University of Illinois

University of Illinois

UI College of Veterinary Medicine to host open house

URBANA – The 2009 University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Open House will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with more than 300 veterinary students offering a behind-the-scenes look at the care and treatment of animals.

The Urbana campus has the state's only veterinary college.

UI wrestling coach leaves for top job at county YMCA

CHAMPAIGN – From now on, Mark Johnson will be pinning down donors.

The University of Illinois wrestling coach is stepping down after 17 years at the school to become chief executive officer of the Champaign County YMCA.

Anonymous UI benefactor helping victims' families

URBANA – A person affiliated with the University of Illinois has offered to make a large contribution to a fundraiser for the families of three Eastern Illinois University graduate students killed in an accident last week.

UI will try to avoid large tuition increase

URBANA – The University of Illinois' president said this week the university will try to avoid a large tuition hike.

A UI spokesman said it's too early to put a number to it, but it's likely to be significantly less than the 9 percent raise last year.

Audit shows UI has room to improve on energy spending

URBANA – The state auditor general wants the University of Illinois to make more progress on its energy spending and monitoring.

A state compliance audit, released Thursday, shows the UI spent $7.5 million more than was budgeted for energy in fiscal year 2008.

Bicycling duo promoting alternatives to abortion

CHAMPAIGN – University of Illinois students Mike Schaefer and Jimmy Becker are spending their spring break bicycling more than 600 miles for a cause.

Schaefer, 20, from Freeburg, and Becker, 21, from Booneville, Iowa, are crossing the state on their bikes as part of "Biking for Babies," a fundraiser for Living Alternatives and Students for Life of Illinois.

1944 alumna leaves UI $12 million after her death

URBANA – A woman who graduated from the University of Illinois on a four-year scholarship has left it $12 million richer.

Arlys Streitmatter Conrad, the daughter of a farmer and teacher from a farm town near Peoria, graduated from the Urbana campus in 1944. She died Sept. 6, 2007.

UI gets $12 million in bequest from alumna

URBANA – A woman who graduated from the University of Illinois on a four-year scholarship has left it $12 million richer.

Arlys Streitmatter Conrad, the daughter of a farmer and teacher from a farm town near Peoria, graduated from the Urbana campus in 1944. She died Sept. 6, 2007.

Senior Odyssey team putting what it has learned to test

URBANA – Less than six months after these seniors started a project to sharpen their minds, they're about to take on another set of seniors, those still in college.

"This group, one of nine in our study, is going to a state tournament outside the program, the only ones in their age group," said MaryTerese Campbell, the assistant program coordinator for Senior Odyssey.

Senior Odyssey is a University of Illinois study headed up by Elizabeth A.L. Stine-Morrow, a professor in education psychology. The program is based on the international problem-solving program, Odyssey of the Mind, and is finishing the second year of a five-year National Institute on Aging grant.

UI honors Washington instructor for her skills

URBANA – Carrie Riggins sits on a tiny chair at a low table in her classroom at Urbana's Washington Early Childhood School and calls her students over to her, one or two at a time, from where they are playing.

She says to one girl, "Remember the other day when we talked about how we use our eyes to ... smell?"