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Eye and Ear Infirmary opens

1858

Chicago Charitable Eye and Ear Infirmary May.  The infirmary is the oldest unit of the University of Illinois at Chicago and the predecessor of the College of Medicine’s…

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Pharmacy college chartered

1859
Pharmacy college chartered

Chicago College of Pharmacy Sep 12.  The Chicago College of Pharmacy, a predecessor to the current College of Pharmacy, was established. [018-01 College of Pharmacy — Administration Records]…

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IIU chartered

1867
IIU chartered

Illinois Industrial University  (IIU) established Feb 28.  The University of Illinois’ predecessor, one of the original 37 public land-grant institutions established through the Morrill Act signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1862, chartered by…

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First regent elected

1867
First regent elected

John Milton Gregory elected first regent Mar 12.  The role of the regent was equivalent to the president today. [001-01 Board of Trustees — Reports and Supplements, 1867.MAR.12]…

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IIU opens

1868
IIU opens

Illinois Industrial University (IIU) classes begin Mar 2.  The institution that became the University of Illinois opened with about 50 students. [001-01 Board of Trustees — Reports and…

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IIU inauguration

1868

Illinois Industrial University (IIU) celebrated Mar 11.  A full-house in University Hall witnessed speeches, letters, and song marking the occasion. [001-01 Board of Trustees — Reports and Supplements,…

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Physicians and Surgeons established

1882

College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) Sep 26.  The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago opened with a class of 100 students and a faculty of 27…

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IIU → U of I

1885

Illinois Industrial University renamed The Illinois General Assembly passed a law making University of Illinois the institution’s official name. [001-01 Board of Trustees — Reports and Supplements, 1885.Jul.01,…

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Dentistry established

1893

Columbian College of Dentistry Jan 16.  The entity incorporated that eventually affiliated with the university and later became the College of Dentistry. [001-01 Board of Trustees — Reports…

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Pharmacy college acquired

1896

First Chicago academic unit established Chicago College of Pharmacy acquired and became the first Chicago academic unit for the University of Illinois. [001-01 Board of Trustees — Reports…

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Physicians and Surgeons affiliated

1897

College of Physicians and Surgeons affiliated with University of Illinois Mar 9.  P&S space leased to establish a medical department in Chicago. [001-01 Board of Trustees — Reports…

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Dentistry college incorporates

1898

Illinois School of Dentistry formed (ISD) Aug 17.  The Columbian Dentistry College incorporated and took a new name.  ISD affiliated with the University of Illinois to provide dental…

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P&S → U of I College of Medicine

1913

Jan 30.  Physicians and Surgeons officially joins the U of I College of Physicians and Surgeons faculty and alumni donated their P&S stock to the University of Illinois…

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School of Dentistry acquired

1913

Illinois School of Dentistry acquired Oct 12.  The school becomes part of the University of Illinois. [001-01 Board of Trustees — Reports and Supplements, 1898.SEP.20, p.3-4] back to…

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Eye and Ear Infirmary acquired

1943

Renamed Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary The university agrees to operate the Ear and Eye Infirmary jointly with the State Department of Public Welfare. [001-01 Board of Trustees…

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Chicago colleges → Chicago Professional Colleges

1946
Chicago colleges → Chicago Professional Colleges

Chicago Colleges units renamed Chicago Professional Colleges (CPC) Oct 1.  CPC includes Dentistry, Medicine, and Pharmacy. [023-09-00-01 Chicago Professional Colleges — Faculty-Alumni Newsletter, 1946.OCT.01] back to Timelines Copyright…

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College of Nursing designated

1959

Emily C. Cardew previously designated the first dean. Jan 20.  The college previously designated a school in 1951. [001-01 Board of Trustees — Reports and Supplements, 1956.MAR.23 p.989-90,…

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New colleges established

1961

Colleges designated for the new campus Feb 15.  The colleges for the planned Chicago Undergraduate Division expansion that would become Chicago Circle established: Liberal Arts and Sciences, Engineering,…

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CPC → UIMC

1961

Chicago Professional Colleges renamed University of Illinois at the Medical Center Nov 28.  The planned undergraduate campus was named University of Illinois at Congress Circle, Chicago. [001-01 Board…

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UICC construction marker ceremony

1963
UICC construction marker ceremony

Circle cornerstone ceremony Oct 17, 2:30 pm.  Historical marker with time capsule laid at what would be the east entrance to the Chicago Circle Center (still referred to…

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UICC ribbon cutting

1965
UICC ribbon cutting

University of Illinois at Chicago Circle opened Feb 22.  The ribbon cutting ceremony took place on the elevated walkway where it cut through Science and Engineering Labs.  More…

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Circle graduate program established

1965

Circle campus program part of Urbana Graduate Collge Sep 1.  Dr. R. Curtis Retherford appointed associate dean at Chicago and managed the Chicago portion of the graduate program….

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First UICC graduation

1966
First UICC graduation

  192 seniors graduated in the Illinois Room JUN 18. 2 p.m.  Dr. Shirley Bill, the first woman to delivery a main address at a U of I…

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First chancellors named

1966

Chief executive officers receive new titles Sep 1.   Dr. Joseph S. Begando, Medical Center Vice-President, and Norman A. Parker, Chicago Circle Vice-President positions changed to Chancellor of their…

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Education → college

1966

College of Education established Dec 8.  The new college included the School of Physical Education. [001-01 Board of Trustees — Reports and Supplements, 1966.DEC.08 p.81-90] back to Timelines…

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First Education Dean appointed

1968

Dr. David Canning Epperson leads Education APR 1.  Epperson the first dean even thought he school was elevated to a college in . [001-01 Board of Trustees —…

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Graduate Colleges established at each campus

1968

Separate colleges report to their respective chancellors. Jul 24.  First dean appointments included Dr. Stephen B. Binkley at the Medical Center and Dr. Jan Rocek at Chicago Circle….

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Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine established

1969

Dr. Alexander M. Schmidt appointed first dean Jan 1.  This semi-autonomous school within the College of Medicine was the result of college restructuring in 1969. [001-01 Board of…

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First evening credit courses offered

1970

Six evening courses offered to area teachers. Spring.  College of Education. [003-00-12 Chicago Circle Campus Annual Reports, 1969-1970, 1970.NOV.20 p.2] back to Timelines Copyright © 2016 The Board…

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Peoria School of Medicine established

1970

Dr. Nicholas J. Cotsonas, Jr. appointed first Peoria dean Jul 1.  This semi-autonomous school within the College of Medicine was the result of college restructuring in 1969. [001-01…

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School of Public Health established

1971

Dr. Paul Q. Peterson appointed first dean. Jan 1.  Peterson previously served as the Deputy Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service. [001-01 Board of Trustees — Reports…

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Rockford School of Medicine established

1971

Dr. Robert L. Evans hired as Rockford dean Jul 1.  This semi-autonomous school within the College of Medicine was the result of college restructuring in 1969. [001-01 Board…

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College of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation established

1974

Dr. Sheldon Fordham appointed college’s first dean. Jun 19.  Was the School of Physical Education with Dr. Fordham as director. College included the Department of Physical Education and…

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School of Social Work decentralized

1974

Chicago Jane Addams School of Social Work Separates from Urbana Sep 1.  Chicago branch of the Jane Addams School of Social work gains independence from Urbana and reports…

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Social Work → college

1976

Redesignated the Jane Addams College of Social Work Nov 19.  The school offered degree programs from the bachelor to the doctoral levels and operated as a college before…

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Extended Day Session program begins

1977

Sep 1.  Program PM, a.k.a. Extended Day Session, begins in the fall. UICC offered classes for students after 5 p.m. for the first time. [003-01-02 Chancellor’s Central Files]…

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College of Associated Health Professions established

1979

Was a school in College of Medicine since 1963 College of Associated Health Professions designation lasted for 19 years before redesignation. [001-01 Board of Trustees — Reports and…

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New hospital opens

1980

University of Illinois Hospital opens on Taylor St. New hospital replaces the Research and Education Hospital.   back to Timelines Copyright © 2016 The Board of Trustees of…

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UIC formed

1982

Campuses merged to become the University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago Circle and Medical Center, including its regional campuses, combined into one institution.   back to Timelines Copyright…

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Faculty Senates consolidate

1984

Chicago Circle and Health Sciences Faculty Senates merged Became the UIC Faculty Senate.   back to Timelines Copyright © 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of…

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Student Residence Halls open

1988

First on-campus student housing on the east side of campus Student Resident Commons and Courtyard buildings inaugural tenants move in.   back to Timelines Copyright © 2015 The…

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Health, Physical Education, and Recreation → Kinesiology

1990

College redesignated and reorganized to align with teaching and research The name College of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation implied programs the college did not offer.  Additionally, name…

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Library renamed

1992

Mayor Richard J. Daley honored with the renaming May 14.  The main Library on the east side of campus renamed the Richard J. Daley Library.  Daley introduced legislation…

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East side campus core renovation begins

1993

The Great Court, The Circle Forum, and upper-level walkways removed. May 10.  The redesign was a major alteration to architect Walter Netsch’s (Skidmore, Owings and Merrill) original vision…

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Great Cities Commitment begins

1993

Program announced at day-long forum Dec 3.  Entitled “The Great Cities Initiative: UIC’s Metropolitan Commitment,” plans included the UIC Neighborhoods Initiative, the new College of Urban Planning and…

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East side campus core renovation: phase II begins

1998

Greening campus was the focus May 12.  University Hall Plaza, the east entrance to the Chicago Circle Center (Student Center East), and areas around the Art and Architecture…

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College redesignated Health and Human Development Sciences

1998

Was the College of Associated Health Professions since 1979 Jun 11.  The new name lasted 3 years before redesignation again. [001-01 Board of Trustees — Reports and Supplements,…

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Outpatient Care Center opens

1999

New facility located at 1801 W. Taylor St. Jul 16.  $100-million center brought 28 clinics under one roof. [064-00-09 Office of Public Affairs — UIC News 1999.JUL.21] back…

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Flames Athletic Center opens

1999

New home for practice facilities and athletics administration Jun 10.  The $9.25 million complex included two NCAA regulation-size basketball courts, cardiovascular and weight training facilities, a sports medicine…

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College redesignated Applied Health Sciences

2001

Was College of Health and Human Development Sciences since 1998 May 23.  Originated as the College of Associated Health Professions in 1979, the 1998 name did not clearly…

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South Campus Residence Hall opens

2001

First residence hall opened in South Campus Development Project Aug 22.  Most of the residents were juniors, seniors and graduate students. [064-00-09 Office of Public Affairs — UIC…

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Student Recreation Facility opens

2006

Campus Recreation moved from Chicago Circle Center (Student Center East) Mar 27.  The 155,000-square-foot Student Recreation Facility included a multi-purpose pool, 35-person hot tub, fitness machines, basketball courts,…

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Lincoln Hall is LEED Gold

2010

First campus building receives Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) award July.  Renovated and reopened in 2009, Lincoln Hall uses geothermal heating and cooling, which reduces energy…

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IDEA Commons opens

2011

Daley Library debuted space for technology, interaction, comfort Nov 15.  15,000-square-foot commons space, on the Daley Library’s first floor and designed by David Woodhouse Architects, also houses the…

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Campus designated tobacco free

2013

The policy banned all forms of tobacco on campus Jul 1.  While it specifically included cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, electronic cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco products, the ban…

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Granderson Stadium opens

2014
Granderson Stadium opens

Named for Flames Hall-of-Famer Curtis Granderson Apr 17.  Granderson, an outfielder for the New York Mets, threw out the first pitch.  The stadium will also host Little League…

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Circle Reading Room opens

2015
Circle Reading Room opens

Quiet space featured study space, comfortable furniture, and a fireplace. Feb 22.  The Daley Library’s updated take on a traditional reading room debuted during the Circle campus opening…

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First December graduation

2015

Summer and fall graduates participated in first December commencement Dec 11.  Two ceremonies held at UIC Pavilion.  Field Museum President and CEO Richard Larivier spoke at the 2…

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