1193 views 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. Eight honored with distinguished staff award Apr 21, 2017 10:30 am1192 views Eight civil service staff employees were honored with the Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award at a banquet April 20. The award recognizes exceptional performance. On the Job: Richard Partin Jan 21, 2016 2:45 pm1175 views Richard Partin doesn't have a Clue of the precise date he first realized he loved the Trivial Pursuit of board gaming. Former U. of I. police chief remembered as great leader Apr 7, 2016 11:30 am1126 views Former University of Illinois police chief Paul Dollins is being remembered as a leader in law enforcement, a community builder and a great friend. Phi Eta Sigma initiates 942 freshmen into honor society May 17, 2001 9:00 am1105 views 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. Former site is new site for campus’s African-American cultural center Mar 10, 2016 9:00 am1085 views 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 Apr 22, 2016 9:15 am1076 views 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. Extension kicks off $4.5 million school lunchroom program Feb 10, 2016 2:45 pm1056 views Will broccoli by any other name be more likely to wind up in students’ tummies than in lunchroom garbage cans? Does strategic placement of fruit on the cafeteria line increase its appeal to finicky kids? Phi Eta Sigma initiates 981 UI freshmen Apr 4, 2000 9:00 am1051 views 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. Benefit Choice: Clarification on fiscal year 2017 insurance premiums May 5, 2016 9:00 am1035 views Last week, a flier announcing the May Benefit Choice period was mailed from the state of Illinois Central Management Services, which administers health coverage for state employees. It included information at the bottom of page 5 about the possibility that U. of I. employees would be required to pay retroactive increases to their insurance premiums, depending on the outcome of an ongoing legal dispute pending before the Illinois Labor Relations Board. The potential retroactive costs are unknown at this time and will remain unknown during the Benefit Choice period, during which time employees must select a health plan. 252 faculty members, academic professionals retire Nov 15, 2012 9:00 am1016 views 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. Promotions, tenure announced Oct 14, 2015 11:45 am989 views In July, the U. of I. Board of Trustees approved faculty promotions in academic rank and changes in tenure status. New Faces 2015: Christopher Dunbar Jr. Sep 17, 2015 9:00 am976 views Christopher Dunbar Jr., a professor of education policy, organization and leadership in the College of Education, is among the new faculty members to be featured in our annual "New Faces" feature. Inside Illinois continues its tradition of introducing some of the new faculty members on campus and will feature one new colleague online each week during the fall semester. On the Job: Nate Beccue May 5, 2016 8:00 am971 views In addition to the main gardens at Allerton Park and Retreat Center, there are 1,500 acres of grounds that have to be maintained, and Nate Beccue manages to do it all by himself.