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[ Faculty + Staff E-News | January 2021 ]
Alumni Bill and Linda Perry honor a former professor and Altgeld Hall

For Bill and Linda Perry, Altgeld Hall is about mathematics—and so much more.

The couple arrived at U of I in fall 1967; Bill had a graduate assistantship in mathematics and Linda had a teaching position at Urbana High School. The May 1967 mathematics graduates of 500-student Park College in Parkville, Missouri, arrived in awe of 30,000-student University of Illinois. Bill (PhD, ‘72, mathematics) and Linda (MS, ’71, mathematics) knew they would need to find a small, connected community at Illinois, and they did.

The mathematics faculty and staff were welcoming and supportive. “From the moment we arrived, we felt accepted and valued,” said Bill and Linda, in a joint recollection provided to LAS. And when Bill was accepted as a doctoral student by professor T.W. Ting of the Department of Mathematics that feeling of acceptance deepened.

Bill and Linda’s gratitude for their experience at Illinois led them to make a donation to the Campaign for Altgeld and Illini Halls, which is supporting the renovation Altgeld Hall and the construction of a new building on the site of Illini Hall.
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Zoom update clarification

The university recently sent a mass mail regarding upcoming changes to the Zoom sign-in process. To clarify, meetings created after Jan. 19 will have a default setting to require authentication to Zoom to prevent anonymous users from joining a meeting. However, the new default setting will not limit our subscription to those within the Illinois community; users can be registered for any Zoom account for authentication, including Zoom's free account option. Also, the default setting to require authentication can also be overridden when creating the meeting to allow people to join without registering for a Zoom account.
Learn more →

Spring 2021 Update: Requirements & Expectations

Earlier this week, the university sent out a reminder about the requirements and expectations for the Spring 2021 semester, including updates on testing, vaccinations, building access, and more.
Read the mass mail →

Starting next week, on-campus testing will move to the standard Spring 2021 schedule. Be sure to check the testing location page or your Safer Illinois app before testing at your usual location.
See the updated list of testing locations and hours →

As always, be sure to check out the university's COVID-19 website for the latest news and updates. 

Reminder: Special department meeting data, summaries now available

On Dec. 10, the COVID-19 Taskforce for Math Instruction and Assessment held a special department meeting to present the data and summaries from their assessment of math classes in the fall semester. The summaries and data presented during the meeting are now available on the department's COVID-19 Faculty-Staff Resources webpage.
View the summaries and data → 

24th International Congress on Insurance: Mathematics and Economics (IME)

The Illinois Actuarial Science Program has been given the privilege to host the 24th International Congress on Insurance: Mathematics and Economics (IME) virtually in summer 2021! The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will be partnering with three cohost universities, Pennsylvania State University, Ulm University, and the University of New South Wales, to organize the virtual conference together. 

The IME has been one of the leading academic journals in actuarial science. Last year, our actuarial science program was chosen to host the 27th International Congress on IME in summer 2024. Being selected to host one of the most important conferences in the actuarial research community twice in such a short interval shows that the leading scholars in the field acknowledge our actuarial science program as one of the best in the world!

Be on the lookout for more details about this summer's virtual conference.

Department calendars

The annual department calendar is back! A form has been created if you would like to request copies of the 2021 calendar; please submit your request by Sunday, Jan. 24. 
Submit your calendar request →

Graduate Papers & Publications webpage

Graduate students are invited to submit a request to have their publicationsjournal pubs, conferences, ArXivadded to our department's Graduate Papers & Publications web page. This page was created to showcase and celebrate graduate student papers, publications, and research. 

Branding update

Copies of the new university logo and wordmark are now available on the department's communications office website. Please note: the department will not have an individual wordmark to promote a university-wide brand. Learn more about the university's brand strategy →

PowerPoint templates reflecting the new branding are also available to download, in addition to brand guidelines for color and accessibility.
Download new logos and assets →

Please contact Jenell Hironimus at if you have any questions regarding the new branding intiatives.

COVID-19 Briefing Series: Supporting our community during Spring 2021

The university shared resources and information for the spring 2021 semester at its latest COVID-19 briefing on Jan. 12.
Watch the recording →

Department Town Hall Meeting

Our next department town hall meeting will be held Friday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. CST virtually via Zoom. The recordings of all our town hall meetings are available on the department’s channel on Illinois Media Space at

MLK Advocacy for Justice Virtual Celebration

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, one of the leading voices for equality and social justice in our nation today, will present "Rising Together: Facing the Challenges of Tomorrow Today" at the 2021 MLK Advocacy for Justice Virtual Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m. CST. 
Learn more →

Upcoming Altgeld Chimes concerts

The Altgeld Chimes ringers will be performing two honorary concerts next week:

  • Jan. 18, 12:50 p.m. CST: "Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day," featuring selections by Chimesmaster Tina Horton
  • Jan. 19, 4:30 p.m. CST: "Nationwide Tribute to Remember the Lives Lost to COVID-19," featuring a series of symbolic tolls followed by appropriate song selections

Both concerts will be livestreamed on the Altgeld Chime Tower at the University of Illinois Facebook page.

Seminar & Event Calendar

View all the upcoming seminars, colloquia, and events hosted by the department at Virtual event? View the weekly calendar of meeting coordinates.

University of Illinois Calendars

View a variety of Illinois event, academic, and programming calendars at


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