UIC Official http://www.uic.edu/uic/feeds/official.rss Official, urgent and emergency campus announcements en-us Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:02:53 -0500 60 UIC Official http://www.uic.edu/favicon.png http://www.uic.edu/uic Official, urgent and emergency campus announcements University Library extended hours The Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago and the Daley Library will be open extended hours for the end of spring semester and finals week.<br /><br />The Library of the Health Sciences' extended schedule begins on Sunday, April 20 and ends Friday, May 9, at 5 p.m.:<br /> Sundays, 9 a.m. - 2 a.m.<br /> Mondays - Thursdays, 7 a.m. - 2 a.m.<br /> Fridays, 7 a.m. - midnight (except May 9)<br /> Saturdays, 9 a.m. - midnight<br /><br />Only UIC students, faculty, and staff will be admitted to the building after 7 p.m. during extended hours.<br /><br />The Daley Library will be open continuously from 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 27 until 7 p.m. on Friday, May 9. During extended hours, only patrons with valid i-cards will be able to enter the building from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.<br /><br />Mary Case<br />University Librarian<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:19:32 -0500 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:19:32 -0500 UIC Heartbleed vulnerability assessment As you probably heard in the news, a vulnerability in software that is used extensively at many online sites called Heartbleed, was announced on Monday, April 7. This vulnerability made it possible for an attacker to contact a web server and look into the server's memory a little bit at a time, without being detected. One of the side effects of this vulnerability is that by looking into the server’s memory, a client’s username and password could be compromised and captured by an attacker.<br /> <br />To investigate the possible effects at UIC, ACCC Security immediately scanned the entire UIC network to detect all of the servers running a vulnerable version of the software. A small number of servers (27) were identified and we notified the units and provided steps to remedy the problem. At the same time, a scan was performed on all ACCC internal networks and servers to find the vulnerable software. A total of 43 ACCC servers (14% of all ACCC servers) were found running versions of the software with the Heartbleed vulnerability and were immediately updated. In addition to patching the servers, we need to close the door on anyone who may have gained access to these systems. We are doing this by installing new digital certificates on these servers.<br /> <br />The main question here is, “Was my UIC password compromised?” The answer to this question for the majority of the campus community is “No”. However, there is a small subset of users that might need to change their passwords. <br /><br />UIC passwords you should change<br />Google Apps - for most people, accessing Google Apps would not have compromised your account. However, IF <br />a) you have an email client (Outlook for example) configured to contact Google to read your UIC email from a UIC Google Apps account using the IMAP protocol. Or, IF<br />b) your login to Youtube matches your UIC netid and common password, then we recommend that you change your password.<br /> <br />Box - for most people, access to Box would not have compromised your account. However, IF <br />a) you have used the 'Create External Password' feature to create a password to connect your Android phone or an Apple iOS app to access your University Box account, that password may have been compromised. Or, IF<br />b) you used the same password as your common password, then you should also change your common password.<br /> <br />Finally, if you have used your netid@uic.edu/common password credentials for any site other than UIC, then please change your UIC common password. Keep in mind that you should never use this combination to authenticate with external services for this reason.<br /><br />Questions about changing your password?<br />• Online: http://password.accc.uic.edu<br />• In-person: ACCCeSS Helpdesk or C-stop <br />• Email: consult@uic.edu<br />• For services other than those at UIC, read this article about other possible passwords that you may need to change: http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/<br /><br />Cynthia Herrera Lindstrom<br />Chief Information Officer<br />Executive Director, Academic Computing and Communications Center<br />University of Illinois at Chicago <br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:58:50 -0500 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:58:50 -0500 UIC Heartbleed vulnerability assessment As you probably heard in the news, a vulnerability in software that is used extensively at many online sites called Heartbleed, was announced on Monday, April 7. This vulnerability made it possible for an attacker to contact a web server and look into the server's memory a little bit at a time, without being detected. One of the side effects of this vulnerability is that by looking into the server’s memory, a client’s username and password could be compromised and captured by an attacker.<br /> <br />To investigate the possible effects at UIC, ACCC Security immediately scanned the entire UIC network to detect all of the servers running a vulnerable version of the software. A small number of servers (27) were identified and we notified the units and provided steps to remedy the problem. At the same time, a scan was performed on all ACCC internal networks and servers to find the vulnerable software. A total of 43 ACCC servers (14% of all ACCC servers) were found running versions of the software with the Heartbleed vulnerability and were immediately updated. In addition to patching the servers, we need to close the door on anyone who may have gained access to these systems. We are doing this by installing new digital certificates on these servers.<br /> <br />The main question here is, “Was my UIC password compromised?” The answer to this question for the majority of the campus community is “No”. However, there is a small subset of users that might need to change their passwords. <br /><br />UIC passwords you should change<br />Google Apps - for most people, accessing Google Apps would not have compromised your account. However, IF <br />a) you have an email client (Outlook for example) configured to contact Google to read your UIC email from a UIC Google Apps account using the IMAP protocol. Or, IF<br />b) your login to Youtube matches your UIC netid and common password, then we recommend that you change your password.<br /> <br />Box - for most people, access to Box would not have compromised your account. However, IF <br />a) you have used the 'Create External Password' feature to create a password to connect your Android phone or an Apple iOS app to access your University Box account, that password may have been compromised. Or, IF<br />b) you used the same password as your common password, then you should also change your common password.<br /> <br />Finally, if you have used your netid@uic.edu/common password credentials for any site other than UIC, then please change your UIC common password. Keep in mind that you should never use this combination to authenticate with external services for this reason.<br /><br />Questions about changing your password?<br />• Online: http://password.accc.uic.edu<br />• In-person: ACCCeSS Helpdesk or C-stop <br />• Email: consult@uic.edu<br />• For services other than those at UIC, read this article about other possible passwords that you may need to change: http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/<br /><br />Cynthia Herrera Lindstrom<br />Chief Information Officer<br />Executive Director, Academic Computing and Communications Center<br />University of Illinois at Chicago <br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:51:59 -0500 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:51:59 -0500 Circle Interchange Project Update Circle Interchange Project Update - April 18, 2014<br /><br />• UIC requested that IDOT help support Commencement by removing materials and equipment from the Harrison median and surrounding area and support clean-up efforts.<br /><br />• Unforeseen construction issues and unfavorable weather have caused delays to many segments of the project. Demolition of the Harrison Street Bridge has been rescheduled to begin April 28. Work is to be around the clock, however, UIC requested that IDOT not work through the evening hours during finals week. IDOT is considering our request.<br /><br />• The steel beam lift operation over the Eisenhower Expressway was completed April 16. The next operation of this type will occur in June or July. Notification will be provided.<br /><br />• IDOT implemented the Halsted traffic switchover on April 16 to perform utility work in the Harrison and Halsted intersection. This change requires the westbound lanes on Harrison to remain closed until May 8. However, we have asked IDOT to open the westbound Harrison lanes during college commencements.<br /><br />• Commonwealth Edison tells us the underground work on Harrison will be completed by May 8, but cable-pulls and splices in the manhole in the intersection of Harrison and Morgan will extend beyond May 8 and require a ComEd truck to remain in the intersection. Total blockage of both lanes is not likely.<br /><br />Michael Landek<br />Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:00:30 -0500 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:00:30 -0500 TODAY: Provost and Student-trustee Budget Town Hall UIC Students,<br /><br />You are invited to join the Provost and me at a Budget Town Hall Meeting today, April 16.<br /><br />The town hall will take place in the Latino Cultural Center 3:00-4:45 p.m. (the first 30 minutes is a general town hall with the Student Trustee).<br /><br />Hope to see you there.<br /><br />Danielle Leibowitz<br />Student Member of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:29:27 -0500 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:29:27 -0500 Circle Interchange Project Update • Demolition of the Harrison Street Bridge that spans the Kennedy Expressway, originally scheduled to begin on April 8th has been delayed. Demolition is now scheduled to begin on April 22nd. The contractors intend to perform work around the clock. The same activity is planned for the Halsted Street Bridge.<br /><br />• Paschen Construction will be mobilizing a large crane to lift long span beams over the expressway at Morgan Street. Paschen Construction has confirmed that the girder lift will be done on the nights of 4/15 and 4/16, between the hours of Midnight and 5:00AM. During those hours, the trucks delivering the steel may temporarily block access to Lot #9. It is recommended that Lot 9 parkers, on campus between 11PM and 5:00AM, use Parking Lot 1A.<br /><br />• Walsh Construction will be performing utility work in the intersection of Harrison and Halsted. The through traffic lanes on Halsted over the bridge will be switched temporarily from the southbound side to the northbound side, for the duration of this work and will then be switched back upon completion. This work will start on April 11th and should be completed by April 25th. Due to this schedule change, the westbound lanes on Harrison will remain closed until April 25th.<br /><br />• Please use extra caution when traveling through these construction areas.<br /><br />Michael Landek<br />Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:35:49 -0500 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:35:49 -0500 Circle Interchange Project Update Circle Interchange Project Update<br /><br />Work continues on the relocation of power lines which are located on the structures of the Morgan Street Bridge that spans the Eisenhower Expressway. This relocation must be completed before the beams can be removed and replaced. Access to Lot #9 will be maintained throughout this work.<br /><br />A short delay has impacted this project due to the unknown gas main found on Harrison Street. A new completion date of April 23rd has been announced. The delay was created by a gas line that was not identified on previous drawings. Immediately upon completion, the westbound lanes of Harrison Street will be reopened.<br /><br />Once the power lines are removed from the Morgan Street Bridge, Paschen Construction will be mobilizing a large crane to lift long span beams over the expressway. However, due to the hoisting operation and anticipated staging of flatbed trucks adjacent to the crane, access to Lot 9 may be impacted for short periods of time. This scenario will only occur during the night hours. IDOT will provide actual times in the next few days. The dates for this operation are scheduled for April 15, 16, and 17.<br /><br />Demolition of the Harrison Street structure will begin on April 8. Preparatory work for the demolition is currently occurring. IDOT has directed Walsh Construction to perform the demolition work 24 hours a day to expedite and minimize the impact.<br /><br />Michael Landek<br />Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:10:16 -0500 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:10:16 -0500 Update on collective bargaining, tenure-system faculty A message from the Provost sent this afternoon to tenure-system faculty in the collective bargaining unit can be viewed online at http://facultycollectivebargaining.uic.edu/message-from-the-provost-tenure-system-bargaining-update/ officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:48:02 -0500 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:48:02 -0500 Community and Campus Safety Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,<br /><br />As you know from our campus crime alert and subsequent reports in the news media, one of our female students was sexually assaulted in her residence hall on Monday. Other students bravely intervened, allowing the arrest of the suspect by UIC Police. Their investigation is continuing, and while we would all like more information, please understand the overriding concerns for privacy and preserving evidence for prosecution.<br /><br />This horrific crime violated the victim, our students and the UIC community. Campus Housing and UIC Police have worked around the clock to assist the survivor and other students who were impacted by this incident. The staff of the Counseling Center and the Campus Advocacy Network are assisting students as they attempt to manage their feelings while balancing their academic and other obligations. Please remember that these free resources are always available. As a community, we can all help during this difficult time by providing additional support to our students. <br /> <br />Despite having security measures in place that are similar or more stringent than those on many large university campuses, we have instituted several changes. To complement the 24/7 locked doors, the video surveillance systems at entrances, the 24/7 on-duty staffing that includes an all-night private security force, patrols of the hallways by UIC Police, a sign-in guest policy, and other measures that conform to best practices on college campuses, several additional measures have been taken. These include an increased presence of UIC Police in the halls and implementation of a 24/7 guest policy.<br /><br />In partnership with our students, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services will continue to collaborate to ensure the safest environment possible. We will continue to assess the entire security program and institute any changes that will improve safety. Our efforts to educate the campus community about security measures will persist.<br /> <br />The entire UIC community is committed to the safety and well-being of our students and everyone on campus, as well as to the continual improvement of security measures. We ask that everyone help by being vigilant and supportive of each other.<br /><br />Barbara Henley<br />Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs<br /><br />Mark Donovan<br />Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:37:08 -0500 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:37:08 -0500 UI Health: Join the Team, Final Health Insurance Push UI Health Newsletter - April 2014<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-04/April_Newsletter.html<br /><br />Engagement - Join the Team<br />We are excited to start another season as the exclusive Health System Sponsor of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club. Just as the Chicago Fire must work as a team to reach their goals, UI Health must also work as a team to accomplish ours. The new UI Health commercial which plays on My50 TV during Chicago Fire games intertwines the UI Health and Chicago Fire brands. By doing this we hope to engage the community and get them to see the importance of being healthy. <br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-04/Engagement.html<br /><br />Insight to Community Based Practice<br />At the heart of the mission and goals of the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) lies our service to our community. UI Health has outlined six perspectives to continue to forge ahead as a leader and innovator in healthcare service and delivery. Paramount to each of these goals is providing innovative care to the community, our people, and customer. Continuing on with our series of informative updates from the Associate Vice Presidents for Health Affairs, I have asked Dr. Robert Winn to highlight our work in community based practice. <br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-04/Insight_to_Community_Based_Practice.html<br /><br />Bringing Affordable Care to the Community<br />March 31st marked a historic day in health care. It was the deadline for enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Selected as one of four hospitals to participate in a final push for enrollment with Get Covered Illinois, UI Health played a significant role in helping to change medicine for good by providing access to insurance for hundreds of Chicagoans. Our Certified Application Counselors (CACs) helped community members enroll almost around the clock from Saturday the 29th to Monday the 31st. During these three days, UI Health and our CAC team helped over 400 individuals spending about 2 hours per person to help them complete the enrollment process.<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-04/Bringing_Affordable_Care_to_the_Community.html<br /><br />The Public Health Movement<br />Each year during the first week of April, the UIC School of Public Health, part of UI Health, joins other members of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in observance of National Public Health Week (NPHW). APHA has developed a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers, and practitioners about issues related to each year's theme.<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-04/The_Public_Health_Movement.html<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:11:42 -0500 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:11:42 -0500 Chancellor and Vice President, University of Illinois at Chicago Search Process Begins To members of the UIC campus community,<br /><br />I am pleased to announce the formation of a campus committee to lead the search for the next Chancellor and Vice President for the University of Illinois at Chicago, with the intention of having the chancellor on board for the start of the next spring semester in January 2015.<br /><br />I commend the campus Senate for assembling the search committee at this busy time of the year and thank physiology and biophysics Professor Mrinalini “Meena” Rao for agreeing to serve as committee chair. Dr. Rao is a long-serving member of the faculty, former vice president for academic affairs, respected by her colleagues and students, and is someone I am very comfortable working with on such an important project. Meena brings energy and enthusiasm to her work, and the search process will benefit because of her involvement. <br /><br />The other members of the committee include:<br /><br />Deans and Directors<br />Bryan Becker, associate vice president for Hospital Operations, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System<br />Beth Richie, director, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs<br />Terri Weaver, dean, College of Nursing<br /> <br />Faculty<br />Jonathan Art, College of Medicine <br />Benet DeBerry-Spence, College of Business Administration<br />Stephen Engelmann, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences<br />Timothy Erickson, College of Medicine <br />David Hilbert, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences<br />Abolfazl (Kouros) Mohammadian, College of Engineering<br />Patricia O’Brien, Jane Addams College of Social Work<br />Darryl Pendleton, College of Dentistry<br />Maria (Nena) De Los Angeles Torres, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences<br />Lisa Yun Lee, College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts<br /><br />Academic Professional<br />Stephanie Whitaker, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences <br /><br />Staff<br />Margaret Mesta, College of Medicine <br /><br />Students<br />Abhinav Reddy, representing UIC undergraduate students<br />Joanna Thompson, representing UIC graduate students<br /><br />Members of University-related organizations and the community<br />Kerl (Kal) LaJeune, representing UIC alumni <br />Kay Schwichtenberg, representing the University of Illinois Foundation<br />Raul Raymundo, representing the Chicago community<br /><br />Assisting the committee will be Peg O’Donoghue, special assistant to the president; Jami Painter, assistant vice president of Human Resources; and an executive search firm, still to be determined.<br /><br />A website for the Chicago campus chancellor and vice president search has been established and can be found at [http://www.uillinois.edu/searches/UICchancellor]. The site will be live early on April 7 but does not yet contain complete information. The website will include links to core information about the campus and search information. <br /> <br />Because input from all campus stakeholders is essential, the committee will also host town hall-style meetings where our faculty, students, staff and others may voice their suggestions and opinions.<br /><br />I will meet regularly with the search committee, beginning this month, and will keep the University's Board of Trustees informed. I will interview the finalists, and then make a recommendation to the trustees next fall. Again, my goal, shared by the board, is to have an exceptional, experienced leader in higher education as the next chancellor and vice president of the Chicago campus in time for the spring 2015 semester.<br /><br />The selection of the next chancellor for Chicago is potentially the most important undertaking for this campus that members of the search committee and I will have during this calendar year. We look forward to this important opportunity and to working with all of you.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Robert A. Easter<br />President<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:29:40 -0500 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:29:40 -0500 Gmail service restored for UIC email We are pleased to report that issues of email delivery to Gmail.com accounts have been resolved. <br /> <br />We are aware of how much we all rely on email to function, for the success of the University. To prevent similar occurrences in the future, we are working with IT Governance to analyze what happened and to look at possible changes.<br /><br />We would like to thank all of the faculty and staff who helped investigate this issue, and to thank all of you for your understanding as we worked towards a solution. We apologize for the trouble this caused.<br /><br />If you have any questions, please contact consult@uic.edu. <br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Cynthia Herrera Lindstrom<br />Chief Information Officer<br />Executive Director, Academic Computing and Communications Center official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:42:22 -0500 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:42:22 -0500 Gmail service restored for UIC email We are happy to report that the email delivery issues to Gmail.com email accounts have been resolved. <br /> <br />We are aware that we all rely on email to function properly for the success of the University. To prevent similar issues from happening in the future, we are working with IT Governance to analyze what happened and are looking at possible changes. We would like to thank all of the faculty and staff who helped investigate this issue. Again, thank you for your understanding as we worked towards a solution and we apologize for the trouble that this caused. If you have any questions, please contact consult@uic.edu. <br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Cynthia Herrera Lindstrom<br />Chief Information Officer<br />Executive Director, Academic Computing and Communications Center official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:07:37 -0500 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:07:37 -0500 Well-Being, Safety and Success Dear Students,<br /><br />As the semester progresses, students can feel overwhelmed. Studying for exams, preparing class presentations, and working to complete papers are all demanding. There may also be pressures of family, your job, and social obligations. <br /><br />During these times, the stress or anxiety you might experience is normal. Assistance is available when it feels like you can't take it and you don't know where to turn. I write to remind you there are many resources in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to help guide you through the difficult times.<br /><br />The professional staff in the Counseling Center, Office of the Dean of Students, and other support service areas is ready to help you when pressure and uncertainty are obstacles and, especially, before you use inappropriate ways to deal with the stress. Your well-being, safety, and success are of prime concern to us. No UIC student should face difficult times alone and without support. We are here to assist you.<br /><br />You can familiarize yourself with the services available to you by visiting our website at www.vcsa.uic.edu or by writing to my office at ovcsa@uic.edu. If you prefer to speak with someone, please call the Office of the Dean of Students at (312) 996-4857 or the Counseling Center at (312) 996-3490.<br /><br />I wish you the best for a successful end of the semester.<br /><br />Sincerely, <br /><br />Barbara Henley <br />Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs<br /><br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:56:51 -0500 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:56:51 -0500 Crime alert This morning after 10 a.m., a resident of Commons South survived a criminal sexual assault in the residence hall shower. She is receiving medical and supportive care. Other residents who heard the attack summoned UIC Police and successfully detained a suspect until responding officers arrived. A male suspect is in custody.<br /><br />UIC Housing staff and other professional staff of Student Affairs are on-site to provide support and counseling to other residents. Any student in need of counseling or other support should contact Housing, Counseling Center, or Campus Advocacy Network.<br /><br />UIC Police have increased patrols in residence halls and are continuing their investigation of this crime. It is not yet known how the assailant gained entry to the building. Anyone with information should contact UIC Police at 312-996-2830.<br /><br />With the circumstances leading up to this crime still to be determined, remember that it is essential to your safety and that of your fellow students or co-workers that security doors remain shut and locked at all times. An unlocked door exposes every occupant of the building to the risk of crime.<br /><br />--Never prop open a locking door.<br />--If you see a door ajar or propped open, SECURE IT AT ONCE.<br />--Never admit a stranger to a UIC building without asking their business.<br />--If you are concerned about a door that was left open contact the UIC Police immediately.<br /><br />---------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />Crime alerts are distributed to the university community in compliance with the federal Clery Act. UIC Police also issue notifications for off-campus crimes in the interest of public-safety awareness. Security tips are standard precautions, not special or incident-specific measures. Offender descriptions and precise locations are provided only to aid in the identification of possible suspects. Updates to investigations are not sent by email but will be posted online at: http://www.uic.edu/uic/studentlife/campus/crime-alerts.shtml<br /><br />UIC Annual Security Report <br />http://www.uic.edu/securityreport/index.shtml<br /><br />Chicago Police Department Crime Incidents <br />http://gis.chicagopolice.org/clearmap/startpage.htm<br /><br /> urgent http://www.uic.edu/uic UrgentFeed Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:25:42 -0500 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:25:42 -0500