Category: Advisor News

Message to the Advising Community: Tracy Robinson – In Memoriam

Dear Advising Community Members,

It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform you of the passing of one of our valued advising community members. Tracy Robinson from the Port Academic Center in Athletics passed away on Sunday, January 14th. Tracy worked with students on the swimming and diving teams, and the tennis teams, and many of you have partnered together with her in her dedicated work to ensure their success.

A wonderful article about Tracy, her contributions to UIC and throughout her career can be found on the Athletics website:

Our thoughts are with Tracy’s loved ones, our students, and our Athletics colleagues at this difficult time. Memorial services will be held in both Chicago and Tracy’s home state of Kansas, and we will share more information as it becomes available.

Best wishes,



ADVISOR NEWS: Congratulate our 2017 CAPE and Award of Merit winners!

We are very pleased to congratulate three of our valued members of the advising community on the recognition of their dedication, contributions to UIC and their community, and overall excellence.

Eileen Doran, College of Applied Health Sciences – Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award

Luis Duarte, Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES) – Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award

Carmen Garza, Career Services, Award of Merit

We hope that you were able to see Carmen, Eileen, and Luis as they were honored this past week at the 2017 Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony. Congratulation Carmen, Eileen, and Luis!

FOR YOUR INFORMATION: Announcing the 2017 Provost’s Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award Winners!

Today, our 2017 Provost’s Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award winners received congratulations from Provost Poser and Vice Provost Varelas via campus announcement.

On behalf of the OAD Steering Committee and the OAD Advising Awards Committee, we are delighted to extend our congratulations to the 2017 Provost’s Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award winners:

Tula Georgopoulos, College of Nursing
Iliana Miranda, Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES)
Alicia Rodriguez, Hispanic Center of Excellence, College of Medicine

This award recognizes excellence, commitment, and dedication of professional advisors of undergraduate students at UIC.  Our winners were selected by a committee of their peers to be recognized for their work with our undergraduates and contributions to UIC’s mission. Congratulations to each of our winners!

Each of the winners was surprised in their office – view the pictures on our Advising Awards Page!

Thank you to all of our advisors for the vital role you play in the success of our students.



ADVISOR NEWS: CBA’s Diana Soriano is a recipient of this year’s NACADA Region 5 Excellence in Advising Award!

We are so very pleased that Diana Soriano of the College of Business Administration has been selected as a recipient of NACADA Region 5’s 2017 Excellence in Advising – Advisor Primary Role.

Established in 1983, the NACADA Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising honors individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. In addition to her leadership in advising at UIC, Diana has served as a leader in NACADA Region 5 and is currently chairing pre-conference workshops.

Congratulations Diana!

ADVISOR NEWS: Announcing this year’s 2016 Provost’s Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award winners!

Our 2016 Provost’s Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Awards recipients have been selected!

The Provost’s Excellence in Undergraduate Advising award recognizes excellence, commitment, and dedication of professional advisors of undergraduate students.

We are very pleased to recognize the following advisors for their excellent work in advising:

Allison James, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Sara Mehta, Honors College

Jo Wagner, College of Business Administration

Congratulations Allison, Sara, and Jo! Thank you for your work with our students.

Keep an eye out over the summer as we debut our new web page featuring biographies of this year’s winners and winners from past years.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION: Congratulate your colleagues and join them at the Employee Recognition Ceremony on 11/10!

Have you seen the news yet? You should congratulate three of our advising colleagues on well deserved recognition of their excellence, hard work, and accomplishments!

Theresa Hayden (College of Business Administration) is a recipient of the Award of Merit.

Jill Huynh (Department of Asian American Studies) is a recipient of the Award of Merit.

Christina Ruiz (Honors College) is a recipient of the INSPIRE Award.

If you are available, you’re invited to join us to see them receive their awards on November 10th at the campus recognition event.

Event: 2015 Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony and Reception
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: Ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. with formal reception to immediately follow
Location: UIC Forum, 725 West Roosevelt Road at the corner of Roosevelt and Halsted
Parking: UIC Lot 5 – 1135 South Morgan Street Parking relocation will be honored in Lot 5 for any attendee who has a current UIC campus parking permit, which must be displayed at all times.
**Normal weekday parking charges of $11.50 apply in all other cases.

Congratulations Theresa, Jill, and Christina!

ADVISOR NEWS – Do you have news? Are you presenting at a conference? Have you had an article published? Let us know!

The website will very soon have an advisors’ news section where we would like to feature a wide range of news provided by and about advising and our UIC advising community. News and info will include articles written, conference presentation summaries, other news and profiles of advisors.

If you would like to submit your news, you can email Joey Volpe or use the UARC Weekly Update Request Form. We want to hear about your work and your contributions at UIC and beyond.

ADVISOR NEWS – College of Business Administration’s Freedom Nguyen has an article “Academic Advising or Advocacy in NACADA’s Academic Advising Today

Did you happen to see Academic Advising Today recently?

If you did then you might have already read it, but if you didn’t, check it out.

UIC’s own Freedom Nguyen, Academic Advisor in the College of Business Administration, has an article “Academic Advising or Advocacy?” published in the June 2015 edition of Academic Advising Today.

Read the full article online at the NACADA website.

ADVISOR NEWS – Congratulate AAAN’s Ashley Stone. She will be presenting twice at NASPA Region IV-E this November!

Have you heard the news? Are you going to NASPA Region IV-E this November in Schaumburg? If so, mark your calendars to see one of our own! Ashley Stone, Academic Counselor from African-American Academic Network (AAAN), will be presenting not one but two sessions at the NASPA Region IV-E.


The first of her presentations is “Creating a Global Community: Culture, Compassion, and Advising” which a number of us saw and participated in at last spring’s Advisor Conference during Advisor Week.


The second presentation is “Identity Change and Empowerment: Developing Community through Leadership,” which will feature information about the work and programs Ashley has done with AAAN.


For more information on the NASPA Region IV-E conference, please visit the conference website.


Congratulations Ashley!