Campus News: 24-hour library hours

Midnight IDEA Commons

Students can study all night at campus libraries starting Sunday and through the semester. Photo: UIC News

Library extends hours

Campus libraries will extend their hours beginning Sunday through the end of the semester.

During extended hours, students can check out course reserve materials, use library computers, meet in group study rooms, ask questions of library reference staff and work in silent or collaborative study areas.

The Daley Library and its IDEA Commons will be open continuously from 10 a.m. Sunday through 7 p.m. Dec. 13. Library patrons must show a valid i-card to enter the building from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

A shuttle, provided by the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, operates from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. from the Morgan Street entrance of the Daley Library during the extended hours schedule.

The Library of the Health Sciences will be open continuously from 11 a.m. Dec. 8 through 5 p.m. Dec. 20. The library will also have a dedicated shuttle during its extended hours; ask library staff for more information.


Urban Forum Dec. 5

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will give the opening keynote address at the 2013 UIC Urban Forum Dec. 5.

This year’s event at the UIC Forum will examine the role of technology in metropolitan regions’ emerging economic, political and social changes. Preckwinkle and Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares are co-chairs.

Admission is free for Chicago-area faculty and students; tickets for the general public are $25.


Songs of the season

The UIC Choirs, String Orchestra and Concert Band present a holiday concert Dec. 7.

Students will perform holiday music ranging from favorites such as Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” to Saint-Saens’ “Christmas Oratorio.” The concert is directed by Michael J. Anderson, Andrew Lewis, Daniel Black and Jose Oliver Riojas.

The event begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake St., Oak Park.


Online tax information

Employees can sign up through Jan. 15 to receive their Form W-2 online.

The 40,000 employees who received their W-2 electronically last year do not need to sign up again this year. Others can request an online W-2 through NESSIE, the university’s HR website, under the “compensation” tab.

Employees who do not receive the W-2 electronically will be mailed a copy.


Plans for development

A seminar Dec. 4 examines plans for a 600-acre site along Chicago’s south lakefront.

“Transportation Vision for Chicago Lakeside Development,” is part of the Urban Transportation Center’s 2013 Fall Seminar Series. Speaker is Nasutsa Mabwa, project manager of development for McCaffery Interests, developers of Lakeside. Mabwa, who received her master’s in urban planning and policy from UIC, will discuss the recent opening of South Lake Shore Drive, proposed water taxi service and bus rapid transit to downtown and connections to CTA and Metra.

The talk takes place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Great Cities Institute, 400 CUPPA Hall. For more information, call 312-413-1967.


Vacation, sick leave payouts

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

For instructions, call the Benefits Services office at 312-996-6471 on or before 60 days before the last day of employment. The benefits office is located on the first floor of the Marshfield Building.

For more information visit NESSIE, the university’s HR website,


Collection drive

Student Leadership Development and Volunteer Services is collecting new books and toys for patients at the Children’s Hospital University of Illinois.

Items must be new. Requested toys include infant toys, books, coloring books, crayons, Play-Doh, rattles, board games, stuffed animals, playing cards and toys that light up or make noise.

Collection bins are located in the Behavioral Sciences Building, Student Services Building, Commons West, Commons East, Stukel Towers, Marie Robinson Hall, Thomas Beckham Hall, Honors College, Student Recreation Facility, College of Applied Health Sciences, College of Medicine and College of Pharmacy.

For more information, call 312-996-4500 or email


Science vs. society

Doctoral candidate Burkay Ozturk presents the philosophy department’s Dissertation Fellow Lecture Dec. 2.

Ozturk will discuss “How to Defend Society Against Science, and Science Against Society” at 3 p.m. in the Institute for the Humanities, lower level, Stevenson Hall. A reception follows. For more information, email


Interested in journalism?

UIC News seeks two interns to add a student voice to its work in news and social media.

It’s a great opportunity to gain experience writing for print and online, including news and feature writing, video and social media.

Applicants should have experience in writing for publications (online or print) and an interest in journalism. Video and photography skills are a plus. Interns must enroll in an internship course for elective credit.

Email résumé and two samples of published work (print or online) to


Future of RTA

Transportation experts will consider the future of the Regional Transportation Authority at a panel discussion Dec. 3.

The event, sponsored by the Great Cities Institute and Urban Transportation Center, takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in 302 Student Center East.

Panelists include Frank Beal, executive director, Metropolis Strategies; Randy Blakenhorn, executive director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning; Jacky Grimshaw, vice president of policy, Center for Neighborhood Technology; Steve Schlickman, executive director, UIC Urban Transportation Center; and Peter Skosey, executive vice president, Metropolitan Planning Council.


Transportation plans

How does transportation around campus affect you?

Share your opinions through Dec. 31 in a survey created by the UIC Office of Sustainability, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and Active Transportation Alliance.  The groups are planning a transportation plan for the UIC campus and surrounding area.


Inequality at work

A seminar Dec. 9 examines the advancement of underrepresented individuals to leadership positions.

“Why Are John and David More Likely to Become Department Chair than Joan or Jamal?” will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Moss Auditorium, College of Medicine Research Building.

Speaker is Molly Carnes, professor of psychiatry and industrial and systems engineering and director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The event is sponsored by the UIC Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health Program and the Center for Research on Women and Gender. For more information, email


Singing for scholarships

John McDermott, a founding member of The Irish Tenors, will headline the 13th annual S.E.E. Benefit Dec. 6.

The event will also feature the Dee Alexander Trio. Alexander is an award-winning jazz vocalist and UIC employee in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

The event, hosted by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, funds scholarships for UIC students who demonstrate strong leadership skills.

A reception, dinner and concert are included in the $225 ticket price ($125 is tax-deductible). The event begins at 5 p.m. with the concert starting at 8 p.m. in the UIC Forum. For information or tickets, call 312-413-0077 or e-mail


Honorary degrees

Dec. 2 is the deadline for nominations for honorary degree recipients. Information on eligibility, nomination procedures and timelines is online. For more information, email


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