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Poet, UI professor wins writing award

CHAMPAIGN – Poet and University of Illinois Professor Tyehimba Jess knew six weeks ago that he would receive a Whiting Writers' Award on Oct. 25. But he had to keep it a secret from his colleagues.

"I told my department the day before I left to go get it," he said. "I was very surprised when the foundation called me. I was just sitting in bed and they gave me a phone call. I was shocked and bewildered and then I said, 'Great, fantastic.'"

UI Senate seeks more info on Global Campus

URBANA -- University of Illinois faculty are pressing administrators for more information about online education plans.

The UI Senate on Monday unanimously endorsed a resolution that essentially asks President B. Joseph White and Special Assistant Chet Gardner for more detailed academic plans about Global Campus, the online education initiative announced earlier this year.

Residents, neighbors offer input on Orchard Downs

URBANA – Toddlers learning to swing, students weeding vegetable gardens, the aroma of Indian curry or Korean barbecue wafting through the air.

And don't forget the sight of a wild turkey or two roosting in a tree.

Union members approve new contract with UI

URBANA – Nearly 14 months after their last labor contract expired, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 698 approved a new agreement with the University of Illinois.

The contract calls for raises of about 2.5 percent and wage adjustments for several different categories of workers at the UI.

Stradivarius instruments will be displayed, played at UI

CHAMPAIGN – The Stradivarius Marylebone cello, known as Mr. Cello to commercial airlines, has racked up 10,000 frequent-flyer miles. But Mr. Cello didn't need them Tuesday for his flight from Washington, D.C., to Champaign.

Mr. Cello – plus a decorated Stradivarius viola and two Strad violins – traveled to Willard Airport on a Falcon 2000 jet owned by Sheila Johnson, a 1970 alumna of the University of Illinois School of Music. The Axelrod Quartet of instruments, which belongs to the Smithsonian Institution, is on display through Dec. 3 at the Krannert Art Museum, marking the first time the set has been shown in the Midwest or at any university.

20-year-old male student apparently fell from tower

URBANA – A man who apparently fell to his death from a tower on the University of Illinois campus has been identified.

UI police said the man found early Monday morning outside Campbell Hall, 300 N. Goodwin Ave., U, was Christopher Daniel Fu, 20.

Korean Cultural Center will hold grand opening

CHAMPAIGN – Susie Suh, the first Korean-American singer-songwriter to land a contract with a major record label, will perform at the University of Illinois on Saturday night.

Her appearance highlights the Korean Cultural Center's grand opening celebration at 7 p.m. at Foellinger Auditorium, on the south end of the University of Illinois Quad.

Facility houses program that focuses on building strong families

URBANA – The Doris Kelley Christopher Hall houses a program focused on building strong families, so perhaps it's no surprise the building is homier than the typical academic facility.

Sure, there's the standard lobby with plush armchairs, but there's also a separate wing complete with a full kitchen, dining room, living room and courtyard.

Chief Illiniwek, online program dominate talks

URBANA – University of Illinois professors want more faculty involvement with the UI's online education program.

And they want some closure regarding Chief Illiniwek.

UI's online education plan reviewed

URBANA – Over the next few months the University of Illinois will be building a new campus.

But staff won't be building new dormitories or classrooms for this new campus, as Chester Gardner, special assistant to UI President B. Joseph White told UI trustees Thursday.