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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…

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…

Home away from home

Students settled into their rooms for the first time Aug. 17, on a sunny and fun-filled Freshman Move-In Day.

Freshman residents were welcomed to campus and into the UIC family by Chancellor Michael Amiridis, men’s basketball head coach Steve McClain, women’s basketball head coach Regina Miller, student athletes and move-in crews.

“I wanted to get the full experience at UIC,” shared Vianey Toscano — who is from Skokie — on why she chose to live on campus. “It’ll open me up to new experiences, meeting new people and new opportunities.” Read more…

Warm UIC welcome

Crowds of first-year and transfer students filled the UIC Pavilion Sunday to get a taste of what it’s like to be a UIC Flame during the annual UIC Convocation.

The event marks students’ entry into the academic community and gives them a crash course in UIC traditions. 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…

UIC International to support students

UIC and Shorelight Education on June 7 announced the signing of an agreement to create UIC International, an innovative partnership platform that supports the recruitment, preparation and success of international students. UIC International will launch the International Accelerator Program (IAP), which will operate at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Read more…