Category: News

UIC leaders detail impact of budget impasse

As the state budget stalemate nears its two-year mark, university officials are preparing to make additional budget cuts while continuing to diversify revenue streams.

“We have been holding our ground,” Chancellor Michael Amiridis told community members at a town hall held by the Academic Professional Advisory Committee Feb. 9, addressing the budget gridlock’s effects, “but I don’t know for how much longer we’ll be able to.”

Amiridis and other university leaders explained that UIC has not received a full-year budget appropriation since fiscal 2015, and even though stopgap funding was approved in fiscal 2016, sending $180 million to the University of Illinois system, the amount was about 27 percent of what the system expected to receive, leaving UIC with a budget shortfall of about $125 million. The stopgap partially funded Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) grants, too, but it only provided $170 million statewide, about 45 percent of the fiscal 2015 appropriation. Read more…


U of I leaders sign letter supporting energy initiatives

University of Illinois President Tim Killeen, UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis and UIUC Chancellor Robert Jones are among signatories from more than 170 colleges and universities on a letter that urges President Donald Trump and congressional representatives to accelerate progress toward a clean energy future.

Through the open letter, organized by a diverse group of higher education institutions and the Boston-based nonprofit Second Nature, they call on elected officials to support participation in the Paris Agreement, climate research and investment in the low carbon economy.

“We are committed to developing and deploying innovative climate solutions that provide a prosperous future for all Americans,” the group wrote. Read more…


Celebrating new Pilsen clinic

Nearly 100 university staff and community members gathered at the Pilsen Family Health Center Lower West Dec. 7 to celebrate the opening of UI Health’s second community-based clinic.

UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis opened the event.

“Today we formally recommit the university and our health care mission to making a significant improvement in the lives of the people of Pilsen by bringing our health care expertise and our services back to the community,” Amiridis said.

“We remain true to the Hippocratic oath,” he said. “We treat everyone. We are not asking who you are, or what you do, or where you come from. We treat all patients and we will continue to do that. This is one of the core values of the University of Illinois at Chicago and our health care system.” 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…


Mile Square celebrates anniversary, award winners

“Health means wealth,” U.S. Rep. Danny Davis said during an awards dinner celebrating the 50th anniversary of the UI Health Mile Square Health Center Nov. 3.

Mile Square, a network of 12 federally qualified health centers, is one of the oldest community health centers in Chicago. Serving approximately 40,000 people throughout the Chicago area, Mile Square provides comprehensive medical and dental care, mental health support and social services, regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.

The awards dinner honored those who have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to improving the health and well-being of Chicago’s underserved and underinsured communities.

Davis received the Chancellors Medallion, the university’s top honor, for his service and leadership improving the global community. UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis presented the award. 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…


Chicago, Cleveland public universities in friendly World Series wager

The University of Illinois at Chicago and Cleveland State University — as members of the Horizon League — square off against each other annually to determine who reigns superior on the athletic fields. Now, the two universities’ cities are vying for a bigger prize — a World Series championship.

The 2016 Series begins Tuesday in Cleveland, pitting the Chicago Cubs against the Cleveland Indians, two teams who collectively have not won the Fall Classic in 174 years. One team’s streak will soon come to an end.

Cleveland State President Ronald M. Berkman is so confident the Indians will be victorious that he is willing to wager UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis, putting up one of Cleveland’s most prized possessions, a case of Bertman Original Ball Park Mustard. Amiridis, enthusiastically accepting the challenge, countered with a Chicago tradition, deep dish pizza. Read more…


STEM education needs personalization and early engagement

UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis discussed the future of STEM education and addressed his support for the Chicago Pre-College Science and Engineering Program in an interview with CFE Media (Content for Engineers). A video and corresponding transcript are available here.


Strategic priorities document outlines plans for future

UIC released its Strategic Priorities document Wednesday, which outlines a five-year plan to enhance student support and build on the university’s national and global reputation.

The document, “Leveraging Our Strengths to Shape the Future,” is the culmination of a year of work by the UIC Strategic Priorities Committee, which was chaired by Michael Pagano, dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, and Robert Winn, director of the Cancer Center and associate vice chancellor for community based practice. Read more…


UIC ranked among world’s best

UIC rose into the top 200 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

UIC ranked No. 200 among more than 1,300 institutions globally on the list, which evaluates research-intensive universities on their core missions of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. Read more…