University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Life Remembered: Nabor House co-founder Samuel Ridlen

CHAMPAIGN – A longtime University of Illinois educator and co-founder of the campus Nabor House, Samuel Franklin Ridlen will be remembered with a memorial service Dec. 11.

Mr. Ridlen, 94, died Oct. 30, 2010, in Urbana after a long career as a poultry expert, as well as co-founding the Nabor House agricultural fraternity in 1938.

Optimism fades over keeping PTI at UI

Optimism about keeping the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois faded this week when its controlling board expressed interest in moving the facility to Macomb and declined to reimburse the university for $70,000 in PTI housing costs.

UI gets $660,000 to bring Latinos into biological sciences

URBANA – The University of Illinois has received a major grant for research fellowships to encourage Latino students to pursue careers in biological sciences.

The $662,836 award from the National Science Foundation will be used to establish a UI program called New Biology Fellows, providing research opportunities and mentoring for Latino undergraduates.

Campus leaders back most of report on generating revenue

URBANA – Campus leaders say they welcome a report urging more online education, commercialization of intellectual property and heightened financial accountability from campus units.

They dismissed, however, a suggestion that professors be evaluated for promotion and tenure with how much money their research or instruction brings in as a criterion.

Committee will review all doctoral programs at UI

URBANA – An 18-member committee will review every doctoral program on this campus of the University of Illinois.

Interim Vice Chancellor Richard Wheeler said Wednesday the team will look at doctoral programs in their entirely, not at specific programs.

DACC among top 10 in country for enrollment growth

DANVILLE – The statistics are in, and Danville Area Community College has made the top 10 among public community colleges for growing enrollment.

Time is tight for wind turbine plan in Urbana

URBANA – Residents worried by a University of Illinois proposal to build wind turbines near their homes are facing a tight deadline to lobby for a relocation, and the student group that conceived of the project is trying to keep it alive.

Physics professor to chair search for new UI chancellor

URBANA – A physics professor will lead the search for a new chancellor for the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus.

Senate lacks quorum, can't consider Institute of Aviation plan

URBANA – A proposal to close the University of Illinois Institute of Aviation will not be considered by the university's senate until early next year.

UI still paying fees to consulting firm

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois is still very much involved with a management and planning consulting firm six months after administrators said the university was "in the final completion stages ... and ending the contract" with the company.