During the month of October 2019 WPGU 107.1 FM hosted Illini Month, a month dedicated to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the radio station’s relationship with the university. As a student-run radio station WPGU 107.1 relies heavily on the University. The station has been serving the university and the community since 1953 and this is our way to return to our institution.

Part of our commitment to the university is to offer free-of-charge advertising and on-air time to Registered Student Organizations (RSOs). During the month of October 2019, WPGU 107.1 created a competition that offered this opportunity to a few select RSOs. The selected RSOs have been given 20 free-of-charge 30-second commercials that can be aired at any time until April 15th 2020. They also have an opportunity to do an interview on the air and receive additional advertising on WPGU’s social media platforms and website (WPGU.com).

Here are the winning RSOs:

Illini 4000

The Illini 4000 is a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting the American cancer experience through The Portraits Project, raising funds for cancer research and patient support services, as well as spreading awareness for the fight against cancer through annual cross-country bike rides. Each summer we send a group of ~25 students to bike from NYC to San Francisco to raise awareness for the cause.

One of the biggest mile stones along the ride is returning back to UIUC where it all started. On June 9th, the 2020 team will be arriving from biking all the way from NYC. There will be a reception at the Beckman Institute for anyone interested in welcoming home our fellow Illini. Meet the 2020 team and share your experience with cancer for our Portraits Project. Interested on riding with the 2021 team? applications will open on June 9th for the 2021 Team. 

Social Media:  @illini4000 (twitter, facebook, instagram)

Illinois Space Society

The Illinois Space Society (ISS) is a SEDS USA chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We are a technical, professional, and social student organization with 150+ members, whom all share a passion for science, technology, and space exploration. Since the beginning, our mission has been to connect a network of space enthusiasts and industry professionals, to serve our community through educational outreach, and to provide our members with resources that will assist them in pursuing their dreams in the field of space exploration. We accomplish these goals through technical projects, connecting with K-12 students locally, and allowing our members numerous opportunities to develop their professional skills.

We want to invite more students to join our RSO to participate in our technical projects and our educational outreach events. Furthermore, we would like to attract new sponsors for our RSO.

Social Media: Facebook (ILSpaceSociety), Instagram (@uiuc_seds_iss), Twitter (IL_SpaceSociety), Linkedin (the-illinois-space-society)

Physics Van

We are a student run traveling science show sponsored by the UIUC Physics Department. We go around to schools, libraries, and youth events all over Illinois (and sometimes further) so get kids excited about science with fun and exciting demonstrations and explosions. 

We would like to inform schools and youth groups/programs that Physics Van is a free traveling science show and that they can request a show online for the 2020-2021 school year. If possible we would also like to encourage UIUC students to join Physics Van if they like physics, like engaging with children, or enjoy public speaking. No experience or college physics knowledge required. 

Social Media: Physics Van and Friends (Facebook)

Carle Volunteers

Our mission is to uphold Carle’s values and vision towards promoting a sense of community within and beyond the Carle campus. This club was created for individuals who are specifically interested in healthcare, business, and/or leadership.

One of our largest goals this year is to help fundraise money for Carle’s upcoming Rooftop Garden. This garden is being built to honor a pediatric cancer patient, Will Tate, who recently passed away from Leukemia. We are trying to contribute between $1000-$2000 by the end of the semester and to help with it, we are encouraging people to either donate directly or attend our fancy garden-themed charity dinner in late March/early April!

Social Media: @carlevolunteersrso (Facebook, Instagram)

Illini Student Musicals

Illini Student Musicals is a completely student-run theatre organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We are the only Registered Student Organization to produce musical theatre productions on campus. Founded in March of 2012, ISM produces two main-stage shows during the academic year, one in the fall and one in the spring.

Illini Student Musicals is excited to present A Chorus Line, April 2-4 at 7:30PM at Lincoln Hall Theater. Tickets are available online at IlliniStudentMusicals.org and at the door. Seating is assigned, so don’t wait to get your tickets!

@Illinimusicals (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)