University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Gifts from fraternity bring smiles from Garden Hills students

CHAMPAIGN — Piled in the expansive Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house at the University of Illinois, 500 toys seem like a lot.

But put them in the hands of more than 500 kids at Garden Hills Elementary School, and they really begin to mean something.

The fraternity again used its Pike Presents program to give gifts to students at the Champaign school Thursday.

Notification system ready in case of emergency, UI says

URBANA — Should a sudden threat to campus arise — a gunman or a tornado, for example — the University of Illinois says it's ready.

UI accuses computer chip firm of patent infringement

URBANA — The University of Illinois has sued a computer chip company for patent infringement.

Cost will keep UI from sending all Marching Illini to bowl game

When the Illini take the field for the Dec. 31 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco, the full Marching Illini probably won't be cheering them on.

The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics plans to send only a small band contingent to the bowl game because of the prohibitive cost of flying all 350 band members to the West Coast, officials said Wednesday.

UI chancellor: Don't bet on return of state support

URBANA — The University of Illinois will have to lean more and more on private giving even after the economy improves, Chancellor Phyllis Wise said Tuesday.

Counting on state support to return to the levels of the 20th century is just "wishful thinking," Wise said at a town-hall meeting at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Task-force report on enrollment system gets Wise's nod

URBANA — Top administrators in Urbana endorsed a faculty report Monday calling for more campus input on a new University of Illinois enrollment-management system, saying the quality of students cuts to the heart of the flagship campus' academic mission.

Chancellor plans town-hall meeting

URBANA — New University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise will host a town-hall meeting on campus Tuesday.

The town hall will begin at 4 p.m. in the Colwell Playhouse at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.

Consultant outlines ideas for attracting firms owned by minorities, females for UI contracts

URBANA — A consultant is recommending that the University of Illinois "re-brand" its effort to attract businesses owned by women and minorities and devote five more employees to that mission.

Millions to be invested in energy efficiency at UI

SPRINGFIELD — The University of Illinois will invest millions into boosting the energy efficiency of its facilities and is hiring a firm to develop a plan for how it can meet climate-related goals, such as using more renewable fuels to power the Urbana campus.

Lawmakers ask trustees to keep PTI

New training mission would increase its value, they tell trustees

SPRINGFIELD — Champaign-Urbana lawmakers appealed to University of Illinois trustees Friday to keep the 56-year-old Police Training Institute open in Champaign, outlining a vision for a research-based academy that could be a global leader in fighting cybercrime and researching community policing efforts.