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In honor of the University of Illinois sesquicentennial, iSEE is doing a series of pieces on the rich history of ecological and environmental research and breakthroughs on campus. Our articles, photos, and videos also will touch on student, faculty, and staff activism and leadership on behalf of Mother Earth in the past 150 years — which have ramped up considerably in the past few decades! And this series will explore the future of sustainability, clean energy, and environmental efforts at Illinois and abroad.
Sights and Sounds from the Illinois Sesquicentennial Kickoff Celebration
On Feb. 28, 2017, the University of Illinois’ three campuses officially kicked off a 15-month celebration of the University’s 150th birthday with a formal program at Krannert Center for Performing Arts. Many dignitaries, including the Chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, University President Timothy Killeen, the mayors of Urbana and Champaign, and Illinois Lt. Gov. Leslie Munger all took the microphone to offer their congratulations. Illinois’ most talented performers shared music and lyrics that recalled the struggles of the Civil War and years immediately following — the era during which the University was founded — and shared on the last day of Black History Month.
Couldn’t make the ceremony? We did, and we’re sharing our personal highlights with you. Happy Birthday, Illinois!