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Navy captain to take helm of UI Facilities & Services

CHAMPAIGN — A Navy captain will be the new director of facilities at the University of Illinois, the campus announced Tuesday.

Allan M. Stratman is a captain in the Navy and executive officer of the Navy Facilities Engineering Command for the Southwest. His appointment, effective Sept. 3, is pending approval of the UI Board of Trustees, which next meets July 24-25 in Chicago.

Michigan scholar named new UI librarian, dean

CHAMPAIGN — A University of Michigan scholar has been named the new dean of libraries and university librarian at the University of Illinois.

John P. Wilkin, 56, is currently an associate university librarian at the University of Michigan and directs the school's library information technology and publishing divisions and its university press.

UI profs survey tornado destruction for design clues

OKLAHOMA CITY — When a massive EF5 tornado struck the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, Okla., on May 20, it left a path of debris a mile wide and 17 miles long.

Bobcats in UI care to leave soon

Two orphaned baby bobcats that have been staying at the University of Illinois will soon be on their way.

The kittens were found on a train in Tuscola late last month, and the UI Wildlife Medical Clinic has been caring for them since then.

Colleges watching for rules under health-care law

CHAMPAIGN — As businesses prepare for more provisions of the Affordable Care Act to take effect, higher education, and community colleges in particular, face unique challenges because of their dependence on part-time employees.

'State of denial' over true amount of UI financial reserves

URBANA — The continued slide in state support for Illinois' flagship public university and fundamental changes in higher education itself will require tough decisions in coming months, University of Illinois President Bob Easter says.

Sign, logo changes coming to State Farm Center this summer

CHAMPAIGN — Now that University of Illinois trustees have given final approval to the Assembly Hall's new name — the State Farm Center — people should gradually start seeing changes inside and outside of the iconic building.

Demolition to start soon on Forbes Hall

CHAMPAIGN — Demolition will start soon on Forbes Hall, one of the five remaining dorms in the old "Six Pack" complex, to pave the way for a third new residence hall in the Ikenberry Commons housing redevelopment.

Retail-residential project shifts north at research park

CHAMPAIGN — Newly unveiled plans for the University of Illinois Research Park call for townhomes and apartments and a small shopping center to be built just south of the I Hotel.

Can't be too careful taking care of carillons

URBANA — Keeping up with maintenance on giant bells when they're 15 stories off the ground poses certain safety challenges.

The 185-foot-tall McFarland Campanile, built in 2008 on the University of Illinois South Quad, will be getting new safety equipment this summer to protect crews working on the carillon bells near the top of the tower.