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 Scholarships for UIC Students Read this message online [http://news.uic.edu/files/official/2016_0208_scholarship.html]<br /> <br /> <br />UIC Students,<br /><br />I am pleased to announce the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs is accepting applications for ten competitive scholarships open to students across all colleges and academic disciplines:<br /><br />Supporting Excellence Endowment (S.E.E.) Scholarship<br />Lorilyn Espique Aquino Fund<br />Dr. Thomas Beckham Memorial Scholarship<br />UIC Eleanor Daley Scholarship<br />Gordon J. Flesch Memorial Scholarship<br />Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship<br />UIC Jim’s Original Scholarship<br />University of Illinois Alumni Association Pier Scholar Award<br />Rundgren Foundation Scholarship<br />VCSA Scholarship<br />Each scholarship provides between $1,000 and $5,000 for the 2016-2017 year.<br /><br />Information about each and the online application is available through UIC SnAP, the campus-wide scholarship management system. Log in at [https://uic.academicworks.com] and complete the general application before addressing criteria specific to each scholarship.<br /><br />The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 28.<br /><br />If you have questions about the scholarships or the application process, contact Kara Holloway in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at (312) 996-7140 or ovcsa@uic.edu.<br /><br />Barbara Henley<br />Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs<br /><br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:00:08 -0600 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:00:08 -0600 Preventing discrimination and sexual violence training program Dear U of I community:<br /><br />The University of Illinois places a high priority on providing our students, faculty, staff, and visitors with a safe, secure environment in which to live, learn, work, and be respected. We demonstrate our commitment to safety and security through strong education and prevention programs to prevent and respond to crimes and other threats to our collective safety and security. <br /><br />Our most effective safety measures involve you – our students, faculty, and staff – in partnership with campus police and student and faculty services. <br /><br />To help ensure compliance with new state and federal laws, students, faculty, and staff are expected to participate in a new online training program (mandatory for non-student employees) focusing on preventing discrimination and sexual violence. Please watch for more information from your campus and for training instructions from the University Ethics Officer (ethicsofficer@uillinois.edu).<br /><br />The new comprehensive program will prepare you to play a significant role in our efforts to maintain and enhance our campuses by taking appropriate precautions, alerting authorities of danger or suspicious behaviors, and by assisting victims in obtaining needed support.<br /><br />I am making this training a priority on my schedule and request each of you do the same. Thank you for your commitment to the University and to our community.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Tim Killeen<br />President<br /><br /> <br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:00:29 -0600 Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:00:29 -0600 Welcome Vice Chancellor for Academic and Provost, Susan Poser Read this message online [http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2016_0201_provost.html] <br /> <br /> <br />Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:<br /><br />Today, Dr. Susan Poser officially joins UIC as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost and it is a great pleasure to welcome her to our community!<br /><br />Dr. Poser comes to UIC from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a peer Carnegie I institution with a strong research base. Having joined their faculty in 1999, she has served as professor, dean, chief of staff and associate chancellor during her more than 16 years of contributions to the university. Dr. Poser has the academic credentials and experience as well as the personality, drive and energy to lead our academic enterprise. I am looking forward to working with Dr. Poser and Dr. Barish as we continue to improve the student experience and celebrate our student successes; as we maximize the impact of our scholarly, research and community engagement efforts in Chicago, in the state of Illinois and across the nation and the world; and as we build a more entrepreneurial University model for the 21st century.<br /><br />[http://news.uic.edu/nebraska-law-school-dean-named-uic-provost] Susan Poser received her bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College with honors in ancient Greek and political science. She earned her Ph.D. in jurisprudence and social policy and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley and she is a scholar of legal ethics and tort law.<br /><br />I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Eric Gislason who has served as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost since August 2014. Rick has been a tremendous asset to UIC for over 40 years. On a personal level, he has provided guidance and support during my first months here and I could not have asked for a better mentor and more passionate advocate for UIC.<br /><br />I hope everyone will join me in offering a big Flames welcome to Provost Susan Poser and please follow her on Twitter (@SusanPoserUIC).<br /><br />Thank you,<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 01 Feb 2016 12:56:30 -0600 Mon, 01 Feb 2016 12:56:30 -0600 Chancellor’s Office Hours - Reminder Read this message online [http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2016_0128_office_hours.html]<br /> <br /> <br />Dear Students,<br /><br />I invite you to join me for Office Hours on February 1, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Student Center East, Illinois Room A.<br /><br />There will be no set agenda for discussion. My goal is to create an inclusive setting in which I hope you will feel comfortable expressing your opinion on issues relating to your experience at UIC and our community. I’m calling this “Office Hours” to convey the openness I would like to establish and to assure a friendly and candid exchange of ideas.<br /><br />I plan to continue with additional Office Hours conversations on March 1 and April 1. Details will follow closer to those dates.<br /><br />Thank you for your contributions to our community, and I hope to see you on February 1.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:39:36 -0600 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:39:36 -0600 Nominations for 2016 Provost’s Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Awards Read this message online [http://news.uic.edu/files/official/2016_0126_undergrad_advising_award.html]<br /> <br /> <br />Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,<br /><br />It is my pleasure to announce the 2016 Provost's Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award. This award was established in 2011 to recognize professional advisors who have demonstrated exemplary skill in academic advising and a commitment to student success at UIC.<br /><br />I invite you to nominate an individual who has made a significant contribution to academic advising by completing the online form at http://go.uic.edu/AA2016 by February 15.<br /><br />Eligible nominees include non-faculty professionals who spend a significant portion of their job advising undergraduates, including academic advisors in the colleges and departments as well as counselors in academic support/success programs. Nominees must have served as advisors at UIC for at least one full academic year. Recipients may be selected for the award no more than once every three years. Up to three awards of $750 are given annually.<br /><br />If you have additional questions, please contact Clare K. Delaney at clared@uic.edu or Patricia Pisman at patty16@uic.edu. <br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Eric A. Gislason<br />Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost<br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:52:35 -0600 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:52:35 -0600 Spring 2016 5 Month Payment Plan deadline reminder email Read this message online [http://news.uic.edu/files/official/2016_0121_payment_deadline.html]<br /> <br /> <br />Dear Student,<br /><br />Enrollment in the Spring 2016 Payment Plan is available. If you would like to utilize the 5 month Spring Semester Payment Plan option, the enrollment deadline is January 27. After January 27, options available will be the 4- and 3-month Spring Semester Payment Plans.<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 U.S. 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 2015-2016 or Spring 2016 Payment Plan.<br /><br />Customer Service<br /><br />University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations<br /><br />Room 1900 (MC 073) <br />Student Services Building <br />1200 West Harrison Street <br />Chicago, Illinois 60607-7162 <br /><br />Phone (312) 996-8574<br /><br /> <br /><br /> <br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:47:21 -0600 Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:47:21 -0600 State budget update Dear friends and colleagues:<br /><br />As a new semester begins, we also hope there will be a renewed focus on a state budget to restore funding for the University of Illinois and public higher education across our state.<br /><br />The new year will bring legislators back to the Capitol and Gov. Bruce Rauner is preparing for his annual State of the State address later this month, more than seven months since a budget impasse shut off state funding support that is critical to our students, our academic programs and our day-to-day operations.<br /><br />We continue to aggressively champion the University’s interests, and recently forged a new alliance that will bring business, labor and our sister universities together to speak as one on the importance of higher education to our state’s future.<br /><br />At the same time, we also continue to look inwardly, examining our operations from top to bottom to ensure that our challenges don’t stand in the way of our land-grant mission to serve the needs of our students and our state.<br /><br />I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished – freezing in-state tuition for the second straight year, holding the line on mandatory student fees for the first time in memory, new initiatives in central administration that have achieved $40 million in annual recurring savings and redirected more than $8 million toward student programs and services, and new strategies by the campuses to weather potential reductions in state funding.<br /><br />Those efforts to steward resources prudently and responsibly must continue even after a state budget is finalized. We will work with the state to build a sustainable financial model that ensures affordability and opportunity for students, preserves our excellence and expands our service to the people of Illinois and our nation.<br /><br />The University of Illinois is world-class today and will be world-class tomorrow: more affordable, more nimble, more transparent, more efficient, more creative, more student-centered – with integrity manifest throughout – and even stronger in leading-edge research, scholarship and learning. Working together, we will build on our rich legacy of excellence and help lead progress for generations to come.<br /><br />Thank you for your service and support, and I wish you a semester filled with joy and achievement.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Tim<br /><br /> <br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:22:36 -0600 Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:22:36 -0600 State budget update Dear friends and colleagues:<br /><br />As a new semester begins, we hope there also will a renewed focus on a state budget to restore funding for the University of Illinois and public higher education across our state.<br /><br />The new year will bring legislators back to the Capitol and Gov. Bruce Rauner is preparing for his annual State of the State address later this month, more than seven months since a budget impasse shut off state funding support that is critical to our students, our academic programs and our day-to-day operations.<br /><br />We continue to aggressively champion the University’s interests, and recently forged a new alliance that will bring business, labor and our sister universities together to speak as one on the importance of higher education to our state’s future.<br /><br />At the same time, we also continue to look inwardly, examining our operations from top to bottom to ensure that our challenges don’t stand in the way of our land-grant mission to serve the needs of our students and our state.<br /><br />I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished – freezing in-state tuition for the second straight year, holding the line on mandatory student fees for the first time in memory, new initiatives in central administration that have achieved $40 million in annual recurring savings and redirected more than $8 million toward student programs and services, and new strategies by the campuses to weather potential reductions in state funding.<br /><br />Those efforts to steward resources prudently and responsibly must continue even after a state budget is finalized. We will work with the state to build a sustainable financial model that ensures affordability and opportunity for students, preserves our excellence and expands our service to the people of Illinois and our nation.<br /><br />The University of Illinois is world-class today and will be world-class tomorrow: more affordable, more nimble, more transparent, more efficient, more creative, more student-centered – with integrity manifest throughout – and even stronger in leading-edge research, scholarship and learning. Working together, we will build on our rich legacy of excellence and help lead progress for generations to come.<br /><br />Thank you for your service and support, and I wish you a semester filled with joy and achievement.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Tim<br /><br /> <br /><br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:02:34 -0600 Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:02:34 -0600 The Critical Role of Laboratory Safety in Maintaining a World Class Research Institution Read this message online [http://news.uic.edu/files/official/2016_0121_lab_safety.html]<br /> <br /> <br />UIC is recognized around the world as a top-tier research university. Our work is groundbreaking across the full spectrum of research—from lifesaving advances in medical technology to transformational work on sustainability and the environment. You and the other members of your research teams are the common denominator underlying our research success. You bring unparalleled experience, wisdom and creativity to the table each and every day.<br /><br />Another key component of our success is our Principal Investigators’ (PI) focus on lab safety. As you are aware, PIs are responsible for the safety of everyone in their labs. By being proactive in lab safety, PIs convey to research team members that they are valued and critical to research efforts.<br /><br />As we begin 2016 and you refine your research goals and objectives for the new year, I ask that you rededicate your commitment to lab safety. In particular, take a fresh look at your safety protocols to make sure they are both up-to-date and adequate. To help, the following list provides important steps you should take to make sure your people and your labs are as safe as they can be. <br /><br /> <br /><br />Steps for PIs and Lab Managers to Create a Safer Lab<br /><br />Maintain a Strong Safety Culture in Your Lab - Two very visible actions are to 1) ensure all laboratory workers use personal protective equipment (PPE) and 2) start every meeting with your lab group with a “safety minute.” Starting every meeting with a short safety message will keep everyone’s focus on lab safety.<br /> <br />Provide and Document Training - All UIC employees, as well as volunteers and students that work in a “wet” lab, must be trained by their PI on the dangers of chemical hazards, biological toxins, and occupational hazards associated with their lab. See the UIC Safety Training Matrix for Laboratory Personnel [https://www.ehso.uic.edu/UserFiles/Servers/Server_82316/File/LabSafety/training/Lab%20Safety%20Training%20Matrix%20%202015.pdf] for details regarding when and for whom training is necessary. Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) training courses are found at [https://www.ehso.uic.edu/tools/training]. <br /><br />Complete the UIC Laboratory Hazard Assessment and Provide PPE - It is the responsibility of the PI to ensure lab personnel have the appropriate PPE for the specific research they conduct. PIs should complete the UIC Laboratory Hazard Assessment [https://www.ehso.uic.edu/UserFiles/Servers/Server_82316/File/LabSafety/UIC%20Laboratory%20Hazard%20Assessment.pdf] for their lab groups. Using this document, PIs should train everyone in their lab about the hazards in the lab and the most appropriate PPE. By Federal and Illinois Law, PIs must provide any PPE required for the job at no cost to the employee. <br /><br />Develop Lab Emergency Procedures - Every laboratory must have a lab specific emergency response plan [https://www.ehso.uic.edu/UserFiles/Servers/Server_82316/File/LabSafety/Lab%20Specific%20Emergency%20Response%20Plan.pdf] which indicates the location of the nearest eyewash, safety shower, spill kit, etc. You should review your lab’s emergency procedures with everyone in the lab as soon as they start work.<br /><br />Provide and Maintain Required Engineering Controls - PIs are responsible for providing necessary engineering controls such as biosafety cabinets, flammable refrigerators, toxic gas cabinets, nanoenclosures, and glove boxes. Engineering controls must be maintained in good working order. <br /><br />Correct Hazards in a Timely Fashion - Every lab should conduct a self-audit at least annually. EHSO provides a self-inspection checklist to help you conduct this audit. Hazards identified during self audits or by audits conducted by EHSO need to be corrected in a timely fashion.<br /><br />Steps for Lab Personnel to Keep Themselves Safe<br /><br />Complete Lab Safety Training - Complete all required safety training before working in the laboratory and at least annually thereafter.<br /><br />Review Safety Documents before Starting Work - Review all available Standard Operating Procedures and Safety Data Sheets before conducting laboratory activities.<br /><br />Work in the Fume Hood - Perform work with volatile, corrosive, or toxic chemicals in a chemical fume hood and not on the bench.<br /><br />Wear your PPE - See your lab’s hazard assessment for the proper PPE and wear it.<br /><br />Report Incidents and Near Misses - Prompt reporting allows the root cause of the incident to be reported and identified.<br /><br />EHSO can assist you if you require additional safety guidance or help. Please contact Heather Jackson [heather9@uic.edu], Assistant Director of Chemical Safety and Environmental Compliance, if you have any questions. The OVCR also offers assistance with animals and humans in research, recombinant DNA, and research involving human embryonic stem cells.<br /><br />Mark Donovan<br />Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /><br />Mitra Dutta<br />Vice Chancellor for Research<br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Wed, 20 Jan 2016 16:41:41 -0600 Wed, 20 Jan 2016 16:41:41 -0600 West side steam repairs complete The Utilities Department has completed the repairs to the West Campus<br />Steam Plant. Normal operations are now resumed on the West Campus.<br /><br />Rob Roman<br />Utilities Director officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:44:24 -0600 Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:44:24 -0600 Chancellor's Office Hours Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,<br /><br />I invite you to join me for Office Hours on February 1, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Student Center East, Illinois Room A.<br /><br />There will be no set agenda for discussion. My goal is to create an inclusive setting in which I hope you will feel comfortable expressing your opinion on issues relating to your experience at UIC and our community. I'm calling this "Office Hours" to convey the openness I would like to establish and to assure a friendly and candid exchange of ideas. <br /><br />I plan to continue with additional Office Hours conversations on March 1 and April 1. Details will follow closer to those dates. <br /><br />Thank you for your contributions to our community, and I hope to see you on February 1.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:36:27 -0600 Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:36:27 -0600 Steam reduction in west side buildings The Utilities Department has experienced a significant leak in one of the de-aerator tanks at the West Campus Steam Plant. In order to make the repair and in an effort to prevent a total West Campus steam outage, we will be reducing steam availability to the West Campus from around Noon to 5 p.m. today. <br /><br />This will result in the reduction of heat throughout West Campus buildings. It is our intention that you will not notice any significant temperature changes in your area.<br /><br />This course of action, while inconvenient, will avoid a complete failure of the heating system that would be extremely disruptive. Notification will be sent once full power operations are restored.<br /><br />Please contact me at 312-355-0323 or Deputy Director Jimmy Hopper at 312-996-0902 for more information if necessary.<br /><br />Robert Roman<br />Utilities Director<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:42:27 -0600 Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:42:27 -0600 Nominations for the Chancellor's Student Service and Leadership Awards Nominations are now being accepted for the Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Awards. Please consider nominating outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who have given their time and talent to campus or community service. <br /><br />The awards to be presented will include:<br /><br />Chancellor’s Student Service Award (for volunteer service):<br /><br />The award honors students who have made an outstanding contribution to the University through service to campus and the UIC community. Student nominees must have dedicated a significant amount of time, effort, and creativity to one or more campus- or community-based service projects. Nominees must:<br />--be enrolled during the academic year in which the award is received;<br />--be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5;<br />--have volunteered in a campus or community service organization; and<br />--have made significant, unpaid contributions to their organization.<br /><br />Nominators should list specifics about the student’s contribution to the campus or community and highlight any leadership positions or offices held by the nominee. Approximately 400 UIC students receive this award each year.<br /><br />The Eugertha Bates Memorial Award (for humanitarian commitment):<br /><br />This award honors a student whose volunteer activities in a campus or community setting demonstrate an outstanding degree of caring dedication, selfless commitment, and a truly exceptional humanitarian contribution to the needs of others. Nominations for this award must include a detailed description of the uniqueness and significance of the nominee’s humanitarian service and the impact on the campus/community through their episodic or ongoing service.<br /><br />Jane Addams Distinguished Service Award (for creativity/innovation/length of service):<br /><br />This award honors students whose volunteer activity substantially addresses a distinct need in the community along with inspiring others to engage in volunteer service. Recipients must have been involved in the creation of a new project or service to address such a need, and must demonstrate the highest level of dedication and selfless commitment to volunteer service. Nominators should list specifics about the student’s contribution to the campus or community.<br /><br />Activities Honorary Society:<br /><br />For the fifth year, new members of the Activities Honorary Society will be inducted during the Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Awards Ceremony. The society honors no more than 15 exemplary students each year for their demonstrated student leadership. Founded in 1950 by student leaders at the University of Illinois Undergraduate Division at Navy Pier, the society is one of two traditions remaining from the original campus.<br /><br />Nomination dates and guidelines:<br /><br />--Nominations will be accepted online at http://go.uic.edu/cssla until 5 PM February 12<br />--Nominators should provide great detail when describing the nature and value of the nominee’s contributions as relevant to the particular award in question.<br />--Nominated students will receive an email message prompt that will ask them to verify their contact information to complete their nomination.<br />--Nominations are not complete and cannot be considered until the nominated student has verified their contact information online.<br />--Nominees must be in good academic standing.<br />--Students may nominate themselves or other students.<br />--Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students are eligible for all awards.<br /><br />All of the above awards will be presented by Chancellor Amiridis at the 44th Annual Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Awards Ceremony on April 14 in the Illinois Room of Student Center East. Recipients will be recognized individually, and each nominator will also be invited to attend.<br /><br />Please contact the Office of Student Leadership Development and Volunteer Services with specific questions about the awards, the nomination process, or the program. <br /><br />For additional information or to nominate a student, visit http://go.uic.edu/cssla or contact Student Leadership Development & Volunteer Services in SCE 390 (M/C 330), 312-996-4500 or sldvs@uic.edu.<br /><br />Thank you for your support in recognizing our outstanding students’ achievements in volunteerism, service, and leadership.<br /><br />Barbara Henley<br />Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:37:06 -0600 Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:37:06 -0600 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Observance Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,<br /><br />On Monday, January 18, the University will be closed in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The day provides not only an opportunity for our community to be engaged in service activities across the Chicago region, but also to reflect on what makes UIC unique. The values that Dr. King expressed so passionately 50 years ago; the values to which so many in the United States and the world have dedicated their lives, are the same values of freedom, equity, and social justice on which our University has been built. Our work and our policies reflect these values today, and for over 50 years we have increasingly made access to the highest quality education and a commitment to diversity fundamental components of our mission. <br /><br />We are proud of the work we have done to create a living and learning community of students, faculty and staff in which dozens of languages are spoken at any given time, and where a vast variety of religions and ethnicities learn from each other. This is a tribute to Dr. King’s legacy. Our steadfast commitment to social justice has made UIC a leader in graduating students from every walk of life, and in providing solutions to some of the most complex social problems of our times. <br /><br />Our work is not nearly finished. We must continue to be inspired by Dr. King’s example. We must reinforce our efforts to recruit and retain more African American students and faculty to truly reflect Chicago, our home city. We must continue striving to advance underserved communities in many different ways. And we must make even greater efforts to elevate the circumstances for all. <br /><br />We will stretch the limits of our imaginations when we run up against challenges, and we will live up to our vision statement as we continue to “embody the ideal of a public university: to cultivate the highest intellectual ambitions of faculty, students and staff and, at the same time, contribute to the making of a more egalitarian society.” <br /><br />As we honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. please think about the opportunities around you. Now is the time to reflect on the ways in which Dr. King’s efforts laid the path that we need to follow as we move his work forward and realize his, and our, dream. <br /><br />Thank you. <br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /><br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:13:14 -0600 Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:13:14 -0600 Protection of Minors Policy Read this message online [http://news.uic.edu/files/official/2016_0115_minors_policy.html]<br /> <br /> <br />Dear Faculty and Staff,<br /><br />The University of Illinois at Chicago reaffirms its commitment to providing a safe environment for minors who are participating in UIC programs both on and off campus.<br /><br />The University developed the Protection of Minors policy and procedures to ensure that safeguards are in place to protect minor children. In order to comply with the provisions of this policy, the campus created Protection of Minors procedures.<br /><br />Individuals working with or responsible for minors are expected to comply with the policy and submit the appropriate documentation in a timely manner.<br /><br />We encourage everyone to review the policy and procedures, which can be found on the UIC HR website: [https://www.hr.uic.edu/protection_of_minors/]<br /><br />If you have any questions, please contact UIC’s Protection of Minors Coordinator, Joanna Wolek, [uicpom@uic.edu]<br /><br />Mark Donovan<br />Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /><br />Michael Ginsburg <br />Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources <br /><br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:14:33 -0600 Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:14:33 -0600