2017’s Full Schedule of Events

2017 Fifth Annual Advisor Week Schedule
March 20 – 24


Please RSVP for all Advisor Week activities at http://go.uic.edu/advisorweekRSVP.

Monday (3/20), and Friday morning (3/24) are reserved for unit-based advisor activities and advisor gift distribution. OAD events will be held from Tuesday, March 22nd through Friday, March 24th.

**CAMPUS RECREATION IS OPEN FOR YOU! – The Campus Recreation Center is open all week for you to use the lazy river, the machines, and anything else available and open to you! Just bring your I-Card, mention your name, and that you are with “Advisor Week” at the registration desk!

Monday, March 20:
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Unit-Based Advisor Activities and the beginning of Advisor Gift Distribution


Tuesday, March 21:

9:30 a.m.  – 11:00 a.m. – COFFEE TALK “Optimizing Impact: Advising students toward Undergraduate Research at UIC and new opportunities with Las Ganas”  Presenters: Sara Hall, Ph.D. (Office of Undergraduate Research) and Veronica Arreola (Las Ganas – HSI Stem)

*Refreshments sponsored by Illlinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (IL-LSAMP) grant.

PRESENTATION HANDOUTS:  Office of Undergraduate Research Packet and OUResearch Website


Undergraduate research plays an essential role in learning and increasing students’ success. What can advisors do to enhance their ability to connect students to undergraduate research? What are some opportunities available? Join us for this interactive session.

Dr. Sara Hall will briefly introduce the mission of and services provided by UIC’s Office of Undergraduate Research in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs. She will present a “roadmap” of the range of multi-disciplinary sponsored programs across campus (summer and academic-year). Other topics will include: prioritizing access, equity and preparedness; typical timelines and possible entry points for involvement across the four-year degree; methods for learning about and sharing about opportunities and funding at UIC, around Chicago and beyond. The floor will be opened up for questions, ideas and sharing of experiences throughout.

Veronica Arreola will introduce Latin@s Gaining Access to Networks for Advancement in Science, or L@S GANAS. Funded through a Hispanic Serving Institution grant, L@S GANAS aims to improve UIC’s ability to serve and nurture Latinx STEM students. One aspect of L@S GANAS is a two-year research experience with the first cohort starting in Fall 2017. She will discuss the goals of the experience, the type of student who should apply, and how to incorporate it into your own support of our STEM students.

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. “Examining Student Experience” Tuesday/Thursday Topics Advisor Common Reading Group with LUNCH PROVIDED from Artopolis
LOCATION:  Daley Library room 1-470 (located on the first floor in the northwest corner of the library)

Article: “6 Things Disney Can Teach Us About Academic Advising”
Discussion Leader: Rachel Marten
This advisor-to-advisor common reading discussion will focus on examining the student experience as a topic.

Go to: http://go.uic.edu/AdvisorsTT1 to retrieve the article.

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. “Give Yourself a Break: Paint, paint, paint…” – Painting Pottery with Creativita from Forest Park
LOCATION: James Stukel Towers (JST) Training Room

Have you painted with us before? Well, we’ve got a new way to do it this year – we’re painting pottery! Are you looking for a new mug for your desk? Do you want to have some fun painting pottery with none of the hassle of heading out to do to it…and you’ll get it delivered back to campus. No muss, no fuss…other than the enjoyment of some snacks and beverages with your fellow advisors to kick off our social events for Advisor Week.

We will have Creativita from Forest Park join us with pottery pieces for you to choose from and get your artist groove on. Then once you’re done, we’ll make sure we know it’s yours…they will take and fire them in the kiln and we will get them back to you on campus.

As you know, we usually paint canvases, but our painting class will return as a post-Advisor Week activity this year! So watch for the dates on that future class as an early summer social gathering…

*There is a fee for this class. Fees will range from $15 – 25 depending on the pottery piece you pick to paint. All pottery and painting supplies are provided.


Wednesday, March 22:
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This special four session mini-conference is designed to be UIC staff led presentations with our theme of enhancing your toolkit. Exploring how we navigate our campus climate and enrich our knowledge and skills is essential to optimum advisor practice.

MORNING SESSION – “Contextualizing Campus Climate: Support for Undocumented and Arab American Students”
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  208 and 209 Burnham Hall (BH)

  • 10:00 – 10:50 “Putting Your Oxygen Mask on First: Learning More About Supporting our Students”  Presenter: Tanya Cabrera (Undocumented Student Liaison)
    • The current political climate, has raised many issues of concern of how we support students, staff and faculty across campus. In particular, those impacted by the Presidents Executive Orders and how we are responding as an institution to support them. We will share resources and initiatives, and there will be time for Q &A and discussion.
  • 11:00 – 11:50 “Strengthening Our Community: Arab American Cultural Center (ARABAMCC)”
    Presenter: Sangi Ravichandan and Monica Boctor, UIC Arab American Cultural Center

12:00 p.m.  – 1:00 p.m. – Honors College Open House/Advisor Week Lunch for UIC Advisors
LOCATION:  Honors College – First Floor of Burnham Hall (BH)

The Honors College is hosting a lunch for all advisors! We know it was a bit crowded last year and we’ve expanded to multiple rooms of the college so there’s plenty of room for all who want to attend. This is a great way to enjoy some yummy food, network, and meet the Honors College staff and see the College if you’ve never been there!

Please join us even if you can’t make it to the Advisor Conference sessions, just don’t be surprised if we try to twist your arm to join us for a conference session or two!

AFTERNOON SESSION – “Navigating Complexity”
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION:  208 and 209 Burnham Hall (BH)

  • 1:00 – 1:50 “Coaching – Supporting for Success and Advancing Collaboration ” Presenter: Elizabeth Houlihan, Brittney Beck, and Daniel Brumbach (Office of First-Year Initiatives)
    • Come prepared to answer the question “If you knew now what you didn’t know in college, what would you have done differently?”  This will help guide our session’s discussion about coaching!Academic coaching is an interactive process that focuses on the personal relationship created between the student and the coach.   Attendees will take a deeper look into academic as well as transition coaching and understand the interaction between student and coach as well as understand the difference between academic advising and academic coaching.   Attendees will also hear more about UIC’s Transition Coaching Program.
  • 2:00 – 3:30 “Express Reads: Eight Essential Steps to Conflict Resolution” Presenter: Nick Ardinger, Ph.D (Campus Housing)
    • In the current political and media climate, communication across difference seems more fraught than ever. This presentation will summarize the “conflict partnership model” of Dudley Weeks, a conflict resolution advisor, teacher, and trainer who has worked with individual, community, and international conflicts across America and the globe, including Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Central America. Get (almost) as smart as you would if you read the book, in just over an hour! And there will be prizes!
    • PRESENTATION SLIDES: Express Reads Presentation


5:00 p.m. – Saucy Salsa Night – A Networking Night Out at Moe’s Cantina sponsored by Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES)
LOCATION: Moe’s Cantina in River North

Once we’ve learned together, we get to relax together! Even if you couldn’t join us for the Advisor Conference, we want you to join us to kick up your heels with us and enjoy food and beverages for salsa dancing night at Moe’s Cantina! Our OAD Steering Committee members are happy to lead the group on a quick hop on public transportation to the fun and festive Moe’s Cantina for their live music salsa night. Courtesy of our excellent LARES partners, we’ll be able to dance, eat, and drink the night away!


Thursday, March 23:

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – FEATURED WORKSHOP – “To Challenge and Support: Incorporating the Model Into Our Work” Presenter: Ashley Stone (African American Academic Network)
LOCATION:  209 Burnham Hall (BH)

This panel discussion will provide advisors with an opportunity to learn about the Sanford’s Challenge and Support model of student development. Advisors will hear firsthand how to implement this model from professionals who engage high school and college students. This session will provide an overview of the model, and advisors will have an opportunity to practice engaging students with this model.

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. “Silence as Strategy” Tuesday/Thursday Topics Advisor Common Reading Group with LUNCH PROVIDED from Potbelly’s
LOCATION:  121 Burnham Hall (BH) in the Honors College

Article: “The Role of Silence in Academic Advising”
Discussion Leader: Kat Aldag
This advisor-to-advisor common reading discussion will focus on the topic silence as strategy.

Go to: http://go.uic.edu/AdvisorsTT2 to retrieve the article.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  “Give Yourself a Break: Hull House Museum Visit and Tour” 
LOCATION: Jane Addams Hull House Museum

The Jane Addams Hull House Museum is a gem of our campus and this is a chance to experience it again with your fellow advisors! If you’ve not been there, come see it! Jane Addams and the Hull House played a pivotal role in the lives of immigrants and residents of Chicago. Hull House’s far reaching influence can be felt today nationally and internationally and this visit is sure to continue to inspire us as we advise our students. The Hull House Museum staff will lead a tour for us and talk about the Hull House’s social justice mission, it’s historical role in the lives of the residents of the neighborhoods where UIC is now located and much, much more!

Friday, March 24:
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Unit-Based Advisor Activities and Advisor Gift Distribution

12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  EAST meets WEST Event: West Side Amazing Race! – Hosted by the College of Applied Health Sciences, College of Nursing, Campus Housing, and the School of Public Health

Have you always wanted to learn more about the west campus and the colleges and programs housed there? Advisors from the east side, put your comfy shoes on and exercise your way around the west side for a prize by doing the West Side Amazing Race!

Join us in learning about our west side colleges firsthand as we have a yummy lunch sponsored by the College of Applied Health Sciences. Following lunch at 1:15, the West Side Amazing Race starts and you will go on a hunt around the west campus for an hour of fun with prizes at the end.

Once you collect your prize, the bus will bring you back to enjoy our final networking event of Advisor Week at the baseball field.

East side attendees please meet at 12:00 at the Campus Shuttle stop in front of Student Center East for a special bus that will take you to the west side. The bus will pick you up at Student Center West/Polk Street Residence and head back east at 2:30 p.m.

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. “Let’s Play Ball! Tailgate and UIC Baseball” ADVISOR SPRING Networking Event sponsored by SUMMER SESSION and UIC ATHLETICS
LOCATION: UIC’s Granderson Stadium Skybox

Don’t miss the grand finale of Advisor Week! You’re invited to UIC Summer Session’s Advisor Networking party at the luxury skybox in UIC’s Granderson Stadium. Come enjoy free food, beverages and a great view of the city while you cheer on our men’s baseball team. Go Flames!

Come when you like, stay for as long as you’d like to watch the game!


The Office for Advising Development gives enthusiastic thanks to our partners who have generously donated their time to provide programs, and to our co-sponsors the College of Applied Health Sciences, the College of Engineering, the Illinois Alliance for Minority Participation, the Honors College, the Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES), Dr. Nick Ardinger, Campus Recreation, the UIC Bookstore, Summer Session, UIC Athletics, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, and the Vice Chancellor Administrative Services.