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Illini 4000 cyclists heading out again soon
Illini 4000Members of the Illini 4000 cycling team gathered on the Quad April 15 to raise funds for cancer awareness. On hand to support the Illini 4000’s cause was Steve Dirks ’86 LAS, CEO of the Illinois Division of the American Cancer Society, who accepted a $20,000 contribution from the group. Starting May 25, the Illini 4000 riders will begin a month-long bicycling trek from New York City to San Francisco. Along the way, they’ll talk about how cancer impacts the lives of Americans and offer their support to those afflicted by it. View photos from the day at the Quad.

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Novelist, professor Richard Powers elected to American Academy of Arts and Letters
Richard PowersAcclaimed novelist Richard Powers, the Swanlund Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professor of English at the University of Illinois, has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Composed of 250 architects, artists, composers and writers, the American Academy of Arts and Letters fosters and sustains interest in literature, music and the fine arts by identifying and encouraging individual artists.More..

A Minute With...
George Gasyna…George Gasyna, expert on Polish culture
George Gasyna (pronounced guh-SEEN-uh), a professor in the department of Slavic languages and literatures and in the program in comparative and world literature, coordinates the Polish language program at Illinois. He shares his thoughts about the repercussions of the April 10 air disaster near Smolensk, Russia, which killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, along with a number of Poland’s top military and political leaders. More..


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