University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Professor, activist to be at UI next week

URBANA – School reform activist, education scholar and former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers will be a Unit One/Allen Hall guest-in-residence next week.

He will speak each night of his residency. All events are open to the public and take place in the Main Lounge of Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory St., U.

Eight UI engineering graduate students up for award

URBANA – Eight finalists have been selected for the $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize, the winner of which will be announced Wednesday.

The finalists, all graduate students in the University of Illinois College of Engineering, are:

UI team takes top honors in national accounting competition

CHAMPAIGN – The second time proved a charm.

Last year, a team of University of Illinois accounting students reached the finals of PricewaterhouseCoopers' xTREME Accounting competition. This year, a UI team won the whole thing.

NAACP president discusses new rights mission in visit to UI

URBANA – The first and only class that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. taught at Morehouse College in Atlanta drew just eight students.

Civil rights veteran Julian Bond, the current chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was one of them.

And on Wednesday night, Bond, 69, drew a few hundred students to the University of Illinois' Alice Campbell Alumni Center during the last of a series of public interviews with black leaders as part of a collaboration between the University of Illinois and The History Makers, an oral archive project based in Chicago.

Family gives UI $14 million for Brazilian studies

The University of Illinois recently received $14 million to establish a Brazilian studies institute on campus.

Jorge Paulo Lemann of Switzerland and his family have pledged to give $14 million to the university. It is the largest gift ever to the university from non-alumni.

South Korean business competition challenges UI students

CHAMPAIGN – Challenge No. 1: Convince a panel of South Korean venture capitalists you have the best idea for solving Seoul's environmental challenges.

Challenge No. 2: Come up with that idea, working remotely with people you don't know in Hong Kong and South Korea.

Man unfurls 340 flags around Oakland to thank slain soldier

OAKLAND – The 340 flags flapping in the wind were Larry Eckhardt's gift.

And he lined the streets of Oakland with them to pay tribute to a hometown hero he had never met.

Civil rights leader Bond to visit UI campus on Wednesday

URBANA – Civil rights leader Julian Bond will visit the University of Illinois campus Wednesday as part of a speaker series highlighting the achievements of African Americans.

Bond served four terms as a Georgia state representative and six terms in the Georgia State Senate. He was originally barred from taking his house seat in 1965 because of his outspoken statements against the Vietnam War. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor, and he was seated the next year.

Gov. Quinn: No further rescission from university budget

During his first official appearance as governor at the University of Illinois, Pat Quinn on Wednesday said he does not expect any further budget rescission for the university.

Given the state's estimated $9 billion budget shortfall, the university has been planning for a budget rescission for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. University budget officials, at the request of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, had planned to set aside 2.5 percent, or $18 million, of the $4.2 billion budget for 2009.

The 2.5 percent rescission still stands, but the university will not have to cut an additional 1 percent from its budget, as Quinn requested of other state agencies last week. Higher education is exempt from the additional rescission, said Quinn’s spokesman Bob Reed.

UI students schedule dinner Friday to aid rural China youths

CHAMPAIGN – Chinese students will have a fundraising dinner starting at 5 p.m. Friday at the University YMCA, 1101 S. Wright St., C, to raise money to help students in rural China.