Julie Wurth

Julie Wurth

New group of finalists for UI chief diversity officer post to visit campus

URBANA — A second group of finalists for a new chief diversity officer's job at the University of Illinois will visit campus for public presentations this month.

Chancellor Robert Jones announced three of the four finalists in a mass email Thursday and said members of the campus community can offer feedback online until 5 p.m. May 3. They are:

Legislators ask UI to help cover shortfall in College Illinois program

SPRINGFIELD — Some state senators want the University of Illinois and other public universities to help cover a projected shortfall in the state's prepaid-college-tuition program as part of a state bailout, to avert bigger financial problems down the road.

In her shoes: Spending Election Day with Champaign Mayor Deb Feinen

April 2 has come and gone, and life is returning to some semblance of normal for the Feinen family.

There are taxes to file, summer plans to arrange, college visits to make and definitely obedience school for dogs Norbert and Bellatrix, who were not very happy to be penned up on Election Day.

Tailgating's a no, so Chesney party set for State Farm Center concourse

CHAMPAIGN — Tailgates at Kenny Chesney shows are legendary, but they won't be allowed in State Farm Center lots Friday night when the country superstar returns to Champaign after more than a decade.

Latest phase of MCORE work creating chaos for UI pedestrians

CHAMPAIGN — A maze of chain-link fences confronts pedestrians trying to enter busy classroom buildings along Wright Street and Armory Avenue, and excavated dirt has replaced half the street.

Phase 4 of the MCORE transportation project has taken over a well-traveled section of the University of Illinois campus, and it appears to have caught lots of people off guard.

UI admissions director: Rankings 'doing more harm than good'

University of Illinois admissions Director Andrew Borst has a few ideas on how to curb the pressure driving some parents to cheat or even break the law to get their kids into college.

Get rid of college rankings.

And for parents, focus on the best fit, not prestige.

Groundbreaking for UI's $75M Classroom Instructional Facility set April 12

URBANA — A visible corner of central campus that once housed popular clay tennis courts will soon be home to the newest classroom building at the University of Illinois.

A groundbreaking is scheduled for April 12 for a $75 million instructional building at the southeast corner of Wright Street and Springfield Avenue, just west of the Grainger Engineering Library.

First 9 recipients of Discovery Partners Institute seed grants announced

CHICAGO — Projects to help communities adopt sustainable development strategies and create a statewide pipeline to train computer-science teachers are among those funded in the Discovery Partners Institute's first round of seed grants.

UI getting $1.2 million from NSF for project that aims to spread STEM

URBANA — A $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant will fund a novel University of Illinois project using high school counselors and year-round "STEM clubs" to propel more women, minorities and low-income students into science and engineering fields.

Hail to Alma Mater on new campus license plate

URBANA — Hey UI4EVER or ILLINI1 fans, it's time to swap out your University of Illinois license plate.

The Illinois Secretary of State's office is unveiling a new collegiate plate today for the UI's flagship campus, to bring the design in line with the school's updated logo.