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 New leadership Read this online [https://illinois.edu/massmail/massmail/27902.html]<br /> <br /> <br /><br />September 23, 2016<br /><br />Dear colleagues:<br /><br />I am delighted to welcome Robert Jones as the new permanent chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and to welcome former Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson to a newly restructured leadership role with the U of I System.<br /><br />Both are as eager to get started as we are to have them.<br /><br />Robert is joining us a week earlier than expected when his appointment was announced in July, after wrapping up his work at the University of Albany, State University of New York (SUNY), where he served for three years as president of one of the SUNY system’s leading research universities. After passing the baton to Robert, Barb is moving immediately into her new System-wide position as executive vice president and vice president for academic affairs.<br /><br />Robert is new to Illinois, but certainly not to the bedrock missions that have made the U of I a world leader since its land-grant founding nearly 150 years ago. He brings a deep passion for students and innovation, and a long record of achievement as an educator, researcher and top administrator in public higher education, including more than three decades at the University of Minnesota, a fellow Big Ten land-grant institution.<br /><br />Barb has been a familiar face in Urbana-Champaign since 2000, serving as a faculty member, executive vice provost and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For the last 13 months, she served as interim chancellor, where her commitment and leadership were invaluable in steering the university through a year of difficult challenges. Barb will now bring those same skills to help guide the System forward in her new role as senior operating officer, senior academic officer and second-in-command to the president.<br /><br />I hope you will join me in welcoming Robert and Barb, and thanking Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Marilyn M.M. Marshall for stepping up to serve as interim vice president for academic affairs for the last month.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Tim<br /><br /> <br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br />This mailing approved by:<br />Office of the President <br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br />©Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:14:08 -0500 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:14:08 -0500 Test of the Campus-wide Alert System Read this message online [http://news.uic.edu/files/official/2016_0923_alert_system.html]<br /> <br /><br /> <br /> <br />On Sunday, Sept. 25, UIC Police will conduct a test of the audible/visible alert system in all campus buildings.<br /><br />Between 8 AM and 4 PM, signals will be sent every 15-30 minutes to all buildings, resulting in alerts being broadcast over loudspeakers and flashing blue light signals.<br /><br />The audible/visible alert is an important component of UIC's emergency notification system for inside buildings, where people may have silenced their computers and cell phones.<br /><br />Capt. Stan Grice<br />UIC Police<br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:11:03 -0500 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:11:03 -0500 Message from the Chancellor Read this message online [http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2016_0921_budget.html]<br /> <br /><br /> <br /> <br />Dear Colleagues,<br /><br />I write to provide you with an update about the budget situation at UIC. As you know, we continue to operate without a full state budget having received state funds only through two “stop-gap” appropriations this calendar year, one in April and one in July. In fiscal year 2016 (FY16) we received 27 percent of our fiscal year 2015 appropriation. We had anticipated a significant reduction at the beginning of FY16 and self-imposed an internal budget cut (corresponding to a 20 percent reduction in state funds). Under this assumption we expected to receive $168.7 million from the state, exclusive of the Hospital, but we only received $47.1 million. Moreover, we did not receive any state funding for special line-item projects. As a result, at the end of FY16 (i.e. June 30, 2016), our budget shortfall from the state was more than $120 million despite the 20 percent reduction implemented. In July, the Legislature provided only partial funding for the current fiscal year (FY17).<br /><br />While prudent fiscal management has allowed us to meet our immediate obligations to students, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders/vendors, the total state budget shortfall incurred in FY16 significantly challenges our financial position. We are hopeful that the state will fund the remainder of FY16 and FY17 when the legislature reconvenes in the new year and we are strongly advocating for our total appropriation. Until the situation is resolved, however, we must carefully manage our current funds and minimize spending given the uncertainty faced.<br /><br />To address the cash flow problem, we are placing in escrow 39 percent of the closing fund balances in state, institutional and student fee accounts. We expect this to be a temporary measure until a final budget resolution can be reached for both FY16 and FY17. At that point, the escrowed funds will be returned to the units and if a shortfall remains, there will be a process to redistribute it in an equitable manner based on total budget and institutional priorities.<br /><br />I fully understand that every college Dean and Vice Chancellor has been planning to use fund balances for strategic purposes and necessary operating costs. It is my expectation that those planned expenditures for the current fiscal year will not exceed the 61 percent of fund balances that will still be retained by each unit. However, to the extent that operations will be severely impeded by this assumption, partial mitigation may be possible. Details for such an appeal process will be communicated through business offices.<br /><br />Unfortunately, this is an unavoidable consequence of the prolonged impasse in state government. UIC remains strong due to our record student enrollments, excellent research and clinical funding, and prudent fiscal management. Nevertheless, no public University can or should be expected to operate under a private funding model for such a prolonged period of time. We need the state to fulfill its higher education obligations for the last two fiscal years and we will continue to advocate tirelessly in this direction.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:00:09 -0500 Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:00:09 -0500 Public Safety Advisory Around 1:30 p.m. today, a female student in a women’s restroom at 845 W. Taylor St. was startled when she observed a person wearing brown construction boots jump down from the toilet in an adjacent stall. The student reported that the person chased her out of the restroom into the hallway. No crime was committed and no further description of the person was provided.<br /><br />Out of an abundance of caution, we are asking all members of the UIC community to report any suspicious activity or person immediately by calling UIC Police at (312) 355-5555.<br /><br />The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority and we are taking every possible precaution to keep our campus safe.<br /><br />Chief Kevin Booker<br />UIC Police<br /><br /> urgent http://www.uic.edu/uic UrgentFeed Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:56:35 -0500 Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:56:35 -0500 Message from the Provost Read this message online [http://news.uic.edu/files/official/2016_0919_campus_conversations.html]<br /> <br /><br /> <br /> <br />Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,<br /><br />This week, on Wednesday, we continue the new year-long Campus Conversations series with the first Open Forum, entitled The Summer of 2016: Race, Police and Violence: Can We Imagine a More Just Future?<br /><br />Our monthly conversations focus on recent events in the news: violence, the role of police, terrorism, the election and more, and are designed to help us understand these events in context and to provide an opportunity for conversation and sharing of diverse points of view.<br /><br />The first conversation in the series, titled The Summer of 2016: Race, Police and Violence: What is Going on and Why?, took place on September 14th. Over 100 people attended a panel discussion by UIC faculty members Barbara Ransby (moderator), Teresa Cordova, Beth Richie, Juliana Stratton and Amy Watson. A video recording of that panel is on the provost’s website http://provost.uic.edu/campus-conversation/.<br /><br />Part two will take place this Wednesday, September 21, from noon to 1 p.m. in Student Center East (Room 605) and will be an open forum that will provide more opportunity for conversation and dialogue on the issues raised by the panel discussion last week. There is no requirement that you went to the panel or that you view it online in order to participate in the Open Forum. I encourage everyone to attend, especially students who may have questions and views that they want to share. This is a great opportunity to talk, listen, and learn from each other.<br /><br />In October, the theme of the conversation will be The Election of 2016: Engagement, Conflict & the Common Good. The first part – What’s Going on and Why? – will be on October 5th at noon in Student Center East.<br /><br />I hope you will join me and your fellow students, faculty and staff for these campus conversations.<br /><br />Susan Poser<br />Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs<br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:15:23 -0500 Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:15:23 -0500 Mandatory Reporting of Non-University Activities Read this message online [http://news.uic.edu/files/official/2016_0919_rnua.html]<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Dear Colleagues:<br /><br />I write to request your cooperation in the annual submission of the Report of Non-University Activities (RNUA). Illinois law and University statutes and regulations require all salaried faculty and academic staff to complete the report and obtain prior approval for external activities. <br /><br />Please submit your RNUA disclosure by going to START myDisclosures. The deadline to submit your RNUA disclosure is Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Once you submit your disclosure via the online disclosure application, the electronic system will automatically route the disclosure to your unit executive officer(s). <br /><br />START myDisclosures: https://myresearch.uillinois.edu/myDisclosures/ <br /><br />FAQs and instructions are available at: http://research.uic.edu/coi/report-non-university-activities-rnua<br /><br />The reporting and approval process is not intended to discourage non-University income producing activities. It is recognized that most of these activities are consistent with, and often beneficial to, your University roles. The reporting and approval procedures assist in ensuring that external activities are compatible with University obligations. <br /><br />The University Policy on Conflict of Commitment and Interest can be found at http://research.uic.edu/compliance/coi. If you have any questions, please contact the Conflict of Interest Office at COI@uic.edu or (312) 996-3642. <br /><br />Civil Service employees are covered under a different policy and do not complete the RNUA disclosure. See Rule 16.01 for additional guidance and resources for Civil Service employees.<br /><br />Thank you very much for participating in the disclosure process and ensuring that UIC complies with Illinois law and federal regulations.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Mitra Dutta, Ph.D.<br />Vice Chancellor for Research<br />Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering<br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:00:20 -0500 Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:00:20 -0500 Message from the Chancellor Read this message online [http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2016_0919_uic_votes.html]<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,<br /><br />As we close in on election season, I want to remind you how important your voice is on this campus, in this state, and in this country. In the weeks leading up to Election Day, events have been planned to provide you with opportunities to register to vote while also providing you with resources to facilitate informed decision-making about candidates. If you are eligible, I encourage each of you to register and to vote on November 8.<br /><br />Today we kick off our UIC Votes campaign by welcoming Flint Taylor to UIC as our Constitution Day speaker. Mr. Taylor is a civil rights attorney who has spent much of his career as a prosecutor for police brutality, government misconduct, and death penalty cases. You can hear his talk, register to vote, and learn more about ways to get involved with civic engagement organizations on campus and in the community from 11 AM to 1 PM in SCE 602.<br /><br />Next Monday at the UIC Bowling Alley, you will be able to watch the presidential debate and bowl for free from 8 to 10 PM. Volunteers will be available to help you register to vote should you wish to do so. The next day, September 27, is National Voter Registration Day, and we will be hosting UIC Rocks the Vote on the Quad from 11 AM to 1 PM. You will be able to register to vote, apply for an absentee ballot, find your polling location, and have some fun while you’re doing it!<br /><br />If you are not able to register in person at our campus events or in the Student Leadership Development and Volunteer Services Office in SCE 390, you can register online at elections.il.gov. To register to vote in another state, please visit registertovote.org. And please remember, the deadline to register in Illinois is October 12, while deadlines vary by state.<br /><br />Please keep these requirements in mind if you plan to register to vote. You must:<br /><br />be a citizen of the United States<br />be a resident of Illinois and of your election precinct at least 30 days before the election<br />be at least 18 years old on or before the election<br />not be in jail for a felony conviction<br />not claim the right to vote anywhere else<br />In 2012, only 40% of eligible UIC students voted in the presidential election. The UIC Votes campaign is my challenge to the UIC community to register if eligible, become informed, and get out to the polls and vote. Dedicated students, faculty, and staff are working diligently to help ensure that nothing will prevent your doing so. If you have any questions, they can answer and direct you to the appropriate resources. On behalf of UIC, I encourage you to participate, exercise your right and fulfill your obligation.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /><br />For a full calendar of events, visit go.uic.edu/civicengagement<br /><br />For non-partisan information on candidates and issues, visit:<br /><br />Ballot Ready – ballotready.org<br />League of Women Voters – lwv.org<br />Vote Smart – votesmart.org<br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:45:08 -0500 Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:45:08 -0500 All Campus Building Evacuation Drills Read this message online [http://news.uic.edu/files/official/2016_0916_evac_drills.html]<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />In order to meet state and federal regulations, the UIC Environmental Health and Safety Office, in coordination with UIC Police and UIC Facilities Management, will conduct evacuation drills for all UIC buildings beginning Tuesday, Sept. 20, through Thursday, Sept. 22, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.<br /><br />The hospital and clinics will not be drilled, nor will buildings that have already had a drill this year. Every other building's fire alarm will be activated during the above times.<br /><br />A building is evacuated in the event of a fire or other emergency that requires all occupants to immediately leave the building to ensure their safety. Please refer to the evacuation guidelines below. <br /><br /><br />Building Evacuation<br /><br />Know what you should do beforehand, so you're prepared to evacuate safely and efficiently.<br /><br />--Identify the two nearest exits for your area. It's important to know two exit paths in case one is blocked by smoke, fire or other hazards.<br /><br />--Identify the location of the nearest fire alarm pull-station if they exist in your building. This is the best way to alert others about a fire.<br /><br />--When the fire alarm is activated, leave immediately through the nearest and safest exit. Do not attempt to use elevators.<br /><br />--Follow instructions of emergency personnel, including UIC Police, Chicago Fire Department, UIC Environmental Health and Safety Office, or other agencies.<br /><br />--If you need assistance, proceed to the nearest stairwell and wait there to be evacuated by the UIC Police Department or an emergency responder. Once you are in the stairwell, use a cell phone to call UIC Police at (312) 355-5555. Be prepared to tell them your exact location, name, cell phone number, and any special information they need to help you evacuate.<br /><br />--As you evacuate, close, but do not lock, all doors to slow the spread of fire and smoke. Once outside, move at least 50 feet away from the building to avoid danger from shattering glass or impeding emergency personnel.<br /><br />--Once safely outside, call UIC Police at (312) 355-5555 to alert them to the activated alarm. Be prepared to tell them the name and address of the building. <br /><br />--DO NOT reenter the building until authorized emergency personnel give the "all clear" signal.<br /><br /><br />Although these are planned drills, it is important to treat each alarm as a true emergency. It is safer to evacuate and find out there is no emergency than to remain in the building and find out that there is.<br /><br /><br />Thank you in advance for your participation.<br /><br /><br />Mark Donovan<br />Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:25:14 -0500 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:25:14 -0500 Recent Phishing Scams Related to Direct Deposit Read this message online [http://news.uic.edu/files/official/2016_0915_phishing.html]<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Dear Student,<br /><br />In response to recent reports of scams targeting student and employee direct deposit information, the University of Illinois reminds you of the following best practices for protecting your banking and other personally identifying information.<br /><br />University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations (USFSCO) is solely responsible for billing your student account charges, providing you with payment options, and refunding any credit balance you might have. The USFSCO website [https://paymybill.uillinois.edu/] provides detailed information on how to view your student account activity, make a payment, establish Authorized Payer(s), and enroll in direct deposit. USFSCO works directly with students and parents wishing to make payment arrangements for student account charges. <br /><br /><br />Carefully review the Scam Safety Tips [http://isss.illinois.edu/download_forms/students/scam_safety.pdf] to recognize when you are the possible target of a scam and protect yourself. Warning signs include:<br /><br />Requests for your NetID and password – never provide any password to anyone for any reason, and never provide your NetId to anyone outside the University<br /><br />Requests for your SSN and banking information – never provide your SSN or banking information to anyone or any website you don’t recognize and trust<br /><br />Unsolicited invitations to pay via phone, wire transfer, credit and debit card, or check – always refer to the USFSCO website or email usfscohelp@uillinois.edu for payment instructions<br /><br />Offers of a tuition discount if you pay through a contractor, vendor or third party – University of Illinois authorizes no tuition discounts through third-party payment vendors<br /><br /><br /><br />Additional information about "phishing" emails is online.<br /><br />If you have questions on how to protect your banking and personally identifying information, pay your student account bill, or if you have been the victim of a scam, contact USFSCO [usfscohelp@uillinois.edu].<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations<br /><br /> <br /><br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:07:26 -0500 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:07:26 -0500 UIC Open House 2016 Read this message online [http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2016_0915_open_house.html]<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Dear Colleagues:<br /><br />On Saturday, September 24, UIC will host our annual Open House to welcome prospective students, parents and members of the community to the campus. This year we look forward to having nearly 10,000 visitors. You may already be involved in the Open House through your college or department. If not, it is my pleasure to invite you to join us as a guest for an event that showcases the best of UIC.<br /><br />All 15 colleges and over 80 campus units will participate in the UIC Expo taking place at the Forum from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Over 100 faculty-led lectures, labs, workshops and demonstrations will be held across campus all morning. Guided tours of the campus and housing will take place throughout the day. The Offices of Admissions and Financial Aid will conduct informational sessions, and bilingual sessions will be provided. <br /><br />This year, UIC’s Center for Student Involvement is hosting a carnival that coincides with the Open House. The festival will be open to the campus and community from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. featuring rides, games, and food for all ages.<br /><br />Information about the day’s activities can be found here: http://openhouse.uic.edu/. <br />Promotional materials are available at http://openhouse.uic.edu/media-kit.<br /><br />I hope to see you and your friends and family on the 24th!<br /><br />Michael Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /><br /> <br /><br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:22:53 -0500 Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:22:53 -0500 Harrison/Peoria Crosswalk Construction Read this message online [http://news.uic.edu/files/official/2016_0914_peoria_construction.html]<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Construction to install a new traffic signal on the crosswalk at Harrison Street and the Peoria Street Bridge begins Thursday, Sept. 15. This project will enhance pedestrian safety and accessibility across Harrison to the CTA UIC-Halsted Blue Line station and to CUPPA Hall and AEH.<br /><br />This work is expected to take about six weeks. As an alternate route, please consider entering & exiting the CTA station at Halsted or Morgan streets. Please follow all marked detours.<br /><br />An artist’s rendering of the new crosswalk is online: http://vcas.uic.edu/graphics/HarrisonStreetIntersection.pdf. Initial plans called for the crosswalk improvements to be made at the same time the Peoria Street Bridge was being rebuilt. Unfortunately, work on Harrison to upgrade electrical wires and replace a water main had to be completed before city officials would allow crosswalk construction to proceed.<br /><br />Please exercise caution when walking or driving through work zones.<br /><br />Michael Landek<br />Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /><br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:07:11 -0500 Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:07:11 -0500 A Message from the Vice Chancellor for Research - OPRS Live Read this message online [http://news.uic.edu/files/official/2016_0914_oprs.html]<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:<br /><br />We are pleased to announce that OPRS Live, the new, web-based Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission system, is now available to all faculty, staff and students across campus. This system was created through a close collaboration with staff from the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS), IRB members, investigators, and OVCR IT staff who spent many months creating a system that will help reduce administrative burden. Rollout of OPRS Live began in August of last year and concluded this past August. As UIC's IRBs oversee approximately 3,200 active protocols and receive approximately 9,200 submissions annually, or 150 per week, the effort put forth by these individuals is noteworthy, and I thank them on behalf of the campus.<br /><br />During this phased rollout, OPRS and the OVCR IT team have been evaluating all aspects of the software for functionality and accuracy, and we have worked with faculty and staff to get feedback, which has allowed us to improve the new system.<br /><br />We are confident that this user-friendly system will streamline the application process for investigators to complete and submit their protocols. We believe it will help ensure that the IRB receives the information necessary for its review, which should facilitate the entire submission, review and approval process. It is another step in a multiyear plan to create a paperless submission and review process for all aspects of research compliance.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Mitra Dutta<br />Vice Chancellor for Research<br /> <br /><br /> <br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:53:32 -0500 Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:53:32 -0500 U of I System executive vice president September 12, 2016<br /><br />Dear colleagues:<br /><br />I am pleased to announce that Barb Wilson has agreed to serve as executive vice president and vice president for academic affairs for the University of Illinois System, pending Board of Trustees approval. In the newly restructured role, Barb will serve as second-in-command to the president, with responsibilities as the System’s chief operating officer as well as chief academic officer. A news release announcing her appointment is included here.<br /><br />Barb’s work as interim chancellor and in her 16 years as a faculty member and administrator in Urbana-Champaign have been exemplary, and I am delighted that will she will now share her talents to help guide the U of I System as a whole.<br /><br />She will assume her new role on Sept. 26, and I hope you will join me in welcoming her to this exciting new chapter in her career.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Tim<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Barbara J. Wilson named to U of I System executive vice president post<br /><br />New second-in-command role will also coordinate System’s academic, budgetary operations<br /><br />URBANA – Interim University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Barbara J. Wilson has been named executive vice president and vice president for academic affairs of the three-university U of I System, President Tim Killeen announced Monday.<br /><br />Killeen said Wilson’s appointment, subject to Board of Trustees approval, fills a newly restructured role that establishes a clear second-in-command to the president, and adds responsibilities as senior operating officer to traditional duties as chief academic officer.<br /><br />In her new role, Wilson also will work closely with Killeen to advocate for the U of I System and elevate its national profile by building on connections with legislators, funding agencies and leaders in higher education, communities and industry.<br /><br />“Barb’s leadership, passion and vision have been invaluable in steering the university through a turbulent year with its excellence intact,” Killeen said. “I am delighted that she will now share her many talents to serve the entire U of I System, and elevate our standing as a global leader in education, innovation and service to the public good.”<br /><br />Wilson, a faculty member and administrator in Urbana-Champaign since 2000, will assume her new duties Sept. 26, serving in a designate capacity pending approval by trustees at their Nov. 10 meeting in Chicago.<br /><br />“The challenges facing the entire U of I System and public higher education are going to require us to make decisions together that will impact the university for generations to come,” Wilson said. “I hope my perspective both as a long-time faculty member and as a campus administrator will help us make choices that foster academic excellence as well as sound stewardship of our resources. I know I have a lot to learn and I’m looking forward to getting started.”<br /><br />In the newly created role of executive vice president, Wilson will serve as second-in-command to the president and senior operating officer for a $5.6 billion U of I higher education and health care system with universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. Major responsibilities will include the coordination of planning and budgeting across the System.<br /><br />As vice president for academic affairs, Wilson will serve as the System’s senior academic officer, collaborating with campus chancellors, provosts, faculty and academic staff on educational and student programs. In that role, she replaces former Vice President for Academic Affairs Christophe Pierre, who resigned last month to become provost of the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.<br /><br />Wilson, 58, has served as interim chancellor in Urbana-Champaign since August 2015, following the resignation of former Chancellor Phyllis Wise. In July, trustees approved a new permanent chancellor – Robert J. Jones, president of the State University of New York at Albany, who takes office Sept. 26.<br /><br />As interim chancellor, Wilson helped the university weather significant reductions in state funding during an ongoing state budget impasse. Despite the financial shortfall, enrollment continued to grow, including a record freshman class for the fall semester. She also helped lead efforts that brought in Josh Whitman as athletics director, Lovie Smith as head football coach and King Li as the inaugural dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Her leadership also played a key role in developing a new Strategic Framework that will guide the U of I System’s growth for the next decade. <br /><br />Wilson joined the Urbana-Champaign faculty in 2000 and became the Harry E. Preble Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) in 2014. She retained her title as dean while serving as interim chancellor, but will leave the post when she takes her new position. Executive Associate Dean Brian Ross led LAS over the last year and will continue in that role during the transition.<br /><br />Before becoming dean, she had served since 2009 in the Office of the Provost. Her service there included two years as executive vice provost for faculty and academic affairs, with a leadership role in campus strategic and financial planning.<br /><br />A professor of communication who was a member of the faculty at the University of California at Santa Barbara for 12 years, Wilson is an elected fellow of the International Communication Association. A three-degree alumna of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and her master’s degree and Ph.D in communication.<br /><br />An internal search to fill the new vice presidency was launched in July, assisted by an advisory committee chaired by University of Illinois at Chicago Chancellor Michael Amiridis. The search yielded eight applicants and Killeen interviewed two finalists for the position.<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 /> <br />©Copyright 2015 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:32:53 -0500 Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:32:53 -0500 Message from the Provost Read this message online [http://news.uic.edu/files/official/2016_0912_campus_conversations.html]<br /> <br /><br /> <br />Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,<br /><br />Now that we are a few weeks into the new school year, I wanted to take the opportunity to remind you of our exciting new year-long Campus Conversations series.<br /><br />The theme of the series for the year is What's Going on and Why: How Can We Imagine a More Just Future?<br /><br />Our monthly conversations will focus on recent events in the news: violence, the role of police, terrorism, the election and more, and are designed to help us understand these events in context and to provide an opportunity for conversation and sharing of diverse points of view.<br /><br />The first conversation in the series, titled The Summer of 2016: Race, Police and Violence, will take place on September 14 from noon to 1 pm in Student Center East (Cardinal Room) and will be in the form of a panel discussion by UIC faculty members Barbara Ransby (moderator), LAS Distinguished Professor of African American studies, gender and women’s studies, history, and director of the campus-wide Social Justice Initiative ; Teresa Cordova, director of UIC’s Great Cities Institute and professor of urban planning and policy in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs; Beth Richie, professor of African American studies, gender and women's studies, and former director of the Institute of Research on Race and Public Policy at UIC; Juliana Stratton, director of the UIC Center for Public Safety and Justice in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs and Amy Watson, professor of social work in the Jane Addams College of Social Work.<br /><br />Part two of the conversation will take place on Wednesday, September 21 from noon to 1 pm in Student Center East (Room 605) and will be an open forum that will provide more opportunity for conversation and dialogue.<br /><br />In October, the theme of the conversation will be The Election of 2016: Engagement, Conflict & the Common Good, and I will be providing details regarding time and location shortly.<br /><br />I hope you will join me and your fellow students, faculty and staff for these campus conversations.<br /><br />Susan Poser<br />Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs<br /><br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:25:17 -0500 Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:25:17 -0500 Crime Alert On Friday, Sept. 9, at approximately 1:16 p.m., UIC Police received a report of an armed robbery that occurred in the 900 block of W. 14th Place. A female victim, who is not affiliated with UIC, was walking when she was approached by a male offender who implied that he had a gun and demanded her property. The victim gave the offender her cell phone and wallet and he fled northbound on Morgan St. The offender is described as a black male, approximately 18 years old, 6 feet tall, wearing a light grey hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants. The victim was not injured.<br /><br />Anyone with information is asked to call the Chicago Police Department at 311.<br /><br />The Chicago Police Department will lead the investigation, with assistance from the UIC Police/CPD Joint Robbery Task Force.<br /><br />Approximate crime location mapped:<br />https://goo.gl/maps/YCRdgpdWKpv<br /><br />UIC Police offer the following security tips:<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 valuables in public.<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 />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.clery.uic.edu<br /><br />Chicago Police Department Crime Incidents <br />http://gis.chicagopolice.org/clearmap/startpage.htm<br /><br /> urgent http://www.uic.edu/uic UrgentFeed Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:35:05 -0500 Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:35:05 -0500