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Mary Susan Britt: The ‘force’ behind Ebertfest

Mary Susan Britt: The ‘force’ behind Ebertfest

April 14, 2015

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

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...

Advertising lecturer wins national award in teaching

Advertising lecturer wins national award in teaching

By Stephanie Kim

August 27, 2014

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

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...