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 2017-18 Salary Program View online [https://illinois.edu/massmail/massmail/28169.html]<br /><br /> <br /> <br />Dear colleagues:<br /><br />The recent state budget impasse revealed yet again that our faculty and staff are the heartbeat of the University of Illinois System. Your commitment helped us weather two years of historic funding shortfalls without diminishing our rich legacy of excellence and world-class service to students, discovery and the public good.<br /><br />A competitive employee compensation program is essential to recognize hard work, and to ensure that we continue to recruit and retain the leading-edge talent that will secure the U of I System’s strong future.<br /><br />So I am pleased to announce a modest, merit-based salary program for the 2017-2018 academic year. The 1 percent program, which will be reflected in September’s payroll, builds on the mid-year, 2 percent performance-based program implemented in February.<br /><br />The program was developed thanks to ongoing efforts to steward our resources efficiently, and this month’s approval of the state’s first full budget since fiscal year 2015.<br /><br />We hoped to do more, but the program is tempered by prudent caution amid lingering financial uncertainties, including the impact of possible changes in state funding for pension and healthcare benefits. Still, it signals our commitment to employees and to an annual, predictable salary program to reward their dedicated service. <br /><br />This merit-based salary program will be applicable to most academic and civil service employees, except for employees whose wages are set through the collective bargaining process. Those employees may be eligible for an increase based upon the negotiation process and the terms of the applicable collective bargaining agreement.<br /><br />I hope this program reflects our deep appreciation for everything you do to serve our universities, our students and our state. Enjoy the rest of your summer, and I wish you the very best as a new academic year begins.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Tim<br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br />This mailing approved by:<br />Office of the President <br /><br />sent to:<br />Academic Professionals, Civil Service & Faculty<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:50:45 -0500 Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:50:45 -0500 Message from the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Read this message online [http://news.uic.edu/files/official/2017_0721_cfo.html]<br /> <br /><br /> <br /> <br />Dear Colleagues,<br /><br />I write to follow-up on President Killeen’s announcement that Dr. Avijit Ghosh has agreed to serve as interim chief financial officer for the University of Illinois System. He will assume his new role in a designate capacity on September 1, pending formal Board of Trustees approval at its September 7 meeting. Avijit will serve during a national search to replace vice president, chief financial officer and comptroller Walt Knorr, who will retire from the U of I System on August 31.<br /><br />Many of you are aware that Avijit had previously announced that he would step down from his position as CEO of the hospital and clinics in September to teach at the College of Business in Urbana for two years prior to retiring.<br /><br />We have been planning for this transition in leadership and we are moving forward with a national search for a new chief executive officer for the hospital and clinics. Dr. Jerry Bauman, Dean of the College of Pharmacy, is leading the search committee.<br /><br />I hope you will join me in thanking Avijit for his commitment to the university and the hospital. I will share additional information about the leadership transition as it becomes available.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Robert A. Barish<br />Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs<br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2017 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:54:11 -0500 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:54:11 -0500 Message from the Chancellor Click here to see this online [http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2017_0720_budget.html]<br /> <br /><br /> <br /> <br />Dear Faculty and Staff,<br /><br />Earlier this month, I shared with you the news that a new state budget was approved for the first time in over two years. We remain extremely grateful for the budget we have been provided. While we must manage our remaining fiscal challenges carefully and strategically, we are certainly much better off today than we were a month ago.<br /><br />We are still in the process of evaluating the full implications of the new budget, however, following are some details we can confirm:<br /><br />We have received 2016/2017 funding for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) totaling over $32 million in tuition and fee awards for 8,500 undergraduate students. These grants are extremely important to our neediest students.<br />UIC will receive additional state operating support for FY17 approximately equal to our FY15 adjusted funding level. As you recall, last year we had to sequester our collective carry-forward balances to cover the significant deficit caused by the reduced state support in FY16. The FY17 funding will allow us to return approximately 39 percent of the sequestered carryforward funds to the original accounts within the next 2-3 months.<br />Due to the funding UIC will receive from the state for FY17 and FY18, we are reducing our originally planned FY18 budget reductions to 3.25 percent from 5 percent.<br />More details regarding the allocations to each unit will be forthcoming from the office of Budget and Resource Planning.<br /><br />I want to reiterate the point I made earlier regarding how difficult this period of financial uncertainty has been for our entire community. I want to commend everyone for your tireless commitment to our students and our patients, and for your collective perseverance in these challenging times. Thanks to all of you, our students have been able to receive a high-quality education, our patients have received world-class care and our research has continued to flourish, despite the financial challenges we have been managing. I am grateful to everyone for your support of UIC and I know, thanks to all of you, that UIC is poised to remain on its upward trajectory.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2017 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:10:28 -0500 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:10:28 -0500 Message from the Chancellor Click here to see this online [http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2017_0718_athletics.html]<br /> <br /><br /> <br /> <br />Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,<br /><br />I am pleased to announce that I have named Garrett Klassy UIC Director of Athletics designate, pending final approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. <br /><br />Garrett has more than 21 years of intercollegiate athletics experience, including recent leadership positions at George Washington University, the University of Oregon, the University of Alabama, and Tulane University.<br /><br />Garrett currently serves as senior associate athletics director for external relations at George Washington University, an NCAA Division 1 program with 27 teams and 95 team championships in 15 different sports. He joined the program in 2013 and is responsible for development, corporate sponsorships, sports marketing, ticket sales and communications. He also has sport administration management responsibilities for men’s basketball, baseball, women’s gymnastics and men’s soccer. His leadership and success in fund raising has led to the two largest donations in GW Athletics.<br /><br />Before joining GW, Garrett served at the University of Oregon from 2005 to 2013. He led the operations and staff of the Duck Athletic Fund, ticket office and sales departments and was part of the management team that raised more than $140 million for Oregon Athletics Legacy Fund. Earlier in his tenure at Oregon, he oversaw ticket sales and operations of the athletic ticket office and managed donor/customer relations.<br /><br />Prior to Oregon, Garrett was assistant director of ticket operations at the University of Alabama from 2001 to 2005, and director of ticket operations at Tulane University from 2000 to 2001. He also held positions at the Louisiana Superdome and New Orleans Arena.<br /><br />I am confident that Garrett is the right person to lead the Flames into a new era. He has the passion and experience to help us achieve competitive excellence and continue to enhance the academic success and overall experience for our student-athletes.<br /><br />I want to thank the search committee, chaired by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs J. Rex Tolliver, for their efficient and successful work in this important search.<br /><br />I hope you will join me in welcoming Garrett, who begins at UIC on Aug. 15.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2017 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:20:43 -0500 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:20:43 -0500 Provost's Monthly Office Hours Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,<br /><br />I will be holding office hours on Wednesday, July 19, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in room 2832 University Hall. All faculty, student, or staff members are welcome to drop in during the 90-minute period to discuss whatever is on their mind. For the rest of the summer and through fall semester, the schedule is as follows:<br /><br />Thursday, August 24, from 1:00-2:30 p.m.<br />Monday, September 18, from 3:00-4:30 p.m.<br />Thursday, October 26, from 9:00-10:30 a.m.<br />Monday, November 20, from 2:00-3:30 p.m.<br />Wednesday, December 20, from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.<br /><br />The dates and times are also posted on my website, https://provost.uic.edu/provost-office-hours.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Susan Poser<br />Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:44:10 -0500 Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:44:10 -0500 Message from the Chancellor Click here to see this online [http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2017_0706_budget.html]<br /> <br /><br /> <br /> <br />Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:<br /><br />Earlier this year, the UIC Master Plan Advisory Committee provided recommendations -- “Envisioning Our Future: 2017-2027” -- to improve UIC facilities and grounds over the next decade. Our capital infrastructure must reflect the quality and impact of this institution if we are to achieve our educational, research and engagement goals; attract the best faculty and staff; and provide much-needed facilities for students. The first draft master plan was presented to internal and external stakeholders who provided thoughtful and constructive feedback. I expect the process to be completed this fall. In the meantime, I am pleased to let you know that two of the projects featured in the early discussions will be moving forward during the current academic year and you will begin to see construction activity on campus in the next several months.<br /><br />A new College of Engineering building – the first new academic building on the east campus since 1991 – is the result of current and planned enrollment growth in the college. This modular-designed building will have a flexible capacity to meet changing needs and will include 50,000 square feet of new lab and office space to ensure our students meet employer demand for top-notch talent. Construction for the building will take place on the northeast end of Parking Lot 5, located along Taylor Street between Morgan Street and the Science & Engineering South building.<br /><br />Artist's rendering: College of Engineering [https://chancellor.uic.edu/files/2017/07/coe_ne.jpg]<br />Artist's rendering: College of Engineering [https://chancellor.uic.edu/files/2017/07/coe_ne_stripe.jpg]<br /><br />A signature living-learning community will be built near Harrison and Morgan Streets to provide residential accommodations for 500 students, more than 51,000 square feet of academic space (primarily classrooms), and 1,600 square feet of retail dining. The project will be entirely financed by a private partner (American Campus Communities). The complex of buildings will feature:<br /><br />Instructional spaces with “turn to team” design elements, learning oases, and a C-Stop.<br />Among them, the largest 258-seat classroom can also be transformed into a flexible event and performance space.<br />Residential accommodations will include a mix of traditional double rooms, semi-suites, and faculty/staff apartments along with study and social lounges.<br />This new facility will be located in Parking Lot 9 in order to be close to other residence halls and near the campus core.<br /><br />Artist's rendering: Morgan & Harrison [https://chancellor.uic.edu/files/2017/07/p3_morgan_harrison.jpg]<br /><br />Artist's rendering: pedestrian bridge [https://chancellor.uic.edu/files/2017/07/p3_pedestrian_bridge.jpg]<br /><br /><br />Understandably, these construction projects will affect parking as well as traffic patterns in and around these areas. If you currently park in Lots 5 or 9, Campus Parking Services will contact you in the next few weeks with more information.<br /><br />Both construction projects are scheduled to break ground in January 2018.<br /><br />I want to thank the Facilities staff and everyone else who provided input during the design process for both projects. Their work is critical as we focus on achieving our strategic priorities and addressing the short- and long-term needs of our campus community.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2017 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:04:12 -0500 Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:04:12 -0500 Notice to Employees Regarding the Increase in Illinois Income Tax Withholding Read this message online [http://news.uic.edu/files/official/2017_0711_ict.html]<br /> <br /><br /> <br /> <br />On July 6, 2017, Illinois legislation was passed to increase the state individual income tax rate from 3.75% to 4.95% effective July 1, 2017. Prior to the passage of the new income tax rate the University withheld at the 3.75% rate as required. The new 4.95% withholding rate will be implemented with payrolls paid on or after July 13, 2017. Due to the passage of the increased rate after the July 1, 2017, effective date, you may owe additional income tax next year when you file your 2017 Illinois individual income tax return. <br /><br />To see how this change affects your state income tax withholding and your net pay, you can use the Monthly Net Pay Calculator and Bi-Weekly Net Pay Calculator found on the Payroll and Benefits web page [https://www.obfs.uillinois.edu/payroll].<br /><br />If you have questions about the Illinois state income tax withholding change, please contact the University Payroll & Benefits Customer Service Center:<br /><br />Urbana: 217-265-6363<br />Chicago: 312-996-7200<br />Springfield: 217-206-7144<br />Email: [mailto:payinq@uillinois.edu]<br /><br />Jim Davito <br />Executive Director<br />University Payroll & Benefits<br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2017 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:11:57 -0500 Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:11:57 -0500 Public Safety Advisory On Saturday, July 8, around 1:20 a.m., UIC Police responded to an activated emergency call box near 500 S. Racine Ave. The victim, who is not affiliated with UIC, reported that an unknown person had taken her vehicle. The victim was driving northbound on S. Racine Ave. near W. Congress Pkwy. when a vehicle driving directly behind her, hit her rear bumper. The victim exited her vehicle to look at the damage. The driver of the striking vehicle exited his car, quickly got into the driver's seat of the victim's car and locked the doors. The offender then fled in the victim's car, a 2014 white Jeep Grand Cherokee, license plate V443365, going northbound on S. Racine Ave. and then westbound on I-290 Expy. The offender is described as a black male, approximately 20 years old, wearing a black t-shirt. Two offenders in the striking vehicle, described only as black males, fled in the same direction in a red 4-door vehicle with possible license plate Q400250. No weapons were used and the offenders did not say anything to the victim prior to taking her car. The victim did not sustain any injuries. Anyone with information is asked to call the Chicago Police Department at 311. <br /><br />Approximate crime location mapped: <br />https://goo.gl/maps/eZWGMdGsWED2<br /><br />UIC Police offer the following security tips:<br />--On campus, look for the location of the nearest emergency call box (there are more than 1,500 across campus.)<br />--To contact the UIC Police, call (312) 355-5555 for emergencies or (312) 996-2830 for non-emergencies.<br />--Report crime promptly to police.<br /><br />---------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />Public safety advisories 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://emergency.uic.edu/public-safety-advisory/<br /><br />UIC Annual Security Report<br />http://www.clery.uic.edu<br /><br />Chicago Police Department Crime Incidents<br />http://gis.chicagopolice.org/clearmap/startpage.htm<br /> urgent http://www.uic.edu/uic UrgentFeed Sat, 08 Jul 2017 04:23:33 -0500 Sat, 08 Jul 2017 04:23:33 -0500 Message from the Chancellor Click here to see this online [http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2017_0706_budget.html]<br /> <br /><br /> <br /> <br />Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,<br /><br />Today’s legislative action to pass a balanced budget for the state is a great step forward for higher education in Illinois and for UIC. I am relieved and full of optimism as we look to the future. <br /><br />I would like to thank the members of the Illinois General Assembly in both parties who stepped up and voted for a budget that provides operating funds for our public universities and MAP funds for our students. I will reach out to all state senators and representatives who supported higher education and express my gratitude to them for their efforts to end the impasse. I urge you to do the same with your local elected officials. <br /><br />I know that the lack of a state budget has had an enormous impact on each of you – faculty, staff and students alike. I want to thank you for your efforts and endurance over the last two years. Your hard work, trust and support for UIC made it possible for us not only to remain standing, but advance as an institution during a very difficult period. Now we can focus on what we do best: serving our students and the citizens of Illinois. <br /><br />While we are not out of woods entirely and we must address the FY2016 deficit, we are in a much better position today than we were yesterday. I will communicate with you as quickly as possible once we know the exact figures for our campus and can determine the effect on our budget.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2017 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 06 Jul 2017 17:07:37 -0500 Thu, 06 Jul 2017 17:07:37 -0500 Statement on Budget Outcome Read online [https://illinois.edu/massmail/massmail/28157.html]<br /><br /> <br /> <br />July 6, 2017<br /><br />Dear faculty, staff, students and friends:<br /><br />Over the last few days, the Illinois legislature has come together in bipartisan efforts to end a historic budget impasse, approving revenue and spending bills that will provide full-year funding for the University of Illinois System and other essential state services.<br /><br />I am deeply grateful to legislators for working overtime and making the difficult decisions on a compromise to avert the potentially dire consequences that loomed if the budget stalemate had extended through a third fiscal year.<br /><br />I also want to sincerely and profoundly thank each and every one of you – our faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. There is no overstating the crucial role that you have played. Your advocacy fostered an appreciation for our institution’s value among lawmakers that helped pave the way to this week’s budget resolution. And your commitment and hard work in support of the U of I System made it possible to weather the two-year funding shortfall with our excellence intact.<br /><br />Thanks to you, our universities have remained strong and vibrant, and now stand ready to accelerate quickly and purposefully toward the high aspirations of our Strategic Framework – to make the U of I System a global model for service to students, innovation and the public good. We are determined to reward your loyalty and support by ensuring that your pride in the U of I System and our rich legacy of achievement continue to grow.<br /><br />Under the budget agreement approved this week, the U of I System will receive:<br /><br />• An additional $300 million to cover funding for the second half of fiscal year 2017, providing a full-year appropriation when added to stopgap funding received for the first six months of the year.<br /><br />• About $583 million in funding for fiscal 2018, which began July 1. The appropriation is 10 percent less than the System’s last full appropriation in fiscal 2015, but higher than some earlier forecasts had predicted.<br /><br />• About $40 million in Medicaid funding to support our university hospital and clinics that provide critical care for underserved populations in the Chicago area.<br /><br />Though no money was approved for new capital projects, the agreement should restore construction work that was halted July 1 when the fiscal year began with no budget.<br /><br />The legislature also sent to the governor procurement reforms that should allow universities to operate with greater flexibility and efficiency, and with accountability, in the state purchasing process. Research procurement will be a notable beneficiary of the changes.<br /><br />In addition, the budget provides Monetary Award Program (MAP) funding to support thousands of students across our three universities for both fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2018.<br /><br />As with any compromise, the approved budget requires shared sacrifice by all stakeholders who rely on state funding. The U of I System commits to do its part and will participate in additional reform efforts as required to move the state forward. This budget, however, provides the urgently needed and critical support for our three best-in-class universities that transform students’ lives and fuel a pipeline of talent and innovation that drive economic growth for our state.<br /><br />I hope the lessons learned during this long and difficult impasse will help to restore long-term stability. We will continue to advocate for this stable future through our proposed Investment, Performance, and Accountability Commitment (IPAC) reform, which would provide predictable funding in exchange for tangible standards that would expand our impact on the public good.<br /><br />I thank you all again for your work, your patience and your support.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Tim<br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br />This mailing approved by:<br />Office of the President <br /><br />sent to:<br />Everyone<br /> <br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 06 Jul 2017 17:00:01 -0500 Thu, 06 Jul 2017 17:00:01 -0500 Message from the Chancellor Click here to see this online [http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2017_0705_budget.html]<br /> <br /><br /> <br /> <br />Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,<br /><br />We are monitoring and closely evaluating the budget decisions in Springfield. As I write, the Illinois House of Representatives is tentatively scheduled to take up the Governor’s veto of the budget tomorrow. We will communicate to the campus community regarding the impact of the final outcome. <br /><br />I am hopeful that we will have a resolution and a budget that provides much-needed funding for Illinois’ public universities and restoration of MAP funding for our students. <br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2017 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 05 Jul 2017 13:22:10 -0500 Wed, 05 Jul 2017 13:22:10 -0500 UIC Open House 2017 Dear Colleagues,<br /><br />Each fall the university hosts UIC Open House to welcome thousands of prospective students, families, friends, alumni, and community members to our campus. This year’s Open House will take place on Saturday, September 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. I encourage you to join us and take this opportunity to showcase your college, department, or program that day. We expect over 10,000 guests to join us at this annual event.<br /><br />UIC Open House is an important part of the university's continuing efforts to advance our outreach activities and highlight the opportunities we provide as Chicago’s public research university. The day’s agenda will provide our guests with a greater perspective and appreciation for the university's widely diverse academic programs, research enterprise, cultural activities, and support services. Your involvement is important for us to be able to deliver the most comprehensive look at the opportunities, both academic and cultural, available to the UIC community. There are a variety of options through which your unit can help visitors learn more about UIC's majors and programs, explore student life and housing, attend academic sessions featuring UIC faculty, and tour the grounds.<br /><br />Please consider having a representative of your operation staff a table at the UIC Expo component of the Open House, which will be held at the UIC Lecture Center Plaza/Quad (adjacent to Student Center East) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. You may plan a lecture, an information session, or demonstration pertinent to an academic area of study, and/or feature a space, research project, or other activity at multiple points during the day.<br /><br />A call for participation has been extended to all colleges and many of you have already signed up through unit admissions liaisons. In order to get the maximum benefit for your program in the Open House media and communications campaign that launches July 7, complete the Open House Programming Form [https://docs.google.com/a/uic.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeuiXrTjafWQFgNp-BDrYYhvHdTPXpqlJGUQKtdplEoXB2cdA/viewform] as soon as possible. If your unit wishes to participate in the UIC Expo and hasn't yet registered, please complete the Open House UIC Expo Form [https://docs.google.com/a/uic.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScjItA0WdWrxjORyENYJuZOSTzFHnTeYrATt96w0L6iLzA7IA/viewform] also as soon as possible.<br /><br />Should you have questions about the open house please contact Maria Garcia, Associate Director of Special Events for Academic and Enrollment Services, at 312-355-5431/ garciamg@uic.edu or Kevin Browne, Vice Provost for Academic and Enrollment Services at 312-413-3471 / kbrowne@uic.edu.<br /><br />As key stakeholders in the success and growth of UIC, I encourage your participation. Thank you for your contribution in helping UIC to advance its mission.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /><br /><br /><br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:09:50 -0500 Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:09:50 -0500 Message from the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,<br /><br />I am pleased to announce that Wayne H. Giles, MD, MS will become the Dean of the UIC School of Public Health, effective September 1, 2017, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. <br /><br />Dr. Giles is currently the Director of the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His past work experience has included studies examining the prevalence of hypertension in Africa, clinical trials evaluating the effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering agents, and studies examining racial differences in the incidence of stroke. Prior to running the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Dr. Giles led the Division of Population Health at the CDC for six years. The Division of Population Health is one of the most diverse divisions at the CDC with programmatic and research activities in community health promotion, arthritis, aging, health care utilization, and racial and ethnic disparities in health. <br /><br />Dr. Giles has over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards for his scientific work including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Charles C. Shepard Award in Assessment and Epidemiology and the Jeffrey P. Koplan Award. Dr. Giles holds a BA (Biology) from Washington University in St. Louis, an MS (Epidemiology) from the University of Maryland, and an MD from Washington University, and has completed residencies in both Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Preventive Medicine at the University of Maryland. Dr. Giles joined the CDC in July 1992.<br /><br />The School of Public Health is a critical part of UIC and its mission is dedicated to protecting and improving the well-being of the people of Chicago, the State of Illinois, the nation, and the world through education, research, service, and policy creation. I am confident that Dr. Giles has the public health experience and administrative skills necessary to advance the mission of the college and expand its impact. He will be a great asset to our University and our local and global community.<br /><br />Please join me in thanking Dr. Lorraine Conroy for her leadership as Interim Dean of the School of Public Health. We are fortunate to have her knowledge and experience, and I very much appreciate her hard work steering the college while we conducted the search for a permanent dean. <br /><br />I also thank the members of the search committee for the commitment of their time and dedication to this important process.<br /><br />I hope you will join me in welcoming Dr. Giles to his new role at our university. <br /><br />Sincerely, <br /><br />Robert A. Barish<br />Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:57:20 -0500 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:57:20 -0500 Message from the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,<br /><br />I am writing to announce that Dimitri Azar, MD, MBA, Executive Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, will be taking a role as Senior Director of Ophthalmologic Innovation at Verily Life Sciences (formerly Google Life Sciences) where he previously served as a member of the scientific board. Dr. Azar will retain the appointment as tenured professor, BA Field Chair of Ophthalmologic Research, and UIC Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Dr. Azar will also retain the title of Executive Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine for one year, while at Verily Life Sciences.<br /><br />Since becoming Dean in 2011, Dr. Azar has provided visionary leadership to the College of Medicine. Under his stewardship, the College has made great strides in advancing active learner-centered education, clinically-relevant translational research based on innovative fundamental discoveries, and high-quality value-based patient care. The College of Medicine is an emerging leader in team-based learning and clinical simulation, and was ranked #1 in the 2016 national Vitals survey which recognizes top-rated physicians. Dr. Azar has worked tirelessly to promote the values of excellence, community engagement and innovation across a complex multi-campus institution, and we are deeply appreciative of his dedication to the University and its constituents. <br /><br />I am pleased to announce the appointment of Charles Ray, MD, PhD, MS as Acting Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Effective July 16, 2017, pending approval of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Ray will act with full authority and responsibility for leadership of the College of Medicine during Dr. Azar’s leave.<br /><br />Dr. Ray is an accomplished clinician and researcher with over 17 years of administrative experience. He is a pioneer in translational research focusing on oncologic interventions and pain management, and is a national leader in the radiology community. For the last 11 years, Dr. Ray has served on the executive council for the Society of Interventional Radiology and was the society’s president in 2016-2017. His impressive record of scholarship includes authoring 13 books and monographs, 29 book chapters and 95 articles in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Ray is very active in the medical community as a reviewer of multiple national journals including the American Journal of Roentgenology, Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology and the Journal of the American College of Radiology, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Seminars in Interventional Radiology.<br /><br />Dr. Ray has been Head of the UIC Department of Radiology for the past three and a half years. In that time, he has maintained the clinical and educational excellence of the department, produced a very positive financial performance, and begun building active research programs. We are grateful to him for accepting this new responsibility, and are confident that the College of Medicine will continue on its upward trajectory. <br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br /><br />Robert Barish<br />Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs<br /><br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:01:50 -0500 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:01:50 -0500 Message from the Provost Dear Faculty and Staff,<br /><br />I write to provide an update on an initiative[http://provost.uic.edu/news-stories/seeking-your-input/] launched in fall 2016 to encourage faculty and staff to report university policies and procedures that are perceived to create unnecessary barriers.<br /> <br />The reports addressed here were submitted from October 2016 through April 2017. In the future, we will be able to respond to these reports in a more regular and timely way. Not every report received is addressed here, as some of them related to very specific department or unit-level issues that my office does not control and with which we would not interfere. In those circumstances, an email was sent about the issue (but without attribution) to the relevant unit.<br /><br />I encourage faculty and staff to continue to report policy and procedure concerns online[http://provost.uic.edu/].<br /><br />The first category of reports is about issues that have resulted, or will soon result, in a change in policy or practice at UIC.<br /><br />1. One person reported confusion about the training courses required for researchers. The confusion apparently comes from the nature of the communications from the Conflict of Interest Office regarding reporting of non-University activities and completing Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) training. <br /><br />The Report of Non-University Activities (RNUA) disclosure must be completed annually, typically in September, by academic staff when they are newly hired or if the activities previously disclosed on the RNUA change. Academic staff must obtain approval for non-University activities prior to engaging in the activities. <br /><br />The FCOI training and sponsor specific disclosure is only required for investigators and senior/key personnel on research that is sponsored by the Public Health Services (PHS) and other sponsor agencies that have adopted the PHS regulations. Compliance with the FCOI training and sponsor-specific disclosure is mandatory at the time when a proposal will be submitted to the funding agency. Sponsor-specific disclosure must be submitted annually, as long as the investigator continues to work on research for the PHS sponsor. The COI Office sends out monthly reminders to let investigators know when their FCOI training is about to expire. The FCOI training is valid for 4 years. <br /><br />As part of ongoing process improvement efforts, the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research (OVCR) will combine the requirements for the PHS investigator to complete FCOI training and sponsor-specific disclosures in START myDisclosures[https://myresearch.uillinois.edu/myDisclosures/], where the RNUA disclosures are also done. The OVCR anticipates releasing the update in July 2017. <br /><br />2. There was concern with the amount of time spent signing, in paper or PDF form, the grant Proposal Approval Forms (PAF) by every co-PI, senior personnel, and all of their department heads/chairs, and deans. In response, OVCR is currently working on an electronic system to streamline the process. The electronic system is estimated to be live by the end of the calendar year. Alpha and beta testing are already underway. Faculty volunteer groups for beta testing will be selected for piloting by September. <br /><br />3. There were complaints about rejected submissions and the length of time it takes for reimbursements to be made. OBFS is working on improving processes and systems. Right now, we are told that the Travel Expense Management (TEM) and expense request (ER) queues are at the lowest level in several years. In May of 2016, there were 16,890 ERs and an average of 42 days to process. As of Apr 27, 2017, 2042 ERs were in the TEM system for processing and they are now working within a 7-day processing window. The rejection rate has also decreased from 9.2% to 5.5% in that same time period. They will continue to implement, and collect data on, improvements. <br /><br />4. Another concern is the lengthy and confusing process for a Business Associate Agreement (BAA). When the legal-approved University BAA template is used and no changes are made, the processing time is 3-4 days. Part of what adds to the confusion and time is members not knowing where the BAA is processed. A BAA related to an expenditure is processed by UIC Purchasing. If the BAA relates to a sponsored project/grant, then Office of Research Services handles the BAA. Finally, if the BAA relates to a revenue activity or no fund agreement, the Office of Business Development Services handles it. In response, steps are being taken to update the OBFS website and BAA template to help units understand where to submit BAA transaction requests in the future. <br /><br />5. There were concerns with how we can most effectively deliver new and updated information to UIC students about the curriculum. The Office of the Registrar is working with the three campuses of U of I to put in place College Scheduler, which can interface more easily with Banner. Software of this scale is typically only attainable when done in concert with the 3 campuses, which is what we are now doing. The College Scheduler software is slated to be up and running by the end of June, 2017. Students will see the class descriptions, not just one line of information, when they register for courses. <br /><br />6. Some people have had difficulty navigating the Kuali Coeus (KC) grant management pre-award system. In response, OVCR is addressing the glitches and offering weekly open labs to walk business managers and faculty through the new system. There is indication that KC is now fully functioning the way it was designed to and people are now using the system without issue<br /><br />7. It was brought to our attention that when University ID cards expire after 5 years it is catching members of the UIC community off guard with loss of privileges and access. To address this, in fall of 2016 a system for emailing notification of upcoming expiration dates was implemented.<br /><br />Submissions that are under further investigation<br /><br />1. There was a concern with the number of prohibited items that may not be purchased using a University P-Card. The Office of Business and Financial Services is assembling a cross-functional working group (Procurement Services, University Purchasing, University Payables, Risk Management Office, Legal Counsel and University Audits) to review and update the P-Card, T-Card, and purchasing prohibited and restrictive items list beginning in June 2017. <br /><br />2. There is a need to develop a Multi-PI grant vehicle that allows for indirect costs, and credit, to be split between multiple PIs, their departments and colleges in a way that is more fair and creates better incentives for faculty to work together across colleges. We are prepared to change this policy. We are investigating the practices at other big 10 universities while working with UIC deans, the OVCR and key faculty members to develop a new policy that addresses these concerns. <br /><br />Additions to this report that include 1) issues that do not require a change in policy and/or can be resolved at the unit or department level and 2) submissions that involve regulatory and other requirements and cannot be changed, can be found at provost.uic.edu [http://provost.uic.edu/].<br /><br />Sincerely, <br /><br />Susan Poser<br />Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:51:37 -0500 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:51:37 -0500