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First areas targeted in UI budget review; no decisions made

URBANA — The future of the Institute of Aviation and a vice chancellor’s position expanded under former Chancellor Richard Herman are among the first areas targeted in the University of Illinois budget-review process.

Teams of faculty and administrators will also take a look at scholarships — including $1 million in athletic scholarships paid with general campus funds — and try to identify $10 million in savings in information technology services on campus.

Sierra Leone's nutrition woes highlighted during UI group's trip

Working out of a university in Sierra Leone that was co-founded by the University of Illinois, UI students and faculty learned a lot about the impoverished West African nation's nutrition – and lack thereof.

"The people of Sierra Leone, especially those in rural areas, do not have a good diet," says Paul McNamara, an associate professor of agricultural and consumer economics making his second trip to help the country and university in January.

Roads range from patchy to snow-covered as work week begins

Snow that began late Sunday has covered most roads in East Central Illinois.

Little additional snow is forecast for today, but roads are reported as snow or ice-covered throughout the area, and throughout the southern two thirds of Illinois.

Here is a link to the state transportation department's road conditions site.

High-tech language of love on display

A bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates for your valentine? How about an e-valentine instead?

It's not even halfway into the semester yet, and some of the University of Illinois students enrolled in CS 125 (Introduction to Computer Science) have started playing with their newfangled programming skills by creating valentines.

Businessman had eye on team, UI's Guenther says

Shahid Khan has expressed interest in acquiring a professional sports team for a while, University of Illinois Athletic Director Ron Guenther said Thursday.

"He's a very competitive guy," Guenther said. "He talked for some time about owning a professional franchise.

"He was very inquisitive about the business," the athletic director added. "He asked a lot of questions. I know he made contact with a number of owners to talk about the business of professional sports."

Groups pitch furlough days with a purpose

URBANA – Some University of Illinois professors plan to take part in a campus teach-in or volunteer in the community – or both – as part of their first common furlough day Monday.

The Campus Faculty Association has scheduled a "teach-in" Monday afternoon on the UI's budget crisis, demanding that budget decisions "be motivated by the core values of teaching, research and public engagement" and be "open, transparent and collaborative."

iCyt founder predicts work force will greatly expand

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign-based iCyt Mission Technology could employ hundreds of people within five years if expectations for global opportunities pan out, company founder Gary Durack said Wednesday.

At an event heralding Sony Corp.'s acquisition of iCyt, Durack said it's difficult to predict the future. But he supposed iCyt's employees "could be measured in the hundreds within that time frame."

Buyout offer has proven popular with UI employees

URBANA – More than 200 Urbana campus workers have applied for buyouts in the first week since the University of Illinois offered them.

The buyouts would be equal to six months' salary, up to $75,000.

Urbana campus chief spokeswoman Robin Kaler said it wasn't known yet how much that could save the UI, since not all applicants will be given the buyouts if their jobs are deemed not cost-saving.

"The unit must see cost savings from separations or retirements," Kaler said.

UI to offer master's degree in financial engineering

The University of Illinois has a new master's degree and a new director for the program.

Morton N. Lane will serve as director of the Master of Science in Financial Engineering Program, a joint program of the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering and the Department of Finance in the College of Business.

UI opposes university bond sales

Borrowing would be short-lived solution to crisis, officials explain

In late 2009, with an employee payroll looming, Southern Illinois University appealed to the state comptroller's office for some cash.

Like other universities, SIU was owed millions by the state, which is months – and hundreds of millions of dollars – behind on payments to agencies and vendors because of a huge budget deficit.