Mats Selen sitting in his office on the University of Illinois Urbana campus
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November 23, 2015

U of I Physics Professor Named ‘Professor Of The Year’

A University of Illinois physics professor credits his department and the university for his recent Professor of the Year award.  Mats Selen received the honor from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching on November 19.

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November 19, 2015

Bomb Threat Evacuates Parkland College

A Parkland spokesperson says the threat came in about at 10:20 a.m. Thursday.  The community college quickly cancelled classes and evacuated.  "We are taking this seriously enough to err on the side of caution," said Parkland's Patty Lehn.  UPDATE - The school has announced it's reopening campus at 6 a.m. Friday after law enforcement completed their search. 

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen at Wednesday's Town Hall meeting
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November 19, 2015

Race, Affordability Among Themes In UI Town Hall

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen spent nearly two hours gathering input in the second of three town hall meetings for a university-wide strategic plan, hearing comments on areas ranging from race to college affordability.  He calls it a 'pivotal' time for the school, calling for a 'resolutely student-centered approach' in areas like research and civil engagement. 

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Champaign Unit 4 schools
November 17, 2015

Committee To Study Future Of Champaign High Schools

After two failed referendums to relocate Central High School, Champaign Unit 4 Board President Chris Kloeppel says a 2-tiered committee will be formed over the next couple of months to research if a two or three high school model is best.

The U of I's ten trustees signed a giant cardboard declaration meant to urge the governor and lawmakers to end the state's budget standoff that's blocked funding from the U of I and other state universities.
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November 12, 2015

U of I Hopes To Thaw State Budget Standoff… With Giant Cardboard Declaration

In the 4.5 months Illinois has gone without a budget, public colleges and universities have received no funding from the state, forcing them to cut staff, dip into cash reserves and do whatever's necessary to stay afloat. Officials from the state's biggest university are hopeful that political leaders in Springfield will hear their plea.

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