News Archive: October - August 2011

Sparky D. Dragon and Chancellor Allen-MearesChancellor Ready for New Basketball Season

Sparky D. Dragon, mascot of the UIC Flames, hand delivered season tickets to Chancellor Allen-Meares just before the Red vs. Blue scrimmage to kick-off the men's basketball season.

See video of the Red vs. Blue scrimmage

Read about the scrimmage and talent competitions

Read Coach Howard Moore's mission for the team


"Sweetness Ball" Raises Funds for Education, Research and Treatment of Liver and Related Diseases

Stan Lewin, Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, Steve Darnell, Carolyn Winter and James PatrickThe Walter Payton Center Guild at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System recently hosted the "Sweetness Ball," its 12th annual fundraising gala in support of education, research, and treatment of liver and digestive-related diseases. 

In 1997, a group of concerned Chicago-area residents came together to improve the lives of those affected by gastrointestinal diseases such as hepatitis, liver cancer, fatty liver disease, colon cancer and peptic ulcer disease. These volunteers formed the GILD Council to increase awareness of these diseases and raise funds to assist the physicians and researchers at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System. In 2009, the Guild partnered with the Walter Payton Foundation to become the Walter Payton Center Guild. 

Pictured (L-R): Stan Lewin (Guild co-chair); Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares; Guild members Steve Darnell, Carolyn Winter and James Patrick.

Honoring Former University Trustee Frances Carroll

Chancellor Allen-Meares and Frances CarrollThe Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Blacks and the Illinois Committee on Black Concerns in Higher Education hosted a tribute to former Illinois Board of Trustee member, Dr. Frances G. Carroll.

Dr. Carroll served as a teacher, division director, coordinator, counselor, and principal within the Chicago Public Schools system, and two consecutive terms as a member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Illinois. In January, 2011 Dr. Carroll was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn to serve on the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Michael Toney, Chancellor Allen-Meares, Frances Carroll, Stephanie Whitaker, DJ WellsPictured Top: Chancellor Allen-Meares and Frances Carroll

Pictured Bottom (L-R): Michael Toney, Executive Director Urban Health Program; Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares; Frances Carroll; Stephanie Whitaker, Political Science; DJ Wells, Urban Health Program.

More Focus on Math, Science Education Vital to Economic Progress

Co-written by Mrinalini C. Rao

A great deal of attention recently has been focused on an issue of real importance to the future of our nation -- the need to train more undergraduates, especially blacks, Hispanics and women, in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. We cannot envision a sustained U.S. economic recovery in our increasingly competitive world without a steady supply of highly trained professionals in the STEM disciplines, nor can we imagine full economic equality and opportunity unless the diversity of STEM professionals mirrors that of our nation as a whole. We congratulate both the Obama administration and the Association of American Universities (AAU) for highlighting this issue. Given the differential achievement gaps and escalating poverty rates among racial and ethnic minorities: How will the nation respond?

Read more on HuffPost Education

Inaugural NoVo Foundation Endowed Chair Honored

Lon Kaufman, Michael Hogan, Timothy Shriver, Paula Allen-Meares, Roger Weissberg, Christopher KennedyRoger Weissberg, a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences distinguished professor of psychology and education, was celebrated in an investiture ceremony as the inaugural NoVo Foundation endowed chair in social and emotional learning.

His presentation, "Establishing Social and Emotional Learning as an Educational Priority Across Chicago, Illinois and the United States," offered a first-hand perspective of the field he helped to define. Weissberg will oversee ongoing research as the NoVo chair, funded by $2 million donation from the NoVo Foundation.

Board of Trustees chair Christopher Kennedy said "I'd like to thank Roger for making UIC his home and giving us all at the University of Illinois one more reason to be proud of this extraordinary institution." more > >

Pictured, L-R: Lon Kaufman, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs; Michael Hogan, president, University of Illinois; Timothy Shriver, chairman, CASEL Board of Directors, chairman and CEO of Special Olympics; Paula Allen-Meares; Roger Weissberg, NoVo Foundation endowed chair in social and emotional learning; Christopher Kennedy, chairman Board of Trustees.

Richard TapiaUIC Hosts Inaugural Presidential Lecture on Diversity

“Diversity continues to be among our top priorities,” Chancellor Allen-Meares said as she introduced University of Illinois President Michael Hogan for the inaugural Presidential Lecture on Diversity.

“Among our 27,500 students, no racial or ethnic majority exists.”

Hogan, who introduced speaker Richard Tapia, told the audience “Diversity in our faculty and staff remains considerably shy of where it should be and could be.” Adding, “Our students need to learn in a setting that mirrors our world.”

Tapia is a recent recipient of a National Medal of Science and director of the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education at Rice, warned that “underrepresentation endangers the health of the nation,” before declaring “‘Separate but equal’ is always separate, but never equal.” more > >

Mrinalini Rao, Phyllis Wise, Michael Hogan, Richard Tapia, Paula Allen-Meares, Susan KochPictured top:
Richard Tapia

Pictured right (L-R): Mrinalini Rao, vice president for academic affairs; Phyllis Wise, UIUC  chancellor; Michael Hogan, University of Illinois President; Richard Tapia; Paula Allen-Meares, UIC chancellor; Susan Koch UIS chancellor.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
Addresses Students on Health Care Reform

Kathleen SebeliusKathleen Sebelius, U.S. secretary of health and human services, came to campus to talk with students about the Affordable Care Act, which allows those under 26 to be covered by their parents’ health insurance.

“Young adults are almost two times as likely to be uninsured,” Sebelius told the crowd in the School of Public Health auditorium. 

Sebelius also touted the recent doubling of the National Health Service Corps, which repays student loans to health professionals working in underserved areas.

“It’s sort of a health care Peace Corps,” she said.

Sebelius shared the stage with Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, university vice president for health affairs, and four students: Tokoya Williams, medicine, Inna Azov, public health, and Jan'nea Sumo, nursing, all of UIC, and University of Chicago undergrad Tomi Obikunle. more > >

Chancellor & President Greet Senior Development Staff

Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares and President Michael HoganChancellor Paula Allen-Meares and President Michael Hogan met with senior Development staff to show their appreciation for their efforts and achievements during the Brilliant Futures campaign.


College of Dentistry Announces Gift to Create Integrated Clinical Technology Center

Dean Bruce S. Graham, Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares joined nearly 200 UIC College of Dentistry alumni and friends at a recent Brilliant Futures Campaign Donor Recognition Gala. During the evening, tours of the College were conducted by dental students. During dinner, Dean Bruce S. Graham announced the largest-ever gift in the 98-year history of the College. The transformational gift of $8.2 million was made possible by the Guy D. and Rebecca E. Brunetti Foundation. It will provide the College with state-of-the-science dental equipment and technology manufactured by The KaVo Group to help create the Integrated Technology Center.

Pictured: Dean Bruce Graham (left) of the UIC College of Dentistry, explains to Mrs. Rebecca E. Brunetti (center) of the Guy D. and Rebecca E. Brunetti Foundation and UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, the state-of-the-science dental equipment and technology that will create the Integrated Clinical Technology Center.

Welcome Reception for Provost Lon Kaufman

Lon KaufmanChancellor Paula Allen-Meares hosted a reception to welcome Lon Kaufman as vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost. She also had the pleasure of thanking College of Pharmacy dean Jerry Bauman for serving as interim provost and vice chancellor.

Pictured (L-R): College of Pharmacy dean Jerry Bauman and Provost Lon Kaufman.

First Lecture in Series finds Faith in Common Ground

Eboo PatelEboo Patel, leader of Interfaith Youth Core, acknowledged that college campuses like UIC are places where cooperation between different faith communities can advance. His lecture "On Religious Particularity and American Pluralism: Jews and Muslims Building Community and Country," was the first in the 2011-2012 Chancellor's Lecture and Event Series.

Chancellor Allen-Meares introduced Patel, a Muslim, and member of President Barack Obama's Advisory Concil on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships. Patel recognized the unique opportunities college campuses provide for building community when he said, "When the chancellor shakes your hand at graduation in two, three or four years, she can be confident that you have learned interfaith literacy." more > >

Samuel Fleischacker, Paula Allen-Meares and Eboo PatelPictured Above: Eboo Patel, leader of Interfaith Youth Core

Right (L-R): Samuel Fleischacker, professor of philosophy, director of Jewish studies program, and founder and director of the Initiative in Jewish-Muslim Studies; Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares; and Eboo Patel.

Robert EasterProclamation: Robert Easter

WHERESAS, Robert Easter is retiring as Interim Vice President of the University of Illinois and Interim Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which as chief executive officer he lead a university campus of more than 42,000 students, and provided oversight for a budget of $1.5 billion,

WHEREAS, Interim Chancellor Easter has been a great collaborator on many cross-campus initiatives, offering thoughtful and deliberative advice on matters ranging from diversity, international student recruitment, and retreat presentations,

WHEREAS, Interim Chancellor Easter has been true to our collective mission expressing his opinions and explaining his rationale with quiet determination, and with the best interest of the University of Illinois in his heart,

WHEREAS, he has also been a great friend and supportive colleague,

THEREFORE, I declare today UIC APPRECIATES ROBERT EASTER DAY, for all Bob has done for the University of Illinois, for UIC, and for our state, the nation, and the world.

Signed this 9th Day of September 2011.

Paula Allen-Meares
Vice President of the University of Illinois
Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago
John Corbally Presidential Professor

Remembering September 11

On September 11, 2001, ten years ago -- at the beginning of a new century, an unfathomable event took place. Nearly 3,000 people became victims including nationals from over 70 countries. I find that very fact indelibly American; that so many people from so varied and distant regions worked and lived in one place in peace is the signature of our nation and reflected on our campus. When a tragedy befalls Americans, the world is immediately affected by the very nature and diversity of our society.

It is not for this moment to discuss the politics or the implausible reasoning that led to such destruction. It is however pertinent for us to remember this event, to empathize with our fellow citizens who suffered tremendously on that day, Americans and our neighbors around the world, and to work with all our strength, towards respect, tolerance, and peace for now and always.

I ask then, that we all take a minute from the daily lives we sometimes take for granted, to contemplate this precious moment that we are all able to share. Please also think about what you can do personally each and every day to make UIC, our city, our state, nation and our world a place in which we can be safe, secure and at peace.

Please join me in observance of one minute of silence at 12:00 p.m. Sunday, September 11, 2011, to remember and honor those lost on September 11, 2001.

Paula Allen-Meares

Chancellor joins in welcoming new faculty

Chancellor Allen-Meares and Mo-Yin TamPictured Top: Chancellor Allen-Meares joined Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Mo-Yin Tam, in welcoming new faculty at a recent reception.

Pictured Bottom (L-R): Faculty from the College of Architecture and the Arts Mathew Gaynor, Kelly Bair, and Jesse McLean.Faculty

Douglas Hall's Green, Grand Opening

Chancellor allen-Meares and Interim Dean Pagano cut the ribbon on the new Douglas HallDouglas Hall reopened in time for fall semester with a completely renovated interior that features collaboration hubs, break-out areas and conference rooms equipped with the latest technology. The structure incorporates green features such as geothermal wells, solar panels, automated interior lights, water savers and automated cooling/heating. The university will apply for LEED Gold certification, a rating system for energy-efficient buildings. Read more and see a video about the new Douglas Hall.

Photo: Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares and College of Business Administration Dean Michael Pagano perform the ceremonial ribbon cutting Aug. 24.

100 students join Global Learning Community Program

Chancellor Allen-Meares, Interim Dean Astrida Orle Tantillo and Jeff GoreThe Chancellor joined College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Interim Dean Astrida Orle Tantillo (pictured, center) and Global Learning Coordinator Jeff Gore (left) in welcoming the inaugural class of 100 students to the Global Learning Community Campus Certificate (GLCCC) Program.

The program, initiated by Chancellor Allen-Meares, offers students the opportunity to enhance their undergraduate experience and access the diversity of the student body and the global focus of many of UIC’s programs.

The reception was held in the Language and Culture Learning Center where the program courses and computer instruction sessions will be held. more > >

Welcome New Flames to UIC!

Chancellor Allen-Meares and Christin Zito

Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares was on hand at Move-In Day August 17 to welcome students like Christin Zito, a freshman in business. more > >

Chancellor Allen-Meares and Susan Teggatz

Chancellor Allen-Meares and Susan M. Teggatz (left), Director of Campus Housing, prepare to address a record crowd of 4,700 students, family, friends and faculty members at convocation, Sunday, August 21. "‘Consider us your UIC family" Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares said as she welcomed and introduced the crowd to UIC. more > >

Read Chancellor Allen-Meares welcome note to campus for the academic year.