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  • New look coming soon!

    The Urbana Public Engagement Portal (PEPortal) is getting a new look! The new design will focus on highlighting what the PEPortal offers: public engagement PROGRAMS, EVENTS, and RESOURCES connected to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Our web developers are busy at work implementing and perfecting the new design. We will, of course, still be offering many ways to search and browse all the different public engagement opportunities. Click on the thumbnail to view a preview.

    We look forward to showing you the new look soon and hearing your feedback!

  • 2017 Vet Med Open House

    On Sunday, October 1, 2017, more than 300 veterinary students will host the annual College of Veterinary Medicine Open House. There will be more than 40 exhibits and demos, and lots of animals to see. This event is free and open to the public. 

    Parking is free, and there are refreshments and meals available for purchase, as are veterinary-themed shirts and other apparel.

    A full list of the exhibits and learning opportunities at Open House, grouped by topic, may be found on the Vet Med Open House website.

  • Summer Camp Selection Season!

    It's time again to make those summer plans! Visit the 2017 Summer Camps listing to see the full scope of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign youth camp offerings. Registration deadlines vary by camp, but many are April or May so investigating now is the best time to ensure your child gets a spot!

    You can also check out Summer Acitivites for All Ages or Opportunities Available to Teachers.

  • 5th Annual Community & Campus Day of Service

    The 5th Annual Community & Campus Day of Service (CCDOS) will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Last year more than 1,500 volunteers packaged 145,902 meals, which were delivered to Eastern Illinois Foodbank. Additionally, hundreds of volunteers participated in dozens of other projects across Champaign-Urbana. This year members of the local community and University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students will join forces once again.  

    The primary project, The Food Packaging Project, involves packaging one thousand meals for every year of public engagement since the University was chartered – 150,000 meals in total! Thousands of volunteers will help package meals and to help with numerous other projects planned to benefit the community. Several volunteer shifts are available during the day. Visit the Food Packaging Project for full details.

  • 2017 Edible Book Festival

    Each year around April 1st, bibliophiles, book artists, and food lovers around the world gather to celebrate the book arts and the (literal!) ingestion of culture. Participants create an "edible book," which can be inspired by a favorite tale, involve a pun on a famous title, or simply be in the shape of a book (or scroll, or tablet, etc.). All entries will be exhibited, documented, then EATEN! 

    The 2017 Edible Book Festival is a collaboration of the University of Illinois Library and the Common Ground Food Co-op and will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm in the hallway outside the Common Ground Food Co-Op in Lincoln Square Mall.

    The 2017 festival award categories are: Best Depiction of a Classic, Best Visual Presentation, Most Appetizing, Funniest/Punniest, Best Entry Based on Book for Children or Teens (Award sponsored by the Center for Children's Books), Best Collaborative Creation, and People's Choice.

    Public viewing will start at 11:30 am, judging and awards will be at 12:15 pm, and we'll start digging in at 12:45 pm! Visit the 2017 Edible Book Festival Facebook event page for more details.

  • Latin American Teachers Workshop: The African Presence in Mexico

    The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), with co-sponsorship from The National Museum of Mexican Art, is offering a Professional Development Teachers Workshop for K-12 Educators and Librarians on Saturday, February 4, 2017, in Chicago, IL. The Spring 2017 Latin American Teachers Workshop topic is The African Presence in Mexico.

     

    Cost is free, but spaces are limited. Register online 

     

    The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will provide transportation from the Urbana-Champaign campus to the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. The workshop is from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. The group will leave Urbana-Champaign at 7:00 AM and return back from Chicago at 3:00 PM. 

     

    View workshop flyer (PDF)

  • 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Week

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. each January. The 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration theme is Pursuing the Dream in Challenging Times. Several events honoring Dr. King will be held on campus and around the Champaign community from January 13-21, 2017. In addition to celebrating and remembering Dr. King, this year’s commemoration week will offer many activities to educate the community and reflect on his legacy. Students, faculty, and all community members are welcome and encouraged to attend the events and programs. There will be an array of celebrations, a breakfast, discussions, performances, volunteer opportunities, and much more!

    Visit the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration calendar for full details on the related events.

  • Holiday Happenings!

    The winter season is here and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has plenty of online resources and events to get you in the holiday spirit! Check out the selection below, and for even more options, visit the Holidays Tag Cloud or the list of Upcoming Events.

    Holiday Online Resources:

    Poinsettia Pages

    Christmas Trees & More

    Turkey for the Holidays

     

    Holiday Events & Activities:

    Dial-a-Carol (Winter 2016)

    All is Bright featuring the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk

    2016 Gingerbread House Display

    Making Homemade Maple Syrup (Madison County)

  • 2016 Holiday Magic Chemistry Demonstration Show

    Come see a collection of chemistry tricks that are science projects with magical results! The always-popular Holiday Magic Show, hosted by the Department of Chemistry and benefiting the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, will be held on three different dates in 2016:

    Wednesday, December 7th at 7 p.m.

    Saturday, December 10th at 2 p.m.

    Sunday, December 11th at 2 p.m.

    This public event is family friendly and free! Please bring a nonperishable food item for donation to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

    There are no tickets. Each show is first come, first seated.

  • Kaffeestunde: German Conversation Groups

    Sprechen Sie Deutsch - or perhaps you recognize those first 3 words as one of the more iconic phrases in the German language? In either case German Coffee Hour for Fall 2016 invites both students and members of the community to join them on Tuesdays from 4-6pm at Café Paradiso in Urbana, IL. Kaffeestunde is an opportunity for all ability levels to practice speaking German outside of the classroom. The cost is free and everyone is welcome!

  • Vet Med Open House Fall 2016

    The 2016 Vet Med Open House is set for Sunday, October 2, 2016 from 10 AM - 4PM.

    Join the College of Veterinary Medicine as more than 300 veterinary students host the annual Vet Med Open House. There will be more than 40 exhibits and demos, and lots of animals to see. The event is free and open to the public, but please don't bring your own animals. Parking is free, and there will be refreshments and meals available for purchase.

    Visit the Vet Med Open House webpage for full details, including details on the demos and live animal exhibits you can find at the open house.

     

  • Partition and Empire Conference: Ireland, India, Palestine and Beyond

    The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES) will present Partition and Empire: Ireland, India, Palestine and Beyond, a conference which will explore the theme of partition and empire in global, comparative, and connective frames. The imperial partitions of the twentieth century reverberate to the present, and inform contemporary insecurities of different regimes across the world. Present-day challenges to the post­colonial nation-state and its boundaries are often rooted in imperial partitions. Whether in Kashmir, Syria or Palestine, the legacies of partition form the everyday experiences of conflict and violence for millions of people.

    The conference will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016, from 9 am - 5pm at the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL.

    Urvashi Butalia, Publisher and Co-Founder of Kali for Women and Founder of Zubaan Books, will be the keynote speaker. She will give a MillerComm lecture on Thursday, September 22nd at 7 p.m. at the Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

  • Food and Data Workshop: Interoperability through the Food Pipeline

    Join the Coordinated Science Lab (CSL) on September 12 & 13 for a fascinating workshop on Interoperability through the Food Pipeline. The increasing ability to capture data at the level of individual agricultural fields, individual culinary recipes, and individual food waste digesters is allowing analytics-based optimization within the distinct industries responsible for producing, transporting, trading, storing, processing, packaging, wholesaling, retailing, consuming, and disposing of food.  Yet addressing the pressing national/global challenges in food security due to climate change, as well as public health challenges such as obesity and malnutrition, requires optimization across the food pipeline.  This workshop is concerned with understanding the relationship between data and food writ large, with a particular focus on questions of interoperable data ontologies, privacy, and analytic insights.

    Visit the Food and Data Workshop for full details, including the agenda and online registration.

  • 2016 Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

    Now in its 41st year, the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is Champaign County's largest free festival. Urbana's signature summer event is a two-day celebration of food, live music, arts and crafts and of course, sweet corn. Taking place in the heart of downtown Urbana, the 2016 festival will run the following dates:

    Friday, August 26 from 5 - 11 p.m.

    Saturday, August 27 from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.  

    The Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is host to two nights of live music, featuring performances by local favorites, several regional acts, and nationally-renowned headliners. Visit the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival Entertainment page for full details.

    Each year this festival is frequented by over 50,000 individuals from both the Champaign-Urbana and surrounding communities in Central Illinois. This festival is also the official welcome for incoming and returning University of Illinois students.

  • Ikebana Workshop

    Ikebana is the ancient art form of flower arrangement. Join the Japan House for the Ikebana Workshop on August 6, 2016, at 9:00 am to experience Japanese culture in a fun and artistic way. At each workshop, a certified Ikenobo instructor will lecture and demonstrate on a specific style. Afterwards, participants arrange ikebana and the instructor critiques each arrangement. 

    “Ikebana is not just about sticking a flower into a vase: it is about the love and need of the artist to create beautiful forms… Ikebana is not just about flowers, it is about the person who arranges them” –Sofu Teshigahara

  • Dreamgirls at the Studio Theatre!

    The Banks Bridgewater Lewis Fine Arts Academy, in collaboration with Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, presents the musical Dreamgirls! This production of Dreamgirls will showcase outstanding 24-person cast of local talent.

    The beautifully rendered story follows the ups and downs of life in the 1960s R&B music scene and was an easy choice for this first venture into co-presented theatre-making for the two organizations.c

    Dreamgirls opens August 5, 2016, and runs through August 7, 2016. For more times or to buy tickets, visit the Dreamgirls event page.

  • Climbing 101 - Intro to Climbing Class

    Participants of the Activities and Recreation Center's (ARC) Climbing 101 clinic will learn and practice fundamental climbing techniques, climbing gear use, climbing wall operations and expectations, and everything else needed to safely climb at a gym. Topics include balance and posture, what to look for in your harness and shoes, various hand positions, route difficulty ratings, and more.  Staff will provide personal coaching and everyone will have time to practice.  If you've never learned the fundamentals, or if you've never climbed, this class is for you!

    July 2016 Dates: Monday/Wednesday from 2-4pm - July 11, 13,18, & 20

    This program costs $50 for ARC members and $60 non-members. Make sure to register 4 days in advance of the first class. No climbing knowledge or gear is required. For more information, visit the Climbing Clinics webpage.

    *Youth ages 8-16 years old, may sign up after participating in a Youth Climbing Introductory Drop-in orientation

  • Science at the Market

    Don’t stop learning just because it is summer! For the seventh year, the University of Illinois Department of Physics is bringing Science at the Market to Urbana's Market at the Square. University of Illinois researchers and other experts will hold demonstrations and answer questions about their fields.

    Some topics include:

    What birds and other animals live in Champaign-Urbana parks

    Floating superconductors Solar flares via solar telescopes

    Pants that don't stain thanks to nanotechnology

    3-D printing by the Illinois Geometry Lab (IGL)

    Lizards and other animals shown by the Graduate Students in  Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (GEEB)

    And a lot about bees, bumblebees, and pollination on Pollinators' Saturdays

    The event is free and occurs almost every Saturday morning from 8:00am-12:00am throughout the summer. Everyone is invited to attend. For a more detailed schedule visit the Science at the Market website.

  • June 2016 Krannert Uncorked

    Krannert Center's Stage 5 is the crossroads to gather, make new friends, reconnect with old ones, soak up some music, and enjoy a glass of wine. Nearly every Thursday at 5:00pm Krannert Uncorked serves free tasty treats and wine to accompany live music. Funky Jonny will preform on Thursday, June 23 and then Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi will perform on Thursday, June 30. For the full summer line up visit the Krannert Uncorked website.

  • Illinois Aerospace Institute Summer Camp 2016

    The Illinois Aerospace Institute Summer Camp is a one-week residential program for students entering grades 9-12 who are interested in learning about the fields of aerospace engineering and aviation. Though most of the students who attend are from the Midwest, students come to us from all over the U.S. and internationally. Many have some sort of experience with the aerospace field, through model rockets, remote control airplanes, or having a family member who is a pilot, but no experience is necessary; just an interest in learning about the field of aerospace engineering.

    The Institute is held on the campus of the University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign. Students stay in a University or University-certified residence hall with live-in camp counselors. Students will learn about a variety of topics regarding aerospace engineering through classroom sessions, laboratories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.

    The Illinois Aerospace Institute is hosting two 2016 sessions: June 26- July 2 & July 17- July 23

  • Congratulations to the 2016 CAEPE Recipients!

    Congratulations to the 2016 recipients of the Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement!

    Faculty and Administrative Professional Awards 

    Annie Abbott, Professor of Spanish and the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Spanish & Portuguese

    Student Awards 

    Max Colon, undergraduate student in Psychology & Spanish and Director of Illini Fighting Hunger

    Katherin Magerko, M.D.- Ph.D. student in Human and Community Development Program and Avicenna Community Health Center Clinic Manager

    Lyndsay Shand, doctoral student in Statistics and leader of Stat-Com

    Team Award 

    The Education Justice Project, led by Director Rebecca Ginsburg

  • 4th Annual Community & Campus Day of Service

    The 4th Annual Community & Campus Day of Service (CCDOS) will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016. Last year in the course of 3 hours, more than 1,500 volunteers packaged 160,722 meals, which were delivered to Eastern Illinois Foodbank. Additionally, hundreds of volunteers participated in dozens of other projects across Champaign-Urbana. This year, members of the local community and University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students will join forces once again to kick off National Volunteer Week 2016, which will take place from April 10-16.  

    The primary project, The Food Packaging Project, involves packaging one thousand meals for every year of public engagement since the University was chartered – 149,000 meals in total! Hundreds of volunteers are needed to help package meals and to help with numerous other projects planned to benefit the community. Several volunteer shifts are available during the day. Visit the Food Packaging Project to register for a timeslot.

  • 2016 Public Engagement Symposium

    All are invited to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 8th Annual Public Engagement Symposium on March 16, 2016, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the I Hotel and Conference Center!

    The Public Engagement symposium features posters and displays by faculty, staff and students from campus and partners from the community on community-based projects as part of research, teaching and service at the University of Illinois. The theme for 2016 symposium is Building bridges between campus and community. The symposium provides ground for sharing and celebrating the scholarly works of a community that is engaged in addressing and solving challenges facing the society through mutually-beneficial partnership. The event hopes to promote culture of engagement across campus by bringing together a large variety of ideas and approaches to community-engaged projects.

    Sponsored by the Office of Public Engagement, the symposium is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

  • 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Week

    Each January, the University of Illinois celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s theme is Developing New Relationships: Building a Community for Everyone. Several events honoring Dr. King will be held on campus and around the Champaign community from January 15-23, 2016. In addition to celebrating and remembering Dr. King, this year’s commemoration week will offer many activities to educate the community and reflect on his legacy. Students, faculty, and all community members are welcome and encouraged to attend the events and programs. There will be an array of celebrations, a breakfast, discussions, performances, volunteer opportunities, and much more!

    Visit the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration calendar for full details on the related events.

  • Holidays are here!

    The winter season is quickly approaching and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has plenty of online resources and events to get you in the holiday spirit! Check out the selection below or for more details visit the Holidays Tag Cloud or the list of Upcoming Events.

    Holiday Online Resources:

    Poinsettia Pages

    Christmas Trees & More

    Turkey for the Holidays

    Holiday Events & Activities:

    Holiday Magic: Chemistry Demonstration Shows

    Allerton Holiday Open House & Tours

    Holiday Snack Attack – Macoupin County

    Candy Making Workshop – Edwards County

    Dial-a-Carol

  • Dance for People with Parkinson’s

    Dance for People with Parkinson’s fall 2015 series kicked off on September 9, 2015, but you can still attend future dates at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Champaign-Urbana.

    Upcoming Dance for People with Parkinson’s Events

    Join Krannert Center to explore dance and gentle movement in a safe, welcoming environment. If you or a loved one is living with Parkinson’s, come experience a fellowship of communal dance, led by Illinois instructors Kate Kuper and Laura Chiaramonte. No dance experience or skill is required, just come with a good attitude and support the cause!

     

  • The Pygmalion Festival

    Get in the last of festival season by checking out The Pygmalion Festival, which will take place Wednesday, September 23 through Sunday, September 27, 2015, in Champaign-Urbana!

    The Pygmalion Festival, now in its 11th year, is organized by the Nicodemus Agency with the support of a variety of community and campus partners. The festival combines music, literature, and an outdoor curated marketplace to create a one-of-a-kind experience.

    This year a Tech component will be integrated for the first time through panelists, demonstrations, speakers, and interactive opportunities.

    For the full list of the artists, speakers, authors, and vendors participating in this year’s festival, visit The Pygmalion Festival website.

  • Summertime Fun: A Healthier Way of Living!

    Summertime is notorious for lounging around the pool, soaking up the sun, and hanging with friends. It is a season of celebration over late night bon-fires, park-filled BBQs, and never-ending fun for all ages. Another thing that all ages can participate in is a healthier life! Whether you’re young or old, boy or girl, the only one in your household or a full house, everyone can benefit from a healthier life. This season there are plenty of fun and educational opportunities to enjoy.

    The University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign offers various health and wellness programs, events, and online resources for the community!

    The UI Extension: Nutrition and Health offer a plethora of online resources to help you in getting your family on the right track! From feeding your picky preschoolers to getting your teens to pitch in, you’re sure to find something that will benefit everyone!

    I-Parents Tool Kit is an online cheat sheet for your little ones! Whether your child comes to you with friend problems or you’re trying to comprise with your child on everyday things, this toolkit should be able to provide some relief!

    Do you feel like work is intruding on your personal life? There is a solution for that as well. Check out Intentional Harmony: Managing Work and Life to get a couple of ideas on easing the tension and make life easier!

    For more information on health and wellness, check out the Health & Wellness related entries in the Public Engagement Portal.

  • 2015 National Pollinator Week in Champaign-Urbana

    This year National Pollinator Week will be held from June 15 - 21, 2015.

    2015 National Pollinator Week in Champaign-Urbana kicks off on Sunday, June 14, 2015, with a lecture from Dr. Alex Harmon-Threatt, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Harmon-Threatt will be discussing some of the fascinating species she studies and the places they inhabit in her lecture titled, “Wild Bees in Wild Places: Tales from the Prairies, Glades, and Beyond.”

    Pollinator fun continues with The Pollinator Round at Trivia Night at Pizza M on Wednesday, June 17th, where you can test your knowledge of pollinators and enjoy a night of entertainment at this local pizzeria. Or join in on the Champaign County Master Gardener’s Garden Walk on Saturday, June 20th, where you can stop by the UI Pollinatarium to see the restored native prairie, children’s garden, and the museum displays.

    This all leads up to the final event, the BeeSpotter BeeBlitz! The BeeSpotter BeeBlitz all-day celebration will take place on Sunday, June 21, 2015. Anyone in Illinois, Missouri, or Ohio can participate in the BeeBlitz, but the UI Pollinatarium will be open from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM for anyone in the area who wants to venture out into the fields surrounding the Pollinatarium and photograph bees to upload to BeeSpotter. You’re encouraged to bring your camera or smartphone, though the UI Pollinatarium will have cameras available for those who need one. While you’re at the Pollinatarium, stop by the Nurturing Native Bees Workshop from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM and learn how to identify the bees living in your own backyard and how you can help them by providing nesting habitats for them.

    Visit the National Pollinator Week in Champaign-Urbana website for more details and ways to get involved!

  • 2015 Summer Research Park Community Open House

    The Community Open House, hosted by Research Park, will take place on Friday, June 12, 2015, from 4:00 to 5:30 PM, followed by an Outside at Research Park Concert at 6:30 PM. Both events are free and open to the public. Come out and learn about the Park and all it has to offer following with performances by Della Mae and opening act, Tara Terra.

    This fun event will consist of golf cart tours around the Park concluding in the EnterpriseWorks Atrium where companies will be demonstrating some of the work that they do.

    Here’s a little information about Research Park to get you started:

    The Research Park at the University of Illinois provides an environment where technology-based businesses can work with faculty and students to take advantage of opportunities for collaborative research and easy access to University labs, equipment and services.

    Research Park hopes that the Community Open House will educate the public about what actually goes on at the Park!

  • 2015 Faculty Summer Institute

    The annual Faculty Summer Institute will be held on May 27-29, 2015 at the I-Hotel & Conference Center this year. The Faculty Summer Institute (FSI) is a three-day conference that brings faculty members and instructional-technology professionals together at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. FSI is open to a broad audience, and attendees come from across Illinois and as far away as Canada.

    The conference features keynote presentations, networking, and hands-on training on the use of modern communication and information technologies in higher education. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and teaching methods in person and virtually. Networking is a main component of the Faculty Summer Institute, and there are many opportunities for social engagement during receptions, scheduled activities, and concurrent sessions.

    Registrations, sessions, and meal functions will all take place at the I-Hotel & Conference Center, which is located just south of the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Online registration has closed as of May 20, 2015. However, walk-in registrations will be accepted during certain hours of the days. Please go to the North end of the I-Hotel & Conference Center to register on-site.

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    3rd Annual Community & Campus Day of Service

    The 3rd Annual Community & Campus Day of Service (CCDOS) will be held on April 11, 2015. Last year the CCDOS Food Packaging Project volunteers produced 147,162 meals which were delivered to Eastern Illinois Foodbank, and there were dozens of other volunteer projects happening simultaneously across Champaign-Urbana. This year, members of the community and the University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students will join forces again in kicking off National Volunteer Week 2015.

    The primary project, The Food Packaging Project, involves packaging one thousand meals for every year of public engagement since the University was chartered – 148,000 meals in total! Hundreds of volunteers are needed to help package meals and to help with numerous other projects planned to benefit the community. There will be several volunteer shifts available during the day. Visit the Food Packaging Project webpage to register for a timeslot.

    For more information on this day of service visit the Community & Campus Day of Service webpage.

  • 2015 Spring Open Houses at the University of Illinois

    March 2015 Open Houses

    April 2015 Open House

  • Campus Bike Shop at the PE Symposium

    2015 Public Engagement Symposium

    All are invited to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 7th Annual Public Engagement Symposium on March 10, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. This year’s theme is Changing Lives Through Engagement. The symposium provides faculty, staff, students, and community partners the opportunity to share innovative ideas and approaches to community engagement activities. We hope that you will learn from, support, and celebrate the quality and variety of our scholarly and creative community engagement efforts. It is our wish to enlighten, educate, and inspire; to strengthen relationships; and to develop a culture of engagement across the campus and local communities.

    Sponsored by the Office of Public Engagement and the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning, the symposium is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served

  • 2015 MLK, Jr. Commemoration Hands Image

    2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Week

    Each January, the University of Illinois celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the MLK, Jr. Commemoration Week, and the 2015 theme is Developing a World Perspective: Building Global Communities. Several events honoring Dr. King will be held on campus and around the community from January 16-24, 2015. In addition to celebrating and remembering Dr. King, this year’s commemoration week will offer many activities to educate the community and reflect on his legacy. Students, faculty, and all community members are encouraged to attend the events and programs. Options will include an array of celebrations, a breakfast, discussions, performances, volunteer opportunities, and much more!

    Here is a selection of events for the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Week:

  • MoSAIC Festival

    2014 MoSAIC Festival

    The 2014 MoSAIC (Mathematics of Science, Art, Industry, Culture) Festival will be held on Friday–Saturday, November 21-22, 2014 at the University of Illinois campus.  The MoSAIC festival is an exciting collaboration of art and math for kids of all ages. Festival events are open to the public and will include:  an art exhibition, video screenings, hands–on workshops, guest speakers, and so much more!

    The art exhibit will take place in the Illini Union while all other events will be take place at Altgeld Hall.  View the full schedule of events online (pdf). Don’t miss out on this exciting event!

  • Genome Day

    Genome Day 2014

    November is off to a great start with the 3rd annual Genome Day held at the Orpheum Children’s Museum!   On Saturday,  November 1st, this open house event will be filled with fun and exciting activities to teach people of all ages about genes, genomes, and DNA.  Sponsored by the Institute for Genomic Biology, this event will have exhibits and activities highlighting: Health, Energy Production, Environment, and Biology.

    Admission to the event and museum will be free. Members of the UIUC Chapter of SACNAS will be on hand to provide bilingual support for the activities.

    For more information, please view the Genome Day 2013 video.  Hope to see you there!

  • 2014 Water Conference Logo

    2014 Illinois Water Conference

    The 2014 Illinois Water Conference, hosted by the Illinois State Water Survey, will be held on Otober 14-15 at the Illini Union. All are welcome to come learn more about the state's water issues. The plenary session will focus on Nutrient Management and the upcoming Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS). Other conference sessions will cover a wide variety of topics including: fracking, climate change, water quality, floodplains, invasive species, and more.

    The Illinois Water Resource Center will also be celebrating their 50th anniversary during the conference. Join them for dinner on October 14th to celebrate 50 great years!

    Visit the 2014 Illinois Water Conference website for full details including online registrationconference agenda, and travel information.

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    Vet Med Open House Fall 2014

    The Vet Med Open House 2014 is set for Sunday, October 5th from 10:00am – 4:00pm.  This event is free, open to the public and does not require registration.  This is the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a vet. There will be many demos and exhibits on different animals and current veterinary issues...

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    Music Mayhem Sweeping September!

    September is packed with music festivals for your personal enjoyment! 

    First off is the 2014 Allerton Music Barn Festival. The University of Illinois School of Music and Allerton Park & Retreat Center are continuing their collaboration to combine music and nature. The festival kicks off at the rustic two-story Allerton Music Barn on Thursday, September 18th at 7:30 PM and runs through Sunday September 21, 2014. This year's musical lineup includes The Jupiter Quartet, including Guest Artist Award winners - Kim Uwate & Seungwon Chung, Faculty Artist Ollie Watts Davis, and the UI Jazz faculty. Full listings and ticket details can be found on the 2014 Allerton Music Barn Festival Concerts & Tickets webpage.

    More things to do while you're at Allerton:

    • Walk through the elaborate formal gardens
    • Hike on 14 miles of interpretive hiking trails
    • View more than 100 outdoor sculptures and garden ornaments
    • And make sure not to miss numerous Barn Festival concerts such as Jupiter Plus and Bach!

    Next up The Pygmalion Festival will take place from Thursday, September 25th through Sunday, September 28, 2014.  The Tenth Anniversary is jam packed with all the music you could possibly want in 4 days, plus:

    • A (free!) Literature Fest with more than 20 authors presenting works at multiple venues around town
    • The Pygmalion Book Fair (on Saturday, September 27th from 11am-4pm at the Esquire Lounge)
    • The Made Fest (also free!), a 2-day curated outdoor marketplace with close to 50 vendors featuring handmade & vintage goods.

    This is a celebration you won't want to miss!  For more information, including the full schedule information on tickets, visit the Pygmalion Festival 2014 website.

  • Urbana Sweetcorn Festival Logo

    39th Annual Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

    The 2014 festival, sponsored by the Urbana Business Association, will take place in the heart of downtown Urbana on Main St. between Race and Vine Streets on Friday, August 22nd, 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 23rd, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. 

    The Urbana Sweetcorn Festival welcomes all to enjoy:

    • All the Illinois sweetcorn you can eat
    • Live music both nights from regional and national headliners
    • The Motor Muster Car Show with vintage automobiles
    • Family-friendly activities such as a petting zoo, indoor laser tag and a rock climbing wall
    • A variety of food and merchandise from vendors

    For regular updates, please visit the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival Facebook page and Twitter feed.

  • Spring Time

    Spring is here!

    Spring is the time for sunshine, gardening, and enjoying the outdoors! This season there are plenty of fun and educational opportunities to enjoy. The University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign offers various outdoor and gardening-related programs, events, and online resources to the community.

    For a full listing of events and resources to enjoy this spring, be sure to check out Gardening Tag Cloud or the list of Upcoming Events.

  • 6th Annual Summer Enrichment Extravaganza

    Summer is full of fun times, hot weather and tons of activities! Keeping children and/or teens engaged during this time can be difficult but the 2014 Summer Enrichment Extravaganza can help. The Summer Enrichment Extravaganza is a youth programming resource fair for the community.

    Join the Center for Education in Small Urban Communities on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, from 6:30 – 8:00PM at this extravaganza to learn about summer youth programming! Come and meet program staff from 30 campus and community organizations who offer activities, summer programs and opportunities for students in pre-k through 12th grade.

    For more information, view the Summer Enrichment Extravaganza PDF or visit the Center for Education in Small Urban Communities webpage

  • 147,000 Meals Logo

    2nd Annual Community & Campus Day of Service

    The 2nd Annual Community & Campus Day of Service will be held on April 5, 2014. Last year, there were more than 1,500 volunteers and more than 20 volunteer projects across Champaign-Urbana. This year, members of the community and the University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students will join forces again in kicking off National Volunteer Week 2014.

    The primary project, The Food Packaging Project, involves packaging one thousand meals for every year of public engagement – 147,000 meals in total! Hundreds of volunteers are needed to help package meals and to help with numerous other projects planned to benefit the community. There will be several volunteer shifts available during the day. Come help celebrate 147 years of public engagement!

    For more information on this day of service, visit the Community & Campus Day of Service webpage!

  • Public Engagement Symposium

    2014 Public Engagement Symposium

    Come celebrate, support, and learn from creative community engagement efforts at the 2014 Public Engagement Symposium on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, from 3-6 PM at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center (601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL). This year’s symposium will feature poster presentations and displays focusing on the theme: Shaping Our World. 

    The Public Engagement Symposium is sponsored by the Office of Public Engagement and Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning. The intent is to enlighten, educate, and inspire; to strengthen relationships; and to develop a culture of engagement across the campus and local communities. 

    Visit the Public Engagement Symposium website for full details.

  • Graphic of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Week

    Each January the University of Illinois celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Honoring the Civil Rights Movement as the Struggle Continues: Empowering the Dream…Make It Your Own is the 2014 theme. Several events honoring Dr. King will be held on campus and around the community from January 17-25, 2014. In addition to celebrating and remembering Dr. King, this year’s commemoration week will offer many activities to educate the community and reflect on his legacy. Students, faculty, and all community members are encouraged to attend the events and programs. Options will include an array of celebrations, a breakfast, discussions, performances, and much more!

    A selection of events for the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Week:

    To view the full listing of events, visit the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration webpage.

  • Fab Lab Sensors For Drones

    Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab

    The Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab is a workshop with specialized, high tech resources (tools, materials, & software) and helpful volunteers to make your designs come to life! As they say, “The Fab Lab allows you to dream up, design and make almost anything you can imagine using open source software and DIY equipment."

    In addition to staying connected with the global and national Fab Lab community, the C-U Fab Lab partners with several groups in the local community, including the Urbana Free Library and Tap In Leadership Academy.

    Fab Lab offers materials (some available on-hand at the lab, others can be ordered) for your project as well as access to a variety of cutting edge tools and resources, including:

    • Laser Engraver
    • 3D Printers
    • Vinyl Cutter
    • Drawing Tablet
    • Inkscape (Open source graphics software)
    • Open SCAD (Open source rendering software)
    • and much more!

    Check out the example creations section of their website to get ideas for your projects – such as laser cut wedding invitations or the Stegosaurus USB holder. Then visit Fab Lab during the General Open Sessions (or schedule your own class or group visit) to create and have fun!

  • 2013 Sustainability Week Logo

    2013 Sustainability Week

    The Fourth Annual Sustainability Week , hosted by the Center for a Sustainable Environment in collaboration with several campus and community partners, will be held from October 21-25, 2013. In addition to celebrating the University’s sustainable successes, this year’s Sustainability Week will offer many activities to educate and encourage the campus and community to go green!

    Students, faculty, and all citizens are encouraged to attend the events and programs during this week. Options will include tours of key campus sites, a bike expo, a meet and greet, and much more!

    A selection of events for the 2013 Illinois Sustainability Week:

    To view the full listing of events, visit the 2013 Illinois Sustainability Week webpage.

  • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    With several exciting events this fall, Krannert Center drives public engagement via a variety of programs and performances closely tied to the missions of the University: education, research, and public engagement. Students, faculty, staff, and all citizens are encouraged to attend the events and performances, which are supported by Krannert as well as other University and Non-University sponsors.

    Just a small selection of Krannert Center upcoming events for Fall 2013:

  • Public Engagement Grant Program Now Accepting Proposals

    Each year the Office of Public Engagement conducts a Public Engagement Grant Program that seeks proposals from faculty, students, and staff to fund community-related projects, scholarly work, creative endeavors, course development and other activities within the broad framework of public engagement. Public engagement activities supported by campus resources are most effective when they are closely tied to the other missions of the university, namely research, teaching and economic development. The Public Engagement Grant Program supports proposals that contribute to these other missions of the university.

    Visit the Public Engagement Grant Program webpage for the Request for Proposals and online submission form. Submission deadline is Friday, September 27, 2013 at 5:00PM.

    2013-2014 Public Engagement Grant Timeline:
    • August 26, 2013 - Request for Proposals Available
    • September 27, 2013 - Proposals due to the Office of Public Engagement
    • November 29, 2013 - Grant decisions announced by the Office of Public Engagement
    • December 12, 2014 - Projects completed and final reports due to the Office of Public Engagement