Campus News: no more commuter shuttle


The UIC Commuter Shuttle to and from downtown Metra stations will stop running next month.


The UIC Commuter Shuttle to and from Union Station and Ogilvie Transportation Center will end May 11 due to increased costs and impending cuts in state funding.

Commuter shuttle riders should consider buying a Metra Link-up Pass, valid weekdays on all CTA trains and buses from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Pace buses at any time.



Driver’s license and state ID renewals, vehicle stickers, license plates, disability parking placards and vehicle title and registration services are available today at the Illinois Secretary of State mobile office, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Student Center East concourse.



A performance of five stories about survival, family and community — developed by students in an Asian American studies class — will be presented Thursday, 4 p.m., in the auditorium event center of Stukel Towers.

“Reclaiming Life: Silencing Stigma” is based on stories by students in the fall 2014 course “Mental Health, Asian Americans, and Community Engagement,” taught by Rooshey Hasnain, faculty member in Asian American studies and disability and human development.

The performance is presented by the Asian American Studies program and CIRCA Pintig, a Filipino-American community arts organization. Actors are UIC students and alumni and members of the CIRCA Pintig actors ensemble.



A free conference on science writing, aimed at students and professional writers, will be held Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Institute for the Humanities in Stevenson Hall.

Sessions include how to correctly use statistics, with Robert Sloan, head of computer science, and Bill Burton, senior director of public affairs; an introduction to science writing as a career, with local writers and authors; and innovations in science communications with writers and producers from WBEZ’s “Curious City,” the “Nerdette Podcast,” the Illinois Science Council and Argonne National Laboratory.



UIC celebrates Earth Month in April with Bike to Campus Week, EcoJam, workshops and more.

From April 20 to 24, 12 Chicago area universities will compete for the title of Bike 2 Campus Week Champion. The April 22 EcoJam in the Quad offers free food, live performances, activities and more.



Monica Gandhi, medical director of the HIV/AIDS clinic at San Francisco General Hospital, will present “Women Living with HIV” April 21 at Women’s Health Research Day.

The free conference, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Thompson Room, Student Center West, highlights new developments in women’s health and showcases research by faculty, staff and students.

The second annual event also includes research poster presentations and a lecture by Leah Rubin, assistant professor of psychiatry, “When Enough is Enough: Stress and Brain Functioning in HIV-infected Women.” Sponsors include the colleges of Medicine and Nursing, School of Public Health and the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women.



A town hall on the Human Resources job analysis project, focusing on the appeals process, will be held April 21 and April 30. The job analysis project is a review of positions categorized as academic professional, to determine whether they should be converted to civil service.

The town hall will present an update by Robert Crouch, assistant vice president for human resources, and Ron Puskarits, director of compensation. Sessions will be held 10 a.m. April 21, School of Public Health auditorium, and 10 a.m. April 30, 1-470 Daley Library. The event, coordinated by the Academic Professional Advisory Committee, will be webcast.



Plans to construct the Great Lakes Basin Railroad, a proposed privately funded rail network serving connecting to short lines around metropolitan Chicago, will be discussed at a presentation April 29.

“Building the Great Lakes Basin Railroad,” noon to 1:30 p.m. in Conference Room 217 at the Student Residence Hall, is hosted by the Urban Transportation Center. The 275-mile railroad would operate between Janesville, Wisconsin, and Michigan City, Indiana, adding capacity to the Chicago Freight Rail Hub, the largest in the world. Frank Patton, managing partner of the Great Lakes Basin Railroad, LLC, will lead the presentation.

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