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Donation drive

The Woman 2 Woman Initiative of the African American Academic Network is hosting a donation drive for Deborah’s Place, a service organization for women experiencing homelessness.

Donate new household items, toiletries, and cleaning products through Friday at the African American Academic Network, Suite 2800 Student Services Building.

For more information, email

Urban innovation

The Urban Planning and Policy Student Association presents its seventh annual Urban Innovation Symposium Friday — an entirely student-run event.

The symposium, “Networked for Good,” addresses technology’s impact in cities.

The event includes a session during the day on campus and an evening session at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen.

For engineering professionals

The UIC Extended Campus is offering a course in conjunction with the College of Engineering this spring designed for working professional engineers.

Building Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning takes place on Wednesday evenings through May 6. Participants, who must have a bachelor’s degree, will learn topics that apply directly to work in the architectural engineering industry.

Undergrads can win $5,000

Deadline is Jan. 31 for undergraduates to enter the annual Maurice Prize Competition sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Students should undertake a project of their choice that addresses an issue, showing knowledge, creative use of resources and the ability to work with others to find solutions.

The winner — an individual or team — receives $5,000.

Extreme weather policy

As a matter of policy, the UIC campus never closes in extreme weather because residence halls, health care services and research facilities must remain open.

The campus will operate during regularly scheduled hours during extreme weather conditions. Employees are expected to report to work or make arrangements with supervisors according to university regulations.

If individual instructors cancel class, they must notify college and departmental offices and inform students promptly by e-mail or Blackboard. Work must be made up later in the semester.

All classes will be canceled if, in the judgment of the chancellor or provost, the health and safety of students, faculty and staff would be seriously jeopardized. Notification will be made via campus email and emergency text messaging, the UIC website and the UIC Information Line, 312-413-9696, as well as local news media.

The UI Hospital will remain open regardless of weather. Staff and students assigned to patient care and support are expected to report even when classes are canceled.

Snow removal hotline

During and after a winter storm, Facilities Management crews work around the clock to clear building entrances, streets, sidewalks and parking lots. Priority is always given to the hospital and clinics, disability-access entrances and parking spaces, emergency routes and public walkways.

Report problems related to snow and ice to the 24/7 snow removal hotline, 5-SNOW (312-355-7669).

Social media, academics

Researchers can learn how to use social media to extend the reach of their findings during a Policy 101 Workshop Thursday.

“Academics Use of New Media” takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room 1-470 Daley Library.

The event is sponsored by the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, and Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

Green projects

The first step for student proposals to help make UIC a greener campus are due Feb. 6 to the Sustainability Fee Advisory Board.

The Sustainability Fee, $3 per semester paid by all UIC students, funds small, short-term projects, helps subsidize larger, long-term projects and helps fund student travel to related conferences.

Recognizing student service

Nominations are now being accepted for the Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Awards.

The volunteerism and leadership awards include the Chancellor’s Student Service Award, Eugertha Bates Memorial Award and Jane Addams Distinguished Service Award. Students may also be nominated for induction into the Activities Honorary Society. Outstanding undergraduate, graduate and professional students who have given their time and talent to campus or community service can be nominated for the awards.

Nominations can be submitted until 5 p.m. Feb. 10.

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