November 3, 2017

November 2017 APAC News Vol. 10, No. 3

Tracy Sikorski Becomes APAC Chair

Tracy Sikorski is APAC Chair.
TRACY SIKORSKI, Director, Social Science Research, Liberal Arts and Sciences, has become Chair of APAC. She succeeds Colleen Piersen, Assistant Head for Administration, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, who had been Chair since early 2015. Piersen now is Vice Chair.

“I SEE my primary responsibility as Chair to set the tone and agenda for APAC for the next year,” Sikorski said. “I also am responsible for liaising with the Chancellor’s Office, Human Resources, and other campus officials on behalf of APs. I am also chair of UPPAC, the University Professional Personnel Advisory Committee, the organization that works to represent APs for all of the University of Illinois Campuses.”

IN HER new post, she said, “I hope to bring new solutions for Academic Professional issues such as the impact of job analysis and new professional development opportunities. I also hope we are able to bring in new members to APAC.”

ONE OF APAC’s biggest challenges, Sikorski said, “is how to best represent our current constituents while not alienating our former constituents who have been converted to Civil Service. We also have declining participation, as the AP employee class has declined and current members have more than their share of responsibilities on their plate.”

SIKORSKI noted that she does not “plan to make any changes to APAC, but if the committee members believe that changes are necessary, I think it is my responsibility to listen to them and discuss possibilities.”

SHE SEES her role “as a way to become more aware of what is happening on campus, and to specifically be able to advocate on behalf of APs during such an uncertain time in the higher education landscape. APs bring critical skills to their positions—skills that allow the campus to function efficiently and effectively and to be held in high regard by the higher education community. It is essential that we continue to invest in APs so we can continue to grow as a global, Research I university.”

WHEN NOT working at her UIC or APAC jobs, Sikorski is studying for a PhD. “I also attend my children’s cheer, running, baseball, and soccer events,” she said. “I have two sons and a daughter, a mini golden doodle named Ollie, and two kitties.”

SUAA Rep Addresses APAC, Advocates for Membership

Arlene Norsym, Secretary of SUAA.
ARLENE NORSYM, former Vice President of the University of Illinois Alumni Association and Associate Chancellor for Alumni Relations, and now Secretary of the UIC chapter of the State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA), spoke at the APAC meeting on May 10 to discuss the work of SUAA and the importance of membership.

THE UIC SUAA chapter consists of approximately 1,600 members. Statewide, SUAA has a membership of more than 15,000, representing more than 200,000 individuals.

NORSYM EXPLAINED that SUAA monitors and advocates for legislation that affects pension, health insurance, and other employee and retirement benefits for State Universities Retirement System (SURS) participants. It also supports legislation that would revise the rules for Tier II employees, those hired after Jan. 1, 2011, to provide a more equitable set of benefits as related to final salary period, retirement income automatic annual increase (AAI), and early retirement reduction.

SHE NOTED that it was SUAA attorneys who won recent legal battles over the State trying to make retirees pay for their health insurance and over pension cuts. Thanks to SUAA, pension “reform” Public Act 98-0599, which would have cost pensioners part of their pensions, was ruled unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court. SUAA won a lawsuit that preserved the 3% compounded AAI for Tier I employees (those hired before Jan. 1, 2011) and retirees.

NORSYM EXPLAINED that it was SUAA that protected the service credit of furloughed University personnel a few years ago, resulting in the University allowing them to contribute to their pension even for days they had been furloughed.

SUAA PREVENTED a bill from becoming law that would have started abolishing tuition waivers for University personnel, also continues to lobby against repeal of the 50% tuition waiver for dependents of current employees at State universities.

NORSYM ALSO noted that SUAA lobbies against attempts to change the “pension clause” in the Illinois Constitution, which says that pension and retirement benefits “shall not be diminished or impaired.”

SUAA ALSO provides legislative updates to members through mini-briefings.

NORSYM ENCOURAGED employees to join SUAA. Annual membership is $44 per year, which can be paid through payroll deduction or in a lump sum.

FOR MORE information on membership or SUAA, email suaa@suaa.org, call (217) 523-4040, or log on to www.suaa.org.

Onesima Martinez is Newest APAC Member

Onesema Martinez, APAC’s newest member.
ONESEMA MARTINEZ, Director of Administrative Operations for the Department of Medicine Division of Hematology/Oncology, is the latest AP to become an APAC member.

“I JOINED APAC to become more involved in helping UIC and other AP employees in voicing our opinion of thing happening on campus,” she said. “I want to help if I can concerning policies and procedures, and to inform AP employees about any new information, events, changes, or policies.

“I WANT to be informed,” Martinez continued. “I hope we learn from each other and spread the word to other AP employees. I hope to become more knowledgeable and be able to make a difference for AP employees. I also hope to network.”

MARTINEZ’S TOP issues as an APAC Member are audit conversions, pensions, and future salary increases.

WHEN NOT at UIC, Martinez spends time with her husband, Brian Guzman; son Ricardo Elias Moreno, 18; son Aiden Xavier Guzman, 2; and granddaughter Yuritzi Sophia, 7 months. She, along with her siblings, had been a caretaker for her mother, who recently passed away. Martinez also enjoys finding recipes to cook healthy meals.

MARTINEZ has worked at UIC since 2004. She said, “I started with the Division of Nephrology, working in the National Institutes of Health Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Study” [NIH CRIC]. “This was a research study for patients with kidney disease. I did the hands-on for research, recruiting patients, case report forms, screening, baseline, phone visits, an data entry. In 2008 I moved to Hem/Onc to do invoice vouchers, POs, etc. In 2010, I became the director.”

APs Represented on Two Search Committees; New Senator

Jacqueline Berger, Julie Kong, and Kathleen Stauffer are representing APs in various capacities.
UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION wanted Academic Professionals on two high-level search committees, and requested APAC to appoint them. As a result, Jacqueline Berger, Director of Research Communications and External Relations for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, is the AP rep on the search committee for the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services. Julie Kong, Director of Research Services, School of Public Health, is the AP rep on the search committee for the Vice Chancellor for Research.

THE UNIVERSITY Senate term of one of three AP Senators, Marelet Kirda, Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Research, ended earlier this year. Kathleen Stauffer, Assistant Dean for Administration, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, was elected to the Senate to succeed Kirda.

APAC Meetings Scheduled

Chancellor Michael Amiridis will attend the April 2017 APAC meeting.
ALL APs are invited to the APAC meeting, usually held monthly at 12:30 p.m. on scheduled dates. Meetings alternate between East and West campuses with dates and times posted in advance on the APAC website. See https://sites.google.com/a/uic.edu/uicapac/events for the meeting schedule. Chancellor Michael Amiridis is scheduled to attend the April 2018 meeting. For more information, call (312) 413-9299.

SUAA Has New Website

A NEW State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA) website has been unveiled at http://www.suaa.org/.

ONE BIG change is the Members Only section. This will be easy for the membership to use once you have entered your membership information.

THE WEBSITE will interact with the SUAA database in updating dues, reports, and other information normally provided to Chapter Leaders.

SUAA HOPES that you will be able to find things easier and that you will use the website as a go-to place for legislative information, alerts, events, and helpful suggestions.

TO LOG in, all you will need to do is set up your password. This is an easy task. It is all personal to you. Click here to create your password. Once created, you can log in here, using your Username and new password.

WHILE YOU you are logged in, SUAA asks you to complete your profile.

AP RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT

The Library of the Health Sciences is available for use by APs.
Libraries Available for AP Use
THERE ARE two libraries on the Chicago campus, and APs may use them.

THE RICHARD J. Daley Library is at 801 S. Morgan St. and is open from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call (312) 996-2716. The Library of the Health Sciences is at 1750 W. Polk St. and is open from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call (312) 996-9163.

BOTH HAVE cafes featuring food and drink.

THE IDEA Commons is a collaboration space on the first floor of the Daley Library with meeting spaces, a performance area, movable furniture, and more than 100 computers, as well as an Instructional Technology Lab and Media Lab.

GET HELP from librarians on site or through live chat at library.uic.edu.

THE CONTINUING CRISIS

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.

Big retirement payouts tiny part of big pension mess, State Journal-Register, May 27, 2017: http://www.sj-r.com/news/20170527/big-retirement-payouts-tiny-part-of-big-pension-mess


The Decline of the Midwest’s Public Universities Threatens to Wreck Its Most Vibrant Economies, The Atlantic, Oct. 15, 2017: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/10/midwestern-public-research-universities-funding/542889/?utm_source=atlfb

What Americans of every age should know about the state of retirement today, Morningstar, Oct. 19, 2017: http://www.morningstar.com/news/market-watch/TDJNMW_20171019618/what-americans-of-every-age-should-know-about-the-state-of-retirement-today.html

Rauner looks to Washington for the power to change pension benefits, Chicago Tribune, Oct. 23, 2017: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-bruce-rauner-washington-20171020-story.html

Vol. 10, No. 3 November 2017

APAC News is published by the Academic Professional Advisory Committee of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
ISSN 1946-1860
Editor: William S. Bike
Chair: Tracy Sikorski
Vice Chair: Colleen Piersen
Secretary: Mary Berta
Treasurer: Kimberly Mayfield
Web Chair: Jeff Alcantar
http://www.apac.uic.edu

May 25, 2017

May 2017 APAC News Vol. 10, No. 2


Staff Mentor Program Can Promote Career Growth

UNDER THE auspices of UIC Human Resources’ Organizational Effectiveness, UIC’s Staff Mentor Program can promote career growth at the University by fostering supportive relationships for the sharing of knowledge, experience, and organizational insight. The program is open to Academic Professionals and Civil Service employees.

IN THE program, mentees are paired with mentors whose experiences align with the mentees’ career goals. Mentors provide support, advocacy, and insight to help the mentees navigate the campus’s organization, solve work-related challenges, and progress toward professional objectives.

THE PROGRAM creates opportunities for professional development for both mentors and mentees. The mentor relationship strengthens organizational savvy and engagement beyond the scope of other workplace training or coaching activities and helps to build a more supportive and progressive campus community.

DESIGNED TO support mentor-mentee pairs for a year (although many pairs continue their relationship beyond that time), the program provides:
  • Campus-wide open application for both mentors and mentees;
  • Goal-oriented mentor and mentee pairing;
  • Learning events and webinars;
  • Guides and resources to support productive relationships; and
  • Coaching and assistance for mentor pairs. 
THE FOCUS in 2017 is to grow program participation and increase the number of program liaisons available to provide practical support to mentor pairs.

MENTEES, MENTORS, and program liaisons are needed.

MENTEES GAIN valuable insight to help develop confidence and competence as well as guidance to help identify and pursue career opportunities at UIC.

MENTORS ASSIST mentees as they establish themselves in an organization, and may enhance a mentee’s career through sharing organizational knowledge; communicating and discussing an organization’s focus, initiatives, and changes.

A PROGRAM liaison is assigned to promote a successful year for each mentoring pair. Liaisons can help with logistics, and advise on approaches to meetings and communication.

APAC Lineup Set

WITH SEVERAL members’ terms up in the spring, APAC has a slightly new lineup of committee members.

JOINING THE representatives is Stacey Valuch, Project Manager, Academic Computing and Communications Center. Her term is three years long.

RE-JOINING THE committee for new three-year terms are Nester Komolafe, Contract Coordinator, Office of Business and Financial Services (OBFS) Purchasing; and Julie Kong, Director of Research Services, School of Public Health.

LEAVING THE committee is John Brach, Director of Human Resources, Institute for Health Research and Policy.

THREE SENATORS represent APs in the University Senate. The term of Marelet Kirda, Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Research, ended in 2017.


JOINING THE Senate for a three-year term is Kathleen H. Stauffer, Assistant Dean for Administration, Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement and Urban Planning and Public Affairs.

Join APAC

APAC STILL has three seats available for interested persons.

APAC is composed of up to 18 representatives, elected for staggered three-year terms so that approximately one-third of the membership is elected each year. APAC represents all Academic Professionals (APs) at UIC. APs who are permanent or visiting and appointed at least 50% time comprise the electorate and are eligible to vote, and to be candidates for election.

THOSE WHO serve on APAC do so in addition to their regular UIC duties. Members are expected to attend monthly meetings and serve on at least one standing or ad-hoc subcommittee.

FOR MORE information on how to apply, contact Ahlam Al-Kodmany, PhD, at (312) 996-7458 or ryyan@uic.edu.

Nominate for a CAPE Award

THE CHANCELLOR’S Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award, established in 1988, recognizes the demonstrated excellence of Academic Professional staff members and affirms UIC’s highest regard for the contributions of this important community to UIC. This year, six academic professionals will receive the CAPE Award, which provides a $1,000 permanent increase to the honoree’s salary and a $2,000 one-time cash award. Nominations are welcomed from UIC faculty, students, academic professionals, and support staff. Chancellor Michael Amiridis also encourages UIC personnel to resubmit past nominees who have not yet received a CAPE Award.

THE NOMINATING form, procedures, and eligibility criteria are online. The deadline for nominations and all supporting credentials is noon on Friday, June 23, 2017. Awards will be presented Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the UIC Employee Recognition ceremony and reception at the UIC Forum. Details will follow closer to the event.

PLEASE CONTACT APAC’s Ahlam Al-Kodmany, Chair of the 2017 CAPE Selection Committee, at ryyan@uic.edu or (312) 355-6207 with any questions. Information will also is on the APAC website (under Resources/Awards & Recognition).

APAC Meetings Scheduled

ALL APs are invited to the APAC meeting, usually held monthly at 12:30 p.m. on scheduled dates. Meetings alternate between East and West campuses with dates and times posted in advance on the APAC website. Click here for the meeting schedule. The last meeting of this fiscal year is scheduled for Tuesday, June 13, 12:30 to 2 p.m. in 1152 MBRB. APAC will not hold monthly meetings this July or August. For information, call (312) 413-9299.

Tammy Todor New GA for APAC

Tammy Todor is APAC’s new Graduate Assistant.
APAC HAS a new Graduate Assistant for Fall 2017,Tammy Todor, who is seeking her MS in Management Information Systems from UIC.

“I HOPE to bring my organization and communications skills to the table and help APAC in any way I can,” Todor said.

ORIGINALLY FROM Romania, Todor has lived in Chicago for the past year working in the digital department of a Chicago event production company, AgencyEA.

ALREADY HOLDING a BA in advertising from Michigan State University and an MS in management from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, Todor hopes to graduate from UIC in 2018.

“MY GOAL is to find a job in project or account management at a tech company,” Todor said. “I chose this degree because I wanted to work in the interaction of technology and business, which is why I think these would be fitting roles for me after graduation.”

TODOR DESCRIBES her APAC duties as recording minutes at monthly meetings, scheduling meetings/events, facilitating communication among APAC members and across campus, completing paperwork related to APAC activities, assisting sponsors, maintaining the APAC website, assisting with special projects, and tackling other initiatives as assigned.

WHEN NOT working, Todor enjoys cooking, working out, and hiking. She also is proud of having taught Bodycombat Group Fitness at a YMCA in Michiana, IN, for two years.

APAC Vice-Chair Honored

APAC’s Ahlam Al-Kodmany, receiving an award
from Congressman Danny K. Davis.
AHLAM AL-KODMANY, PhD, Vice-Chair of APAC, Chair of the CAPE (Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence) Award Committee, member of the University Professional Personnel Advisory Committee (UPPAC), and Administrative Director of the University of Illinois Cancer Center, was named an Outstanding Woman of Excellence by Chicago’s 7th Congressional District Multi Ethnic Advisory Task Force in a ceremony earlier this year.
ESTABLISHED IN 2010 by Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-7th), the task force and its annual awards gala is a community initiative to recognize women from different ethnic backgrounds who have made significant contributions to their respective fields and communities.
AL-KODMANY, WHO is Palestinian-American, is one of 15 women recognized by the task force in 2017 for her exemplary service in the community and for being a role model to all women.
“I AM grateful to Congressman Davis and Dr. Robert Winn [Associate Vice Chancellor, Community Based Practice}, who epitomize and embody the essence of multi-culturalism and diversity, and who provide women like me a space to thrive,” Al-Kodmany said. “As an institution for the public, our ability to come together to build relationships around our strengths instead of barriers that isolate and extinguish hope are what make the UI Cancer Center and the University of Illinois at Chicago a multi-ethnic force to reckon with.”
AL-KODMANY HAS worked at UIC for 28 years and was named administrative director of the UI Cancer Center in 2016.

Meditation Workshop Successful

MEDITATION: GOING inward for better health, an APAC workshop, was held on May 2, from noon to 1 p.m., Approximately 45 people attended. The workshop was held under the auspices of the APAC Professional Development Committee: Julie Kong, Kim Mayfield, and Tracy Sikorski. Look for announcements of future APAC workshops.

APAC PROFILE

New APAC member Stacey Valuch.
Stacey Valuch Joins APAC

ONE OF the newest members of APAC is Stacey Valuch (pronounced “Val-uk”), Project Manager, Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC).

“I DECIDED to join the APAC Board because I have a genuine interest in contributing and staying up-to-date with AP-related topics, and wish to help keep others informed as well,” Valuch said.

“MEMBERSHIP ON the APAC Board allows me an opportunity to speak up for my fellow APs - keeping our best interests in mind - to help make sure that we are represented in decisions made by UI system leadership.  It also allows me to be a part of conversations that have a direct effect on APs, because we are a great part of the contributions to our organization”, she explained.

VALUCH HAS worked in ACCC for a year and a half, and previously had worked in UIC Human Resources for a year.

“IN MY current role, I facilitate the project management lifecycle for ACCC projects,” she said. “This includes, among other things, the work to initiate a new project, plan out the tasks related to the project, coordinate the efforts to keep the work on track, and coordinate the project resources, including a continuous review of risks, team members, budgets and overall communication” she said.

A CERTIFIED Project Management Professional (PMP), Valuch has previously been a Project Manager and Lead Global Business Analyst for Kellogg Co.; Business Operations Analyst and Project Lead for DeVry University; and an Education Manager and Training Specialist for SAP Fieldglass.

“OUTSIDE OF work, I enjoy trying out new BBQ recipes with my husband and an occasional evening of karaoke,” she concluded.

AP RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT

UIC Police Committed to Your Safety

THE UIC Police Department is a full-service, fully sworn police force of officers with arrest powers throughout the State of Illinois. The department works closely with Chicago Police and other municipal departments, as well as federal, state, county, and other public safety agencies. They operate 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays. 

IN FULL partnership with the University and its surrounding communities, the department is committed to the safety and security of the campus and its neighborhoods, to create the most enriching academic environment and quality of life for all UIC's staff, students, faculty, and visitors.

THE DEPARTMENT’S Vision Statement says: “We will strive to empower and develop our sworn officers and civilian support personnel to achieve excellence through respect, service, preparedness, engagement, communication, and trust. Our commitment to transparency, community policing, collaboration, innovative practices and on-going training will ensure the highest professional standard of public safety service. Our goal is to foster safety and security and create an environment for continuous growth and intellectual advancement for all.”

CALL UIC POLICE whenever you see or suspect a crime has occurred or that a potentially dangerous situation is developing.

WE CANNOT be a successful organization without assistance from the community, so please report any suspicious activity or persons to the UIC Police Department immediately,” said Kevin L. Booker, Chief of the UIC Police.

A BICYCLE Registration Program also is run by the UIC Police. Its purpose is to increase campus community awareness of the problem of bicycle theft and encourage the registration of as many bikes as possible to facilitate the recovery of stolen bicycles. Bicycles are registered through the community relations unit. To register your bike please go to https://apps.uipd.uic.edu/bikeregistration/. To inquire about a stolen bike, call the UIC Police Department. 

TO CONTACT the UIC Police, in an emergency, dial 5-5555 from a landline or (312) 355-5555 from your cellphone. In a non-emergency situation, dial (312) 996-2830. The TDD number is (312) 413-9323.

THE CONTINUING CRISIS

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.
“SOLVING THE Illinois budget crisis isn’t as easy as you think,” Reboot Illinois, May 19, 2017: https://rebootillinois.com/2017/05/19/solving-illinois-budget-crisis-not-easy/

Vol. 10, No. 2 May 2017

APAC News is published by the Academic Professional Advisory Committee of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
ISSN 1946-1860
Editor: William S. Bike
Chair: Colleen Piersen
Vice Chair: Ahlam Al-Kodmany
Secretary: Mary Berta
Treasurer: Kimberly Mayfield
Web Chair: Jeff Alcantar
http://www.apac.uic.edu

April 7, 2017

April 2017 APAC News Vol. 10, No. 1

CTBA Report Shows How State is Harming Higher Ed, Economy

By William S. Bike

BETWEEN 2000 and 2015, Illinois cut nearly $1.4 billion from General Fund appropriations to higher education—even before the ongoing budget crisis, which has cost Illinois colleges and universities over a billion additional dollars. That is one finding from Illinois’ Significant Disinvestment in Higher Education, a recent report released by the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA).

“INVESTING IN higher education has always been important,” said Ralph Martire, executive director of CTBA. “But in today’s economy, the strong correlations between post-secondary education and economic viability make it more important than ever.”
THE STUDY details the drastic cuts to higher education in Illinois both during the current budget crisis, with General Fund appropriations falling from $1.95 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2015 to $755 million in FY2016 and $843 million in FY2017, as well as over the longer term.
“BETWEEN 2008 and 2015, Illinois cut per-student higher education funding by 54 percent—more than every state but Arizona,” said Danielle Stanley, CTBA research associate.
THE REPORT also describes how each dollar of funding cuts to institutions of Higher Education results in $2.29 lost to the State economy, as fewer students, and reduced worker wages, mean less economic activity generated by, for example, purchases at local stores.

IN SECTION One, “Supporting Higher Education Makes Economic Sense,” the report notes that the only workers in “Illinois specifically who have seen their incomes grow at a rate greater than inflation…are those with a college degree. It is no wonder, then, that between 1979 and 2012, those states that realized the greatest increases in productivity also had the largest share of adults with a college degree.”

SECTION TWO, “Illinois’ General Fund Investment in Higher Education Has Been Declining Since FY 2000,” features a chart that shows how Springfield since 2008 has under-funded the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s requests for dollars needed to support the State’s Universities and Colleges:

Chart that shows how Springfield since 2008 has under-funded the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s requests for dollars needed to support the State’s Universities and Colleges.
Chart courtesy Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.
THE REPORT notes that adjusted for inflation, FY 2015 State support for higher education was down $1.39 billion, or 41 percent, from FY 2000 levels. “That sustained disinvestment in higher education is difficult to justify from either a good government or economic policy standpoint,” the report states.

THE CUTS for higher education in FY 2016 were “truly unprecedented,” according to the report’s Section Three, “Higher Education Funding Suffers Historic Year-to-Year Cut in FY 2016.” Higher education in Illinois experienced a “cut of some $1.323 billion or 67.8 percent from FY 2015 levels,” the report states.

“PROVIDING FURTHER evidence of the State’s self-imposed race to the bottom in higher education funding, Illinois now holds the undesirable position of being one of only nine states that has cut per-student higher education funding by at least 30 percent since the start of the Great Recession,” the report added.

SECTION FOUR, “FY 2017 Funding for Higher Education Remains Significantly Below FY 2015 Levels,” shows that FY 2017 funding remains $1.24 billion, or 63 percent less, than in FY 2015. Of the State’s universities and colleges, the University of Illinois suffered the largest cut in total dollars: $298 million—a 46 percent decrease compared to FY 2015.

“ILLINOIS HAS cut per-student higher education funding by a greater percentage than any of the other 15 largest states in America, except for Arizona,” the report states.

“CONSEQUENCES OF Illinois’ Disinvestment in Higher Education,” Section Five, counts among those consequences higher tuition costs, reductions in MAP grant funding, and increased debt for State colleges and universities. Another consequence is reduced enrollment for many State universities, although UIC’s enrollment actually increased by one percent between 2015 and 2016.

“RACIAL DISPARITIES Reinforced by Higher-Education Funding Cuts,” Section Six, points out that when MAP grants are reduced, as Illinois has done, “students of color tend to get hit the hardest because they rely more heavily on MAP grants than do their more affluent and predominantly white counterparts.

“ONE WOULD hope the Governor and General Assembly in Springfield would go the extra mile to help traditionally disadvantaged young adults who want to improve their lives and afford college,” the report states. “Unfortunately, just the opposite is occurring in Illinois.”

THE LAST section, “Higher Education Cuts Hurt the Economy, talks about the economic multiplier effect. When funding for public universities and colleges holds steady or increases, those institutions hire new employees and enroll more students who “then engage in economic transactions in the local community—like renting apartments, buying clothes, or getting their car repaired, that otherwise would not occur,” the report states.

“THEN THOSE businesses that sold the clothing or fixed the car, in turn spend the money received from the student or professor in question, generating more economic activity. In this manner, one person’s spending becomes another’s income, which is in turn spent on other purchases in the local economy,” the report notes.


THE CENTER for Tax and Budget Accountability describes itself as a bipartisan, nonprofit research, and advocacy think tank that works across ideological lines to promote social and economic justice for everyone. For more information, go to www.ctbaonline.org.

Join APAC

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APAC HAS three-to-four seats up for election, and Academic Professionals are invited to apply to fill them. Completed petitions must be received by noon on Friday, April 28, 2017.

APAC is composed of 15-to18 representatives, elected for staggered three-year terms so that approximately one-third of the membership is elected each year. APAC represents all Academic Professionals (APs) at UIC. APs who are permanent or visiting and appointed at least 50% time comprise the electorate and are eligible to vote, and to be candidates for election. This year’s election is for the 2017-2020 term.

THOSE WHO serve on APAC do so in addition to their regular UIC duties. Members are expected to attend monthly meetings and serve on at least one standing or ad-hoc subcommittee.

IN ADDITION, one AP University Senate seat is up this year, also for a three-year term.

FOR MORE information on how to apply, contact Ahlam Al-Kodmany at (312) 996-7458 or ryyan@uic.edu

Nominate for a CAPE Award

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THE CHANCELLOR’S Academic Professional Excellence Award (CAPE), established in 1988, recognizes the demonstrated excellence of Academic Professional staff, encourages their professional development, and affirms UIC’s regard for the contributions of this key segment of the academic community. This year, six academic professionals will receive the CAPE Award. The award provides a $1,000 permanent increase to the individual's salary, along with a $2,000 one-time cash award.
TO NOMINATE a deserving Academic Professional for the CAPE Award, log on to http://apac.org.uic.edu/resources/awards-and-recognition-programs/cape/2016capedocuments. Or contact Ahlam Al-Kodmany at (312) 996-7458 or ryyan@uic.edu

APAC Meetings Scheduled

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ALL APs are invited to the monthly APAC meeting at 12:30 p.m. on scheduled dates. Meetings alternate between East and West campuses with dates and times posted in advance on the APAC website. Click here for meeting schedule. Next meeting is Wednesday, April 12, in UH 2750. Chancellor Michael Amiridis will visit with the APAC membership. The meeting after that is Wednesday, May 10, also in UH 2750. Arlene Norsym will speak and discuss the State Universities Annuitants Association. For information, call (312) 413-9299.

Learn to Meditate

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MEDITATION: GOING inward for better health, an APAC workshop, will be held Tuesday, May 2, from noon to 1 p.m., School of Public Health-Psychiatric Institute Gym, Room 160, 1603 W. Taylor St.  Speaker will be Amparo Castillo, MD, PhD, MS, Interim Director, Midwest Latino Health Research, Training, and Policy Center; Research Specialist, UIC Jane Addams College of Social Work; and  Co-Director, Recruitment, Retention, and Community Engagement Program, UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences.


THE WORKSHOP will be held under the auspices of the APAC Professional Development Committee: Julie Kong, Kim Mayfield, and Tracy Sikorski.

APAC PROFILE

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Jennifer Pietka, Assistant Dean for Administration in the Dean’s Office
in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs.
Jennifer Pietka Makes Positive Contribution to AP Community

JENNIFER PIETKA, Assistant Dean for Administration in the Dean’s Office in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, serves the Academic Professional community in her role as an APAC board member.

“I STARTED attending APAC meetings in 2015, and officially became an APAC member last year,” she said. “I decided to start serving on APAC because I wanted to make a positive contribution the Academic Professional community. I was attending the meetings regularly, and found them to be interesting.”

SHE NOTED that she “felt that serving on APAC would provide me the opportunity to make a difference both for Academic Professionals and the University.”

IN HER role as Assistant Dean, she oversees “the Human Resources operations of the College, as well as other administrative duties,” she said. “In January of this year, I celebrated my 22nd anniversary at UIC.”

WHEN NOT working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Vincent San Filippo, and family. “I have two step-daughters who live with my husband and me 50% of the time. I also have four fur babies—three dogs, Audrey, Jensen, and Limbo, and one cat, Phat, who thinks he’s a dog.”

IN HER spare time, “besides spending time with my family and friends, I enjoy exercising—walking, hiking, yoga, and strength training—traveling, gardening, and projects around the house,” she said.

AP RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT

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Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change Provide Services
UIC OFFERS a variety of Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change that provide services for staff, faculty and students. See go.uic.edu/ccusc.

THE AFRICAN American Cultural Center showcases cultural research, art exhibits, programming, and community outreach. 209 Addams Hall, (312) 996-9549, aacc.uic.edu.

THE ARAB American Cultural Center promotes the social well-being of Arab American staff, faculty, and students. (312) 996-5040, http://arabamcc.uic.edu/

THE ASIAN American Resource and Cultural Center offers social, cultural, and educational programs and mentoring. 101 Taft Hall, (312) 413-9569, http://aarcc.uic.edu/.

THE DISABILITY Resource Center offers activities, services, and resources for those with disabilities. 1190 Student Services Building, voice phone (312) 413-2183, video phone (773) 649-4535, http://drc.uic.edu/.

THE GENDER and Sexuality Center is one of the reasons UIC is among the nation’s top 50 campuses for the LGBTQ community. The center provides education, research, and outreach on issues of gender identity and sexual orientation. There also is consultation available for employees. 1180 Behavioral Sciences Building, (312) 413-8619, genderandsexuality.uic.edu.

THE RAFAEL Cintron Ortiz Latino Cultural Center promotes educational, cultural, and social programs. There is an annual film festival and weekly events that range from poetry to dancing. Lecture Center B2, (312) 996-3095, latinocultural.uic.edu.

THE WOMEN’S Leadership and Resource Center offers space for women to host small meetings. Staff assist with topics such as sexual harassment and gender issues on campus. The center sponsors an annual women’s leadership program. 1101 West Taylor Street, Suite 310, Chicago, 60607, (312) 413-1025, wlrc.uic.edu.

THE CONTINUING CRISIS

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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.
RAUNER JOB approval rating hits all-time low, DemocraticGovernors.org, March 15, 2017, https://democraticgovernors.org/new-poll-rauner-hits-all-time-low/.
UIC LEADERS detail impact of budget impasse, UIC News, Feb. 14, 2017, https://news.uic.edu/uic-leaders-detail-impact-of-budget-impasse.

Vol. 10, No. 1 April 2017

APAC News is published by the Academic Professional Advisory Committee of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
ISSN 1946-1860
Editor: William S. Bike
Staff: Susan S. Stevens
Chair: Colleen Piersen
Vice Chair: Ahlam Al-Kodmany
Secretary: Mary Berta
Treasurer: Kimberly Mayfield
Web Chair: Jeff Alcantar
http://www.apac.uic.edu