Category: Alumni

State of University of Illinois at Chicago

In a formal address describing the “State of the University of Illinois at Chicago” March 29, Chancellor Michael Amiridis showcased the achievements of UIC leaders, scholars and researchers over the past year and shared his aspirations for reaching new heights of excellence in the future.

“We gather today in the midst of shadows cast from a dysfunctional budgetary and political environment to shine a bright light on the magnificent accomplishments of our students, our faculty and our staff,” Amiridis announced during his talk in the UIC Forum.

He reflected on the academic year, highlighting the record-breaking enrollment numbers set last fall despite state budget uncertainties.

“We are grateful for their vote of confidence and remain steadfast in our commitment to access and excellence,” he said.

Amiridis also noted that UIC has proposed to continue an in-state tuition freeze for the third straight year.

“The success of our students has always been and will continue to be our first priority,” he said. Read more…


To our graduates

Dear graduates,

It started as an ember as you arrived on campus. A spark inside of you was ignited to learn and experience new things during your time at UIC. Now, as you are leaving campus with your diploma in hand, that ember – that new knowledge you obtained – has turned into a bright, burning flame.

We are happy you chose UIC to continue your education and you are now a member of our alumni family — over 250,000 strong, with more than 170,000 in the Chicagoland area. You just graduated from one of the top 100 universities in America and one that is ranked in the top 200 globally. Money Magazine recently recognized UIC for providing an outstanding education at an affordable price. And the U.S. Department of Education reports that UIC graduates earn more on average than graduates from other universities. We hope that trend continues with you. Read more…


Giving Tuesday

This holiday season, the UIC community will have the opportunity to give current and future students an important gift.

Giving Tuesday, which will take place Nov. 29, is designed to engage alumni, faculty and students to raise money for UIC. The donations can be allocated to anything from student scholarships to new lab equipment.

“It’s a day for the UIC community to unite in supporting the tenacious students who are here chasing an opportunity, world-class faculty and the new knowledge they discover and the service we perform that empowers communities here and around the world,” wrote Jeff Nearhoof, vice chancellor for advancement, in an email.

Donation tables will be set up around campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by and spread the word about the event by using #GivingTuesday on social media.

“The goal of #GivingTuesday is to focus awareness on the enormous impact philanthropy can have at UIC,” wrote Chancellor Michael Amiridis in an email. “Whether through the big foundations or simply the individuals who generously support our efforts, it’s important to be reminded that every gift helps UIC.” Read more…


UIC education grad named White House Fellow

A doctoral graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Education has been appointed a 2016-2017 White House Fellow and will be assigned to the U.S. Department of Education for the coming year.

Warren Morgan was appointed to the latest class of 16 White House Fellows.

The fellows program was created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to give promising American leaders “first hand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government, and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs.”

“It’s a great national recognition and is consistent with the quality of the College of Education at UIC and its graduates,” said UIC Chancellor Michael D. Amiridis. Read more…


Celebrating the ’66ers

As Chicago Circle Campus alumnus Arlen Gould leafed through the 1966 yearbook, he showed Chancellor Michael Amiridis the beginnings of the UIC campus.

“It’s a thrill to be here,” said Gould, who graduated with a degree in political science. “What I learned here was the basis for what I’ve enjoyed my whole life.”

Amiridis joined staff, students and 25 members of the Circle Campus Class of 1966 — which totaled 192 graduates — on the east side of campus June 18 to celebrate the group’s contributions to the university and the reinstallation of a class gift that was lost after campus development and construction.

“We couldn’t be more inspired by your dedication to this institution, and by your presence here today,” Amiridis remarked as he welcomed alumni back on the 50th anniversary of their graduation. Read more…


$5 million gift largest in pharmacy college’s history

Herbert Retzky has never forgotten his time as a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. A $5 million donation from his and his wife Carol’s estate will ensure his legacy of advocating for the practice of pharmacy is secured within the college in perpetuity.

The largest monetary gift in the history of the College of Pharmacy will establish the Herbert M. and Carol H. Retzky Deanship. The Oak Park, Illinois, couple has consistently supported the college since 2003, and in 2012 their financial gift created the Herbert M. and Carol H. Retzky Endowed Chair in Pharmacy Practice. The new deanship replaces the chair position. Read more…


Our students are prepared to embark on new adventures

Dear graduates,

Excitement. Nervousness. Apprehension. Those are just a few of the emotions you may be experiencing as you leave UIC with your diploma in hand and embark on new adventures in your life. One word comes to my mind that may help you assuage those feelings: Prepared.

UIC faculty and staff work hard to provide you with the finest education so you can be successful in whatever career path you take. Our enrollment this year, 29,000, was an all-time high, and that speaks volumes to the quality of our undergraduate, graduate and research programs. You, our students, are the faces of the future of this country. We hope you learned as much from us and we did from you. Read more…


UIC Chancellor talks past, present, future

Chancellor Michael Amiridis highlighted UIC’s accomplishments, discussed its challenges and outlined his vision for creating a stronger university during his State of the University of Illinois at Chicago address March 30 in front of a crowd of about 600 people at the UIC Forum.

“We have much to be proud of, much to be daunted by, but even more to be excited about,” Amiridis said. “This is a great institution and I’m confident that we are on the road to become the model urban public research university for the 21st century.” Read more…


Campus Message 07.31.15

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

It is with regret but enormous gratitude that I write today to announce the retirement of Arlene Norsym, Vice President of the University of Illinois Alumni Association and Associate Chancellor for Alumni Relations at the University of Illinois at Chicago, effective Sept. 30. Read more…


Campus Message 05.12.15

Dear faculty, staff, students, and friends of UIC,

Regrettably, we have now heard officially that UIC was not chosen to host the Obama Presidential Library. The Barack Obama Foundation chose the University of Chicago from among the four finalist-institutions. We congratulate U of C and we are excited that the Library and Museum will be in Chicago. We hope there will be opportunities for UIC students and scholars to engage in academic collaborations with the library and museum. We thank the Foundation for considering UIC and for visiting our campus. Read more…