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 Building Evacuation Drills Sept. 16-18 The Environmental Health and Safety Office, in coordination with the UIC Police and UIC electricians, will conduct evacuation drills for all UIC buildings beginning Tuesday, Sept. 16, through Thursday, Sept. 18, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.<br /> <br />The hospital and clinics will not be drilled, nor will buildings that have already had a scheduled evacuation drill during the current year. Every other building's fire alarm will be activated on one of the above dates.<br /> <br />If you are in a building with an active evacuation plan, follow the plan accordingly.<br /> <br />In those buildings that do not have a plan in place, please refer to the evacuation guidelines below. These guidelines are also on the Environmental Health and Safety Office website, http://www.uic.edu/depts/envh/.<br /> <br /> <br />Building Evacuation<br /> <br />--Know what you should do beforehand, so you're prepared to evacuate safely and efficiently.<br /> <br />--Identify the two nearest exits for your area. It's important to know two exit paths should you find one blocked by smoke, fire or other hazards.<br /> <br />--Identify the location of the nearest fire alarm pull-station if they exist in your building. This is the best way to alert others about a fire.<br /> <br />--Follow instructions of emergency services personnel, including UIC Police, Chicago Fire Department, UIC Environmental Health and Safety Office, or other agencies.<br /> <br />--When a fire alarm is activated, leave immediately through the nearest and safest exit. Do not attempt to use elevators.<br /> <br />--If you're not able to evacuate without assistance, and visible smoke or fire is in your immediate area, proceed to the nearest stairwell landing and wait for assistance. If there is no immediate danger from smoke or fire, go into any room with a door that can be shut. Call UIC Police. The emergency number is (312) 355-5555, or 5-5555 from a campus phone. Be prepared to tell them your location.<br /> <br />--As you evacuate, close, but do not lock, all doors to slow the spread of fire and smoke. Once outside, move at least 50 feet away from the building to avoid danger from shattering glass or impeding first responders.<br /> <br />--Call UIC Police at (312) 355-5555 to alert them to the activated alarm. Be prepared to tell them the name and address of the building. <br /> <br /> <br />Although these are planned drills, it is important to treat each alarm as a true emergency. It is safer to evacuate and find out there is no emergency than to remain in the building and find out that there is.<br /> <br />Thank you in advance for your participation.<br /> <br />Richard Anderson<br />Director, Environmental Health and Safety Office<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:06:06 -0500 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:06:06 -0500 Message from the Provost Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,<br /><br />U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" ranking, released Tuesday, ranks UIC in a six-way tie at No. 149 among national universities.<br /><br />UIC is appropriately grouped with National Universities in the rankings based on our Carnegie classification -- and it is a competitive field. While our ranking has dropped from last year, we remain in the top 4 percent of the more than 4,400 U.S. universities.<br /><br />In fact, our university metrics have improved, and what we consider to be "good news" may have actually hurt our rankings due to U.S. News methodology.<br /><br />For example, selectivity is based on percent of the applicant pool admitted.  In fall 2013, UIC's applicant pool was more qualified, with higher average ACT scores, and thus, we admitted more students from the applicant pool.  According to the U.S. News rankings, this made UIC "less selective."<br /><br />UIC has increased its six-year graduation rate from around 30 percent in the late 1980s to over 57 percent in data submitted to U.S. News. The rankings, however, predicted that UIC would have a 63 percent graduation rate based on federal methodology that does not take into account a university's improvement in graduation rates, which UIC has continually improved on year-after-year.<br /><br />Our preliminary fall 2014 data, based on the ten-day census, shows additional positive gains in student enrollment, including:<br /><br />·         One-year retention of new freshmen remained relatively unchanged at 80 percent;<br /><br />·         Hispanic student undergraduate enrollment increased from 23.7 percent in 2013 to 26.4 percent in 2014, which we are optimistic will qualify us as a Hispanic Serving Institution;<br /><br />·         New transfers increased from 1,640 in 2013 to 1,718 in 2014;<br /><br />·         New African American freshmen increased from 267 in 2013 to 285 in 2014.<br /><br />Everyone at UIC is focused on increasing retention and graduation rates and providing supportive services and learning opportunities to enhance student success.<br /><br />Rankings are only one factor in a student's decision about where to attend college. Fortunately, UIC has enormous strengths that are not reflected in mere numbers.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Eric A. Gislason<br /><br />Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:48:08 -0500 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:48:08 -0500 UI Health: Vote early, vote often, and help us win the Pink Glove Dance Video, watch our new commercial, and more... UI Health September Newsletter<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-09/September_Newsletter.html <br /><br />Voting is now open for the 2014 Medline Pink Glove Dance. <br />UI Health is excited to be one of over 150 hospitals and health systems to participate in this year's competition.<br />Watch the video and VOTE!<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-09/Voting_opens_for_the_Pink_Glove_Dance_Video.html<br /><br />UI Health Highlights<br />We welcome the new CEO of the University of Illinois Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Ghosh. <br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-09/UI_Health_Highlights.html<br /><br />Ready to Launch!<br />On September 8th, UI Health officially launched its Medicaid managed care program called UI Health Plus. <br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-09/Ready_to_Launch_UI_Health_Plus.html<br /><br />UI Health Fall Media Campaign<br />New campaign focuses on a broad awareness messages and strengthen the consumer's consciousness of our name, UI Health.<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-09/UI_Health_Fall_Media_Campaign.html<br /><br />Patient's Mother says "(UI Health's) care is second to none."<br />Michael's mother knew right away that her son was in good hands with Dr. Neckrysh.<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-09/Neurosurgery_Patient_Story.html <br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:21:18 -0500 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:21:18 -0500 National Constitution Day at UIC -- September 17, 2014 Dear Colleagues,<br /><br />Wednesday, September 17, 2014 marks National Constitution Day at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This year’s Constitution Day event will be held from 11:30am until 1:30pm in Student Center East, Room 302, and feature guest speaker Matthew Lippman, Emeritus Professor in the UIC Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice. Dr. Lippman’s address, “The Hidden Constitution: National Security, Electronic Surveillance and Privacy in the Age of Terror,” is intended to spark on-going conversations on privacy and government surveillance in classes at UIC throughout the year.<br /><br />On September 17, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document that was to become the cornerstone of democracy in the United States. In 2004, Congress created an observance, held each year on September 17th, to commemorate that historic day and to recognize the contributions of millions of naturalized U.S. citizens past and present.<br /><br />Constitution Day also marks the kickoff of UIC’s Voter Registration Drive, whose goal is to add 1,000 unregistered students to voter rolls. Before and during the event (11am-1:30pm), students will be able to register to vote, sign up as an election judge or poll watcher for the November 4th general election, volunteer for over one hundred community and civic organizations, and learn about internship programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. <br /><br />For additional information about online voter registration [https://ova.elections.il.gov/], please visit the website of the Illinois State Board of Elections to find information about online voter registration and other important election-related topics [http://www.elections.il.gov/votinginformation/register.aspx]. You may also consult the official Constitution Day event flyer [http://pols.uic.edu/docs/default-source/other/we-the-people-2014-flyer.pdf?sfvrsn=0] for further details.<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 /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:44:22 -0500 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:44:22 -0500 Annual Statement of Copyright Policies Annual Statement of Copyright Policies<br /><br />This informational notice is being sent in accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) and is *not* a notification of any specific improper activity.<br /><br />Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under Section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). Infringement may occur when a copyright protected work is reproduced or distributed without authorization, including when it is uploaded or downloaded from the Internet or otherwise published without permission. Protected works may include (among other works) music, movies and television programs. Although there are limited exceptions not requiring permission, such as the doctrine of fair use, sharing substantial portions of such works, including on peer-to-peer networks, without authorization by the rights owner or by meeting the exception requirements is an infringement.<br /><br />Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or "statutory" damages set at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504 and 505.<br /><br />Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.<br /><br />All campuses of the University of Illinois ("University") make every effort to comply with laws and institutional policies on copyright. Students that receive a copyright infringement notice may face disciplinary actions . These disciplinary actions may include, and are not limited to, loss of network access, mandatory training about copyright infringement, sanctions of record on academic transcripts, and potential dismissal from the University.<br /><br />For more information about copyright at the University of Illinois, please visit: http://accc.uic.edu/policy/heoa<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:30:29 -0500 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:30:29 -0500 Jane Byrne Interchange Construction Update - September 5, 2014 The Jane Byrne Interchange (Formerly the Circle Interchange) Construction Update<br />September 5, 2014<br /><br />Westbound Harrison Street will reopen Monday, Sept. 8, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.<br /><br /><br /><br />A new sidewalk will be poured at the Morgan Street CTA this weekend. The station will close at 4 a.m. on Saturday and reopen at 4 p.m. on Sunday. <br /><br /><br /><br />The Morgan Street Bridge should be completed in late October.<br /><br /><br /><br />The reconstruction project is in the sixth month of the initial phase. The project has three stages. <br /><br />Stage 1, involves the cross road bridges; <br /><br />Stage 2 focuses on the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) ramps and Congress Parkway; <br /><br />Stage 3 focuses on the Dan Ryan/Kennedy Expressways (I-90/94) roadway and ramps. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />The Peoria Street Bridge and CTA Blue Line Station remain closed. A new walkway is being built, and the station is being reconstructed and will include a new elevator for accessibility. The work is scheduled for completion in late December or early January.<br /><br /><br /><br />The initial phase – reconstruction of the northbound lanes – of the Halsted Street Bridge is scheduled to be completed in December. The southbound lanes are expected to be completed in March. The CTA Blue Line Station will remain open during both phases of work.<br /><br /><br /><br />The Harrison Street Bridge is scheduled to reopen in September 2015.<br /><br /><br /><br />The entire project is slated for completion in 2018.<br /><br /><br /><br />As always, caution is to be exercised when walking or driving through work zones.<br /><br />Michael Landek<br />Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:24:49 -0500 Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:24:49 -0500 Jane Byrne Interchange Construction Update - September 5, 2014 The Jane Byrne Interchange (Formerly the Circle Interchange) Construction Update<br />September 5, 2014<br /><br />Westbound Harrison Street will reopen Monday, Sept. 8, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.<br /><br /><br /><br />A new sidewalk will be poured at the Morgan Street CTA this weekend. The station will close at 4 a.m. on Saturday and reopen at 4 p.m. on Sunday. <br /><br /><br /><br />The Morgan Street Bridge should be completed in late October.<br /><br /><br /><br />The reconstruction project is in the sixth month of the initial phase. The project has three stages. <br /><br />Stage 1, involves the cross road bridges; <br /><br />Stage 2 focuses on the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) ramps and Congress Parkway; <br /><br />Stage 3 focuses on the Dan Ryan/Kennedy Expressways (I-90/94) roadway and ramps. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />The Peoria Street Bridge and CTA Blue Line Station remain closed. A new walkway is being built, and the station is being reconstructed and will include a new elevator for accessibility. The work is scheduled for completion in late December or early January.<br /><br /><br /><br />The initial phase – reconstruction of the northbound lanes – of the Halsted Street Bridge is scheduled to be completed in December. The southbound lanes are expected to be completed in March. The CTA Blue Line Station will remain open during both phases of work.<br /><br /><br /><br />The Harrison Street Bridge is scheduled to reopen in September 2015.<br /><br /><br /><br />The entire project is slated for completion in 2018.<br /><br /><br /><br />As always, caution is to be exercised when walking or driving through work zones.<br /><br />Michael Landek<br />Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:54:31 -0500 Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:54:31 -0500 Message from the Chancellor Dear faculty, staff and students:<br /><br />Although I am disappointed by the Senate resolution, I have full confidence in the UIC faculty and respect the concerns its members may express.<br /><br />During the completion of my term as chancellor, I will remain committed to the principles of shared governance and to communicating with and consulting the appropriate representatives of the campus community. UIC is a great university with tremendous potential, best achieved with collaboration and collegiality.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:51:04 -0500 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:51:04 -0500 Commitment to shared governance Dear colleagues:<br /><br />I received the resolution approved by the UIC Senate yesterday and wish to assure our campus community that I respect the faculty and remain committed to working with the Senate and campus leadership in the months ahead. In light of concerns that have been raised, I will be personally engaged with the UIC Senate, along with my traditional consultation with the University Senates Conference, and will ask for the opportunity to meet regularly with the campus Senate’s Executive Committee. <br /><br />I have firmly embraced the principles of shared governance throughout my U of I career and will continue to do so with you as we build on UIC’s rich legacy of service to our students, our state and our society.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Robert A. Easter <br />President<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:52:05 -0500 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:52:05 -0500 Resolution of the UIC Senate The UIC Senate approved the following resolution at the special Senate meeting on August 28, 2014.<br /><br />Elizabeth Dooley<br />Coordinator of the UIC Senate<br /><br /><br /><br />UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS<br />CHICAGO SENATE<br /><br />Special UIC Senate Meeting <br />August 28, 2014 Resolution<br /><br /><br />WHEREAS, shared governance, involving students, faculty and staff is central to the ability of UIC to achieve its teaching, research and service missions;<br /><br />WHEREAS, shared governance requires both appropriate consultation before important decisions are made and prompt and informative communication regarding those decisions;<br /><br />WHEREAS, both the Provost and the Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Affairs have been replaced with interim appointees in the last few weeks, and these changes come at a difficult time with searches underway for both a new Chancellor and a new President;<br /><br />WHEREAS, there was no consultation with students, faculty or staff or any of their elected representatives in the time leading up to these decisions;<br /><br />WHEREAS, neither decision was communicated to students, faculty or staff in a timely way, with widespread rumors and media reports preceding the official announcement;<br /><br />WHEREAS, these actions have caused serious damage to the campus community’s trust in the administration’s commitment to shared governance;<br /><br />WHEREAS, oversight by the President and the Board of Trustees was not exercised in a manner which reflects respect for shared governance;<br /><br />THEREFORE, The UIC Senate has no confidence in the Chancellor’s leadership of the campus. <br /><br />Further, we demand that the Campus and University Administration:<br /><br />• Consult with the campus community and their elected representatives for important decisions.<br /><br />• Communicate such decisions to the entire campus in a timely and informative manner, and<br /><br />• Reiterate publicly and demonstrate their commitment to shared governance as an important factor in the current searches for the top leadership of the Campus and University<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:01:28 -0500 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:01:28 -0500 Ensuring academic excellence Dear students:<br /><br />Over my 40-plus years at the University of Illinois, I’ve seen countless talented colleagues come and go – from presidents and chancellors to deans, department heads, faculty and staff. <br /><br />Change is almost constant in an operation as expansive as the U of I, with three campuses, more than 28,000 employees and outreach programs that literally stretch to every corner of our state. Employees retire or move on to new career opportunities, both on our campuses and off. New ones step in and the core missions that have guided the University since its founding continue unabated.<br /><br />It’s familiar territory for those of us who have been around for a while. But it’s new to many of our students, so I’ve wondered whether any might have concerns about the transition in leadership at UIC, where an interim provost was recently appointed and a search for a new chancellor is underway.<br /><br />I can assure you that while the players change, our priorities never will. Our foremost commitment is to our students, to best-in-class academic programs and to a transformative educational experience that provides a springboard to success.<br /><br />Just as it was for the generations of leaders who preceded them, helping students achieve their dreams is a goal shared by Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, Interim Provost Rick Gislason and former Provost Lon Kaufman. I’m grateful for their dedication, and wish Dr. Kaufman the best as he begins a new era of service to the University as assistant vice president for corporate and community relations in the Office of the Vice President for Health Affairs.<br /><br />We will seek to build on their foundation of excellence when Chancellor Allen-Meares steps down in January after guiding UIC for six years. A campus-wide search committee was appointed last spring, headed by former Vice President for Academic Affairs and longtime UIC faculty member Mrinalini “Meena” Rao. The 22-member committee, which includes two UIC students, hopes to recommend a new chancellor to the Board of Trustees by November. Once a chancellor is chosen, a search for a permanent provost will begin.<br /><br />Today’s campus leaders and tomorrow’s will play a key role in unlocking UIC’s vast potential. Chicago is great city – in every way one of the emerging global cities that will lead the way to economic growth in the 21st century. But as I noted in an email last week to students, faculty and staff, Chicago’s promise can only be realized with the support of a great public university. Our senior leadership and Board of Trustees are committed to expanding on UIC’s success to fill that crucial role, supplying the next-generation workforce and innovation that help drive progress and prosperity. <br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Robert A. Easter<br />President official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:00:15 -0500 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:00:15 -0500 Fall welcome It’s a pleasure to welcome our students to the University of Illinois, whether you’re new and still finding your way around or coming back after a summer away.<br /><br />The weeks, months and years ahead on our campuses will literally define your future – a time to explore career possibilities, lock in your goals and nurture the skills to achieve them. <br /><br />Not that long ago, your time here would have been the capstone of your education, developing talents that would serve you for a lifetime. <br /><br />But times have changed. <br /><br />The University of Illinois is still a proven springboard to success, a premier university with a global reputation for excellence and more than 650,000 living alumni that include leaders at the very top of their fields. But today your education can’t end here. We now live in an era where lifelong learning is essential to keep pace with rapidly evolving technology that is redefining our workplaces, and to adapt as innovation creates career opportunities that were once unheard of and relegates others to memory.<br /><br />So use your time here to learn not just the lessons at hand, but to ensure your education continues once you leave – fostering a sense of curiosity that keeps you looking ahead to the next hill rather than resting on the one you’ve already climbed.<br /><br />This is truly a special place, a world leader in education and research, and I hope you seize the many life-changing opportunities it provides, both in the classroom and in your interactions with fellow students who will help you explore your newfound knowledge and expand your understanding of the world.<br /><br />Again, welcome to the University of Illinois. I wish you a year filled with discovery and achievement, and be sure to have a little fun along the way.<br /><br />Robert A. Easter<br />President official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:51:33 -0500 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:51:33 -0500 Statement of Reaffirmation Dear Members of the Campus Community,<br /><br />As we begin the academic year and welcome new members to our extraordinarily diverse learning community, it is opportune that we reaffirm the University's commitment to access, equity, and inclusion. The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) strives for a diverse community reflective of our urban environment. Diversity is evident in our student body and extends to our faculty and all levels of administration and staff. As a university, we have been engaged in broad conversations over the years and across our campus, about the role of diversity in our institution. From those conversations came the campus’s diversity strategic plan, A Mosaic for UIC Transformation. A key component of the plan is our vision to be nationally recognized as a learning community where human differences are celebrated and where neither difference nor disadvantage stands in the way of intellectual and professional achievement. The realization of this vision is everyone’s responsibility. Our Diversity Strategic Plan can be found online at http://go.uic.edu/MosaicStrategicPlan.<br /><br />UIC adheres to the principles of equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination in all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotion and development of our employees. Our hiring and employment policies are devised to promote this commitment. Administrators, faculty and staff share responsibility for promoting equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in the workplace. The Office for Access and Equity (OAE) is assigned responsibility for overseeing and implementing campus-wide equal opportunity including reporting and monitoring equal opportunity efforts. UIC's commitment to diversity is critical to our mission of advancing access to excellence and success in academic programs, research and healthcare. The Statement of Reaffirmation can be found on the OAE website at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oae/docs/StatementReaffirmation.pdf.<br /><br />The Office of Diversity is responsible for promoting an organizational culture and structure that honors diversity through integration of the principles of access, equity and inclusion into all aspects of university processes and practices. It provides planning and implementation oversight for diversity, including advising and consulting with the Chancellor and Provost on diversity-related matters; initiating programs that promote a supportive university climate for faculty, staff and students; partnering with campus administrative units, colleges and academic departments to implement systems of accountability; and developing links with the local community and alumni groups to advance engagement of critical diversity issues. <br /><br />UIC is committed to creating and maintaining a community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person, while fostering an environment of mutual respect among its members. As such, University policy prohibits unlawful discrimination or harassment of any member of the campus community in employment, including recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, merit increases, salary, training and development, demotion and separation on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, order of protection status, genetic information, marital status, disability, sexual orientation including gender identity, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran. The policy known as the Nondiscrimination Statement is online at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oae/docs/Nondiscrimination%20Statement%2006-10.pdf.<br /><br />OAE serves as the main point of contact for the campus in matters of equal opportunity, affirmative action, and nondiscrimination in employment. Additionally, OAE offers Dispute Resolution Services to assist with conflict in the workplace not involving unlawful discrimination matters.<br /><br />As always, your commitment to a respectful living, learning, and working community is acknowledged and appreciated.<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 />Tyrone Forman<br />Vice Provost for Diversity and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor<br /><br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:09:52 -0500 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:09:52 -0500 Welcome to the UIC 2014-2015 Academic Year Click here to see this online [http://www.uic.edu/index.html/Chancellor/newsletters/2014_0825_welcome.html]<br /><br />Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,<br /><br />Welcome to the 2014-15 academic year at UIC.<br /><br />Whether you are a newcomer or a continuing member of the UIC family, you are an integral part of a vibrant institution of learning. In a worldwide ranking of universities under 50 years, the 2014 Times Higher Education rated UIC the 13th best young university in the world, 6 points up from last year, and the 3rd highest-ranked institution among U.S universities. UIC is also noteworthy for being one of the most diverse campuses in the nation, and I am very proud of our efforts to ensure that everyone has an equal chance to learn, to teach, and to conduct meaningful research.<br /><br />As you settle into your routines, I hope you will take advantage of the Fifth Annual Chancellor's Lecture and Event Series [http://www.uic.edu/index.html/Chancellor/lectures.shtml]. The series, which takes place throughout the academic year, will feature cultural performances, lectures, and presentations on the pertinent issues of our times. This fall we have already lined up a poetry reading with UIC poets for September 23rd and a lecture on food studies by academic and journalist Raj Patel on November 13th.<br /><br />I also invite you to explore what we call the UIC Experience [http://www.uic.edu/depts/ovcsa/uicexperience.html], which encourages students to enhance their academic work by serving as volunteers, participating in public forums, visiting museums, and attending sporting events on campus and throughout Chicago. Students can earn certification in "The UIC Experience" program by documenting their participation in six experiences - two from each of three key areas: Urban Exploration, Inquiring Minds, and Community Engagement. I hope students will take advantage of this enrichment program. <br />Based upon UIC's 2010 Strategic Master Plan, we are continually building on our unique strengths. In a consultative process engaging a wide range of campus constituencies, plans are moving forward to advance our physical facilities and to make diversity a central component of all aspects of campus life.<br /><br />Construction on the Advanced Chemical Technology Building (ACTB) is expected to begin in Spring 2015. The building is currently in the design stage. The ACTB will house select faculty from chemistry, biology, and physics to support cutting-edge interdisciplinary research focused on subjects from environmental science to immunology. The ACTB will serve as a beacon to attract the best faculty and students to our campus.<br /><br />A $6.5 million gift to the Department of Bioengineering from alumnus Richard S. Hill and Loan B. Hill will help advance UIC as a biotechnology powerhouse and promote Chicago as a hub for biomedical research. The gift supports a reconfiguration of the Department to build on its strengths and will boost UIC's partnership with the private sector to solve complex biomedical problems.<br /><br />Thanks to a generous gift from UIC alumnus and New York Mets player Curtis Granderson, a ribbon cutting ceremony recently opened the Curtis Granderson Baseball Stadium. In addition to providing a top-tier facility for the Flames, the ballpark will be used by community organizations such as Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities and the Urban Youth Academy. These programs will bring Chicago's young people onto a university campus, with the hope that playing baseball here will spark their interest in completing high school and seeking a college education. I hope everyone attends our NCAA Division One athletic competitions and helps cheer our Flames teams to victory. For more information please visit [http://www.uicflames.com/].<br /><br />We are very pleased to welcome our new Dean for the College of Dentistry, Clark M. Stanford, who accepted the position effective October 1, 2014. Dr. Stanford previously served as Associate Dean for Research and Centennial Fund Professor for Clinical Research in the Dows Institute for Dental Research and the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.<br /><br />And in the College of Education, Alfred W. Tatum accepted the position of Dean effective May 15, 2014. Dr. Tatum served as interim dean of the college since last August and prior to that was chair of the College's Department of Curriculum and Instruction.<br /><br />Also last fall, Jeff Nearhoof was appointed the new Vice Chancellor of Development at UIC and Senior Vice President of the University of Illinois Foundation. Jeff joined from Northwestern University where he served as Associate Dean for Development in the Feinberg School of Medicine.<br /><br />On December 1, 2013 Janet Parker was appointed to the important position of Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost for Budget and Resource Planning. Ms. Parker came to UIC as Director of Budgeting and Program Analysis, following six years as Associate Vice President, Financial Affairs, at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she was instrumental in their strategic planning and budgeting processes and their tuition and fee proposal development.<br /><br />UIC announced the appointment of Tyrone A. Forman as Vice Provost for Diversity and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor in October 2013. Dr. Forman joined our community from Emory University, where he was a sociology professor and Director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference. Dr. Forman, who previously served on UIC's faculty from 2000-2008, assumed his new position January 1, 2014. <br />We are also moving ahead with our efforts to qualify as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). This qualification from the U.S. Department of Education is based on attaining a full-time undergraduate enrollment that is at least 25% Hispanic. Qualification as a HSI would open up many opportunities for federal funding to support programs and faculty in STEM fields and in the humanities. We are currently designated as an Asian American Pacific Islander and Native American Serving Institution.<br /><br />As you can see from this brief and select list of updates, UIC continues to grow and evolve. As Chicago's foremost public research institution of higher learning, we are poised yet again for another exceptional year of study, discovery, intellectual excellence, and innovation.<br /><br />All of you -- our students, faculty, and staff -- are singularly and collectively vital to our growth. Working together is how we will continue to advance the excellence of our research and educational missions and to further the contributions we make to our city, state, nation, and the world.<br /><br />My best wishes to everyone for an excellent year.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor<br /><br />© 2014 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:50:38 -0500 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:50:38 -0500 An atmosphere for learning lier today, the Urbana campus community received a thoughtful statement from Chancellor Phyllis Wise regarding the university’s decision not to recommend Prof. Steven Salaita for a tenured faculty position on the Urbana-Champaign campus. <br /><br />In her statement, Chancellor Wise reaffirmed her commitment to academic freedom and to fostering an environment that encourages diverging opinions, robust debate and challenging conventional norms. Those principles have been at the heart of the university’s mission for nearly 150 years, and have fueled its rise as a world leader in education and innovation. <br /><br />But, as she noted, our excellence is also rooted in another guiding principle that is just as fundamental. Our campuses must be safe harbors where students and faculty from all backgrounds and cultures feel valued, respected and comfortable expressing their views.<br /><br />We agree, and write today to add our collective and unwavering support of Chancellor Wise and her philosophy of academic freedom and free speech tempered in respect for human rights – these are the same core values which have guided this institution since its founding.<br /><br />In the end, the University of Illinois will never be measured simply by the number of world-changing engineers, thoughtful philosophers, or great artists we produce. We also have a responsibility to develop productive citizens of our democracy. As a nation, we are only as strong as the next generation of participants in the public sphere. The University of Illinois must shape men and women who will contribute as citizens in a diverse and multi-cultural democracy. To succeed in this mission, we must constantly reinforce our expectation of a university community that values civility as much as scholarship.<br /><br />Disrespectful and demeaning speech that promotes malice is not an acceptable form of civil argument if we wish to ensure that students, faculty and staff are comfortable in a place of scholarship and education. If we educate a generation of students to believe otherwise, we will have jeopardized the very system that so many have made such great sacrifices to defend. There can be no place for that in our democracy, and therefore, there will be no place for it in our university.<br /><br />Chancellor Wise is an outstanding administrator, leader and teacher. Her academic career has been built on her commitment to promoting academic freedom and creating a welcoming environment for students and faculty alike. We stand with her today and will be with her tomorrow as she devotes her considerable talent and energy to serving our students, our faculty and staff, and our society.<br /><br />We look forward to working closely with Chancellor Wise and all of you to ensure that our university is recognized both for its commitment to academic freedom and as a national model of leading-edge scholarship framed in respect and courtesy.<br /><br />Sincerely, <br /><br />Christopher G. Kennedy, Chair, University of Illinois Board of Trustees<br />Robert A. Easter, President<br /><br />Hannah Cave, Trustee<br />Ricardo Estrada, Trustee<br />Patrick J. Fitzgerald, Trustee<br />Lucas N. Frye, Trustee<br />Karen Hasara, Trustee<br />Patricia Brown Holmes, Trustee<br />Timothy N. Koritz, Trustee<br />Danielle M. Leibowitz, Trustee<br />Edward L. McMillan, Trustee<br />James D. Montgomery, Trustee<br />Pamela B. Strobel, Trustee<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares, Chancellor, Chicago campus, and Vice President, University of Illinois<br />Susan J. Koch, Chancellor, Springfield campus, and Vice President, University of Illinois<br /><br />Donald A. Chambers, Professor of Physiology and Biochemistry; Chair, University Senates <br />Conference<br /><br />Jerry Bauman, Interim Vice President for Health Affairs<br />Thomas R. Bearrows, University Counsel<br />Thomas P. Hardy, Executive Director for University Relations<br />Susan M. Kies, Secretary of the Board of Trustees and the University<br />Walter K. Knorr, VP/Chief Financial Officer and Comptroller<br />Christophe Pierre, Vice President for Academic Affairs<br />Lawrence B. Schook, Vice President for Research<br />Lester H. McKeever, Jr., Treasurer, Board of Trustees officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:19:17 -0500 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:19:17 -0500