University of Illinois
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SAVOY – The Technology Entrepreneur Center at the University of Illinois will have its first Entrepreneur Film Festival on Saturday at the Savoy 16 theaters.
The event is part of Innovation Week. The movies to be shown are:
CHAMPAIGN – Kathleen Holden got her degrees in social work, but spent her career as a university administrator.
As it turned out, a lot of administration work ended up being social work.