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 Semester Express Shuttle revised route Beginning March 3, the Semester Express Shuttle will be routed to provide service to and from CUPPA Hall.<br /><br />The revised route will remain in place until construction at CUPPA Hall is completed.<br /><br />The westbound segment of the Semester Express will be re-routed on Halsted St. In lieu of turning on Harrison St., the bus will continue north, turn left on Van Buren St., and stop at the northeast corner of Van Buren and Peoria streets. The bus will continue on Van Buren, turn left on Morgan St. and stop between Congress Parkway and Harrison St. The shuttle will turn left on Harrison and resume its original route. <br /><br />The eastbound segment of the Semester Express will be re-routed at Harrison and Morgan streets. The bus will turn left on Morgan St. and stop south of the Lot 9 entrance. The shuttle will continue to Van Buren St. where it will stop at the southeast corner of Van Buren and Peoria streets. The bus will continue to Halsted St., turn right and resume its original route.<br /><br />The revised Semester Express Shuttle route will be provided throughout the day and will increase the duration of the service due to traffic congestion related to the IDOT Interchange Project. The last bus will leave CUPPA Hall at 6: 30 p.m.<br /><br />For more information on Intracampus Bus Service, maps and schedules, visit http://fmweb.fm.uic.edu/Trans/intracampus.aspx<br /><br />Michael Landek<br />Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:04:44 -0600 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:04:44 -0600 Safety Nets for UIC Students Dear Colleagues,<br /><br />As you are aware, the well-being of our students is a top priority, and once again I write to acknowledge your efforts as a faculty or staff member in assisting our students who are experiencing problems. UIC has established safety nets for our students, which would not have been possible without each of you.<br /><br />The Counseling Center is a resource for the referral of emotionally distressed students. It also provides assessment of students in crisis and consultation about how best to respond to a student of concern. If you have a student about whom you are worried, please feel free to call the Counseling Center at (312) 996-3490. The professional staff will be happy to talk with you about a possible course of action and how best to help your student. The Counseling Center website has a helpful resource entitled, "Helping the Emotionally Distressed Student: A Referral Guide for Faculty and Staff" accessible at http://go.uic.edu/distress. <br /><br />Another helpful resource to consider is the Office of the Dean of Students with staff members who offer consultative services and assistance to faculty and staff who might be dealing with student behavioral problems and/or misconduct. The staff can provide you with strategies and recommendations to help resolve many student issues. Feel free to contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (312) 996-4857.<br /><br />Thank you for your ongoing assistance. I look forward to the continuation of our strong partnership in behalf of all UIC students.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Barbara Henley<br />Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs <br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:02:33 -0600 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:02:33 -0600 Jane Byrne Interchange construction update Spring will bring increased construction, and continuing over the next twelve months, many detours and traffic modifications will be required in the vicinity of UIC. Expect significant delays driving to and from UIC and the east side of campus.<br /><br />Construction of the “flyover” that will connect the inbound Dan Ryan expressway with the outbound Eisenhower expressway begins March 7 and is detailed below. Below that are the projected completion dates for the Halsted, Peoria and Harrison bridges. Also, water-main work in Harrison Field (at the corner of Halsted and Harrison) will begin as soon as the city approves. Plans are being developed to accommodate students loading cars during residence hall move-out.<br /><br />During construction of the interchange flyover, existing expressway ramps will be closed and lanes will be reduced:<br /><br />• The ramp from the inbound Dan Ryan expressway (I-90/94) to the outbound Eisenhower expressway (I-290) will remain open but shift to a temporary roadway.<br />• The ramp from the inbound Dan Ryan to inbound Congress will be closed. Traffic will detour from Roosevelt Road to Jefferson to Harrison to Wells.<br />• The ramp from Roosevelt to Congress will be closed, and traffic will follow the Jefferson/Harrison/Wells detour. Traffic for the outbound Eisenhower will detour from Roosevelt west to Ashland and north to Van Buren.<br />• The ramp from Taylor Street to the inbound Dan Ryan will be closed. Traffic will detour north on Jefferson to Adams.<br />• The right lane of the inbound Dan Ryan will be closed from the Stevenson expressway (I-55) to Roosevelt.<br />• The inbound and outbound Stevenson ramps to the Dan Ryan will be reduced from two lanes to one.<br />• Four weekends this summer or fall will see a near-total shutdown of the entire interchange while beams for the flyover are installed. During those weekends, all lanes of the Eisenhower and Congress will be shut down, and an almost two-mile section of the Dan Ryan will be reduced to one lane in each direction. IDOT has not yet determined the four weekends for shutdown.<br />• The flyover is scheduled for completion in July 2016.<br /><br />Bridge Project schedule updates<br /><br />• The Harrison Street Bridge over the Dan Ryan is scheduled to be completed by late fall. <br />• The Peoria Street Bridge/Pedestrian Walkway over the Eisenhower and the CTA Blue Line Station are scheduled to be completed in August. <br />• The lane switchover for the Halsted Street Bridge over the Dan Ryan is scheduled for June 1. Final completion of the Halsted bridge is scheduled for late fall.<br /><br />Please be alert for changes and always exercise caution when walking or driving through work zones. <br /><br />Michael Landek<br />Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /><br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:38:25 -0600 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:38:25 -0600 Traffic Advisory: 14th Place Street Closure The East Side Shuttle Service will be temporarily rerouted on Tuesday, Feb. 24, due to filming of the television series "Chicago Fire." A full street closure will occur on 14th Place between Morgan and Peoria streets from 7:00 to 9 a.m. During the street closure there will be no service to Stop AR. However, the East Side Shuttle will provide service to passengers on the northwest corner of Halsted and 14th Place. The shuttle will continue on to 16th St., turn westbound to Morgan St., then northbound on Morgan St. and continue on its regular route.<br /> <br />Michael Landek<br />Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Service officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:18:05 -0600 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:18:05 -0600 A message regarding the Governor's budget proposal Dear colleagues:<br /><br />In his inaugural budget address today, Gov. Bruce Rauner recommended a 31.5 percent fiscal 2016 budget reduction for higher education – a proposal that, if enacted, would cut general revenue funding (GRF) for the University of Illinois by nearly $209 million.<br /><br />It is important to note that this is the first step in the legislative budget process and we will work with the governor and members of the General Assembly to make what we believe is a strong case to support the University programs that help lift our state.<br /><br />Our overarching goals are to sustain our academic quality and the value of University degrees; retain the faculty and staff who are the core of our excellence and our ability to recruit the world’s best; preserve our ability to conduct pioneering research that fosters innovation, economic growth and serves the needs of the citizens of our state and nation; and continue delivering critical services such as health care. A reduction in the appropriation at the magnitude proposed will certainly impact our core missions.<br /><br />At the same time, reality dictates that we immediately begin preparing for the impact if the legislature ultimately approves a large-scale reduction in funding. We will work with our Board of Trustees, campus leadership, and our faculty and staff to look deeply at all that we do and make the difficult programmatic and organizational decisions that would be required.<br /><br />The University stewards its financial resources carefully and has weathered past funding reductions with its quality intact. But we do not have the resources to overcome reductions of this magnitude without harm.<br /><br />The University of Illinois is an investment that transforms the lives of students and drives progress for our state, and we will continue to vigorously advocate for its interests as the budget process unfolds.<br /><br />My thanks to all of you for what you do each and every day to support this great university. And I will keep you posted throughout this eventful legislative session as developments occur.<br /><br />Robert A. Easter<br />President officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:00:27 -0600 Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:00:27 -0600 OVCSA Appointment I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Cynthia Soto as the Director of the Native American Support Program (NASP) as a result of a national search. She began her position at UIC on February 2. <br /><br />Most recently, Cynthia served as Program Coordinator for the Grow Your Own Teachers Program at Northeastern Illinois University. In the role, she managed a program designed to train culturally competent educators who served neighborhoods in which schools have staffing shortages and retention issues. Cynthia’s prior experience included project coordinator on a National Science Foundation grant that supported a partnership among Northwestern University, the American Indian Center of Chicago, and the Menominee Tribal Community in Wisconsin. As project coordinator, she developed and implemented culturally based science education projects. <br /><br />Previously, Cynthia served as the Academic Counselor for the Native American Support Program at UIC. Her duties involved assisting undergraduate and graduate students with their transition to UIC and their academic success, coordination of the Annual Native American Heritage Day, and participation on various committees including the President’s Award Program. In her new role as Director of the Native American Support Program, Cynthia will be responsible for developing and implementing support initiatives for the Native American population to enhance their transition from high school to the university. Her duties will include strategic planning and goal setting, program assessment, day to day administrative operations, program management, outreach, and recruitment. <br /><br />Cynthia earned her B.A. in Elementary Education, an Illinois K-9 Certification, an Illinois Teachers License, and a M.A. in Education-Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a first generation college student and graduate of UIC, she is well acquainted with the challenges facing Native American students and the opportunities available to them on campus and in the community. Nowhere has this been any more apparent than through her extensive community service. Cynthia has served as a board member of several Native American agencies where she has made outstanding contributions. She helped both students and adults access college resources and built working relationships that have lasted many years. Cynthia understands that for Native American students, a holistic approach is crucial to their success, and she employs this technique skillfully in her interactions with students and their families.<br /><br />I thank the Search Committee, chaired by Willie Rodriguez, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, and the following members: Bahar Baniasad; Rosa Cabrera; Loreen Maxfield; Kelly McCray; Thy Nguyen; Carol Petersen; Vance Pierce; Hugo Teruel; Joel Shinault; Amy West; Tosheena Nez and Jolene Young. <br /><br />Please join us in welcoming Cynthia on her return to UIC as Director of the Native American Support Program.<br /><br />Sincerely, <br /><br />Barbara Henley<br />Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs <br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:32:37 -0600 Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:32:37 -0600 Traffic Advisory: 14th Place Street Closure The East Side Shuttle Service will be temporarily rerouted on Thursday, Feb. 12, due to filming of the television series “Chicago Fire.” A full street closure will occur on 14th Place between Morgan and Peoria streets from 8:30 to 10 a.m. During the street closure there will be no service to Stop AR. However, the East Side Shuttle will provide service to passengers on the northwest corner of Halsted and 14th Place. The shuttle will continue on to 16th St., turn westbound to Morgan St., then northbound on Morgan St. and continue on its regular route.<br /><br />Michael Landek<br />Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Service officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:08:23 -0600 Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:08:23 -0600 New look for UIC login pages (Bluestem) The university has been working on a multiyear project called Identity and Access Management (http://web.uillinois.edu/iam). IAM will provide users with a single, unique NetID and password, for access to services across campuses and major U of I systems (email, Wi-Fi Internet, Blackboard Learn, my UIC portal, the Human Resources portal, Banner, student registration, records, and financial aid.)<br /><br />While implementation of the first major phase of IAM is planned to begin at UIC in the fourth quarter of 2015, we will need to update a few systems before then, in coordination with the other campuses. The first of those updates will take place on March 1. <br /><br />What will change on March 1?<br /><br />There will be two changes affecting webpages that require users to authenticate and log in.<br /><br />First, the current login page (https://uofi.box.com/bluestem-current-login-screen) that you see when accessing many of our webpages, commonly referred to as Bluestem login page, will be given a new look (http://login.uic.edu/bluestem/assets/login-example) to incorporate the new UIC branding guidelines and to improve functionality.<br /><br />Second, for UIC web-based applications that accept authentication for users at other U of I campuses, the new login page will have a link to the other campus's Shibboleth authentication server. This will replace the current method of typing netid@uiuc.edu or netid@uis.edu in the NetID box for referral to the appropriate authentication server.<br /><br />Will my access change?<br /><br />No. You will continue to have access to the same webpages as you did before.<br /><br />Where can I report a problem on or after March 1 if I cannot access a webpage I was able to access before?<br /><br />In the unlikely event that you experience any difficulties, contact consult@uic.edu or call the ACCC Helpdesk at 312-413-0003. officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 09 Feb 2015 09:00:11 -0600 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 09:00:11 -0600 Scholarships for UIC Students Dear UIC Students,<br /><br />I am pleased to announce the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (OVCSA) is accepting applications for nine competitive scholarship awards available to students across all colleges and academic disciplines:<br /><br />Supporting Excellence Endowment (S.E.E.) Scholarship<br />Dr. Thomas Beckham Memorial Scholarship<br />VCSA Scholarship<br />Gordon J. Flesch Memorial Scholarship<br />University of Illinois Alumni Association Pier Scholar Award<br />Rundgren Foundation Scholarship<br />Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship<br />UIC Jim’s Original Scholarship<br />Lorilyn Espique Aquino Fund<br />Each scholarship provides between $1,000 and $5,000 to the recipient for the 2015-2016 year. Information about each scholarship and the online application are available on the OVCSA website at http://vcsa.uic.edu/scholarships/<br />The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. March 30.<br /><br />If you have any questions about the scholarships or the application process, please contact Kara Holloway in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at (312) 996-7140 or ovcsa@uic.edu.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Barbara Henley<br />Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 09 Feb 2015 08:45:28 -0600 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 08:45:28 -0600 UI Health: The Golden Rule, Nursing Expands, and more UI Health Newsletter<br /><br />Following the Golden Rule<br />Cathy Lovely reminds staff that treating patients—and each other—with respect makes for a better UI Health experience. <br />Watch the video: http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2015-02/Following_the_Golden_Rule.html<br /><br />Moving Towards VCHA Structure<br />"I will be the very last Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of Illinois. Instead the Vice President for Health Affairs (VPHA) position will be replaced with a Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs (VCHA) at UIC with an expanded scope of authority."<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2015-02/Moving_Towards_VCHA_Structure.html<br /><br />College of Nursing Expands to Springfield<br />Springfield is known for government and politics, but did you know that health care is actually the largest employment sector in our state's capital? <br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2015-02/College_of_Nursing_Expands_to_Springfield.html<br /><br />Shriners and UI Health Join Forces<br />Although UI Health and Shriners Hospital for Children have worked together for years, a new affiliation will help increase volume at UI Health while helping with the continuation of care for the pediatric children at Shriners.<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2015-02/Shriners_and_UI_Health_Join_Forces.html<br /><br />UI Health Plus Update<br />As of Monday, February 2nd, we have over 12,800 members enrolled in UI Health Plus. As you know, UI Health Plus is our Medicaid managed care plan.<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2015-02/UI_Health_Plus_Update.html<br /><br />Awareness Campaign in the Media<br />UI Health is on the move, making waves, and taking cable by storm.<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2015-02/Awareness_Campaign_in_the_Media.html<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 05 Feb 2015 09:00:20 -0600 Thu, 05 Feb 2015 09:00:20 -0600 Commencement Faculty Regalia Ordering Dear Colleagues:<br /><br />This spring, each college will hold its own commencement ceremony to recognize graduates from the summer 2014, fall 2014, and spring 2015 semesters. At each ceremony, undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree students will be individually recognized as they receive their degrees.<br /><br />You have been instrumental in our students' achievements, and I urge you to join our campus community, friends, partners and families as we celebrate this important milestone in the lives of our soon-to-be alumni. <br /><br />Appropriate academic attire is required for Commencement and is provided at no cost to faculty who submit a completed Faculty Academic Apparel order form. Unless you are instructed otherwise by your dean's office, submit the order form on the Commencement web site, http://www.vcsaweb.uic.edu/regaliaorder/<br /><br />The deadline to request academic apparel is March 13. All electronic orders will be confirmed via e-mail with an opportunity to make corrections. Requests for specific regalia received after the deadline may not be accommodated, but UIC regalia can be provided to allow you to participate in the ceremony. <br /><br />For more information on Commencement, please visit the website above. <br /><br />I look forward to celebrating our graduating students' accomplishments with you.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Eric A. Gislason<br />Interim Chancellor<br />Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost<br /><br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 04 Feb 2015 13:35:10 -0600 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 13:35:10 -0600 Campus Insights 2015 I’m pleased to share with you our sixth Campus Insights presentation, held on January 14. Each year we strive to present another aspect of our contributions to the world, and the ways in which we enrich the human condition. This year’s theme was UIC: Research and Innovation on a Global Scale. <br /><br />Through the art of imagery and words, these videos provide insights into the purpose of research at UIC: to apply new knowledge to the real world and make a difference. Through these videos you will see and hear about global markets in Ghana, maternal health care in New Zealand, disease prevention in the Caribbean, medical engineering in Cambodia, and scholarly collaborations from Iceland to Vietnam. Tom Friedman, the New York Times columnist and writer, said: “(We live) In a world where the ability to imagine and generate new ideas with speed, and to implement them through global collaboration, is the most important competitive advantage.” With over 120 international agreements with universities and public and private organizations, and hundreds of informal relationships, that is what we do at UIC.<br /><br />I would like to thank all the participants and Chancellor Emerita Paula Allen-Meares for all the work they did to make the event such a success. I hope you will take the time to view the work of your colleagues and professors and share the pride that comes from making a difference. <br /><br />Eric A. Gisalson<br />Interim Chancellor<br />Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost <br /><br />http://chancellor.uic.edu/campus-insights-2015-presenters/<br /><br />http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmq5H6mJIf-JhHDP4FrOsQndCu8hIQJQk officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 04 Feb 2015 13:16:43 -0600 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 13:16:43 -0600 Snow and Ice Removal on Campus Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:<br /> <br />As the campus returns to normal operations today, crews are working diligently to clear the building entrances, streets, sidewalks, and parking lots of snow and ice. During the next few days light snowfalls are predicted. We may experience thawing and refreezing which will result in icy conditions. Priority is always given to the hospital and ambulatory care areas, ADA entrances and parking spaces for disabled persons, emergency routes, and public walkways.<br /> <br />If you are aware of areas that need attention, please call the 24/7 phone number, 5-SNOW (312-355-7669) to report any snow- or ice-related problems on campus. Please provide the location, time, and a phone number or e-mail address to follow up if desired. Crews will be dispatched as quickly as possible to attend to the problem.<br /> <br />Your patience and consideration are appreciated while our crews do their best to clear the snow and ice.<br /> <br />Mark Donovan<br />Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Tue, 03 Feb 2015 10:24:59 -0600 Tue, 03 Feb 2015 10:24:59 -0600 Gov's executive orders February 2, 2015 <br /><br />Dear Colleagues: <br /><br />Since being sworn into office Jan. 12, Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued a series of executive orders and some of them affect public universities and their employees. Executive Orders 15-08 [https://www.illinois.gov/Government/ExecOrders/Pages/2015_8.aspx] and 15-09 [https://www.illinois.gov/Government/ExecOrders/Pages/2015_9.aspx], as well as the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) Guidelines for Compliance with EO-08, are the three actions with perhaps the greatest significance to the University of Illinois. <br /><br />The executive orders and guidelines make changes in how state entities — including public universities — must operate and be accountable. Effective until the end of fiscal 2015 (June 30), E.O. 15-08 freezes discretionary spending and requires GOMB approval of certain contracts and expenditures using state-appropriated funds. E.O. 15-09 sets higher ethics and gift-ban standards, while also providing for GOMB pre-approval of “any employment contract.” <br /><br />The university intends to fully comply with the orders and has already provided GOMB with initial reports in response. Representatives of the university have been in discussions with the Governor’s Office and GOMB to ensure that compliance with the executive orders does not hinder the university’s important missions in teaching, research, public service, and economic development. Some interpretive questions remain, and we are working with the Governor’s Office and GOMB to develop additional guidance with respect to compliance and implementation. <br /><br />For now, in light of the state’s current fiscal challenges, I expect everyone to follow the intent of the executive orders as issued. Deans and department heads should refrain from filling positions that are not mission critical and be frugal with travel and other expenses, relying on common sense solutions such as videoconferencing or using fleet rather than personal vehicles. <br /><br />Again, we are still in the process of developing a full understanding of the executive orders and their impacts and will keep you apprised of further developments. <br /><br />Sincerely, <br /><br />Robert A. Easter <br />President officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 02 Feb 2015 14:00:43 -0600 Mon, 02 Feb 2015 14:00:43 -0600 Circle Back - UIC Forward Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:<br /><br />Please join me on Sunday, February 22, at 1:30 p.m., to recognize the 50th anniversary of the ribbon-cutting that officially opened the University of Illinois “Circle Campus.”<br /><br />This celebratory year, which we call “Circle Back – UIC Forward,” will begin with Sunday’s events featuring a re-enactment of the 1965 ribbon-cutting in the original location, between the east and west sides of the Science and Engineering Labs (SEL). I hope you will join Chairman Ed McMillan of the University’s Board of Trustees; President-designate Tim Killeen; UIC Chancellor-designate Michael Amiridis; former White House chief of staff and commerce secretary William Daley, representing the Daley family; other state and local officials; and two of the original student-participants to re-create this historic event.<br /><br />To RSVP and learn more please visit [http://circleback.uic.edu].<br /><br />This day of events is an opportunity to reflect on the growth of UIC as a leading research university, respected worldwide for serving its public, urban mission. I hope you, as a member of our campus community, will join in this landmark celebration.<br /><br />Eric A. Gislason<br />Interim Chancellor <br />Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 02 Feb 2015 10:16:38 -0600 Mon, 02 Feb 2015 10:16:38 -0600