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U Of I Flagship Campus Sets 10-Day Enrollment Record

Sep 14, 2017
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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign set an enrollment record for a seventh consecutive year. 

Even with a slight drop in the number of freshman, total enrollment at the Urbana campus is up 3% over last year to more than 47,800 students. Including the Chicago and Springfield campuses brings total U of I enrollment to more than 83,000.

The U of I takes enrollment snapshots on the tenth day of each fall semester.

"Foellinger Auditorium, University of Illinois" by Flickr user Vince Smith / (CC x 2.0)

Now that Illinois has a budget, the University of Illinois officially can launch an initiative aimed at recruiting top faculty, U of I President Tim Killeen says.

The three-year $60 million program was announced in May. The university system said Thursday that the campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield now can make proposals for money to recruit professors. The objective is to bring in tenured, high-achieving faculty in a broad range of academic disciplines.

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Brendt Christensen entered a “not guilty” plea Thursday in a federal courtroom in Urbana to the charge of kidnapping a visiting scholar from China. The hearing lasted less than five minutes.

Prosecutors accuse Christensen, a recent University of Illinois graduate student, of abducting Yingying Zhang from a campus bus stop June 9.

U Of I Could Host New Bioenergy Research Center

Jul 18, 2017
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If Congress approves, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host a $104 million center for research into new biofuels and bioproducts.

The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding the money over the next five years to help create the university’s new Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation --- CABBI for short.

Plant Biology Professor Evan DeLucia, who will be CABBI’s director, says the Energy Department was attracted to U of I because of the bioenergy work it’s already doing.

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The family of missing Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang has increased the amount of reward money for information about her location to $50,000.

By the time authorities arrested a suspect for her kidnapping, they had come to believe that the visiting scholar at the University of Illinois was dead.

But her family and boyfriend have not given up hope that she is still alive. At a news conference, Xiaolin Hou spoke of his girlfriend in the present tense.

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