Former state representative named director of community and government relations

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The University selected Robert Flider, former state representative director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, as the director of community and government relations for the Office of the Chancellor.

His position will take effect Monday and is subject to approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

According to the press release, Flider will work to build relationships with the state of Illinois government and the Champaign-Urbana community. He will also work closely with the University of Illinois System’s state and federal relations staff.

“I am honored to be appointed to the newly created position of director of community and government relations,” Flider said in an email. “The opportunity to work closely with local and regional leaders in ways that mutually benefit the University and their constituencies is exciting to me personally and professionally.”

Flider graduated from Eastern Illinois University and served in the state house of representatives from 2003 to 2011. He was appointed by former Governor Pat Quinn to agriculture director in 2012 and served until 2015. He was previously the mayor of the village of Mount Zion, Illinois from 1995 to 2003.

“Flider brings extensive experience in working within the complex legislative and regulatory framework of the Illinois government,” Chancellor Robert Jones said in a statement. “He has a proven record of building coalitions and collaborations that bring together many different perspectives to focus on a common goal.”

Jones said he is excited to add Flider’s expertise and knowledge to his team.

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NIU political science major receives statewide Latinx higher-ed leadership award

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Laura Vivaldo Cholula stands in front of the Latino Resource Center at Northern Illinois University's DeKalb campus. Vivaldo Cholula will receive the Emerging Leader Award from the Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education today.

Laura Vivaldo Cholula stands in front of the Latino Resource Center at Northern Illinois University’s DeKalb campus. Vivaldo Cholula will receive the Emerging Leader Award from the Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education today.

DEKALB – Northern Illinois University senior Laura Vivaldo Cholula was announced as the winner of a national honor Friday, but her work is more geared toward the future.

Vivaldo Cholula, named the 2018 Emerging Leader Award from the Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education, is co-president of DREAM Action NIU, a student-run organization that advocates for undocumented students. She said she also conducted research for the NIU Latinx Oral History Project through the NIU Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, which collects first-hand accounts of Latino immigrants in northern Illinois.

Vivaldo Cholula said it’s important to collect those oral anecdotes so historians can look back and see what it was really like for Latina people to live in today’s world.

“I don’t think there’s a lot of work being done to document Latino experiences right now, especially in this hostile political climate,” Vivaldo Cholula said.

The Emerging Leader award recognizes an Illinois student who has made significant contributions to the Latina higher education community by demonstrating service and leadership. Vivaldo Cholula will receive it at this year’s ILACHE Professional and Student Development Conference at Illinois State University.

Vivaldo Cholula, a senior political science major and Latin American studies minor at NIU, said she was selected from undergraduate student nominees from public universities across Illinois. That, she said, is “a big deal” to her, since she knew she had to be nominated for the award.

Vivaldo Cholula said she is set to graduate with her bachelor’s degree from NIU in May, which follows her getting her associate degree at Elgin Community College. She said she always knew she wanted to do something to help benefit her community but wasn’t sure if she wanted to go the STEM route or into political science.

After taking a few paralegal classes at ECC and interning at a law office that specializes in immigration law in her hometown of Elgin, she said, she decided that law school will be the next step after she graduates from NIU.

“It’s just something I thought I could do and could be good at,” Vivaldo Cholula said.

Christina Abreu, director of the NIU Center for Latino and Latin American Studies and a history professor at NIU, said that Vivaldo Cholula is highly respected among the university community and it’s “really cool” that ILACHE is recognizing Vivaldo Cholula for her leadership.

“It’s always nice when you see one of your students recognized not just as a good student, but as an overall good person,” Abreu said.

Abreu said Vivaldo Cholula is a leader among first-generation students on campus and is a strong advocate for others and not just herself. She said Vivaldo Cholula isn’t a student activist for the recognition but to truly make a difference in the community.

“It’s kind of a nice send-off as she graduates and goes off to do more great things after college,” Abreu said.

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SIU Separation Bill Passes Committee

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Legislation that would separate SIU Carbondale and SIU Edwardsville has passed out of a House Committee.

Rep. Jay Hoffman’s (D-Swansea) bill would create a separate board for SIUC and SIUE, and it would have the School of Medicine be a part of Edwardsville’s structure. Hoffman says his proposal would boost both campuses.

 

“I have no desire at all to hurt the Carbondale campus. I really believe that if each campus were to have its own board like the rest of the university systems do, that we – and you – could focus on the strengths.”

 

Hoffman’s proposal has been presented before, without success. This bill was introduced after SIU’s Board of Trustees last week failed to approve a plan to reallocate $5 million in state funds from Carbondale to Edwardsville in next year’s budget.

During debate, Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) questioned Hoffman about his motives for filing the bill.

 

“So this is a direct reaction to being unhappy with decision that the Board of Trustees made?”

“No, it’s a direct reaction to Carbondale getting 64% of the money and Edwardsville 36% of the money, and it’s a direct reaction to the infighting of the board that has to stop.”

 

Rep. Natalie Phelps Finnie (D-Harrisburg) calls the measure a “slap in the face” to the Carbondale campus and the overall system. She says it would devastate southern Illinois’ economy.

Rep. Mary Flowers (D-Chicago) says funding inequities between the two campuses could be solved by the state increasing its allocation to Edwardsville, not forcing the system to change its structure.

 

“We don’t take from one prison to give to another, so we shouldn’t take from one educational system to give to another – because education is too important.”

 

Bryant says there wasn’t enough time for the public to be informed about the bill’s hearing in Springfield. She says separating the universities hurts both of them – it doesn’t boost them as proponents of the legislation say it would.

 

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WIU President Jack Thomas responds to speculation about leaving

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MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) –

Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas responded to speculation he may be leaving the university.

He released the following statement Thursday:

Because of my 10-year tenure as president and provost at Western
Illinois University, which has been the most rewarding of my career, I
have recently been contacted by search firms and nominated for a
number of positions. This is clearly an indication of a national
respect for Western and its accomplishments, even during these
difficult times. Like my colleagues across the University, I have been
impacted by the unprecedented state budgetary crisis. Therefore, I am
exploring those positions for which I have been nominated. I hope the
University community realizes that I remain committed to working hard
and advocating for this great University for as long as I serve as
president.

Thomas is listed as a finalist to take over the President’s office at Boise State University in Idaho.

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Chancellor’s new advisor has impressive resume

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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS (WCIA) — The former director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture is signing on with UI.

Bob Flider, who also served as state representative for eight years, was selected as the director of community and government relations in the chancellor’s office.

His hiring is official Monday, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.

On top of being a senior advisor to Chancellor Robert Jones, the EIU grad will work on building relationships with local and state government officials.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Robert Flider, a former state representative and director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, was selected as the director of community and government relations in the office of Chancellor Robert Jones. The hiring takes effect April 23 and is subject to approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

In addition to being a senior advisor to Jones and a member of the chancellor’s staff, Flider will work to build relationships with the state of Illinois government and the Champaign-Urbana community, along with other external entities. He also will work closely with and coordinate his efforts with those of the University of Illinois System’s state and federal relations staff.

“Robert brings to the job a proven record of building relationships with leaders from a wide array of perspectives,” Jones said. “In our discussions, he also demonstrated an eagerness to become deeply involved in our extended campus community. As we move forward in our outreach and partnership with people throughout the state and beyond, Robert will be a strong advocate for the campus vision and the mission of our land-grant university.”

A journalism graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Flider served in the state house of representatives from 2003-11. He was appointed by former Gov. Patrick Quinn to agriculture director in 2012, serving in that position until January 2015. He previously worked in the utility industry and also was the mayor of the village of Mount Zion from 1995-2003. 

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