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 Introducing the New OVCR Website <br />********************************************************<br />Introducing the New OVCR Website<br />********************************************************<br /><br />The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is pleased to announce the launch of our new website. The website can be viewed at www.research.uic.edu. This redesigned website has been streamlined and enhanced to better meet your needs. <br />The new site offers many benefits, including:<br /><br />A new OVCR homepage that highlights the depth and breadth of the research being conducted at UIC by UIC researchers<br /><br />Enhanced navigation that makes it easier to find relevant information such as forms and policies<br /><br />Responsive design that dynamically adapts for mobile devices and tablets<br /><br />We hope you will visit our new site to see the culmination of a process that involved review of peer websites, input of business managers and faculty and the adoption of a new content management system which, we hope, will deliver each user an improved experience. Please note that any links that you may have bookmarked from our old website will no longer work. <br />OVCR will be hosting a series of on-line demonstrations of the new website, outlining new features and streamlined navigation. To attend one of these sessions, please register at: http://research.uic.edu/node/2469<br /><br />Demonstration Dates:<br />July 22 - 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.<br />July 23 - 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.<br />July 24 - 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.<br />July 29 - 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.<br /><br />If you have any questions regarding the new site, please contact Jacqueline Berger at (312) 413-0075 or jacquieb@uic.edu or Connie Ping at (312) 355-3973 or hping@uic.edu. officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:40:00 -0500 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:40:00 -0500 New UI Hospital CEO Named Dear Colleagues,<br /><br />I am pleased to inform you that Avijit Ghosh, Ph.D., senior advisor to President Robert Easter, will become the next chief executive officer of the University of Illinois Hospital, pending approval by the University’s Board of Trustees at its July 24 meeting in Chicago.<br /><br />As CEO and U of I Associate Vice President for Hospital Operations, Dr. Ghosh will bring his business acumen and experience in organizational issues to lead the University’s important and complex clinical health care network. Dr. Ghosh would succeed Bryan Becker in the top management role for the hospital and clinics, effective Aug. 16. <br /><br />Dr. Ghosh comes to the job at a challenging time for UI Health as we work to ensure quality patient care and financial viability in a shifting model for health care delivery in the U.S. He is well-suited for the task. In his role as the senior advisor to President Easter, I have worked closely with Dr. Ghosh in the last year; a critical piece of his portfolio has been an assessment of the University’s health care mission, development of a governance model for the healthcare enterprise, and leading the development of growth strategies for UI Health. Dr. Ghosh is versed in the complexities and challenges of the clinical activities of UI Health, and he has established working relationships with faculty and staff.<br /><br />Previously, Dr. Ghosh served as U of I Vice President for Technology and Economic Development and as Dean of the College of Business on the Urbana-Champaign campus. Before joining the U of I in 2001, he was a faculty member and senior administrator at New York University’s school of business. Dr. Ghosh’s current bio is online [http://www.uillinois.edu/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=1582129]. <br /><br />Please join me in welcoming Avijit Ghosh to the UI Health team and in working with him to fulfill our mission of service to the people of Illinois and our state.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br />Jerry Bauman<br />Interim Vice President for Health Affairs<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:15:27 -0500 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:15:27 -0500 Fall 2014 CTA Ventra U-PASS Dear Student,<br /><br />Distribution of the CTA Ventra U-PASS for the Fall Semester will start on Aug. 20 and continue through Sept. 5 in the Student Services Building (SSB), 1200 W. Harrison St.<br /><br />If you have an existing Ventra U-PASS, in order for it to activate on Aug. 20 you must register for a full-time course load for Fall Semester by Aug. 2. Be aware that if you register late and use your Ventra U-PASS on CTA trains or buses, you may incur a balance due, because your U-PASS will not have been activated for the Fall Semester.<br /><br />If you are a new, incoming full-time student and wish to pick up your preprinted Ventra U-PASS on Aug. 20, you too must register for a full-time course load by Aug. 2. If you register after Aug. 2, a preprinted U- PASS may not be available at distribution on Aug. 20.<br /><br />ID Center Services<br />1200 W. Harrison St. -- Suite 1790, M/C 049<br />Chicago, IL 60607<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:32:21 -0500 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:32:21 -0500 Payment Plan Enrollment Deadline Dear Student,<br /><br />Enrollment in the 2014-2015 Payment Plan is available. If you would like to utilize the 11 month Annual or the 5 month Fall Semester Payment Plan option, the enrollment deadline is July 25, 2014. After July 25th, options available will be 10 and 9 month Annual Payment Plans, or 4 and 3 month Fall Semester Payment Plans.<br /><br />Enrollment in the Payment Plan is optional and is an alternative to the regular University payment policy. Payment Plan payments are automatically deducted from your checking or savings account electronically each month. For more information regarding eligibility requirements and enrollment instructions, visit our Payment Plan web page at: http://paymybill.uillinois.edu/PaymentPlan.<br /><br />Please disregard this message if you are currently enrolled in the Annual 2014-2015 or Fall 2014 Payment Plan.<br /><br />Customer Service<br />University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations <br />Room 1900 (MC 073) <br />Student Services Building <br />1200 West Harrison Street <br />Chicago, Illinois 60607-7162 <br />Phone (312) 996-8574<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:00:31 -0500 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:00:31 -0500 Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Appointment I am pleased to announce an important appointment in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Jeff Brown has been appointed Director of the African American Academic Network (AAAN) after a national search. His appointment is subject to approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.<br /><br />Jeff most recently served as Assistant Director for Multicultural Student Success at DePaul University in Chicago. At DePaul, he built collaborative partnerships and created successful programs with a retention and persistence focus that enhanced the overall college experience for students. Several of these partnerships resulted in the creation of a scholarship gift portfolio in excess of $500,000 for DePaul’s neediest students. <br /><br />Jeff has made significant contributions to the student affairs profession as a workshop presenter, panel participant, and invited guest-speaker. His areas of research interest include race and gender theory and social justice. He earned his B.A. in Political Science and M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He began his career at UIC, where he developed a passion for retention work and assisting students in obtaining the full spectrum of resources needed for persistence and graduation. Jeff has 17 years of experience as a student-centered leader in developing and implementing strategies to foster the academic and personal growth and success of students. As a first-generation college student himself, he understands the academic, economic and social needs that affect students’ transition to college, their persistence, and their achievement of goals.<br /><br />Jeff will be responsible for developing and implementing academic support initiatives for a targeted UIC student population (primarily African American); building collaborations across the campus to enhance programmatic student-focused initiatives; engaging students in out-of-classroom experiences that support classroom learning and student success; and providing programs and services grounded in student development theories and best practices.<br /><br />I thank the Search Committee, chaired by Andrea E. Nevels, Student Engagement and Success Initiatives Director. Please join us in welcoming Jeff back to UIC.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Barbara Henley<br />Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:34:33 -0500 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:34:33 -0500 Office of the Board of Trustees July 11, 2014<br /><br />On behalf of the members of the University of Illinois Presidential Search Committee, we invite you to watch a short video [http://www.bot.uillinois.edu/presidentialsearch/message] asking for your participation in the nomination process. <br /><br />The search committee next meets on Friday, July 11, and will begin to review nominations and applications received to date. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted by Sept. 8 [http://www.bot.uillinois.edu/presidentialsearch/position-announcement]. <br /><br />Trustee Pam Strobel and Professor Doug Beck<br />Search committee co-chairs official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:57:08 -0500 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:57:08 -0500 UI Health: Look who’s dancing! Share, Follow & Like Us UI Health July Newsletter<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-07/July_Newsletter.html<br /><br />Look Who's Dancing<br />On June 17th, UI Health showed what it means to be an Overcomer, and months of hard worked led to a successful production of our first ever Pink Glove Dance video<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-07/Look_Who's_Dancing.html<br /><br />UI Health Highlights<br />This month, I thought I'd share just a few of the highlights from the Office of the Vice President for Health Affairs and the University of Illinois Hospital.<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-07/UI_Health_Highlights.html<br /><br />Results Prove More People Know UI Health<br />Once called "the best kept" secret, new results show that UI Health is now more widely known across Chicago.<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-07/Results_Prove_More_People_Know_UI_Health.html<br /><br />Follow Us, Like Us, and Share Us<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-07/Follow_Us_Like_Us_Share_Us.html<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:37:00 -0500 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:37:00 -0500 UIUC-Carle Proposal for Separate Medical School Dear Colleagues,<br /><br />Recently the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and Carle Healthcare System released a consultant’s report proposing a new, bioengineering-focused, public-private medical school at Urbana-Champaign. <br /><br />The leadership of UIC and the College of Medicine are actively engaged in discussions regarding the issues and opportunities raised by this report, including the impact such an approach would have on the future of medical education in the community and the state.<br /><br />The College of Medicine, with its regional campuses in Chicago, Peoria, Rockford and Urbana-Champaign, is a key academic asset of the University. It is essential to the UI’s ability to fulfill its missions for the people of Illinois of providing cutting-edge research, educating future physicians and biomedical scientists, providing health care to both the rural and urban populations of our state, and contributing to economic development. <br /><br />Over the past year or so, the College of Medicine and UIUC have engaged in discussions to take full advantage of the considerable assets in each organization, and to create additional opportunities for the College, UIUC, and the entire University of Illinois system to meet the challenges of the 21st century. <br /><br />As part of this continued dialogue, UIC and the College of Medicine are reviewing the consultant’s report, and developing alternatives that leverage the considerable potential of the College to adapt to address emerging workforce needs, and the rich resources of the UIUC campus in the areas of bio-engineering, high-speed computing, and other areas. We want to ensure that any recommendations complement the robust collaborative relationships and programs that are currently in place throughout the College of Medicine and the entire University of Illinois system. We will share these alternative proposals with you in anticipation of presenting them to President Easter and the Board of Trustees later this summer/early fall. <br /><br />The UI College of Medicine, one of the largest and most diverse medical schools in the U.S., plays a vital role in the health of Illinois residents. As part of a comprehensive health sciences system which includes the UI Hospital, outpatient and neighborhood clinics, six other health science colleges, and four regional sites, the College of Medicine focuses on advanced, multidisciplinary approaches to community health, global health, and reducing urban and rural health disparities. It received $83 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health last year.<br /><br />The regional College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign is an inseparable part of this enterprise. Its unique attributes contribute to the strength of the University and to the health of the people of the state. Since opening in 1971, enrollment has grown to more than 300 and its wide-ranging curriculum now spans all four years. Approximately 40 percent of all first year medical students are educated on the Urbana campus. The Medical Scholars Program provides graduate and medical training for M.D./Ph.D. scholars in over 30 academic disciplines including engineering, behavioral sciences, humanities, physical sciences as well as the biomedical sciences. An M.D./J.D. is offered in partnership with the College of Law, and an M.D./M.B.A. option is also available.<br /><br />Our College of Medicine sites in Peoria, Rockford and Chicago also showcase unique resources and programs that add to the collective strength of the institution and have an economic impact. The strong history of volunteer educators and advances in simulation in Peoria; a tradition of rural health education in Rockford; and Chicago’s commitment to urban health, translational medicine, and innovation through the newly named Richard S. and Loan B. Hill department of bioengineering housed in the Colleges of Engineering and Medicine demonstrate the wider impact that the College of Medicine can have on physician training, biomedical research, and healthcare delivery.<br /><br />Medicine on the Urbana-Champaign campus is thriving. It is also hungry and poised for intellectual and programmatic growth. Illinois residents and patients everywhere will be well served as it continues to move forward.<br /><br />On July 14th, I will be convening a meeting with Chancellor Wise, Provosts Kaufman and Adesida, and Dean Azar to discuss the most effective strategies to address the challenges of training the next generation of physicians and physician-scientists, and to pursue opportunities to expand the University’s portfolio of biomedical and bioengineering research. Moreover, I have individually met with each member of the Board of Trustees to discuss this important issue.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Tue, 08 Jul 2014 08:32:27 -0500 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 08:32:27 -0500 Circle Interchange Project Update Construction for the Circle Interchange reconstruction project by the Illinois Department of Transportation continues on streets around the east side of campus.<br /><br />Congress Parkway between Racine Avenue and Morgan Street is scheduled to close to vehicle traffic July 7 for concrete pouring. Project managers say pedestrians will have access along the street.<br /><br />Work by Commonwealth Edison on the Peoria Street Bridge and in front of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs is scheduled to be completed by July 9. <br /><br />Aerial transmission lines around Peoria Street are being removed by ComEd, with tentative completion July 10. <br /><br />The eastbound lane of Van Buren Street between Peoria and Halsted streets will remain closed through July 31 as AT&T continues underground construction. Renovations continue around the Halsted, Morgan, Harrison and Peoria street bridges. <br /><br />Please use caution when walking or driving through the work zones.<br /><br />Michael Landek<br />Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Service<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 04 Jul 2014 07:14:27 -0500 Fri, 04 Jul 2014 07:14:27 -0500 UIUC-Carle Proposal for Separate Medical School Dear Colleagues,<br /><br />Recently the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and Carle Healthcare System released a consultant’s report proposing a new, bioengineering-focused, public-private medical school at Urbana-Champaign. <br /><br />The leadership of UIC and the College of Medicine are actively engaged in discussions regarding the issues and opportunities raised by this report, including the impact such an approach would have on the future of medical education in the community and the state.<br /><br />The College of Medicine, with its regional campuses in Chicago, Peoria, Rockford and Urbana-Champaign, is a key academic asset of the University. It is essential to the UI’s ability to fulfill its missions for the people of Illinois of providing cutting-edge research, educating future physicians and biomedical scientists, providing health care to both the rural and urban populations of our state, and contributing to economic development. <br /><br />Over the past year or so, the College of Medicine and UIUC have engaged in discussions to take full advantage of the considerable assets in each organization, and to create additional opportunities for the College, UIUC, and the entire University of Illinois system to meet the challenges of the 21st century. <br /><br />As part of this continued dialogue, UIC and the College of Medicine are reviewing the consultant’s report, and developing alternatives that leverage the considerable potential of the College to adapt to address emerging workforce needs, and the rich resources of the UIUC campus in the areas of bio-engineering, high-speed computing, and other areas. We want to ensure that any recommendations complement the robust collaborative relationships and programs that are currently in place throughout the College of Medicine and the entire University of Illinois system. We will share these alternative proposals with you in anticipation of presenting them to President Easter and the Board of Trustees later this summer/early fall. <br /><br />The UI College of Medicine, one of the largest and most diverse medical schools in the U.S., plays a vital role in the health of Illinois residents. As part of a comprehensive health sciences system which includes the UI Hospital, outpatient and neighborhood clinics, six other health science colleges, and four regional sites, the College of Medicine focuses on advanced, multidisciplinary approaches to community health, global health, and reducing urban and rural health disparities. It received $83 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health last year.<br /><br />The regional College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign is an inseparable part of this enterprise. Its unique attributes contribute to the strength of the University and to the health of the people of the state. Since opening in 1971, enrollment has grown to more than 300 and its wide-ranging curriculum now spans all four years. Approximately 40 percent of all first year medical students are educated on the Urbana campus. The Medical Scholars Program provides graduate and medical training for M.D./Ph.D. scholars in over 30 academic disciplines including engineering, behavioral sciences, humanities, physical sciences as well as the biomedical sciences. An M.D./J.D. is offered in partnership with the College of Law, and an M.D./M.B.A. option is also available.<br /><br />Our College of Medicine sites in Peoria, Rockford and Chicago also showcase unique resources and programs that add to the collective strength of the institution and have an economic impact. The strong history of volunteer educators and advances in simulation in Peoria; a tradition of rural health education in Rockford; and Chicago’s commitment to urban health, translational medicine, and innovation through the newly named Richard S. and Loan B. Hill department of bioengineering housed in the Colleges of Engineering and Medicine demonstrate the wider impact that the College of Medicine can have on physician training, biomedical research, and healthcare delivery.<br /><br />Medicine on the Urbana-Champaign campus is thriving. It is also hungry and poised for intellectual and programmatic growth. Illinois residents and patients everywhere will be well served as it continues to move forward.<br /><br />On July 14th, I will be convening a meeting with Chancellor Wise, Provosts Kaufman and Adesida, and Dean Azar to discuss the most effective strategies to address the challenges of training the next generation of physicians and physician-scientists, and to pursue opportunities to expand the University’s portfolio of biomedical and bioengineering research. Moreover, I have individually met with each member of the Board of Trustees to discuss this important issue.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:35:26 -0500 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:35:26 -0500 University of Illinois Hospital With regret, I am writing to announce that Dr. Bryan Becker, Associate Vice President for Hospital Operations, has informed me that he will be leaving the University of Illinois on August 15, 2014. Dr. Becker has served in this role since November 2012, expertly leading the complex operations of our Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Becker can be proud of his work at UI Health as he led with clearly articulated perspectives/goals, invested in the development of Hospital leadership, and focused on ways to move operations toward greater efficiency while preserving and improving quality and patient experience. Please join me in wishing Dr. Becker well in his new endeavors.<br /><br />In the next weeks, I will announce an interim to serve in this role until a search to fill this important position can be completed.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Jerry Bauman<br />Interim Vice President for Health Affairs<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:46:31 -0500 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:46:31 -0500 Retirement of UIC Police Chief John Richardson Dear Colleagues:<br /><br />It is with regret and admiration that I announce today the retirement of John Richardson, Chief of the University of Illinois at Chicago Police, effective July 31, 2014. After almost 45 years of public service in law enforcement, John has made the decision to finally spend more time with his family and friends.<br /><br />Chief Richardson joined UIC in January of 2004 after a long career with the Chicago Police Department. At the Chicago Police Department, he rose through the ranks to become commander of the public transportation section with stops along the way as commander of the Wentworth and Austin districts, Deputy Chief of Patrol, and Deputy Superintendent in charge of the Staff Service Bureau.<br /><br />During his time at UIC, Chief Richardson forged relationships with many local, state, and national law enforcement agencies, as well as with city agencies and community organizations. Through these collaborative efforts, Chief Richardson advanced the UIC Police Department’s mission and goals, making it a premier public-safety agency. Under Chief Richardson’s leadership, the UIC Police Department was the only university police department in Illinois to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).<br /><br />I want to thank John for all his service and the exceptional leadership he has provided to the UIC Police Department. His commitment to UIC has made a lasting difference, and he will be missed by the campus community.<br /><br />The search to identify Chief Richardson’s successor has begun. Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares has endorsed the cohort of individuals chosen to serve as the search committee. President Easter has sanctioned the retention of the Hollins Group, an executive search firm, to aid in identifying and recruiting candidates. Also, the search process has been vetted with the Office of Access and Equity to ensure equal opportunity and inclusion.<br /><br />I am pleased that Tyrone A. Forman, Vice Provost for Diversity and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor, has agreed to serve as the search chair. The committee membership, along with the position advertisement, can be found by visiting the UIC Police Chief Search website [https://sites.google.com/a/uic.edu/uicpolicechiefsearch/]. As the search progresses, updates will also be posted at this site.<br /><br />The search committee will work to identify an outstanding individual to serve as the chief law enforcement officer for UIC and to be responsible for designing, developing, implementing, and overseeing the university’s law enforcement and security strategy. A significant responsibility for this individual, in conjunction with other campus officials, is helping to ensure a safe and welcoming environment while enforcing campus, city, state, and federal laws and ordinances.<br /><br />Inquiries about the position may be directed to Derrick Buckingham of the Hollins Group at dbuckingham@thehollinsgroup.com. Candidates must apply directly at https://jobs.uic.edu. <br /><br />The advertised deadline for applications is August 26, 2014.<br /><br />With your support, I anticipate that the search committee will be able to identify a strong set of finalists in the coming months. Because the campus community’s input is vital to the success of the search process, we will be hosting town hall meetings so you will have an opportunity to meet and evaluate the finalists.<br /><br />Thank you in advance for your help.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Mark Donovan<br />Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:55:21 -0500 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:55:21 -0500 Crime alert UIC and Chicago police are investigating an incident that occurred on Monday, June 30, at about 4:30 p.m. A complainant reported that he was adjusting his backpack on Taylor street in front of UIC's Paulina Street parking structure when two males approached him. One subject pulled at the victim's backpack while the other sprayed the victim's face with an unknown substance. The victim fought off both attackers, who fled on foot eastbound on Taylor Street. UIC Police sent a flash message to responding units and toured the area with negative results. The victim suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from the UIC Hospital. The victim is not affiliated with UIC. <br /><br />The first offender was described as a Hispanic male, 18-23 years old, 5-feet-11 and 165 lbs. He was wearing a blue T-shirt with an orange Chicago Bears "C" logo, baggy jeans, and sneakers with orange stripes.<br /><br />The second offender was described as a Hispanic male, 18-23 years old, 5-feet-6 and 145 lbs., with a black teardrop tattoo under his left eye and a light mustache. He was wearing a tan T-shirt and baggy jeans.<br /><br />Crime location mapped: https://goo.gl/maps/H9Pkc<br /><br />Anyone with information is asked to call UIC Police at 312-996-2830.<br /><br />***UIC Police strongly recommend complying with an armed or violent offender whose intent appears to be theft of property or valuables.***<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 />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 /> urgent http://www.uic.edu/uic UrgentFeed Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:40:57 -0500 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:40:57 -0500 Summary of Chancellor's Activities March – June 2014 Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, <br /><br />It’s my pleasure to bring you up to date on what has been taking place on our campus and in our community during the past few months. <br /><br />Advisory Task Group for VCHA Position <br />In early May 2014, I charged a task group with drafting the initial Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs (VCHA) position description, which will subsequently be finalized by me, President Easter, and the Board of Trustees. The VCHA will collaborate closely with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Research. The Advisory Task Group will set us on a path to ensure that the VCHA position has clearly defined duties and the necessary authority and resources to develop solutions for existing challenges and to focus on the integration and alignment of the hospital, clinics, and health sciences colleges. The position must be structured to further all four missions of the health enterprise: to provide high-quality care at a world-class medical center; to teach the next generation of health providers and researchers; to conduct cutting-edge research; and to serve the community. <br /><br />The task group's members are: Karen Colley, Dean of the Graduate College and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics (Co-Chair); George Kondos, Professor of Medicine (Co-Chair); Steve Everett, Dean of the College of Art, Design, and the Arts; Bo Fernhall, Dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences; Victoria Persky, Professor of Epidemiology; Mary Jo Smith, Senior HR Director for the Medical Center; and Robert Winn, Associate Vice President for Community Based Practice.<br /><br />Hispanic Serving Institution Designation Task Force<br />The Hispanic Serving Institution Designation Task Force began meeting in February 2014 and have continued making progress toward our HSI designation. The co-chairs of the Task Force are Aixa Alfonso, Associate Professor and co-chair of the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos and Tyrone Forman, Vice Provost for Diversity and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor. <br /><br />African American and Latino Community Advisory Council Meetings<br />The African American Community Advisory Council met in March 2014 and the Latino Community Advisory Council convened in April 2014. These Councils provide invaluable input on how UIC can more effectively recruit underrepresented students and employees and inform the university of any community concerns. <br /><br />Obama Presidential Library Committee<br />Last fall, I appointed an exploratory committee to facilitate UIC’s bid for the Obama Presidential Library. On June 16 we submitted a response to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from the Barack H. Obama Foundation. The Foundation expects to select a site in early 2015. Special thanks to everyone who contributed to this important process, including: Steering Committee Co-Chairs Mary Case and Michael Redding; Academic Programming Committee Co-Chairs Michael Pagano and Alfred Tatum; Library/Museum Exhibits Committee Co-Chairs Mary Case and Lisa Lee; Architecture/Site Committee Co-Chairs Mark Donovan and Robert Somol; Proposal Committee Co-Chairs Marcia Lausen and Michael Redding; and Lead Writer Meghan Ferrill. I had the pleasure of being interviewed about the UIC bid for the Obama Presidential Library by reporters from Crain’s Chicago Business and the New York Times. I was also delighted to participate in a news conference with the North Lawndale Obama Presidential Library Committee announcing our partnership with the community on June 16.<br /><br /><br /><br />Select Special Events and Visits<br /><br />Commencement Ceremonies<br />I was honored to preside over many of the Commencement Ceremonies held this May. UIC graduated 7,552 students in May, including nearly 4,000 undergraduates, 2,719 graduate students, and 772 professional students.<br /><br />Emeritus Faculty Reception<br />On March 18 I had the pleasure of meeting with our emeritus faculty at a reception organized by Renee Taylor, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and her staff. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet and thank these outstanding faculty members who have given so much to UIC. <br /><br />CASEL: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning Reception <br />It was an honor to attend the CASEL reception on March 18 at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum. CASEL is led by Roger Weissberg, CASEL Chief Knowledge Officer, and UIC NoVo Endowed Chair in Social-Emotional Learning, LAS Distinguished Professor of Psychology. Eileen Rockefeller Growald, Timothy Shriver, and Barbara Byrd-Bennett, attended the event and talked about the importance of getting SEL into more classrooms for the benefit of students in Chicago. <br /><br />An Evening with Legends and Legacies<br />This special event, held on April 4, was an impressive display of UIC’s mission and what makes us a premier urban research institution. More importantly, it was a fitting way to honor, celebrate and recognize the many alumni and friends who support us. Special thanks to Jeff Nearhoof, Vice Chancellor for Development, and his staff for their hard work on this wonderful event. <br /><br />Chancellor’s Student Leadership Awards Program <br />On April 10, I was delighted to honor 248 outstanding students who have made a difference in the University through campus and community service. I would like to extend my appreciation to Barbara Henley, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and her team for organizing this celebration. <br /><br />Granderson Stadium Opening<br />We officially opened the gates to the new Curtis Granderson Baseball Stadium on April 17. As the newest facility on university grounds, the ballpark adds beauty and prestige to the UIC campus. The stadium will also be home to a promising new youth initiative pioneered by UIC Alumnus Curtis Granderson, a project that exemplifies his profound values and those of UIC. Special thanks to Mark Donovan, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, Jim Schmidt, Director of Athletics, and Mike Dee, Head Men’ Baseball Coach. <br /><br />Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Visit<br />Suzanne Walsh, Deputy Director of the Gates Foundation, along with two Senior Officers from the Gates Foundation visited UIC to meet with senior administrators and student leaders on April 22. UIC representatives learned about the Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success Program that aims to dramatically increase the number of low-income young people who have affordable access to a postsecondary education that leads to timely completion of a degree or certificate. The Gates Foundation representatives were impressed to learn about UIC’s initiatives promoting student success. Thank you to Jeff Nearhoof, Vice Chancellor for Development, and Astrida Orle Tantillo, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for helping plan this visit. <br /><br />Innovator and Inventor of the Year Celebration<br />On April 30, I had the pleasure of attending a celebration honoring Dr. Alan Finerman, 2013 UIC Innovator of the Year and Dr. Sudip Mazumder, 2013 UIC Inventor of the Year. The Innovator of the Year Award honors an outstanding innovator or team of innovators at UIC who through their efforts have contributed to significantly advancing their invention towards commercialization. This award recognizes outstanding commitment either through participation in the licensing process or through entrepreneurial efforts in a startup company based on their invention. The Inventor of the Year Award honors an outstanding inventor or team of inventors who have made a contribution to the development of intellectual property at UIC that has the potential to make a significant impact. The award is given based on the criteria of creativity, novelty, and commercial potential or potential benefit to society. Special thanks to Nancy Sullivan, Executive Director, Office of Technology Management, and her team. <br /><br />Face the Future Foundation gift to the UIC Craniofacial Center<br />On June 10, I had the honor of accepting a check from the Face the Future Foundation to support the activities of the UIC Craniofacial Center. The Face the Future Foundation works to establish a capital fund to ensure that The Craniofacial Center has a state of the art facility and equipment to maintain the highest level of care for its patients. They also secure funds exceeding $350K annually to support programs and professional team members who provide essential care but whose services are not always covered by insurance, assuring that all of their patients have full access to all of their services. The Foundation raises funds through capital campaigns, grants, gifts, and endowments from patient-oriented agencies, healthcare foundations, and private citizens as well as through fundraising events such as the annual gala.<br /><br />Community Events<br /><br />I have the pleasure of representing UIC at the following community events:<br /><br />DuSable Museum-A Night of 100 Stars<br /><br />National Museum of Mexican Art Gala<br /><br />Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce: Trade and Investment Opportunities in Pakistan<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Chancellor/Vice Chancellor Meetings<br /><br />I regularly meet with the Chancellor/Vice Chancellor group to discuss important issues, provide updates, and strategically plan. Topics for the Spring meetings included budget planning; enrollment update; facilities and construction update; campus insights planning; commencement; human resources updates and discussion; compliance; university archives and records retention; federal priorities; development updates; IT security; and the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (ANCRA). <br /><br />Arlene Norsym, Associate Chancellor of Alumni Relations and Vice President of the University of Illinois Alumni Association, has been working with two committees -- one to actively explore establishing a Homecoming for students and alumni beginning this Fall and another to plan a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of Circle campus. <br /><br />National Activities<br /><br />I have the pleasure of serving on many Boards, including:<br /><br />Urban Serving Universities<br /><br />Institute of Medicine Awards Committee<br /><br />American Council on Education, Commission on Inclusion<br /><br />New York Academy of Medicine Board of Trustees<br /><br />The Chicago Network, Programming Committee<br /><br />Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce<br /><br />Civic Consulting Alliance, Membership Committee<br /><br /><br /><br />Select Meetings Attended and/or Convened<br /><br />Chancellor/Vice Chancellors Meetings <br /><br />Budget Prep Meetings with Chancellor, Lon Kaufman, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost, Janet Parker, Vice Provost for Budget and Resource Planning and Caryn Bills, Associate Chancellor and Chief of Staff, bi-weekly <br /><br />Select Deans’ Council, Monthly <br /><br />Afternoon Student Break with the Chancellor, March 4, 2014<br /><br />Board of Trustees Meeting (Urbana), March 5-6, 2014<br /><br />Vice Chancellor Budget Meetings, various dates in March <br /><br />All Chancellor’s Status Committees, various dates in April <br /><br />Cook County Council of Economic Advisors, April 2, 2014<br /><br />Underrepresented Faculty Reception, April 3, 2014 <br /><br />Appropriations Hearing, April 10, 2014<br /><br />Full Senate meeting, April 24, 2014<br /><br />Chicago Urban League SUMMIT Luncheon, April 30, 2014<br /><br />National Academies Committee, Co-Chaired by Mitra Dutta, Vice Chancellor for Research, and Renee Taylor, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, April 29, 2014<br /><br />Executive Staff Meetings of Direct Reports, various dates in May Hosted On the Table (Chicago Community Trust Initiative) lunch, May 12, 2014<br /><br />Board of Trustees Meeting, May 13-14, 2014<br /><br />Civic Consulting Alliance Committee Meetings, May 15, 2014 and June 5, 2014<br /><br />Meetings and meals with donors, various dates March-June<br /><br />NIH Grant team and/or Co-PI meetings, various dates March-June<br /><br />UIF Board meeting, June 3-4, 2014 (presented on expanding research opportunities for students)<br /><br />Meetings to discuss Enhancing the Excellence of the College of Engineering, various dates in June<br /><br />Horizon League Board of Directors Meeting, June 12-13, 2014 <br /><br /><br /><br />Upcoming Events<br />Watch for more information coming soon as we plan for the Fall 2014-Spring 2015 Chancellor’s Lecture and Event Series! <br /><br />Thank you once again for everything you do to support the excellence of UIC.<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago<br />Vice President, University of Illinois<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:59:36 -0500 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:59:36 -0500 A message from the Chancellor: FY14 recipients of the Chancellor's Discovery Fund for Multidisciplinary Research Dear Colleagues,<br /><br />We are pleased to announce the FY14 recipients of the Chancellor's Discovery Fund for Multidisciplinary Research. <br /><br />Now in its sixth year, the program continues to focus on the following objectives:<br /><br /><br />Facilitate new or emerging multidisciplinary collaborations; <br /><br />Nurture research career trajectories of promising early-stage investigators; <br /><br />Create and leverage pilot data into extramural funding. <br /><br />We wish to thank the 57 applicant teams for exploring new collaborations and submitting proposals representing an exciting array of UIC research excellence. We also extend our gratitude to the members of the Campus Research Board for contributing their time and expertise reviewing these proposals. <br /><br />The following projects will receive grant support from June 2014 through May 2016:<br /><br />Project: Magnetic Resonance Elastography for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.<br />Team: Dieter Klatt, Assistant Professor, Bioengineering; Orly Lazarov, Associate Professor, Anatomy & Cell Biology<br /><br />Project: Testing of a prototype obstetrical medical device for auto transfusion in life threatening postpartum hemorrhage <br />Team: PIs: Valerie Dobiesz, Professor, Center for Global Health, Medicine; Hananeh Esmailbeigi, Clinical Assistant Professor, Bioengineering; Co-Is: Stacie Geller, Professor, Center for Research on Women and Gender; Nuriya Robinson, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology; Pam Kutz, Chief Perfusionist, UIC Medical Center, Cardiothoracic Surgery; Tushar Patel, MD, Fellow, Medicine;<br /><br />Project: Growth and bandgap engineering of ZnO nanowires towards plasmonic-enhanced high-efficiency water splitting<br />Team: Zheng Yang, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Jingjing Li, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Robert Klie, Associate Professor, Physics<br /><br />Project: Racial threat and American's Gun Policy Preferences<br />Team: PIs: Alexandra Filindra, Assistant Professor, Political Science; Courtney Bonam, Assistant Professor, Psychology; Co-I: Noah Kaplan, Political Science<br /><br />Project: Chronic inflammation-induced unproductive angiogenesis non-healing diabetic wounds <br />Team: PIs: Richard Minshall, Associate Professor, Anesthesiology and Pharmacology; Timothy Koh, Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition; Marcello Bonini, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Division of Cardiology; Co-I: William Ennis, Director, Division of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair, Surgery<br /><br />For more information about these projects and the Discovery Fund program please visit: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/funding/discovery/index.html<br /><br />Thank you once again for your commitment to advancing the research excellence at UIC. <br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago <br />Vice President, University of Illinois <br />John Corbally Presidential Professor<br /><br />Mitra Dutta<br />Vice Chancellor for Research<br />UIC Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:23:20 -0500 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:23:20 -0500