Julie Wurth

Julie Wurth

Campus Conversation: Esther Ngumbi

ESTHER NGUMBI grew up in a part of Kenya where girls were considered "less important," destined to be married off and raise children.

UI faculty senate on board with chancellor's post-Chief initiative

URBANA — Chancellor Robert Jones' effort to bring some resolution to the decades-long Chief Illiniwek debate won the support of a somewhat divided campus senate Monday — but not without a lengthy discussion.

DPI's future may hinge on who wins governor's race

The Discovery Partners Institute, the prized innovation center planned by the University of Illinois, depends on $500 million in state money and substantial private support flowing to the project over the next few years.

UI Alumni Alliance's second cemetery walk to feature 7 prominent figures

CHAMPAIGN — The stories of seven prominent University of Illinois figures will come alive during the UI Alumni Alliance's second annual cemetery walk this weekend.

Costumed actors will portray innovators who shaped Illinois history at their gravesites in adjacent Mount Hope and Roselawn cemeteries along Pennsylvania Avenue, near Memorial Stadium.

Gears turning on $41M renovation of UI's Mechanical Enginnering Building

URBANA — A $41 million renovation of a major University of Illinois engineering building kicked off Friday as part of campus homecoming festivities.

A ceremonial groundbreaking was held at the Mechanical Engineering Building, at 1206 W. Green St., U, where a three-year project will renovate 60,000 square feet of space and add a five-story addition for a new design center.

UI homecoming parade called off

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois has canceled tonight’s homecoming parade because of cold and wet weather.

The parade was scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. near Sixth and Armory streets in Champaign and wind through Campustown.

UI students, staff scrape down white-nationalist stickers plastered across campus

More than 200 stickers from a white-nationalist organization were plastered on lampposts and signs around the University of Illinois campus last weekend.

The stickers were from an organization called Patriot Front, considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League.

UI taps key med school collaborator to lead College of Engineering

CHAMPAIGN — A bioengineering professor at the University of Illinois who played a key role in the development of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine has been named dean of the College of Engineering.

Gies' $150M gift largely funding UI business scholarships

CHAMPAIGN — The amount was stunning: $150 million from a single donor, the largest gift in University of Illinois history and one of the largest to a business school anywhere.

The donation by Chicago entrepreneur Larry Gies and his wife, Beth, both UI alumni, prompted the UI College of Business to change its name in their honor.

A year later, how is that money being spent?

UI business school gets behind Lovie

No, Lovie Smith doesn’t have a new dual appointment in the University of Illinois Gies College of Business.

The name emblazoned on the backdrop for the Illini football coach’s press conferences is part of a larger “branding” effort by the business college, which was named after donors Larry and Beth Gies a year ago.

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