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University 150-year ‘birthday’ celebration highlights uncertain future

University 150-year ‘birthday’ celebration highlights uncertain future

By Claire Hettinger, News Editor

March 1, 2017


Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Celebrating 150 years, News, Showcase

On Feb. 28, 1867, the Illinois Industrial University was granted a charter to become a public land grant University. One hundred and fifty years and almost 900,000 graduates later, the University has grown from one building with a founding class of 77 students and a handful of professors, to one of the...

Celebrating 150 years: UI kicks off sesquicentennial celebration

Celebrating 150 years: UI kicks off sesquicentennial celebration

By Daily Illini Staff Report

February 27, 2017


Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Celebrating 150 years, News

The University 150-year celebration kicks off Tuesday and will continue for 15 months until the spring commencement in 2018 with the 150th class of graduates. The event begins at 3 p.m. at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and will feature a presentation about the history of the University...

Funkadesi embraces many cultures during Sesquicentennial

Funkadesi embraces many cultures during Sesquicentennial

By Jess Peterson, Staff writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Celebrating 150 years, Life & Culture

Imagine a tap dance performance in front of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications or crop science students spreading soil across the stage in Gregory Hall’s theater. Instead of staying spread out on their respective corners of talent, studies blend together on one another’s territories...

Murals in UGL tunnel depict aspects of University’s 150-year history

Murals in UGL tunnel depict aspects of University’s 150-year history

By Jessica Berbey, Staff Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under Around Campus, Campus, Celebrating 150 years, Champaign-Urbana, News

Part of the new aesthetic of the Espresso Royale Café in the Undergraduate Library celebrates the University’s 150 year history. Multiple murals were added in the construction project to the the tunnel between the Main Library and the UGL. The murals are made up of vintage photographs, which repre...

Legacy graduates reflect on changes in campus

Legacy graduates reflect on changes in campus

By Megan Bradley, Contributing writer

February 23, 2017


Filed under Celebrating 150 years, Life & Culture

Frank Sommers was the first of three generations in his family to attend the University. He's seen plenty of changes in the 61 years since his graduation in 1956, especially since both of his sons and his granddaughter have attended the University. Changes in the campus appearance, student body dynamic, popul...

Sesquicentennial honored with book of snapshots

Sesquicentennial honored with book of snapshots

By Melissa Wagner, Staff Writer

February 6, 2017


Filed under Business & Tech, Celebrating 150 years, Life & Culture

The MRI, the LED light and even the internet all have one thing in common — they originated at the University. John Milton Gregory knew C-U was the right place for a university to be built, but there was no way he could have known that the end of the bidding war meant the beginning of an era. Th...