Chancellor Message 5/4/10

Message to Campus
RE Campus Achievements

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

As we prepare for commencements, I want to extend my thanks to all the members of our community for their remarkable dedication and achievements over the past academic year. Despite economic challenges of historic proportions, we have much to celebrate.

We have seen faculty, staff and students, again win prestigious honors such as National Science Foundation CAREER awards, Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, and Goldwater scholarships. We have welcomed the arrival of renowned new leaders such as Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, Vice Chancellor for Research. We have hosted yet another outstanding Richard J. Daley Global Cities Forum this year, which included White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Chairman of the University of Illinois, Board of Trustees, Chris Kennedy, as panelists. Along with Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, we hosted a public presentation by NIH Director Francis Collins. And we look forward to commencement ceremonies with a range of distinguished guest speakers that include Chairman Chris Kennedy, Trustee Pam Strobel, Dr. Norbert Riedel, Corporate Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Baxter International and Christine James Brown, President and Chief Executive Office of the Child Welfare League of America, among others.

All of this, and so much more, speaks to the intellectual vitality of our campus and our importance as Chicago’s premiere public research university, to the academic, cultural and economic life of our city and state.

To those of you who are graduating, your presence at UIC has enriched us. You entered UIC with great promise, and now we celebrate your accomplishments. As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” As you go forth and make your mark on a world that now more than ever needs educated, resourceful and inspired leadership, we will take pride in your achievements, knowing that your time here has helped to prepare you to think, to question, and to create. I am confident that, in all of you, the Flames will “burn brightly forever.” I wish you all the best.

Sincerely,

Paula Allen-Meares
Chancellor