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Technology Entrepreneur Center seeking Marketing Coordinator

Our friends over at the Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) are in need of a Marketing Coordinator — which you can read all about below.

The Technology Entrepreneur Center in the College of Engineering is seeking an outstanding marketing professional to join our team as the Marketing Coordinator. We just reposted our job description here: http://go.illinois.edu/TECMarketingCoordinator

Perhaps you're that person? Check out the full listing for all the details.


Lower U of I tuition without cost to taxpayers? Yes.

Jay Rosenstein, of In Whose Honor? fame, has come up with an extremely reasonable plan to lower tuition for U of I students without cost to taxpayers. Simply put, it's by taking revenues from the ESPN/NCAA deal to fund the academic side of the University. He calls it the "20 for 25 Plan" and it's worth a read and discussion. If you're so inclined you can sign a petition to get the ball rolling.

Check out the full plan here.


Gear up for gardening season at Common Ground

In the wee hours of March 3, 2015 we had a nice dose of mid-winter weather. An ice storm that reduced bus activity for students and caused regular folks to curse Mother Nature as they chopped and hacked at the 1/8th of an inch of ice off of our cars.

That was terrible.

The thing is, is that this weather is going to be over soon. Seriously! We've endured snow and cold for a handful of months now, and truthfully spring is near. That old saying of April showers and May flowers and all of that. That's coming up quicker than you may think.

With those rain showers and the impending sunshine comes the opportunity to put together a garden. A little word from the wise, though. If you want your garden to be good and useful, you need to start planning it now. Despite the snow and ice and all of the things that would prevent you from actually planting things, you've got to set your brain to be prepared.

Thankfully, Common Ground Food Co-op can help you get your mind right and ready for gardening season.

This Sunday, from 1-2 p.m., you can take a class that will teach you how to save money by starting your garden from seed. The class is led by Carey Smith, a former coordinator of Food Not Lawns!, and a current community educator.

It's just an hour, but if you want to start prepping for a great garden, it'll be worth your while. It costs $5 or $8 depending on whether or not you're an owner at Common Ground and you can sign up right here.


Urbana Sweetcorn Festival celebrates 40 years with new logo and website

The Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is celebrating it's 40th year this year by revealing a new website and logo. The newest logo is above and details on the fest and website are in the press release below.

From the release:

URBANA, Ill.—It started as a humble downtown celebration sponsored by Busey Bank as a thank you to customers and the community at large. Over the years, the festival has grown tremendously due in large part to the downtown business development, inclusion of national music acts, community investment and the best sweet corn you can eat.

This year, the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival celebrates 40 years of family, fun, food, music and sweet corn on August 28 and 29. Festival organizers are making some changes to the event in honor of the 40th year, highlighted with the debut of a new festival logo and a new website, www.urbanasweetcornfestival.com.

“The Sweetcorn Festival has grown to become one of the largest free festivals in the area, so it made sense to give the event its own website. And celebrating 40 years created the perfect opportunity to make these changes and give the festival logo a fresh look,” said Cynthia Chandler, executive director of the Urbana Business Association, the event’s organizers.

This year’s festival will take place in downtown Urbana on Main Street, between Race and Vine Streets on Friday, August 28, 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, August 29, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Festival schedule will soon be available at www.urbanasweetcornfestival.com.

For more information on the 2015 Urbana Sweetcorn Festival or other UBA activities, contact the UBA at (217) 344-3872 or email ed@urbanabusiness.com.


CUDO Plays Season 2 Grand Exhibition this Sunday at Urbana Civic Center

From the Facebook event:

You've seen their alphas. You've seen their betas. Now, play the finished games at the CUDO Plays Season 2 Grand Exhibition! Come and support all of the teams at the Urbana Civic Center, and experience the games they've worked on for the past six months!

Game play will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the awards ceremony is at 7:30 p.m.! Bring all your friends and family and share these amazing games!

The Urbana Civic Center is located at 108 E. Water Street, Urbana.


News-Gazette makes it easy to call the mayoral election

The News-Gazette is doing god's work and offering a scientific poll to see which mayoral candidate is going to get the most local support. I'm a little disappointed there's not a write-in option because I feel like Herp Derpson or Brian Scalabrine might take this one down.

In all seriousness, this poll is doing a pretty damn good job of calling the mayoral race already. As the results show above, Deb Feinen, Joe Petry, and Karen Foster are going to eliminate each other's votes in this fatal four-way match and Don Gerard is going to retain the title easily.


Market at the Square hiring seasonal staff

Do you love Urbana's Market at the Square so much you want to work there? The market folks are hiring for seasonal staff. The job description and application can be found here


Urbana Boulders crowdfunding from Indiegogo campaign

There's a pretty interesting project happening in Urbana called Urbana Boulders, where Alex Bragg and Kris Schmarr have plans to build an indoor rock climbing space. They currently have an Indiegogo campaign in the works, where they've hit about half of their goal of $10,000 thus far. Pretty awesome project, I'll say — check it out and the video below. Perhaps you can help them reach their goal in the process.