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UI System donations achieve all-time high

UI System donations achieve all-time high

By Therese Pokorney and Samantha Boyle

September 24, 2018


Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Campus Life, Champaign-Urbana, News, Top Stories

The University System reached a record high in fundraising in the 2018 fiscal year from gifts, grants and pledges totaling $498.5 million, the University of Illinois Foundation announced Friday. “We are excited about the investment our donors and friends have chosen to make in the University of Illinois. We are thrilled with an all-time high for ...

Campus sets new record for diversity

Campus sets new record for diversity

By Madelyn Foster, Assistant News Editor

September 24, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus Life, News

The University class of 2022 has topped past years’ number of students from underrepresented backgrounds, but efforts to make the University more diverse are still ongoing. Nancy ‘Rusty’ Barcelo, visiting special assistant to the Chancellor for Diversity, said the University has made collective...

New dean announced for College of Media

New dean announced for College of Media

By Madalyn Velisaris, Staff Writer

September 21, 2018


Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News

The College of Media announced Tracy Sulkin as the new dean starting Sunday. Sulkin previously served as a professor in LAS and was then the interim executive associate dean of the College.  Sulkin was nominated for the position by Andreas C. Cangellaris, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and...

UI donors questioned for potential role in opioid crisis

UI donors questioned for potential role in opioid crisis

By Jessica Bursztynsky, Senior Reporter

September 17, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus Life, Champaign-Urbana, News, Top Stories

Former leaders of the pharmaceutical company H.D. Smith Co., behind the University’s latest million-dollar donation, were asked to testify in front of Congress earlier this year to discuss their company’s alleged role in flooding West Virginia with millions of opioid pills. Chris and Dale Smith, now of th...

Chinese student enrollment declines

Chinese student enrollment declines

By Therese Pokorney, Assistant Daytime News Editor

September 17, 2018


Filed under Administration, Champaign-Urbana, News

The population of Chinese students coming to the University has been growing exponentially for the past decade. This year, however, there has been a decline in enrollment for these international students, according to University Division Management Information. Kevin Pitts, vice provost for undergraduate educat...

University stands firm in standardized testing requirements

University stands firm in standardized testing requirements

By Olivia Welshans, Staff Writer

September 13, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus Life, News

As more universities opt for making standardized test results optional to reach more under-resourced students, the University has no plans to join the trend, but it hopes to use its new tuition waiver to reach lower-income students. The University of Chicago recently announced it would not require domestic u...

Innovation center welcomes director

Innovation center welcomes director

By Therese Pokorney, Assistant Daytime News Editor

September 6, 2018


Filed under Administration, Champaign-Urbana, News

  William Sanders, Electrical and Computer Engineering head, has been named interim director of the Discovery Partners Institute, a new world-class innovation center led by the University System. The DPI is an interdisciplinary research institute in Chicago and is a branch of the Illinois Innovation...

University hires new faculty over summer

University hires new faculty over summer

By Zihan Wang, Staff Writer

September 4, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Showcase, Top Stories

Over the summer, three faculty members from other universities joined the University under the President’s Distinguished Faculty Hiring Program, and a University professor was appointed the dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts. The three faculty members who joined the Urbana-Champaign cam...

Students react to limited Obama tickets

By Samantha Boyle and Therese Pokorney, Assistant Daytime News Editors

September 2, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus Life, Champaign-Urbana, News, Uncategorized

Former President Barack Obama will speak at Foellinger Auditorium Friday, but chances are slim for those wanting to attend. “I’m willing to miss work to go see him,” said Jessica Livas, junior in LAS. “The chances of me getting a ticket are so low that I don't even know if I should request...

New visa limitations could put Chinese graduate student enrollment at risk

New visa limitations could put Chinese graduate student enrollment at risk

By Jessica Bursztynsky, Staff Writer

June 11, 2018


Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Campus Life, News

The Trump administration will begin imposing limits on some Chinese visas starting Monday, which could potentially put University research at risk. The plan, which is an effort to counter intellectual property theft, asks U.S. embassies and consular offices to shorten the length of visas for Chin...

I-Promise Mentorship Program to create strong bonds with incoming students

I-Promise Mentorship Program to create strong bonds with incoming students

By Howard Yun, Staff Writer

June 8, 2018


Filed under Administration, News

The Illinois Promise Mentorship Program has been recruiting mentors for the 2018-2019 school year.  Illinois Promise is a scholarship awarded to newly admitted students who have the greatest amount of financial need.  The I-Promise Mentorship Program is an academic, personal and professional support program with resources offered by the Illinois P...

University professor dies at age 55

University professor dies at age 55

By Madalyn Velisaris, Staff Writer

June 5, 2018


Filed under Administration, News

Scott R. White, aerospace engineering professor, died of cancer on May 28 at age 55. According to the Illinois News Bureau, White was known as a pioneer of self-healing and self-regulating materials. He was known for his extensive research and groundbreaking findings throughout the field of engin...

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