University of Illinois Chicago
The University of Illinois at Chicago, or UIC, is a state-funded public research university located in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Its campus is in the Near West Side community area, adjacent to the Chicago Loop.
The University of Illinois at Chicago traces its origins to several private health colleges founded during the late nineteenth century, including the Chicago College of Pharmacy, which opened in 1859, the College of Physicians and Surgeons (1882), and the Columbian College of Dentistry (1891). The University of Illinois was chartered in 1867 in Champaign-Urbana, as the state"s land-grant university. In exchange for agreeing to the Champaign-Urbana location, Chicago-area legislators were promised that a "polytechnical" branch would open in Chicago. The Chicago-based health colleges affiliated with the University in 1896ï¿½97, becoming fully incorporated into the University of Illinois in 1913, as the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy. Medical education and research dramatically expanded in the succeeding decades, leading to the development of several other health science colleges, which were brought together as the Chicago Professional Colleges of the University of Illinois. In 1935, the first act of newly elected state representative Richard J. Daley was to introduce a resolution calling for the establishment of an undergraduate Chicago campus of the University of Illinois. College of Pharmacy - Rockford Campus College of Engineering Buildings University Hall at East Campus Fall at UIC Expansion after World War II In 1945, as the war ended, Daley (then a state senator) introduced four bills calling for a university in Chicago. Following World War II, the University of Illinois increased its presence in Chicago by creating a temporary, two-year branch campus, the Chicago Undergraduate Division. Known as "Harvard on the Rocks" and housed on Navy Pier, the campus accommodated primarily student veterans on the G.I. Bill. The campus was not a junior college, but rather had a curriculum based on Urbana"s courses, and students who successfully completed the first two years" requirements could go on to Urbana and finish their degree. Classes at the Navy Pier Campus began in October 1946, and approximately 4,000 students enrolled each semester. As Chicago had no comprehensive public university at that time, most students were first generation college students from working families, who commuted from home. Demand for a public university education in Chicago remained high, even after the first wave of veterans passed, so the University made plans to create a permanent degree-granting campus in the Chicago area. In 1951, Daley succeeded in getting the state senate to pass a bill calling for a Chicago campus. Daley became mayor of Chicago in 1955 and pressed the University of Illinois to upgrade the Chicago Undergraduate Center to a full-fledged four-year institution. After a long and controversial site decision process, in 1961, Mayor Daley offered the Harrison and Halsted Streets site for the new campus. In that same year, what would later become the health science colleges became the University of Illinois at the Medical Center (UIMC). In a report on August 28, 2008, by newsman Derrick Blakely, CBS TV reported that in 1963, the decision to build the University of Illinois decimated Taylor Street"s little Italy. Florence Scala, Chicagoï¿½s legendary Taylor Street activist and long time Hull House cohort, blamed the board of directors of Hull House for betraying the thriving, vibrant, tight knit neighborhood. They encouraged Daley to go ahead and destroy the neighborhood. Her challenge as to why the Hull House neighborhood and not the vacated and easily accessible Dearborn Station, resulted in the bombing of her home. In addition on November 10, 2003, WTTW Irv Kupcinet related a story about Mayor Richard J. Daley asking him what he thought was his most crowning achievement. Daley answered "Putting the school in the Italian neighborhood." Meaning the old Taylor Street neighborhood being condemned to make way for the Chicago Circle Campus. Today, the University"s main academic library is named for Daley. The new Chicago campus was originally named the University of Illinois at Congress Circle referencing an nearby interchange of the Congress Expressway and opened in February 1965. (The Circle part of the name referred to the nearby Circle Interchange.) Shortly after opening, the expressway was renamed as the Eisenhower Expressway and the campus was renamed to University of Illinois at Chicago Circle. UICC was designed by Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, a Chicago-based architectural firm responsible for most of today"s tallest skyscrapers. Unlike the Navy Pier campus, Circle was a degree-granting institution. Many of the newly recruited faculty came because it was connected to a strong research university and they pushed for rapid development into a research-oriented school emphasizing graduate instruction. Within five years of the campus" opening, virtually every department offered graduate degrees.
The University of Illinois will transform lives and serve society by educating, creating knowledge and putting knowledge to work on a large scale and with excellence.
Jeff Bzdelik, basketball coach at Wake Forest University, former head coach of the Denver Nuggets and the University of Colorado basketball team. Jay DeMerit, professional soccer player formally of Watford F.C. of the English Football League Championship, currently of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer, and longtime member of the U.S. National Team. Curtis Granderson, Major League Baseball center fielder for the New York Yankees and finalist for the 2011 American League MVP. Baggio Husidi?, professional soccer player formally of the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, currently with Hammarby IF in the Swedish Superettan. Joanne McCarthy, 1998. UIC career scoring and assists recordholder and former professional women"s basketball player. Monroe Saffold Jr., American bodybuilder, first place Masters Mr. America AAU, tall division 1990. Chuck Ulrich, former NFL defensive tackle Cesar Zambrano, former UIC and professional soccer player. Jerry O. Haynes, professional soccer player Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer.
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