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 Message from the Chancellor Dear faculty, staff and students:<br /><br />Although I am disappointed by the Senate resolution, I have full confidence in the UIC faculty and respect the concerns its members may express.<br /><br />During the completion of my term as chancellor, I will remain committed to the principles of shared governance and to communicating with and consulting the appropriate representatives of the campus community. UIC is a great university with tremendous potential, best achieved with collaboration and collegiality.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:51:04 -0500 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:51:04 -0500 Commitment to shared governance Dear colleagues:<br /><br />I received the resolution approved by the UIC Senate yesterday and wish to assure our campus community that I respect the faculty and remain committed to working with the Senate and campus leadership in the months ahead. In light of concerns that have been raised, I will be personally engaged with the UIC Senate, along with my traditional consultation with the University Senates Conference, and will ask for the opportunity to meet regularly with the campus Senate’s Executive Committee. <br /><br />I have firmly embraced the principles of shared governance throughout my U of I career and will continue to do so with you as we build on UIC’s rich legacy of service to our students, our state and our society.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Robert A. Easter <br />President<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:52:05 -0500 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:52:05 -0500 Resolution of the UIC Senate The UIC Senate approved the following resolution at the special Senate meeting on August 28, 2014.<br /><br />Elizabeth Dooley<br />Coordinator of the UIC Senate<br /><br /><br /><br />UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS<br />CHICAGO SENATE<br /><br />Special UIC Senate Meeting <br />August 28, 2014 Resolution<br /><br /><br />WHEREAS, shared governance, involving students, faculty and staff is central to the ability of UIC to achieve its teaching, research and service missions;<br /><br />WHEREAS, shared governance requires both appropriate consultation before important decisions are made and prompt and informative communication regarding those decisions;<br /><br />WHEREAS, both the Provost and the Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Affairs have been replaced with interim appointees in the last few weeks, and these changes come at a difficult time with searches underway for both a new Chancellor and a new President;<br /><br />WHEREAS, there was no consultation with students, faculty or staff or any of their elected representatives in the time leading up to these decisions;<br /><br />WHEREAS, neither decision was communicated to students, faculty or staff in a timely way, with widespread rumors and media reports preceding the official announcement;<br /><br />WHEREAS, these actions have caused serious damage to the campus community’s trust in the administration’s commitment to shared governance;<br /><br />WHEREAS, oversight by the President and the Board of Trustees was not exercised in a manner which reflects respect for shared governance;<br /><br />THEREFORE, The UIC Senate has no confidence in the Chancellor’s leadership of the campus. <br /><br />Further, we demand that the Campus and University Administration:<br /><br />• Consult with the campus community and their elected representatives for important decisions.<br /><br />• Communicate such decisions to the entire campus in a timely and informative manner, and<br /><br />• Reiterate publicly and demonstrate their commitment to shared governance as an important factor in the current searches for the top leadership of the Campus and University<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:01:28 -0500 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:01:28 -0500 Ensuring academic excellence Dear students:<br /><br />Over my 40-plus years at the University of Illinois, I’ve seen countless talented colleagues come and go – from presidents and chancellors to deans, department heads, faculty and staff. <br /><br />Change is almost constant in an operation as expansive as the U of I, with three campuses, more than 28,000 employees and outreach programs that literally stretch to every corner of our state. Employees retire or move on to new career opportunities, both on our campuses and off. New ones step in and the core missions that have guided the University since its founding continue unabated.<br /><br />It’s familiar territory for those of us who have been around for a while. But it’s new to many of our students, so I’ve wondered whether any might have concerns about the transition in leadership at UIC, where an interim provost was recently appointed and a search for a new chancellor is underway.<br /><br />I can assure you that while the players change, our priorities never will. Our foremost commitment is to our students, to best-in-class academic programs and to a transformative educational experience that provides a springboard to success.<br /><br />Just as it was for the generations of leaders who preceded them, helping students achieve their dreams is a goal shared by Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, Interim Provost Rick Gislason and former Provost Lon Kaufman. I’m grateful for their dedication, and wish Dr. Kaufman the best as he begins a new era of service to the University as assistant vice president for corporate and community relations in the Office of the Vice President for Health Affairs.<br /><br />We will seek to build on their foundation of excellence when Chancellor Allen-Meares steps down in January after guiding UIC for six years. A campus-wide search committee was appointed last spring, headed by former Vice President for Academic Affairs and longtime UIC faculty member Mrinalini “Meena” Rao. The 22-member committee, which includes two UIC students, hopes to recommend a new chancellor to the Board of Trustees by November. Once a chancellor is chosen, a search for a permanent provost will begin.<br /><br />Today’s campus leaders and tomorrow’s will play a key role in unlocking UIC’s vast potential. Chicago is great city – in every way one of the emerging global cities that will lead the way to economic growth in the 21st century. But as I noted in an email last week to students, faculty and staff, Chicago’s promise can only be realized with the support of a great public university. Our senior leadership and Board of Trustees are committed to expanding on UIC’s success to fill that crucial role, supplying the next-generation workforce and innovation that help drive progress and prosperity. <br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Robert A. Easter<br />President official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:00:15 -0500 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:00:15 -0500 Fall welcome It’s a pleasure to welcome our students to the University of Illinois, whether you’re new and still finding your way around or coming back after a summer away.<br /><br />The weeks, months and years ahead on our campuses will literally define your future – a time to explore career possibilities, lock in your goals and nurture the skills to achieve them. <br /><br />Not that long ago, your time here would have been the capstone of your education, developing talents that would serve you for a lifetime. <br /><br />But times have changed. <br /><br />The University of Illinois is still a proven springboard to success, a premier university with a global reputation for excellence and more than 650,000 living alumni that include leaders at the very top of their fields. But today your education can’t end here. We now live in an era where lifelong learning is essential to keep pace with rapidly evolving technology that is redefining our workplaces, and to adapt as innovation creates career opportunities that were once unheard of and relegates others to memory.<br /><br />So use your time here to learn not just the lessons at hand, but to ensure your education continues once you leave – fostering a sense of curiosity that keeps you looking ahead to the next hill rather than resting on the one you’ve already climbed.<br /><br />This is truly a special place, a world leader in education and research, and I hope you seize the many life-changing opportunities it provides, both in the classroom and in your interactions with fellow students who will help you explore your newfound knowledge and expand your understanding of the world.<br /><br />Again, welcome to the University of Illinois. I wish you a year filled with discovery and achievement, and be sure to have a little fun along the way.<br /><br />Robert A. Easter<br />President official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:51:33 -0500 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:51:33 -0500 Statement of Reaffirmation Dear Members of the Campus Community,<br /><br />As we begin the academic year and welcome new members to our extraordinarily diverse learning community, it is opportune that we reaffirm the University's commitment to access, equity, and inclusion. The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) strives for a diverse community reflective of our urban environment. Diversity is evident in our student body and extends to our faculty and all levels of administration and staff. As a university, we have been engaged in broad conversations over the years and across our campus, about the role of diversity in our institution. From those conversations came the campus’s diversity strategic plan, A Mosaic for UIC Transformation. A key component of the plan is our vision to be nationally recognized as a learning community where human differences are celebrated and where neither difference nor disadvantage stands in the way of intellectual and professional achievement. The realization of this vision is everyone’s responsibility. Our Diversity Strategic Plan can be found online at http://go.uic.edu/MosaicStrategicPlan.<br /><br />UIC adheres to the principles of equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination in all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotion and development of our employees. Our hiring and employment policies are devised to promote this commitment. Administrators, faculty and staff share responsibility for promoting equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in the workplace. The Office for Access and Equity (OAE) is assigned responsibility for overseeing and implementing campus-wide equal opportunity including reporting and monitoring equal opportunity efforts. UIC's commitment to diversity is critical to our mission of advancing access to excellence and success in academic programs, research and healthcare. The Statement of Reaffirmation can be found on the OAE website at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oae/docs/StatementReaffirmation.pdf.<br /><br />The Office of Diversity is responsible for promoting an organizational culture and structure that honors diversity through integration of the principles of access, equity and inclusion into all aspects of university processes and practices. It provides planning and implementation oversight for diversity, including advising and consulting with the Chancellor and Provost on diversity-related matters; initiating programs that promote a supportive university climate for faculty, staff and students; partnering with campus administrative units, colleges and academic departments to implement systems of accountability; and developing links with the local community and alumni groups to advance engagement of critical diversity issues. <br /><br />UIC is committed to creating and maintaining a community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person, while fostering an environment of mutual respect among its members. As such, University policy prohibits unlawful discrimination or harassment of any member of the campus community in employment, including recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, merit increases, salary, training and development, demotion and separation on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, order of protection status, genetic information, marital status, disability, sexual orientation including gender identity, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran. The policy known as the Nondiscrimination Statement is online at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oae/docs/Nondiscrimination%20Statement%2006-10.pdf.<br /><br />OAE serves as the main point of contact for the campus in matters of equal opportunity, affirmative action, and nondiscrimination in employment. Additionally, OAE offers Dispute Resolution Services to assist with conflict in the workplace not involving unlawful discrimination matters.<br /><br />As always, your commitment to a respectful living, learning, and working community is acknowledged and appreciated.<br /><br />Paula Allen Meares<br />Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago<br />Vice President, University of Illinois<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor<br /><br />Tyrone Forman<br />Vice Provost for Diversity and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor<br /><br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:09:52 -0500 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:09:52 -0500 Welcome to the UIC 2014-2015 Academic Year Click here to see this online [http://www.uic.edu/index.html/Chancellor/newsletters/2014_0825_welcome.html]<br /><br />Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,<br /><br />Welcome to the 2014-15 academic year at UIC.<br /><br />Whether you are a newcomer or a continuing member of the UIC family, you are an integral part of a vibrant institution of learning. In a worldwide ranking of universities under 50 years, the 2014 Times Higher Education rated UIC the 13th best young university in the world, 6 points up from last year, and the 3rd highest-ranked institution among U.S universities. UIC is also noteworthy for being one of the most diverse campuses in the nation, and I am very proud of our efforts to ensure that everyone has an equal chance to learn, to teach, and to conduct meaningful research.<br /><br />As you settle into your routines, I hope you will take advantage of the Fifth Annual Chancellor's Lecture and Event Series [http://www.uic.edu/index.html/Chancellor/lectures.shtml]. The series, which takes place throughout the academic year, will feature cultural performances, lectures, and presentations on the pertinent issues of our times. This fall we have already lined up a poetry reading with UIC poets for September 23rd and a lecture on food studies by academic and journalist Raj Patel on November 13th.<br /><br />I also invite you to explore what we call the UIC Experience [http://www.uic.edu/depts/ovcsa/uicexperience.html], which encourages students to enhance their academic work by serving as volunteers, participating in public forums, visiting museums, and attending sporting events on campus and throughout Chicago. Students can earn certification in "The UIC Experience" program by documenting their participation in six experiences - two from each of three key areas: Urban Exploration, Inquiring Minds, and Community Engagement. I hope students will take advantage of this enrichment program. <br />Based upon UIC's 2010 Strategic Master Plan, we are continually building on our unique strengths. In a consultative process engaging a wide range of campus constituencies, plans are moving forward to advance our physical facilities and to make diversity a central component of all aspects of campus life.<br /><br />Construction on the Advanced Chemical Technology Building (ACTB) is expected to begin in Spring 2015. The building is currently in the design stage. The ACTB will house select faculty from chemistry, biology, and physics to support cutting-edge interdisciplinary research focused on subjects from environmental science to immunology. The ACTB will serve as a beacon to attract the best faculty and students to our campus.<br /><br />A $6.5 million gift to the Department of Bioengineering from alumnus Richard S. Hill and Loan B. Hill will help advance UIC as a biotechnology powerhouse and promote Chicago as a hub for biomedical research. The gift supports a reconfiguration of the Department to build on its strengths and will boost UIC's partnership with the private sector to solve complex biomedical problems.<br /><br />Thanks to a generous gift from UIC alumnus and New York Mets player Curtis Granderson, a ribbon cutting ceremony recently opened the Curtis Granderson Baseball Stadium. In addition to providing a top-tier facility for the Flames, the ballpark will be used by community organizations such as Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities and the Urban Youth Academy. These programs will bring Chicago's young people onto a university campus, with the hope that playing baseball here will spark their interest in completing high school and seeking a college education. I hope everyone attends our NCAA Division One athletic competitions and helps cheer our Flames teams to victory. For more information please visit [http://www.uicflames.com/].<br /><br />We are very pleased to welcome our new Dean for the College of Dentistry, Clark M. Stanford, who accepted the position effective October 1, 2014. Dr. Stanford previously served as Associate Dean for Research and Centennial Fund Professor for Clinical Research in the Dows Institute for Dental Research and the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.<br /><br />And in the College of Education, Alfred W. Tatum accepted the position of Dean effective May 15, 2014. Dr. Tatum served as interim dean of the college since last August and prior to that was chair of the College's Department of Curriculum and Instruction.<br /><br />Also last fall, Jeff Nearhoof was appointed the new Vice Chancellor of Development at UIC and Senior Vice President of the University of Illinois Foundation. Jeff joined from Northwestern University where he served as Associate Dean for Development in the Feinberg School of Medicine.<br /><br />On December 1, 2013 Janet Parker was appointed to the important position of Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost for Budget and Resource Planning. Ms. Parker came to UIC as Director of Budgeting and Program Analysis, following six years as Associate Vice President, Financial Affairs, at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she was instrumental in their strategic planning and budgeting processes and their tuition and fee proposal development.<br /><br />UIC announced the appointment of Tyrone A. Forman as Vice Provost for Diversity and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor in October 2013. Dr. Forman joined our community from Emory University, where he was a sociology professor and Director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference. Dr. Forman, who previously served on UIC's faculty from 2000-2008, assumed his new position January 1, 2014. <br />We are also moving ahead with our efforts to qualify as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). This qualification from the U.S. Department of Education is based on attaining a full-time undergraduate enrollment that is at least 25% Hispanic. Qualification as a HSI would open up many opportunities for federal funding to support programs and faculty in STEM fields and in the humanities. We are currently designated as an Asian American Pacific Islander and Native American Serving Institution.<br /><br />As you can see from this brief and select list of updates, UIC continues to grow and evolve. As Chicago's foremost public research institution of higher learning, we are poised yet again for another exceptional year of study, discovery, intellectual excellence, and innovation.<br /><br />All of you -- our students, faculty, and staff -- are singularly and collectively vital to our growth. Working together is how we will continue to advance the excellence of our research and educational missions and to further the contributions we make to our city, state, nation, and the world.<br /><br />My best wishes to everyone for an excellent year.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor<br /><br />© 2014 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:50:38 -0500 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:50:38 -0500 An atmosphere for learning lier today, the Urbana campus community received a thoughtful statement from Chancellor Phyllis Wise regarding the university’s decision not to recommend Prof. Steven Salaita for a tenured faculty position on the Urbana-Champaign campus. <br /><br />In her statement, Chancellor Wise reaffirmed her commitment to academic freedom and to fostering an environment that encourages diverging opinions, robust debate and challenging conventional norms. Those principles have been at the heart of the university’s mission for nearly 150 years, and have fueled its rise as a world leader in education and innovation. <br /><br />But, as she noted, our excellence is also rooted in another guiding principle that is just as fundamental. Our campuses must be safe harbors where students and faculty from all backgrounds and cultures feel valued, respected and comfortable expressing their views.<br /><br />We agree, and write today to add our collective and unwavering support of Chancellor Wise and her philosophy of academic freedom and free speech tempered in respect for human rights – these are the same core values which have guided this institution since its founding.<br /><br />In the end, the University of Illinois will never be measured simply by the number of world-changing engineers, thoughtful philosophers, or great artists we produce. We also have a responsibility to develop productive citizens of our democracy. As a nation, we are only as strong as the next generation of participants in the public sphere. The University of Illinois must shape men and women who will contribute as citizens in a diverse and multi-cultural democracy. To succeed in this mission, we must constantly reinforce our expectation of a university community that values civility as much as scholarship.<br /><br />Disrespectful and demeaning speech that promotes malice is not an acceptable form of civil argument if we wish to ensure that students, faculty and staff are comfortable in a place of scholarship and education. If we educate a generation of students to believe otherwise, we will have jeopardized the very system that so many have made such great sacrifices to defend. There can be no place for that in our democracy, and therefore, there will be no place for it in our university.<br /><br />Chancellor Wise is an outstanding administrator, leader and teacher. Her academic career has been built on her commitment to promoting academic freedom and creating a welcoming environment for students and faculty alike. We stand with her today and will be with her tomorrow as she devotes her considerable talent and energy to serving our students, our faculty and staff, and our society.<br /><br />We look forward to working closely with Chancellor Wise and all of you to ensure that our university is recognized both for its commitment to academic freedom and as a national model of leading-edge scholarship framed in respect and courtesy.<br /><br />Sincerely, <br /><br />Christopher G. Kennedy, Chair, University of Illinois Board of Trustees<br />Robert A. Easter, President<br /><br />Hannah Cave, Trustee<br />Ricardo Estrada, Trustee<br />Patrick J. Fitzgerald, Trustee<br />Lucas N. Frye, Trustee<br />Karen Hasara, Trustee<br />Patricia Brown Holmes, Trustee<br />Timothy N. Koritz, Trustee<br />Danielle M. Leibowitz, Trustee<br />Edward L. McMillan, Trustee<br />James D. Montgomery, Trustee<br />Pamela B. Strobel, Trustee<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares, Chancellor, Chicago campus, and Vice President, University of Illinois<br />Susan J. Koch, Chancellor, Springfield campus, and Vice President, University of Illinois<br /><br />Donald A. Chambers, Professor of Physiology and Biochemistry; Chair, University Senates <br />Conference<br /><br />Jerry Bauman, Interim Vice President for Health Affairs<br />Thomas R. Bearrows, University Counsel<br />Thomas P. Hardy, Executive Director for University Relations<br />Susan M. Kies, Secretary of the Board of Trustees and the University<br />Walter K. Knorr, VP/Chief Financial Officer and Comptroller<br />Christophe Pierre, Vice President for Academic Affairs<br />Lawrence B. Schook, Vice President for Research<br />Lester H. McKeever, Jr., Treasurer, Board of Trustees officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:19:17 -0500 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:19:17 -0500 UIC: Reflections and Opportunities This week, I had the pleasure of meeting with the committee searching for a new chancellor and was impressed by its diligence, its commitment and its progress.<br /><br />Our conversation included thoughts on what lies ahead for UIC and I was asked for my vision, based on what I’ve learned during my 2 ½ years as president and decades of watching from afar as a faculty member and administrator in Urbana-Champaign.<br /><br />In my view, for all that UIC has already accomplished in its short history, its future is even brighter and can play a pivotal role in building a better tomorrow for Chicago, our state and our nation. Let me explain.<br /><br />Increasingly, major cities are becoming the hubs that drive the economic fortunes of our world as a whole. Consider these findings by the Brookings Institution, which show that America’s top 100 metropolitan areas account for only 12 percent of the country’s land mass, but are now responsible for three-fourths of gross domestic product, 70 percent of jobs and nearly 80 percent of competitive patents. As cities go, so goes our nation and our world.<br /><br />Chicago, I believe, is poised to become a leader in that emerging global cities movement, with its infrastructure, transportation network and ideal geographic location. But to get there, Chicago needs a large, world-class public university – one that provides a transformative education for large numbers of young people to supply a highly skilled, 21st century workforce; one that provides the pioneering research that fosters discovery and new waves of innovation; and one that enriches culture and awareness through training in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences that is fundamental to a robust society.<br /><br />UIC can be that globally premier university. This growing campus is already the city’s largest, and its reputation for academic and research excellence has earned it a place on a prestigious list of the world’s top universities under 50 years old.<br /><br />UIC’s vast potential makes the chancellor search even more critical, and I look forward to working with the committee as it continues its efforts to find a leader who can build on UIC’s capacity to serve society. <br /><br />I am also grateful to Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares for her contributions to UIC’s rise during her nearly six years as chancellor, and for her leadership during a current period of change in campus administration. She and Interim Provost Rick Gislason share a passion for UIC, and the talents to move the campus forward during the transition to new leadership.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Robert A. Easter<br />President official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:59:27 -0500 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:59:27 -0500 UIC: Reflections and Opportunities Dear colleagues:<br /><br />This week, I had the pleasure of meeting with the committee searching for a new chancellor and was impressed by its diligence, its commitment and its progress.<br /><br />Our conversation included thoughts on what lies ahead for UIC and I was asked for my vision, based on what I’ve learned during my 2 ½ years as president and decades of watching from afar as a faculty member and administrator in Urbana-Champaign.<br /><br />In my view, for all that UIC has already accomplished in its short history, its future is even brighter and can play a pivotal role in building a better tomorrow for Chicago, our state and our nation. Let me explain.<br /><br />Increasingly, major cities are becoming the hubs that drive the economic fortunes of our world as a whole. Consider these findings by the Brookings Institution, which show that America’s top 100 metropolitan areas account for only 12 percent of the country’s land mass, but are now responsible for three-fourths of gross domestic product, 70 percent of jobs and nearly 80 percent of competitive patents. As cities go, so goes our nation and our world.<br /><br />Chicago, I believe, is poised to become a leader in that emerging global cities movement, with its infrastructure, transportation network and ideal geographic location. But to get there, Chicago needs a large, world-class public university – one that provides a transformative education for large numbers of young people to supply a highly skilled, 21st century workforce; one that provides the pioneering research that fosters discovery and new waves of innovation; and one that enriches culture and awareness through training in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences that is fundamental to a robust society.<br /><br />UIC can be that globally premier university. This growing campus is already the city’s largest, and its reputation for academic and research excellence has earned it a place on a prestigious list of the world’s top universities under 50 years old.<br /><br />UIC’s vast potential makes the chancellor search even more critical, and I look forward to working with the committee as it continues its efforts to find a leader who can build on UIC’s capacity to serve society. <br /><br />I am also grateful to Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares for her contributions to UIC’s rise during her nearly six years as chancellor, and for her leadership during a current period of change in campus administration. She and Interim Provost Rick Gislason share a passion for UIC, and the talents to move the campus forward during the transition to new leadership.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Robert A. Easter<br />President official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:07:50 -0500 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:07:50 -0500 Conflicts of Commitment and Interest Disclosure for Civil Service Staff TO: Civil Service Staff<br /><br />FROM: Robert A. Crouch<br />Assistant Vice President for Human Resources<br /><br />DATE: August 22, 2014<br /><br />SUBJECT: Conflicts of Commitment and Interest Disclosure for Civil Service Staff<br /><br />University policy requires employees to disclose activities that may present a potential conflict with their University roles and responsibilities as outlined in Rule 16.01 of the Policy and Rules for Civil Service Staff. The policy makes every effort to balance the integrity and interests of staff with that of the University. Disclosing a conflict does not imply that anyone is behaving improperly. Most conflicts can be managed and employees are encouraged to work with their Unit Executive Officer to do so.<br /><br />A conflict of interest occurs when an employee is in a position to advance his or her own interests or those of a third party, to the University's detriment. Conflicts of interest can arise in a variety of situations, including but not limited to the following: research, non-university income producing activities, business relationships, procurement-related conflicts, intellectual property, and involvement of students and staff. Some conflicts of interest are obvious while others are not. <br /><br />Although annual reporting is not mandatory, I encourage you to complete the enclosed Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form for Civil Service Employees and submit it to your supervisor to protect you and the University from potential conflicts of interest. The form is similar to the Report of Non-University Activities (RNUA) that all faculty and academic staff are required to complete annually.<br /><br />This notice applies to Civil Service staff only. In addition, if you are a University Administration employee, you may disregard this notice since you should have already received notification from UA Employee Relations and Human Resources.<br /><br />For more information about the Conflict of Interest guidelines for Civil Service employees, please visit http://research.uillinois.edu/coci/civil-service. <br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:57:52 -0500 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:57:52 -0500 Payment Plan Enrollment Deadline Dear Student,<br /><br />Enrollment in the 2014-2015 Payment Plan is available. If you would like to utilize the 10 month Annual or the 4 month Fall Semester Payment Plan option, the enrollment deadline is August 27th, 2014. After August 27th, options available will be a 9 month Annual Payment Plan, or a 3 month Fall Semester Payment Plan.<br /><br />Enrollment in the Payment Plan is optional and is an alternative to the regular University payment policy. Payment Plan payments are automatically deducted from your checking or savings account electronically each month. For more information regarding eligibility requirements and enrollment instructions, visit our Payment Plan web page at: http://paymybill.uillinois.edu/PaymentPlan.<br /><br />Please disregard this message if you are currently enrolled in the Annual 2014-2015 or Fall 2014 Payment Plan.<br /><br />Customer Service<br />University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations<br />Room 1900 (MC 073) <br />Student Services Building <br />1200 West Harrison Street <br />Chicago, Illinois 60607-7162 <br />Phone (312) 996-8574 <br />usfscohelp@uillinois.edu<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:54:00 -0500 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:54:00 -0500 Message from the Provost Dear Colleagues,<br /><br />As you know, I have returned from retirement to a new role as Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost. While I will miss my faculty work in the Chemistry department, I wanted to let you know how glad I am to be back in University Hall leading the academic mission of the campus. I am really looking forward to working with you, the outstanding faculty and staff who make UIC happen, and with Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares to advance her program for the campus. Of the many administrative positions I have held (department head, interim dean, vice chancellor for research, interim chancellor) this one may be the most important, because the provost’s office is central to the academic heart of the campus. I feel a personal responsibility to help you continue your good work and to keep the campus moving forward steadily. <br /><br />I hope that in the next few months I will have a chance to meet you as I make my way around the campus. But if that does not come to pass, please know that I am here working on your behalf.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Eric A. Gislason<br />Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost<br /><br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:51:02 -0500 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:51:02 -0500 Message from the Chancellor Click here to see this online [http://www.uic.edu/index.html/Chancellor/newsletters/2014_0821_poetry_festival.html]<br /><br />Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,<br /><br />The UIC Poetry Festival is the first event in the Chancellor’s Lecture and Event Series of the 2014 – 2015 academic year and it is sure to be a great one! Come out and enjoy lectures and readings by some of Chicagoland’s most talented and award winning poets. Light refreshments will be served. <br /><br />Tuesday, September 23, 2014<br />3:00-5:00 p.m., Lecture and Poetry Readings <br />East Terrace of the Student Center East<br /><br />RSVP to Nia Brown in the Office of the Chancellor (nbrown34@uic.edu), and please advise should you need special accommodations.<br /><br />A brief biography of each poet is below.<br /><br />Visit the Chancellor’s Lecture and Event Series website (http://www.uic.edu/home/Chancellor/lectures.shtml) for additional details and upcoming events.<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor<br /><br /> <br /><br />Christina Correa<br /><br />Christina Correa is a writer of both fiction and poetry and the winner of a 2013 Midwestern Voices and Visions award. She has been published most recently in TriQuarterly, Rebelde: A Proyecto Latina Anthology, As/Us Journal, and Kalyani magazine. Mr. Correa has also been broadcast on National Public Radio’s Latino USA and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College’s Fiction Writing Department and is a Masters of Arts candidate in Latin American and Latino Studies at UIC.<br /><br />Ladan Osman<br /><br />Ladan Osman is a Somali-American poet whose works have been featured in various publications including Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s syndicated newspaper column, “American Life in Poetry.” She has received fellowships from the Luminarts Cultural Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem, and the Michener Center for Writers. Ms. Osman is the winner of the 2014 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets for her book The Kitchen Dweller’s Testimony.<br /><br />Christina Pugh<br /><br />Christina Pugh is an associate professor of poetry in the Department of English at UIC. Ms. Pugh holds a doctorate in comparative literature from Harvard University, where she was awarded the Whiting Foundation’s Fellowship for the Humanities for her dissertation. She is the author of three books: Grains of the Voice, Restoration, and Rotary, as well as the chapbook Gardening at Dusk. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications including The Atlantic Monthly and The Kenyon Review. Her honors include the Word Press First Book Prize (for Rotary), the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from Poetry magazine, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, an individual artist fellowship in poetry from the Illinois Arts Council, the Associated Writing Programs’ Intro Journals Award, the Grolier Poetry Prize, residencies at the Ragdale and Ucross Foundations, and a faculty fellowship from the UIC Institute for the Humanities. <br /><br /> <br />Roger Reeves<br /><br />Roger Reeves earned his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin and is an assistant professor of poetry in the Department of English at UIC. Reeves's poems have been published in journals such as American Poetry Review and the Boston Review. Some of his honors include being awarded a 2013 NEA Fellowship, the Poetry Foundation Ruth Lilly Fellowship in 2008, a two Bread Loaf Scholarships, and two Cave Canem Fellowships. Reeves’ debut collection of poetry, King Me (Copper Canyon Press, 2013), was awarded the 2014 Larry Levis Reading Prize for Debut Book of Poetry and the Pushcart Prize. Most recently, Professor Reeves received the 2014 Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. He was also named to Newcity magazine’s Lit50 for 2014, the publication’s annual list celebrating some of the top Chicago authors.<br /><br /> <br /><br />© 2014 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:55:15 -0500 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:55:15 -0500 Message from the Provost I am pleased to announce the appointment of Emanuel D. (Mannie) Pollack as Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, effective September 1, 2014, pending Board of Trustees approval. <br /><br />An inveterate promoter of the student interest, Professor Pollack has made it his mission to eliminate institutional barriers to student progress and success. Professor Pollack recently retired from the position of Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs in the UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where he was responsible for all aspects of the college’s undergraduate academic life, including admissions, academic advising, curricula, educational policy and degree completion. A significant component of his Associate Dean portfolio was to assure the delivery of high-quality academic advising services to nearly 10,000 undergraduates, which culminated in the development of a student-focused Academic Advising Center. During Professor Pollack’s tenure as Associate Dean, the graduation rate of the college nearly doubled. Professor Pollack has brought unique recognition to the University as its only representative to serve on a governing body of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, to which he has made several presentations on academic advising and student success. As a member of the statewide steering panel for the Illinois Articulation Initiative, acting on behalf of the University of Illinois system, he influenced the relationships among Illinois universities and community colleges. <br /><br />Professor Pollack received his undergraduate degree from Roosevelt University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Iowa. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he joined the Illinois Institute for Developmental Disabilities, where he was director of the developmental and behavioral science program with concurrent faculty appointments in the UIC Department of Biological Sciences and in the College of Medicine. He has published numerous scientific papers in the field of developmental neurobiology while teaching popular biology courses, and was instrumental in founding neuroscience as an independently recognized discipline at UIC. His honors received from UIC include the INSPIRE award, Honors Fellow of the Year, the Horizon League Sportsmanship Award, and the LAS Lifetime Service award. He was also the inaugural recipient of the Flames Sportsmanship Award, and in October will receive the University of Illinois Distinguished Service Award. <br /><br />I hope you will join me in congratulating Professor Pollack on his new position.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Eric A. Gislason<br />Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:10:42 -0500 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:10:42 -0500