Category: Chancellor Communications

Campus Message 02.27.17

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Given the national dialogue and uncertainty surrounding immigration policy and enforcement, we want again to assure our campus community that we are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all.

We realize that some members of our community are concerned and uncertain about what to do if you are on campus and come in contact with federal law enforcement agents.

If you are on campus and federal law enforcement agents, such as the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), ask to speak with you, or present you with paperwork or a warrant, our legal experts suggest that you contact UIC Police immediately at 312-355-5555. Generally, you are not required to respond to questions or provide information, and if you are obligated in any way, the UIC Police will be able to help you make that determination. Read more…

Campus Message 02.06.17

Dear Students:

I write to request your participation in a survey to provide the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) reviewers with more information about the student experience at UIC. While this survey is voluntary, your comments are very important. The answers you give on this survey are anonymous. The Higher Learning Commission and UIC will not have access to any information that would identify you as an individual.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is the institutional accrediting association that comprehensively evaluates our University, and information about your experience through this survey will be important during this process. Read more…

Campus Message 02.01.17

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Every ten years the University of Illinois at Chicago is evaluated by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to ascertain that our academic programs continue to meet standards set by the U.S. Department of Education. The HLC is the accrediting body for institutions of higher education in the Midwest, and this spring UIC will reaffirm its accreditation. As part of the HLC’s comprehensive evaluation process, a team of eight peer reviewers will visit UIC on April 24-25, 2017.

To ensure that all members of the UIC community will be able to participate in the reaffirmation process, there will be several opportunities to share comments and feedback with the reviewers: Read more…

Campus Message 01.13.17

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. John Coumbe-Lilley as the Faculty Athletic Representative effective January 1, 2017. Dr. Coumbe-Lilley will continue to serves as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition in the College of Applied Health Sciences.

The Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) serves to promote academic integrity and institutional control of intercollegiate athletics, to facilitate the integration of academic and athletic components within the university community, and to enhance the student-athlete experience. The FAR will focus on assuring the academic integrity of our athletics program and to promote the welfare of our student athletes. In this role, Dr. Coumbe-Lilley will serve as a member of the Chancellor’s Athletic Advisory Committee and as liaison to the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Read more…

Campus Message 01.10.17

Dear members of the UIC community,

I write to announce the retirement of Mark Donovan, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, effective March 31. Mark has served our University with distinction and dedication for nearly 33 years. His commitment to UIC is distinguishable by his loyalty to our institution, his 24/7 work week ethic, and his unfiltered candor and deep appreciation for the unique nuances of UIC. On a personal note, I am very grateful for all the friendship, support and advice that Mark provided during my first two years as Chancellor. Read more…

Campus Message 01.09.17

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I hope you have enjoyed your holiday and I am delighted to welcome everyone back to UIC!

This past December, UIC held its second university wide commencement ceremonies, one for our undergraduates and one for our masters and doctoral students who completed their degrees in the summer or fall 2016 terms. We were honored to have two distinguished keynote speakers. Ambassador Ivo Daalder, President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs spoke to our masters and PhD graduates, and Oscar Munoz, Chief Executive Officer at United Airlines, spoke to our undergraduates. UIC conferred nearly 1,400 degrees in two ceremonies where our graduates were joined by over 7,000 of their family members and friends. Read more…

Campus Message 12.19.16

Dear Colleagues,

Early this month, you received an email from the UIC Survey Research Laboratory requesting your feedback on an online survey as part of the five year review of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Mitra Dutta. As stated in the email, every five years the Vice Chancellors at UIC will undergo a comprehensive performance evaluation. I have appointed an executive review committee, chaired by Vice Chancellors Robert Barish and Susan Poser, to conduct this review.

The online survey you received asks about your feedback on the many services offered by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) to our faculty, staff and students. Your voluntary participation is valuable to this effort and the UIC Survey Research Laboratory (SRL) will keep your responses confidential.  Read more…

Happy Holidays

Illustration by Greta McGuire, undergraduate in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts

Illustration by Greta McGuire, undergraduate in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts

Best wishes for a joyous and peaceful 2017
Michael and Ero Amiridis

Campus Message 11.10.16

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

We have all endured a long and contentious election season and on Tuesday we democratically elected a new president. As with every election, it is impossible to know immediately what the results will mean in the long run or the type of change that comes with the new presidency. We will learn more about this over the next few months and we will be prepared as an institution to embrace new opportunities and face new challenges. Read more…

Campus Message 11.07.16

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you of an internal search for the UIC Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR), formerly known as the NCAA Faculty Liaison. Our Intercollegiate Athletics is a Division I athletic program serving over 340 student athletes in 20 sports, which have won numerous league championships.

The Faculty Athletic Representative’s primary responsibilities are to promote academic integrity, to support institutional controls of our Intercollegiate Athletics, and to facilitate interaction of athletics and academics while enhancing the student-athlete experience at UIC. Additional information about the important role of the Faculty Athletic Representative can be found at the NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative Association website: Read more…