News Archive: July 2010 - April 2010

Governor visits UIC for bill signing

Governor Quinn signs bill at UIC's College of Dentistry

Gov. Patrick Quinn visited the College of Dentistry to sign three bills related to dental practice and children's health.

Pictured: (Standing from left to right) Indru Punwani, professor and head of pediatric dentistry, Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, College of Dentistry Dean Bruce Graham, Ill. Rep. David Miller and Ill. Rep. Mary Flowers, D-Chicago. (Seated) Governor Quinn. more > >

MAFBE 2010 Conference

Chancellor Allen Meares and others at a ribbon cutting ceremony

Chancellor Allen-Meares (third from right) welcomed exhibitors from the University of Illinois Chicago, Urbana, and Springfield campuses, as well as representatives from other public and private universities including local government entities to the MAFBE “Making the Connection” Conference.

The conference focused on connecting the University’s buying departments with qualified minority, female and persons with disabilities owned businesses with the goal of building relationships with MAFBE firms in order to enhance our supplier diversity initiatives.

Chancellor Allen-Meares making phone calls to new studentsChancellor joins campus leaders on the phones to welcome new students

UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, along with other university and campus leaders, hit the phones June 5 to welcome more than 200 Chicago Public Schools students who plan to enroll at UIC this fall. The pilot program aimed to diminish the 15 percent drop-off among students who accept their UIC this fall. The pilot program aimed to diminish the 15 percent drop-off among students who accept their offer of admissions but never enroll.

During the two hours of calling students and families, campus leaders answered questions about UIC ranging from financial aid and housing to orientation and summer programs.

Other participants included President Stanley O. Ikenberry; Christopher Kennedy, chairman of the U of I Board of Trustees; trustees James Montgomery and Carlos Tortolero; student trustee Bogdan Zavorotny; R. Michael Tanner, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs; and many more.

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Chancellor Allen-Meares and Michael J. HoganUniversity Names New President

Michael J. Hogan, president of the University of Connecticut, was named president of the University of Illinois, pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees at its May 20 meeting at UIC. He will take office July 1.

Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares said Hogan’s work with academic medical centers at Iowa and UConn is significant. “He brings a breadth of experience that bodes well for Illinois’ great land-grant university and three campuses with distinct missions,” Allen-Meares said. more > >

UIC Receives an "A" from the Safe Schools Alliance

UIC was one of three universities to receive an "A" grade from the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the Alliance) in its statewide report card on LGBTQ presence in higher education and teacher preparation in Illinois. UIC also received an "A" for a new category examining social work preparation programs.

In receiving the report, Chancellor Allen-Meares acknowledged UIC's LGBTQ community for its work in creating a supportive environment on campus.

Global City and Government Leaders meet at UIC

Mayor Daley, Chancellor Allen-Meares and Stanley IkenberryChancellor Allen-Meares welcomed White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and leaders of more than 100 cities and local governments to UIC for the sixth annual Richard J. Daley Global Cities Forum “New Partnerships for a New Economy: Driving Innovation in Cities.”

“If our cities are to flourish, then we must commit ourselves to working together in synergistic partnerships,” she said. “In doing so, we will forge a path for the next generation and the ones after that.”

U of I Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy highlighted the importance of supporting higher education in the second of three panel discussions and Mayor Daley echoed Kennedy’s support for education in the day’s third panel discussion.

“Education is the great equalizer and it should be the top priority,” he said. “What you have to do is bring the business community and educators together.” more > >

Pictured: Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, left, with Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares and U of I Interim President Stanley Ikenberry.

Director of NIH encourages and inspires scientists

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), spoke to an auditorium of current and future scientists in a lecture co-sponsored by UIC, Northwestern University and University of Chicago.

Dr. Francis CollinsDr. Collins is the winner of both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Science, and a colleague of Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares as a member of the Institute of Medicine and former professor at the University of Michigan.

In his talk, Dr. Collins outlined future directions for the NIH including his goal of “reinvigorating and empowering the biomedical research community.” He also advocated NIH initiatives aimed at young scientists, including a program that would give new Ph.D., MD and MD-Ph.D. graduates their own research labs and mentors, skipping years of post-doctoral training.

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Administrators and GEO Sign Three-year Contract

Chancellor Paula-Allen Meares and GEO representatives signing contractChancellor Allen-Meares joined other UIC Administrators and Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) members in celebrating and signing a new contract that extends through August 15, 2012.

After 21 negotiating sessions over the past year, GEO members unanimously voted to approve the contract that provides an increase in stipends and university contributions to health insurance.

Pictured: (standing) Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares and (seated, from left) Gina Gemmel, doctoral student in English, and interim GEO president Charles Moss, doctoral student in math.

Chancellor addresses Chicago City Council

Chancellor Allen-Meares and Alderman FiorettiChancellor Allen-Meares addressed the Chicago City Council's Joint Committee on Finance and Education in support of state funding for higher education.

Pictured: Chancellor Allen-Meares and 2nd ward Alderman Robert Fioretti, who, along with Aldermans Danny Solis (25th), Walter Burnett (27th) and Brendan Reilly (42nd), co-sponsored the resolution.

Chancellor welcomes U.S. Labor Secretary to UIC

Chancellor Allen-Meares and Secretary of Labor Hilda SolisU.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis addressed a standing-room-only crowd of workers, community activists and politicians in UIC's Student Center East including U.S. Reps. Danny Davis, Bobby Rush and Jan Schakowsky. Secretary Solis chose UIC because of its association with Hull-House Museum, to launch the “We Can Help” public awareness campaign to empower low-wage and vulnerable workers.

In introducing Secretary Solis, Chancellor Allen-Meares said UIC is committed to educating its students and the community in a way that reflects the values of Jane Addams and the Hull-House settlement. more > >