Campus News

Students, staff and Arbor Day Foundation representatives plant a tree on campus for Arbor Day 2012.

Students, staff and Arbor Day Foundation representatives plant a tree on campus for Arbor Day 2012. Photo: Joshua Clark/UIC Photo Services

Green honors

For the second year in a row, UIC has been honored as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

The program recognizes colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and strong conservation goals.

UIC was awarded the title by meeting five standards: maintaining a tree advisory committee and a campus tree-care plan, dedicating money toward trees, hosting an Arbor Day observance and encouraging student service-learning projects.


Online learning

A University of Illinois certificate program that prepares faculty and education professionals to provide administrative support for online courses has graduated its first class, all from Illinois community colleges.

The Certified Online Learning Administrators certificate program offered by the Illinois Online Network certifies faculty, staff and administrators after they successfully complete a series of five classes and a practicum. COLA courses include online program administration, course/program quality, student support, and faculty training issues. Electives include globalization, blended/hybrid models, and copyright and intellectual property issues.

Core and elective courses are free for university faculty members; advanced online seminars cost $150. U of I staff pay a reduced cost of $60 for each core and elective course, $72 for the practicum and $150 for advanced online seminars.


Read together

UIC’s WoRD Book Club will host its next meeting Tuesday.

The group will discuss its latest book, Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, from noon to 1 p.m. in 507 Disability, Health and Social Policy Building.

The Women’s Reading and Discussion Club was created by members of the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women.


Soup and stories

Hear stories about African American chef and author Edna Lewis while enjoying one of her soup recipes Feb. 19 at Re-Thinking Soup.

Lewis co-owned and cooked at Café Nicholson, a New York City restaurant popular in the 1940s and 1950s.

Chef Kocoa Scott-Winbush will read excerpts from two of Lewis’s cookbooks, The Taste of Country Cooking and In Pursuit of Flavor. Jazz violinist Samuel “Savoirfaire” Williams will perform.

The event takes place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.


Presenters wanted

Organizers of the annual Women’s Leadership Symposium, planned for June 6, are seeking volunteer presenters for two-hour workshops during the daylong event.

Presentations should take a broad view of leadership development, including career and workplace issues, work/life balance, self exploration and empowerment.

Submit proposals through Friday at or by fax at 312-413-8393.


Support for researchers

Applications are due March 11 for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science’s KL2 Scholars program.

The award supports the research efforts and career development of clinician scientists conducting patient-oriented research.

For more information, call 312-413-7316.


Race and education

A forum Feb. 14 examines the relationship between race and disability and how differences are addressed at school.

“Not in my Classroom: Race, Disability and the Dilemmas of Difference,” takes place at 3 p.m. at the UIC Forum. Speakers include Alfredo J Artiles, education professor at Arizona State University, and Nirmala Erevelles, professor of educational leadership at the University of Alabama.

The event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, College of Education, the Learning Sciences Research Institute, the Department of Disability and Human Development, and the Disability Resource Center.



Armed against flu

University and UI Health System employees and their family members can get $10 flu shots at the Immediate Care Clinic.

The clinic, 722 W. Maxwell St., is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 8 p.m. on weekends.

For more information, call 312-355-0517

Students who have insurance through the CampusCare plan can receive free flu shots at the Family Medicine Center.


Free dental screenings

UIC dental students will give free screenings from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and Feb. 16 at the College of Dentistry as they prepare for their licensing exam.

Patients must be at least 18 years old. No appointment required.


Tax forms available

Employees who signed up to receive their W-2 and/or 1042-S forms electronically can now retrieve them online.

Forms are available through the university’s human resources website, NESSIE, at

Click the “Compensation” tab, then the link for the “W-2/1042-S Tax Statement.”

For more information, call 312-996-7200.


Graduate award

Applications are now being accepted for the Rue Bucher Memorial Award for graduate research using qualitative methodologies.

Students conducting advanced doctoral research in any college is eligible to apply for the $1,250 award.

Deadline to apply is March 4.


Take time to give blood

Blood donors must now have an appointment to give blood at campus drives.

Those who want to give blood should email donor coordinator Drew Ross at Walk-ins will only be accepted if there is an open slot.

Upcoming drives include:

• College of Medicine Blood Drive, 9 a.m-2 p.m. Thursday, Thompson Room, Student Center West

• Mini-Blood Drives, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 12, White Oak Room, SCE, Feb. 13, Ft. Dearborn Room, SCE


Online library resource

UIC Library users now can search 148 academic and research libraries in Illinois with Summon, a one-stop search engine.

With Summon, users can find books, journal articles, archival materials, data and more from the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois, as well as from websites.

Users can access the materials through interlibrary loan. Real-time availability of each item is displayed so users can easily place holds and requests.

“It’s a seamless experience for the users,” said Mary Case, head of the UIC Library. “Direct access to these additional resources significantly increases the value of our collections to our users.”

Click on the “Summon” tab on the UIC Library website to search.


Go, snow

During snow and ice storms, Facilities Management crews work around the clock to keep the campus as open and accessible as weather permits.

Priority goes to hospital and ambulatory care areas, disability-access entrances and areas, emergency routes and public walkways.

However, it may take several days to clear the campus of snow and ice.

Report snow- and ice-related problems to the 24-hour snow removal hotline, 312-355-SNOW, including location, time and a phone number or e-mail for follow-up.

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