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 Budget Message Click here to see this online<br />[http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2015_0330_budget.html]<br /> <br /> <br />Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,<br /><br />Public higher education, including the University of Illinois at Chicago, continues to be buffeted by economic challenges. Governor Rauner has articulated his budget priorities, and we could see our state appropriation reduced significantly.<br /><br />On March 19 I attended the House and Senate Appropriation Committee meetings with President Easter. The University of Illinois delegation made a strong case to limit the proposed budget cuts, but we need to be prepared to manage the impact should they come to pass. Our primary goal will be to keep our academic programs strong and accessible and to maintain the quality of our research and clinical care enterprise. <br /><br />As President Easter previously communicated, the Governor’s budget is the first step in the legislative process. Our instructions, received earlier this year, were to begin planning for a 20 percent reduction in state appropriations, which corresponds to nearly 10 percent of our total state funds, including tuition revenues.<br /><br />In December, Interim Provost Eric Gislason asked the Senate Executive Committee to draft a set of principles and priorities to address the budget situation. I have reviewed their recommendations, which center on five themes:<br /><br />Grow recruitment and retention of qualified students from diverse backgrounds;<br />Grow recruitment and retention of qualified faculty from diverse backgrounds;<br />Enhance the efficiency of operations and reduce administrative costs, which may require centralizing certain services and eliminating redundancies;<br />Enhance revenue, including a renewed focus on development, and explore alternative sources of income;<br />Maintain transparency and collaboration throughout the process.<br />It is critical during this financial crisis that we demonstrate our commitment to the student experience at UIC and our core mission. I look to all of you to work together through this challenging time, and I will keep the campus informed as decisions are made. <br /><br />You and your colleagues make important contributions to the excellence of this institution every day. Together, we will continue to build on the strengths of this unique and vibrant campus and face the future with optimism. I’m confident that we will emerge as an even stronger university.<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:30:19 -0500 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:30:19 -0500 UIC VCAA-Provost Search Committee Click here to see this online<br />[http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2015_0325_vcaa_search.html]<br /> <br />U I C Office of the Chancellor<br />[http://chancellor.uic.edu/]<br /> <br /> <br />Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,<br /><br />I write to introduce the search committee for the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The committee will be instrumental in developing a broad, diverse and dynamic pool of candidates. UIC’s commitment to diversity will be our driving force during this process.<br /><br />The successful candidate will be an experienced, resourceful administrator who will advise the Chancellor on matters of academic policy, strategic direction, enrollment management and resource planning. This individual will have the responsibility to advance UIC’s scholarly excellence; its mission of access to excellence for one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation; collaborative and interdisciplinary endeavors; creative activity; and engagement with the community, the city of Chicago, and the state of Illinois. Together with the Chancellor, the Provost will lead UIC in attaining even greater national and international prominence for its programs, innovations, and discoveries. <br /><br />I extend my gratitude on behalf of the campus to everyone who has agreed to serve on this important committee.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /><br />Members of the Search Committee<br /><br />Astrida Tantillo (Chair), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences<br />Tonia Nikopoulos (Staff Search), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences <br />Rosa Cabrera, Latino Cultural Center <br />Karen Colley, Graduate College <br />Benét DeBerry-Spence, College of Business Administration <br />Mitra Dutta, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research<br />Marty Gutierrez, Public & Government Affairs <br />Barbara Henley, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs<br />Andrea Herrera, Graduate Student Council<br />Brian Kay, Senate Executive Committee<br />Glenn Martin, Staff Advisory Council <br />Robin Mermelstein, Institute for Health Research and Policy<br />Michael Mikhail, College of Business Administration<br />Colleen Pierson, Academic Professional Advisory Committee<br />Emanuel Pollack, Office of the Provost<br />Steve Rivkin, Department of Economics<br />Damiano Rondelli, Senate Executive Committee<br />Jacob Schultz, Undergraduate Student Government<br />Michael Scott, College of Engineering <br />Peter Skosey, Metropolitan Planning Council<br />Robert Winn, Office of the Vice President for Health Affairs<br /><br /> <br /><br />© Copyright 2015 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois<br /><br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:00:31 -0500 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:00:31 -0500 UIC Alumni Magazine - Spring 2015 Issue Click here to see this online<br />[http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2015_0324_alumni_magazine.html]<br /><br /><br />Dear Faculty and Staff,<br /><br />Last week, on the day I joined the UIC community, I sent a message expressing my pleasure at being named Chancellor and asking for your help in teaching me about this wonderful institution and the people we serve. I am grateful that so many of you have already made time to visit with me and help me learn more about UIC's history and traditions.<br /><br />On one of my visits, I received a copy of the spring issue of UIC Alumni magazine, which contains an interesting article on “50 great moments” in the history of the Chicago Circle campus. As we continue to celebrate "Circle Back...UIC Forward," the University of Illinois Alumni Association will provide each of you with a copy of the magazine. I hope you enjoy reading the article. <br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:49:43 -0500 Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:49:43 -0500 Student Research Forum - Faculty Judges Colleagues,<br /><br />I am writing to encourage you to spend a few hours serving as a faculty judge to help make the 2015 Student Research Forum event a success. The Student Research Forum is one of the few student activities that is academic in nature and includes the entire student body: undergraduate, graduate and professional. The Forum provides a venue for students at UIC to present their scholarly efforts and includes a judging process with modest cash prizes. This is an event in which the campus celebrates the wealth of research across all disciplines carried out by the dedicated students of this campus. Many faculty are involved in these projects which often showcase their own research as well. <br /><br />The Student Research Forum will be held:<br /><br />Thursday, April 2, 2015<br />1:00pm–5:00pm<br />UIC Forum<br />725 West Roosevelt Road<br />(Judges check-in, informal lunch and instructions: 12:00–12:30 p.m.)<br /><br />Students from all disciplines (Arts, Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, among others) are invited to present their one-on-one work to Forum attendees and judges during a high-energy three-hour session, followed by an awards ceremony. Monetary awards will be given in various categories. Research presentations are accompanied by a poster or other visual display that captures the spirit of the research or highlights key features of the project.<br /><br />Projects are reviewed by faculty within the appropriate disciplines and alumni representing the public at large. Faculty judges will be required to rate the quality of each student's presentation in three categories: abstract poster/display and seven minute presentation plus three minute question-and-answer period<br /><br />Significant latitude will be offered on how to assign points in each category, although a suggested point breakdown will be given on the judging form. Judging forms will be given on the conference day, during check-in (from 12pm-12:30pm). We expect that judges will evaluate a minimum of three presentations.<br /><br />A form to volunteer as a judge and additional details about the event can be found at: http://research.uic.edu/srf/fjudges<br /><br />Thank you for considering this request, and for your contributions to these research projects. <br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Eric A. Gislason<br />Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:12:36 -0500 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:12:36 -0500 Crime alert On March 18, at about 5:10 PM, a motorist was the victim of a car-jacking at 1818 W. Taylor St. The victim, who is not affiliated with UIC, was sitting in the vehicle when an unknown offender walked up, implied possession of a handgun and ordered the driver out of the car. The offender took the vehicle and the victim’s wallet and drove off westbound on Taylor.<br /><br />The stolen vehicle is a 2002 silver Nissan Altima, IL license plate E283449.<br /><br />The offender, of undetermined sex, is described as of African descent and wearing a red sweatshirt.<br /><br />The Chicago Police Department is leading the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 311.<br /><br />Crime location mapped: https://goo.gl/maps/Q7SMZ<br /><br />***UIC Police strongly recommend complying with an armed or violent offender whose intent appears to be property or valuables, as the victim did in this case.***<br /><br />Other security tips:<br /><br />--Be aware of your surroundings. Use all your senses to be alert for danger, and when walking alone, don't wear headphones or earbuds.<br />--Don't display electronic devices in public.<br />--Try to travel in groups when possible, particularly after dark.<br />--Use well-lit walkways.<br />--On campus, look for the location of the nearest emergency call box (there are more than 1,500 across campus.)<br />--The emergency number for UIC Police is 5-5555 or 312-355-5555, which should be set on speed-dial on your cell phone.<br />--Report crime promptly to police.<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 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:46:36 -0500 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:46:36 -0500 Message from the Chancellor <br /> <br />Read this online: [http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2015_0316_day1.html]<br /> <br /> <br />March 16, 2015<br /><br />Dear students, faculty and staff:<br /><br />I am honored and humbled to join the UIC community. The reputation of this campus as one of the most ethnically rich and culturally diverse public universities in the country is one of the reasons I was drawn to UIC. As many of you know, I am a first generation Greek immigrant – as is my wife, Dr. Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis. We appreciate and understand, first-hand, the importance of a post-secondary education; an experience that can inspire, provide opportunity and foster excellence. I look forward to ensuring that generations of UIC students are afforded the same educational opportunities provided to us.<br /><br />I start my tenure as Chancellor with the benefit of steady stewardship from Interim Chancellor Eric Gislason. Dr. Gislason has been immensely helpful during this transition and I greatly appreciate his time and dedication to this institution. I will continue to rely on him as he returns to the role of Interim Provost.<br /><br />In the coming days and weeks I will be sitting down with many of you, and meeting many more, as I attend a variety of campus events and meetings. Our institution is defined by the quality of our faculty and the members of our academic community, our programs and our research. I look forward to learning about every aspect of UIC and I hope my UIC listening tour will help me lead our institution through its next chapter of evolution and continued upward trajectory. Together, we will continue to transform lives throughout Chicago, the state and the world.<br /><br />I want to hear your ideas and learn all I can about UIC and the people we serve. I’m anxious to explore our campuses; attend your social, cultural and sporting events; and – if any free time is left – even take advantage of all that our city and state have to offer.<br /><br />I look forward to working with you and to celebrating your accomplishments. I know I can count on your individual skills and your common devotion to the unique mission of UIC that drives us all.<br /><br />Go Flames!<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis, Ph.D.<br />Chancellor<br /><br /> <br />© Copyright 2015 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois<br /><br /> <br /> <br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:30:20 -0500 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:30:20 -0500 Registration Time Ticket viewable in my.UIC.edu Self Service Summer and Fall 2015 Registration Notice<br /><br />Check when you can register! Time Ticket registration appointments for Summer and Fall 2015 can now be viewed via https://my.UIC.edu at the Academics tab, under Registration, select Check Registration Eligibility. Be sure to review any registration holds that may be in place.<br /><br />Please note that after the online drop and add periods, a grade of W will be assigned for courses dropped with college approval and students will be assessed full tuition.<br /><br />How do I register for classes?<br /><br />To access on-line registration, go to my.UIC.edu, and select the Academics tab, then Registration. Course scheduling tools are available at my.UIC.edu at the Scheduling tab to locate all open sections for specified days and times. If you have questions, contact the UIC Registration Help Line at (312) 996-8600 during business hours or e-mail registration@uic.edu.<br /><br />What if I have a hold?<br /><br />If you have a hold (advising hold, financial hold, etc.), you will not be allowed to register, drop classes or make any registration changes. You are able to view a description and reason for the hold at https://my.UIC.edu at the Registration tab. Please check holds status often. Holds are placed periodically throughout the year.<br /><br />Be certain your Emergency Contact information is correct in Student Self-Service!<br /><br />Update emergency contacts via the Registration tab in my.UIC.edu. Select Personal Information, and then select Emergency Contacts.<br /><br />The Summer 2015 4-week session begins Monday, May 18, 2015; <br />the Summer 2015 8-week session begins Monday, June 15, 2015; and <br />Fall 2015 begins Monday, August 24, 2015.<br /><br />Sexual harassment in higher education is against the law. If you believe you are being harassed, please contact UIC's Office for Access & Equity at (312) 996-8670 or visit their website at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oae/. <br /><br />Forms are available for voter registration at the Office of the Registrar lobby and online at http://www.elections.il.gov/. Please take a moment and register to vote.<br /><br />Textbook titles, prices and ISBN can be found via my.UIC.edu at the Academics tab, select Scheduling, then Schedule of Classes Search. Look for the book icon. You can also preview required materials and review past semesters’ required materials at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/current_students/textbooks.html. <br />Please note that a listing of required materials is dependent upon faculty submitting information on required materials.<br /><br />Best wishes for a successful semester from the Office of the Registrar.<br /><br /><br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:58:05 -0500 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:58:05 -0500 RecycleMania 2015 Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:<br /><br />UIC is competing in the 2015 edition of RecycleMania - a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. <br /><br />The Gorilla Prize category recognizes schools that recycle the highest gross tonnage of combined paper, cardboard, bottles, and cans regardless of campus population. Winners of this competition are typically large universities with extensive recycling programs, like us.<br /><br />UIC’s goal for RecycleMania 2015 is to place in the Top 5 in the Gorilla category and we cannot do it without your help! Going into the homestretch, we are ranked 16th. With the finish line in sight (March 28, 2015), please continue to make a special effort to recycle your waste. The more waste we are able to divert from a landfill, the better. By properly recycling your paper, cardboard, bottles, and cans, your efforts will place UIC in the Top 5 in the Gorilla category.<br /><br />Please remember that everyone has a role in recycling:<br /><br />Office occupants use desk-side units to collect recyclables and then bring the materials and landfill waste out to hallway bins. Cardboard should be flattened and placed near the bins.<br />Students should place materials in proper hallway bins.<br />Building Service Workers collect materials from hallway bins and bring it to central building collection areas.<br />Campus Motor Pool collect materials in campus trucks and take to processing centers in the City.<br />#UICGoesGorilla<br />Questions: Contact Joe Iosbaker at iosbaker@uic.edu or 312-996-2517<br />Website: https://sustainability.uic.edu/recyclemania/ <br />Do not be surprised if you see a gorilla on campus emphatically encouraging recycling during the remainder of March.<br /><br />Thank you in advance for your enthusiastic participation!<br /><br />Mark Donovan<br />Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:49:24 -0500 Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:49:24 -0500 Well-Being, Safety and Success Dear Students,<br /><br />As the semester progresses, any student can feel overwhelmed. Studying for exams, preparing class presentations, and working to complete papers can be demanding. With all of the tasks you must complete, there may also be pressures due to family, your job, and social obligations. <br /><br />During these times, the stress or anxiety you might experience is normal; however, when you feel like you can't take it and you don't know where to turn, assistance is available. I 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 are ready and available 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 />I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the services available 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.<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 officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:49:00 -0600 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:49:00 -0600 Semester Express Shuttle revised route Beginning March 3, the Semester Express Shuttle will be routed to provide service to and from CUPPA Hall.<br /><br />The revised route will remain in place until construction at CUPPA Hall is completed.<br /><br />The westbound segment of the Semester Express will be re-routed on Halsted St. In lieu of turning on Harrison St., the bus will continue north, turn left on Van Buren St., and stop at the northeast corner of Van Buren and Peoria streets. The bus will continue on Van Buren, turn left on Morgan St. and stop between Congress Parkway and Harrison St. The shuttle will turn left on Harrison and resume its original route. <br /><br />The eastbound segment of the Semester Express will be re-routed at Harrison and Morgan streets. The bus will turn left on Morgan St. and stop south of the Lot 9 entrance. The shuttle will continue to Van Buren St. where it will stop at the southeast corner of Van Buren and Peoria streets. The bus will continue to Halsted St., turn right and resume its original route.<br /><br />The revised Semester Express Shuttle route will be provided throughout the day and will increase the duration of the service due to traffic congestion related to the IDOT Interchange Project. The last bus will leave CUPPA Hall at 6: 30 p.m.<br /><br />For more information on Intracampus Bus Service, maps and schedules, visit http://fmweb.fm.uic.edu/Trans/intracampus.aspx<br /><br />Michael Landek<br />Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:04:44 -0600 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:04:44 -0600 Safety Nets for UIC Students Dear Colleagues,<br /><br />As you are aware, the well-being of our students is a top priority, and once again I write to acknowledge your efforts as a faculty or staff member in assisting our students who are experiencing problems. UIC has established safety nets for our students, which would not have been possible without each of you.<br /><br />The Counseling Center is a resource for the referral of emotionally distressed students. It also provides assessment of students in crisis and consultation about how best to respond to a student of concern. If you have a student about whom you are worried, please feel free to call the Counseling Center at (312) 996-3490. The professional staff will be happy to talk with you about a possible course of action and how best to help your student. The Counseling Center website has a helpful resource entitled, "Helping the Emotionally Distressed Student: A Referral Guide for Faculty and Staff" accessible at http://go.uic.edu/distress. <br /><br />Another helpful resource to consider is the Office of the Dean of Students with staff members who offer consultative services and assistance to faculty and staff who might be dealing with student behavioral problems and/or misconduct. The staff can provide you with strategies and recommendations to help resolve many student issues. Feel free to contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (312) 996-4857.<br /><br />Thank you for your ongoing assistance. I look forward to the continuation of our strong partnership in behalf of all UIC students.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Barbara Henley<br />Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs <br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:02:33 -0600 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:02:33 -0600 Jane Byrne Interchange construction update Spring will bring increased construction, and continuing over the next twelve months, many detours and traffic modifications will be required in the vicinity of UIC. Expect significant delays driving to and from UIC and the east side of campus.<br /><br />Construction of the “flyover” that will connect the inbound Dan Ryan expressway with the outbound Eisenhower expressway begins March 7 and is detailed below. Below that are the projected completion dates for the Halsted, Peoria and Harrison bridges. Also, water-main work in Harrison Field (at the corner of Halsted and Harrison) will begin as soon as the city approves. Plans are being developed to accommodate students loading cars during residence hall move-out.<br /><br />During construction of the interchange flyover, existing expressway ramps will be closed and lanes will be reduced:<br /><br />• The ramp from the inbound Dan Ryan expressway (I-90/94) to the outbound Eisenhower expressway (I-290) will remain open but shift to a temporary roadway.<br />• The ramp from the inbound Dan Ryan to inbound Congress will be closed. Traffic will detour from Roosevelt Road to Jefferson to Harrison to Wells.<br />• The ramp from Roosevelt to Congress will be closed, and traffic will follow the Jefferson/Harrison/Wells detour. Traffic for the outbound Eisenhower will detour from Roosevelt west to Ashland and north to Van Buren.<br />• The ramp from Taylor Street to the inbound Dan Ryan will be closed. Traffic will detour north on Jefferson to Adams.<br />• The right lane of the inbound Dan Ryan will be closed from the Stevenson expressway (I-55) to Roosevelt.<br />• The inbound and outbound Stevenson ramps to the Dan Ryan will be reduced from two lanes to one.<br />• Four weekends this summer or fall will see a near-total shutdown of the entire interchange while beams for the flyover are installed. During those weekends, all lanes of the Eisenhower and Congress will be shut down, and an almost two-mile section of the Dan Ryan will be reduced to one lane in each direction. IDOT has not yet determined the four weekends for shutdown.<br />• The flyover is scheduled for completion in July 2016.<br /><br />Bridge Project schedule updates<br /><br />• The Harrison Street Bridge over the Dan Ryan is scheduled to be completed by late fall. <br />• The Peoria Street Bridge/Pedestrian Walkway over the Eisenhower and the CTA Blue Line Station are scheduled to be completed in August. <br />• The lane switchover for the Halsted Street Bridge over the Dan Ryan is scheduled for June 1. Final completion of the Halsted bridge is scheduled for late fall.<br /><br />Please be alert for changes and always exercise caution when walking or driving through work zones. <br /><br />Michael Landek<br />Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /><br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:38:25 -0600 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:38:25 -0600 Traffic Advisory: 14th Place Street Closure The East Side Shuttle Service will be temporarily rerouted on Tuesday, Feb. 24, due to filming of the television series "Chicago Fire." A full street closure will occur on 14th Place between Morgan and Peoria streets from 7:00 to 9 a.m. During the street closure there will be no service to Stop AR. However, the East Side Shuttle will provide service to passengers on the northwest corner of Halsted and 14th Place. The shuttle will continue on to 16th St., turn westbound to Morgan St., then northbound on Morgan St. and continue on its regular route.<br /> <br />Michael Landek<br />Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Service officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:18:05 -0600 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:18:05 -0600 A message regarding the Governor's budget proposal Dear colleagues:<br /><br />In his inaugural budget address today, Gov. Bruce Rauner recommended a 31.5 percent fiscal 2016 budget reduction for higher education – a proposal that, if enacted, would cut general revenue funding (GRF) for the University of Illinois by nearly $209 million.<br /><br />It is important to note that this is the first step in the legislative budget process and we will work with the governor and members of the General Assembly to make what we believe is a strong case to support the University programs that help lift our state.<br /><br />Our overarching goals are to sustain our academic quality and the value of University degrees; retain the faculty and staff who are the core of our excellence and our ability to recruit the world’s best; preserve our ability to conduct pioneering research that fosters innovation, economic growth and serves the needs of the citizens of our state and nation; and continue delivering critical services such as health care. A reduction in the appropriation at the magnitude proposed will certainly impact our core missions.<br /><br />At the same time, reality dictates that we immediately begin preparing for the impact if the legislature ultimately approves a large-scale reduction in funding. We will work with our Board of Trustees, campus leadership, and our faculty and staff to look deeply at all that we do and make the difficult programmatic and organizational decisions that would be required.<br /><br />The University stewards its financial resources carefully and has weathered past funding reductions with its quality intact. But we do not have the resources to overcome reductions of this magnitude without harm.<br /><br />The University of Illinois is an investment that transforms the lives of students and drives progress for our state, and we will continue to vigorously advocate for its interests as the budget process unfolds.<br /><br />My thanks to all of you for what you do each and every day to support this great university. And I will keep you posted throughout this eventful legislative session as developments occur.<br /><br />Robert A. Easter<br />President officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:00:27 -0600 Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:00:27 -0600 OVCSA Appointment I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Cynthia Soto as the Director of the Native American Support Program (NASP) as a result of a national search. She began her position at UIC on February 2. <br /><br />Most recently, Cynthia served as Program Coordinator for the Grow Your Own Teachers Program at Northeastern Illinois University. In the role, she managed a program designed to train culturally competent educators who served neighborhoods in which schools have staffing shortages and retention issues. Cynthia’s prior experience included project coordinator on a National Science Foundation grant that supported a partnership among Northwestern University, the American Indian Center of Chicago, and the Menominee Tribal Community in Wisconsin. As project coordinator, she developed and implemented culturally based science education projects. <br /><br />Previously, Cynthia served as the Academic Counselor for the Native American Support Program at UIC. Her duties involved assisting undergraduate and graduate students with their transition to UIC and their academic success, coordination of the Annual Native American Heritage Day, and participation on various committees including the President’s Award Program. In her new role as Director of the Native American Support Program, Cynthia will be responsible for developing and implementing support initiatives for the Native American population to enhance their transition from high school to the university. Her duties will include strategic planning and goal setting, program assessment, day to day administrative operations, program management, outreach, and recruitment. <br /><br />Cynthia earned her B.A. in Elementary Education, an Illinois K-9 Certification, an Illinois Teachers License, and a M.A. in Education-Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a first generation college student and graduate of UIC, she is well acquainted with the challenges facing Native American students and the opportunities available to them on campus and in the community. Nowhere has this been any more apparent than through her extensive community service. Cynthia has served as a board member of several Native American agencies where she has made outstanding contributions. She helped both students and adults access college resources and built working relationships that have lasted many years. Cynthia understands that for Native American students, a holistic approach is crucial to their success, and she employs this technique skillfully in her interactions with students and their families.<br /><br />I thank the Search Committee, chaired by Willie Rodriguez, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, and the following members: Bahar Baniasad; Rosa Cabrera; Loreen Maxfield; Kelly McCray; Thy Nguyen; Carol Petersen; Vance Pierce; Hugo Teruel; Joel Shinault; Amy West; Tosheena Nez and Jolene Young. <br /><br />Please join us in welcoming Cynthia on her return to UIC as Director of the Native American Support Program.<br /><br />Sincerely, <br /><br />Barbara Henley<br />Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs <br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:32:37 -0600 Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:32:37 -0600