University of Illinois

University of Illinois

UI program to be honored for expanded efforts to offer solace to those in need

CHAMPAIGN — Since 2008, the Education Justice Project at the University of Illinois has been working to transform the lives of incarcerated people and their families through higher education.

Since the 2016 presidential election, it expanded its reach to another marginalized group — immigrants.

UI engineering dean lays out his vision for provost job

URBANA — Andreas Cangellaris' goal for the University of Illinois is ambitious and straightforward: to make sure that the 21st century "has Illinois written all over it."

To do that, he said, the campus must assume "full ownership of our mission and our excellence," not depend on the state and its budgetary ups and downs.

UI Chicago to create $100 million complex

CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois at Chicago is planning to build a $100 million residence hall and academic complex.

The Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the university's proposal for the 10-story building Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reported.

John Frayne: Ellnora concert intimate, delightful

Young, Australian-born guitarist Alberta Khoury gave a recital as part of the massive Ellnora the Guitar Festival at the Krannert Center last weekend. Her recital, on Sept. 16, was in the Studio Theatre, in club-style, which meant that food and drinks were available, and the audience was seated at mini, candlelit tables.

$1 million gift to Allerton Park to be used to improve access to mansion

MONTICELLO — A $1 million gift to the Allerton Park and Retreat Center will improve access to the mansion, the top source of revenue for the University of Illinois park.

The gift from Dave and Debbie Rathje of Decatur will be used for a new 22-foot concrete driveway that will run along the current Gate House carriage lane, where guests would have historically approached the mansion.

UI documentary shows how black community supported students

The University of Illinois has accepted black students since its earliest days, with the first — William Walter Smith — graduating in 1900.

But only a handful were enrolled at any one time, and it would be decades before they could actually live on campus.

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Music created path for award recipient's humanitarianism in Africa

URBANA — A few years back, Sam Smith, the director of civic engagement and social practice at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, was working with a drummer from west Africa who was on the University of Illinois campus with the School of Music. The drummer mentioned to Smith that he was sending some money back to his home village to put clean water into a school he had built there.

UI provost finalist lays out priorities in first of public presentations

URBANA — Unlike its Big Ten neighbor one state to the north, the University of Illinois is "unapologetic" about its status as a land-grant university, says Sonny Ramaswamy.

That, along with the UI's global reputation, is what drew Ramaswamy to compete for the provost position at the Urbana campus.

UI DREAMer honored for helping fellow undocumented students keep theirs alive

CHAMPAIGN — When she transferred to the University of Illinois from Harper College in the fall of 2016, Nancy Ramirez Blancas was classified as an undocumented immigrant student. That meant being charged out-of-state tuition, being screened for additional vaccinations and no access to financial aid.