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U OF I SYSTEM UPDATES
 
 

Enrollment this fall across the University of Illinois System grew to a record high for the seventh straight year, increasing 3.8 percent to nearly 89,000 students, President Tim Killeen announced on Sept. 12.  Read more here

 
 

The U of I Board of Trustees on Sept. 19 approved a nearly $7 billion budget for fiscal year 2020, drawing on a 5.2 percent increase in operating revenue to focus on key priorities such as financial support for students, strengthening faculty and fostering economic development. Read more here

 
 

The U of I System will celebrate the launching of UI Ride, a new system-owned shuttle service, on Oct. 3 in Urbana and Oct. 4 in Chicago. Beginning at 9 a.m. at each location, the System will unveil new 18-seat buses. Theses shuttles will provide convenient transportation for those traveling between campuses and will feature onboard Wi-Fi and workstations. Read more here

 
UNIVERSITY UPDATES
 

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INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT
 

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have regained funding for their study on the neurochemistry behind addiction. The Neuroproteomics and Neurometabolomics Center on Cell-Cell Signaling has had its funding renewed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse with a $6 million grant. Throughout its 14 year history, the Center has published over 245 manuscripts, earning around 10,000 citations. Read more here

 
ADVOCACY IN ACTION
 
 
 

 

On Sept. 5, Illinois Connection hosted multiple federal and state legislators for a breakfast in Collinsville, IL to connect them with local U of I System alumni. In attendance were U.S. Reps. John Shimkus and Rodney Davis as well as state Reps. Monica Bristow, Katie Stuart, and state Sen. Rachelle Crowe

 
 
 

 

On Sept. 12, Illinois Connection hosted its Chicago Alumni in Government Reception. Alumni from Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield joined U of I System leadership and legislators from both the state and federal government. Among those present was U.S. Rep Chuy Garcia, a double UIC alum, who served as the keynote speaker.

 
 
 

On Sept. 16, UIC celebrated the addition of its 16th college, the UIC John Marshall Law School. Many leaders from around the state spoke at the event, including Illinois Speaker of the House Mike Madigan, state Sen. Omar Aquino and UIC John Marshall Law School alum, state Rep. Chris Welch. UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis, UIC Provost Susan Poser and Dean Darby Dickerson also addressed the crowd during the official announcement. 

 
 
 

Kelvin Droegemeier, director of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (and Urbana alum), visited Urbana-Champaign on Sept. 19 to deliver a public lecture. His remarks focused on the beginning of a bold new era for American science and technology. He also touched on some of OSTP’s overlapping priority areas and expanded on his plans for the recently-announced Joint Committee on the Research Environment. 

 
 
 

 

Susan Hughes, the director of UIC’s Center for Research on Health and Aging and director of the Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion and Translation, testified on Sept. 25 before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging at a hearing that focused on promoting healthy aging. 

 
 
 

On Sept. 25, nearly 50 U of I System leaders, alumni, and students traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in U of I System Day in DC. The day began with an orientation and a meeting with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. Advocates then visited with their local legislators throughout the day. For lunch, the group was joined by U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth for an informal conversation. The day ended with a "Celebrate the U of I System" reception, where U of I System leadership, students, alumni and friends on Capitol Hill joined together for an evening to celebrate our achievements and thank our champions in the Illinois congressional delegation.

 
 
 

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