URBANA – The dean of the University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts will step down at the end of this semester.
Kathleen Conlin informed the faculty and staff of the college of her decision by letter this week, saying she wanted to move her focus from administration to teaching and arts practice. Conlin said she and her family intend to stay in Champaign-Urbana.
CHAMPAIGN – The management of Assembly Hall will remain with the University of Illinois Student Affairs Office, rather than being turned over to the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Chancellor Richard Herman said he is implementing a joint reporting arrangement for the facility, with the student affairs office continuing to provide day-to-day management and the athletic department overseeing plans and fundraising for renovations.
CHAMPAIGN – Looking for a Christmas present for a University of Illinois student or graduate? Want to remind someone how smart UI folks are?
The UI's Big Brains 2006 calendar is now available at the Illini Union Bookstore, Pages For All Ages and Borders in Champaign. The calendar also is available online from the Illini Union Bookstore, through the Beckman Institute Web site at www.beckman.uiuc.edu/bigbrains.html. The cost is $14.95.
URBANA – The breaks during the University of Illinois semesters are Karima Lundquist's favorite times. She can have the librarians all to herself.
Lundquist, a Ph.D student in history, was looking at census data in the Reference Room on Tuesday morning. She said a librarian spent four hours Monday helping her find the data she needed.
It's a piece of land with quite the past.
What is now a fallow field in northeast Urbana was once a solid waste lagoon. Before that, it was farmland. And prior to being farmland, the Saline Branch of the Salt Fork River (before the river was straightened) used to meander through the area.
URBANA – Two finalists for provost have visited the Urbana campus, and Chancellor Richard Herman plans to make a recommendation to fill the job by January.
Associate Chancellor Kathleen Pecknold, who worked with the provost search committee, said Herman intends to make his recommendation in time for the UI Board of Trustees to vote on it at the Jan. 19 meeting.
CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois has backed off its plan for acquiring and demolishing a historic apartment building, the Georgian, through eminent domain.
Supporters of the Georgian were taking down yellow protest banners from the building at 1005 S. Sixth St. this morning, said the building's lawyer, Champaign attorney Marc Miller.
URBANA – The family of a University of Illinois student who died after being struck by a bus has sued the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.
Jeffry Kroll, a partner of a Chicago-based personal injury law firm, Clifford Law Offices, filed suit in Champaign County Circuit Court on behalf of the family of Sarah Channick.
Todd Black, a Champaign attorney who was on the University of Illinois tennis team in the late 1970s and early 1980s, plays at the UI's Atkins Tennis Center at least once a week. He's also a frequent spectator.
"Indoors, if you are there for any of the big meets, you may go three to four (people) deep in the upstairs level," he said. "You're standing, and if you're in the back row of people standing ... you don't have a real clear view.
Candace Montgomery is a University of Illinois graduate student. She's not from Champaign County, but she wants to make the place her permanent home after graduation.
"I'm black, and I'm young, and I'm planning to stay around here," Montgomery said.