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Top of the Morning, May 12, 2014: From the archives

On Saturday, a University of Illinois graduate who was out of this world not long ago will return to his alma mater and talk to a few thousand newly minted UI grads.

UI professor's photos on display at Illini Union

URBANA — “De Espaldas/Seen from the Back,” an exhibit of photographs by University of Illinois Professor Alejandro Lugo, will be on display in the Illini Union Art Gallery through June 27.

Melissa Merli: UI's Wise shows off her art chops

Phyllis Wise was raised by two scientists, immigrants from China, who taught her both verbally and non-verbally that she would become a biologist.

"I didn't come to realize until later the importance of the arts," she said.

One thing that led to that realization:

UI, Chicago theater groups join forces for show, festival

URBANA — Illinois Theatre, the producing arm of the University of Illinois Department of Theatre, and a Chicago theater group founded by UI alumni are joining forces to present a play and a short-play festival at the end of May and in June.

UI grad Hopkins prepping for speech

Astronaut Mike Hopkins is busy preparing for his first-ever commencement speech — at his first college graduation ceremony ever.

The 1991 University of Illinois engineering graduate, who will speak at the May 17 UI commencement, didn't go through the campuswide ceremony as a student because he graduated in December.

UI freshman from Mahomet wins $7,500 scholarship

University of Illinois freshman Hannah Donoho is still pinching herself over being named one of the IAA Foundation's Top Scholars.

Weekend update: Concert bands at Krannert

The state's best middle and high school concert bands are performing today at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts as part of the 2014 Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival. Today's lineup culminates with a performance by the University of Illinois Wind Symphony. All of the concerts in the Foellinger Great Hall are free and open to the public.

Here's more:

Legislators question UI's hiring of Kilgore

With the state in a far-from-robust financial condition, two area lawmakers have questioned University of Illinois officials about the wisdom of hiring former SLA member and social activist James Kilgore.

Exclusive: Kennedy says UI shouldn't employ anyone with history of terrorism

A News-Gazette exclusive

CHAMPAIGN — In his first public statement about James Kilgore, University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy told The News-Gazette on Thursday that violence is no way for people who disagree with the government to conduct themselves in public discourse.

Wilson named new dean of LAS at UI

A top academic administrator will be the next dean of the largest college at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus.

Barbara Wilson, executive vice provost for faculty and academic affairs, today was named dean the Harry E. Preble Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, pending approval by the UI's board of trustees next week.