University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Provost pick described as energetic

URBANA – When Linda Katehi visited the University of Illinois campus during its provost search, what impressed engineering Professor Jim Coleman the most wasn't her performance during the formal discussions.

"The best part was the time we spent walking from one place to another, just having casual conversation," Coleman said. "Even in casual, informal circumstances, she'll still be passionate about things that are important to her. It was really appealing."

New provost selected

URBANA – The dean of the engineering school at Purdue University will be the next provost at the University of Illinois – and the first woman to hold the job.

Chancellor Richard Herman has recommended the board of trustees hire Linda Katehi as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. The provost is the chief academic and budget officer, and the second-highest leadership position, for the campus. The UI trustees must approve the hiring.

Contract talks with UI group to start

URBANA – The University of Illinois will begin meeting with visiting academic professionals in the next few weeks to agree on ground rules for collective bargaining sessions and to start negotiations.

Earlier this month, the Fourth District Appellate Court ruled the UI must begin bargaining, even though its appeal on whether the visiting academic professionals can form a union is still pending.

Ringing in the holiday

CHAMPAIGN – Haven't heard enough of your favorite Christmas carol yet? Need to hear "Jingle Bells" one more time?

You've got until Friday at midnight to call Dial-A-Carol and request what you want to hear.

UI voices human rights concerns

URBANA – The University of Illinois is among a number of universities asking the Coca-Cola Co. to resolve human rights issues at bottling plants overseas.

Chancellor Richard Herman wrote a letter, dated Nov. 30, to Coke's director of global labor relations, expressing "serious concern" about allegations concerning bottling plants in Colombia and India. The allegations include intimidation of workers involved in union activity in Colombia and water supply issues and pollution in India.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.