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College ceremonies

Commencement 2012

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commencement speakers

Honors College
7 p.m. Wednesday, UIC Forum

David Ansell, vice president for clinical affairs and chief medical officer at Rush University Medical Center, will deliver the commencement address.

An internal medicine physician, Ansell received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University. He has a master’s in public health from UIC.

Ansell is the author of County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Health Hospital, which describes his training as an intern at Cook County Hospital.

The book was named one of the Wall Street Journal’s top five health books for 2011, and was praised in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Publisher’s Weekly.

Student speaker is Nicholas Flores, who graduates with a degree in philosophy. Flores is the winner of this year’s Riddle Prize.

1 p.m. Thursday, UIC Pavilion

Ada Sue Hinshaw, dean of the graduate nursing program at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, will give the commencement address.

Hinshaw was president of the American Academy of Nursing.

She has received the Midwest Nursing Research Society Lifetime Achievement Award, the Health Leader of the Year Award from the U.S. Public Health Service and the Nurse Scientist of the Year Award from the American Nurses Association.

She received a bachelor’s degree at University of Kansas, a master’s in nursing from Yale University and a master’s and doctorate in sociology from the University of Arizona.

Applied Health Sciences
2 p.m. Thursday, UIC Forum

Kenneth Cooper, considered the father of the aerobics movement, will give the commencement speech.

Cooper, a doctor and former Air Force Colonel, is the author of the 1968 book Aerobics.

He is the founder of the Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas and McKinney, Texas, and The Cooper Institute, a nonprofit research and education organization.

Cooper received his bachelor’s and M.D. at the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University.

Susan Field will receive the alumni award.

6:30 p.m. Thursday, UIC Pavilion

Carol Lee, professor of education and social policy at Northwestern University, is the commencement speaker.

Lee is noted for her cultural modeling theory, a framework for instruction that leverages the knowledge of youths, particularly youths of color, to support learning in specific disciplines.

Lee, a former teacher and founder of the New Concept School and the Betty Shabazz International Charter School, is active in Chicago school reform. She is an American Education Research Association fellow.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, UIC Forum

William Marth, president and chief executive officer (Americas) of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, is commencement speaker.

He took his position in 2010, after serving as president and CEO of Teva’s North America division. He was president and CEO of the U.S. division, as well as executive vice president and vice president of sales and marketing.

He is a licensed pharmacist and serves on several boards and committees, including the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and the Board of Ambassadors for Johns Hopkins’ Project RESTORE. He was chairman of the Board of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association and American Society for Health-System Pharmacists.

He received his bachelor’s in pharmacy from UIC in 1977 and a master’s in business from the Keller Graduate School of Management, DeVry University.

Social Work
9 a.m. Friday, UIC Pavilion

Mildred “Mit” Joyner, president of the Council on Social Work Education, will speak at commencement.

Joyner leads the Council on Social Work Education, the sole national accrediting body for graduate and undergraduate schools of social work in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the Caribbean.

A member of the West Chester University faculty since 1981, Joyner has chaired the undergraduate social work program for more than 25 years. Her research interests include child abuse and diversity issues, as well as gerontology. She co-authored Critical Multicultural Social Work in 2008.

She received a master’s in social work from Howard University.

Urban Planning and Public Affairs
10 a.m. Friday, UIC Forum

Commencement speaker is Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board president.

On Nov. 2, 2010, Preckwinkle became the first woman elected president of the board, capturing two-thirds of the vote. She previously was an alderman representing Chicago’s 4th Ward, taking office in 1991 and winning re-election four times.

As alderman, she fought for greater funding for education and affordable housing in her ward. She was lead plaintiff in a lawsuit aimed at instituting a more racially equitable map of Chicago’s ward boundaries.

For 10 years, she taught history in several high schools in the Chicago area.

She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Chicago.

2 p.m. Friday, UIC Pavilion

Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the commencement speaker.

Koh oversees 14 public health offices — including the Office of the Surgeon General and U.S. Public Health Service Corps — plus 10 regional health offices and 10 presidential and secretarial advisory committees.

He was commissioner of public health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was professor and associate dean for public health practice and director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness at the Harvard School of Public Health.

He has published more than 200 articles on medical and public health; honors include the Distinguished Service Award from the American Cancer Society.

Koh is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of Medicine. He has a master’s in public health from Boston University and is board certified in four specialties.

School of Public Health
3:30 p.m. Friday, UIC Forum

Alex Kotlowitz, bestselling author of There Are No Children Here and producer of “The Interrupters,” will deliver the commencement address.

There Are No Children Here won the Carl Sandburg Award, Christopher Award and Helen B. Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism. It was selected as one of the 150 most important books of the century by the New York Public Library.

“The Interrupters,” a documentary about the School of Public Health-based CeaseFire violence prevention program, won the Indie Spirit Best Documentary Award.

Kotlowitz has contributed to the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker and Public Radio International’s “This American Life.”

He received a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.

Business Administration
9 a.m. Saturday, UIC Pavilion

Carl Schramm, visiting scientist at MIT and a Bush Institute fellow, will speak at commencement.

Schramm is an internationally recognized authority on entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth. For 10 years he was president of the Kauffman Foundation, the largest private funder of economic research on growth and innovation.

He is a Batten fellow at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Schramm co-founded the Obama administration’s Start Up America initiative and chaired the U.S. Department of Commerce Committee on Measuring Innovation during the Bush administration. He is a member of the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council, chaired by the prime minister of Singapore.

10 a.m. Saturday, UIC Forum

College of Dentistry dean Bruce Graham will give the commencement address.

Graham, former dean of dentistry at the University of Detroit Mercy, has led UIC’s dentistry college since 2000.

He was a faculty member at Ohio State University, University of Toronto and Dalhousie University, where he was associate dean for academic affairs.

Graham, a member of the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, is past president of the Professional Ethics in Dentistry Network and founding adviser for the American Dental Education Association Leadership Institute. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

He received his master’s in education in curriculum studies from Dalhousie University, a master’s in prosthodontics from the Ohio State University and a DDS from the University of Toronto. He received a certificate in higher education leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

2 p.m. Saturday, UIC Pavilion

Glenn Neland, an adviser to the Texas Pacific Group, will be the alumni speaker.

Neland graduated from UIC in 1975 with a bachelor’s in communication engineering, now known as electrical engineering. He was a senior vice president with Dell Worldwide Procurement and Global Experience.

He and his wife support the Glenn and Linda Neland Scholarship in the College of Engineering, which pays for one UIC engineering student’s education each year.

The student speaker is Armando Diaz Tolentino, the 2012 Bell Honor winner. He is graduating with a bachelor’s in computer science.

Architecture and the Arts
7 p.m. Saturday, UIC Pavilion

Commencement speaker is Eva Maddox, design principal at Perkins+Will.

She is the founder of Eva Maddox Branded Environments and principal of Perkins+Will’s Branded Environments group.

She was named one of the “designers and dreamers who are creating your future” by Fast Company. She has received more than 100 awards for design excellence and was named the 2002 Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago Magazine. She has won two Purpose Prizes.

She was elected to the International Interior Design Association’s College of Fellows and inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

Maddox is co-founder of Archeworks, a nonprofit alternative design school in Chicago.

She received her bachelor’s in design from the University of Cincinnati.

Liberal Arts and Sciences
10 a.m. Sunday, UIC Pavilion

George Crabtree, distinguished professor of physics and electrical and mechanical engineering, will speak at commencement.

The second person to earn a Ph.D. in physics from UIC, he is a senior scientist and distinguished fellow at Argonne National Laboratory.

Crabtree has won numerous awards for his research, including the Kammerlingh Onnes Prize for his work on the physics of vortices in high temperature superconductors.

He won the University of Chicago Award for Distinguished Performance at Argonne twice and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Solid State Physics four times.

He is a member of the American Physical Society and U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

He co-chaired the undersecretary of energy’s assessment of the Department of Energy’s Applied Energy Programs and has testified before the U.S. Congress on meeting sustainable energy challenges.

His work has been cited more than 15,000 times in research publications.

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