UIC Official http://www.uic.edu/home/feeds/official.rss Official, urgent and emergency campus announcements en-us Fri, 11 Apr 2008 16:52:07 -0500 60 Presidential search participation July 11, 2014<br /><br />On behalf of the members of the University of Illinois Presidential Search Committee, we invite you to watch a short video asking for your participation in the nomination process.<br /><br />The search committee next meets on Friday, July 11, and will begin to review nominations and applications received to date. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted by Sept. 8.<br /><br />Trustee Pam Strobel and Professor Doug Beck<br />Search committee co-chairs official http://www.uic.edu/test OfficialFeed Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:54:07 -0500 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:54:07 -0500 [TEST] Chancellor and Vice President, University of Illinois at Chicago Search Process Begins To members of the UIC campus community,<br /><br />I am pleased to announce the formation of a campus committee to lead the search for the next Chancellor and Vice President for the University of Illinois at Chicago, with the intention of having the chancellor on board for the start of the next spring semester in January 2015.<br /><br />I commend the campus Senate for assembling the search committee at this busy time of the year and thank physiology and biophysics Professor Mrinalini “Meena” Rao for agreeing to serve as committee chair. Dr. Rao is a long-serving member of the faculty, former vice president for academic affairs, respected by her colleagues and students, and is someone I am very comfortable working with on such an important project. Meena brings energy and enthusiasm to her work, and the search process will benefit because of her involvement. <br /><br />The other members of the committee include:<br /><br />Deans and Directors<br />Bryan Becker, associate vice president for Hospital Operations, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System<br />Beth Richie, director, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs<br />Terri Weaver, dean, College of Nursing<br /> <br />Faculty<br />Jonathan Art, College of Medicine <br />Benet DeBerry-Spence, College of Business Administration<br />Stephen Engelmann, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences<br />Timothy Erickson, College of Medicine <br />David Hilbert, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences<br />Abolfazl (Kouros) Mohammadian, College of Engineering<br />Patricia O’Brien, Jane Addams College of Social Work<br />Darryl Pendleton, College of Dentistry<br />Maria (Nena) De Los Angeles Torres, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences<br />Lisa Yun Lee, College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts<br /><br />Academic Professional<br />Stephanie Whitaker, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences <br /><br /><br />Staff<br />Margaret Mesta, College of Medicine <br /><br />Students<br />Abhinav Reddy, representing UIC undergraduate students<br />Joanna Thompson, representing UIC graduate students<br /><br />Members of University-related organizations and the community<br />Kerl (Kal) LaJeune, representing UIC alumni <br />Kay Schwichtenberg, representing the University of Illinois Foundation<br />Raul Raymundo, representing the Chicago community<br /><br />Assisting the committee will be Peg O’Donoghue, special assistant to the president; Jami Painter, assistant vice president of Human Resources; and an executive search firm, still to be determined.<br /><br />A website for the Chicago campus chancellor and vice president search has been established and can be found at www.uillinois.edu/searches/UICchancellor. The site will be live early on April 7 but does not yet contain complete information. The website will include links to core information about the campus and search information. <br /> <br />Because input from all campus stakeholders is essential, the committee will also host town hall-style meetings where our faculty, students, staff and others may voice their suggestions and opinions.<br /><br />I will meet regularly with the search committee, beginning this month, and will keep the University's Board of Trustees informed. I will interview the finalists, and then make a recommendation to the trustees next fall. Again, my goal, shared by the board, is to have an exceptional, experienced leader in higher education as the next chancellor and vice president of the Chicago campus in time for the spring 2015 semester.<br /><br />The selection of the next chancellor for Chicago is potentially the most important undertaking for this campus that members of the search committee and I will have during this calendar year. We look forward to this important opportunity and to working with all of you.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Robert A. Easter<br />President<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/test OfficialFeed Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:25:10 -0500 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:25:10 -0500 [TEST] Presenting the UIC Strategic Plan for Increasing Undergraduate Success: Task Force Recommendations Dear UIC Students, Faculty, and Staff Members:<br /><br />We are delighted to present the UIC Strategic Plan for Increasing Undergraduate Success: Task Force Recommendations (prefaced with an introductory summary) for campus comment and review. You can download the entire document—all of the final task force recommendations and rationale as submitted--here (19 mb) [https://uofi.box.com/shared/static/tqqo0drdls413ij9czoi.pdf], or you can download it in smaller parts here [http://studentsuccess.uic.edu/].<br /><br />You might recall that a preliminary draft of the plan was presented to the campus for comment in October 2012. From February through November 2013, eight task forces—comprising more than 200 faculty, staff, and students —met regularly to discuss how the campus might improve our efforts to support student success in a variety of areas: Data Analysis and Assessment, Targeted First-Year Curriculum, Support for Student Learning, Faculty Engagement, Advising, Financing College, Campus Life, and Pre-matriculation Issues. Throughout the process, there has been campus input in multiple ways. The entire campus was invited to nominate people to serve on one of the eight task forces, and to provide feedback at town hall meetings, online, and by email. The college deans and other campus administrators were also asked to nominate individuals and students. As a result, hundreds of faculty, staff, and students were invited to serve on the task forces. <br /><br />Please take the time now to read the recommendations and provide commentary either by submitting a comment through the web tool [http://studentsuccess.uic.edu/] or by attending a town hall meeting on Friday, April 11, from noon to 2:00 p.m. (location: TBA), which will be transcribed. We will be grateful for large or small comments. <br /><br />All of your feedback will be attached to the document as an appendix and presented to Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Lon Kaufman and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Barbara Henley. The Vice Chancellors will then develop a charge for the campus to implement the plan, with transparency and campus-wide participation. <br /><br />We thank everyone for supporting this important strategic planning initiative. Much work lies ahead for everyone on campus. Thank you in advance for joining us in embracing that challenge. Your work will change many lives, the lives of not only our undergraduates, but also their families, their communities, our university, and our city.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Bette L. Bottoms Linda A. Deanna<br />Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs & Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs &<br />Dean of the Honors College, Dean of Students<br />Professor of Psychology<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/test OfficialFeed Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:51:53 -0500 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:51:53 -0500 [TEST] Presenting the UIC Strategic Plan for Increasing Undergraduate Success: Task Force Recommendations Dear UIC Students, Faculty, and Staff Members:<br /><br />We are delighted to present the UIC Strategic Plan for Increasing Undergraduate Success: Task Force Recommendations (prefaced with an introductory summary) for campus comment and review. You can download the entire document—all of the final task force recommendations and rationale as submitted--here (19 mb) [https://uofi.box.com/shared/static/tqqo0drdls413ij9czoi.pdf], or you can download it in smaller parts here [http://studentsuccess.uic.edu/].<br /><br />You might recall that a preliminary draft of the plan was presented to the campus for comment in October 2012. From February through November 2013, eight task forces—comprising more than 200 faculty, staff, and students —met regularly to discuss how the campus might improve our efforts to support student success in a variety of areas: Data Analysis and Assessment, Targeted First-Year Curriculum, Support for Student Learning, Faculty Engagement, Advising, Financing College, Campus Life, and Pre-matriculation Issues. Throughout the process, there has been campus input in multiple ways. The entire campus was invited to nominate people to serve on one of the eight task forces, and to provide feedback at town hall meetings, online, and by email. The college deans and other campus administrators were also asked to nominate individuals and students. As a result, hundreds of faculty, staff, and students were invited to serve on the task forces. <br /><br />Please take the time now to read the recommendations and provide commentary either by submitting a comment through the web tool [http://studentsuccess.uic.edu/] or by attending a town hall meeting on Friday, April 11, from noon to 2:00 p.m. (location: TBA), which will be transcribed. We will be grateful for large or small comments. <br /><br />All of your feedback will be attached to the document as an appendix and presented to Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Lon Kaufman and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Barbara Henley. The Vice Chancellors will then develop a charge for the campus to implement the plan, with transparency and campus-wide participation. <br /><br />We thank everyone for supporting this important strategic planning initiative. Much work lies ahead for everyone on campus. Thank you in advance for joining us in embracing that challenge. Your work will change many lives, the lives of not only our undergraduates, but also their families, their communities, our university, and our city.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Bette L. Bottoms Linda A. Deanna<br />Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs & Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs &<br />Dean of the Honors College, Dean of Students<br />Professor of Psychology<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/test OfficialFeed Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:51:10 -0500 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:51:10 -0500 [TEST] Presenting the UIC Strategic Plan for Increasing Undergraduate Success: Task Force Recommendations Dear UIC Students, Faculty, and Staff Members:<br /><br />We are delighted to present the UIC Strategic Plan for Increasing Undergraduate Success: Task Force Recommendations (prefaced with an introductory summary) for campus comment and review. You can download the entire document—all of the final task force recommendations and rationale as submitted--here (19 mb) [https://uofi.box.com/shared/static/tqqo0drdls413ij9czoi.pdf], or you can download it in smaller parts here [http://studentsuccess.uic.edu/].<br /><br />You might recall that a preliminary draft of the plan was presented to the campus for comment in October 2012. From February through November 2013, eight task forces—comprising more than 200 faculty, staff, and students —met regularly to discuss how the campus might improve our efforts to support student success in a variety of areas: Data Analysis and Assessment, Targeted First-Year Curriculum, Support for Student Learning, Faculty Engagement, Advising, Financing College, Campus Life, and Pre-matriculation Issues. Throughout the process, there has been campus input in multiple ways. The entire campus was invited to nominate people to serve on one of the eight task forces, and to provide feedback at town hall meetings, online, and by email. The college deans and other campus administrators were also asked to nominate individuals and students. As a result, hundreds of faculty, staff, and students were invited to serve on the task forces. <br /><br />Please take the time now to read the recommendations and provide commentary either by submitting a comment through the web tool [http://studentsuccess.uic.edu/] or by attending a town hall meeting on Friday, April 11, from noon to 2:00 p.m. (location: TBA), which will be transcribed. We will be grateful for large or small comments. <br /><br />All of your feedback will be attached to the document as an appendix and presented to Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Lon Kaufman and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Barbara Henley. The Vice Chancellors will then develop a charge for the campus to implement the plan, with transparency and campus-wide participation. <br /><br />We thank everyone for supporting this important strategic planning initiative. Much work lies ahead for everyone on campus. Thank you in advance for joining us in embracing that challenge. Your work will change many lives, the lives of not only our undergraduates, but also their families, their communities, our university, and our city.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Bette L. Bottoms Linda A. Deanna<br />Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs & Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs &<br />Dean of the Honors College, Dean of Students<br />Professor of Psychology<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/test OfficialFeed Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:45:00 -0500 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:45:00 -0500 [TEST] UI LABS update January 7, 2014 <br /><br />Earlier this year, the University led the launch of UI LABS, an independent, non-profit research, training, and commercialization center to foster collaborations between industry and top scientists from the University of Illinois and other universities – with the mission to develop high-tech breakthroughs that drive progress and create businesses, jobs and economic growth. <br /><br />UI LABS aligns the greatest resources of industry, academia and government to accelerate innovation and solve grand technological challenges in areas critical to the prosperity of Chicago, Illinois and the Midwest, such as advanced manufacturing, transportation, health care, food + agriculture, energy, and infrastructure. By curating University-Industry partnerships to address grand challenges, UI LABS will enhance Illinois and Chicago’s competitiveness as a global tech hub and destination for talent.<br /><br />Our University boasts a strong track record for developing partnerships with industry that result in real economic impact – including the UI Research Park, BP Energy Biosciences Institute, UIC Innovation Center, Abbott Center for Nutrition, Learning and Memory, among others. These close industry relationships and entrepreneurial culture – coupled with our mission of economic development – position us to play a leadership role in the creation of UI LABS. <br /><br />We believe that the federal government’s investment in research centers or hubs of excellence – like the National Center for Manufacturing Innovation – is necessary for our nation’s competitiveness, and the University of Illinois has long demonstrated its commitment to public-private partnerships to advance innovative technologies during the financially challenging early years of a startup. One recent example is the University’s support and investment in the launch the Illinois Manufacturing Lab at UI LABS in collaboration with the State of Illinois to aid small and mid-sized manufacturers in our state and advance our mission of economic development. Through UI LABS, the University is well positioned for the evolution in federal funding. New large-scale federal funding opportunities on the horizon will require broad industry engagement and multi-institutional cooperation, which will be facilitated by UI LABS.<br /><br />UI LABS coordinates the resources and talent of the University of Illinois and other educational institutions in technology, engineering, math, computing and information sciences, and other sciences with the resources and needs of government and industry. Through realizing the benefits of such coordination, UI LABS serves the needs of government and industry to solve society’s biggest technology challenges and promote economic development, while also developing and enhancing the resources and talent of the University of Illinois and other participating educational institutions.<br /><br />UI LABS brings the assets of the University side by side with industry to address grand challenges. It focuses on leveraging existing assets of world-class institutions like the University of Illinois, including our top-ranked engineering and computer science programs that currently train more students than the other top programs combined. Not only does UI LABS intend to grow the number of undergraduate and graduate students training in high-tech disciplines, but it also aims to better connect the existing base of students to local industry and startup opportunities.<br /><br />Numerous faculty have contributed to the conceptualization and planning of UI LABS. Applying the best features of historic and existing research enterprises, such as Bell Laboratories, Stanford Research Institute, and Xerox PARC, UI LABS aims to create a unique enterprise. In many ways, it aspires to be the “Bell Labs of the 21st century,” involving the University of Illinois and other educational institutions, industry, and government in a mix of interdisciplinary, theme-based partnerships to address grand challenges facing society. The nature of its thematic research and training programs will revitalize the spirit of institutions like Bell Labs, which embraced innovation as an interdisciplinary process linking technical challenges with industrial and government goals to enhance competitiveness.<br /><br />The Chicago Sun-Times had an article on UI LABS in December [http://www.suntimes.com/news/sweet/24401797-452/u-of-i-may-lose-a-big-federal-grant-to-clout.html]. <br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Christopher G. Kennedy<br />Chairman<br />University of Illinois Board of Trustees<br /><br />Robert A. Easter<br />President<br />University of Illinois official http://www.uic.edu/test OfficialFeed Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:27:02 -0600 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:27:02 -0600 Holiday greetings Cheryl and I wish you and your family & friends happy holidays. All the best in 2014.<br /><br />Please view a short video message from us.<br />http://go.uillinois.edu/2013HolidayGreetings<br /><br />Robert Easter<br />President<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/test OfficialFeed Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:33:03 -0600 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:33:03 -0600 test test urgent footer<br /><br />---------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />Crime alerts are distributed to the university community in compliance with the federal Clery Act. UIC Police also issue notifications for off-campus crimes in the interest of public-safety awareness. Security tips are standard precautions, not special or incident-specific measures. Offender descriptions and precise locations are provided only to aid in the identification of possible suspects. Updates to investigations are not sent by email but will be posted online at: http://www.uic.edu/uic/studentlife/campus/crime-alerts.shtml<br /><br />UIC Annual Security Report <br />http://www.uic.edu/securityreport/index.shtml<br /><br />Chicago Police Department Crime Incidents <br />http://gis.chicagopolice.org/clearmap/startpage.htm<br /><br /> urgent http://www.uic.edu/test UrgentFeed Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:14:25 -0600 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:14:25 -0600 [TEST] U of I pension outlook December 5, 2013<br /><br />Dear Colleagues,<br /><br />As expected, the Illinois General Assembly on Tuesday narrowly passed a legislative overhaul of the state’s public pension systems, including the State Universities Retirement System (SURS), and the governor has promised a speedy signing of the new law.<br /><br />A summary of the legislation was posted by SURS (http://www.surs.com/pdfs/legal/Pension-Reform-Summary-SB1.pdf) on Wednesday. It is likely to be challenged in court as unconstitutional and the judicial process could result in continued uncertainty about the timing and full impact of the changes.<br /><br />The changes made to reduce the cost of the pension systems to the state and fully fund them within 30 years falls, to a large extent, on employees and retirees, including those of us at the University of Illinois. We are keenly aware of the negative impact of these changes for all of us in the university community and are committed to maintaining a competitive retirement program. To this end we are exploring potential options including a supplemental retirement plan offered by the University. We expect to be able to provide additional information in time for the Board of Trustees meeting in January.<br /><br />In the meantime, we urge you to follow information provided by SURS and the State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA) (http://www.suaa.org/).<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Robert A. Easter, President, University of Illinois<br />Phyllis M. Wise, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign<br />Paula Allen-Meares, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago<br />Susan J. Koch, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Springfield official http://www.uic.edu/test OfficialFeed Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:45:22 -0600 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:45:22 -0600 Welcome to UIC -- TEST August 2013<br /><br />Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,<br /><br />Welcome to the 2013-14 academic-year at UIC.<br /><br />Whether you are a newcomer or a continuing member of the UIC community, you are an integral part of a vibrant institution of learning. This year, the Times Higher Education's worldwide ranking for universities under 50 years old placed UIC as the 19th best young university in the world and 4th best in the United States. UIC is one of the most diverse communities in the nation, and I am very proud of the work we do to assure that everyone's learning, teaching, and research are unique and inspiring. <br /><br />As you settle into your routines, I hope you will take advantage of the Fourth 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. Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program and a UIC alumna, will be here on Friday, October 11, to share her thoughts and experiences in a lecture titled, "Delivering Food Assistance in a Shrinking Humanitarian Space." International Week at UIC kicks off with a lecture by Sam Pitroda on November 12. Mr. Pitroda, who received an Honorary Degree from UIC in 2010, is widely regarded as one of the leaders in the development of India's Telecommunication industry.<br /><br />Building upon UIC's Strategic Master Plan for the campus, developed in 2010, a process is currently underway to further accentuate UIC's unique strengths. In a consultative process engaging a wide range of campus constituencies, plans are moving forward to advance our physical facilities, make diversity a central component of all aspects of campus life, and re-imagine an Undergraduate Student Success Plan. Currently, eight Task Forces are studying ways to enhance the first-year experience. <br /><br />As part of this strategic plan, we begin construction on the first new buildings on campus since the UIC Forum. Construction on the Advanced Chemical Technology Building (ACTB) will begin in Spring 2014. 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. We expect construction to begin soon on the Curtis Granderson Baseball Stadium, a new ballpark made possible by UIC alumnus and New York Yankee, Curtis Granderson. The goal for this stadium, in addition to providing a top-tier facility for the Flames, will be to partner with the community organizations 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. These are very exciting developments for UIC.<br /><br />We are very pleased to welcome our new Dean for the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts, composer and conductor Steve Everett. Alfred Tatum has agreed to serve as Interim Dean of the College of Education, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. Dr. Tatum is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. While a search is underway for a permanent Dean, we are fortunate to have Dr. Tatum fill this important role. Jerry Bauman, Dean of the College of Pharmacy, was appointed by President Easter to also serve as the Interim Vice President for Health Affairs while he continues in his role as Dean. Michael Redding joins UIC from Oregon, as Executive Associate Chancellor of External and Governmental Relations. And we extend a warm welcome to Ed Ewald from the University of Illinois Foundation, who has assumed interim leadership of our Development operation as we continue the search for a permanent Vice Chancellor for Development.<br /><br />As you can see from this brief and select list of updates, we were very busy this summer preparing for another exceptional year of study, discovery, intellectual excellence, and innovation at Chicago's premier public institution of higher learning.<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 enrich the contributions we make to our city, state, nation, and the world.<br /><br />My best wishes to all for an excellent year.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor official http://www.uic.edu/test OfficialFeed Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:47:44 -0500 Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:47:44 -0500 UIC Urgent Message ALL-CLEAR. Campus administrators have declared the incident under control. It is safe to resume a normal schedule. emergency http://www.uic.edu/test OfficialFeed Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:28:50 -0600 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:28:50 -0600 UIC Urgent Message The UIC emergency announcement system is being tested. This is only a test. emergency http://www.uic.edu/test OfficialFeed Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:27:55 -0600 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:27:55 -0600 UIC Urgent Message - test new sys this is a test of the new dashboard emergency http://www.uic.edu/test OfficialFeed Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:27:17 -0600 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:27:17 -0600 Second test of Urgent subject Here is a second test of Urgent urgent http://www.uic.edu/test UrgentFeed Thu, 15 Nov 2012 08:43:58 -0600 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 08:43:58 -0600 This is a second test of Officialx subject Second test of Officialx here officialx http://www.uic.edu/test OfficialxFeed Thu, 15 Nov 2012 08:43:06 -0600 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 08:43:06 -0600