News Archive: June 2013 - August 2013

Statement on Fisher U.S. Supreme Court decision

posted June 24, 2013

Today, in a case closely watched on university campuses, the U.S. Supreme Court returned to a lower court a case on the admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin, to determine whether or not the university's policy was narrowly tailored to achieve the compelling government interest of diversity, having found that the lower courts initially failed to apply the appropriate standard of review of that policy. This decision has effectively left intact the precedent that diversity can be a compelling government interest.

Read the complete statement on Fisher U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Visit to the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance on May 22, 2013

posted June 10, 2013

Chancellor Allen-Meares visits the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance

Above (left to right): Marty Gutierrez, UIC Office of Community Relations; Jose R. Sanchez, President & CEO, Norwegian American Hospital & PRAA Board Member; Paula Allen-Meares, Chancellor, UIC; Eduardo Camacho, Chicago Public Schools & PRAA Board Vice President; Colleen Gomariz, PRAA Development Director; Carlos Hernandez, PRAA Executive Director

Congratulations Class of 2013!

posted June 3, 2013

Chancellor Allen-Meares and a graduateCommencement is a time to reflect on one's experience at UIC and the people who make it an outstanding institution -- our faculty, staff, alumni, and you, our students. At the end of each year, I have the pleasure of attending the Chancellor's Student Service and Leadership Awards ceremony. I am proud to report that 320 outstanding students were honored this year for their volunteer service to the campus and the community.

Graduates, I send you all my good wishes for the future. We look forward to your continuing participation in the life of UIC. Please return to campus often and share your achievements with us. We will always be proud to call you our alumni, our ambassadors; you are UIC's true legacy.

Above: Chancellor Allen-Meares and a class of 2013 graduate.


Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, President Robert Easter, Trustee Pam Strobel, Dean Dimitri Azar, and AMA President Jeremy LazarusChancellor Allen-MearesCharles McPherson, featured speaker at the AAAN commencement ceremony

Top: Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, President Robert Easter, Trustee Pam Strobel, Dean Dimitri Azar, and AMA President Jeremy Lazarus; Middle: Chancellor Allen-Meares; Bottom: Charles McPherson, featured speaker at the AAAN commencement ceremony.

Israel 65th Anniversary celebration

posted June 3, 2013

Roey Gilad and Chancellor Allen-Meares

Above: Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel and Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares at the Israel 65th Anniversary celebration in Chicago on April 24, 2013

Larry Faulkner: Changing public perception of universities

posted May 1, 2013

Chancellor Allen-Meares introduces Larry Faulkner.Larry Faulkner, president emeritus of the University of Texas at Austin, addresses the crowd

The public views universities with skepticism, and experimentation is the way to change that attitude, Larry Faulkner says.

Faulkner, president emeritus of the University of Texas at Austin, laid out his analysis last week in his talk “Wise and Effective Academic Governance in an Age of Challenge.”

He spoke at Student Center West as part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series, at the invitation of Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares.

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Video Clip 1: Welcome Remarks

Video Clip 2: Lecture

Video Clip 3: Q&A


Pictured: Larry Faulkner, president emeritus of the University of Texas at Austin (left), speaks at Student Center West as part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series. Chancellor Allen-Meares (right) introduced Faulkner.

$10M 'innovation fund' to advance startups

Chancellor Paula Allen-MearesUIC will launch a $10 million fund to move technologies devised by faculty, students or staff from research to commercial use. The Chancellor's Innovation Fund will make grants totaling $2 million a year for five years.

"The fund establishes UIC as a leader in technology acceleration, enhances our competitiveness, and positions UIC as an important partner to external stakeholders," said Chancellor Allen-Meares. read more > >

Dentistry ProCare Implant Center ribbon cutting
and grand opening

posted April 24, 2013

Chancellor Allen-Meares cut the ribbon dedicating the ProCare Dental Group Implant and Innovations Center and the DENTSPLY Implants Clinic.

Poised to cut the ribbon dedicating the ProCare Dental Group Implant and Innovations Center and the DENTSPLY Implants Clinic are (left to right): Brian Bashaw, Director of Sales, Clinical Area East, DENTSPLY Implants; David Bangert, Vice President, Startegic Market Sales-Dental, Danaher; Chicago Alderman Robert Fioretti (2nd Ward); Dean Bruce S. Graham; University President Robert A. Easter: Dr. Robert G. Brunetti, President of the Guy D. and Rebecca E. Brunetti Foundation and President and Chief Executive Officer of ProCare Dental Group P.C.; UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares; Scott Root, President and CEO of DENTSPLY Implants; and Dr. Stephen D. Campbell, Head of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Director of the center and clinic.

School of Public Health celebrates 40 years

posted April 22, 2013

The School of Public Health celebrated 40 years of teaching, research and service at a gala at the Field Museum on Saturday, April 13.

Keynote speaker Leymah Gbowee and Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares were present to celebrate the anniversary of the only accredited school of public health in Illinois. Gbowee was a 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, best known for leading Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that helped to end Liberia's 14-year civil war in 2003.

Chancellor Allen-Meares and Paul Brandt-Rauf, dean of the UIC School of Public Health.

Chancellor Allen-Meares and Paul Brandt-Rauf, dean of the School of Public Health.

Chancellor Allen-Meares addresses the crowd at the Field Museum gala.

Chancellor Allen-Meares addresses the crowd at the Field Museum gala.

Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee and Chancellor Allen-Meares.

Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee and Chancellor Allen-Meares.

In support of Dream Act students, immigration reform

posted April 19, 2013

The University of Illinois at Chicago is known for providing access to excellence and success in higher education.

UIC is proud to be known as one of the most diverse campuses in the United States. We have been enriched by the diverse experiences of our faculty, staff and students, both U.S. born and immigrant. We view diversity not only as a commitment, but as a strength, and we feel our nation would do well to do the same, as it has traditionally.

Therefore, UIC joins today with other U.S. institutions of higher education to recognize April 19, 2013, as a day of awareness and action regarding immigration reform. This follows the appeal made to President Obama and congressional leaders by 150 university presidents and chancellors in September 2012 to act on immigration reform so our country can "retain and benefit from immigrants educated at our universities." read more > >

Read the full proclamation from Chancellor Allen-Meares and Provost Kaufman

M. Roy Wilson and Paula Allen-MearesWhy Health
Disparities Matter

M. Roy Wilson, Deputy Director of Strategic Scientific Planning and Program Coordination for the National Institutes of Health, recently spoke on minority health and health disparities research as part of the Chancellor's Lecture and Event Series.

Wilson works with all of the National Institutes of Health on health disparities research. He also serves as co-chair for the new NIH Common Fund programs, the Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity Initiative, and the National Research Mentoring Network.

An ophthalmologist by training, Wilson's research has focused on the causes of low vision and blindness in populations from the Caribbean to West Africa. He has held many academic and health sciences leadership positions.

View Dr. Wilson's slideshow (PowerPoint file)

Chancellor joins Governor on Mexico trade mission

Governor Pat Quinn, Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares and dignitaries

Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares was honored to be invited by Governor Quinn to join him on his recent trade mission to Mexico City.

Chicago, home to one of the largest Mexican communities outside Mexico, makes the involvement of UIC a very logical choice. UIC values all of our partnerships, collaborations and educational programs with Mexico, and welcome the opportunity to develop and expand our growing relationships with their institutions.

Currently, UIC has institutional partnerships involving graduate student and faculty research with: The University of Guadalajara; The Technologico de Monterrey; and many more. UIC is currently exploring a partnership with Pro-Mexico and the National Museum of Mexican Art to hold a Mexico Today Conference to examine important issues facing Mexico and Latino communities in Illinois.

Chancellor and President hear directly from faculty

Chancellor Allen-Meares, President Easter and FacultyChancellor Paula Allen-Meares

Chancellor Allen-Meares and UI President Easter have recently held town hall meetings with faculty to discuss goals and objectives as well as to have conversations together to discuss issues.

Fun with the Flames

The flames fired up a win on a big night that saw UI President Bob Easter light the flame in a pre-game ceremony, Sparky D. Dragon jump out of a cake to celebrate UIC's 30th anniversary, and the annual Challenge of the Deans, a half-time shooting contest.

Bob Easter, Chancellor Allen-Meares and competitors in the Challenge of the Deans Cheryl Easter, Sparky, Bob Easter, Paula Allen-Meares

Top: Bob Easter, Chancellor Allen-Meares and competitors in the Challenge of the Deans; Bottom: Cheryl Easter, Sparky D. Dragon, Bob Easter, Paula Allen-Meares

Bob Easter, Lon KaufmanUI President visits UIC College Prep

University of Illinois President Robert Easter recently toured UIC College Prep, which opened in 2008, one of the Noble network of charter schools. His visit included stops in a chemistry lab, algebra class, health sciences class and a few minutes of honor band practice.

With the aim of pursuing careers in the health sciences field, students take rotations on UIC's campus in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, public health, nursing and applied health sciences. read more > >

Pictured: University of Illinois President Robert Easter (back, right), visits a UIC College Prep classroom Feb. 6 with Lon Kaufman, UIC vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost.

UIC Nursing partnership to graduate its third class

University President Robert Easter at Bel-Air College of Nursing in IndiaThe Bel-Air College of Nursing in Panchgani, India, will graduate its third class of nearly 40 baccalaureate degree nurses in spring 2013 thanks to the UIC College of Nursing. A partnership between the two educational institutions was formed in 2004, with the Indian nursing college teaching its first students in 2006. The collaboration is funded through the Bel-Air Benefit Foundation and the Minu K. and Mehroo M. Patel Endowment Fund for Nursing Advancement in India at the University of Illinois Foundation. President Easter recently visited the Indian campus to discuss the program with administrators and faculty.

Pictured: University President Robert Easter (center) recently visited the Bel-Air College of Nursing in India.

All-Star alumnus gives back to campus, community

Curtis Granderson and Paula Allen-MearesAlumnus Curtis Granderson has pledged the funding for a new, multi-million dollar baseball stadium on campus.

The ballpark will be home for UIC Flames Baseball, but more importantly the facility is intended to serve area youth and the Chicago community. Partnerships with Major League Baseball, Chicago Public Schools and various youth organizations will provide community access to the aptly named Curtis Granderson Stadium for a multitude of events.

"Partnerships that combine academics and baseball -- these speak to Curtis's passions," said Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares. "We are deeply grateful to Curtis and to his wonderful parents. He epitomizes the UIC family and all we can accomplish together." Read more about the new stadium.

Pictured: Curtis Granderson and Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares during UIC Baseball's inaugural Diamond Dinner where UIC retired Granderson's No. 28 Flames jersey.

Celebrating 10 years of Urban Education Leadership

Top Row: Christopher Kennedy, Dwayne Evans, Bottom Row: Mark Smylie, Steven Tozer, Paula Allen-Meares, Victoria ChouUniversity of Illinois Chairman of the Board of Trustees Christopher Kennedy and Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares recently honored the Urban Education Leadership program for 10 years of continued positive impact that UIC is making in the Chicago Public Schools.

Highlights of the program's success include:

  • The top-gaining high school in CPS on ACT scores in 2012 was Kennedy High School, led by a UIC Principal and UIC assistant principal.
  • Two more UIC led high schools were in the top 11 in ACT gain in CPS. All three high schools are high-poverty schools with largely African American and Hispanic enrollment.
  • For ten years, 99% of all UIC students who complete the year long residency have obtained administrative positions in urban schools, over two thirds of them as principals.
  • And most recently, the Chicago Public Schools and UIC were jointly honored with the Council of the Great City School Urban Impact Award in 2012

Pictured: Top Row: Christopher Kennedy, Dwayne Evans Bottom Row: Mark Smylie, Steven Tozer, Paula Allen-Meares, Victoria Chou

UIC partners with DuSable Musuem for lecture

Carol Adams, Corey Capers and Lerone Bennett, Jr.UIC partnered with the DuSable Museum of African American History to sponsor "From the Emancipation Proclamation to the 13th Amendment," a lecture and discussion featuring renowned author, journalist and historian Lerone Bennett, Jr. and UIC's Corey Capers, assistant professor of African American studies and history.

The program included an in-depth discussion of the political and moral debates concerning the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Thirteeth Amendment to the Constitution, and their aftermath. Pictured (L-R): Carol Adams, Corey Capers and Lerone Bennett, Jr.