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November 15, 2016

Trends in the International Construction Market.  Lecture by CJ Kim, Vice Chairman and COO of NOW Architects, Seoul, South Korea.  Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 12pm - 1pm in 1233 Newmark Lab 


Mr. Kim was formerly the Managing Director of Parsons Brinckerhoff Korea until 2015.  Presently, as the Chief Operating Officer at Now Architects, he oversees both architectural services as well as construction management services.  Mr. Kim's lecture will focus on trends in the international construction market and particularly the strategy of large Korea engineering companies when entering international sectors.  Lessons from Confucius will be used as a framework for the lecture and discussion.  All are welcome to attend. 

November 11, 2016
When is Winter Term?

Classes begin December 19, 2016 and end January 13, 2017.

How and when to degree-seeking U of I students register?

Our degree-seeking students will use Self-Service by logging in and selecting “Winter 2016-2017” as the term in which they wish to enroll. Registration time tickets are the same for Winter 2016-2017 as they are for Spring 2017. The last day to add a Winter Session course via Self-Service is December 18, 2016.

How does Winter Standing academic performance factor into Fall 2016 academic standing review/grade audit?

Academic units are encouraged to treat winter session the same as they would summer session in terms of impact on academic standing. If a student is on drop status based on Fall 2016 performance who is enrolled in a Winter Session course, that Winter Session registration cannot be cancelled. Posting of final grades for fall and the academic standing review/grade audit process will not take place until Winter Session is already underway. Students on drop status cannot change their Winter Session registration nor can they change their Spring 2017 registration because their academic standing will prevent registration changes. In the event students on drop status wish to drop their Winter Session course, the college office will have to process the drop request since academic standing will be finalized after the Winter Session drop deadline. Home academic units are also responsible for cancelling the Spring 2017 class schedules of students on drop status as a result of their Fall 2016 academic performance.

Students on drop as a result of Fall 2016 who are enrolled in Winter Session should be advised that performance in the Winter Session course will not in and of itself allow them to be reinstated for the Spring 2017 semester; Winter Session grades will not post, and any academic standing review process will not take place in time to consider Winter Session performance for spring enrollment. On the flip side, it would be unfair to drop any student based solely upon performance in a single Winter Session course. The Office of the Registrar will provide reports to handle the additional academic review for any students enrolled in Winter Session Courses. Academic units should use these reports to review and update as necessary students’ academic standing.

Who is eligible to enroll in Winter Term courses?

In addition to degree-seeking undergraduate students from this campus, non-degree students may register through the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. Students who are classified as graduate level are not eligible to enroll in Winter Session courses.

Remember that the four-week format isn’t going to be suited to every student, nor are some students going to do well in online courses. Treat advising for Winter Term the same as you would for Summer Session I in terms of the shortened format. Internet access and solid self-motivation are must-haves for these classes.

How many credit hours can a student take?

Students may take only one course in Winter Session; all available courses are two, three, or four credit hours. No overloads will be permitted.

What is the deadline to drop a class, elect Credit/No Credit, or request Grade Replacement?

The refund deadlines are posted on the Office of the Registrar’s website. The deadline to drop a Winter Session class is January 2, 2017. Through January 2, students will be able to drop the class on their own through Self-Service. After January 2, students are expected to follow their home academic unit’s policies and procedures for requesting a late drop.

This same date, January 2, is the deadline for Credit/No Credit form submission as well as for students to request application of the campus’ Grade Replacement Policy.

How is tuition assessed?

Tuition rates for degree-seeking as well as non-degree students is posted on the Office of the Registrar’s website. Degree-seeking undergraduates will be assessed base rate tuition only. CITL non-degree students will be assessed tuition and CITL’s $50/credit hour administrative fee. Students with questions regarding tuition and fee rates should contact the Office of the Registrar. Payment in full for Winter Session will be due January 28, 2017. University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations handles billing and payments.

Can students receive financial aid for Winter Term?

Financial Aid for winter term is extremely limited and will consist primarily of remaining Direct Loan eligibility and Parent PLUS loans. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at finaid@illinois.edu if you have specific questions.

November 11, 2016

Many campus units and departments have set up post-election discussion sessions that provide an opportunity for all who are interested to gather and talk about the issues related to the election. Some of the sessions have been held, but more are being added. A full list can be found at https://oiir.illinois.edu/post-election-discussion-spaces.

As Chancellor Robert Jones emphasized yesterday, we are a university and a community that is built on the values of inclusivity, mutual respect and the free exchange of ideas.

November 11, 2016

In response to the recent reports of threatening acts towards students on campus and in the community, and the continued mission for the U of I campus to be a Learning Space of Inclusion and Respect of Diverse Voices, The Registered Organization “Hear My Voice” will hold an open forum for discussion, healing, and support. 

“Let Us Hear Your Voice: Coming together in Peace and Positive Proaction”
Room 1000 Lincoln Hall, November 11, 12-1pm. 

Come join the conversation, let your voice be heard and then let’s take steps for positive change towards a learning environment of respect, inclusion, and tolerance. We, the Hear My Voice project, is a cross-disciplines, collaborative group of students, faculty and staff and we are here for you.

No matter your opinion, come connect with individuals and organizations that are there for you as we make our way through this latest challenge. Together, we can do this!

To learn more about our collective and its work, please see http://www.hearmyvoiceonline.com/.

Inquiries and questions should be sent to: 

Janice Marie Collins, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Journalism and Institute of Communication Research
(217) 300-4934 (Office)

November 10, 2016

The Central illinois Chapter for Healthcare Engineering, is pleased to announce the application period has opened for the 2016 annual scholarship. This year CICHE will be awarding two scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each to an aspiring healthcare planning, design, construction, biomedical engineering, or operations/maintenance professional. Application acceptance will begin immediately and the deadline for submission is Friday November 18th, 2016.

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for consideration:

Must be an Illinois Resident. Full-time or part-time attendance at an accredited Illinois college, university, technical, or trade school for the study of engineering, architecture, construction, biomedical technology, building operations and maintenance, or related fields. Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent.

Full details can be found in the attached flyer.