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Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares (right) and Maureen Parks
UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares (right) talks with Maureen Parks, assistant vice president for human resources, at the diversity event with President Michael Hogan.

Photo: Roberta Dupuis-Devlin

Diversity discussion
About 100 faculty and staff came to the UIC Forum Jan. 25 for a “conversation on diversity” led by U of I President Michael Hogan.

The meeting, sponsored by Allen-Meares and the offices of Access and Equity and Diversity, marked the first time a U of I president has participated in such a gathering at UIC.

Hogan was introduced by William Walden, professor of microbiology and immunology and co-chair of UIC’s Diversity Strategic Thinking and Planning process. He fielded questions from representatives of the six chancellor’s status committees and members of the audience.

Diversity in universities is important to democratic society and to prepare students to thrive in a global economy, Hogan said.

“UIC has a unique identity and mission specific to an urban public research institution,” he said, praising UIC’s achievements in the area of diversity, but added, “we have to do more and we have to do better.”

Photo: Roberta Dupuis-Devlin

Learning with Lynda
Trapped indoors by the winter weather? Learn something new through Lynda.com, an online computer training tutorial program available free to UIC students and employees.

Lynda.com includes more than 1,000 basic to advanced titles taught by industry experts, with help available any time for convenient self-paced learning.

New tutorials include information on e-mail management, Google apps, iPhone and iPod Touch features, HTML and other topics.

For more information, call 312-996-9824.

Dine out, help out
Through Sunday, two restaurants in Little Italy will donate a portion of their lunch sales to the Medical Center’s Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant program.

Francesca’s on Taylor, 1400 W. Taylor St., and Davanti Enoteca, 1359 W. Taylor St., will donate 15 percent of lunch sales to the Medical Center.

To participate, just mention the program.

Income tax changes
Employees will see a change in their paychecks next month after the Illinois legislature approved an increase in the state individual income tax rate from 3 percent to 5 percent.

Rates are effective retroactive to Jan. 1, so employees may owe additional income tax when filing the 2011 Illinois individual income tax return.

Employees can view how the changes will affect their net pay by using a monthly net pay calculator or biweekly calculator.

For more information, call 312-996-7200.

President Hogan, on the air
U of I President Michael Hogan will talk about the top issues at the university during an interview with WILL-TV and radio at 9 p.m. Feb. 2.

The interview will be broadcast live with streaming audio and video.

Hogan will take questions on the air from viewers and listeners.

State of the state
Robert Rich, director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, will present “The Illinois Report, 2011,” the latest in a series of annual reports by the institute, Feb. 10 for the Chancellor’s Lecture and Event Series.

The report looks at a variety of issues, from the state’s fiscal problems and the foreclosure crisis to college readiness and social and emotional learning.

Each year, institute faculty from the three campuses compare Illinois’ performance compared with peer and neighboring states.

Rich is an expert on health law and policy, the role of the states, environmental policy and science policy.

The lecture begins at 4 p.m. in the Chicago Rooms, Student Center West.

RSVP to chancellor@uic.edu

Award for graduate studies
Advanced graduate students can apply for the M. Rue Bucher Award, a $1,250 grant given for research using qualitative or field methods.

March 14 is the deadline to apply for the award, a memorial to a longtime sociology professor. Students working toward a doctoral degree in any unit of UIC are eligible. Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to, studies of occupations and professions, health and illness or gender in society.

For more information, contact Laurie Schaffner, schaff@uic.edu or 312-966-4663.

Basketball four-pack
The athletic department is offering a special ticket offer this month for men’s basketball, the February Four Pack.

The package includes one premium lower-level ticket to all four February home basketball games, along with parking, for $50.

Home games in February at the UIC Pavilion include Green Bay (Feb. 10), Milwaukee (Feb. 12), Loyola (Feb. 16) and 2010 NCAA Tournament finalist Butler (Feb. 19).

For more information, call the UIC Athletic Ticket Office at 312-413-8421 or e-mail Jonathan Butler at jobutler@uic.edu

EdTechs, let’s talk
A group of campus educators and computer experts have started a listserv for faculty, staff and administrators who are interested in educational technology.

The EdTech listserv is a campus-wide forum to share information and ideas about using technology in classroom, online and blended learning. No particular expertise is required.

On the list, participants can announce events, ask and answer questions and seek collaborators.

To subscribe, send an email to listserv@uic.edu, with one line reading “Subscribe edtech yourfirstname yourlastname.”

Time to get physical
The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability at UIC is sponsoring a video contest for people with disabilities called “How do you get enough?”

The goal is to show people with disabilities living healthy, active lifestyles.

The one- to 10-minute videos can show indoor or outdoor, recreational or competitive, solo or team, easy or intensive activities. Top prize is $1,250 for completed video; other categories offer prizes of $150 to $750.

Sample videos can be viewed online.

Scholarships now!
Feb. 18 is the deadline to apply for more than 60 scholarships, ranging from $300 to $5,000, from the Scholarship Association at UIC.

Awards, which cover a variety of majors, are based on criteria that include academic achievement, campus and community involvement and financial need.

Apply online or stop by the Office of Special Scholarship Programs, 2506 University Hall.

For more information call 312-355-2477.

Humanitarians and engineers
The UIC chapter of Engineers Without Borders will hold a fundraiser March 4 to raise money for its current project bringing clean water to the remote Guatemalan village of Cerro Alto.

Bernard Amadei, the founder of Engineers Without Borders, will be the speaker at the dinner.

The UIC chapter, which has expanded to include students in engineering, public health and urban planning, has been featured in UIC News and UIC Alumni magazine.

The event begins at 6 p.m. in Student Center West.

Tickets are $30 students, $75 others. Deadline for purchase is Feb. 21.

For more information, contact Nancy Cohen at njcohen@uic.edu

How do you roll?
The Office of Sustainability is conducting an online survey to see how faculty, staff and students travel to, from and around campus.

The results of this survey will be used to improve transportation options on campus and calculate how our transportation habits affect the environment.

The survey takes about 15 minutes. Participants can enter to win an iPod Shuffle or a bicycle lock.

For more information, contact Lauren Smith, lmsmith2@uic.edu

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