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April 18, 2014

Quote of the day:
"You cannot find peace by avoiding life."
Virginia Woolf

IMSA gets $6.5 million from state for residence hall upgrades (Beacon News)
Residence halls at the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora will see a major facelift. The $6.5 million work will renovate all seven residence halls at IMSA’s campus, Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday in announcing the project. It will include upgrades to climate control, electrical and plumbing systems, and window replacement.

SIU board considers tuition freeze at Edwardsville campus (Belleville News-Democrat)
CARBONDALE — While administrators are asking for a 5-percent increase in tuition, the board of trustees at Southern Illinois University is leaning toward freezing tuition rates at their current rate. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2014/04/17/3166745/siu-board-considers-tuition-freeze.html?sp=/99/166/179/#storylink=cpy

University of Illinois naming presidential search committee (Crain's Chicago Business)
(AP) — University of Illinois trustees are holding a special meeting to name 19 members of the search committee that will look for a new president. University President Robert Easter has said he plans to retire in June 2015. The university has said it hopes to have a replacement selected by January.

Rocky and Marilyn Wirtz donate to Northwestern's theater program (Crain's Chicago Business)
Wirtz Corp. President Rocky Wirtz and his wife, Marilyn, are endowing a performing arts program at Northwestern University's School of Communication, where Mr. Wirtz earned his bachelor's degree in 1975.

Opinion: GUEST COLUMN: A MAP for economic growth (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
In the Governor’s recent budget address, he emphasized the importance of supporting education in Illinois and expressed a desire to increase funding for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) by $50 million, to $423 million. In brief, the Monetary Award Program (MAP) provides grants to financially needy state residents who attend an approved Illinois college, including Lake Land College.

Opinion: Dave Tretter: MAP funding critical to Illinois’ success (Springfield State Journal-Register)
We are again at a critical time of the year, when the governor of Illinois proposes a budget and a debate ensues about how to balance ever-increasing demands on the state budget with scarcer resources to meet them. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140418/Opinion/140419438#ixzz2zGTqno00

Opinion: How much are college students learning? We don’t know (The Hechinger Report)
If you want to know how U.S. schoolchildren are performing, you don’t have to look far: A wealth of information is available, thanks to the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

No tuition increase at SIU, for now (The Southern Illinoisan)
CARBONDALE -- Tuition likely will not increase for incoming freshmen at SIU this fall. A day after SIU President Glenn Poshard warned of heavy reductions in state appropriations, the SIU Board of Trustees Finance Committee voted unanimously against the retiring president's recommendation of a 3 percent tuition increase.

Dunn takes SIU helm May 1 (The Southern Illinoisan)
CARBONDALE -- Randy Dunn will begin his tenure as SIU president May 1. President Glenn Poshard and the SIU Board of Trustees announced Thursday that Poshard will leave the presidency a little early but remain a consultant for the university through June.

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