Category: Students

Campus Message 05.11.17

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

The Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award, established in 1988, recognizes the demonstrated excellence of academic professional staff members and affirms our highest regard for the contributions of this important community to UIC. This year, six academic professionals will receive the CAPE Award, which provides a $1,000 permanent increase to the honoree’s salary and a $2,000 one-time cash award. Nominations are welcomed from UIC faculty, students, academic professionals, and support staff. I also encourage you to resubmit past nominees. Read more…


To our graduates

En Español

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…


Campus Message 04.21.17

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

This is a reminder that your participation is welcome in several upcoming events when a peer review team from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) visits UIC on April 24-25. The site visits are part of the process to reaffirm our accreditation.

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

Open discussion for faculty members (full-time, part-time, and clinical)
Tuesday, April 25, 9:15-10:15 a.m., Illinois Room A in Student Center East.

Drop-in sessions. These are open sessions for members of the UIC community who would like to speak with the peer review team or ask questions about the accreditation process. Appointments are not necessary; feel free to stop by.
Monday, April 24, 10:45-11:45 a.m., Room 2650 in University Hall.
Monday, April 24, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Room 2650 in University Hall.

Open forums. There will be five open forums during the site visit, one for each of the HLC’s criteria. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend these sessions to discuss how UIC addresses the HLC’s accreditation criteria. 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…


Campus Message 04.18.17

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Last year, the UIC Master Plan Advisory Committee began the process of formulating a 10-year plan to help UIC “Escape Forward” through strategic development of campus facilities and grounds. I am pleased to announce that the committee has developed a draft plan titled, Envisioning Our Future: 2017-2027 Plan, that is now ready for input from all campus stakeholders. The draft plan and video can be found at: https://architect.uic.edu/uic-campus-master-plan/

I have asked the co-chairs of the committee, Fernando Howell, Director of Capital Planning and Project Management, and Dave Taeyaerts, Associate Vice Chancellor of Learning Environments & Campus Architect, to present the draft plan before the end of the semester at two town hall meetings to gather your feedback. Read more…


Campus Message 04.13.17

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Every ten years the University of Illinois at Chicago is evaluated by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to reaccredit our institution. I invite and encourage you to participate in several events during peer review team visits on April 24-25. The site visits are part of the process to reaffirm our accreditation.

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

Open discussion for faculty members (full-time, part-time, and clinical)
Tuesday, April 25, 9:15-10:15 a.m., Illinois Room A in Student Center East.

Drop-in sessions. These are open sessions for members of the UIC community who would like to speak with the peer review team or ask questions about the accreditation process. Appointments are not necessary; feel free to stop by.
Monday, April 24, 10:45-11:45 a.m., Room 2650 in University Hall.
Monday, April 24, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Room 2650 in University Hall.

Open forums. There will be five open forums during the site visit, one for each of the HLC’s criteria. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend these sessions to discuss how UIC addresses the HLC’s accreditation criteria. Read more…


Campus Message 03.23.17

Chancellor Michael D. Amiridis

invites you to

“The State of the University of Illinois at Chicago Address”

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

UIC Forum
725 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, Illinois

Please RSVP online. UIC Faculty and Staff may park in Lot 5, 1135 S. Morgan St., at no cost if you present a valid UIC Parking hangtag.

This event will be streamed live on the Chancellor’s website.

The Chancellor will discuss UIC accomplishments, current challenges facing the campus, and future plans to be Chicago’s premier public research university.

The address has been designated as an approved event for non-exempt civil service employees. These employees may attend, without having to charge a benefit, operations permitting and with prior supervisory approval.

Click here to see this message online.


Campus Message 03.21.17

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

On Wednesday, March 15, we alerted the campus community that offensive and anti-Semitic posters were found on campus. Unfortunately, and sadly, additional posters have been found on campus and we write once again to reaffirm that these actions do not reflect the values we hold as a community. As stated in our earlier communication, UIC strives to be an environment free of discrimination in all of its forms and we strongly encourage everyone in our community to respect these principles.

Much of the vitality of our campus is because of the diversity of thought and perspectives that exist here. The same laws that allow for that vitality also allow for speech that can be offensive and create discomfort and even fear. Though there are some exceptions to the First Amendment’s protections, they are highly circumscribed and not available to prevent or punish the posting on public bulletin boards of ideas that many find deeply offensive. Read more…


Campus Message 03.15.17

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Today, anti-Semitic posters were found on campus that defame, insult and negatively portray Jewish members of our campus community. Such actions do not reflect the values we hold as a community. Acts that invoke hatred or violence toward members of our community will not be tolerated on our campus.

This event makes it necessary for us to reaffirm our collective commitment to two fundamental principles: the first is the importance of tolerance, inclusion and diversity to our university community and the second is the right to free expression that ensures we are a place of open inquiry and learning. Both of these principles are fundamental to who we are and what we aspire to be as a university. Read more…


Campus Message 03.01.17

Chancellor Michael D. Amiridis

invites you to

“The State of the University of Illinois at Chicago Address”

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

UIC Forum
725 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, Illinois

Please RSVP online.

The Chancellor will discuss UIC accomplishments, current challenges facing the campus, and future plans to be Chicago’s premier public research university.

The address has been designated as an approved event for non-exempt civil service employees. These employees may attend, without having to charge a benefit, operations permitting and with prior supervisory approval.

Click here to see this message online.