University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Voice mail 'transcripts' a source of hilarity

Read through campus emails these days and you might assume everyone is cloaking their messages in some inscrutable code. Or that they've had a wee bit too much to drink.

The new Unified Communications system's "voice mail preview" feature, which needs some tweaking, is providing some memorable email exchanges — and unintended entertainment.

UI in final stages of change in communication

URBANA — Someday soon, probably this month, most of the telephones you're accustomed to seeing on office desks will disappear from the University of Illinois campus.

The UI is in the final stages of a sweeping change in the way employees communicate — or more precisely, in the technology they use to send email or talk on the phone.

Researchers aim to bring ear-infection cause to light

URBANA — Oh, those painful ear infections.

They're said to bring kids to the doctor more than any other ailment. And for some unlucky children, the infections return not long after the last spoonful of medicine is swallowed.

UI contemplates moving, updating swine facilities

CHAMPAIGN — Preliminary discussions have begun on where and how the University of Illinois will move its swine research facilities, some of which are located on land slated for future development in the university's research park.

A feasibility study is planned, although funding for the study, estimated to cost $300,000 to $400,000, hasn't been obtained yet.

UI, state working on keeping PTI open

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois and the state board that oversees police academies in the state are working toward an agreement that would keep the Police Training Institute open.

UI Research Park tenant agrees to sale

CHAMPAIGN — Bytemobile, which has an office in the University of Illinois Research Park, has agreed to be acquired by Citrix Systems.

Terms of the transaction, announced Thursday, were not disclosed. But Citrix, which trades publicly on the Nasdaq exchange, said it expects to release more details when it reports second-quarter results later this summer.

UI names new director for Fire Service Institute

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois has appointed Marine Col. Royal Mortenson as the new director of the Illinois Fire Service Institute.

Mortensen will begin Aug. 1 and replace Richard Jaehne, who will retire at the end of August.

Longtime UI police officer selected as department's next chief

URBANA — Longtime University of Illinois police Officer Jeff Christensen has been selected to become the next police chief and director of public safety for the Urbana campus.

Academic professionals' union rejects UI's final contract offer

URBANA — Visiting academic professionals at the University of Illinois, who have worked without a contract since August, have formally rejected the UI's last contract offer.

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.