An inoperable escalator at the UIC College of Nursing (CON) brought together President Easter, Chancellor Allen-Meares, Provost Kaufman, Dean Weaver of the CON, and the star of the event, celebrated alumnus M. Christine Schwartz.  Each posed for photo-ops simulating, with sledgehammer in hand, the demolition of the escalator space.   The afternoon event brought everyone together to celebrate the invaluable gift presented to the CON by Mrs. Schwartz and The T & C Schwartz Family Foundation.  The $2.212 donation will allow the CON to have an entirely new canvas to work from at their site at 845 S. Damen on the UIC west campus.  The gift includes demolition of the escalator which will free 2,500 square feet of space on four floors.  The scope of work will also include new high fidelity simulation rooms for clinical scenarios, research seminar rooms, experiential learning labs, communal and work space for students in the lobby, and other needed building modifications. 

During a recent visit to the UIC College of Nursing, Dean Weaver and I recognized that the CON building needed enhancements to meet the future needs of nursing education. This donation represents my deep commitment to nursing, for the betterment of humankind, says Mrs. Schwartz.  As a current member of the Dean’s External Advisory Board, Mrs. Schwartz recognized what a donation to the College of Nursing could do.  Physically it would change the look and scope of the building but it would also allow for the growth of student numbers opening so much unutilized space.  Mrs. Schwartz and the foundation will be recognized in a variety of ways which will include signage and plaques mutually agreed upon by The T & C Schwartz Family Foundation and the University. 

The College of Nursing (CON) prides itself on the relationships it has established with alumni.  Given the magnitude of this gift and the significant improvements it will make to several key areas it will enhance our educational and research opportunities, states Dr. Terri E. Weaver, Dean of the College of Nursing. 

Advocacy work is extremely important to Mrs. Schwartz and she extends her mission for advanced education where possible, serving on the CON Dean’s External Advisory Board, as a member of the President’s Council of the University of Illinois Foundation, and a life member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association.  Mrs. Schwartz also earned a Master of Science Degree in Health Education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a Master of Science Degree from the College of Nursing at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. 

The CON is continually ranked in the top ten nursing colleges in the U.S. for funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is internationally recognized as a top ranked nursing institution.   For more information about the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, this donation, or how you can contribute contact salmas1@uic.edu.