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Posted by Chantelle Hicks on August 31, 2019

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A monthly e-newsletter where Chancellor Robert Jones shares campus news, stories, successes and information

Welcome Back


I hope you'll take a moment to watch this short video welcoming students to campus. I am grateful to each one of you for making this a special place to live, learn and work. No matter how long you’ve been part of the Illinois community, there is always something new to discover. I look forward to seeing what we will accomplish together. 

Robert J. Jones


Celebrate Homecoming

It's time to come home, Illini.

Illinois Homecoming will take place Oct. 13-19. From pancakes at the Homecoming 5K to family fun in Grange Grove, don’t miss out on all our community has to offer. 

For the full list of events, view the homecoming website and the Facebook event.


Congratulate Students


Illinois students are outstanding. For the spring 2019 semester, the university announced:

- 7,240 Dean’s List students
- 243 Bronze Tablet honorees
- 9,068 May graduates

For the complete list of names, view this list.


Rediscover TailGREAT

The 1980s tailgating competition is returning to Illinois after a 30-year hiatus. 

TailGREAT will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21 when the Illini take on Nebraska at Memorial Stadium. The competition will award the Best BBQ and Most Creative Tailgate.


Celebrate Our Community


Illinois was ranked #20 on the list of Best Colleges for your Money by Money magazine.

Champaign-Urbana was named one of the Top 40 places young people are moving to by USA Today.

Illinois received first place in the International Laboratory Freezer Challenge’s Academic category for the second year in a row.


Learn About University News

Application opens - The Illinois application for freshmen and transfer students opens Sept. 1.

Scholar endowment - A University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign endowment to honor scholar Yingying Zhang has been established by the Zhang family. Yingying's Fund will assist international students in crisis and their families.

Student Success - A new Student Success Initiative aims to better understand the factors that lead to retention, graduation rates, placement, degree-completion time and more.


Discover Illinois Research


Better sleep - Optimistic people tend to sleep better and longer, according to a new Illinois study.

Cheaper flight costs - Illinois researchers are using artificial intelligence to design a customized pricing model that benefits airline customers.

Healthier diets in children - An Illinois study provides more evidence that kids who cook have healthier dietary habits.

Safer K-9s - A new Illinois effort will ensure law enforcement K-9s get the specialized care they need when injured on the job.

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