University of Illinois

Missing newspapers now safe at UI home

URBANA – The University of Illinois Library got an early Christmas present Tuesday night.

Two priceless volumes of Collyer's Eye were returned to the library.

UI mechanics instructors not happy about merger plan

URBANA – Don Carlson has taught theoretical and applied mechanics at the University of Illinois for 41 years. His department teaches fundamentals to engineering students from several disciplines, and he says it does so well and efficiently, setting the UI apart from other engineering schools and contributing to its top ranking.

But it has about half the faculty it had two years ago, and next year the department may be gone altogether. Plans call for merging it with mechanical engineering.

Reddy to respond

Champaign police Officer Ganesh Reddy took a cruise through Campustown at the start of his shift to see how things were developing.

On that recent Tuesday night, Reddy saw one campus bar was beginning to show a line outside the building as early as 10 p.m. More college students were gathered on the porch of a house occupied by members of a fraternity. That crowd was starting to overflow into the yard.

Athletes sending videos to members of military

URBANA – The Illini are sending another set of Illini a videotaped Christmas present.

In Project Vowel, put together by Urbana resident Charles Brock, members of the University of Illinois football and basketball teams, as well as Chancellor Richard Herman give their best wishes to military members currently stationed abroad.

Management of facility won't change

CHAMPAIGN – The management of Assembly Hall will remain with the University of Illinois Student Affairs Office, rather than being turned over to the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Chancellor Richard Herman said he is implementing a joint reporting arrangement for the facility, with the student affairs office continuing to provide day-to-day management and the athletic department overseeing plans and fundraising for renovations.

Dean plans to resign at end of semester

URBANA – The dean of the University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts will step down at the end of this semester.

Kathleen Conlin informed the faculty and staff of the college of her decision by letter this week, saying she wanted to move her focus from administration to teaching and arts practice. Conlin said she and her family intend to stay in Champaign-Urbana.

UI's big brain calendars available

CHAMPAIGN – Looking for a Christmas present for a University of Illinois student or graduate? Want to remind someone how smart UI folks are?

The UI's Big Brains 2006 calendar is now available at the Illini Union Bookstore, Pages For All Ages and Borders in Champaign. The calendar also is available online from the Illini Union Bookstore, through the Beckman Institute Web site at The cost is $14.95.

Break brings peace, quiet to UI campus

URBANA – The breaks during the University of Illinois semesters are Karima Lundquist's favorite times. She can have the librarians all to herself.

Lundquist, a Ph.D student in history, was looking at census data in the Reference Room on Tuesday morning. She said a librarian spent four hours Monday helping her find the data she needed.

UI's provost search winding down

URBANA – Two finalists for provost have visited the Urbana campus, and Chancellor Richard Herman plans to make a recommendation to fill the job by January.

Associate Chancellor Kathleen Pecknold, who worked with the provost search committee, said Herman intends to make his recommendation in time for the UI Board of Trustees to vote on it at the Jan. 19 meeting.

Projects in area net state grants

It's a piece of land with quite the past.

What is now a fallow field in northeast Urbana was once a solid waste lagoon. Before that, it was farmland. And prior to being farmland, the Saline Branch of the Salt Fork River (before the river was straightened) used to meander through the area.

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