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Legislators end state’s record-setting budget impasse

Lawmakers ended the state’s record-setting budget stalemate July 6 by passing a spending plan that will provide full-year funding for the University of Illinois System for the current fiscal year.

The resolution, which was reached after members of the General Assembly voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of the budget package, is the state’s first budget plan — and UIC’s first full-year budget appropriation —since fiscal 2015. Fiscal 2018 began July 1.

“Today’s legislative action to pass a balanced budget for the state is a great step forward for higher education in Illinois and for UIC,” UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis wrote in a campus announcement last week. “I am relieved and full of optimism as we look to the future.” Read more…

To our graduates

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Dear graduates,

First and foremost, congratulations!

I look forward to this time of year, as the spring brings vibrant colors to campus and a sense of renewal and optimism. But I write this note with mixed emotions. As chancellor, some of my most memorable times at UIC have been those spent interacting with students. You are the reason I take such pride in my job, and saying goodbye to those graduating is bittersweet for me.

This is an exciting time in your life and you have worked hard — sometimes through very difficult obstacles — to achieve your goals. You deserve to celebrate! But please remember that you will always be part of the UIC family and I hope that you will reflect on your time at UIC with joy and accomplishment.

UIC faculty and staff work tirelessly to provide you with the finest education so you can flourish in whatever career path you take. And others are taking notice. This year, UIC rose into the top 200 Universities in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, based on our success in teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook. This is an outstanding achievement and we should all celebrate. Read more…

UIC junior wins national honor for civic engagement

A University of Illinois at Chicago junior has been selected to receive a 2017 Newman Civic Fellowship by Campus Compact, a national nonprofit coalition of more than 1,000 colleges and universities.

Alexis Smyser, a communication major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is among 273 students honored for their efforts to find solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country and abroad.

UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis, who nominated Smyser for the award, describes her as a “strong, vocal community activist.”

“She eagerly engages in community meetings with elected officials and contributes to dialogue regarding issues affecting Latinos in Chicago and nationwide,” Amiridis said. “Alexis is an outstanding active citizen who we are proud to have as a member of our community.” Read more…

“How do you grow a university in a state without a budget?”

Crain’s Chicago Business features “How do you grow a university in a state without a budget?,” an opinion piece by UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis. The chancellor’s op-ed follows a Crain’s story last month focusing on how the UIC College of Engineering is meeting the tech-boom challenge by continuing to grow and strengthen its computer science department.


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…

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…