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.
The Chicago Police Department will conduct the follow-up investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call 311.
Crime location mapped: https://goo.gl/maps/O6vAf
Other security tips:
--Be aware of your surroundings. Use all your senses to be alert for danger, and when walking alone, don't wear headphones or earbuds.
--Don't display electronic devices in public.
--Try to travel in groups when possible, particularly after dark.
--Use well-lit walkways.
--On campus, look for the location of the nearest emergency call box (there are more than 1,500 across campus.)
--The emergency number for UIC Police is 5-5555 or 312-355-5555, which should be set on speed-dial on your cell phone.
--Report crime promptly to police.
University of Illinois [http://www.uillinois.edu]
May 18, 2015
Dear colleagues and friends:
As I begin my first official day as president, I want you to know how profoundly honored and delighted I am to be joining you. I said on the day my appointment was announced last November that I was in awe of the University – I can honestly say today that the feeling of awe has only grown over the past six months.
The University of Illinois is a very special place, with wonderful students, fabulous faculty and staff, and three magnificent campuses that are respected across the state of Illinois and around the world as leaders and pioneers in teaching, learning, scholarship and discovery. There is an amazing legacy of success and contributions in all disciplines over nearly 150 years. There is also a critically important and vibrant commitment to shared governance and institutional advancement on the part of the faculty. So, I view the presidency as a sacred trust and I can promise you my very best efforts on behalf of the University and its many stakeholders.
I'm deeply grateful to President Emeritus Bob Easter for sharing his time and insights so generously during our transition. His many talents and contributions in positions from student to president have helped drive the university's continued rise over the last four decades. I wish Bob and his wife Cheryl all the very best in retirement – but have also warned them that I still have their number!
I'm eager to get down to business, working with all of you to build on our legacy and make the University of Illinois the gold standard for higher education in the 21st century – with best-in-class academic and research programs that serve our students and the public good.
We have all of the tools. An experienced and dedicated leadership team. World-class faculty and staff. Great students. State-of-the-art facilities. Loyal alumni. Generous donors. And, together, they share a passion to be the very best.
As we push toward our common goal, we'll face bumps, including budgetary business to attend to in Springfield. In March, the Board of Trustees directed me to develop a university-wide strategic plan that will become our roadmap to the future. The planning process will be inclusive – a collaboration with all of you, with our campuses and with our many stakeholders to forge a collective and shared vision that will guide us to an even better tomorrow.
Soon, I'll be scheduling a series of meetings to collect your thoughts and ideas. In the meantime, I'm anxious to get to know all of you, so I'm hosting town hall-style events on each of our campuses this week to introduce myself and the leadership team of campus chancellors. Dates, times and locations are available here [http://go.uillinois.edu/DownToBusiness].
My wife Roberta and I are proud and honored to call the University of Illinois home. We look forward to meeting you, and to thank you in person for your commitment and loyalty to this great university.
Timothy L. Killeen
Dear faculty, staff, students, and friends of UIC,
Regrettably, we have now heard officially that UIC was not chosen to host the Obama Presidential Library. The Barack Obama Foundation chose the University of Chicago from among the four finalist-institutions. We congratulate U of C and we are excited that the Library and Museum will be in Chicago. We hope there will be opportunities for UIC students and scholars to engage in academic collaborations with the library and museum. We thank the Foundation for considering UIC and for visiting our campus.
Numerous people across campus and in the North Lawndale community were involved in preparing and submitting our proposals over the past 17 months. The campus is grateful for the time and skill they devoted to this project. In particular, we thank Mary Case, University Librarian, and Michael Redding, Executive Associate Chancellor for Public and Government Affairs, who co-chaired the steering committee; Marcia Lausen, Director of the School of Design, Bob Somol, Director of the School of Architecture, Michael Pagano, Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, Alfred Tatum, Dean of the College of Education, Mark Donovan, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, and Lisa Lee, Director of the School of Art and Art History, who oversaw the Presidential Library committees; the members of our Presidential Library committees; our North Lawndale community partners, particularly Marcus Betts, Co-Chair of the North Lawndale Community Development Coalition; and the six students who flew to Washington to present our proposal. We thank Mayor Emanuel, our local elected officials, the Illinois congressional delegation, and the Steans Family Foundation for their support of our bid.
While our bid to host the library was not successful, we have much to show for our effort. We took stock of the academic and physical assets of our campus. We conceived of new scholarly programs and civic, cultural, and neighborhood developments that are truly visionary and inspiring -- we hope that some of this vision can yet be realized. We forged a stronger relationship with our community partners in North Lawndale. And we showed the city, nation, and indeed the world that ours is a unique institution -- woven into the cultural fabric of Chicago and profoundly committed to educating underrepresented populations and eliminating disparities in underserved communities.
In fact, our proposal was in large part a fresh, creative retelling of the hard work, inspired scholarship, and good deeds you all do every day. We hope you take as much pride as we do in that story and all the people behind it. It foretells the great things we will accomplish going forward.
Michael D. Amiridis