University of Illinois
CHAMPAIGN – Ben Holmes of Rock Island grinned from ear to ear as he sang "Hail to the Orange" with his classmates at Sunday's University of Illinois commencement exercises.
"I've loved every second of my time here at Illinois," said the music education major, who hopes to be teaching choir music at a school when classes resume this fall. "When you own a diploma from the University of Illinois, it translates into good job prospects for your future. Because I got a degree here, I have a good chance to be successful in life."
CHAMPAIGN – One of the nation's leading supporters of entrepreneurship challenged this year's University of Illinois graduates to use the education and skills they have developed during their time here to improve the world.
"Think big to make the world better than you found it," said Carl Judge Schramm, an economist and president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
URBANA – Sara Schepis said she applied to "probably 40" places before landing a job as a librarian at an American school in the Persian Gulf emirate of Dubai.
Schepis, who received a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois in December, is scheduled to start the new job in mid-August.
"As everyone knows, it was kind of a tight market, and a lot of the library jobs seemed to be in Texas and California," Schepis said. "A lot of school libraries were taking full-time positions and making them two part-time positions to save money, and I couldn't live on a part-time salary."
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URBANA – The University of Illinois will soon get more than $1 million in stimulus money for health research, and a UI spokesman thinks there could be more coming.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Friday that Illinois institutions will receive $2.5 million in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The National Institutes of Health grants, allocated by the Department of Health and Human Services, are for biomedical research.
CHAMPAIGN – During its three-and-a-half decades at the Intramural-Physical Education Building, the basketball floor withstood the pounding of thousands of feet as University of Illinois students made moves from one court to the other.
Now the floor will see new life of a much different kind.
As a result of a collaboration between architecture and dance students, the IMPE floor was "recycled" for a graduate-student dance studio in the university's East Art Annex 2, 1206 W. Peabody Drive, U.
CLINTON – A Clinton man who two years ago was charged with the murder of his girlfriend's daughter pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter on Thursday.
Richard Heuermann, 23, who listed an address in Clinton, was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
URBANA – If you're feeling a bit puny on Sunday, the University of Illinois says you're welcome to come to commencement, but bring a hanky and keep your highly educated hands to yourself.
CHAMPAIGN – The University YMCA is looking for help with the collection for its annual Dump and Run sale.
Volunteers are needed for the next two weeks, but especially today, Saturday and Monday.
URBANA – Research architect Bill Rose of Urbana will pick up an award today in New York for his contributions to the restoration of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan.
His consulting firm, William B. Rose & Associates, and six other firms that worked on the long-term project were to receive the Excellence in Historic Preservation Award from the Preservation League of New York State this evening at the New York Yacht Club.