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UI institute gets $1 million grant

CHAMPAIGN – The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a new $1 million grant, and some celebrity professors.

OLLI's fall semester begins Sept. 13, said Kathleen Holden, director of the institute, and it has some top professors helping out, including pianist Ian Hobson.

Want to give some time? Here's a place to start

URBANA – The 2010 Campus Volunteer Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U.

The event will bring together more than 60 agencies to share information on fall 2010 volunteer opportunities for University of Illinois students and community members.

Controversial prof, a favorite among students, removed from teaching duties

URBANA – A popular and controversial professor won't be teaching or interacting with students this semester, after a series of events that includes the loss of a teaching award, a lawsuit against two students, an e-mail that offended some students, a YouTube video and an appeal for academic freedom.

Quinn, UI sign sustainability agreement

CHAMPAIGN – Gov. Pat Quinn joined top officials at the University of Illinois on Friday to sign an updated agreement pledging the Urbana campus to be a leader in sustainability.

Quinn, UI President Michael Hogan and Urbana campus interim chancellor Robert Easter signed a campus sustainability compact at a symposium at the I Hotel.

Report says UI could do better job with major fundraising efforts

URBANA – The University of Illinois could greatly improve its major gifts campaign, according to a report of the office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement.

The report notes that, as of fiscal year 2009, the Urbana campus was ninth in total gift income and 10th in endowment market value of the 11 schools of the Big Ten.

Hogan's blog one more way to keep in touch with UI students, staff

URBANA – Meet the newest blogger on campus, who has a big corner office and lots of pull on things like tuition.

Michael Hogan, UI president since July 1, launched his blog this week called "PrezRelease."

Students make deals to sell tea in 3 local stores

CHAMPAIGN – Tiesta Tea has struck deals to place its custom-blended teas in three local stores – Strawberry Fields, Natural Gourmet and the Walnut Street Tea Co.

UI grads picked for Illini Comeback honor

Ever since 1980, the Student Alumni Ambassadors of the University of Illinois Alumni Association has invited a group of distinguished alumni back to the campus to participate in traditional activities such as the homecoming parade and pep rally.

Life Remembered: Scientist did 'instrumental' work with birds

OAKWOOD – Arlo Raim died doing what he loved, tracking birds on a radio rig he invented, in his own car.

The Illinois Natural History Survey scientist, 67, was a nationally known expert on bird tracking. He was hit by a train Friday in a suburban Chicago forest preserve, while studying the effects of trains on birds.

UI economist sees slow season for home sales in state

URBANA – A University of Illinois economist is forecasting a dismal autumn for Illinois home sales, primarily because private-sector job growth is so weak.

Home sales in August, September and October are likely to be down from the same months a year ago, said Geoffrey Hewings, director of the UI's Regional Economics Applications Laboratory.