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Be afraid. Be very afraid of losing your data.

If Presidential campaigns can't keep their computers secure, what hopes do the rest of us have?

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Illinois State University's Board of Trustees recognized three outgoing long-term members during their quarterly meeting Friday.

Trustees Jay D. Bergman, Anne Davis, and Betty Kinser will leave the Board when their terms expire on January 16.

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Three members of the Illinois State University Board of Trustees are ending long service on that panel.

ISU President Larry Dietz said businessman J.D. Bergman and former educators Betty Kinser and Anne Davis are stepping down.

Heartland Community College

Heartland Community College has named Amy Humphreys its Dean of Continuing Education.

She moves from her previous position as Director of Marketing and Public Information at  the school in Normal.

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University of Illinois employees will receive a 2 percent raise in March after the school had to put pay increases on hold for the last two years.

A school spokesman says the raises will take effect in February and the money will show up in March paychecks. University President Tim Killeen put general raises on hold for a second-straight year last summer due to the state budget impasse. But Killeen said he was optimistic the school could provide a mid-year raise by making cuts elsewhere.

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Illinois State University won't become a "Sanctuary Campus," for undocumented students.

During Sound Ideas, President Larry Dietz said he doesn't see any public university in Illinois granting themselves that status.

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ISU Faculty and staff will see more in their paychecks next year.

University President Larry Dietz has announced raises up to two percent will begin in January.

Illinois State University

It's a mistake to think of central Illinois before significant European settlement as solely native American.

That's according to a historian and Illinois State University Professor who is out with a new book on the transformation of the region between 1762 and 1825.

Heartland Community College

Heartland Community College has added a self portrait of slain art teacher Joe McCauley to the gallery that bears his name.

The college on Raab Road in Normal says the image of the beloved professor was among the hundreds of works McCauley left behind in his office after his killing in 2009.

Lincoln Academy of Illinois

Four Bloomington Normal area college students have been named student Laureates of the Lincoln Academy.

The Lincoln Academy seeks to honor outstanding students who are dedicated to their schools and communities.

Lauren Koszyk of Bloomington attends Illinois State University. Rachel Hile-Broad attends the University of Chicago. Steven Drew of Downs goes to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. And Kendra Baber of Normal attends the University of Illinois at Sprringfield.

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Community colleges in Illinois said they've cut frills, suspended travel, and even laid off teachers. Now they need state lawmakers to come through with funding.

That was the gist of a letter sent last week from the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents​ to the governor and legislative leaders.

Illinois Wesleyan University

Illinois Wesleyan University is losing its Provost.

Jonathan Green is taking the Presidency at Susquehanna University.

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Public colleges and universities in Illinois may soon be able to furlough employees for up to three weeks.

The ongoing budget impasse has taken a toll on higher education. Regular state funding has dried up, replaced by a mere trickle of stop-gap money.

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The president of Illinois State University says shared governance --the input of faculty, staff and students into the way ISU operates-- is strong.

The concept was called into question late last month when some 50 faculty members signed a letter opposing some ideas they say the Education Advisory Board touts that conflict with the tenets of a liberal arts education.

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Nearly fifty faculty members at Illinois State University have now signed an open letter objecting to the use of a consultant on academic affairs and enrollment issues. The letter was published in the Vidette student newspaper late last month with more than thirty signatures at first. Additional faculty have since signed on.

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Illinois State University leaders are concerned about an effort to grant a community college the authority to offer bachelor's degrees in nursing.

The measure pushed by State Senator Andy Manar is billed as a way to address a nursing shortage.

Illinois State University

Illinois State University has promoted from within to fill the Dean Position in the College of Applied Sciences and Technology.

Todd McLoda is the current Senior Associate Dean in that College.

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Fans of musician Bob Dylan's win of the Nobel prize for literature include several members of the Illinois State University English Department.

Among them is Jan Susina, who says the decision recognizes that song writing can be poetry and is in Dylan's case.

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With the precarious nature of state funding as a backdrop, Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said he is working to organize a coalition of local education administrators.

During Sound Ideas, Dietz said there are important areas besides funding totals that are of concern.

Heartland Community College
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Heartland Community College President Rob Widmer said HCC has received about thirty five cents on the dollar in promised state aid in the last two budget years.

The state share of HCC's budget is about ten percent of the total.

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A battlefield is a noisy place. And that can have long term consequences for soldiers.

An ISU researcher is coordinating a huge study of military personnel and their hearing health after explosions with a group of military scientists in San Diego.

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A certain Supreme Court decision written 150 years ago still has relevance for us today.

Justice David Davis of Bloomington penned the opinion in Ex Parte Milligan a century and a half ago.

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ISU President Larry Dietz says he does not forsee a need for layoffs or furloughs at the campus in Normal.

During his state of the university speech Dietz lamented that higher education is in the same position it was last year at this time, no budget, no appropriation, and a lack of certainty for some months more as the legislature and Governor refuses to act.

WIU AND SIUC Enrollments Fall

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Western Illinois University says enrollment this fall has dropped by seven percent.

The announcement came Wednesday as some state universities brace for the possibility of enrollment declines due to Illinois' budget crisis and a lack of state university funding. 

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After more than a decade of discussion and false starts, Starbucks is coming to the Illinois State University campus.

The coffee shop opens Monday in the Student Fitness Center.

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Illinois State University says not only did overall enrollment and freshmen enrollment rise this fall, so did minority student enrollment. African American enrollment and Latino student attendance increased ten and nine percent respectively.

Freshman Kharisma Thomas of Chicago talked about staff efforts to accommodate students.

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Early enrollment numbers have Illinois State University leaders smiling.

More than 21,000 students are on campus, an increase of about three hundred, based on first day enrollment numbers.

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Summer is always a quieter time on college campuses. Most students go home for a summer job or take an internship elsewhere. Faculty and staff typically have less to do on campus. Some might even leave town for a vacation. 

For three months of the year, the local businesses and industries that profit from the needs and wants of the university community adjust.

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Republican Congressman Rodney Davis and Democratic State Treasurer Michael Frerichs are barnstorming across Illinois Universities in a bipartisan effort to improve college savings programs.

Among the ideas the two promote is allowing employers to take a tax credit for up to five thousand dollars per worker per year used to pay off student debt.

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