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Provost finalist pledges hard work

URBANA — As a scholar and engineering administrator at the University of Illinois, Ilesanmi "Ade" Adesida said he has been a strong advocate for excellence and if chosen to be provost he will become a campuswide advocate with the "commitment and capacity for hard work."

Actor Offerman returning to UI for Thursday show

URBANA — Actor Nick Offerman, best known for playing Ron Swanson on the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” comes to the University of Illinois at 8 p.m. Thursday as part of his “American Ham” comedy tour. The show will be at the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U, in Illini Rooms A, B and C.

Offerman is originally from Minooka and received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the UI.

Watkins takes turn at forum for provost finalists

URBANA — Ruth Watkins has held just about every kind of academic post at the University of Illinois, from professor to vice provost to dean of the largest college on the Urbana campus.

So it was a natural step for her to compete for the campus' top academic office, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Edgars move back to Springfield

After almost 13 years of living in rural Champaign County, former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar has moved back to Springfield. But he'll remain an instructor at the University of Illinois and a member of the UI's Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

UI flash index above 100 for first time since '08

URBANA — The University of Illinois flash index jumped greatly in March, indicating significant growth in the Illinois economy.

The index increased from 99.2 in February to 101 in March, a rise of nearly 2 points.

That pushed the index above 100, the so-called dividing point between economic contraction and growth.

Traveling farm exhibit at UI

URBANA — Folks can get insights on U.S. farm life from a special exhibit on the University of Illinois campus today.

America's Farmers Mobile Experience — a traveling 53-foot trailer that expands into 1,000 square feet of exhibit space — will be on the parking lot east of Turner Hall, with tours available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The exhibit, sponsored by Monsanto, includes:

Serionix wins Cozad competition

CHAMPAIGN — Serionix took the top monetary prize at the Cozad New Venture Competition this past weekend.

The company — which has come up with filter materials to remove perchlorate from drinking water — took first place in the Most Fundable Venture category, earning the firm $15,000.

UI trustees saw little chance for reconciliation between Hogan, faculty

URBANA — Three weeks ago, on a board-ordered mission to rebuild his standing with faculty and the public, University of Illinois President Michael Hogan expressed confidence that he would still be in office a year from now.

Within a week he had tendered his resignation, effective July 1.

Resignation could help UI's reputation

Months of turmoil, tension between the president and chancellor, faculty in an uproar, a presidential resignation.

That scenario has played out at the University of Illinois twice in a three-year span. How much will it affect the school's reputation in academic circles?

Not as much as it might have before Michael Hogan's resignation last week, some academic leaders said.

Extravaganza features summer activities galore

URBANA — The school year is winding down, and that means it's time to find something for your kids to do this summer.

The annual Summer Enrichment Extravaganza, a community-wide youth programming resource fair, might be a place to start.

It's scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Urbana Middle School Cafetorium, 1201 S. Vine St., U.