May 7, 2015

May 2015 APAC News Vol. 8, No. 2

APAC to Host Professional Development Workshop on Communication

“LET’S TALK! What is your communication brand?” is the latest professional development workshop offered by APAC.

WHAT DOES your communication style say about you? What does your non-verbal communication really convey to others?  Our personal brand follows us everywhere and it is solidified by our everyday communication – body language, verbal, e-mail, social media, attire, phone etiquette, and even how we listen. This interactive workshop will allow participants to mingle with colleagues as they reflect and think about their communication style and find out if it is aligned with their desired personal brand. 

THE SPEAKER will be Elizabeth Herrera, Assistant Director, Career Services, School of Public Health, a Career Services professional with over 14 years of experience in the field of education. She has delivered over 400 career development presentations within higher education, community based organizations, and women’s leadership events.

THE EVENT will be held: Thursday, May 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room 932 of the School of Public Health at 1603 W. Taylor St. There is no cost.

IF YOU have any questions, feel free to contact any of the APAC Professional Development Members: Julie C. Kong (; Kate Pravera (; and Kim McGee (

APAC Roundup

Chancellor Amiridis has appeared at two APAC events recently.
APAC HAS several open seats, and Academic Professionals are invited to apply to fill them. For more information, contact Ahlam Al-Kodmany at (312) 996-7458 or

APAC HELD its Budget Outlook Town Hall with Chancellor Michael Amiridis and Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost for Budget and Resource Planning Janet Parker on May 5. Response was so overwhelming that the location was changed to a larger venue in Student Center West to accommodate the large number of registrations. Several hundred individuals attended in person or viewed the webcast.—with several departments doing group viewings. For more information about the Budget Outlook Town Hall, see the UIC News article at

EARLIER, APAC held a series of Job Analysis Appeals and Project Update Town Halls, on April 21 and April 30 on the West and East campuses, respectively. Several hundred individuals attended in person or viewed the webcast.

CHANCELLOR AMARIDIS also attended APAC’s April 8 meeting.

APs Can Help Hungry Students

Photo by Timothy Nguyen
The Pop-Up Pantry accepts donations of food.
THE UIC Wellness Center’s Pop-up Pantry accepts donations of food from staff, students, and faculty for UIC students who could use a little extra help. There is a collection bin on the Medical Center Campus in the Library of the Health Sciences on Polk Street and Wood Street. The Wellness Center also is willing to come to individual offices to pick up donations. Email Carol Petersen at for more information.

APAC Meetings Scheduled

ALL APs are invited to the monthly APAC meetings at 12:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings are held either in Room 4175 of the College of Medicine Research Building, 909 S. Wolcott, or Room 2750 of University Hall on the East Campus. Next meeting is May 13 in Room 2750 of University Hall. For information, call (312) 996-0306.


Kimberly Mayfield.
Kimberly Mayfield Works to Protect Academic Professionals Through APAC
By Mary Voelker

KIMBERLY MAYFIELD, formerly known as Kimberly McGee before her recent marriage, has a vision for UIC’s Academic Professional Advisory Committee (APAC) and its goal of protecting and advancing the needs of University Academic Professionals and the University community as a whole.

MAYFIELD, WHO holds an MBA and is a Business Manager for UIC School of Public Health, Health Policy and Administration Division, has been with UIC for 12 years, and has served on the committee for approximately six months.  She has specific ideas on how APAC can make things better for Academic Professionals.  As a member of the Professional Development Subcommittee of APAC, she assists the team with developing ideas and hosting workshops designed to provide skills and information to improve the careers of Academic Professionals across campus.

“APAC TAKES the lead on a variety of situations affecting Academic Professionals on campus and works to ensure that issues are addressed and communicated.” Mayfield said.

FOR EXAMPLE, the movement to evaluate APs to see if their jobs should be converted to Civil Service is one area where APAC has moved forward to make sure the AP community knows its rights and because of APAC’s experience and knowledge of all facets of the University organization, she is confident the committee can make a difference.

HER PROFESSIONAL roles with APAC and the University at large are very important to her.

“I REALLY, enjoy working with the dedicated and hardworking people here at UIC,” Mayfield said. “Despite the fact there are so many challenges that lay ahead, I feel motivated to ensure that employees feel valued, respected, optimistic, and are equipped to handle the day to day issues we all face.”

MAYFIELD ADDED, “I enjoy spending quality time with close family and friends (including two granddaughters ages three and four from New Jersey who visit twice a year) reading, gardening, and a variety of other outdoor activities.”  She and her husband have recently decided to start bike riding when weather permits.


Resources Available to Deal With Sexual Misconduct

UIC’s SEXUAL Misconduct Policy states that sexual misconduct is a violation of UIC’s values and policies and is a barrier to fulfilling the University’s educational, research, and service missions. Sexual misconduct is expressly prohibited and will not be tolerated at UIC.

UIC OFFERS assistance and intervention to survivors of sexual misconduct to support their continued progress at the University. UIC can provide a coordinated response that may include interim safety measures, academic accommodations, housing relocation, student conduct process, victim advocacy, respondent assistance, and counseling – regardless of whether criminal or Title IX investigations are pursued.

THE TITLE IX Coordinator in the Office for Access and Equity is responsible for investigating all reports of sexual misconduct. The Title IX Coordinator, UIC Police, Campus Advocacy Network, the Office of the Dean of Students, Campus Housing, and the Counseling Center are the primary units that coordinate support services, victim assistance, and referrals for victims of sexual misconduct. The campus provides confidential places for members of the UIC community to receive support and advocacy.

THE UNIVERSITY imposes strict sanctions against those found responsible for sexual misconduct and assists survivors in the pursuit of administrative, civil, and legal remedies. Personal retaliation in connection with any possible sexual misconduct is prohibited.

TO CONTACT the UIC Police, call (312) 355-5555 for emergencies or (312) 996-2830 for non-emergencies.

CONTACT THE OAE Title IX Coordinator, Rebecca Gordon, at (312) 996-8670 or email to report sexual misconduct for investigation or to request faculty and staff training on Title IX.

TO TALK with someone confidentially about options -- faculty, staff or students can contact Andie Celerio at the Campus Advocacy Network at (312) 413-8206 or email

FOR CONFIDENTIAL counseling, contact Employee Assistance Service at (312) 996-3588 for faculty and staff.


Christopher Z. Mooney is director of the Institute for Government and Public Affairs.
Campuses Collaborate on Public Policy Think-Tank
By Susan S. Stevens

ASK THE EXPERTS is a simplified way to explain the role of the Institute for Government and Public Affairs.

“BASICALLY, we are the University of Illinois’ public policy think-tank, focusing on the State of Illinois,” said Christopher Z. Mooney, director of the institute as well as a nationally recognized expert on comparative state politics and government. The “top-notch” social science faculty transfers its knowledge to the problems of the State.

“OUR MISSION is to inject nonpartisan evidence-based information into the public policy conversation in Illinois,” Mooney said. The Institute works with everyone from the general public to policymakers.

JIM EDGAR, former governor, is one of the experts. Many of the experts are members of the U of I faculties at Chicago, Urbana-Champaign, and Springfield. “The faculty has a lot of knowledge, as well as skills, about various aspects of the world that are relevant to public policy in the State,” Mooney said. Three Academic Professionals and six Civil Service employees assist the researchers.

“THEY LOOK at evaluating public policies that are going to help protect Illinois’ health and economic welfare,” said Kelsey Kapolnek, coordinator of communications and media at the Institute.

AMONG THE PROJECTS being examined:
  • State budget process, looking at best practices and attempting to warn policymakers “you’ve got to watch out,” Mooney said. “They have created an economic model that is able to project State spending and revenue under different economic policies,” Kapolnek said.
  • Early childhood education, trying to bring cutting-edge knowledge to child-care centers.
  • Disparities of education and housing based on race, searching for what causes it.
  • Climate change, and its current and future impact on Illinois.
  • Health economics, examining health, insurance, and cost-effectiveness.

“WE DO NOT advocate for any particular issue,” Kapolnek said. “We are nonpartisan, and we are looking at the issues from an academic perspective.”

THE ROLE of the institute is “part of the land-grant mission” with the University “giving back to the State that supports it,” Mooney said.

APAC MEMBERS and members of the general public who are interested in any of the topics can view more information on the website or ask for position papers, Mooney said. “We are a public service unit, so we are interested in helping everybody.” The website is

KAPOLNEK CAN point questioners to the experts. She can be reached at or (312) 996-8854.


Photo by L. Brian Stauffer
A legacy of giveaways to gambling interests continues to haunt the pension system in Illinois, says John W. Kindt, an emeritus professor of business and legal policy at the University of Illinois in Champaign.
Editor’s Note: “The Continuing Crisis” is a section of APAC News which links to news pertinent to the State budget crisis and other financial matters as they affect the University and Academic Professionals. These news outlets are not affiliated with or endorsed by APAC.
GOVERNOR’S PENSION “fix” could backfire, April 15, 2015, Chicago Tribune:

STATE SENATOR plans to continue push for university privatization, April 6, 2015, Associated Press,

CHANGE IN procurement laws may be coming, March 25, 2015, News-Gazette:

GAMBLING GIVEAWAYS pummel public pensions, March 24, 2015, News Bureau Illinois:
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