Impact Illinois, the University of Illinois System's annual report, was released in April. The 30 page, full-color report highlights a few initiatives from the last year involving the U of I System, and its three universities, hospital and health sciences system.
View the report here
Nearly 250 alumni and students joined leaders from across the system in Springfield on April 3 for University of Illinois Day at the Capitol. The 10th annual event gave legislators a chance to hear from our advocates about the importance of supporting higher education and the U of I System.
Researchers at UIC are developing imaging techniques that will allow them to study minute changes in the retina that indicate the early stages of brain diseases like Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. The research will look at how changes in the connections between nerves and blood vessels in the retina are related to the development of eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, as well as brain diseases like Alzheimer's. The work is funded by a $1.4 million, four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute.
Read more about the research here
This month, we are highlighting the work state Rep. Carol Ammons has been doing on behalf of the U of I System during this spring legislative session. Rep. Ammons has provided help with many initiatives affecting our students, as well as sharing her insights and experience to help guide our legislative efforts. She is the chairperson of the Higher Education Committee and serves on the Appropriations - Higher Education Committee, which both give her valuable knowledge about the state of higher education in Illinois.
UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis, Marty Gutierrez from UIC’s Office of Public and Government Affairs, and leadership from UIC's Hispanic Center of Excellence were in DC on April 1 and 2 for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Capitol Forum. Following the conference, the group met with Illinois delegation members and staff to advocate for issues important to Hispanic-serving institutions.
During this spring legislative session in Springfield, OGR has welcomed numerous visitors to Springfield to advocate on behalf of the U of I System. Led by Illinois Connection, the visits helped drive the U of I System's legislative agenda and reflected the strong support for its universities. Visitors included the Student Advocacy Coalitions from each of the three universities and students from the UIC Hispanic Center for Excellence.
The U of I System joined the state's other public universities in hosting a reception for higher education supporters on April 3. Leadership from all the state's 12 public universities were able to thank attendees for their support. Deputy Gov. Jesse Ruiz and many state legislators also attended.
U of I System President Tim Killeen, Executive Vice President Barbara Wilson, and Urbana Chancellor Robert Jones presented the U of I System budget request to the Senate Appropriation Committee on April 4. The fiscal 2020 request seeks $692.5 million to support the excellence of a system that has seen record enrollment for six straight years. The request is up 16.5 percent from the current fiscal year, but below fiscal 2015 funding level in inflation-adjusted dollars.
Rep. Rodney Davis toured Urbana’s College of Veterinary Medicine on April 17. The tour included stops at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, both the large and small animal clinics and the new student learning center.
President Tim Killeen was in DC on April 22 and 23 to meet with White House officials, think tanks, and corporate leaders. His visit included a meeting with Office of Science and Technology Director Kelvin Droegemeier, an Urbana alumnus, and covered some of the new initiatives the U of I System is spearheading, including the Discovery Partners Institute and Illinois Innovation Network.
Lt. Gov. Julianna Stratton was in Urbana on April 25 to discuss the U of I System's student support programs for underrepresented minority students. U of I System leadership from all three universities were in attendance and spoke about the various resources available at each university. Students, faculty, and staff joined Lt. Gov. Stratton to discuss potential improvements that could be made.
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