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- Wegman received his Master of Fine Art degree in painting from the U. of I. in 1967.
- Since the Peace Corps was created in 1961, 2,014 Illinois alums have served overseas, making it the No. 7 all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers.
- For most people, Monday, February 9, 2015, probably didn't register as a particularly memorable day. But for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, it was the day the faculty, staff and students of the Academic Senate overwhelming approved a proposal to establish the first research-intensive college of medicine in the world created to focus expressly at the intersection of engineering, technology and big data.
- The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been named a top producer of U.S. Fulbright Students and Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
- Held every fall, Illinois’ Indoor World Cup offers soccer fanatics on campus a chance to compete against each other in a friendly tournament of nations, over a shared love of 'football.'
- It's a quiet but deeply meaning ceremony: Each year newly promoted faculty members are honored with a book plate in a Univeristy Library volume of their choosing.
- The Lincoln Gateway, a gift from the class of 1913, is undergoing its first renovation work in more than 100 years.
- The Education Justice Project (EJP) at Illinois is working to broaden the horizons and opportunities of incarcerated men through education, and helping individuals on the outside gain a more sophisticated understanding of issues related to incarceration and the abilities and potential of people who have been imprisoned.
- Samuel Kirk’s research – the first of its kind to study exceptional or special needs learners -- pinpointed gaping holes in curriculum for students with learning disabilities. His commitment to these students led to the founding of the first-ever Institute for Research on Exceptional Children more than 50 years ago, and a lasting foundation for today’s special education department.
- Illinois has been included in the “Military Times: Best for Vets: Colleges 2015” rankings. Schools are selected based on an assessment of veteran and military students’ success rates. The selection takes into account services, special rules, culture, accommodations and financial incentives offered to military and veteran students.