Monthly Archives: March 2011

Nominate UIC employees for INSPIRE award

From the 2011 Inspire Award Committee:

We invite you to nominate a UIC employee (faculty, staff, lecturer, TA, RA, or student worker) for the INSPIRE Award. The INSPIRE award is a component of the WOW Award program and was first presented in the spring of 2007.

The award recognizes long-term, consistent, and outstanding professional service to the UIC community. Anyone who is employed by UIC is eligible to receive an INSPIRE award. Employees from the Rockford and Peoria campuses are also eligible for consideration.

All nominations should be submitted by April 22, 2011. Submit a nomination either by email to or online.

The nomination requires a minimum of two letters of support, one from the nominee’s supervisor and one from a co-worker or student. The nominator may write a letter of support if they are the nominee’s supervisor, co-worker, or student.

In the letter, please provide specific examples of a nominee’s commitment to UIC’s Core Values and a sense of the range of people they inspire.

UIC’s core values:
Integrity – Respecting the dignity and worth of everyone by maintaining the highest degree of ethical and moral conduct.
Nurture – Supporting an environment that fosters individual and community growth.
Service – Responding courteously to the needs of the people we serve and striving to exceed their expectations.
Pride – Taking pride in ourselves and in the work we do.
Intellect – Supporting the pursuit of lifelong learning.
Respect – Treating every individual with respect as we would like to be treated ourselves. We are committed to diversity.
Excellence – Striving for excellence in all that we do.

All awardees get a surprise announcement of their award in June and will be recognized at the annual Employee Recognition Ceremony in November of this year.

This award is sponsored by the UIC Office of the Chancellor and the University of Illinois Alumni Associations, Alumni Relations Council.

For more information see the WOW web site.

Review phase of performance cycle begins

It is time to prepare for the Reviewing phase of the Employee Performance Review Process (EPRP). The EPRP is a collaborative effort that includes planning, coaching, reviewing and developing in a continuous cycle throughout the year. Individual conversations scheduled with managers to discuss job-related performance at the end of the Academic Year are documented in the Annual Performance Review Form.

Detailed information about the process and associated forms will be reviewed in training sessions April through June. Employees are encouraged to attend training prior to completing the Performance Review.

As always, please double check with your supervisor and the department head for approval to attend and to make sure there is adequate coverage.

2011 EPR Training Schedule (registration required):
Class Date: 04/05/11
1:00 PM -4:00 PM
WROB #361 1747 W Roosevelt Rd

Class Date: 05/11/11
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
WROB #361 – 1747 W Roosevelt Rd

Class Date: 06/08/11
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
WROB #361 1747 W Roosevelt Rd

Class Date: 06/21/11
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
WROB #361 – 1747 W Roosevelt Rd

Please contact if you have any questions.

Campus recognizes student employees

A message from UIC’s Student Employment Office:

National Student Employment Week will be held April 11-15, 2011. The purpose of this week is to increase public awareness of student employees by recognizing students who work while attending college and by thanking employers who hire students.

For the past 18 years, in conjunction with the National Student Employment Association, UIC has celebrated National Student Employment Week. The Student Employment Office will sponsor activities throughout the week including a trivia contest, random drawings, and workshops for students to attend. Please distribute the enclosed flyer to your supervisors and student employees.

Departments are encouraged to recognize the unique contributions that their student employees make to the University. In the past, various departments have celebrated by:
· having cake and coffee or luncheons honoring special student employees
· awarding certificates of appreciation
· displaying thank you advertisements
· providing buttons or goody bags for students
· awarding low cost gift certificates to the UIC Bookstore or UIC Craft Shop

This will be the 15th year in which departments can nominate student employees to be on UIC’s Student Employee All-Stars. This recognition award was established to honor outstanding student employees. Five students will be selected. Nomination forms can be retrieved from the Student Employment website. The deadline for submission is March 31st, 2011.

We will continue the feature of “You’re the Greatest Student Employee” messages, where departments can submit sweet sentiments to their student employees. These messages will be printed free of charge in the Chicago Flame newspaper. All messages must be submitted through the Student Employment website by April 4th, 2011.

We encourage all units to continue their special activities and hope that others will also participate. If you would like more ways to celebrate the week or have any questions about these events, please contact Student Employment at (312) 996-3130.

Save energy, power down on March 26

Earth Hour takes place on Saturday, March 26, from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Earth Hour is a worldwide movement to show how small individual actions can scale up to massive global impacts when people simply turn off all non-essential lights and electronics. In the past, UIC’s participation in Earth Hour has resulted in a 2% drop in campus energy consumption — a significant amount because of the hundreds of office spaces, labs, classes, and residence halls on campus.

Please consider unplugging, powering down, or switching off all non-essential electronics and lights in your area before you leave work on March 25 (or March 26, for those who work on Saturdays). At home, turning off your lights and electronics helps you save on your personal electricity bills.

UIC is participating in Recyclemania, a national competition among campuses for recycling. UIC has engaged Loyola University in a friendly head-to-head competition to see who reigns supreme as the best recycler in Chicago. UIC is currently winning.

New E-ppendix issue published

The spring 2011 issue (Volume 2, Issue 1) of E-ppendix: online newsletter of the UIC Library of the Health Sciences is available.

The new issue includes regular columns such as the Director’s Message, Scholarly Communications Corner, and Around the Greater Midwest Region. There also are feature articles about facilities, resources, and an important LHS-Chicago Special Collections acquisition.

This newsletter is published in Open Journal Systems by the LHS Presence Committee and is intended to inform readers about the resources and services available to them in UIC’s health sciences libraries.

Fulbright application deadline August 1

The competition for the 2012-2013 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Core Program is now open. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combined teaching/research awards in library science. Faculty and professionals in library science also can apply for “All Discipline” awards open to all fields.

The application deadline for the Core Fulbright Scholar Program is August 1, 2011. U.S. citizenship is required. For more information, visit the Fulbright Scholar Program Web site.

Apply for funding for Reaching Forward 2011

The Library will fund up to ten library support staff members to attend to the Reaching Forward Conference. The event will be held on Friday, May 6, 2011, at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. If you are interested in applying for support, please submit three sessions you would like to attend with a brief paragraph (minimum of 100 words) about what you hope to gain by participating. Forward your request to April Pittman or Dasheka Whitaker and copy your supervisor. The deadline to register for the conference April 1,2011.

Staff selected to attend the conference will be announced in ULIB. If you have any questions, please contact:

April Pittman
Circulation Dept.

Dasheka Whitaker
DRU Unit

The Reaching Forward Conference sponsors two awards that cover registration and expenses. The deadline for applying for these awards is March 31, 2011.

Oberman/Rich Award
The recipient will receive registration fees plus expenses up to $50 to attend Reaching Forward. In addition, the recipient will receive a framed certificate.

The Doyle Award
The recipient will receive a one-year ILA membership and full registration plus expenses to the annual ILA Conference, not to exceed $800.

Rafferty wins EBSCO/MLA meeting grant

Ryan Rafferty, Assistant Health Sciences Librarian at LHS-Urbana, is a recipient of the 2011 EBSCO/MLA Annual Meeting Grant. This is a competitive award, sponsored by EBSCO Information Services, that enables Medical Library Association members to attend the association’s annual meeting. Applicants are judged on a number factors including participation in MLA, application, and essay.