blog postsSesquicentennialSummer Band Twilight Concerts a 107-year tradition at IllinoisJul 20, 2017 8:45 am0 views A century ago, the crowd on Illinois' Main Quad for a Summer Band Twilight Concert consisted of women in white dresses and men in suits sitting on the grassSesquicentennialCampus LifeBook celebrates planning, building of University of Illinois campusJul 6, 2017 10:30 am0 views When the University of Illinois was established, its physical presence consisted of 10 acres for its main campus and a single five-story building. Today it's 4,550 acres (excluding farms) and 647 buildings.SesquicentennialUniversity ArchivesChancellor’s Medallion awarded to three who have preserved U of I historyJun 23, 2017 8:00 am2 views The Chancellor’s Medallion is the highest campus honor, having been awarded just six times since it was first presented in 1999.SesquicentennialAlumniIllinois: The early yearsJun 22, 2017 8:00 am1 views From the muddy prairie rose a school—and a student body—rooted in manual labor and religious worship, in addition to cultural activities that left sports in the dustSesquicentennialAthleticsIllinois Athletics Hall of Fame: George HalasJun 19, 2017 9:15 am0 views Before he helped create profressional football and started the Chicago Bears, George Halas played football, baseball and basketball at Illinois.SesquicentennialBicycling, advocacy at Illinois: A marriage made on campusJun 14, 2017 2:45 pm0 views How did Illinois get bike lanes and bike paths? Well, that's an interesting story...SesquicentennialAthleticsGeorge Huff, the Father of Illini AthleticsJun 12, 2017 9:45 am2 views Huff, a member of Illinois’ first varsity football team in 1890, became coach and athletics director during the first 46 years of the Athletic AssociationSesquicentennialToday in 1922, Illinois professor showed how movies could talkJun 7, 2017 12:45 pm187 views ECE professor Joseph Tykociner devised one of the first optical sound tracks -- in which sound is converted to a light pattern on film -- so it can be played back in sync with the movie.SesquicentennialMusic of Illinois: ‘Illinois Loyalty’Jun 5, 2017 8:45 am1 views The origins of University of Illinois’ school songSesquicentennialIllinois veterinary faculty: Stubbornly shaping the futureMay 30, 2017 9:30 am0 views VetMed Dean Peter Constable writes of the significant legacy of “stubborn” builders and leaders within Illinois' College of Veterinary Medicine.SesquicentennialCuban Illini, since 1908May 22, 2017 10:00 am2 views Since at least 1908, Cuban students have been attending the University of Illinois.SesquicentennialResearch1970s program attempted to diversify Illinois library schoolMay 11, 2017 9:45 am1 views The Carnegie Scholars was a group of 30 minority students admitted to the graduate library program in the early 1970s in an effort to increase the diversity of the program.SesquicentennialUniversity of Illinois’ 150th marks years of ag innovationsMay 4, 2017 9:30 am0 views For former university president Robert Easter it is another reason to celebrate the institution he loves so much.Sesquicentennial100 years ago at Illinois: The May FêteMay 1, 2017 10:45 am0 views Along with the May Pole dance and crowning of a May Queen, there were sporting events, a circus featuring the various student groups, concerts, a parade, and general merriment.SesquicentennialCampus LifeCampus life on the silver screen: The 1916 film “Pro Patria”Apr 24, 2017 10:15 am2 views Advertised as “the first all-University movie ever attempted,” virtually ever aspect of the film was connected to campus.SesquicentennialMirage and Murder in the ArcticApr 21, 2017 12:45 pm1 views One hundred years ago, two Illinois alumni were part of an ill-fated expedition to the edge of the earth.SesquicentennialAlumniUniversity ArchivesWhat did a University of Illinois student handbook look like in 1934?Apr 20, 2017 11:15 am0 views The handbook allowed Illini to plan which class dance they’d attend, pencil in a class schedules and check guidelines on curfew. (Yes, there was a residence hall curfew.)SesquicentennialIllini Everywhere: Syrian Illini, Since 1909Apr 19, 2017 8:30 am0 views The first Syrian Illini might be Shukry Elaswad who was the first University soccer (or 'soccer football,' as it was called then) coach from 1909 to 1910. SesquicentennialApril 19, 1880: The demise of 'The Elephant'Apr 18, 2017 1:15 pm1 views At approximately 1:00 am on April 19, a portion of the building’s west exterior wall fell down, and later that morning a large part of the roof was shorn off by wind.SesquicentennialStudent ExperiencesIllinois junior Paige Jones: Where my ACES story beginsApr 14, 2017 10:30 am0 views As the university celebrates its 150th birthday, I think of all of my family members that were a part of those 150 years.Sesquicentennial‘Saving the Earth Since 1969’: Illinois’ Oldest Environmental Student GroupApr 7, 2017 11:45 am0 views “We were the generation that watched a man land on the moon,” said Diane Marlin, who joined SECS in 1972. “We were idealistic. We really believed we could make a difference. We still do.”SesquicentennialIllini Everywhere: Greek Illini, Since 1873Mar 29, 2017 8:00 am2 views Since at least 1873, Greek students have been attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignSesquicentennialIllini Everywhere: Iranian Illini, Since 1907Mar 21, 2017 9:00 am1 views As the first Iranian students were arriving, some University community members were already embracing Persian arts and culture. The University library began building a Persian collection.SesquicentennialWant to play the Altgeld Chimes? Try this virtual playerMar 20, 2017 3:30 pm3 views You know you’re on the University of Illinois’ campus when you hear the sound of Altgeld Hall’s chimes on the breeze.SesquicentennialWho was Illini Nellie?Mar 17, 2017 10:00 am0 views And why was she buried on campus?SesquicentennialReport: Milkweed losses may not fully explain monarch butterfly declinesMar 17, 2017 9:45 am0 views "While boosting milkweed numbers can be part of the solution, I don't think it is the entire solution." Sesquicentennial150 for 150: Celebrating accomplishments of women at IllinoisMar 16, 2017 9:30 am4 views To celebrate the sesquicentennial, the University Library created an exhibit on the first floor of the Main Library highlighting achievements of students, staff, faculty and alumni.SesquicentennialU of I Black Chorus’ thirteenth biennial Black Sacred Music SymposiumMar 6, 2017 4:15 pm0 views This four-day, biennial conference is dedicated to the study of Black Sacred Music traditions. The Thirteenth Black Sacred Music Symposium will be held March 9-12, 2017.SesquicentennialAlumnus of first Illinois veterinary class still working hardMar 3, 2017 8:15 am1 views Dr. George C. Scott (yes, his real name) is a member of the Class of ’52, the college’s first graduating class. And he is the last surviving alumnus of that historic group.SesquicentennialHappy first day of classes (in 1868)Mar 2, 2017 11:15 am0 views Illinois welcomed its first class of 50 students (like these agriculture students) and just two faculty members to the newly charted Illinois Industrial University on March 2, 1868.