Phyllis Wise

Phyllis Wise

Civil rights activist Evers issues call for betterment in UI speech

URBANA — Civil rights activist Myrlie Evers said she wants to challenge the people of today to work to make the world a better place.

“Do you have a responsibility to make things better? Yes, you do,” Evers said. “We all do — whether it is through verse, whether it is through music or whether it is through dreams. Shift and change and shape them into being successes.”

Wise backs AAU's statement on gun violence

URBANA — A statement on gun violence from a group of top university presidents won support Monday from University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise.

UI sends a statuesque holiday greeting

URBANA — The people in this holiday card look a little peaked. Gray, even.

Of course they're supposed to be sculptures, so the pallor is somewhat natural.

Alma Mater and her friends, Learning and Labor, come to life in this year's holiday video greeting card from University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise.

No other universities considered for Big Ten when Maryland, Rutgers joined

No other universities were seriously considered for Big Ten admission when the conference voted to accept Rutgers and Maryland last month, the University of Illinois chancellor says.

The Big Ten presidents and chancellors discussed the two schools at their meeting in October, with no dissension, and last month's vote to approve them was unanimous, said UI Chancellor Phyllis Wise.

UI might establish branch office in China to cement presence

URBANA — The next branch office for the University of Illinois will likely be out east — as in Far East.

With one of the largest Chinese student populations in the United States, 65 academic partnerships with Chinese institutions, and more than 20,000 UI alumni now living in China, the UI is ready to establish a permanent presence there.

Wise surprise: Groups mark chancellor's first year

URBANA — Phyllis Wise has had plenty of surprises as University of Illinois chancellor, but not all came with flowers.

Hurrying between meetings Wednesday, Wise was presented with dozens of appropriately orange roses and serenaded by students to honor her one-year anniversary as chancellor.

Wise lists themes of UI 'visioning,' outlines next steps

URBANA — The results are in, and the winner is: energy and the environment.

A "visioning" process launched earlier this year by University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise recently concluded its first phase, identifying the major challenges facing society over the next few decades and how the public land-grant university can help address them.

Wise expects to stay on Nike board

Later this week in Beaverton, Ore., University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise is expected to be elected to another year on the board of directors of a multibillion-dollar international company.

Jeff Christensen chosen to lead UI police

Jeff Christensen, a longtime University of Illinois police officer, has been selected to be the next police chief for the university police force, pending approval of the board of trustees next month.

California company possible partner for UI online courses

URBANA — The University of Illinois is exploring the possibility of partnering with Coursera, a California company that offers free online courses.

UI Vice President and Urbana Chancellor Phyllis Wise has asked the faculty senate to convene an ad hoc committee that will explore any academic issues that could come along with a possible partnership.