University of Illinois Official Massmail from President Killeen [http://www.uillinois.edu/]
July 1, 2015
As you know, Illinois begins the 2016 fiscal year today with no agreement on a new state budget. There appears to have been little movement in the impasse since I last updated you three weeks ago, but I want to again assure you that the University is committed to protecting both our long- and short-term interests as negotiations continue in Springfield.
For the short term, we have positioned ourselves to maintain operations and will continue to pay employees and vendors. Unlike agencies that are almost solely reliant on state funding, the University also receives revenue from other sources, which will be used appropriately and will help us weather this temporary interruption in state support. We also will continue to receive additional funding to meet our near-term obligations as the state pays the $114 million remaining on the University’s appropriation for the 2015 fiscal year that ended June 30. We expect those payments to continue into fiscal 2016.
Due to the uncertainty, however, consideration of a salary program for the coming year is on hold and will be revisited once a budget is approved.
For the longer term, we continue to advocate for adequate and responsible levels of future state funding that will preserve our excellence and maintain our service to our students and the state. Our efforts in this regard have been vigorous and ongoing since the budget process began. I added to them with a message to the governor last week that highlights the University’s more than $10 billion annual impact on the state’s economy and the power it holds to produce the human capital and innovation that will lead Illinois forward.
I am confident that our message strikes a chord. Though the governor vetoed nearly all of a proposed state budget sent to him by the legislature, he did approve a funding increase for K-12 education. Public universities are part and parcel of the same purpose - to develop the highly skilled workforce that is critical for success in the 21st century.
In the meantime, we continue to examine our operations from top to bottom so that we are prepared to respond to the level of funding that is ultimately approved by the state.
I trust that the budget stalemate will be resolved to provide a much-needed sense of stability. Let us focus, though, on the job at hand, as we prepare to kick off the fall semester next month and welcome what we anticipate will be the largest-ever student enrollment on our three great campuses!
Thank you again for your commitment to the University of Illinois. Please enjoy your Independence Day weekend, and I will provide further updates as the budget process unfolds.
©Copyright 2015 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
On June 26, at about 6:45 a.m., UIC Police learned that an earlier reported aggravated sexual assault occurred near the corner of Polk Street and Damen Avenue. At about 2:00 a.m., a witness had reported to police a woman in distress. The woman, who is not affiliated with UIC, told responding officers she had survived sexual assault in a moving vehicle after entering the vehicle on North Austin Boulevard with two recent acquaintances. She had been released by the offenders at the Polk & Damen location.
The offenders, who were driving a black 4-door vehicle of unknown make and model, are described as follows:
1. Male Hispanic, 25 years old, 5-foot-7, 190 pounds, bald, of medium complexion, with brown eyes and wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans
2. Male Hispanic, 25 years old, 5-foot 7, 175 pounds, with short hair, blue eyes, medium complexion, and wearing a gray T-shirt and blue jeans
The Chicago Police Department is leading the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 311.
Crime location mapped: https://goo.gl/maps/bMwFh
UIC Police offer the following security tips:
--Do not accept a ride from strangers.
--Try to travel in groups when possible, particularly after dark.
--Notify friends or family of your whereabouts and plans.
--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.
Crime alerts are distributed to the university community in compliance with the federal Clery Act. UIC Police also issue notifications for off-campus crimes in the interest of public-safety awareness. Security tips are standard precautions, not special or incident-specific measures. Offender descriptions and precise locations are provided only to aid in the identification of possible suspects. Updates to investigations are not sent by email but will be posted online at: http://www.uic.edu/uic/studentlife/campus/crime-alerts.shtml
UIC Annual Security Report
Chicago Police Department Crime Incidents
Given recent recommendations made by a UA Review Taskforce, UIC Human Resources reporting structure was moved from the Office of the President and returned to the campus leadership in order to more properly align responsibility and accountability with these units. HR will now report to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services (VCAS). The Chancellor has asked that I begin a thorough examination of our HR practices. We must identify opportunities to improve HR service delivery to the campus by working with stakeholders and campus leadership.
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Ginsburg will become Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and will begin his transition into those duties immediately. In this new role Michael will direct UIC HR and will succeed Robert Crouch, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, who is leaving UIC for other career opportunities.
Michael is a 37-year veteran of UIC, and has served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs since 1984. In the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (VCSA) he directs budget and HR functions for units employing 500 staff and 1300 student workers. Through this work Michael has gained unique and extensive experience with HR from the user's perspective and has worked closely with UIC HR, the Office for Access and Equity, and Payroll and Benefits for many years. Michael has provided leadership for the job analysis process for the VCSA units and is also responsible for oversight of HR transactions, new employee orientation, professional staff development and employee recognition programs.
Michael's reputation as a collaborator and problem-solver has led him to serve on countless campus committees, including the contract bargaining team for the Graduate Employees Organization (for three contracts), the campus Compliance Committee, Academic Fiscal Officers, the OBFS Advisory Committee, the HR Advisory Committee, the Financial Aid Advisory Committee and the CampusCare Oversight Committee. He currently chairs the Student Fee Advisory Committee.
Michael's collaborative and inclusive approach will ensure that the interim leadership transition will be seamless and the HR operation continues to support the campus. Michael will be a strong leader in delivering services and in supporting the continuous transformation of UIC HR. A search for a permanent leader will commence in the very near future and will be chaired by Michael.
Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services