Information from the GSC

Panel Discussion

  • President Killeen’s Vision
    • Two Main Focuses
      • Student Success: Expand curricula to a global academic vision
      • Increased Public Good: More contributions to the public and economy
    • Important for the University of Illinois system to grow and develop
      • Need to have the internal image match the external image and be the best across the board
    • Emphasized working together, fostering collaboration and partnerships
      • U of I needs to model collegiate behavior and shared listening – “There is nothing stronger than a shared vision.”
    • A Budget Task Force has been working on a strategic plan
      • Central administration are the first to be looked at when thinking of budget cuts
    • Has met with faculty senates and have received all of them well
    • Belief: “U of I system is world leading; student and faculty centered. For the students, by the faculty.”
    • Appreciates the loyalty of everyone at UIC, sees it as “deep and abiding”
  • Updates from Chancellor Amiridis – Chicago
    • Need to put innovation into action in order to thrive
    • Must expand the presence and impact of UIC
    • Need to strengthen academic programs and overall quality of education
    • Emphasized UIC is “one team,” not East Campus and West Campus
  • Updates from Chancellor Koch – Springfield
    • There could be more collaboration among the campuses, which President Killeen will help with
    • This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Springfield campus as a part of the U of I system
    • Three Main Focuses
      • Growth of U of I – Springfield in size and reputation (Currently 5,500 students, 44% graduate students)
        • Over 300 grad students in paid internships with the state, almost all eventually get hired
      • Stronger and more talented staff and faculty
      • Greater spaces and facilities on-campus at U of I – Springfield
    • Partnering with UIC College of Nursing, with students enrolled in new Nursing program starting in the fall – 120 applicants have already applied
    • Illinois Innocence Project is also housed in Springfield and has recently exonerated two more innocent people
  • Updates from Chancellor Wise – Urbana
    • Emphasized importance of recruitment and retention of staff and faculty
    • Must reinvent and redefine ourselves
      • Need to asses impact educationally, economically, and globally
    • The University of Illinois must be the first call made and have a seat at the table for all important conversations within the state

Themes in Question & Answer Portion

  • Collaboration
    • All campuses can work together on better healthcare, especially with the new College of Medicine in Urbana
    • Need to utilize the City of Chicago better as a source of collaboration
    • Need to develop more efficient services across all three campuses
      • Have students flow freely between all campuses, including their ability to take courses across all campuses
    • The U of I system needs a greater hand in affecting public policy
  • Budget Impact
    • Currently refining how U of I will respond
      • President Killeen does not think the worst will happen
  • Undocumented Students
    • UIC has already established support, the trouble comes from walking a fine line with the law and the support it will allow from a public state school
      • Need to expand the law
    • Urbana has been talking with legislators to create a more comprehensive law
    • Maybe create an undocumented students liaison position at UIC to help with these issues
      • Chancellor Amiridis will look to the Latino Cultural Center for help
  • Post-Docs
    • Need to include this in the vision of the U of I system to help faculty and graduate development
      • Can occur across all three campuses, but UIC needs more and better post-docs the most
  • Interdisciplinary Scholarship
  • The U of I system has a responsibility to be pragmatic about interdisciplinary work
    • At SUNY, President Killeen created the Networks of Excellence, provided connections, time, and opportunities for interdisciplinary work
      • Hopes to create something similar within the U of I system
  • Sustainability
    • Not just about greener practices, but the creation of resiliency in all aspects of life – interdisciplinary sustainability
    • President Killeen believes it is not just about sustaining, but thriving
      • Humanities and arts need to be a part of the sustainability conversation along with the sciences
  • Deferred Maintenance
    • Important students have up-to-date facilities
      • Need to look to philanthropy as a resource to help as well
    • Chancellor Amiridis stated UIC has a tired infrastructure and a heavy mortgage, but emphasized the need for a plan to change that
  • Reformation of Identity
  • Strategic plan must include this factor
    • The U of I system needs to resolve who we are and how we work together
    • UIC, especially, is working hard to reinvent their identity

GSC Salsa Party

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Dear Graduate Students,
This is a friendly reminder that we have our last GSC meeting for the year 2014-2015. Below are the details of the same:
When: Thursday, April 30th, 5-7pm
Where: 1200 W Harrison St, Student Services Building, Conference Rooms B-C
You are also invited to the GSC’s end of the semester, much awaited event on campus “GSC Salsa Party”.
We have a Salsa instructor coming in to teach us some salsa dance steps during the meeting to make this more fun and memorable.
During the meeting, GSC board will be recognizing graduate students and reps for their service towards GSC and its activities.

As mentioned in the flyer for the GSC Salsa party we have free dinner and below is the menu:
  • Chef’s Garden salad with ranch and balsamic vinaigrette
  • Chicken fajita and Vegetable fajita with beans
  • Mexican Rice
  • Sour and Cream
  • Cookies
  • Starbucks Coffee
Looking forward to seeing you all!


  • Task Force on Faculty Gender Equity
  • Reconvened this past December, an evaluative body
    • Stemmed from an NSF – Women in Science grant
  • Goal when first started was to analyze data from climate surveys
  • Various contracts have been implemented to help faculty and their duties, balancing work with other priorities (family, children, etc.)
  • There was no task force between 2011-2014 due to contract negotiations, wanted to wait until those were completed
  • Have been trying to assess workplace conditions, improve gender equity of faculty, and make recommendations for data and needs of faculty
    • Report due July 1st
    • Another climate survey and two other surveys are currently being analyzed
      • Time and rank for associate professors is a data point that has stood out
      • Extreme differences based on gender
    • Have only met once so far this semester, but group has agreed a better analysis and gathering of data is needed
      • Will try and add in race/ethnicity variables as well


  • Leadership Searches and Budget Updates
  • Chancellor continuing to meet with everyone on campus
  • Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs Search: Search completely underway
  • A new committee was created to ease dealing with new medical school in Urbana
    • Around 2017-1028, the entire footprint of UIC will be gone from the Urbana medical school and in 10 years, there will be a clear distinction between the medical school in Urbana and the one here, in Rockford, and Peoria
  • Provost Search: Going through last version of job description to be sent out
  • Hopefully these searches will finish by August, October at the latest
  • State budget still unknown and won’t know any time before July; could be done by September (worst case scenario)
    • Chancellor is supporting that faculty and student experience (admissions, student services, etc.) not get as large cuts, compared to administrators
    • Planning exercises have been done across the campus to help departments prepare
      • These are done with a 20% cut, which is about 9.1% cut per department
      • Deans are in charge of cuts per department after state budget goes through – can use reserves to make up for any lost funding and then create benchmarks for the future
      • There could be a hiring freeze in the future, but that has yet to be determined
    • There was a Diversity Symposium at the Forum about a week ago, which Rauner attended
      • Rauner believes there is a concern with the status of administration and that there needs to be more focus on faculty research and student engagement


  • Committee Activities
  • Best Strategies for DREAM Act Students
  • HB 3528 has passed the Higher Education Committee (10-5, bipartisan vote) and is trying to get on the floor
    • Had two lobby days already and will continue to lobby for it
    • Volunteers are preparing for House and Senator sponsorship


  • Health Equity and Community Engagement
  • Trying to create a Bench Science to Community Model
  • Mile Square – 3rd FQHC in United States, other two are in Massachusetts and Mississippi
    • UIC Has full ownership of Mile Square
    • Bench/Bedside Model + Community Health Care = Bench/CHC à A New Model
  • Importance of accessibility of healthcare
    • Make sure healthcare revolves around the people, not the other way around
  • There needs to be an interdisciplinary conversation regarding making a community health
  • Cancer incident and mortality rates in Chicago are 3-5 greater than national and state rates, and are even more biased when factoring in race and ethnicity
  • This new model emphasizes working with other community hospitals and truly collaborating together
  • It is important to understand the community better so that even with an increase in accessibility, it actually makes people seek out healthcare


  • Enrollment Updates (Undergraduate)
  • All numbers are up
    • Enrollment has increased from last year and has been the largest enrollment ever
    • The only enrollment numbers that are down are those of White students and applicants to CADA (College of Architecture and Design), which is not unusual due to serious competition with Columbia and the Art Institute when it comes to Architecture and Design
    • U of I – Urbana has admitted 400-500 students, minorities and LAS majors, whom they would normally not have to help amp up their enrollment, which could impact UIC enrollment, but no by a lot
    • UIC is the only state school not affected by low enrollment; SIU is even giving out of state students in-state tuition to help deal with low enrollment numbers
  • IGNITE event at Pavilion on March 28th
    • Reception afterward for African-American and Latino students
    • Chancellor attended IGNITE and the reception and everyone loved his friendliness and energy
  • Despite high enrollment, work still needs to be done to help yield these new applicants and have them actually attend in the fall
    • UIC’s biggest competition is Missouri, especially when it comes to recruiting Black students




Graduate Students,


Join us for an exciting panel and discussion where current UIC Professors and PhD Students from a variety of fields share their journey through Parenthood and Academia. The panelists will engage in an open and honest discussion about their experiences, as well as provide advice for current graduate students who are considering or are currently negotiating academic life while having families.

Parenthood and Academia Flyer-page-001

What:      Parenthood and Academia? A Panel and Discussion

When:     Thursday April 9, 2015

Where:    Lecture Center C1

Time:      4:00-5:30 PM


Refreshments will be provided and there will be prizes for the first 15 students in attendance!

Please take a look at the flyer:

Parenthood and Academia Flyer



Theresa Christenson-Caballero

Assistant Director of Graduate Student Outreach and Career Development

Graduate College (m/c 192)

University of Illinois at Chicago

616 University Hall

601 South Morgan Street

Chicago, IL 60607-7106

T (312) 355-2137  |  F (312) 413-0185  |


Below is the message from USG regarding volunteers; needed for the Pop-Up pantry event. Please spread the information to as many peers as possible. Thank you


Hi Everyone,

First, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone for their hard work putting together the benefit. I have attached the room setup for the evening so you all can visualize everything.

Misc updates:

1) 100 gold and black balloons have been ordered for the event.0104_0010

2) Catering has been purchased

3) Timothy will be the photographer  for the evening

4) programs for the event have been ordered.

5) gift bags will be given to volunteers, performers/speakers, and to VIP’s

6) art showcase- proceeding well

7) silent auction- proceeding well

8) pledge board- proceeding well

Volunteers: We will need between 10-12 volunteers for the event. Alea Thompson ( from SLDVS is in charge of volunteers for the event. If you have any members interested in volunteering at the event please direct them to her. We will need the most volunteers at 4:00pm to setup for the event and also the end to clean up. If we call could contribute one or two volunteers then we can easily hit the 10-12 volunteer target.

Attached also if the flyer for the event. The Wellness Center has offered to post the flyer around campus, but lets all do our part to share the flyer.

PDF: 0104_001

Thank you all again for your help and support with the benefit.

Best Regards,

Brandon Gaskew

Student | Political Science | University of Illinois at Chicago | Vice President | Undergraduate Student Government Student |Student Center East | Suite No. 397 | Meet through appointment| (773) 294-6166 (cell) | (312) 996-7877 (USG Office) | | |




Are you a graduate student who has to balance a variety of roles outside of grad school? Do you know a graduate student who has to balance graduate school with other roles outside of school? Do you have a job outside of your studies? If so, then we want you! We are still seeking panelists for our event next week, a discussion on balancing graduate school with life outside of school. This great event is next Wednesday, April 1st from 4:30-6:30pm, with new Student Board of Trustees Member Jauwan Hall as our keynote speaker! Dinner and refreshments will be provided! If you would like to be on our panel, please contact GSC Vice-President, Joanna Thompson, at as soon as possible! Thank you





Dear UIC Community,

On April 13th, the UIC Pop-Up Pantry is hosting a fundraising cultural showcase. Its dual purpose is to raise funds to help support the operations of the Pop-Up Pantry and to display the art and talents of our own UIC Community. The Pop-Up Pantry was initiated last semester in order to combat issues faced by students dealing with homelessness and food insecurity on campus. Since then, hundreds of students have utilized this resource. An on campus food pantry allows us, as students of UIC, to support each other when money is tight and meals can be scarce. This resource is run primarily on food and monetary donations.

The Pop-Up Benefit: A Call to Action is aimed at educating the UIC community on the issue of homelessness, and raising funds to support the UIC Pop-Up Pantry. The evenings will consist of guest speakers on topics related to homelessness and food insecurity. There will be UIC students showcasing their various talents such as: spoken word artists, singers, rappers, and a dance group.

There will be a silent auction and art showcase for the evening with further information listed below:

Date: Monday, April 13, 2015

Location: 750 South Halsted Street, Student Center East – Illinois Room

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Tickets: $5 for students & $10 for staff and faculty.

We ask that you help us to help our community!

Student Art Showcase

If you are interested in selling your art, pieces can be sold during a silent auction at the event and the proceeds will go to the Pop-Up Pantry. You can also choose to sell your piece privately to make a profit from your hard work. Ideally, we would like art themed around food insecurity, hunger, homelessness, community, social issues, UIC, Chicago, etc. Pieces must be two dimensional or easy to move and display. Please submit your intent to contribute by Friday March 27th so we can begin preparations for the benefit.

This is a wonderful opportunity to use your art as a positive force in our community, and each of your contributions will play a vital role in the success of this event.

Silent Auction: As a part of this event, a silent auction will be held in which attendees can bid on donated items and all of the proceeds will go to supporting the Pop-Up Pantry. We ask that, if possible, you and your colleagues might collaborate to donate an item to be sold during this auction. These items can be creative or fundamental, and any donation within your capabilities would aid our cause immensely.

Tickets: Ticket will go on sale soon and can be purchased at the UIC bookstore in person or online.

Please contact with any questions.

Thank you so much for your time and contributions,

Pop-Up Benefit: A Call to Action Planning Committee

Event Sponsors: African Student Council, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, UIC Campus Programs, Graduate Student Council (GSC), Greek Programming Board, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Development,

Pathways to Black Male Achievement, Student Activities Board (SAB), Student Alumni Ambassadors, Student Leadership Development and Volunteer Services (SLDVS), Undergraduate Student Government (USG), and the UIC Wellness Center.




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