Chancellor Message to Campus

U I C 30 years
Dear students, faculty, and staff,

It's my pleasure to bring you these periodic campus-wide highlights — there is plenty of good news to share. I want to begin, however, with an update on the Illinois Pension program.

Illinois Pension Update from Government Relations

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Pension changes are possible

The key elements of the 2012 Pension proposal were:

  • reducing the state's share of the normal cost (present cost of future benefit) of K-12, community college, and public university personnel by gradually shifting that cost over to the taxing body or the university;
  • reducing the cost of the benefit package available to all Tier I employees (except judges) by requiring the employee to choose between continuing to receive a compounded 3% annual cost of living adjustment but losing eligibility for state-subsidized health insurance, or keeping health insurance but taking a reduced COLA.

University Administration has focused its advocacy efforts on enhancing Tier II benefits for new hires. This is necessary to attract and retain the best employees over the decades ahead.

Here are select highlights from across the campus:

President Bob Easter at UIC

President Easter and Chancellor Allen-Meares
Chancellor Allen-Meares
and President Easter

We have been very fortunate that President Easter has made it his priority to spend time at UIC, get to know our faculty, students and staff, and immerse himself in our community. He has already made personal visits to many of our colleges including Dentistry, Education, Pharmacy and Urban Planning and Public Affairs, for casual informational meetings with faculty and administration. On September 19, he provided a formal welcome at the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the University of Illinois at Chicago, and greeted all of the major players that in creating UIC transformed public higher education in Chicago.

On October 9, Dr. Easter joined me for a very informative conversation with faculty members from across the campus. It was a very productive discussion covering many issues. He also joined us at the Faculty Awards Celebration on October 11 where he personally read the citations for the seven new University Scholars from UIC, and for the Annual Alumni V Awards on October 12 to recognize alumni and friends with a legacy of support for UIC.

Recent Select Rankings

Top ranking worldwide in assessment of young institutions under 50 years

In a new ranking released by the Times Higher Education of London, UIC ranked 11th worldwide among young institutions under 50 years. We ranked 3rd among U.S. universities.

College of Business Administration No. 1 in Chicago

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The UIC campus

The UIC College of Business Administration was recently ranked No. 1 among Chicago-area universities and tied for 56th overall among accredited undergraduate business programs by U.S. News & World Report. The ranking places UIC among the top 15 percent of the 467 programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the primary accreditation organization for business schools.

Campus Pride ranks UIC at the top

UIC has been named one of the nation's best 25 campuses for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students in a new data-based ranking. The list, produced by Campus Pride and Huffington Post, is based on data from the Campus Pride Index, which rates colleges and universities based on LGBT-friendly policies, programs, and practices.

UIC Buildings and Operations

ACTB — more than a building: A Beacon for Best in Class Faculty and Research

Celebrating the A C T B
The ACTB announcement

Governor Pat Quinn announced on August 29 that the State of Illinois would release $64 million for the new Advanced Chemical Technology Building (ACTB) at UIC, a project that will serve to strengthen biotechnology research in Illinois and bolster the city and state's economy. The ACTB will house select UIC faculty from chemistry, biology, and physics and will support cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. The ACTB will be the first new building on campus since the UIC Forum.

Another LEED Gold certified building keeps UIC at the forefront of sustainability

Douglas Hall
Douglas Hall

Douglas Hall received a gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, awarded by the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council. Douglas Hall is the second UIC building to win the gold, following the 2010 renovation of Lincoln Hall.

Hospital upgrades transplant unit

Ribbon cutting for remodeled transplant unit
Damiano Rondelli and Jim Perry

The University of Illinois Hospital unveiled its newly remodeled 10-bed Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit October 4. Physicians, staff, and donors joined former patients in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the unit, located on the eighth floor of the hospital. The renovation was made possible, in part, by a generous donation from the Perry Family Foundation Gift Fund.

Deferred maintenance deferred no longer

We are making progress on our deferred maintenance issues, with about 70 projects under way or in the works this semester. Most of these deferred maintenance projects are funded through money set aside to update facilities, plus funds provided by colleges and collected through the Academic Facilities Maintenance Fund Assessment. Plans call for updating facades at the College of Medicine West, the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, Art and Design Hall, and the College of Nursing. In some cases, it's been 20 to 30 years since there have been improvements. Another big project will be renovation of the Science and Engineering Labs, estimated to cost about $30 million. Improvements will include energy-efficient systems, heating and ventilation, and renovating teaching and public spaces.

Research Grants

Our research enterprise continues its remarkable growth in spite of the increased competition for resources.

ImpacTeen Project gets funding boost

The UIC ImpacTeen project was awarded a $4.4 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study policy and environmental factors that influence youth behaviors related to nutrition, physical activity, and obesity. Frank Chaloupka, distinguished professor of economics and director of the Health Policy Center at UIC's Institute for Health Research and Policy, is the principal investigator.

Hispanic Center of Excellence

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The goal: more Latino physicians

The College of Medicine received a five-year, $3.4 million federal grant to address disparities in minority health care. The UIC Hispanic Center of Excellence will use the grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to improve the chronic shortage of Latino physicians and other health care professionals, strengthening the educational pipeline that stretches from high school to senior faculty level.

New Named Chair in LAS

Edward C. Thaden
Edward C. Thaden

A $2.4 million gift to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from the estate of Marianna F. Thaden will establish the Edward and Marianna Thaden Chair in Russian and East European Intellectual History. Marianna Thaden, who died last year, was the wife of former professor emeritus of history Edward C. Thaden, who died in 2009.

A Leader in Electronic Security

Venkat Venkatakrishnan
Venkat Venkatakrishnan

The Computer Science Department in the College of Engineering is fast becoming one of the best programs in the country for electronic security. Over the past year, the Department has received seven federal grants totaling over $7.7 million for research and training in electronic security and privacy. The grants include a $3.2 million National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship grant to begin a new interdisciplinary electronic security and privacy PhD program and a $2 million grant for undergraduate cyber security scholarships from the National Science Foundation.

UIC takes leadership role in STEM education

Through the Chancellor's Office, UIC seeks to be the lead entity for the state's Health Science Learning Exchange. This initiative is being coordinated statewide as part of the Illinois State Board of Education federal Race to the Top funding. The Illinois State Board of Education dedicated $2.25 million for the development and implementation of content-specific programs of study for STEM education in Illinois schools. Up to nine Learning Exchange groups are planned. Each will serve as a statewide network and resource for academic content, online professional development for teachers, work-based learning opportunities, and other resources. The Chancellor is principal investigator, with Bruce Neimeyer as co-principal investigator. We are excited to be leading the way with creative and original initiatives.

The College of Nursing engages worldwide

In 2011, the College of Nursing was selected as one of six nursing colleges nationally to participate in an innovative seven-year program to help develop a high-quality nursing, midwifery, health care, and education infrastructure in Rwanda. The Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program is a transformative new program by the government of Rwanda in collaboration with the Clinton Health Access Initiative. In August, the first team of seven UIC faculty members left for Rwanda to begin a one-year commitment as Nurse Educators and Nurse Mentors. This could be the largest cooperative global health effort ever undertaken between universities in the developed and developing world.

On September 25, Dean Terri Weaver represented UIC at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York. Along with representatives from the other U.S. academic institutions, we reaffirmed our commitment to this program on a global stage.

Global leadership continues to be one of the University's prime missions. Our participation in the Rwanda HRH Program is a hallmark opportunity for our university to demonstrate the strength of our health science leadership and attract international interest in our programs.

Faculty Honors

I'm proud to highlight some of the outstanding faculty members at UIC who continue to bring recognition to the campus.

Diana Wilkie
Diana Wilkie

Diana Wilkie, Professor and Harriet Werley Endowed Chair for Nursing Research in the Department of Behavioral Sciences, College of Nursing, was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. This is an outstanding accomplishment and a source of enormous pride for the campus.

James Ho
James Ho

James Ho, Professor of Information and Decision Sciences in the College of Business Administration, has been named Best Professor in Information Systems at the 2012 World Education Congress Global Awards. The award recognizes excellence in education, leadership, and teaching. Professor Ho has extensive experience working with international organizations, major corporations, and small businesses in the application of information technology in the workplace.

Silvia Malagrino
Silvia Malagrino

Silvia Malagrino, Associate Professor of Art and Design in the College of Architecture and the Arts, received an Illinois Secretary of State Distinguished Artist Award for outstanding contributions to cultural and community leadership. Professor Malagrino was honored at a celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month at the James R. Thompson Center September 28. The main focus of her work is in film, digital video, photography, and installation. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her film work in 2010.

Honoring Faculty Excellence

Timothy Shanahan
Timothy Shanahan
Dimitri Azar
Dimitri Azar

On October 11, the UIC community gathered for the Annual Faculty Recognition Awards. We honored a wide variety of our outstanding faculty members, including newly inducted Distinguished Professors Timothy Shanahan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Director of the Center for Literacy, College of Education; William Beck, Professor and Head of the Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy; and Dimitri Azar, Dean of the College of Medicine and Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

We also recognized the newest University Scholars from UIC, including Michael Cho, Professor, Department of Bioengineering, College of Engineering; Vladimir Gevorgyan, Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; E. Douglas Lewandowski, Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, College of Medicine; Constantine Megaridis, Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering; Janet Richmond, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; David Ucker, Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine; and Diana Wilkie, Professor and Harriet H. Werley Endowed Chair for Nursing Research, Department of Biobehavioral Health Science, College of Nursing.

Student Honors

Like our faculty, our students are a source of enormous pride at UIC. Here are a few select examples of student excellence.

Nine UIC undergraduates were awarded Benjamin A. Gilman scholarships to study abroad. The students are among almost 1,200 undergraduates awarded Gilman scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $8,000 to apply toward their study abroad program costs during the 2012-13 academic year. Since 2006, UIC students have received 68 Gilman scholarships totaling more than $280,000.

Dartunorro Clark
Dartunorro Clark

Two UIC students who plan careers in the public sector received the McKelvie Scholarships for Government Service. Dartunorro Clark, a junior majoring in political science and communication, and Cezar D. Iordan, an Honors College junior majoring in criminology, law and justice, will receive the scholarship, which promotes leadership in public service.

Suzanne Oskouie, a neuroscience and French major in the Honors College, won an Iranian-American Scholarship Fund award. She was also a Highly Commended entrant in the Undergraduate Awards program, an Ireland-based organization that honors student with fresh arguments and new approaches, providing them with an opportunity to accelerate their ideas on a global platform.

The Honors College welcomed its first class of President's Awards Program Honors Scholars. The 83 students live in a community in the Honors House at Stukel Towers, with a scholarship including full tuition and housing. As a result, the fall 2012 Honors College freshmen class is the most diverse ever.

UIC 30th Anniversary — Symposium

September 1 marked the 30th anniversary of the consolidation of the University of Illinois at the Medical Center with the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, creating the University of Illinois at Chicago. Within five years of consolidation, UIC reached Carnegie I Research Status.

Stanley Ikenberry, Donald Langenberg, James Stukel and moderator Fred Beuttler
Ikenberry, Langenberg,
Stukel, Beuttler

On September 19, we welcomed back the architects of the merger, including President Emeritus Stanley Ikenberry, first UIC Chancellor Donald Langenberg, and former UIC Chancellor and University President James Stukel.

During the presentations we looked back, assessed the present, and cast our gaze towards the future. Dr. Stukel put it eloquently: "We took the concept of the land grant university, and we applied it to the urban issues of today — the concept, the vision of how public and private universities can engage to deal with urban problems in a substantive way."

The architects of UIC built upon Mayor Richard J. Daley's original vision to bring top tier higher education to the urban core. They realized that consolidation would bring not only savings, but establish the first fully-comprehensive public learning, teaching, and research university in Chicago.

Here are some of the ways in which we've grown:

  • In 1983, our operating budget was $376 million. Our budget for FY13 is over $2 billion dollars.
  • In 1982, UIC recorded federal research expenditures of $20.5 million dollars. By 2011, our federal research expenditures were $287 million.
  • In FY11, our expenditures, including grants and contracts (total sponsored programs), were $396 million.
  • In 1983, there were no freshmen living on campus. Half our freshmen currently live in residence halls.
  • Our faculty has increased from 2,181 in 1982 to 2,473 in 2011.
  • In 1982, we had 15 athletic teams. In 2012 we boast 19 Flames teams, with women's soccer planned in 2014.
  • We are ranked 11th nationwide for diversity.

Look at our fundraising history:

  • In Fiscal Year 1982, $1.9 million was raised from a donor base of 2,243.
  • In Fiscal Year 2012, $85.2 million was raised from a donor base of 11,708.
  • In Fiscal Year 1985, our endowment was $14 million. Today our endowment stands at $217 million.
  • We recently completed our Brilliant Futures campaign with nearly $676 million, $26 million over our goal of $650 million.

We've clearly come quite a distance in the short span of 30 years, and we can look forward with confidence to the next 30 years.

Upcoming Events

Chancellor's Lecture and Event Series

Storytellers Event, October 25
11 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
Co-sponsored by Hillel. Three speakers — one Jewish, one Catholic, and one Muslim — talk about their personal experiences with diversity.

2012 UIC Urban Forum

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Sixth Urban Forum, December 6
Metropolitan Resilience in a Time of Economic Stress. This year the UIC Forum will examine the capacity of local governments to mobilize resources efficiently and effectively during times of economic challenges. Co-hosts include Governor Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle.

USU/APLU 2013 Summer Meeting

The Executive Committee of the Urban Serving Universities selected UIC for the organization's 2013 summer meeting. We look forward to hosting our colleagues from across the nation.

Alumni News

Barbara Schaal appointed Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Washington University

Barbara Schaal
Barbara Schaal

Barbara Schaal, the Mary-Dell Chilton Distinguished Professor in Biology at Washington University has been named Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, effective January 2013. Dr. Schaal has been president of the Botanical Society of America and president of the Society for the Study of Evolution. In 2005, Dr. Schaal became the first woman elected to the vice presidency of the National Academy of Sciences.

Alumni V Annual Recognition Dinner

We were delighted to celebrate alumni and supporters of UIC at the Annual Alumni Five Awards Ceremony October 12.

The University of Illinois Alumni Association honored Barry S. Ganetzky ('71 LAS), Professor of Genetics, Steenbock Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Michael S. Gordon ('59 COM, MD '61, MS '61 COM, '59 UIUC), Director and Associate Dean, Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Miami, with the 2012 University of Illinois Alumni Achievement Award.

Alvin A. Miller ('51 COM, MD '53), a physician with Regal Medical Group, received the 2012 University of Illinois Humanitarian Award.

B. Taylor Bennett, ('74 PhD COM), management consultant and senior scientific adviser, National Association for Biomedical Research, received the 2012 University of Illinois Distinguished Service Award.

Joel D. Bookman ('74 LAS, MUPP '81), managing director, Institute for Comprehensive Community Development, and director of programs, Local Initiatives Support Corp., received the 2012 UIC City Partner Award.

Illinois Tool Works, Inc., was honored with the 2012 Corporate Partner Award.

We are truly grateful to the many friends we have in the community and around the world.

Thank you for taking the time to read these select highlights. It's truly a pleasure to showcase some of the outstanding teaching, research, and student accomplishments of our vibrant community.

Paula Allen-Meares
John Corbally Presidential Professor