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Robert Jones officially approved as chancellor at Board of Trustees meeting

Robert Jones officially approved as chancellor at Board of Trustees meeting

By Claire Hettinger, News Editor

July 21, 2016


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The board of trustees unanimously approved Dr. Robert Jones as the permanent University chancellor Thursday. Jones is the first African-American chancellor of the University. He will begin Oct. 3. Until then, he is the president of Albany University-SUNY. He attended a welcome reception Wednesday att...

Mary Susan Britt: The ‘force’ behind Ebertfest

Mary Susan Britt: The ‘force’ behind Ebertfest

April 14, 2015


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Fourteen years ago, Mary Susan Britt responded to an ad in the paper to work for the University of Illinois’ College of Media. Her family had just moved to Champaign-Urbana from Vicksburg, Mississippi, and she thought she’d try her luck with a new job in a new town. She couldn’t have predicted...

Talking with Chaz Ebert

Talking with Chaz Ebert

April 14, 2015


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When Roger Ebert considered potential films to show at Ebertfest, there was one person in particular who he loved to discuss movies with: his wife, his supporter and his closest friend Chaz. We spoke with Chaz via email and asked her a few questions about her connection to the Champaign-Urbana communi...

Father, daughter volunteer time at Ebertfest

Father, daughter volunteer time at Ebertfest

April 14, 2015


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For Jessica Elliott, a sophomore in FAA, April not only brings the end of the school year, but also a family tradition: volunteering at Ebertfest. Since childhood, her father, Ray, has been showing film festival guests around the community. “My dad’s been doing it since I can remember, and it was just...

Leaving for Leuven: a spring break abroad

Leaving for Leuven: a spring break abroad

By Lillian Barkley

February 3, 2015


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I heard about the College of Media’s trip to Belgium during Mediapalooza, the college’s spring recruiting event for admitted students. Last year, I was a high school senior, trying to make a final decision on where I wanted to go to college. The idea of going out of the country for my freshman yea...

Companies look for internships, experience in addition to grades

By Drake Pena

January 27, 2015


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The New Year brings with it different weather, different opportunities and maybe even different people. But for college students everywhere, the New Year also brings a fierce competition for a limited numbers of internships. Heather Zike, an academic advisor in the College of Media, has worked with ...

Advertising lecturer wins national award in teaching

Advertising lecturer wins national award in teaching

By Stephanie Kim

August 27, 2014


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For Peter Sheldon, lecturer in Advertising, his shoulder-length mane usually makes the first impression. But it is his passion for advertising and teaching that leaves a lasting impact on his students, faculty, and peers.  Sheldon received national recognition for his teaching style and dedication after winni...

Super Bowl Ad-mania

Super Bowl Ad-mania

By Declan Harty

January 30, 2014


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Jan Slater, advertising professor and dean of College of Media, fondly remembers Volkswagen’s 2011 “The Force” ad, shown during that year’s Super Bowl. The advertisement featured a young child wearing a Darth Vader helmet, trying to use “The Force” on his baby brother, the family dog and the l...

Ebertfest 2014 to maintain message, atmosphere of late host, founder

By Declan Harty

November 7, 2013


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For the first time in its 16 years, Ebertfest is being planned without longtime host and co-creator Roger Ebert — University alumnus, Urbana native and the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize. Ebert passed away in April 2013 due to thyroid and salivary gland cancer, leaving behind many thing...