University of Illinois

University of Illinois

UI has mostly settled in with new phone system

URBANA — A box full of desk phones lies unwanted inside the University of Illinois surplus property warehouse, the remnants of a bygone era in campus communications.

They're among the roughly 12,000 telephones removed when the campus switched to a voice-over-Internet phone service earlier this year, part of a new Unified Communications system.

UI considering major revision to academic integrity rules

URBANA — Late at night, several students sit around a table and discuss their answers for a take-home test.

Collaborative group work or cheating?

Osher Foundation gives $1 million to UI institute

CHAMPAIGN — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute has received $1 million for its endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation, which established the University of Illinois center six years ago.

Illinois reviewing pensions for gun investments

SPRINGFIELD— Illinois public pension fund managers are reviewing their portfolios for investments in gun manufacturers after last week's Connecticut school shooting.

Illinois State Board of Investment Executive Director William Atwood says that agency's $12 billion portfolio includes about 84,000 shares worth $1.7 million in three gun-makers — Olin, Sturm Ruger and Smith & Wesson.

UI seeks cats with recent diagnosis of congestive heart failure

CHAMPAIGN — People aren't the only ones who end up at emergency rooms with congestive heart failure.

It can happen to cats too.

But when feline hearts are failing, it can be tough to diagnose them and get them treated fast because they're often too stressed to handle the diagnostic imaging they need, veterinary experts say.

UI Foundation has new investment chief

URBANA — The University of Illinois Foundation has hired a new chief investment officer.

Ellen J. Ellison, the former executive director of investments at the University of Miami, will be the new chief investment officer as of Jan. 15, 2013. She has more than 30 years of experience in the financial sector, according to the foundation.

UI to ring chimes in Newtown observance

URBANA — Bells will ring at the University of Illinois at 9:30 a.m. Friday as part of a nationwide observance marking last week's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The Altgeld chimes will strike 26 times — one for each person killed at the school.

Police find no one after report of suspicious person on campus

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois police searched parts of campus Thursday morning after a report of a suspicious person on Gregory Drive between Fourth and Sixth Streets in Champaign.

University police, some with their weapons drawn, searched the area, including the Business Instructional Facility, 1206 S. Sixth St., according to campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler.

Fund drive by UI student in wake of Connecticut school almost a fourth of the way to goal

URBANA — A University of Illinois student is almost a fourth of the way toward his goal of raising $50,000 to give to those affected by last week's shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

UI professor a co-author of call for nationwide effort to address shootings

As it did after the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, a national violence-prevention research group — including a University of Illinois professor — is calling for a renewed nationwide effort to address mass shootings.