News Archive: May 2012 - March 2012

Hilda SolisLabor secretary visits UIC students

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, who visited UIC two years ago to launch a fair wage campaign by the Department of Labor, shared her own story recently with UIC students, listened to theirs, then offered a message of optimism and hope.

"I see a very bright future for you," she told about 150 students and recent grads at Student Center East. "Don't give up. There are resources for you." more > >

Pictured: Hilda Solis, U.S. secretary of labor and Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares.

Congratulations Class of 2012!

Ada Sue Hindshaw, Paula Allen-Meares, Terri WeaverCommencement is a time to reflect on UIC and the people who make it an outstanding institution -- our faculty, staff, alumni and, most of all, our students. Each year, I have the pleasure of attending the Chancellor's Student Service and Leadership Awards ceremony. I am proud to acknowledge the 322 outstanding students who were honored this year for their contribution through campus and community volunteer service.

To our students who are graduating, I send you all my good wishes for the future. We will always be proud to call you our alumni; you are truly our legacy. We look forward to your continuing participation in the life of UIC. Please return to campus often and share with us your accomplishments.

Pictured (L-R): At commencement for the College of Nursing May 3: Keynote speaker Ada Sue Hindshaw, dean of the Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences; Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares; College of Nursing Dean Terri Weaver.

Chancellor Welcomes Nobel Peace Laureates

Nobel Peace Prize winners from all over the world came to UIC to “Speak Up, Speak Out for Freedom and Rights” at the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares welcomed laureates to the second day of the summit with quotes from former laureates Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa and Elie Wiesel.

“Each one of us must make a commitment to look up from our busy schedules, our cell phones, and the noise of our daily lives, and ask ourselves, ‘How can I serve peace?’” Allen-Meares said.

For the UIC students at the summit, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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More Video from Nobel Summit at UIC

Dia del Niño Family Festival

Mayor Rahm EmanuelDia del Nino family festivalParents and children from over 35 Chicago Public schools throughout the city attended the 16th annual Dia del Niño Family Festival at the UIC Pavilion on Saturday, April 14. LARES, Hispanic Center of Excellance, Athletics, and more than 25 cultural organizations offered hands-on activities to participants. Over 4,000 community members were in attendance.

Chancellor welcomes new president to campus

Bob Easter and Paula Allen-MearesBob Easter, who becomes the university’s 19th president July 1, was recently given a tour of campus by Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares.

Easter, long-time professor and administrator on the Urbana-Champaign campus, was appointed by university trustees after the resignation of Michael Hogan March 22.

“He is a highly accomplished scholar and proven administrator: thoughtful, supportive and fair,” Allen-Meares said of Easter, who will return later in April. 

Chancellor takes a break to answer student questions

Jinit Desai and Paula Allen-MearesChancellor Paula Allen-Meares joined Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Barbara Henley and student trustee Ken Thomas for Afternoon Break, a Q&A session with students.

“I hope you’re as proud of UIC as I am, but there’s always room for improvement,” Allen-Meares said.

Nearly 100 students came to the March 28 session in Student Center East to ask questions, or get answers. Most seemed pleased to have a face-to-face meeting with the people at the top.

Read more including answers to questions such as can advisers do more to help students graduate in four years? And, why is there scaffolding around University Hall?

Pictured: Jinit Desai, a freshman in neurosciences, talks with Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares.

Honoring UIC College Prep President's Award Nominees

Paula Allen-Meares, Angelique Torres (clockwise), Salud Santoyo, Yadira Sanchez, Taylor Holley, Patty Murillo and Jesus GarciaThirty-two UIC College Prep seniors nominated for the President's Award Program scholarship were honored last week at a cermony hosted by UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares (pictured center). Honorees included (pictured clockwise): Angelique Torres, Salud Santoyo, Yadira Sanchez, Taylor Holley, Patty Murillo and Jesus Garcia.

In 2008, members of the charter school’s inaugural class walked through the doors of the UIC Forum, ready to begin their high school careers. More than 150 students will walk in those doors again June 9 — and they’ll walk out high school graduates, ready for the next step.

Their relationship with UIC doesn’t have to end when they graduate. Ninety-four UIC College Prep students have been admitted for undergraduate studies. more > >

Lecture and Event Series Talks Soup and Food Deserts

Paula Allen-Meares and Mari GallagherChancellor Allen-Meares introduced UIC grad Mari Gallagher as speaker in the Chancellor's Lecture and Event Series for "Re-Thinking Soup: From Food Desert to Food Oasis: The Next Five Years."

Gallagher, a UIC grad who heads an eponymous research and consulting group, defines a food desert as a large area without mainstream grocery stores. She asked: "Is it as easy to buy skinless chicken as it is to buy fried chicken? Can you choose an apple as easily as a candy bar?" more > >

Sara Rusch, leading by example as Woman of the Year

Paula Allen-Meares and Sara Rusch Sara Rusch, regional dean of medicine at Peoria, was named UIC Woman of the Year by the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women. "I've had the opportunity to mentor individuals and watch them grow and blossom. It's been an immensely satisfying place to spend a career," she said of the Peoria campus where she's been for more than 30 years.

Since she joined the Peoria campus in 1978, Rusch has held several clinical administrative roles, including residency program director, chair of internal medicine and regional dean. A specialist in internal medicine and geriatrics, Rusch also treated patients at OSF St. Francis Medical Center until she was named dean in 2008.

"I hope that I lead by example because I enjoy my ability to provide patient care, I have attained a position of leadership and yet the wall to my office is hung with pictures of my family," she said. more > >

Pictured: Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares presenting the Woman of the Year Award to Sara Rusch.