blog postsFor ParentsA Family AffairMar 8, 2016 1:45 pm2215 views Celebrating five generations of Illinois studentsFor ParentsLaboratory Learning: Research teaches students about flexibility—in electronics and in lifeOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm1451 views “Fabricating flexible electronics is my thing. I love it!” said Seung Yun “Simone” Heo, her enthusiasm evident even while speaking about the technical processes of metal vapor deposition and electron beam lithography. “We’re making everything from scratch. I can do it myself from step one. It’s not that hard to do, it’s more about time and effort.”For ParentsTen…Nine…Eight...Mar 8, 2016 1:45 pm1170 views CubeSat students prepare for launchFor ParentsOnly ConnectOct 21, 2016 9:15 am841 views Student groups offer camaraderie, opportunities to leadFor ParentsIllinois Cancer Scholars: Cancer Scholars Program links education to real-world issuesOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm797 views When Pierce Hadley came to the University of Illinois, he wanted access to professors, a chance to do research in a lab, and a perspective on how his classes and research in bioengineering could relate to medicine. He found all of that when he became one of 12 students who are the first cohortof the Illinois Cancer Scholars Program, a new undergraduate training program launched in fall 2014 in the department of bioengineering.For ParentsiVenture AcceleratorMar 8, 2016 1:45 pm725 views Nurturing student entrepreneurs' startup ambitionsFor ParentsIllinois MakerLab: 3-D printing lab fosters an entrepreneurial spirit, interdisciplinary teamworkOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm653 views The next industrial revolution has arrived at the Universityof Illinois, but it’s not happening on the side of Green Street that anyone familiar with the Urbana campus would expect. Located on the third floor of the Business Instructional Facility, the Illinois MakerLab is touted as the world’s first 3-D printing lab in a business school.For ParentsOkavango Odyssey: Study abroad students study wildlife in BotswanaMar 23, 2017 9:15 am596 views It was 6 a.m. and the campers were quietly preparing for the day. Suddenly, a voice called out from the camp manager’s tent. “Girls? We’re going to have to wait. I can see a lion from my window.”For ParentsSafety in Numbers: Student Patrol plays dual role as community service, career trainingOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm570 views U. of I. students Alex Tran and Angela Annarino prefer to work in the dark. While their peers are studying, sleeping or unwinding at the end of a long day of class, Tran, from Chicago, Illinois, and Annarino, from Lamont, strap on their work vests and radios. It’s during the night when they are needed the most.For ParentsLit Skills, Job Skills: Students learn more than they often realize in studying EnglishOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm507 views The student who chooses English as a major should be prepared. Prepared for the questions, concerns and even mocking about the value of their degree.For ParentsThe Turtle Team: Veterinary students use dogs to study turtlesOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm502 views They show up in rubber boots and load their backpacks with gear: GPS units, latex gloves and data collection notebooks. The other equipment–calipers, syringes, scales and folding tables–will be used later when the students bring turtles here to their temporary laboratory alongside a park road.For ParentsArt Meets ScienceMar 8, 2016 1:45 pm406 views Murphy Lab Participant/Observer Program creates interdisciplinary learning environmentFor ParentsShaving cane: Making music by the micrometerJan 21, 2013 6:00 pm363 views Amelia Lee wasn’t sure she wanted to attend the University of Illinois. As a serious oboist, her idea of college was an arts institution such as Oberlin Conservatory or the Manhattan School of Music. Her mother, however, wanted Lee to get a more well-rounded education, and with a top-10 ranked music school, the U. of I. suited them both.For ParentsIllini SuccessMay 9, 2017 9:00 am340 views Students, alumni share what shaped them most For ParentsOasis Design ProjectMar 23, 2017 4:15 pm303 views University of Illinois students designed a seating area inspired by zen gardens for a major art and design show in Chicago last fall.For ParentsAdvertising is UsOct 21, 2016 9:15 am288 views Student group leads in membership, awards and enthusiasmFor ParentsJosh TalksOct 21, 2016 9:15 am268 views TED Talks have nothing on Illinois Athletic Director and Illinois alumnus Josh WhitmanFor ParentsEducation Students Down Under: Australia study trip gives future teachers a global educationOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm250 views Visiting Australia was on Lindsay Duffy’s bucket list since the seventh grade, the U.of I. junior said. So Duffy “did a little happy dance” when she learned she’d be studying abroad Down Under.For ParentsChinese for a New GenerationMar 8, 2016 1:45 pm241 views Chinese culture and language camp promotes international outlookFor ParentsJason's ListMar 8, 2016 1:45 pm237 views Student uses YouTube to help others finish bucket listsFor ParentsFinding the SourceMar 8, 2016 1:45 pm229 views History students unearth the unknown about artifacts on the WebFor ParentsVirtual Reality ProjectMar 23, 2017 8:00 am222 views Have you ever been on the field at Memorial Stadium, standing next to the cheerleaders as they lead an “I-L-L” call-and-response during a football game? Or have you been onstage at Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts while world-class musicians play? With the help of a new interdisciplinary project from students in advertising and computer science, those and a few other quintessential Illinois experiences are just a mouse click – and a pair of virtual reality goggles – away.For ParentsVoices in harmony: Student a cappella groups enjoy close-knit communityJan 19, 2015 4:00 pm219 views Attend a charity fundraiser on the University of Illinois campus, and you might hear one of the many student a cappella groups singing a classic song such as “Blue Skies.” Or you might hear a group at a student event performing a recent Rihanna hit, or singing a blend of Indian and American pop music at the chancellor’s pre-game party on a football Saturday.For ParentsActifOct 21, 2016 9:15 am191 views Startup develops wearable systems for road safetyFor ParentsI Pay It Forward: Student by student, ACES ‘pays it forward’ through month-long scholarship campaignOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm153 views Illinois student Dexter Smith knew he wanted to study at the U. of I. since the eighth grade. But he needed financial help to stay at Illinois, and found it through some fellow classmates.For ParentsPlay for ChangeMar 8, 2016 1:45 pm148 views Sport-focused RSO is a Slam DunkFor ParentsLike Fish in WaterOct 21, 2016 9:15 am123 views Underrepresented students make the most of fellowships in animal biologyFor Parents2016 Campuswide CommencementMar 8, 2016 1:45 pm121 views Exercises set for May 14For ParentsKEEPING IN STEP: Marching Illini Head to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day ParadeOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm116 views The first time Angela Kucharski saw the Marching Illini perform, she knew she wanted to be a part of it.For ParentsNature, culture, education and recreation happily coexist at UI ArboretumAug 20, 2012 4:30 pm114 views Gardeners, cross-country runners (and skiers), stressed-out students, soccer players, bug enthusiasts, Japanese tea aficionados, bird watchers, architects and scientists of nearly every stripe find something of value at the UI Arboretum, a vibrant, 57-acre swath of green near the south end of the Urbana-Champaign campus.For ParentsPractice made perfect: Men make the women's volleyball team betterJan 27, 2014 12:00 pm110 views If you visit a women’s volleyball practice you might be surprised to see one or two men on the court. There they are, playing against the women, spiking the ball over the net or jumping high to block a shot. These men are practice players, helping the women hone their skills. The men serve as hitters, blockers, motivators or whatever else the team needs.For ParentsAct of CongressMar 23, 2017 8:00 am110 views Students play the role of U.S. House members for a semester and gain insights on process, politics and power.For ParentsGood Deeds, Safety RemindersMar 23, 2017 9:00 am108 views Recreation, sport and tourism class creates public service messages about railway safetyFor ParentsFour kings of Illini Chess Club make move on elite stageAug 26, 2013 4:00 pm100 views Last spring, a Cinderella team from the U. of I. clinched a berth in the Final Four of a major college tournament. But this unheralded group of undergraduates used pawns, bishops and queens – not basketballs – to work their tournament magic.For ParentsDear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorMar 7, 2016 9:00 am97 views As you get this issue of Postmarks in the mail, we’re moving into the final couple of months of our academic year here at Illinois.For ParentsIllinois study abroad program prepares student for real life disasterJan 19, 2015 1:00 pm90 views When Jessica Weston was choosing a study abroad location, she had two qualifications: beautiful weather and English-speaking. So, she chose the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, where she was able to fulfill her academic requirements, as well as develop her interest in volunteer work through a course called “Rebuilding Christchurch.” The New Zealand city was recovering from a series of violent earthquakes.For ParentsCareer prep starts early: Even freshmen, whether certain or searching, have things they can doJan 19, 2015 3:00 pm86 views The Career Center at the U. of I. is in a handy spot, across the street from the Alma Mater sculpture on the edge of Campustown.For ParentsA Community of PeersOct 21, 2016 9:15 am77 views Resources await at the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher EducationFor ParentsInspiration. Perspiration. Dedication. Four professors share the Joy of teachingJan 27, 2014 5:00 pm76 views Teaching was part of the environment Mark Micale grew up in. His father taught high school history and economics. “There was a lot of talk in the household about schools and classes and students,” Micale said – though it didn’t prompt him, as he started college, to pursue a career in education. Two great college teachers did that.For ParentsMiss Possible: Students design dolls and activities to teach girls about science and engineeringAug 25, 2014 5:00 pm76 views Marie Curie: Chemist, physicist, Nobel laureate…childhood playmateFor ParentsExtreme makeover for Alma Mater under wayAug 20, 2012 5:45 pm70 views Although the inscription on the base of the Alma Mater statue hasn’t changed, the statue’s location did Aug. 7 as workers lifted the 5-ton sculpture onto a truck and took it to Chicago for extensive conservation work.For ParentsDear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorOct 22, 2015 9:00 am69 views By the time you read this issue of Postmarks, we’ll be nearing the middle of the fall semester here at Illinois.For ParentsHistory GamesMar 23, 2017 8:00 am67 views Students learn about the past by replaying it, in a different kind of history class.For ParentsTop DogsOct 21, 2016 9:15 am64 views U of I team designs “bark park”For ParentsStudents 'SPIN' opportunity with NCSA into internship goldJan 27, 2014 2:00 pm60 views Help wanted: On-campus supercomputing behemoth – you know, the place that invented the Web browser – seeks highly motivated student interns to solve some of the world’s most intractable problems.For ParentsGiving sustainability a hand: Student helps launch recycling program for disposable glovesJan 19, 2015 11:00 am57 views Madeline Kull didn’t know much about sustainability initiatives before starting an internship at the Illinois Sustainability Technology Center, but found that the field fit her like a recycled glove.For ParentsGlobal health issues drive students around the worldJan 23, 2012 4:15 pm56 views On a campus of 40,000 undergraduates, a student organization can provide a grounding point. For the members of Frontiers International Health Society, it’s also a launch pad, sending students far beyond the lecture halls to apply their skills around the globe.For ParentsAdministrative PostsAug 22, 2011 3:30 pm56 views Administrative PostsFor ParentsThe Greek life was greek to them so they started their ownJan 20, 2014 10:00 am55 views Jasmine and Jeniece Baines had no interest in Greek life when they stumbled into the Delta Xi Phi sorority. It happened last fall, when the twin sisters from Country Club Hills, near Chicago, visited a cultural fair at the Illini Union.For ParentsArt for the sake of self-discoveryJan 23, 2012 5:00 pm54 views Journeys that foster self-discovery are not always easy or pleasant – but can be empowering and liberating, says Elka Kazmierczak, a slender woman with short gray hair and sparkling brown eyes. She seems to vibrate with energy and purpose. At the first meeting of the semester for the Illini Art Therapy Association, Kazmierczak invites participants to take such a journey with her.