blog postsCampus LifeLibrary offers Rosetta Stone service free to campus membersMar 10, 2016 9:00 am10507 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.Campus LifeStudents give input on Nesbitt black cultural center building, futureJan 7, 2016 8:45 am3368 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.Campus LifeJournalist Bob Woodward is first speaker in College of Law lecture series honoring Abraham LincolnJan 7, 2016 10:00 am2756 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.HonorsCampus LifeUniversity of Illinois is a top producer of U.S. Fulbright studentsMar 4, 2016 3:15 pm2694 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.Campus LifeFeser delivers hard dose of reality, path for future in campus budget meetingsMar 31, 2016 9:00 am2488 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.Campus LifeCampus LifeKilleen pushes state ‘compact’ to ensure predictable fundingJan 28, 2016 9:00 am2274 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.Campus LifeFinal issue of Inside Illinois announcedMay 5, 2016 9:00 am2083 views This is the final issue of Inside Illinois, but it’s not the end of the campus news function.Campus LifeReport offers insights into Illinois students’ success after graduationApr 19, 2016 6:00 am1949 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.Campus LifeOn the Job: Brooke EisenmengerMar 24, 2016 10:00 am1548 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.Campus LifeFeser: We must create a budget paradigm for the futureMar 10, 2016 9:00 am1510 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.Campus LifeNew eText option making textbooks interactive, cheaperFeb 11, 2016 2:45 pm1497 views There is a revolution brewing in the textbook world and, of course, the University of Illinois is leading it.Campus LifeGeorgian prime minister – an Illinois alumnus – to visit Urbana campus April 27Apr 20, 2016 9:15 am1488 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.Life SciencesCampusCampus LifeDeathsPhysical SciencesKlaus Schulten, pioneer in biophysics and computational biology, has diedNov 4, 2016 8:30 am1474 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.Campus LifeElectric performanceMar 17, 2016 9:00 am1433 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.Campus LifeU. of I. is No. 2 in nation among public universities for international studentsNov 16, 2015 3:30 pm1428 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.Campus LifeStudent veterans say new center is a lifeline and oasisOct 1, 2015 9:30 am1390 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.Campus LifeConservation process continues for La Casa’s beloved muralJul 5, 2016 3:30 pm1355 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.”Campus LifeCampus LifeBoard of trustees approves revised background check policyJan 21, 2016 1:45 pm1341 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.Campus LifeNew Faces 2015: Wencui HanDec 22, 2015 9:00 am1330 views Wencui Han is a new assistant professor in the department of business administration in the College of Business. Campus LifeDial-A-Carol has nary a silent night after news of it goes viralDec 17, 2015 9:00 am1310 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.Campus LifeStyrecycle introduces a new way to reduce campus wasteMay 4, 2016 4:45 pm1301 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.Campus LifeOn the Job: Valeri Nesbitt-HowardFeb 25, 2016 9:00 am1280 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.Campus LifeSolar Farm ready to provide renewable energy to campusNov 25, 2015 9:00 am1209 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.Campus LifeModified teaching option helps tenure-track faculty devote time to familyOct 13, 2016 10:00 am1170 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.Campus LifeMeet the Class of 2019Sep 24, 2015 9:00 am1042 views A graphic illustration of the freshman class, which boasts the university’s largest class since 2005.Campus LifeDeathsFormer U. of I. police chief remembered as great leaderApr 7, 2016 11:30 am1032 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.HonorsCampus LifeEducationComputerized testing pioneer Hua-Hua Chang to receive achievement awardApr 24, 2017 2:00 pm1020 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.Campus LifeBenefit Choice: Clarification on fiscal year 2017 insurance premiumsMay 5, 2016 9:00 am1010 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.Campus LifeExtension kicks off $4.5 million school lunchroom programFeb 10, 2016 2:45 pm967 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?Campus LifeOn the Job: Richard PartinJan 21, 2016 2:45 pm960 views Richard Partin doesn't have a Clue of the precise date he first realized he loved the Trivial Pursuit of board gaming.HonorsCampus LifePromotions, tenure announcedOct 14, 2015 11:45 am911 views In July, the U. of I. Board of Trustees approved faculty promotions in academic rank and changes in tenure status.Campus LifeFormer site is new site for campus’s African-American cultural centerMar 10, 2016 9:00 am906 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.Campus LifeEmployees credited for success of U. of I.'s annual charity driveDec 17, 2015 9:15 am887 views More than 3,000 U. of I. employees helped the Urbana-Champaign campus exceed the goals of the 2015 Campus Charitable Fund Drive, raising $1.32 million.Campus LifeOn the Job: Nate BeccueMay 5, 2016 8:00 am876 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.Campus LifeOn the Job: Terry FreeApr 22, 2016 9:15 am859 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. HonorsCampusCampus LifeSeven academic professionals honored with CAPE awardsApr 7, 2017 8:00 am857 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.Campus LifeCampus LifeKilleen: U. of I. can weather budgetary storm for only so longNov 13, 2015 3:15 pm841 views According to U. of I. President Tim Killeen, the U. of I. is at "risk of deterioration" unless the state finds a budget solution soon. Campus LifeSpecial deliveryMar 24, 2016 9:00 am828 views Sara Pearson, a second-year veterinary student, was among the veterinary students volunteering for the “lamb watch" program in the U. of I.'s College of Veterinary Medicine.Campus LifeUniversity of Illinois retirement by the numbers, 2009-15Nov 19, 2015 9:00 am825 views A graphic illustration of academic and civil service retirement by the numbers, from 2009 to 2015.Campus LifeCampus LifeAmerican Indian imagery, ‘Three-in-One’ song discussed at faculty meetingOct 29, 2015 7:00 am824 views Issues related to Chief Illiniwek, the former university symbol, were discussed at the Urbana-Champaign Senate-sponsored annual meeting of the faculty Oct. 26.Campus LifeU. of I.'s INSPIRE recognized for best international partnershipJan 28, 2016 9:00 am806 views The Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational Research and Exchange this week was awarded the Institute of International Education's Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education for the best international partnership in the country.Campus LifeOn the Job: Lori MelchiMar 10, 2016 10:30 am806 views Pianos are playing. Horns can be heard. And students are practicing opera. It’s just a typical morning for Lori Melchi, an administrative aide at the School of Music.Campus LifeNew Faces 2015: Marie ChannellDec 17, 2015 9:00 am800 views Marie Channell is a new assistant professor in the department of speech and hearing science in the College of Applied Health Sciences.Campus LifeEight honored with distinguished staff awardApr 21, 2017 10:30 am787 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.Campus LifeIllinois in 2016: 'We will rise to the challenge'Jan 7, 2016 9:30 am785 views With the state budget impasse still looming large, high-profile administrator positions needing to be filled and plans for a new medical school to be finalized, there's no indication 2016 will be any less challenging.Campus LifePolice begin enforcement of campus smoking policySep 24, 2015 9:15 am751 views The U. of I. Police Department last week started citing smokers who flout the campus's smoking ban.Campus LifeCampus LifeFour nominated for 2016 honorary degreesDec 9, 2015 8:45 am748 views The Urbana Champaign Senate has nominated four men to receive honorary degrees at the May 2016 Commencement exercises.Campus LifeCarbon dioxide storage is focus of new center's missionSep 10, 2015 9:00 am732 views Research by University of Illinois scientists with the Center for Geologic Storage of CO2 could have planetary implications while also producing benefits close to home.Campus LifePhysical SciencesU. of I. researchers help discover ‘dark galaxy’Apr 18, 2016 11:00 am722 views Researchers have uncovered the existence of a dwarf “dark galaxy” lurking nearly 4 billion light-years away from Earth. The discovery was made when a team of researchers, including astronomers at the University of Illinois, using the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, noticed subtle distortions in the image of gravitational lens SDP.81. The discovery paves the way to spot many more such objects, which could help astronomers address important questions on the true nature of dark matter.Campus LifeIllinois acceptance numbers reflect strong in-state interest, diversity gainsMay 5, 2016 9:30 am722 views The number of first-year students expected to report to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus for the upcoming fall semester is similar to the fall 2015 total.