Campus Features

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More than courses: Delivering higher education to the incarcerated

Published Date:November 21, 2014

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.

Published Date: November 21, 2014


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Led by Samuel Kirk, Illinois shaped the field of special education

Author: Meaghan Downs

Published Date:November 20, 2014

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.

Published Date: November 20, 2014


Illinois included in “Military Times: Best for Vets” rankings

Published Date:November 11, 2014

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.

Published Date: November 11, 2014


Program from homecoming.

The Origins of Homecoming

Author: John Franch, University Archives (2005)

Published Date:October 20, 2014

Since 1910 the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has claimed to be the originator of Homecoming. Is it true? The answer is complicated.

Published Date: October 20, 2014


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Student Sustainable Farm: More than a farm stand

Author: Kelsey Gould

Published Date:October 9, 2014

Having a student farm isn’t what distinguishes the University of Illinois from its peers. Many institutions across the country have some version of a student farm. It’s the multi-disciplinary collaborations that make Illinois’ farm a real agricultural gem.

Published Date: October 9, 2014


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To remember college days, hit play

Author: Meaghan Downs

Published Date:August 15, 2014

University of Illinois theatre professor Lisa Dixon prepares to address new students at Convocation on August 22. Her speech, Mix-tape 2018, will feature a variety of music.

Published Date: August 15, 2014


Windows at work help you sleep at home

Published Date:August 11, 2014

An office with a window can improve your sleep and your quality of life, according to a new study co-authored by Mohamed Boubekri, a professor of architecture at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: August 11, 2014


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For Whom the Bells Toll

Author: Meaghan Downs

Published Date:July 11, 2014

Sue Wood, a former analytical chemist with a Ph.D. in plant pathology, has been playing the chimes in Alteld Hall's bell tower for 43 years.

Published Date: July 11, 2014


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A trip to space from two perspectives

Published Date:May 9, 2014

Events surrounding 2014 Commencement exercises on the weekend of May 16 - 18, 2014, include opportunities to hear from both Col. Mike Hopkins and his wife, Julie.

Published Date: May 9, 2014


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ACES students 'pay it forward'

Author: Meaghan Downs

Published Date:May 6, 2014

The brainchild of ACES’ student advancement committee, the month-long “I Pay It Forward: Students Supporting Students” campaign hoped to provide at least one scholarship funded by student donations, according to ACES associate director of advancement Stacey Cole. They got more than 1,100 donors – the majority of whom were fellow Illinois students – and raised about $15,000 in 30 days to support need-based scholarships for agriculture students.

Published Date: May 6, 2014