University of Illinois

University of Illinois

UI buildings vandalized

URBANA — Three buildings on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana appear to be the targets of random acts of vandalism early this week.

On Tuesday, building workers at Townsend Hall, 1010 W. Illinois St., Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., and Doris Kelley Christopher Hall, 904 W. Nevada St., found windows broken at each with pieces of concrete or bricks.

UI student one of 48 in world to win science grant

URBANA — A University of Illinois student is one of only 48 in the world to win an important science and engineering grant.

Graduate student Sriram Chandrasekaran is studying regulatory and metabolic networks in brain cancer, one on 48 researchers from 22 countries in the first year of a fellowship program from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Maryland.

New UI Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise

Phyllis M. Wise, newly named chancellor of the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign, was introduced to the community at an introduction ceremony at the Illini Union on Tuesday August 9, 2011.

IBM drops out of Blue Waters project

URBANA — IBM has ended its relationship with the Blue Waters project as a prime supplier of the water-cooled supercomputer.

The effective date was Aug. 6.

According to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, IBM will return money received to date. NCSA will return equipment delivered by IBM according to the terms of the contract.

New UI leader found a way to work with state officials despite tough fiscal times

Lawmakers had their concerns about interim University of Washington President Phyllis Wise when she traveled to the state capital in Olympia, seeking support for higher education.

Wise, who becomes the chancellor of the University of Illinois' Urbana campus on Oct. 1, was an unknown quantity to the lawmakers — except for one thing:

Wise's partner proud to be Illini again

URBANA — The campus will probably be gaining another administrator when Phyllis Wise becomes chancellor Oct. 1.

Her partner of nine years, Richard Meisinger, will be moving with her, though he's not sure what role he'll play in Urbana.

"My whole career has been with university administration," he said.

New chancellor: UI 'one of the great, great universities'

The new chancellor of the University of Illinois' Urbana campus is a world-recognized leader in biochemistry, a groundbreaker for women and minorities in higher education administration, the former leader of Washington state's biggest university and a "sports student" more than a sports fan.<

New UI chancellor named

UPDATED 12:20 p.m. The Urbana campus has a permanent chancellor for the first time in almost two years.

Her name is Phyllis Wise; for the first time, all three University of Illinois chancellors are women. Her new job is effective Oct. 1, pending approval by the UI Board of Trustees at its September meeting.

Credit union's student lending to 'help fill gap'

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois Employees Credit Union will re-enter the world of student lending — with help from a Wisconsin company that has been in the business a long time.

Beginning Thursday, the credit union will offer private student loans to students attending any University of Illinois campus.