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 North Lawndale Hosts OPL Community Forum Saturday Learn more about UIC's visionary proposal for a North Lawndale site where UIC would host the Obama Presidential Library.<br /><br />The North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee, UIC's partners in the proposal, will hold a community forum on Saturday, Nov. 22, from noon to 2 p.m. at William Penn Elementary School, 1616 S. Avers Ave. For more information, visit www.Library44Chicago.com.<br /><br />The North Lawndale site is bounded by 5th Avenue, Kildare Avenue, Roosevelt Road and Kostner Avenue. It is one of three options that UIC presented, chosen for its location in a community that would benefit from the development that a presidential library and museum would spur.<br /><br />UIC also proposed an academic site at Harrison Field and a medical site at Taylor Street and Ashland Avenue. All three sites were chosen for their relevance to Obama's legacy.<br /><br />Based on its preliminary bid submitted to the Barack Obama Foundation in July, UIC is one of four finalists chosen to submit a final proposal. Final proposals are due Dec. 11 from UIC, the University of Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii. <br /><br />For updates, join UIC's social media campaign in support of the final bid. Follow student trustee Danielle Leibowitz at @DanielleUIC, and follow @UICisObama, using the hashtag #OPL2UIC.<br /><br />We hope you can attend the Saturday community forum in North Lawndale.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Michael Redding<br />Executive Associate Chancellor of Public and Government Affairs<br /><br />Mary Case<br />Professor, University Librarian, and Dean of Libraries<br /><br />Co-Chairs, UIC Obama Presidential Library Steering Committee officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:36:40 -0600 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:36:40 -0600 Circle Back – UIC Forward The University has a tradition of celebrating the many significant milestones that have occurred in its long history. Just last year UIC celebrated the Centennial of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and a few years before that, the 150 Anniversary of the College of Pharmacy.<br /><br />The year 2015 provides us with an opportunity to recognize another important milestone in the University’s history - the opening of the University of Illinois “Circle Campus” on February 22, 1965. It is important for the campus to use this opportunity to reach out to the thousands of alumni who have graduated since that time. <br /><br />Many of you are graduates of one of the University’s three campuses and I invite you to join in the various events and activities that will be occurring throughout 2015. <br /><br />Please visit: https://circleback.uic.edu often to see what is being planned.<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago<br />Vice President, University of Illinois<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor <br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:17:32 -0600 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:17:32 -0600 Disabling off-campus email routing for students Over the past few weeks, we have been contacting students to change their email accounts to comply with the new UIC email policy. <br /><br />The new email policy requires all students to retrieve their "@uic.edu" email via UIC Gmail (gmail.uic.edu).<br /><br />Previously, students were allowed to route messages sent to their "@uic.edu" address to non-UIC email services such as Yahoo, Hotmail, and personal Gmail accounts. By requiring all students to use UIC Gmail for campus email, we can provide better, more reliable service and ensure that email is delivered.<br /><br />We understand that this change is an inconvenience, and so we have extended the deadline for changing email routing. Students who have not yet updated their email accounts will continue to be contacted by email. In the meantime, students can check to see if they need to update their settings and complete the update by logging into our UIC Gmail migration page: http://SwitchToUICGmail.uic.edu.<br /><br />For more information about this change, please look at the NEWS section of the ACCC web site for the item, “Disabling off-campus email routing for students” or visit http://go.uic.edu/UICGmailNews.<br /><br />If you have questions or need help making these changes, please contact our helpdesk at consult@uic.edu or 312-413-0003.<br /><br />Cynthia Herrera Lindstrom<br />Chief Information Officer and Executive Director<br />Academic Computing and Communications Center<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:11:54 -0600 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:11:54 -0600 Search committee for the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Click here to see this online http://www.uic.edu/index.html/Chancellor/newsletters/2014_1119.html<br /><br />Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,<br /><br />I write to announce the formation of the search committee for the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The committee will be responsible for a broad search, both nationally and locally, to develop a list of the most promising candidates for nomination to the vice chancellorship. We know that this position will be very attractive for many individuals. <br /><br />I extend my gratitude on behalf of the campus to everyone who has agreed to serve on this important committee.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor<br /><br /><br />Members of the Search Committee<br /><br />George Crabtree (Co-chair) Professor, Department of Physics<br />Terry Vanden Hoek (Co-chair), Department of Emergency Medicine<br />Margaret Moser (Staff search), Office of the Vice President for Health Affairs<br />Paulo Aguilar, Undergraduate Student Government<br />Cynthia Barnes-Boyd, Senior Director, Vice President for Health Affairs<br />Faith Bonecutter, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Jane Addams College of Social Work<br />Paul Brandt-Rauf, Dean, School of Public Health<br />Fady Charbel, Professor and Head, Department of Neurological Surgery<br />Karen Colley, Dean, Graduate College<br />Carol Ferrans, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Department of Behavioral Health Science<br />Patricia Finn, Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine<br />Bill Fitzsimmons, Alumni, Global Regulatory Affairs<br />Heather Haberaecker, Executive Assistant Vice President for Business and Finance, Office of Business and Financial Services<br />Jodi Joyce, Office of the Vice President for Quality and Patient Safety<br />David Loffing, Chief Operating Officer, Hospital Administration<br />Peter Nelson, Dean, College of Engineering<br />Carol Petersen, Associate Director, Student Development Services/Wellness Center<br />Jose Sanchez, Norwegian American Hospital, External Community <br />Marieke Schoen, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Pharmacy<br />David Schwartz, Professor and Head, Department of Anesthesiology<br />Clark Stanford, Dean, College of Dentistry<br />Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar, Professor, Occupational Therapy<br />Vidyani Suryadevara, Graduate Student Council<br />Astrida Tantillo, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences<br />Henry Taylor, President and CEO, Mile Square Health Center<br />Patrick Tranmer, Co-Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, College of Medicine<br />Catherine Vincent, Associate Professor, Women, Child and Family Health Science and Chair, Senate Executive Committee<br /><br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:54:14 -0600 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:54:14 -0600 20th president named Dear colleagues:<br /><br />It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Timothy L. Killeen has been selected as the 20th president of the University of Illinois, pending approval by the Board of Trustees at its Jan. 15 meeting in Chicago, and will be introduced today on our three campuses.<br /><br />President-elect Killeen is an acclaimed researcher in geophysics and space sciences, with more than 30 years of experience in public higher education and with national scientific research agencies. He is currently vice chancellor for research and president of the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, and also served as a top administrator for the National Science Foundation and as a faculty member at the University of Michigan for more than two decades. <br /><br />He is a fellow of the National Academy of Engineering and also has served as a director and senior scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, as a visiting senior scientist with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and as president of the American Geophysical Union. He also is founding co-chair of the Belmont Forum, which gathers representatives of leading government funding agencies worldwide to collaborate on global climate change research, and the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability.<br /><br />More on Dr. Killeen and his career can be found at http://www.uillinois.edu/20thPresident<br /><br />I am deeply grateful for the hard work and guidance of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee and the leadership of its co-chairs, Pamela Strobel and Douglas Beck. And my thanks to everyone across our campus communities who shared their input and insights during this important process.<br /><br />President-elect Killeen will be introduced to the University family today during the following on-campus events:<br /><br />Chicago campus – 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Illinois Room of Student Center East<br /><br />Springfield campus – Noon Wednesday in the Level 2 lobby of the Public Affairs Center, Springfield<br /><br />Urbana-Champaign campus – 3 p.m. Wednesday in the South Lounge of the Illini Union<br /><br />All three events also will be webcast live at<br />http://www.uis.edu/technology/wp-content/uploads/sites/123/misc/live/<br /><br />I hope you will join us to welcome President-elect Killeen, and my thanks to all of you for your commitment and loyalty to this great University.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Christopher G. Kennedy<br />Chairman<br />University of Illinois Board of Trustees officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:00:20 -0600 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:00:20 -0600 UI Health is Great Because... UI Health Newsletter - November 2014<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-11/November_Newsletter.html<br /><br />UI Health Plus Update<br />On September 8, patients began enrolling in UI Health Plus. UI Health Plus (as hopefully most know by now) is our Medicaid Accountable Care Entity (or ACE), a type of managed care plan.<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-11/UI_Health_Plus_Update.html<br /><br />Miracles Happen on Taylor Street<br />UI Health has been spreading holiday joy to the neediest members of our community since 1995. Get involved in Miracle on Taylor Street 2014!<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-11/Miracles_Happen_on_Taylor_Street.html<br /><br />Patient Story: Gus Spells is Living Life to the Fullest<br />Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at an early age, Gus has faced his fair share of challenges. With help from his friends at UI Health, he is not only overcoming, but also giving back.<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-11/Gus_Spells_is_Living_Life_to_the_Fullest.html<br /><br />New Dean for the College of Dentistry<br />Dr. Clark Stanford has great plans in store for the college, but did you know he also calls himself an amateur historian?<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-11/New_Dean_for_the_College_of_Dentistry.html<br /><br />A $19.6 Million Grant Goes to UI Health<br />UI Health is launching a new medical care model for children and young adults with chronic conditions.<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-11/A_196_Million_Dollar_Grant_Goes_to_UI_Health.html<br /><br />Mile Square Expands and Another Open Enrollment Begins<br />UI Health Increases Presence in Chicago Neighborhoods at a Good Time.<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-11/Mile_Square_Expands_and_Open_Enrollment_Begins.html <br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:03:12 -0600 Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:03:12 -0600 Consumer Information about the University of Illinois at Chicago The University of Illinois at Chicago must provide certain consumer information about the University to students and employees annually in accordance with the federal regulations set forth by The Higher Education Act as amended. Please see http://www.uic.edu/depts/financialaid/consumerinfo.shtml to view this information.<br /><br />If you need assistance obtaining information on this website or you would like a paper copy instead, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid. <br /><br />University of Illinois at Chicago<br />Office of Student Financial Aid, MC 334<br />1800 Student Services Building<br />1200 W. Harrison Street <br />Chicago, IL 60607<br />Email: money@uic.edu<br />Web: http://www.uic.edu/depts/financialaid/index.shtml <br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:57:00 -0600 Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:57:00 -0600 2015 Spring Payment Plan Open Enrollment Announcement SUBJECT: Student Account Payment Plan Enrollment Period<br />Enrollment for the University of Illinois Spring 2015 (Semester) Payment Plan is now open. <br /><br />The University of Illinois provides an optional Payment Plan which allows parents/students to spread payment of anticipated tuition, mandatory fees, room, and board expenses over a number of months. The sooner you sign up, the more payment options will be available. The Payment Plan is an alternative to the regular University payment policy and is administered by Nelnet Business Solutions. Student Accounts will not be assessed monthly late fees while enrolled in the Payment Plan. <br /><br />ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS<br />• Any University of Illinois undergraduate, graduate, or professional school student, or the authorized payer of such student, is eligible to participate in the Payment Plan. <br />• Enrollment is not automatic for current participants. A student must be re-enrolled on a yearly (or semester) basis.<br />• Your student account must be in good standing. Students with past due balances must contact USFSCO Customer Service to find out about alternative arrangements.<br />• You must be willing to allow automatic withdrawals from your checking or savings account.<br />• Only charges billed through Student Accounts Receivable are eligible to be included in your Payment Plan budget – a minimum budget of $500.00 is required.<br /><br />COST TO PARTICIPATE<br />• $45 per semester nonrefundable enrollment fee (ACH)<br />• $30 fee if a payment is returned<br /><br />ENROLLMENT INSTRUCTIONS <br /><br />The online enrollment form for Payment Plan is available through the University Student Financial Services website at http://paymybill.uillinois.edu. To access the online enrollment form, follow the steps below:<br /><br />Students <br />• Select the Pay My Bill icon<br />• Select appropriate link and log on<br />• Select appropriate options to view your student account<br />• Select Payment Plan from the menu options on the left and follow the instructions. <br /><br />Authorized Payers <br />• Select the Pay My Bill icon<br />• Select Authorized Payer<br />• Enter your Login Name and Password<br />• Select Payment Plan from the menu options on the left and follow the instructions. <br /><br />For additional information about the Payment Plan, please visit http://paymybill.uillinois.edu. <br /><br />Please disregard this message if you are currently enrolled in the Annual 2014-2015 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 /><br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:46:24 -0600 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:46:24 -0600 Message from the Chancellor November 3, 2014<br /><br />Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:<br /><br />I am pleased to share with you important updates on four initiatives underway at UIC: our proposal [http://www.medicine.uic.edu/whitepaper/] to enhance the University of Illinois College of Medicine; progress toward implementing the Student Success Planning Initiative; the Chancellor’s Innovation Fund; and the Intramural Research Funding program.<br /><br />College of Medicine proposal<br />On September 3, we presented the UI College of Medicine’s proposal for a unified multi-campus medical school that integrates engineering and technology into learning and research to the Board of Trustees’ University Healthcare System Committee.<br /><br />Our proposal will infuse engineering and innovation throughout the medical curriculum and leverage the unique research and clinical strengths of each of the College’s four campuses. In particular, the proposal redefines the role of the existing College of Medicine in Urbana-Champaign, in lieu of establishing a separate medical school on that campus. Our proposal would formalize clinical partnerships through the creation of a new Graduate Medical Education (GME) consortium, and it would establish an Illinois Translational Bioengineering Institute with a vigorous research and economic development agenda.<br /><br />At the same committee meeting, UIUC Chancellor Phyllis Wise presented a plan that would create a separate, hybrid public-private medical school in Urbana-Champaign in affiliation with Carle Health System. <br /><br />In the weeks since then, we have had numerous conversations with faculty and leadership to explore the feasibility of our unified College of Medicine proposal and to determine the potential impact that creation of a separate medical school at UIUC would have on existing clinical partnerships, our ability to retain key faculty, and our ability to deliver excellent health care and a superb workforce of medical professionals to the residents of Illinois.<br /><br />College of Medicine Dean Dr. Dimitri Azar presented our proposal to the UIC Faculty Senate in September, and last week I provided an update to Catherine Vincent, secretary of the Senate and chair of the Executive Committee. On Friday, President Easter, Interim Provost Rick Gislason and I met with College of Medicine department heads to hear their concerns about Urbana’s proposal for the creation of a separate medical school. <br /><br />We are working diligently to find ways that UIC, the College of Medicine, and our colleagues in Urbana can work together to fulfill all our aspirations. Many of our goals are mutual and can best be achieved by working in concert. Today, we present our business plan to the University Healthcare System Committee. Our plan emphasizes the academic and clinical merits, the greater feasibility, and the economic-development benefits of our unified-college proposal. UIC’s senior leadership is giving its full attention to this important matter, and we will continue to provide regular updates.<br /><br />Student Success Initiative<br />The Student Success Planning Initiative, a campus-wide collaboration to improve student success rates, is moving forward with deliberate speed.<br /><br />A report [http://studentsuccess.uic.edu/] outlining 125 recommendations for the campus was released last spring. The planning phase has progressed to prioritizing the many recommendations. We will soon begin regular status reports on our progress towards implementation. Program development specialist Negar Mansourian-Hadavi, working with Interim Vice Provost Emanuel Pollack and Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Linda Deanna, created a timeline and procedural roadmap for implementation of the recommendations.<br /><br />With new external funding, UIC will pilot a transition-coaching program for spring 2015. Transition coaches develop relationships with high school students, steer them through the college choice and application process, and support them through their first year in college. This guidance is widely viewed to have a positive effect on student success.<br /><br />Chancellor’s Innovation Fund <br />Last year I launched a program aimed at accelerating the development of innovations derived from UIC research. <br /><br />The Chancellor's Innovation Fund, in partnership with IllinoisVENTURES, supports the commercialization of new technologies created by faculty, staff and students at UIC. Since the spring of 2013, the fund has attracted 129 proposals and awarded 16 projects just over $1 million in total funding.<br /><br />By providing valuable feedback from judges with extensive industry and venture capital experience, the program is helping faculty to transition their inventions into viable products and services and bring them to market. The program has funded projects originating from the colleges of Medicine, Engineering, Dentistry, Nursing, Applied Health Sciences and Liberal Arts & Sciences. <br /><br />Projects typically run for 18 months. The first projects are still active, with some nearing completion this year. <br /><br />The program has engaged more than 40 doctoral and post-doctoral students and three entrepreneurs-in-residence to help Innovate@UIC evaluate the commercial pathway of proof-of-concept funded projects. Grants totaling $800,000 from the state and the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition helped launch a regional proof-of-concept program.<br /><br />Researchers funded include:<br /><br />--Dr. Sandeep Jain, associate professor of ophthalmology, who is testing a re-purposed therapy for the treatment of dry eye disease, a chronic disorder affecting 25 million patients in the U.S. A pharmaceutical company is now supporting a clinical proof-of-concept trial.<br /><br />--Venkat Venkatakrishnan, associate professor of computer science and director of the Center for Research and Instruction in Technologies for Electronic Security, who has developed a tool to probe for vulnerabilities in enterprise websites and trace how hackers infiltrate their systems. With the support of proof-of-concept funding, he and his team are working to ensure compatibility with industry standards -- critical for market viability – to enable them to approach customers later this year.<br /><br />Leveraging OVCR intramural funding<br />Intramural funding through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research helps investigators develop new pilot data, start multidisciplinary research with other UIC investigators, craft major external proposals, and bridge gaps in funding between grants. Programs include the Campus Research Board Pilot Grants, the Bridge Funding Program, the Ignite Award and the Chancellor’s Discovery Fund, which facilitate UIC research and lead to extramural funding.<br /><br />With relatively short-term infusions of less than $40,000, intramural funding has a rate of return of over 14 percent. Bridge funding has shown an impressive 22 percent rate of return between 2012 and 2014. <br /><br />Researchers whose intramural funding has led to significant external awards include:<br /><br />--Mitch Henderson, assistant professor of anthropology, who leveraged a 2012 Campus Research Board grant of $20,000 into a $141,000 grant from the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation of Buddhist Studies to study the practice of Buddhism at the regional Angkorian center of Preah Khan in Cambodia.<br /><br />--Kamal Eldeirawi, assistant professor of health systems science, who leveraged a 2012 Campus Research Board grant of $20,000 into a $350,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study environmental factors in asthma in Mexican-American children.<br /><br />--Ying Liu, assistant professor of chemical engineering, who leveraged a $40,000 Chancellor’s Discovery Fund grant into two National Science Foundation awards totaling over $450,000 to study novel particles for delivery of therapeutic compounds.<br /><br />--Miquel Gonzalez-Meler, associate professor of biological sciences, who leveraged his portion of a 2010 Chancellor’s Discovery grant of $40,000 into a $1 million Department of Energy grant to study permafrost thawing effects on carbon dioxide and methane dynamics.<br /><br />My thanks to all of you for your continued support, your ideas, and the energy you bring to UIC to make it the special place that it is.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 03 Nov 2014 13:21:37 -0600 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 13:21:37 -0600 Crime alert On Oct. 27, at about 12:20 PM, a UIC student was the victim of a strong-arm robbery off-campus, near 1100 W. Jackson Blvd. The victim stated that as she was walking northbound on Racine Avenue, she observed an unknown male following her. She entered the Target Store on Jackson in an attempt to elude the person. Shortly after exiting, she was approached by an offender who pushed her to the ground and took her i-Phone before fleeing west through an alley. The victim left the scene and later called the police. The phone was recovered from a trash can near the scene. The offender remains at large.<br /> <br />The offender was described as a black male, 6-1 to 6-3 in height, with a muscular build, and wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with a logo and black sweatpants.<br /><br />The UIC Police/Chicago Police Department Joint Robbery Task Force will conduct the follow-up investigation.<br /><br />Anyone with information is asked to call UIC Police at 312-996-2830.<br /><br />Crime location mapped: https://goo.gl/maps/yVnda<br /><br />***UIC Police strongly recommend complying with an armed or violent offender whose intent appears to be property or valuables.***<br /><br />Other security tips:<br /><br />--Be aware of your surroundings. Use all your senses to be alert for danger, and when walking alone, don't wear headphones or earbuds.<br />--Don't display electronic devices in public.<br />--Try to travel in groups when possible, particularly after dark.<br />--Use well-lit walkways.<br />--On campus, look for the location of the nearest emergency call box (there are more than 1,500 across campus.)<br />--The emergency number for UIC Police is 5-5555 or 312-355-5555, which should be set on speed-dial on your cell phone.<br />--Report crime promptly to police.<br /><br />---------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />Crime alerts are distributed to the university community in compliance with the federal Clery Act. UIC Police also issue notifications for off-campus crimes in the interest of public-safety awareness. Security tips are standard precautions, not special or incident-specific measures. Offender descriptions and precise locations are provided only to aid in the identification of possible suspects. Updates to investigations are not sent by email but will be posted online at: http://www.uic.edu/uic/studentlife/campus/crime-alerts.shtml<br /><br />UIC Annual Security Report <br />http://www.uic.edu/securityreport/index.shtml<br /><br />Chicago Police Department Crime Incidents <br />http://gis.chicagopolice.org/clearmap/startpage.htm<br /><br /> urgent http://www.uic.edu/uic UrgentFeed Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:25:13 -0500 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:25:13 -0500 Honorary Degree Nominations The Senate External Relations and Public Service Committee invites you to submit nominations for consideration for the awarding of honorary degrees at UIC.<br /><br />Honorary degrees are the highest award conferred by UIC. An honorary degree may be awarded for exemplary and extraordinary contributions to the scholarly or professional world, to public service, or to UIC’s achievements and the ideals of its missions of teaching, research, service and economic development.<br /><br />We welcome nominations of persons of national or international renown within or outside official academic disciplines, as is the practice of most major institutions of higher learning in the U.S. Some relationship with UIC is desirable, but not required for consideration. In such cases, it is particularly important to explain why the individual is deserving of an honorary degree from UIC.<br /><br />Guidelines for awarding honorary degrees at UIC, including eligibility criteria, nomination procedures, process and timeline, are at: <br />http://www.uic.edu/depts/senate/HonoraryDegreeGuidelines.pdf<br /><br />The deadline for receipt of official nominations and all supporting documents is noon on Monday, December 1. <br /><br />If you have any questions, contact Elizabeth Dooley, Clerk of the Senate at <mailto:edooley@uic.edu>, 312-996-2926.<br /> <br />Respectfully, <br /><br />John Cullars<br />Chair, Senate External Relations and Public Service Committee and Honorary Degree Nominating Committee and Bibliographer for the Humanities, University Library<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:21:29 -0500 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:21:29 -0500 Update on the Obama Presidential Library Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,<br /><br />A presidential library and museum brings to a university campus a wealth of academic resources and potential collaborations, along with national and international prestige and magnetism, opportunities for neighborhood engagement and betterment, and area-wide economic development.<br /><br />As you know, UIC took a step toward becoming the future home of the Obama Presidential Library and Museum last month when the Barack Obama Foundation selected our campus as a finalist. UIC, along with our community partners on a proposed site in the North Lawndale neighborhood, joined the University of Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii in this “Final Four,” and we were invited to submit more detailed proposals by December 11th. The foundation will examine these proposals and share recommendations with the president and first lady, who will make the final decision in early 2015.<br /><br />Already, our initial submission and its favorable review by the foundation have made the world take notice of some of UIC’s unique and proudest attributes. Our public mission parallels the Obama agenda of social justice. Within our community and around the globe, we share a vision with the president’s legacy and continuing aspirations to rebuild community, expand and innovate health care, and serve an increasingly diverse America. More than two hundred media reports have taken our message to investigators, educators, funders, students and employers everywhere.<br /><br />I ask you to join me in thanking those faculty and members of the senior leadership who have led this worthy endeavor: Steering Committee Co-Chairs Mary Case and Michael Redding; Academic Programming Committee Co-Chairs Michael Pagano and Alfred Tatum; Library/Museum Exhibits Committee Co-Chairs Mary Case and Lisa Lee; Architecture/Site Committee Co-Chairs Mark Donovan and Robert Somol; Proposal Committee Co-Chairs Marcia Lausen and Michael Redding; and Lead Writer Meghan Ferrill, along with the members of those committees. Thanks are also due to students Michael Belmonte, Jauwan Hall, Kris Fuentes Cortes, Mikita Lee, Arthur Nishimoto, student trustee Danielle Leibowitz and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Barbara Henley, who traveled to Washington to meet with Illinois congressional delegation staff and to officially present our initial proposal to the foundation.<br /><br />UIC has been relying on in-house faculty and staff expertise to develop our response materials. In-kind and pro-bono donations of services from faculty professional firms have been crucial to our efforts to date, and we expect to continue to draw on the talent and expertise of our own team to guide us through the RFP process. And we are moving ahead.<br /><br />Last week, UIC and North Lawndale hosted a town hall meeting, chaired by political science professor Dick Simpson, at which nearly 150 students, faculty, and community members voiced their ideas and concerns regarding the library coming to the UIC-North Lawndale neighborhoods. Breakout groups discussed accessibility, visualization technology and civic engagement, and – as a concern – the possible dislocation of businesses and residents. Several recommendations emerged and will inform our planning going forward.<br /><br />Over the past several weeks, the UIC team has met with representatives from the Mayor’s Office, Chicago Department of Transportation, Chicago Park District, Chicago Transit Authority, Department of Planning and Development, and Chicago Housing Authority. The city has committed to provide UIC and our North Lawndale partners a letter outlining the city’s commitments. We have asked the Board of Trustees to endorse our proposal, and they will consider a resolution at their November meetings.<br /><br />Looking further ahead, the library will be constructed with funds raised by the Barack Obama Foundation, operated with federal funds and an endowment provided by the foundation, and administered by the Office of the Presidential Libraries at the National Archives and Records Administration -- to preserve and offer public access to the papers and other historical materials that document the lives of the president, his family and administration. Some of the library’s benefits will center on the city and university selected as the host site. But the deep insight it will bring to his historic presidency surely belongs to all of us.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:00:37 -0500 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:00:37 -0500 'Phishing' attacks targeting the UIC community Many people at UIC have been receiving e-mails with a subject of “Important Message” that threatens that their account profile is about to expire and that they must click on a link to validate their account. Once the link is clicked, they are presented with what appears to be a Blackboard login page.<br /><br />These emails are FAKE, and are what is commonly referred to as a phishing (pronounced “fishing") attack.<br /><br />Although ACCC tries to block this type of e-mail from being delivered, attackers often craft their emails to make it difficult for our software to distinguish between legitimate emails and phishing attacks.<br /><br />Things to look for to identify phishing attacks:<br /><br />1) Urgency: to get you to act without thinking things through.<br />2) Generic greetings, such as “Dear User.”<br />3) Poor grammar and spelling.<br />4) Never click on a link in email. Copy and paste it instead. Why? Attackers know how to craft their emails so that the link shown in the email is not the actual link that you will go to if you click on it. Most email clients will show you the actual link that the email will go to if you hover over the link without clicking on it.<br />5) If you have any unpatched software on your machine (e.g. Adobe Reader, flash, java, etc.), simply clicking on a link could compromise your machine.<br />6) If you do click on a link, look at the url address in the web browser to verify that you went to the right spot (does the URL shown match the one you thought or saw in the email?). Watch for subtle substitutions, like zeros for the letter ‘O’, etc.<br /><br />In summary:<br />• Never give your password to anyone requesting it via e-mail, on the phone, or in-person.<br />• Never click on links in e-mail. Instead, type the link by hand, or copy and paste the link making sure to visually inspect the link for accuracy before proceeding.<br /><br />When in doubt, you can forward suspicious email to security@uic.edu for advice on the email’s authenticity. Contact us there with any other questions as well.<br /><br />Cynthia Herrera Lindstrom<br />Chief Information Officer<br />Executive Director, Academic Computing and Communications Center<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:52:32 -0500 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:52:32 -0500 Sidewalk Closure at Morgan Street cul-de-sac Due to severe deterioration, the sidewalk around the Morgan Street turnaround between BSB and UH will be closed for repairs from Oct. 21 to Nov. 14 in order to complete the needed repairs before winter.<br /><br />To avoid injury and maintain a safe passageway, please follow the posted detour signs. We apologize for the inconvenience.<br /><br />If you have questions, contact Vytenis Milunas, Director of Project Management, at 312-413-1361.<br /><br />Michael Landek<br />Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services <br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:56:29 -0500 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:56:29 -0500 Summary of Chancellor's Recent Activities Subject: Summary of Chancellor Allen-Meares’ Activities, July-October 2014<br /><br />Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, <br /><br />It’s my pleasure to bring you up to date on what has been taking place on our campus and in our community during the past few months. <br /><br />Board of Trustees Meetings<br />At the September 11th University of Illinois Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved a $5.64 billion budget for fiscal 2015 that increases spending by less than 1 percent for the more than 78,000-student University and its three campuses. Additionally, the Board approved the appointment of longtime University of Illinois at Chicago administrator and professor emeritus Eric A. “Rick” Gislason as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost.<br /><br />At the July 24th University of Illinois Board of Trustee meeting, the Board approved the appointed of Clark Stanford as dean of the College of Dentistry. Dr. Stanford previously served as associate dean for research and professor of prosthodontics at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. <br /><br />Undergraduate Student Success Initiative<br />The Undergraduate Student Success Initiative is a collaborative project of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Planning has been ongoing for the past two years and is now proceeding under the direction of Emanuel Pollack, interim vice provost for undergraduate affairs. The UIC Strategic Plan for Increasing Undergraduate Success: Task Force Recommendations has entered the next phase, which involves prioritizing and consolidating 125 individual recommendations into several thematic areas, and implementation planning. The recommendations are being evaluated as to whether they meet three essential criteria: high impact, practical to implement, and near-term implementation ability. <br /><br />Hispanic Serving Institution Designation <br />For Fall 2014, UIC’s Hispanic student population increased to 26.4 percent, which will allow UIC to seek Hispanic Serving Institution designation this Spring. The School of Public Health has been approved as a Hispanic-Serving Professions Schools (HSHPS) designation. <br /><br />Awards and Recognitions<br />I am pleased to share with you that UIC received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. <br /><br />LARES received an Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Award from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) at its annual conference in Minneapolis next month. The award recognizes programs for best practices in academic advising. LARES was also recognized by Excelencia in Education, a national nonprofit whose mission is to accelerate Latino student success in higher education, and named LARES as its 2014 Example of Excelencia award, as the nation’s top program for increasing achievement for Latino students in the undergraduate category.<br /><br />Task Force on African American Student Recruitment, Retention, and Success<br />On October 8th, Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy convened a meeting with President Easter, Chancellor Wise and me, along with the admissions leadership of both campuses, to discuss the decreasing or flat African American enrollment. This is a priority for the Board of Trustees as well as for the campus. <br /><br />On September 22nd, I appointed a task force to guide our progress in promoting the success of diverse students. The task force will provide recommendations on activities, programs, and resources that would enhance the undergraduate experience and enrollment, retention, and graduation of African American students at UIC. <br /><br />The task force members are: Beth Richie, professor of African American studies and of criminology, law and justice and director the Institute for Race and Public Policy at UIC (co-chair); James Oliver, senior advisor to the president (co-chair); Jeremiah Abiade, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering; Fabricio Balcazar, professor of disabilities and human development; Jeff Brown, director of the African American Academic Network; Ebbin Dotson, assistant professor of community health sciences and assistant dean of urban health and diversity programs; Jauwan Hall, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences student; Patricia Inman, associate director of degree programs; Lance Kennedy-Phillips, associate vice provost and director of institutional research; Amanda Lewis, associate professor of sociology; Alicia Matthews, professor of health systems science; Peter Nelson, dean of the College of Engineering; Barbara Ransby, professor of African American studies and history and director of the Social Justice Initiative; Jamila Rashid, director of the Urban Health Program; Oscar Rodriguez, director of recruitment and outreach; Deidre Rush, associate director of financial aid; Jacob Schulz, Undergraduate Student Government president; Astrida Tantillo, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Steve Tozer, professor of educational policy studies; Tyrone Forman, vice provost for diversity and senior advisor to the chancellor (ex-officio). <br /><br />Search Committee for the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs<br />Following the work of the advisory task group on the reorganization of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs (VCHA) and the academic health enterprise, I have reached out to our community to seek nominations for members to serve on a search committee to identify a permanent placement for the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs.<br /><br />AAU Membership Aspirations, 10/1<br />It was our pleasure to host Robert Berdahl, former president of the Association of American Universities (AAU), for a meeting with representatives of the Senate Executive Committee, deans, Vice Chancellor Dutta, Vice Provost Saul Weiner, and associate research deans. Dr. Berdahl provided a history of AAU and the criteria on how decisions are made on membership and how UIC compares to other AAU members and aspiring members. <br />Meetings with University Leadership<br />I continue to meet regularly with the Chancellor/Vice Chancellor group and deans to discuss important issues including a strategic increase in enrollment; budget planning; facilities and construction; campus insights; human resources; compliance; federal and state priorities; development; IT security; marketing and branding; and recent changes to the federal Clery Act.<br /><br />Obama Presidential Library <br />UIC is one step closer to becoming the future home of the Obama Presidential Library and Museum. The Barack Obama Foundation selected UIC as one of four finalists to host the library and museum, along with the University of Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii. Finalists are invited to submit more detailed proposals for their sites.<br /><br />UIC must submit its next proposal for the library and museum by December 11th. The foundation’s board will share its recommendations with the president and first lady, who will make the final decision in early 2015. The library will be constructed with funds raised by the foundation, operated with federal funds and an endowment provided by the foundation, and administered by the Office of the Presidential Libraries at the National Archives and Records Administration to preserve and make available to the public the papers, records, and other historical materials that document the lives of the president, his family, associates, and administration. <br /><br />In the last few weeks, the UIC team has met with representatives from the Mayor’s Office, Chicago Department of Transportation, Chicago Park District, Chicago Transit Authority, Department of Planning and Development, and Chicago Housing Authority. The city has committed to provide UIC and our North Lawndale partners a letter outlining the city’s commitments. According to the Mayor’s Office, they will provide the same level of support to UIC and the University of Chicago, as their interest is to secure the bid for Chicago. <br /><br />Development<br />Due to ongoing stewardship and cultivation, TCF Bank renewed its $50,000 annual scholarship commitment to support ten students. The program is administered through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and TCF Bank attends an annual luncheon to meet and interact with the TCF Bank Scholars. <br /><br />The Cless Family Foundation has generously provided $200,000 to support the Ophthalmic Surgical Training Suite. Funding for this training suite, is a strategic investment designed to enhance the educational, research and clinical practices for ophthalmology faculty and residents.<br /><br />Select Special Events and Visits<br /><br />UIC Leadership Retreat, 8/19<br />This year’s retreat, The Spectrum of Success, considered how UIC can continue to promote success for a broad spectrum of students, and the collaborations needed to contribute to that success. We were honored to have Nancy Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York, provide the keynote address. Fellow panelists included Irma Becerra-Fernandez, vice president for engagement and professor of management information systems at Florida International University; Tina Gridiron, senior strategy officer at the Lumina Foundation; and Richard McGee, associate dean for faculty recruitment and professional development at Northwestern University.<br /><br />College of Nursing Urbana Regional Office, 10/2<br />I was honored to attend the ribbon cutting of the new UIC College of Nursing Urbana Regional Campus. This was preceded by the announcement of a partnership with our sister campus, the University of Illinois at Springfield, and Memorial Health Systems to offer a UIC Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program on the Springfield campus. Establishing this program at UIS was made possible through a generous donation by Memorial Health Systems totaling $2 million, with $600,000 dedicated to scholarships for UIC nursing students as juniors and seniors.<br /><br />Opening of the Humboldt Park Mile Square Health Clinic, 10/6 <br />Mile Square Health Center opened a new clinic in the Humboldt Park neighborhood with a focus on women’s health services for patients with physical disabilities. The new federally qualified health center is staffed by family nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives and is managed in association with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System and the UIC College of Nursing. The Humboldt Park Mile Square Health Center is equipped to serve physically disabled patients with specialized exam rooms to accommodate wheelchairs and lifts to help patients onto tables.<br /><br />Chancellor Lecture and Event Series: Poetry Festival, 9/23<br />The Poetry Festival was the first event of the academic year in the Chancellor’s Lecture and Event Series. Participants heard readings by award-winning poets Roger Reeves, assistant professor of English; Christina Pugh, associate professor of English; Cristina Correa, grad student in Latin American and Latino Studies; and Somali-American poet Ladan Osman. <br /><br />Chancellor Lecture and Event Series: George Shirley, 10/13<br />UIC hosted a lecture by George Shirley of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, entitled: The Molding of the Arts in America via the African American Experience: The Arduous Expedition from Sambo to Rodolfo, Tamino, and Othello. Mr. Shirley, the J. Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Emeritus Professor of Music (Voice) is one of America's most versatile tenors and a Grammy Award-winning artist. He is in demand nationally and internationally as performer, teacher and lecturer.<br /><br />Upcoming Events <br /><br />Chancellor Lecture and Event Series: Raj Patel, 11/13<br />In partnership with the UIC Institute for the Humanities, I am excited to announce a public lecture by Raj Patel, writer, academic and activist, on November 13th at 4 PM in the Illinois Room of Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. <br /><br />Patel will lecture on "Cook, Eat, Man, Woman -- Competing Ideas to Feed the World in the 21st Century." Patel is currently research professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, at the University of Texas in Austin, visiting professor at Rhodes University in South Africa, writer and co-producer of "Generation Food: Breaking Rules to Feed the 21st Century"; and fellow at the Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First.<br /><br />50th Anniversary of the University of Illinois Circle Campus, 2/22<br />February 22, 2015 will mark 50 years since the official opening of the UI “Circle Campus” in Chicago. Many changes have taken place in the University and on our campus since that time. <br /><br />To mark the start of a year-long celebration – “Circle Back…UIC Forward” -- plans are underway to re-enact the ribboncutting. Two alumni who were part of the ceremony, Anthony (Tony) Podesta, now a well-known lobbyist, was president of student government, and civil engineering alumnus Lt. Col. William J. Hawes (ret.), who was an ROTC cadet at the time, will participate. <br /><br />Thank you once again for everything you do to support the excellence of UIC.<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:41:53 -0500 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:41:53 -0500