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 Commitment to Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Read this message online [http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2015_0831.html]<br /><br /><br />Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,<br /><br />I have the privilege of reaffirming the University's commitment to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination, consistent with University policy, federal and state law.<br /><br />The University of Illinois at Chicago 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. 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 and academic environment. UIC's commitment to diversity is critical to our mission of advancing access to excellence and success in academic programs, research and healthcare.<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 pursuing their academic goals or 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, pregnancy, marital status, disability, sexual orientation including gender identity, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran. This commitment is expressed in the University Nondiscrimination Statement available online [http://oae.uic.edu/docs/Nondiscrimination%20Statement%2006-10.pdf].<br /><br />The Office for Access and Equity (OAE) is responsible for assuring campus compliance in matters of equal opportunity, affirmative action, and nondiscrimination in the academic and work environment related to University policy, and applicable federal and state laws, including Title IX. 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 />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /><br />© Copyright 2015 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:00:18 -0500 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:00:18 -0500 VCHA Candidate 1 Monday Dear Colleagues, <br /><br />On Monday, August 31, the campus will hold a forum for the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs candidate, David Mahvi, Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs in the Department of Surgery at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Mahvi will share his background and vision for the academic medical center. <br /><br />Dr. David Mahvi served as President of Northwestern Medical Group from 2013 until September of this year. As President, Dr. Mahvi oversaw the ambulatory operations of Northwestern and directed an organization of over 1,100 physicians and 2,200 staff charged with providing care to more than 700,000 patients a year. He led the Northwestern Medical Group during the integration of Northwestern Physicians Group and the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation into Northwestern Medicine. Dr. Mahvi also served as the James R. Hines Professor of Surgery, and chief division of gastrointestinal and oncologic surgery. <br /><br />Prior to joining Northwestern in 2008, Dr. Mahvi served for 19 years on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison ultimately as Chief of Surgical Oncology and Director of the General Surgery Residency Program. He led a research laboratory in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin School of Engineering. <br /><br />The American Board of Surgery (ABS), the national certifying body for surgeons, elected Dr. Mahvi as Chair for 2014-2015. During his tenure, he developed national policy on the education and management of the surgical workforce. He joined the ABS in 2007 as a representative of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), where he also served as President. <br /><br />A native of Oklahoma, Dr. Mahvi completed his undergraduate work in microbiology and pre-medicine at the University of Oklahoma and went on to obtain his MD at the Medical University of South Carolina. He then served his residency and completed a research fellowship in immunology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Mahvi's research interests have focused on the development of new biomedical devices in the treatment of liver cancer—he is a national and international authority in the field of hepatobiliary cancer, and has previously developed, manufactured, and performed clinical trials of novel biologics. <br /><br />Dr. Mahvi has authored/ co-authored 100+ peer reviewed research articles, has presented both nationally and internationally on cancer-related topics, and has been a national speaker on the design of health care systems. His work has led to collaborations with the engineering school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and subsequently with the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. Dr. Mahvi has also collaborated in creating joint educational programs for engineers and clinical trainees.<br /><br />The candidate forum will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. at the College of Pharmacy, 833 South Wood Street, room 134-1 Auditorium, with a reception immediately following. The forum will also be webcast live at media.uillinois.edu, select “Public Sessions” on the top-left corner of the page. RSVP to TeresaS@uic.edu. To allow Dr. Mahvi to respond to as many questions as possible, please submit your question in advance to TeresaS@uic.edu. <br /><br />I welcome your feedback of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs candidates and hope you will take a few minutes to complete the evaluation form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UICVCHA-DM.<br /><br />Thank you for your participation.<br /><br />Sincerely, <br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:14:37 -0500 Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:14:37 -0500 Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Candidate Forum Read this message online [http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2015_0826.html]<br /><br /> <br />Dear Colleagues,<br /><br />As we approach the conclusion of the search process for the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, we invite you to attend the candidate forum for each of the five finalists for this very important leadership position. The candidates will share their background and present their vision for the academic health center. The candidates will also respond to questions submitted in advance and, if time permits, additional questions from the audience.<br /><br />The Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs will be primarily responsible for the oversight of the seven health science colleges and their respective regional campuses, as well as the healthcare delivery system – our hospital and clinics, Outpatient Care Center, Mile Square Health Center and sites. Our colleges and health care system are recognized for the excellence and innovation of our faculty research, the quality of our patient care, and our commitment to the city and the state. <br /><br />All forums are 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the College of Pharmacy Auditorium, 134-1, on the following dates:<br /><br />Candidate 1: Monday, August 31<br /><br />Candidate 2: Monday September 14<br /> <br />Candidate 3: Wednesday, September 16<br /><br />Candidate 4: Monday, September 21<br /><br />Candidate 5: Wednesday, September 23<br /><br />Each candidate forum will be webcast live at [http://media.uillinois.edu]. Select “Public Sessions” on the top-left corner of the page.<br /><br />A reception for the candidate will immediately follow each forum and will be held in the lobby of the College of Pharmacy Building, 833 S. Wood Street. <br /><br />RSVP to TeresaS@uic.edu. To allow the candidates to respond to as many questions as possible, please submit your questions in advance to TeresaS@uic.edu.<br /><br />Thank you for your participation. <br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /><br /> <br />© Copyright 2015 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois<br /><br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:00:27 -0500 Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:00:27 -0500 Welcome students August 25, 2015<br /><br /><br />Dear students:<br /><br />It is a pleasure and honor to join our three great campuses in welcoming you to the University of Illinois.<br /><br />The start of a new academic year is a special time, when our campuses come alive again after the relative quiet of summer. This fall promises to be busier than ever. We expect nearly 79,000 students university-wide, a new enrollment record and more than the entire population of Illinois’ 12th largest city, Bloomington.<br /><br />This year’s fall semester is especially meaningful to me. It is my first as president of this remarkable university, with roots that stretch back nearly 150 years to a stroke of President Abraham Lincoln’s pen that created public land-grant universities and made higher education in America a model for the world.<br /><br />I came for the same reasons that attracted all of you – a chance to be part of a university recognized globally as a leader in education and discovery; a university that has helped fulfill the dreams of more than 700,000 living graduates whose successes are testaments to its excellence.<br /><br />Students are the very core of our mission and my presidency is dedicated to all of you. With campus leadership, faculty and staff, I will work to ensure the educational experience that has been transforming lives for generations continues for generations to come and that a U of I degree is forever synonymous with pride, respect and opportunity.<br /><br />Each of you will ultimately add to our rich legacy, through the talents you foster here. Take advantage of everything the university has to offer, in the classroom and out. What you learn here will serve you for a lifetime. Enjoy the ride, and don’t forget to have some fun along the way.<br /><br />I wish you all the best and I thank you and your family for choosing the University of Illinois.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Tim Killeen<br />President official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:24:33 -0500 Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:24:33 -0500 Medical college transition team named August 24, 2015<br /><br />Dear Colleagues:<br /><br />I am happy to inform you that the transition team recommended by the task force led by President Emeritus B. Joseph White has been formed.<br /><br />The members are: <br /><br />*Greg Freund (Chair), Professor and Head, Department of Pathology, Urbana<br /><br />*Feng-Sheng Hu, Professor and Associate Dean of Science, LAS, Urbana (UIUC Provost Designee)<br /><br />*Jim Slauch, Professor and Director of the Medical Scholars Program, Urbana<br /><br />*Larry Tobacman, Senior Associate Dean for Research, College of Medicine and Professor of Medicine and Director, MD-PhD Program, Department of Medicine, Chicago (UIC Provost Designee)<br /><br />*Matthew Wheeler, Professor, Department of Animal Science and SEC Member, UIUC (UIUC Faculty Governance Representative)<br /><br /><br /><br />The transition team is vested with the authority to make joint decisions on behalf of the provosts of the Chicago and Urbana-Champaign campuses. Specific areas of responsibility include:<br /><br />* Development of a transition plan that is agreed upon by the leadership of both campuses<br /><br />*Identification of financial resources required to implement the plan and, as needed, secure funding commitments from the campuses<br /><br />*Implementation of the plan in a timely and sustained manner<br /><br />*Adoption of a strategy of clear communication throughout the process.<br /><br /><br />I have also named Sharon Donovan, Professor and Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair in Nutrition and Health, as the Ombudsman to assist in this transition. Dr. Donovan’s contact information is phone: 217-333-2289 or email at sdonovan@illinois.edu.<br /><br />Thanks to all for their willingness to serve in this important process!<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Timothy L. Killeen, PhD<br />President officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:01:10 -0500 Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:01:10 -0500 Welcome to the Fall Semester at UIC Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,<br /><br />I hope you have enjoyed a productive and relaxing summer. As we prepare to begin a new academic year, I am thrilled to welcome everyone back to UIC and offer my congratulations to our new and transfer students, as well as our new faculty members – you all have made a great choice in UIC!<br /><br />Each fall, the anticipation and liveliness that accompanies move-in days and the return of students to campus is felt everywhere and it was great to have personally experienced it with my family for the first time at UIC. Summer in Chicago and Illinois is as good as advertised. The more people I meet, the more I see the passion shared for this city and university, and in the diverse people and personalities that comprise our institutional character, one theme is apparent - UIC is Chicago and Chicago is UIC. And of course, we share an academic community family with UIC students, faculty and staff in Rockford, the Quad Cities, Peoria, Springfield and Urbana and I want to welcome everyone. <br /><br />While you begin to get acquainted or reacquainted with your community, there is plenty of recent news to be proud about. Please visit our innovative newly launched website [http://uic.edu] to read some of the latest on our research, accomplishments, and other news that will remind you that you are a member of one of the top public universities in the nation. <br /><br />For those of you that are new students and joined us yesterday at the UIC Convocation ceremony, it was as much fun as I’ve been told. It was a great opportunity to welcome the newest members of our community and their families, and I hope to continue the bond we established throughout your experience at UIC, until the time I shake your hands and congratulate you on your graduation.<br /><br />I would like to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude and appreciation to all of our faculty and staff for everything they do to enhance our students’ educational experience, and the research, service and care they provide at UIC. Best wishes to everyone for a terrific year ahead. Now let’s get to work! <br /><br />GO FLAMES!<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:00:10 -0500 Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:00:10 -0500 Jane Byrne Interchange Construction Update Beginning Aug. 20, the UIC community will experience additional detours and traffic modifications as the Jane Byrne reconstruction project continues.<br /><br />The Byrne reconstruction includes new bridge overpasses, redesigning of lanes, ramp entrances and exits and the construction of a new flyover structure from northbound I-90/94 (Dan Ryan Expressway) to I-290 westbound (Eisenhower Expressway).<br /><br />Today, contractors are scheduled to begin placing new curved steel beams over the expressway. This complicated work involves various lane closures. Work is scheduled to be completed Oct. 18. While much of the work will occur during the weekends, lane closures and detours may affect weekday travel.<br /> <br />More information about the Byrne reconstruction project is available online at http://www.circleinterchange.org, including a printable schedule of closures at http://www.circleinterchange.org/pdf/document_library/circle_beamplacementfactsheet_080215_final.pdf<br /><br />Please be alert for changes and continue to exercise caution when walking or driving through the work zones. <br /><br />Michael Landek<br />Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:51:54 -0500 Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:51:54 -0500 Ventra U-Pass Fall 2015 UIC Students Ventra U-Pass Fall 2015 UIC Students: The CTA wants to provide you with important information about your Ventra U-Pass and how it works.<br /><br />Use the same U-Pass card for up to five years:<br />Your U-Pass is good for up to five years and automatically reactivates when your next full-time school term begins. If you need to replace your card, the replacement fee is $50 so don’t forget to bring your U-Pass back to school with you. Should you experience any issue with your U-Pass, please contact your school’s U-Pass administrator to make sure you are properly registered as a full-time student.<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 status by logging into https://www.ventrachicago.com/balance/. <br /><br />If you have a negative balance at the start of or during the semester, your U-Pass unlimited riding privileges will be suspended. You must pay off this balance to restart the unlimited riding privileges on your U-Pass.<br /><br />Don’t allow anyone to use your U-Pass:<br />Only you are authorized to use your U-Pass. If your U-Pass is misused or presented for transportation by any person other than yourself, it will be confiscated by CTA, suspended for a full calendar year, and the authorized user may be subject to criminal prosecution.<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 in addition to receiving your unlimited rides as part of your school enrollment. Your U-Pass card gives you the ability to load additional transit value onto the same card that can be used to pay for other riders. 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, your first tap will be applied toward your U-Pass. Any subsequent taps will be deducted from regular transit value on your U-Pass. If 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.<br /><br />Again, 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 school terms, your U-Pass card will function as a normal fare card and you will be charged full fares for your rides during school breaks. In order to use it, you must add funds to your account.. More information about how U-Pass functions when school is not in session is available at 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 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 VentraChicago.com to find a location near you.<br /><br />If you require assistance, please contact Ventra Customer Service at www.ventrachicago.com or by calling 877-669-8368. officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:41:36 -0500 Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:41:36 -0500 Calendar of University Holidays and Religious Observances In planning ahead for the academic year, it is helpful to remember that many religious groups make up our campus community. The UIC Senate Policy on religious holidays (approved May 25, 1988) is below:<br /><br />"The faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago shall make every effort to avoid scheduling examinations or requiring that student projects be turned in or completed on religious holidays. Students who wish to observe their religious holidays shall notify the faculty member by the tenth day of the semester of the date when they will be absent unless the religious holiday is observed on or before the tenth day of the semester. In such cases, the students shall notify the faculty member at least five days in advance of the date when he/she will be absent. The faculty member shall make every reasonable effort to honor the request, not penalize the student for missing the class, and if an examination or project is due during the absence, give the student an exam or assignment equivalent to the one completed by those students in attendance. If the student feels aggrieved, he/she may request remedy through the campus grievance procedure."<br /><br />A few reminders are noted below to help guide faculty in respecting religious observance while maintaining academic standards and requirements:<br /><br />· Outline course obligations, dates, and foreseen calendar of examination(s) as early as possible.<br /><br />· Instruct students to inform you of any conflicts in accordance with the policy detailed below.<br /><br />· There may be accommodation requests neither dictated by calendar dates nor foreseen at the beginning of the semester as contemplated by the stated Senate Policy. In such cases, students should be informed that they should request an accommodation as soon as they become aware of the need.<br /><br />· Students should not be required to supply verification of their attendance at religious services in order to qualify for an accommodation.<br /><br />The University Holidays and Religious Observances calendar can be found online at http://oae.uic.edu/docs/ReligiousHolidaysFY20152017.pdf. The list comprises national holidays recognized by the University as well as religious days of special observance that may prohibit a person from performing work. Please keep in mind this list is not exhaustive.<br /><br />If you have questions, please contact Donn Kamm, Assistant Director in the Office for Access and Equity, at 312-996-8670 or visit our website at http://oae.uic.edu/. officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 17 Aug 2015 09:27:11 -0500 Mon, 17 Aug 2015 09:27:11 -0500 Moving Forward August 13, 2015<br /><br />Dear colleagues:<br /><br />I hope you will join me in welcoming Barbara Wilson on her first full day as acting chancellor of the Urbana-Champaign campus.<br /><br />Dr. Wilson brings nearly three decades of experience in public higher education, including 15 years as a faculty member and administrator in multiple roles on the Urbana campus. Her superb talent, loyalty and willingness to serve make her an ideal leader at this important moment in time.<br /><br />As an educator first and foremost, she understands the intersections among the disciplines and can fully represent a comprehensive, magnificent campus. I am deeply grateful for her willingness to share her talents as acting chancellor, while continuing in her role as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, during our search for a permanent chancellor.<br /><br />This change in leadership comes on the heels of difficult times. Over the last several months, the University has found itself in the news not always for its world-class excellence in teaching and research, but for a series of allegations and incidents that have been hard on all of us.<br /><br />Such attention in no way reflects who we really are or the core missions that have earned us a place among the world’s most accomplished and respected universities. It misrepresents the day-in, day-out commitment of our faculty and staff, the success of our students and alumni, the loyalty of our friends and supporters, and our power to lead the way to progress.<br /><br />We must, of course, learn from the lessons of our past. Our recent challenges also serve as an opportunity – a chance to reexamine our policies and processes, and rededicate ourselves to the guiding principles of integrity, transparency, service and excellence that built this great University. It is a time to move forward – with ambition, with aspiration and with recognition of the sheer quality and substance that is the hallmark of the University of Illinois.<br /><br />I am extremely optimistic about our future and have no doubt we will succeed. Often, the issue of the day may seem overwhelming, leading people to look backward rather than forward. But as I have come to know the University of Illinois in my 88 days on board, I have been struck by a common thread that runs deep among our many stakeholders and will move us ahead – enormous pride in our rich legacy and a passion for an even better tomorrow.<br /><br />So, we are getting past our challenges and steering the ship on the right course, with excellence and integrity as our main sails.<br /><br />My thanks again to Dr. Wilson for her leadership, and to all of you for your dedication and support. I look forward to working together as we begin a new academic year that will add to our standing as a global powerhouse – robust in service not only to its students, but to the public good, aiming high. <br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Tim officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:03:59 -0500 Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:03:59 -0500 Interim Dean of the Honors College Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,<br /><br />I am pleased to announce that Professor Ralph Keen will become Interim Dean of the Honors College, effective August 16, 2015, subject to approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Dr. Keen is currently Professor in the Department of History and he has held the prestigious title of Arthur J. Schmitt Chair of Catholic Studies since arriving at UIC in 2010. This appointment follows the decision of the current dean, Professor Bette L. Bottoms, to return to the faculty after an illustrious six years as dean and one year as interim dean. A search for a permanent dean will commence this coming academic year. <br /><br />The Honors College is a national model for honors education in urban public research universities. Professor Keen has been involved with the college since his arrival at UIC, as a fellow and as a member of the Honors Council, of which he was co-chair in 2014-15. As a member of the college strategic planning committee (2011-12) and diversity committee (2013-14), and as co-chair of the 2013-14 fifth-year review of the dean, Professor Keen became familiar with every aspect of the college’s operations. <br /><br />Prior to UIC, Professor Keen was Assistant and then Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Iowa, where he was also involved in the University Honors Program. A renowned historian of early-modern religious thought, Professor Keen served as executive officer of UIC’s Religious Studies program in 2014-15. He is the author of two monographs and a textbook as well as editor or translator of five other books, and he is currently completing a monograph on the uses of the idea of divine wrath in religious polemics from Martin Luther to Jonathan Edwards. He is an editor of the monograph series Catholic Christendom 1300-1700 published in the UK by Ashgate, and serves on the boards of the American Catholic Historical Association and the Society for Reformation Research as well as the finance committee (of which he was the founding chair) of the American Society of Church History. <br /><br />Please join me in welcoming Professor Keen to his new role on campus. <br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Eric A. Gislason<br />Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:56:20 -0500 Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:56:20 -0500 Invitation to UIC Convocation August 6, 2015<br /><br />Where can you interact with 1400 inquisitive and exciting first year students wearing red UIC T-shirts? The answer is UIC Convocation, a "must see" event! In order to promote the success and first year experience of our new students at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the tenth annual UIC Convocation will be held to kick-off the 2015-2016 academic year. The UIC Convocation, a ceremony to welcome new students and their families, will mark the official beginning of their entry into the UIC academic community. We write to invite you to join us on:<br /><br />Sunday, August 23, 2015<br />3:00 p.m.<br />UIC Pavilion<br /><br />All new students, their parents, as well as university faculty and staff are being invited to attend this special event. UIC Convocation will be followed immediately by the Chancellor's New Student Welcome Picnic during which new students and their parents will join us for food, games, prizes, entertainment, and an opportunity to reconnect with their summer orientation leader, faculty, and academic college staff.<br /><br />We are pleased to extend an invitation to you, because the involvement of faculty and administrators at our university is critical for a successful UIC Convocation. Your participation helps to warmly welcome our new students into the UIC academic community and validate their decision to become a student at UIC. Additionally, your visibility at this event helps to present UIC as a caring and inclusive community. If you are interested in participating in any aspect of this ceremony please visit http://www.convocation.uic.edu for more information and to make your reservation. Of special note, following the UIC Convocation ceremony, you are invited to attend the Chancellor's New Student Welcome Picnic. If you have additional questions please call (312) 996-3271. We look forward to greeting our new students and you.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br />Eric Gislason <br />Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost <br />Barbara Henley<br />Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 06 Aug 2015 12:00:05 -0500 Thu, 06 Aug 2015 12:00:05 -0500 Invitation to UIC Convocation August 6, 2015<br /><br />Dear Campus Colleagues,<br /><br />Where can you interact with 1400 inquisitive and exciting first year students wearing red UIC T-shirts? The answer is UIC Convocation, a “must see” event! In order to promote the success and first year experience of our new students at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the tenth annual UIC Convocation will be held to kick-off the 2015-2016 academic year. The UIC Convocation, a ceremony to welcome new students and their families, will mark the official beginning of their entry into the UIC academic community. We write to invite you to join us on:<br /><br />Sunday, August 23, 2015<br />3:00 p.m.<br />UIC Pavilion<br /><br />All new students, their parents, as well as university faculty and staff are being invited to attend this special event. UIC Convocation will be followed immediately by the Chancellor’s New Student Welcome Picnic during which new students and their parents will join us for food, games, prizes, entertainment, and an opportunity to reconnect with their summer orientation leader, faculty, and academic college staff.<br /><br />We are pleased to extend an invitation to you, because the involvement of faculty and administrators at our university is critical for a successful UIC Convocation. Your participation helps to warmly welcome our new students into the UIC academic community and validate their decision to become a student at UIC. Additionally, your visibility at this event helps to present UIC as a caring and inclusive community. If you are interested in participating in any aspect of this ceremony please visit http://www.convocation.uic.edu for more information and to make your reservation. Of special note, following the UIC Convocation ceremony, you are invited to attend the Chancellor’s New Student Welcome Picnic. If you have additional questions please call (312) 996-3271. We look forward to greeting our new students and you.<br /> <br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Eric Gislason <br />Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost <br /><br />Barbara Henley<br />Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs<br /><br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 06 Aug 2015 11:58:45 -0500 Thu, 06 Aug 2015 11:58:45 -0500 Crime Alert On Aug. 1, at about 2:45 a.m., UIC Police responded to an incident at 1056 W. 14th St.<br /> <br />Witnesses reported shots were fired from a newer model 4-door black Chevrolet, striking three males. One injured victim was found at the scene and two injured victims fled to 1339 S. Morgan St. The victims, who are not affiliated with UIC, were transported to the hospital.<br /> <br />The offender's vehicle fled the scene heading southbound on Morgan St. from 14th St. and remains at large.<br /> <br />The Chicago Police Department is leading the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 311.<br /> <br />Crime location mapped: https://goo.gl/maps/THNg3<br /><br />Other security tips:<br /><br />--Be aware of your surroundings. Use all your senses to be alert for danger, and when walking alone, don't wear headphones or earbuds.<br />--Don't display electronic devices in public.<br />--Try to travel in groups when possible, particularly after dark.<br />--Use well-lit walkways.<br />--On campus, look for the location of the nearest emergency call box (there are more than 1,500 across campus.)<br />--The emergency number for UIC Police is 5-5555 or 312-355-5555, which should be set on speed-dial on your cell phone.<br />--Report crime promptly to police.<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 /> urgent http://www.uic.edu/uic UrgentFeed Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:08:10 -0500 Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:08:10 -0500 Message from the Chancellor View this message online: [http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2015_0731.html]<br /><br /><br />Dear Friends and Colleagues:<br /><br />It is with regret but enormous gratitude that I write today to announce the retirement of Arlene Norsym, Vice President of the University of Illinois Alumni Association and Associate Chancellor for Alumni Relations at the University of Illinois at Chicago, effective Sept. 30. In my short few months at UIC, I have come to see Arlene as our greatest supporter, our strongest advocate, and a most caring individual. She has set the bar as high as it goes in service to a campus and community she loves, UIC. And probably most important of all to Arlene, she is a proud UIC alumna. <br /><br />Arlene has served as Vice President and Associate Chancellor since 2000. During that time, she raised the visibility of the University of Illinois Alumni Association on campus and in colleges through internal and external marketing campaigns; established the first e-newsletter targeted to all UIC alumni; initiated the Points of Pride Campaign and the History and Traditions project; and worked tirelessly with alumni, faculty and staff to create the Pier Room and Circle Lounge displays. Many of these innovations and accomplishments took place as the campus faced budget challenges that limited the support available to her office. <br /><br />And there is more. During her tenure, Arlene created a master event calendar for the campus that is still in use today. She established the annual Student Research Forum, which is juried by faculty and nearly 200 alumni. This is a singularly important achievement for UIC as we strive to further engage undergraduates in our research enterprise. <br /><br />Arlene was responsible for two annual campus-wide major alumni award events, which often incorporated major campus anniversaries (e.g. Navy Pier 60th; UIC 25th; UICC 50th). She encouraged the Campus Alumni Advisory Board—an advisory to the UIAA Board of Directors—to become an “operational board” for the campus. CAAB now co-sponsors networking events and sponsors the annual “Best Practices” event, which is designed to help college alumni boards become more effective. It’s also important to recognize that she raised the profile of our signature “Lighting of the Flame” ceremony by incorporating it into our sporting events and, in the process, gaining wider recognition for alumni and encouraging participation in UIC athletic events.<br /><br />Arlene also has served UIC in too many roles to list here, dating back to 1986. For example, she participated on numerous committees that have greatly benefited our community and has been recognized with many well-deserved awards and honors. She also worked with engineering student leaders to establish the UIC Engineering EXPO, the annual exhibition of senior design projects, and to organize the Young Engineers Network, which established the Engineering Career Prep Day, both of which continue to this day and engage a significant number of alumni.<br /><br />Loren Taylor, President of the UI Alumni Association had this to say: “In her 15 years with the Alumni Association, Arlene has been a constant champion for UIC and its alumni. She has helped to advance the interests of the University and has been steadfast in celebrating the accomplishments of its graduates. Her service has been both valued and appreciated.”<br /><br />It is therefore with sadness, but with gratitude, that we thank Arlene Norsym for her many years of passionate and devoted service to UIC. We wish her the very best in all her future endeavors—and I hope she has more time to spend with her grandchildren, too.<br /><br />A reception to honor Arlene will take place on Sept. 28, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. in Student Center East. More information will be forthcoming. I hope you will join us to wish Arlene a happy retirement, knowing that her legacy of service to UIC will go on.<br /><br />Thank you very much, Arlene, from all of us at UIC.<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:48:53 -0500 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:48:53 -0500