Julie Wurth

Julie Wurth

UI mostly unaffected by government shutdown — for now

URBANA — Nine U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists at the University of Illinois have been furloughed, and their research put on hold, because of the partial federal government shutdown.

UI's first 'Siblings Weekend' to coincide with Engineering Open House in March

URBANA — The fall Dads Day tradition at the University of Illinois dates back to 1913, when Alpha Delta Phi fraternity members first invited their dads to town for dinner and a football game.

The campus formalized Dads Day in 1920 and later added Moms Day, and Moms Weekend, with an annual flower show, musicals and other events each spring for mothers of UI students.

Are We There Yet? | Heirlooms: Sharing by divvying

This time of year always brings out our "get rid of it" impulses, even in my house.

Yes, I have pre-hoarding tendencies (don't even go in our basement), though it comes from sentimentality and a desire to keep things out of the landfill, not the need to collect more STUFF.

But the annual influx of holiday gifts always makes me want to toss an equal amount of things out the door.

UI planning to offer $20,000 Aim High scholarships to 300 students

SPRINGFIELD — Several hundred high-achieving Illinois freshmen could receive scholarships from the University of Illinois next fall as part of a new state-sponsored merit program.

The UI plans to provide the $5,000 annual awards — or $20,000 over four years — through the new Aim High program, funded by $5 million from the state and $5 million in matching funds from the university.

Podcast: Attorney working with Yingying Zhang's family

Urbana attorney STEVE BECKETT has been working with the family of missing University of Illinois scholar Yingying Zhang since shortly after her accused kidnapper, Brendt Christensen, was arrested.

UI admin says free tuition program likely led to jump in applications

URBANA — Early applications at the University of Illinois' flagship campus jumped 24 percent this fall to a record high, though it's unclear if it's just an early bump or an overall increase, the UI's top admissions official says.

UPDATE: Tennessee fires former UI admin accused of sexual harassment

UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.:

A former University of Illinois administrator who officials say sexually harassed students at the UI School of Architecture has been fired by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Illinois Board of Higher Education looking into UI's harassment policies

SPRINGFIELD — Concerned about high-profile sexual-harassment cases on campus, the Illinois Board of Higher Education is asking the University of Illinois for information about its review of policies and procedures on sexual misconduct.

UPDATED: Former UI admin accused of sexual harassment placed on leave by Tennessee

CHAMPAIGN — When former student services administrator Lee Waldrep left the University of Illinois days before an investigative report found he had sexually harassed students, he landed a job at the career center at Illinois Wesleyan University.

That school says it was unaware when Waldrep was hired in August 2017 that eight UI students had filed harassment complaints against him.

UI delegation's trip to India leads to deals with 7 top universities, agencies

A weeklong trip to India by a University of Illinois delegation this month resulted in commitments for new academic and research partnerships with top Indian universities — and more international partners for the Discovery Partners Institute.