News Archive: Dec. 2012 - August 2012

Making community connections

Chancellor Allen-Meares and Board of Trustees President Christopher Kennedy were recent guests of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce.

Paula Allen-Meares, Christopher Kennedy, Tony T. Shu

Pictured (L-R): Paula Allen-Meares, Christopher Kennedy, and Tony T. Shu, Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce.

Chancellor joins top officials, business leaders
at UIC Urban Forum

Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, Ray LaHood and Stephen SchlickmanTop federal, state and municipal officials, alongside private-sector and community leaders, gathered at UIC's 2012 Urban Forum to discuss the issues metropolitan areas have been experiencing during these tough economic times, their responses and strategies to address those challenges and improve quality of life.

Pictured top: Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares.

Pictured bottom: U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Stephen Schlickman, Executive Director, Urban Transportation Center

Work begins on new Mile Square Health Center facility

Groundbreaking for new clinicUniversity, government and community leaders came together to break ground for a new Mile Square Health Center facility several blocks from the UI Hospital.

Dignitaries at the Mile Square groundbreaking included (L-R): executive director Henry Taylor, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, President Bob Easter, Vice President Joe G.N. "Skip" Garcia, Mile Square board president Rev. Randall Harris and 28th Ward Ald. Jason Ervin.

Read more about the new facility.

S.E.E. Benefit raises funds for student scholarships

There was music and fun for a good cause - UIC student scholarships - at the S.E.E. benefit Nov. 30. The benefit, sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, included a gala dinner and prime seats for a performance at the UIC Forum by Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame winners the Four Tops.

Those attending the S.E.E. benefit included (photo 1 below, L-R) Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Barbara Henley and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Lon Kaufman; and (photo 2 below L-R) Chancellor Allen-Meares; Denise Oliver and University of Illinois trustee Lawrence Oliver; and Maria Tortolero and Carlos Tortolero, president and founder of the National Museum of Mexican Art.

Paula Allen-Meares, Barbara Henley, Lon Kaufman

Paula Allen-Meares, Denise Oliver, Lawrence Oliver, Maria Tortolero and Carlos Tortolero

The State of the Campus 2012

I'm pleased to bring you via video the first annual State of the Campus address, a yearly update on the progress UIC is making in all aspects of our mission – from our research enterprise, our teaching and learning goals, to our broader campus objectives. Equally important in this update is a review of our challenges and how we are addressing them.

This video presentation is created in four sections to provide maximum flexibility for viewing, with the first video here and the remainder available from the links below.


Video Clip 2: Accomplishments

Video Clip 3: Overarching Goals

Video Clip 4: Select Objectives for 2012-2013

We all share in the future of UIC; in fact, together we all create the future of UIC. Thank you for being an active part of this vital endeavor.


Paula Allen-Meares
John Corbally Presidential Professor

UIC adds another tool for cutting-edge research

Richard Magin, William Hendrickson, Weiguo Li, Thomas Royston, Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, Robert Kleps

At the "grand opening" for UIC's new 9.4 Tesla MRI that will help engineers and scientists study a range of bioengineering problems (L-R): Richard Magin, university distinguished professor; William Hendrickson, professor and Research Resources Center director; Weiguo Li, Research Resources Center magnetic resonance imaging director; Thomas Royston, professor and head of bioengineering; Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares; and Robert Kleps, MRI senior consultant in the Research Resources Center.

A Message from the Chancellor about Hurricane Sandy

Dear UIC students, faculty and staff:

The hurricane that struck the east coast has already claimed dozens of lives and wrought catastrophic losses of property and crippling disruption of vital human services.

I know that you all join me in expressing our deepest concern and sympathy for those who found themselves in the path of this devastating storm. Indeed, probably most of us have family, friends or colleagues who are directly affected. Our thoughts are with them and with those here who worry about them so greatly.

For any student who feels the need to talk to someone in the wake of this disaster, UIC counselors are always available to meet with you. The Counseling Center is in the Student Services Building, Room 2010, and can be reached by calling 312-996-3490. Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact the Employee Assistance Service at 312-996-3588.


Paula Allen-Meares

More Alike Than Not

Arif Choudhury, Susan O'Halloran, Syd Lieberman and Marla Baker

Storytellers (L-R) Arif Choudhury, Susan O'Halloran and Syd Lieberman (far right) join Marla Baker, director of the Levine Hillel Center, at the Chancellor's Lecture Oct. 25, "More Alike Than Not: Stories from Three Americans."

Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares and President Hogan with the Alumni Association honorees

The University of Illinois Alumni Association honored UIC alumni and friends for their contributions to the campus, the nation and the world at the 2012 Alumni Five dinner Oct. 12.

Back row (L-R): Thomas Livingston, chairman of the Alumni Association board of directors and regional vice president of CSX Transportation Corp.; Lauren Taylor, Alumni Association president and CEO; Dr. Alvin Miller ('51 COM, MD '53 COM), Alumni Humanitarian Award; Dr. B. Taylor Bennett (PhD '74 COM), Distinguished Service Award; Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares; University of Illinois President Robert Easter.

Front row (L-R): Joel Bookman (MUPP '81, '74 UIUC), City Partner Award; Dr. Barry Ganetzky ('71 LAS), Alumni Achievement Award; Lei Zhang Schlitz, group president, representing ITW Inc., Corporate Partner; and Dr. Michael Gordon ('59 COM, MD '61, MS '61 COM), Alumni Achievement Award.

Read more about the Alumni Five winners

Lt. Gov. Simon visits UIC on tour of public universities

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and Chancellor Paula Allen-MearesLt. Gov. Sheila Simon visited UIC as her first stop on a tour of all 12 Illinois public universities to talk about affordability, financial aid, student retention and graduation.

She visited with undergraduate students, faculty and administrators in student and academic affairs, including Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, provost and vice chancellor Lon Kaufman and vice chancellor Barbara Henley.
read more > >

President Easter, Chancellor Allen-Meares
host a faculty breakfast October 9

President Easter and Chancellor Allen-Meares

Opening the UI Hospital STAR Center

Paula Allen-Meares and Rhonda McCullough

Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares meets Rhonda McCullough, who was married to performer Bernie Mac for 30 years until his death in 2008, at the opening of the Bernie Mac Sarcoidosis Translational Advanced Research Center, or STAR Center, in the UI Hospital. The Bernie Mac Foundation launched a partnership with the hospital in April to collaborate on sarcoidosis research and treatment. read more > >

Chicago Humanities Festival

Roberto Carmona, State Senator Heather Steans, Teresa Córdoba, UIC's Director of the Great Cities Institute, and Chancellor Allen-Meares

Pictured (L-R): Roberto Carmona, State Senator Heather Steans, Teresa Córdoba, UIC's Director of the Great Cities Institute, and Chancellor Allen-Meares.

Celebrating 30 years

Leaders consider UIC's past, present, future

UIC commemorated its 30th anniversary at a symposium Sept. 19 that celebrated the merger of two University of Illinois campuses in Chicago — the Medical Center and Circle — to become the University of Illinois at Chicago.

People who were integral to the process — including Stanley Ikenberry, the University of Illinois president who pushed for the merger; Donald Langenberg, UIC's first chancellor; and James Stukel, who followed Langenberg as chancellor and Ikenberry as president — were reunited at the symposium. read more > >

More about UIC at 30

Three who made it happen consider the outcome

'An impact across the world'

Looking back at UIC's place in Chicago history

What they said

Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams
joins new Social Justice Fellows Program

Nobel Peace Laureate Jody WilliamsNobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams, who spoke at the 12th Nobel Peace Laureate Summit held at the UIC Forum in April, will be the first guest of the Jane Addams Distinguished Social Justice Fellows Program and will make extended visits to the campus in October, February and April.

This year, as we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the University of Illinois at Chicago, it is fitting that we remember our origins and our mission, so indelibly tied to Jane Addams and her own good work and tremendous impact on our society, by establishing the Social Justice Fellows Program named after Jane Addams, and highlight the importance UIC places on her values by bringing Jody Williams to campus. read more > >

New research facility 'more than a building'

Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, Gov. Pat Quinn, University President Bob Easter and others in multiple renderings of the planned ACT building at UIC."This facility is more than a building," said Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares at the August 29 press conference near the site of the $104 million Advanced Chemical Technology Building (ACTB) announced by state and campus dignitaries, including Gov. Pat Quinn.

"It is the tangible commitment that UIC is serious about interdisciplinary innovative, cutting-edge research collaborations to expand our knowledge for and our contributions to the betterment of humankind." The ACTB will foster interdisciplinary research in neuroscience, nanoscience, bioscience and other areas. Construction will begin in FY14 and take about 30 months to complete. read more > >

Welcoming University President Bob Easter to UIC

President Easter, Chancellor Allen-Meares and UIC Student AmbassadorsUIC's Student Ambassadors (pictured in the red jackets), along with Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares (bottom photo) were pleased to welcome University of Illinois President Bob Easter (top photo) and his wife (not pictured) to UIC at a recent campus reception.

Chancellor introduces new students to UIC

Images from convocation including the Chancellor, Sparky and freshmen students

UIC welcomed new students and their families to campus at the annual convocation Aug. 26 in the UIC Pavilion. A record number of applicants-over four times more applications than places-were received for the university's three campuses this year. read more > >

Chancellor welcomes freshmen on move-in day

Multiple images of Chancellor and students at dorm move in

Read Chancellor's welcome message to campus for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Related UIC News articles: Moving carts piled high, freshmen settle in campus residence halls | University sees record number of applications