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 Crime alert On June 26, at about 6:45 a.m., UIC Police learned that an earlier reported aggravated sexual assault occurred near the corner of Polk Street and Damen Avenue. At about 2:00 a.m., a witness had reported to police a woman in distress. The woman, who is not affiliated with UIC, told responding officers she had survived sexual assault in a moving vehicle after entering the vehicle on North Austin Boulevard with two recent acquaintances. She had been released by the offenders at the Polk & Damen location.<br /> <br />The offenders, who were driving a black 4-door vehicle of unknown make and model, are described as follows:<br /> <br />1. Male Hispanic, 25 years old, 5-foot-7, 190 pounds, bald, of medium complexion, with brown eyes and wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans<br /><br />2. Male Hispanic, 25 years old, 5-foot 7, 175 pounds, with short hair, blue eyes, medium complexion, and wearing a gray T-shirt and blue jeans<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/bMwFh<br /><br />UIC Police offer the following security tips:<br /><br />--Do not accept a ride from strangers.<br />--Try to travel in groups when possible, particularly after dark.<br />--Notify friends or family of your whereabouts and plans.<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 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 07:55:51 -0500 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 07:55:51 -0500 UIC Human Resources Dear Colleagues,<br /><br />Given recent recommendations made by a UA Review Taskforce, UIC Human Resources reporting structure was moved from the Office of the President and returned to the campus leadership in order to more properly align responsibility and accountability with these units. HR will now report to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services (VCAS). The Chancellor has asked that I begin a thorough examination of our HR practices. We must identify opportunities to improve HR service delivery to the campus by working with stakeholders and campus leadership.<br /> <br />I am pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Ginsburg will become Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and will begin his transition into those duties immediately. In this new role Michael will direct UIC HR and will succeed Robert Crouch, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, who is leaving UIC for other career opportunities. <br /> <br />Michael is a 37-year veteran of UIC, and has served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs since 1984. In the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (VCSA) he directs budget and HR functions for units employing 500 staff and 1300 student workers. Through this work Michael has gained unique and extensive experience with HR from the user's perspective and has worked closely with UIC HR, the Office for Access and Equity, and Payroll and Benefits for many years. Michael has provided leadership for the job analysis process for the VCSA units and is also responsible for oversight of HR transactions, new employee orientation, professional staff development and employee recognition programs. <br /> <br />Michael's reputation as a collaborator and problem-solver has led him to serve on countless campus committees, including the contract bargaining team for the Graduate Employees Organization (for three contracts), the campus Compliance Committee, Academic Fiscal Officers, the OBFS Advisory Committee, the HR Advisory Committee, the Financial Aid Advisory Committee and the CampusCare Oversight Committee. He currently chairs the Student Fee Advisory Committee.<br /> <br />Michael's collaborative and inclusive approach will ensure that the interim leadership transition will be seamless and the HR operation continues to support the campus. Michael will be a strong leader in delivering services and in supporting the continuous transformation of UIC HR. A search for a permanent leader will commence in the very near future and will be chaired by Michael.<br /> <br />Mark Donovan<br />Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:53:26 -0500 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:53:26 -0500 CAPE 2015 - Nomination Deadline Extended Click here to see this online [http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2015_0625_cape.html]<br /> <br /><br />Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,<br /><br />The deadline for CAPE nominations and all supporting credentials has been extended to noon on July 2.<br /><br />Nominations are welcomed from UIC faculty, students, academic professionals, and support staff. Resubmission of past nominees is encouraged. The nominating form, procedures, and eligibility criteria are online [https://sites.google.com/site/uicapac/resources/awards-and-recognition-programs/cape].<br /><br />Please contact Ahlam Al-Kodmany, Chair of the 2015 CAPE Selection Committee, at ryyan@uic.edu or 6-7458 with any questions. Information can also be found on the APAC website [https://sites.google.com/site/uicapac/home].<br /><br />We look forward to celebrating these outstanding Academic Professionals this fall.<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis
<br />Chancellor<br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2015 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:46:38 -0500 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:46:38 -0500 UIC Urgent Message Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect til 3 pm for 6-cty area. Damaging winds, hail, heavy rain, lightning expected. http://www.weather.gov/ emergency http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:49:30 -0500 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:49:30 -0500 Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award - Call for nominations <br />Click here to see this online [http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2015_0622_cape.html]<br /> <br />U I C Office of the Chancellor<br /> <br /> <br />Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,<br /><br />The Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award, established in 1988, recognizes the demonstrated excellence of academic professional staff and affirms our high regard for the contributions of these important members of our academic community. This year, six academic professionals will receive the CAPE Award, which provides a $1,000 permanent increase to the honoree’s salary and a $2,000 one-time cash award.<br /><br />Nominations are welcomed from UIC faculty, students, academic professionals, and support staff. Resubmission of past nominees is encouraged. The nominating form, procedures, and eligibility criteria are online [https://sites.google.com/site/uicapac/resources/awards-and-recognition-programs/cape].<br /><br />The deadline for nominations and all supporting credentials is noon on June 26. Awards will be presented November 10 at the UIC Employee Recognition ceremony and reception at the UIC Forum.<br /><br />Please contact Ahlam Al-Kodmany, Chair of the 2015 CAPE Selection Committee, at ryyan@uic.edu or 6-7458 with any questions. Information will also be on the APAC website [https://sites.google.com/site/uicapac/home].<br /><br />I look forward to celebrating these outstanding Academic Professionals this fall.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /><br /> <br /> <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, 22 Jun 2015 08:47:21 -0500 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 08:47:21 -0500 2015-2016 Payment Plan Deadline Enrollment Dear Student,<br />The University of Illinois provides an optional Payment Plan which allows parents/students to spread payment of anticipated tuition, mandatory fees, room, and board expenses over a number of months. The deadline to enroll in a 12-month (6-Fall/6-Spring) Annual or a 6-month Fall 2015 Semester Only Payment Plan is June 27, 2015. The Payment Plan is an alternative option to the regular University payment policy and is administered by Nelnet Business Solutions. Student Accounts will not be assessed monthly late payment fees while enrolled in the Payment Plan. <br /> ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS<br />• Any University of Illinois undergraduate, graduate, or professional school student, or the authorized payer of such student, is eligible to participate in the Payment Plan. <br />• Enrollment is not automatic for current participants. A student must be re-enrolled on a yearly (or semester) basis.<br />• Your student account must be in good standing. Students with past due balances must contact USFSCO Customer Service to find out about alternative arrangements.<br />• You must be willing to allow automatic withdrawals from your checking or savings account.<br />• Only charges bill through Student Accounts Receivable are eligible to be included in your Payment Plan budget – a minimum budget of $500.00 is required.<br />COST TO PARTICIPATE<br />• $45 per semester or $75 annual nonrefundable enrollment fee (ACH)<br />• $30 fee if a payment is returned<br />ENROLLMENT INSTRUCTIONS <br />The online enrollment form for Payment Plan is available through the University Student Financial Services website at https://paymybill.uillinois.edu. To access the online enrollment form, follow the steps below:<br />Students <br />• Select the Pay My Bill icon<br />• Select appropriate link and log on<br />• Select appropriate options to view your student account<br />• Select Payment Plan from the menu options on the left and follow the instructions.<br />Authorized Payers<br />• Select the Pay My Bill icon<br />• Select Authorized Payer<br />• Enter your Login Name and Password<br />• Select Payment Plan from the menu options on the left and follow the instructions.<br />For additional information about the Payment Plan, please visit https://paymybill.uillinois.edu. <br /> <br />Customer Service<br /> University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations<br />Phone (312) 996-8574<br />usfscohelp@uillinois.edu<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:48:53 -0500 Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:48:53 -0500 Message from the Chancellor Dear Colleagues, <br /><br />It is with regret that I write to announce that Robert Crouch, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, will leave UIC on August 15 for another career opportunity, following nearly four years in the position. Initially reporting to University Administration and then to the UIC Chancellor, Robert has led landmark efforts to professionalize HR staff, streamline procedures, and improve UIC’s reputation with state regulators. <br /><br />When Robert arrived at UIC, our HR practices with regard to analyzing and classifying positions were under the continual scrutiny of the State Universities Civil Service System (SUCSS) Merit, which was threatening action against the university. Robert led the large and difficult effort to address the regulator’s concerns. Thanks to this work, UIC is now in compliance with SUCSS.<br /><br />In response to calls from UIC’s research community for expedited hiring and the abolition of “bumping” for research-funded positions, Robert negotiated UIC’s adoption of the Sponsored Program Demonstration Project in 2014. To create the program, UIC HR successfully petitioned the SUCSS Merit Board for authorization to establish a new employment category with unique rules. The proposal exhibited an unprecedented level of cooperation between SUCSS, union representatives, the campus research advisory council, and campus and university administration. Robert also collaborated with HR, campus units and leadership to streamline the historically onerous and disruptive position-elimination process for civil service positions. <br /><br />As with many large and decentralized employers, UIC has been challenged to provide consistent HR information and services across the organization. Hearing that staff had difficulty finding policy and procedures on the HR website, Robert launched an HR website redesign group to produce a user friendly and informative resource. To create a baseline of knowledge among HR staff embedded in units across campus, UIC HR implemented a two-tiered learning program at Robert’s instigation. All campus staff with HR duties are now convened monthly for presentations by subject matter experts, and they are invited each November to HR Academy, a full day of professional development. Currently HR is partnering with the Office of Diversity on a signature diversity experience for UIC staff. <br /><br />Throughout his HR reforms, Robert has stressed the importance of constant communication at multiple levels. In addition to better disseminating information he has taken advantage of countless opportunities to hear from internal and external stakeholders. Key to the success of his initiatives has been his ability to establish meaningful partnerships and consensus among these groups.<br /><br />An interim successor will be named soon. In the meanwhile, please join me in thanking Robert for his contributions to UIC.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:30:39 -0500 Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:30:39 -0500 Message from the Provost Dear Colleagues,<br /><br />During six years as dean and one year as interim dean, Bette L. Bottoms, Dean of the Honors College and Professor of Psychology, has led phenomenal growth and change in the Honors College, positioning it as a national leader in honors education and a campus model for student success. It is therefore with reluctance that I write to announce that she has decided to leave the dean position effective August 1 to continue her role as a faculty member.<br /><br />Dean Bottoms has grown the college in size and in excellence. Under her leadership the Honors College staff has been strengthened considerably, and the budget has grown by 100%. Enrollment has increased nearly 30%, with freshman applications up by over 300%. Underrepresented minorities now make up 20% of the college and 30% of the freshman class, making the UIC Honors College one of the most diverse in the nation. Currently the Honors College student graduation rate is 88%, which is significantly higher than the campus average, and higher than the graduation rate of most of the universities in UIC’s aspirant comparison group. Each year, over half of honors freshmen say they would not have come to UIC if not for the Honors College.<br /><br />Honors students now benefit from many academic enhancements instituted by Dean Bottoms. In recent years, the college strengthened its curriculum with new seminars, more diversified core course offerings, and a capstone thesis requirement for all seniors that has achieved a 90% to 95% completion rate. The college has engaged more faculty and graduate students in the undergraduate learning experience by growing the faculty fellows program to 350; by establishing an Honors Faculty Fellow grants program to increase the research opportunities available for students; by founding the Honors Postdoctoral Fellowship in Teaching and Mentoring to bring in new UIC Ph.D.s as faculty-in-residence; and by partnering with the Graduate College to create the Award for Graduate Student Mentoring of Undergraduates.<br /><br />Dean Bottoms has also created valuable opportunities for students through her prolific fundraising. In the process of increasing scholarship fundraising, she secured the college’s largest-ever gift of $1 million in scholarships from the CME group; established the Wood Family Scholarship that provides a full four-year scholarship to a new student every two years; and created the $21,000 Sage Scholarships.<br /><br />Dean Bottoms is nationally recognized as a leader in Honors Education, having been a founding member of the national organization Honors Education at Research Universities and founding co-editor of its new journal.<br /><br />From 2009 to 2014, Dean Bottoms also served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, responsible for coordinating the undergraduate experience across colleges and leading a number of units in the Provost’s Office supporting undergraduate success. Dean Bottoms chaired, with the Dean of Students, the massive effort to draft the UIC Student Success Plan, involving more than 200 faculty, staff and students. Many policies and initiatives proposed in that plan are now in operation, with many more under implementation. UIC achieved stature locally and nationally as a site of innovation and excellence with Dean Bottoms serving as the founding Executive Director of the Chicago Collaborative for Undergraduate Success and a leader in the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities Student Performance Strand. Among the many other initiatives that Dean Bottoms oversaw as vice provost were improvements in academic advising, greater involvement of undergraduates in faculty research, convening the departmental directors of undergraduate studies as a group for the first time in UIC history, opening the Undergraduate Success Center to provide supplemental resources to students, and coordinating units participating in Summer College transition programs for incoming freshmen. <br /><br />During her nearly seven years of administrative service, Dean Bottoms published 32 journal articles and chapters, an edited book and 40 conference presentations, never pausing her research on child abuse, jury decision-making, and children’s eyewitness testimony. She has been PI of grants totaling nearly $700,000 on research on jury decision-making and student success, and she has advised four doctoral students and countless undergraduate research assistants. Her teaching and mentorship was recognized with the National Society of Collegiate Scholars Inspire Integrity Award and the UIC Graduate College Graduate Student Mentoring Award, adding to nine other teaching awards she has won since joining the faculty in 1992. <br /><br />Dean Bottoms has been a visionary leader and a remarkable advocate for the Honors College and for all students. I am pleased that she will continue her career at UIC as an esteemed member of our faculty. An interim dean will be named later this summer. In the meanwhile, I hope you will join me in thanking Dean Bottoms for all that she has done and wishing her continued success as Professor of Psychology.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Eric A. Gislason<br />Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 19 Jun 2015 08:36:53 -0500 Fri, 19 Jun 2015 08:36:53 -0500 State budget update University of Illinois [http://www.uillinois.edu/]<br /><br />June 12, 2015<br /><br />Dear colleagues,<br /><br />As the impasse over the state’s fiscal 2016 budget continues in Springfield, I want to update you on the University’s activities and address concerns expressed about news coming out of the Capitol.<br /><br />The University, through my office and the Office of Governmental Relations, continues to advocate strongly for adequate and responsible levels of state support for the University of Illinois. We convened the presidents of the public universities and made advocacy visits to top legislative leaders and senior executive staff in the governor’s office. I met personally with the governor during the spring session. We provided testimony in budget hearings and to legislative budget working groups. We have generated “calls to action” to alumni, faculty, staff and students. We established a U of I legislative caucus that meets in the Capitol. And we are meeting regularly with community leadership groups around the state to articulate the central value proposition for public higher education as the engine for economic revitalization for Illinois. <br /><br />We continue to monitor the situation at the Statehouse closely and to provide information and assistance to the governor and lawmakers as needed and upon request. The U of I will participate in a special Senate hearing on college affordability next week.<br /><br />The information coming out of Springfield at times like this can be confusing. Earlier this week, it was reported that the state might stop making payments on July 1, the start of fiscal 2016, if a new budget is not approved by June 30, and that state workers might begin missing paychecks on July 15. I want to assure you that the University of Illinois is planning to continue to pay its employees and vendors throughout this budget cycle, thanks to prudent fiscal stewardship.<br /><br />We expect continued funding to meet the University’s obligations as the state pays the remainder of the University’s current fiscal 2015 appropriation. A prolonged budget impasse would be troubling and we are confident that the governor and legislative leaders will reach an agreement soon to fund operations of the state in the new fiscal year.<br /><br />I want to thank all of you for your continued dedication to our University. I will provide further updates as needed.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Tim Killeen<br /><br />President<br /><br /><br /><br />©Copyright 2015 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:31:45 -0500 Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:31:45 -0500 UI Health: NICU Nurse’s WHY, Vice President’s WHY, and other news Here's the text only version if needed: <br /><br />UI Health Newsletter<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2015-06/June_Newsletter.html<br /><br />After Caring for a Stroke Survivor as a Teenager, Fozia Knew she Wanted to Care for Others.<br />Watch the video: http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2015-06/Fozia_Tells_Us_Why_She_Chose_UI_Health.html<br /><br />Why I Get My Care at UI Health<br />"There are several reasons why I obtain my health care here at UI Health," writes Dr. Bauman. <br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2015-06/Why_I_get_my_care_at_UI_Health.html<br /><br />Center for Pelvic Health opens at UI Health<br />Center for Pelvic Health opens its virtual doors and was featured on WGN's Living Healthy Chicago.<br />Watch the Video: http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2015-06/Center_for_Pelvic_Health_Opens_at_UI_Health.html<br /><br />Where the Clicks Are<br />We have successfully grown our official Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn fans beyond our expectation.<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2015-06/Social_Media.html<br /><br />Making a Difference in the Community<br />UI Health Provides Education & Information at Chicago Fire's Practice, Midwest Asian Health Association event, and Día del Ni?o.<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2015-06/Making_a_Difference_in_the_Community.html<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Wed, 03 Jun 2015 16:39:28 -0500 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 16:39:28 -0500 Springfield update [http://www.uillinois.edu/]<br /><br />June 3, 2015<br /><br />Dear Colleagues,<br /><br />As you may have seen in the media, the legislative session in Springfield reached its deadline Sunday without an agreement on a state budget for fiscal 2016, which begins July 1. The expectation is that lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner will return to the Capitol as soon as this week to resume negotiations on the budget and other unresolved issues.<br /><br />This development was not unexpected, and it’s not the first time a spring legislative session has gone into summer “overtime.”<br /><br />I will be working with our governmental relations and budgeting staff in the coming weeks to continue to make the case for adequate, responsible state support of the University of Illinois, and for all of public higher education in Illinois. As recently as last week I convened a group of leaders from the state’s public universities to meet with legislative leaders and Gov. Rauner’s chief of staff to reiterate our collective value to the state as well as our nation. I am confident our message was heard, and we will continue the work to advance higher education as among the state’s priorities.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Timothy Killeen<br />President <br /> <br />©Copyright 2015 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 03 Jun 2015 08:40:28 -0500 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 08:40:28 -0500 Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award – Call for nominations <br /> <br />Click here to see this online [http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2015_0528_cape.html]<br /> <br />U I C Office of the Chancellor<br /> <br /> <br />Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,<br /><br />The Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award, established in 1988, recognizes the demonstrated excellence of academic professional staff and affirms our high regard for the contributions of these important members of our academic community. This year, six academic professionals will receive the CAPE Award, which provides a $1,000 permanent increase to the honoree’s salary and a $2,000 one-time cash award.<br /><br />Nominations are welcomed from UIC faculty, students, academic professionals, and support staff. Resubmission of past nominees is encouraged. The nominating form, procedures, and eligibility criteria are online [https://sites.google.com/site/uicapac/resources/awards-and-recognition-programs/cape].<br /><br />The deadline for nominations and all supporting credentials is noon on June 26. Awards will be presented November 10 at the UIC Employee Recognition ceremony and reception at the UIC Forum.<br /><br />Please contact Ahlam Al-Kodmany, Chair of the 2015 CAPE Selection Committee, at[ ryyan@uic.edu] or 6-7458 with any questions. Information will also be on the APAC website [https://sites.google.com/site/uicapac/home].<br /><br />I look forward to celebrating these outstanding Academic Professionals this fall.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2015 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois<br /><br /> <br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 28 May 2015 11:27:13 -0500 Thu, 28 May 2015 11:27:13 -0500 Town hall thank you May 27, 2015<br /><br />Dear colleagues and friends:<br /><br />The University of Illinois is a very special place for a host of reasons, but largely due to the excellence and commitment of its people—students, faculty and staff, alumni and friends. That central truth was reinforced for me last week, my first official week on the job, when I had the opportunity and pleasure to meet and talk with so many of you.<br /><br />I saw first-hand your creativity and incisiveness of thought, your enthusiastic spirit, and your deep commitment to service. These were just a few of the many qualities that stood out to me as the three chancellors and I traveled to Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, Springfield, Rockford and Peoria to meet the U of I family and host town hall conversations about our collective future. Along the way, we met with students, faculty, staff, alumni, local mayors, the media, community and business leaders.<br /><br />Please accept my thanks to those who participated, followed on video-stream, and helped to plan and execute the week’s exciting 450-mile journey to five campuses. The experience reminded me why I’m so optimistic about the University’s future.<br /><br />As I mentioned at all stops – and there are more visits in the works – this is just the start of a deep engagement that I believe will provide profound insights and will serve to develop new connections and collaborations across our University. <br /><br />The conversation hasn’t ended, however, so please feel free to provide your thoughts, suggestions and comments using an online form (https://uofi.uillinois.edu/fb/sec/8685347). There will be many opportunities for further discussion when we kick off a University strategic planning process in June that will wrap up next March.<br /><br />On Tuesday, I returned to the Capitol in Springfield to convene a meeting with presidents and board chairs from all the other public universities in Illinois to unite our voices in advocating for a robust level of state funding for public higher education and to restate our mutual commitment to responsible public service. Investing in public universities is an investment in solutions – and in the future of our state.<br /><br />Thank you for your welcome to me as your new president and thank you – most sincerely - for all you do every day to foster the great mission of the University of Illinois.<br /><br />Timothy L. Killeen, <br />President officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 27 May 2015 14:00:19 -0500 Wed, 27 May 2015 14:00:19 -0500 Message from the Chancellor Dear faculty, staff and students,<br /><br />Today, a report (http://economicimpact.uic.edu) has been released detailing the many ways that the University of Illinois at Chicago is an economic engine for the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois.<br /><br />The economic impact analysis was prepared by the UIC Center for Urban Economic Development (CUED) in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs.<br /><br />I would like to extend my gratitude to CUED researchers Natalie Davila, former senior associate, Claire Thomison, research assistant, and Howard Wial, former executive director and associate research professor, for conducting the analysis, and to Dean Michael Pagano for his leadership and dedication to our first comprehensive look at the beneficial impact of UIC.<br /><br />As Chicago’s largest university, we provide enormous value to our local community and the state’s economy. Whether it’s the education we afford to our students, the jobs we provide on campus, the amount of taxes our employees pay to local and state government, the health care we provide to communities, or the innovative technologies and businesses we help to create, the contributions of UIC are great.<br /><br />UIC provides the residents of Illinois with an affordable and accessible education at Chicago’s only public research university. As a result, our graduates earn higher incomes than they would without a degree and the great majority remain in Illinois and continue to contribute to the economy.<br /><br />In summary, here are a few key findings of the report, which examined data from fiscal year 2013:<br /><br />• UIC added $4 billion to the Illinois economy.<br />• The campus employs more than 13,000 people; 93.5 percent of whom live in Illinois. The university paid $1.2 billion in wages and benefits to employees.<br />• UIC employees and students paid $99 million in income, sales and property taxes to state and local governments.<br />• More than 6,900 degrees were conferred and nearly 70 percent of our more than 205,000 alumni live in Illinois.<br />• UIC received 24 new patents and generated more than $20 million in royalties and fees.<br />• Our medical center provided $28 million in charity care to underserved populations.<br /><br />To read the full report, visit http://economicimpact.uic.edu<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 27 May 2015 13:38:51 -0500 Wed, 27 May 2015 13:38:51 -0500 Community Safety Alert On May 23, at about 2:15 AM, UIC and Chicago Police responded to a call of shots fired off-campus at 1038 W. 14th St. A male victim (not UIC affiliated) was found with a single gun shot wound to the chest and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. A blue Chevy Tahoe with large rims was seen fleeing the area headed east on 14th St. and may have been involved. No further information is available at this time.<br /><br />The Chicago Police Department will conduct the follow-up investigation.<br /><br />Anyone with information is asked to call 311.<br /><br />Crime location mapped: https://goo.gl/maps/O6vAf<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 /><br /> urgent http://www.uic.edu/uic UrgentFeed Sat, 23 May 2015 04:06:05 -0500 Sat, 23 May 2015 04:06:05 -0500