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 UIC: Reflections and Opportunities This week, I had the pleasure of meeting with the committee searching for a new chancellor and was impressed by its diligence, its commitment and its progress.<br /><br />Our conversation included thoughts on what lies ahead for UIC and I was asked for my vision, based on what I’ve learned during my 2 ½ years as president and decades of watching from afar as a faculty member and administrator in Urbana-Champaign.<br /><br />In my view, for all that UIC has already accomplished in its short history, its future is even brighter and can play a pivotal role in building a better tomorrow for Chicago, our state and our nation. Let me explain.<br /><br />Increasingly, major cities are becoming the hubs that drive the economic fortunes of our world as a whole. Consider these findings by the Brookings Institution, which show that America’s top 100 metropolitan areas account for only 12 percent of the country’s land mass, but are now responsible for three-fourths of gross domestic product, 70 percent of jobs and nearly 80 percent of competitive patents. As cities go, so goes our nation and our world.<br /><br />Chicago, I believe, is poised to become a leader in that emerging global cities movement, with its infrastructure, transportation network and ideal geographic location. But to get there, Chicago needs a large, world-class public university – one that provides a transformative education for large numbers of young people to supply a highly skilled, 21st century workforce; one that provides the pioneering research that fosters discovery and new waves of innovation; and one that enriches culture and awareness through training in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences that is fundamental to a robust society.<br /><br />UIC can be that globally premier university. This growing campus is already the city’s largest, and its reputation for academic and research excellence has earned it a place on a prestigious list of the world’s top universities under 50 years old.<br /><br />UIC’s vast potential makes the chancellor search even more critical, and I look forward to working with the committee as it continues its efforts to find a leader who can build on UIC’s capacity to serve society. <br /><br />I am also grateful to Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares for her contributions to UIC’s rise during her nearly six years as chancellor, and for her leadership during a current period of change in campus administration. She and Interim Provost Rick Gislason share a passion for UIC, and the talents to move the campus forward during the transition to new leadership.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Robert A. Easter<br />President official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:59:27 -0500 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:59:27 -0500 UIC: Reflections and Opportunities Dear colleagues:<br /><br />This week, I had the pleasure of meeting with the committee searching for a new chancellor and was impressed by its diligence, its commitment and its progress.<br /><br />Our conversation included thoughts on what lies ahead for UIC and I was asked for my vision, based on what I’ve learned during my 2 ½ years as president and decades of watching from afar as a faculty member and administrator in Urbana-Champaign.<br /><br />In my view, for all that UIC has already accomplished in its short history, its future is even brighter and can play a pivotal role in building a better tomorrow for Chicago, our state and our nation. Let me explain.<br /><br />Increasingly, major cities are becoming the hubs that drive the economic fortunes of our world as a whole. Consider these findings by the Brookings Institution, which show that America’s top 100 metropolitan areas account for only 12 percent of the country’s land mass, but are now responsible for three-fourths of gross domestic product, 70 percent of jobs and nearly 80 percent of competitive patents. As cities go, so goes our nation and our world.<br /><br />Chicago, I believe, is poised to become a leader in that emerging global cities movement, with its infrastructure, transportation network and ideal geographic location. But to get there, Chicago needs a large, world-class public university – one that provides a transformative education for large numbers of young people to supply a highly skilled, 21st century workforce; one that provides the pioneering research that fosters discovery and new waves of innovation; and one that enriches culture and awareness through training in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences that is fundamental to a robust society.<br /><br />UIC can be that globally premier university. This growing campus is already the city’s largest, and its reputation for academic and research excellence has earned it a place on a prestigious list of the world’s top universities under 50 years old.<br /><br />UIC’s vast potential makes the chancellor search even more critical, and I look forward to working with the committee as it continues its efforts to find a leader who can build on UIC’s capacity to serve society. <br /><br />I am also grateful to Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares for her contributions to UIC’s rise during her nearly six years as chancellor, and for her leadership during a current period of change in campus administration. She and Interim Provost Rick Gislason share a passion for UIC, and the talents to move the campus forward during the transition to new leadership.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Robert A. Easter<br />President official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:07:50 -0500 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:07:50 -0500 Conflicts of Commitment and Interest Disclosure for Civil Service Staff TO: Civil Service Staff<br /><br />FROM: Robert A. Crouch<br />Assistant Vice President for Human Resources<br /><br />DATE: August 22, 2014<br /><br />SUBJECT: Conflicts of Commitment and Interest Disclosure for Civil Service Staff<br /><br />University policy requires employees to disclose activities that may present a potential conflict with their University roles and responsibilities as outlined in Rule 16.01 of the Policy and Rules for Civil Service Staff. The policy makes every effort to balance the integrity and interests of staff with that of the University. Disclosing a conflict does not imply that anyone is behaving improperly. Most conflicts can be managed and employees are encouraged to work with their Unit Executive Officer to do so.<br /><br />A conflict of interest occurs when an employee is in a position to advance his or her own interests or those of a third party, to the University's detriment. Conflicts of interest can arise in a variety of situations, including but not limited to the following: research, non-university income producing activities, business relationships, procurement-related conflicts, intellectual property, and involvement of students and staff. Some conflicts of interest are obvious while others are not. <br /><br />Although annual reporting is not mandatory, I encourage you to complete the enclosed Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form for Civil Service Employees and submit it to your supervisor to protect you and the University from potential conflicts of interest. The form is similar to the Report of Non-University Activities (RNUA) that all faculty and academic staff are required to complete annually.<br /><br />This notice applies to Civil Service staff only. In addition, if you are a University Administration employee, you may disregard this notice since you should have already received notification from UA Employee Relations and Human Resources.<br /><br />For more information about the Conflict of Interest guidelines for Civil Service employees, please visit http://research.uillinois.edu/coci/civil-service. <br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:57:52 -0500 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:57:52 -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 10 month Annual or the 4 month Fall Semester Payment Plan option, the enrollment deadline is August 27th, 2014. After August 27th, options available will be a 9 month Annual Payment Plan, or a 3 month Fall Semester Payment Plan.<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 />usfscohelp@uillinois.edu<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:54:00 -0500 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:54:00 -0500 Message from the Provost Dear Colleagues,<br /><br />As you know, I have returned from retirement to a new role as Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost. While I will miss my faculty work in the Chemistry department, I wanted to let you know how glad I am to be back in University Hall leading the academic mission of the campus. I am really looking forward to working with you, the outstanding faculty and staff who make UIC happen, and with Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares to advance her program for the campus. Of the many administrative positions I have held (department head, interim dean, vice chancellor for research, interim chancellor) this one may be the most important, because the provost’s office is central to the academic heart of the campus. I feel a personal responsibility to help you continue your good work and to keep the campus moving forward steadily. <br /><br />I hope that in the next few months I will have a chance to meet you as I make my way around the campus. But if that does not come to pass, please know that I am here working on your behalf.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Eric A. Gislason<br />Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost<br /><br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:51:02 -0500 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:51:02 -0500 Message from the Chancellor Click here to see this online [http://www.uic.edu/index.html/Chancellor/newsletters/2014_0821_poetry_festival.html]<br /><br />Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,<br /><br />The UIC Poetry Festival is the first event in the Chancellor’s Lecture and Event Series of the 2014 – 2015 academic year and it is sure to be a great one! Come out and enjoy lectures and readings by some of Chicagoland’s most talented and award winning poets. Light refreshments will be served. <br /><br />Tuesday, September 23, 2014<br />3:00-5:00 p.m., Lecture and Poetry Readings <br />East Terrace of the Student Center East<br /><br />RSVP to Nia Brown in the Office of the Chancellor (nbrown34@uic.edu), and please advise should you need special accommodations.<br /><br />A brief biography of each poet is below.<br /><br />Visit the Chancellor’s Lecture and Event Series website (http://www.uic.edu/home/Chancellor/lectures.shtml) for additional details and upcoming events.<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor<br /><br /> <br /><br />Christina Correa<br /><br />Christina Correa is a writer of both fiction and poetry and the winner of a 2013 Midwestern Voices and Visions award. She has been published most recently in TriQuarterly, Rebelde: A Proyecto Latina Anthology, As/Us Journal, and Kalyani magazine. Mr. Correa has also been broadcast on National Public Radio’s Latino USA and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College’s Fiction Writing Department and is a Masters of Arts candidate in Latin American and Latino Studies at UIC.<br /><br />Ladan Osman<br /><br />Ladan Osman is a Somali-American poet whose works have been featured in various publications including Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s syndicated newspaper column, “American Life in Poetry.” She has received fellowships from the Luminarts Cultural Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem, and the Michener Center for Writers. Ms. Osman is the winner of the 2014 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets for her book The Kitchen Dweller’s Testimony.<br /><br />Christina Pugh<br /><br />Christina Pugh is an associate professor of poetry in the Department of English at UIC. Ms. Pugh holds a doctorate in comparative literature from Harvard University, where she was awarded the Whiting Foundation’s Fellowship for the Humanities for her dissertation. She is the author of three books: Grains of the Voice, Restoration, and Rotary, as well as the chapbook Gardening at Dusk. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications including The Atlantic Monthly and The Kenyon Review. Her honors include the Word Press First Book Prize (for Rotary), the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from Poetry magazine, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, an individual artist fellowship in poetry from the Illinois Arts Council, the Associated Writing Programs’ Intro Journals Award, the Grolier Poetry Prize, residencies at the Ragdale and Ucross Foundations, and a faculty fellowship from the UIC Institute for the Humanities. <br /><br /> <br />Roger Reeves<br /><br />Roger Reeves earned his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin and is an assistant professor of poetry in the Department of English at UIC. Reeves's poems have been published in journals such as American Poetry Review and the Boston Review. Some of his honors include being awarded a 2013 NEA Fellowship, the Poetry Foundation Ruth Lilly Fellowship in 2008, a two Bread Loaf Scholarships, and two Cave Canem Fellowships. Reeves’ debut collection of poetry, King Me (Copper Canyon Press, 2013), was awarded the 2014 Larry Levis Reading Prize for Debut Book of Poetry and the Pushcart Prize. Most recently, Professor Reeves received the 2014 Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. He was also named to Newcity magazine’s Lit50 for 2014, the publication’s annual list celebrating some of the top Chicago authors.<br /><br /> <br /><br />© 2014 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:55:15 -0500 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:55:15 -0500 Message from the Provost I am pleased to announce the appointment of Emanuel D. (Mannie) Pollack as Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, effective September 1, 2014, pending Board of Trustees approval. <br /><br />An inveterate promoter of the student interest, Professor Pollack has made it his mission to eliminate institutional barriers to student progress and success. Professor Pollack recently retired from the position of Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs in the UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where he was responsible for all aspects of the college’s undergraduate academic life, including admissions, academic advising, curricula, educational policy and degree completion. A significant component of his Associate Dean portfolio was to assure the delivery of high-quality academic advising services to nearly 10,000 undergraduates, which culminated in the development of a student-focused Academic Advising Center. During Professor Pollack’s tenure as Associate Dean, the graduation rate of the college nearly doubled. Professor Pollack has brought unique recognition to the University as its only representative to serve on a governing body of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, to which he has made several presentations on academic advising and student success. As a member of the statewide steering panel for the Illinois Articulation Initiative, acting on behalf of the University of Illinois system, he influenced the relationships among Illinois universities and community colleges. <br /><br />Professor Pollack received his undergraduate degree from Roosevelt University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Iowa. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he joined the Illinois Institute for Developmental Disabilities, where he was director of the developmental and behavioral science program with concurrent faculty appointments in the UIC Department of Biological Sciences and in the College of Medicine. He has published numerous scientific papers in the field of developmental neurobiology while teaching popular biology courses, and was instrumental in founding neuroscience as an independently recognized discipline at UIC. His honors received from UIC include the INSPIRE award, Honors Fellow of the Year, the Horizon League Sportsmanship Award, and the LAS Lifetime Service award. He was also the inaugural recipient of the Flames Sportsmanship Award, and in October will receive the University of Illinois Distinguished Service Award. <br /><br />I hope you will join me in congratulating Professor Pollack on his new position.<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 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:10:42 -0500 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:10:42 -0500 CTA Ventra U-PASS Update for UIC Students enrolled fulltime CTA Ventra U-PASS Update for UIC Students enrolled fulltime: Please be advised that the U-PASS Distribution for Fall Semester will start on August 20, 2014 in The Student Services Building (SSB) 1200 W. Harrison. If you are enrolled and registered for classes as a fulltime undergraduate or graduate UIC student, you may qualify for a U-Pass. If you have a U-Pass already, you will not need to get a new one as it will be turned on after you become fulltime at the start of a Term. If you are a new fulltime student at UIC, you should attend Distribution which runs for 3 weeks to pick up your new Ventra Card. Bring you UIC i-card to pick up your Ventra U-PASS. Please visit the UIC ID Center website [http://www.uic.edu/depts/idcenter/] and Click on U-PASS. Any questions about your eligibility call the UIC ID Center and talk to a U-PASS administrator. <br /><br /><br />The following information is provided by the CTA and Ventra: <br /><br />Don't forget your U-Pass! <br />Your U-Pass is good for up to five years and automatically reactivates when your next full-time term begins. If you need to replace your card, the replacement fee is $50. <br />Should you experience any issue with your U-Pass, please contact your school's U-Pass administrator to make sure you are properly listed as full-time. <br /><br />Check your balance: <br />Please note your transit account must be in good standing prior to your next qualifying term for U-Pass privileges to be active. You can check your U-Pass Account balance by logging into [https://www.ventrachicago.com/balance/]. <br /><br />If you have a negative balance at the start of the semester or at any point during the semester, your U-Pass unlimited riding privileges may be suspended until the balance is paid. <br /><br />Adding value to your account for friends and family: <br />You can use your U-Pass to pay for friends and family on CTA and Pace. Your U-Pass card has the ability to provide your student rides and to load additional transit value onto the same card, funds that can be used to pay for the rides of others . Important: You must add value to your transit account in order to pay for other riders, since no one other than you is qualified to receive unlimited U-Pass rides as part of your enrollment. <br /><br />When travelling with others. the first use of your card will be applied toward your U-Pass. Any subsequent uses will be deducted from regular transit value on your U-Pass . I f there are not enough funds in the transit account, your account balance will go negative . resulting in the suspension of your U-Pass unlimited riding privilege. Agai n. your U-Pass unlimited free riding privileges are only intended for you because of your student status .<br /><br />Riding when school is out of session: <br />One of the conveniences of Ventra is that you may continue to use the same U-Pass card when school is out of session. This replaces the need to use a separate fare card when school is not in session. Between terms, your U-Pass card will function just like a normal fare card. In order to use it, you must add funds to your account. You will be charged full fares for your rides during school breaks. More information about how U-Pass functions when school is out of session is available at [http://www.transitchicago.com/upass].<br /><br />Adding Transit Value: <br />It's easy and convenient to add money to your Ventra card. You can add funds or load an unlimited-ride 1-day, 3-day, 7-day or 30-day pass online at [http://www.VentraChicago.com/] if you have a registered transit account; at any Ventra Vending Machine located at CTA rail stations and at hundreds of participating retail locations - visit [http://www.VentraChicago.com/] to find a location near you. <br /><br />If you require assistance, please contact Ventra Customer Service at www.ventrachicago.com or 877-669-8368. <br /><br /><br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:00:15 -0500 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:00:15 -0500 Message from the Provost I am writing to announce that Bette L. Bottoms has stepped down from her role as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs effective August 16, 2014. Professor Bottoms will retain her other appointments as Dean of the Honors College and Professor in the Department of Psychology. <br /><br />Working with the Chancellor, Provost, and partners across campus, as Vice Provost Professor Bottoms was instrumental in developing, implementing and co-chairing the Student Success Planning Initiative, a campus-wide project aimed at increasing student success. UIC has gained stature locally and nationally as a site of innovation and excellence with Professor 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 initiatives that Professor Bottoms oversaw as Vice Provost was the growing 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 struggling students, and coordinating the activities of several units participating in Summer College transition programs for incoming undergraduates. These and other activities helped UIC to earn over $625,000 of grant funding for undergraduate success initiatives while Dr. Bottoms was Vice Provost.<br /><br />I am pleased that Professor Bottoms will continue to serve as Dean of the Honors College, where she has also provided outstanding leadership, with the student body growing in size and diversity and achieving an 88% graduation rate under her watch. <br /><br />I am currently engaged in consultations regarding an interim Vice Provost and I expect to make an announcement soon.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br /><br />Eric A. Gislason<br />Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:09:17 -0500 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:09:17 -0500 Summary of Chancellor's Recent Activities Click here to see this online [http://www.uic.edu/index.html/Chancellor/newsletters/2014_06_30_summary.html]<br /><br />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 />National Museum of Mexican Art Gala<br />Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce: Trade and Investment Opportunities in Pakistan<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 />Institute of Medicine Awards Committee<br />American Council on Education, Commission on Inclusion<br />New York Academy of Medicine Board of Trustees<br />The Chicago Network, Programming Committee<br />Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce<br />Civic Consulting Alliance, Membership Committee<br />Select Meetings Attended and/or Convened<br /><br />Chancellor/Vice Chancellors Meetings<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 />Select Deans’ Council, Monthly<br />Afternoon Student Break with the Chancellor, March 4, 2014<br />Board of Trustees Meeting (Urbana), March 5-6, 2014<br />Vice Chancellor Budget Meetings, various dates in March<br />All Chancellor’s Status Committees, various dates in April<br />Cook County Council of Economic Advisors, April 2, 2014<br />Underrepresented Faculty Reception, April 3, 2014<br />Appropriations Hearing, April 10, 2014<br />Full Senate meeting, April 24, 2014<br />Chicago Urban League SUMMIT Luncheon, April 30, 2014<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 />Executive Staff Meetings of Direct Reports, various dates in May Hosted On the Table (Chicago Community Trust Initiative) lunch, May 12, 2014<br />Board of Trustees Meeting, May 13-14, 2014<br />Civic Consulting Alliance Committee Meetings, May 15, 2014 and June 5, 2014<br />Meetings and meals with donors, various dates March-June<br />NIH Grant team and/or Co-PI meetings, various dates March-June<br />UIF Board meeting, June 3-4, 2014 (presented on expanding research opportunities for students)<br />Meetings to discuss Enhancing the Excellence of the College of Engineering, various dates in June<br />Horizon League Board of Directors Meeting, June 12-13, 2014<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, 18 Aug 2014 10:50:04 -0500 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:50:04 -0500 UIC Open House – Reminder Dear Colleagues,<br /><br />UIC will welcome prospective students, families, friends, alumni, and community members to the UIC Open House on Saturday, September 13. This event, which takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., will provide a valuable opportunity to showcase your college, department, or program to thousands of special guests in attendance.<br /><br />The open house is an important part of the university's continuing efforts to advance the excellence of our research and educational missions. For many visitors, this will be their first exposure to the diverse programs and opportunities available at UIC. We anticipate the open house agenda will provide our guests with greater perspective and appreciation for the university's academic programs, research, cultural activities, and support services. <br /><br />Last year’s inaugural open house was a great success, with over 5,000 guests visiting our campus and many of the attending students applying to and enrolling at UIC for this Fall. We anticipate a larger turnout this year and we seek wide involvement from the campus in order to deliver the most comprehensive look at the activities, both academic and cultural, available to the UIC community. As key stakeholders in the success and growth of UIC, I encourage the participation of your units in the open house program. <br /><br />There are a variety of options in which your unit can contribute while visitors learn more about UIC's majors and programs, explore student life and housing, attend academic sessions featuring UIC faculty, and tour the campus. <br /><br />You are encouraged therefore to send a representative to staff a table at the UIC Expo, which will be held at the UIC Forum from 8:00 a.m. to noon; plan a lecture, information session, or demonstration pertinent to an academic area of study; and/or feature a space, research project, or other activity at multiple points during the day.<br /><br />A call for participation has been extended to all colleges and many have already signed up through their unit admissions liaison. The deadline for colleges, department and units wishing to have their program information printed in the Passport (guide and schedule for the day) is August 15. If you haven't already done so, please complete the Programming Form http://bit.ly/openhousePROGRAM as soon as possible. If your unit wishes to participate in the Open House Exhibit Hall (UIC Expo) in the Forum and hasn't yet registered, please complete the form at http://bit.ly/openhouseEXPO.<br /><br />Should you have questions about the open house, please contact Oscar Rodriguez, Office of Recruitment and Outreach, at (312) 996-7928 or axarodr@uic.edu.<br /><br />Thank you for your contribution as we continue to provide access to excellence and success at UIC.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:52:06 -0500 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:52:06 -0500 Taylor Street to close to traffic for fest Festa Italiana opens later today, and Taylor Street will be closed to traffic.<br /><br />Taylor is closed from Ashland to Racine until 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18. Loomis is closed at Taylor.<br /><br />Hours for Festa:<br /><br />5-11 p.m. Thursday<br />noon to 11 p.m. Friday<br />noon to 11 p.m. Saturday<br />noon to 11 p.m. Sunday<br /><br />Michael Landek<br />Executive Associate Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:07:21 -0500 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:07:21 -0500 Circle Interchange Project Update August 13, 2014 The Morgan Street Bridge and CTA Blue Line Station will be closed beginning August 15 at 8 p.m. Pedestrian access to both the bridge and station will resume at 4 a.m. August 18. <br /> <br />Concrete will be poured on the east side of the bridge during the four-day closure. Concrete trucks will be staged on Congress Parkway during the operation. Drivers will be not be able to travel from Racine to Morgan Streets, but access to and from the parking garage and Lot 11 will be maintained.<br /> <br />AT&T continues to perform work on Van Buren Street. The eastbound traffic lane on Van Buren between Peoria and Halsted Streets remain closed. It is anticipated AT&T will complete this work by August 22, at which time Van Buren will be opened to traffic.<br /> <br />Contractors will be working to relocate water mains at the intersection of Halsted and Harrison Streets starting August 25. Work will not begin until students have moved into the residence halls located at Harrison and Halsted Streets, which occurs the week prior to the start of classes. Unfortunately, the contractors cannot postpone work beyond the weekend after residence hall move-in. The work is expected to last several weeks, and during this time the westbound lanes of Harrison Street will be closed.<br /> <br />Once again, caution is urged 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 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:36:21 -0500 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:36:21 -0500 Interim Provost campus announcement August 13, 2014<br /><br />Dear faculty and staff,<br /><br />I am pleased to announce that Eric A. “Rick” Gislason, a distinguished research chemist, professor emeritus and long-time administrator, has accepted the appointment to be UIC’s Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost, effective August 16, pending Board of Trustees approval.<br /><br />In more than four decades of service to UIC, Dr. Gislason has had a distinguished record and unwavering commitment to our University.<br /><br />Rick joined UIC in 1969 and served as head of chemistry from 1993 to 1999, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 1997 to 1998, and vice chancellor for research from 1999 to 2008. He also served as interim chancellor from 2008 to 2009.<br /><br />As vice chancellor for research Rick significantly raised UIC’s profile as a research university and substantially increased federal research funding. Under his leadership, UIC partnered with Northwestern University and University of Chicago in the Chicago Biomedical Consortium, an interdisciplinary research collaboration that received $25 million in 2006 from The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust.<br /><br />Rick is known for fostering interdisciplinary collaboration among campus researchers, overseeing the development of units like the Center for Structural Biology and the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in chemical physics from Harvard University.<br /><br />Rick was selected, after consultation with the Deans, Vice Chancellors, and executive leadership of the Senate, to lead our academic programs through this important transition and provide the necessary administrative and leadership expertise to help guide our urban research university. <br /><br />President Bob Easter said that he is delighted that Dr. Gislason agreed to take on this task and he has confidence in the leadership that Rick and I will provide during this period of transition.<br /><br />As a campus we must remain united in pursuing and achieving even greater excellence in all of our aspirations. Under the strong and successful leadership of campus deans, administrators, a new interim Provost, and the Senate Executive Committee, we are focused on maintaining the highest level of scholarship, research and instruction. <br /><br />Each new academic year brings changes, and with them an opportunity to grow and succeed. My commitment to the many strategic initiatives we have implemented at UIC remains strong and focused.<br /><br />We will build on UIC’s remarkable growth — in instruction, innovations, and in academic and research achievements – to meet the needs of our local and global communities. <br /><br />Through initiatives that I envisioned -- in collaboration with you -- such as our Student Success Initiative to improve graduation rates, the Faculty Discovery Fund, the Chancellor’s Innovation Fund to support UIC’s research discoveries and seed investments in startups, the Graduate Research Fellowship Program to support interdisciplinary graduate research, the expansion of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, the Global Learning Community certificate program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Global Excellence Task Force to enhance our campus's international and global efforts, we will continue to advance this great University.<br /><br />By strengthening the diversity of UIC students and faculty, through the Chancellors’ Cluster Initiative to Increase Diversity and the Interdisciplinary Culture, and by examining the health needs of minority populations, through the UIC Institute for Minority Health Research, UIC will continue to expand research on issues related to diversity, social justice and health inequities.<br /> <br />We have achieved significant accomplishments in recent years with the help of faculty, staff, students, and alumni. These include exceeding our Brilliant Futures Campaign goal; receiving Board of Trustees approval of our Campus Master Plan with support of former U of I president Stanley Ikenberry; and signing the collective bargaining contracts between UIC and UIC United Faculty, which represents tenure-system and non-tenure-system faculty.<br /><br />These programs, and many others, are particularly important to me and to our future as a great public research university.<br /><br />I hope you will join me in supporting Rick as we move into the next phase of UIC’s growth and development to achieve academic excellence in all facets of our mission. <br /> <br />Sincerely,<br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago<br />Vice President, University of Illinois<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:38:51 -0500 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:38:51 -0500 Emergency Repair to High-Temp Hot Water System On Thursday, August 14, beginning at 1:00 PM, the high-temperature hot water system on the East Side of campus will be shut down for emergency repairs.<br /><br />Repairs should be completed by 1:00 AM Friday, August 15, and water in the system should reach optimum temperature by 4:00 AM. <br /><br />We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this emergency repair. If you have questions or issues about this service outage, please contact the Utilities Department at 312-996-3317.<br /><br />Michael Landek<br />Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:57:54 -0500 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:57:54 -0500