UIC people: awards & honors

Luis Alberto Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea’s novel is one of five selected for the 2013 adult category of ILLINOIS READS. Photo: Al DiFranco/UIC Photo Services


Charles Hoch, professor of urban planning and policy, received the Mercy Housing Spirit of Mercy Award at a reception and concert Oct. 9 at Northwestern University’s Thorne Auditorium.

The award is for Hoch’s work toward “a nationally recognized model to end homelessness” as a board member of Lakefront Supportive Housing.


The Hummingbird’s Daughter, a novel by by Luis Alberto Urrea, professor of English and distinguished professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is one of five books selected for the 2013 adult category of ILLINOIS READS, the Illinois Reading Council’s annual statewide reading program.


The School of Theatre & Music received an Award of Excellence in Professional Theatre from the Illinois Theatre Association, which advocates cooperation among professional, educational and community theaters. Its annual awards honor “significant contributions in promoting quality theatre throughout the state of Illinois.”

The award to UIC recognizes the school’s collaboration in the association’s professional theatre auditions, which have been held at UIC for five years. About 70 representatives of Illinois theaters attend the two-day auditions each year to evaluate more than 300 professional actors.

Christine Dunford, director of the school, accepted the award Sept. 21 at the association’s annual convention in Chicago.



Siva Sivananthan, professor of physics and distinguished professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Nancy Sullivan, CEO and managing director of Illinois Ventures and executive director of UIC’s Office of Technology Management, were included in the 2013 Crain’s Chicago Business Tech 50 list, which highlights Chicago area professionals to “know about or get to know if you want the download on money, talent, and anything else connected to local tech.”



Richard David, professor of pediatrics, spoke at the Saving Our Future Health Summit Sept. 14 at St. James Cathedral in Chicago. The event was sponsored by the African Women’s Development Fund USA.


Julio Obelleiro (MFA ’10) and faculty members Sabrina Raaf and Daniel Sauter, both associate professors of new media arts, presented installations at Level 2013, a free, annual architecture and art event that showcases site specific, experimental, interactive installations in Chicago.

During the evening event, held Sept. 18 to 22 during the Expo Chicago art fair, architects, designers and artists transformed five spaces along the Chicago River.


Sara Hall, associate professor of Germanic studies and chair of moving image arts, presented a lecture on trends in German cinema Sept. 29 at the Milwaukee Film Fest.



Beth Powers, director of the Office of Special Scholarship Programs, contributed two articles for the National Association of Fellowships Advisors’ recent conference proceedings.

The articles are titled “Coping with Common Challenges: Strategies for Success in Fellowship Advising” and “Expanding Access through Organized Support: the History and Purpose of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors.”


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