Campus News

Harold Washington

Xolela Mangcu, University of Cape Town, presents a seminar Friday on “From Harold Washington to Barack Obama: A Leadership Legacy.”

Home away from home

More guest suites will soon be available on campus for family members and friends of patients at UI Hospital and other nearby hospitals in the Medical District.

In 2011, UIC collaborated with the IMD Guest House Foundation to provide an inexpensive and convenient place for hospital patients’ family members. This summer, the number of guest rooms available for patient families in the Single Student Residence will expand to 30.

The suites include a bedroom, living room with sleeper sofa and kitchen area. They are fully furnished with flat-screen TVs, dishes, cookware and linens.

Proceeds from an event Thursday support the IMD Guest House Foundation. Tickets for “Cosmetics that Care,” 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bloomingdale’s on Michigan Avenue, are $35 for individuals ($40 on day of event) or $60 per couple. Bloomingdale’s will donate 10 percent of purchases made during the event to the foundation.


Time for recess

Celebrate the end of spring semester April 24 with fun and games at Recess.

The festival, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lecture Center Plaza, includes roller-skating, airbrush tattoos, food, giveaways, games and more.

The event is sponsored by Campus Programs and Undergraduate Student Government.

Rain date is May 1.


Tackling challenges

Larry R. Faulkner, president emeritus of the University of Texas at Austin, will address challenges facing higher education at a lecture today.

His talk, “Wise and Effective Academic Governance in an Age of Challenge,” begins at 4 p.m. in Student Center West’s Thompson Rooms.

Faulkner has more than four decades of experience in higher education. He was University of Texas president from 1998 to 2006.

He was a member of the chemistry faculty at Harvard University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Texas. At UIUC, he was also a department head, dean and provost.

The presentation is part of the third annual lecture and event series presented by Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares.

For more information, call 312-413-3350.


Black men and cancer

A town hall forum on the impact of cancer on black men and their families will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Malcolm X College Cultural Center, 1900 W. Van Buren St.

Cancer is the second-greatest cause of death for black men in the U.S.

At the forum, activists, researchers and physicians will discuss cancer prevention and treatment, as well as the importance of knowing family history and background.

The free event includes lunch; registration is required.

Sponsors include the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, the Cancer Center, the American Cancer Society and the Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University with Thapelo Institute Inc.


Free TEDMED broadcast

UIC audiences can watch a free simulcast of TEDMed 2013, a multidisciplinary meeting at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., through April 21.

Gary Slutkin, professor of epidemiology and executive director of the CureViolence prevention program (formerly CeaseFire), will speak in a session today from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Slutkin’s session will be streamed live in the first floor auditorium of the School of Public Health and Psychiatric Institute, 1603 W. Taylor St.

All the sessions can be viewed online through the sponsorship of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Select “Robert Wood Johnson Foundation” as the organization and enter affiliate ID L61670.

For more information, email


Need to update driver’s license?

The mobile Illinois Secretary of State office will be on campus today from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Center East concourse.

Students and employees can renew their driver’s license or state ID, buy vehicle license plate stickers, register to be an organ or tissue donor, and buy specialty UIC license plates to support student scholarships.


Work/life balance

Learn strategies for managing career and personal life at a Work/Life Balance seminar April 25.

Susan Johnson, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa, will speak from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Moss Auditorium, College of Medicine Research Building.

The event is sponsored by the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health program, Women in Science and Engineering Systems Transformation, and departments of obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and medicine.

View a webcast.


Have a say in activities

Interested in planning fun events for students?

Campus Programs is looking for students to join a new committee, the Student Activities Board, to bring a variety of entertainment and educational programs to campus.

Interested students can attend an information session from 3 to 5 p.m. today in the Ward Gallery, Student Center East.


Leadership legacy

Learn how Chicago’s first black mayor impacted the city’s political culture at a seminar Friday.

Xolela Mangcu, associate professor of sociology at the University of Cape Town, presents “From Harold Washington to Barack Obama: A Leadership Legacy” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in 400 College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs Hall.

His talk is sponsored by the Great Cities Institute.



Latino film festival

The Latino Cultural Center will present three films this month during the annual UIC Latino Film Festival.
Screenings include:

• “The Blue Apple Tree/El Manzano Azul,” 6 p.m. Tuesday, Moss Auditorium, College of Medicine Research Building

• “Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth/Corazón del Cielo, Corazón de la Tierra,” noon today, Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B2

• “My Mexican Shivah/Morirse Esté en Hebreo,” noon Thursday, Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B2

Admission and refreshments are free.


‘Don’t Call Me Inspirational’

Harilyn Rousso, a “founding mother” of the U.S. disabled women’s movement, will speak Friday on her experiences in overcoming prejudice about disability.

Rousso, author of Don’t Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back, has been involved in the disability rights and women’s movement for more than 25 years.

Her talk, from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Disability, Health and Social Policy Building auditorium, is sponsored by the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities, UIC Disability Resources Center and the department of disability and human development.

Real-time captioning and interpreters will be provided for the event. E-mail for information on accessibility accommodations.


Supporting student research

June 1 is deadline to apply for the 12th annual Alice J. Dan Dissertation Research Award and Clinical Translational Research Award.

The award encourages research about gender and/or women. UIC doctoral students who have an approved dissertation proposal can apply.

Awards range from $500 to $1,000. Winners will be announced in July.

For more information, contact Manorama Khare at


Honoring Mother Earth

UIC’s celebration of Earth Month continues with bike workshops and EcoJamapalooza.

Register your bike with UIC Police and learn about safety, maintenance and protection at workshops held at different locations on campus; for details,

EcoJamapalooza, UIC’s annual student-run Earth Day celebration held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22 in the Lecture Center Plaza, offers free music, food and information from student groups and local organizations.


Thinking about retirement?

UIC will host a free retirement planning conference Saturday.

The event, held in Student Center East, includes information on steps to complete before retirement, preparing for retirement, protecting benefits, financial planning and more.

Presentations run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Registration is required.


White Sox day

UIC students, employees and alumni can purchase discounted White Sox tickets for UIC White Sox Night April 26.

Tickets cost $10 to $12 to watch the White Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays at 7:10 p.m. at US Cellular Field.

Buy tickets at and use code “uic” for the discount or submit an order form.


More time to study

During the last week of instruction and finals week, the Daley Library will be open around the clock from 10 a.m. April 28 through 7 p.m. May 10.

The Library of the Health Sciences will be open from 8 a.m. to midnight April 19, 9 a.m. to midnight April 20 and continuously from 8 a.m. April 21 until midnight May 6.


Benefit payout

UIC employees can defer vacation and compensable sick leave payouts to their 403(b) and/or 457 retirement accounts when they retire or leave the university.

For information on submitting a deferral form, call the Benefits Services office, 312-996-6471, at least 60 days before the last day of employment.

For more information, visit NESSIE.


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