Category: Professional Development

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: NACADA Region 5 Conference – Call for proposals! (Due 1/5/18)

The OAD Steering Committee wants you to consider submitting a proposal for NACADA Region 5 in Ohio in Spring 2018! See below for the call for proposals. OAD will be hosting proposal workshops in November and December so stay tuned!

Join us in Columbus, Ohio, April 11-13, 2018, for the NACADA Great Lakes Region V conference.

This year’s theme, “The Art of Advising”, provides the opportunity for you to present on key advising issues related to creativity, ingenuity, and application at the conference. Potential topics include: student retention, student recruitment, 1st year programming, probationary students, first generation students, technology, as well as topics of your choice.

The online proposal application system is open; please visit the NACADA Region V Conference website to submit your proposal:

Deadline for all proposals is January 5, 2018.

If you would like to volunteer to read submitted proposals in January and/or volunteer to help at the April conference, you can sign up at the Great Lakes Region V, Conference Web site at:

We look forward to seeing you April 11-13, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio!
Yours truly,

Melinda McDonald and Amy Treboni
Program Chairs

Todd Taylor, Peg Steele, and George Steele
Region V 2018 Conference Chairs

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: African American Academic Network (AAAN) Open House – this Wednesday 10/25!

The African American Academic Network invites you to our Open House

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Student Services Building
Suite 2800

Meet our staff and student leaders to learn about our services, programs and upcoming events. Our Open House will be filled with activities that promotes community and academic success.

The first 100 students in attendance will receive a complimentary, Midterm Survival Kit. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by Monday, October 23rd here.

Thank you and we look forward to your attendance.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Join us for DACA Discussions (East Campus – 10/24 and West Campus – 10/25)!

The Provost’s Taskforce for Immigration Issues is presenting DACA Discussions – two forums during the Week of October 23rd. Download and share the flyer!

This is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to learn what DACA is and how the DACA rescission will impact our campus.

UIC experts on the legal, psychological, and financial effects of DACA’s termination will explain what we can expect next and provide advice on best practices to support affected students, staff, and patients.

Please join us and bring questions.

Each forum will feature a panel of presenters with different expertise. Q & A will follow.

Tuesday, October 24th
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
302 Student Center East (SCE)

Wednesday, October 25th
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Room 158 (1st Floor Auditorium)
College of Nursing

List refreshments will be served.

Forums can be viewed live using the following links:

Tuesday, October 24:

Wednesday, October 25:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Fall 2017 Advising Summit presentations now available for download!

Our Fall 2017 Advising Summit focused on providing updates about new programs and initiatives and providing information about advising international students.

Thank you so very much to our presenters and to you for spending the afternoon learning with us! The agendas, presentations, and materials from our speakers are available on or can be downloaded below:

Summit Agenda

Career Services News (Thy Nguyen, Office of Career Services)

Best Tips for Advising International Students (Presentation) and Tips Handout (Ana Hoban and Megan Ward, Office of International Services)

Resources for Undocumented Students and Update (Tanya Cabrera, Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity)

Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy (Dr. Kathleen Yang-Clayton and Sharon Hayes, Department of Public Administration)

New Class Scheduling Grid (Erin Brady, Office of Classroom Scheduling)

Intercollege Transfer Process and Website (Eileen Doran, College of Applied Health Sciences)

If you attended Summit, we want to hear from you. Your feedback is valuable, so please complete a survey for our planning team:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: “Preview of the new my.UIC Portal for Faculty and Staff” – OAD Brown Bag NEXT Monday, 10/23 at 12:00 p.m. RSVP

Have you worked with students using the new my.UIC Portal? The Faculty and Staff version of the my.UIC portal will be available this month!

Next Monday you can get a preview of the new faculty and staff version of the my.UIC portal, including the Advising tab, and have your questions answered by Mike Kamowski, Executive Director of the Office of Student System Services (OSSS).

Join us for our next OAD Brown Bag:

DATE:   Monday, October 23, 2017
TIME:  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: 2550 University Hall (UH)


OAD will provide light refreshments so please feel free to bring your lunch – we’ll have some munchies to go along with it!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Student Success Research Lecture, The 2017 First Year Student Cohort, 10/25/17


The 2017 First Year Student Cohort
Wednesday, October 25, 2:30 p.m.
Daley Library, Room 1-470

This fall marked the largest first year class in UIC’s history. Beyond the size, what else do we know about the Class of 2021? Data will be presented on the admissions profile of the first year cohort along with results from the 2017 Entering Student Survey.

Presenters include:
Mark Manderino, Director, Student Affairs Planning & Assessment
Kevin Pinkston, Director of Enrollment Analytics

The OVPUA’s Office for Research on Student Success (ORSS) is pleased to announce the next installment of its campus lecture series, showcasing research being carried out across UIC to better understand and ultimately improve the success of UIC students. The ORSS Lecture Series on Student Success Research grew out of the UIC Student Success Initiative [], and has the dual purpose of opening a cross-disciplinary dialogue among researchers employing different perspectives and approaches to answer related questions about student success at UIC, and putting that research into the hands of practitioners who can make use of it for the benefit of our students.

For questions, please contact Sue Farruggia, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, at

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Next TT Advisor Common Readings on 10/17 at 12 pm!

This is a friendly reminder to join us for our first upcoming advisor common reading discussion of the fall semester. We are looking forward to re-connecting with you and encourage you to bring a colleague or friend.

Topic: Undeclared Students
Article: “Advising Undeclared Students”
To retrieve the article, go to:

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 17th at 12:05-12:50 p.m.
Location: Daley Library room 1-470 (first floor)
Teaser Question: If you were undecided as an undergrad, when did you make “the decision”?


The article focuses on undecided students and advises that the best way to help them through choosing a major is to look at it as a process that belongs to them, and to avoid jumping into prescriptive advising.  The article also notes that students use multiple strategies in picking a major/career- self-knowledge, educational knowledge, occupational knowledge, and decision making knowledge.  It’s an advisor’s role to guide them through that process by using personal assessments and keeping the student’s anxiety at bay.

The Office for Advising Development will provide treats and drinks, but feel free to bring your lunch.

Questions or comments? Email co-chairs Diana Soriano, and Alex Sainvilier at


The Advisor Common Reading Committee

Do your colleagues want to receive our advisor common reading emails? Encourage them to get added to the list:


The Advisor Common Reading Committee aims to cultivate a collaborative and student-centered forum for the exchange of ideas, resources, and best practices while fostering a sense of community among UIC advisors. This advisor-to-advisor opportunity for continued education and networking is facilitated through our monthly common reading discussions (“Tuesday/Thursday Topics”).

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Upcoming Events – TT Common Readings (10/17) and OAD Brown Bag (10/23)

Thanks to everyone who was able to come to the Fall 2017 Advising Summit. We’re gathering the materials from Friday’s Summit and will be posting them for you very soon, but we wanted to make sure that you save time in your calendar for our next events:

Tuesday Thursday (TT) Topics – Advisor Common Readings

TOPIC: Academic Achievement & Career Development
October 17, 2017
12:00 – 12:50 p.m. (Daley Library – LIB I-470)

For more information about the Advisor Common Reading, sign up for emails at Questions or comments? Email co-chair Alex Sainvillier,, or Diana Soriano,

The Common Readings Committee’s Mission Statement that guides their activities and discussions is:

The Common Reading Committee aims to cultivate a collaborative and student-centered forum for the exchange of ideas, resources, and best practices while fostering a sense of community among UIC advisors. This advisor-to-advisor opportunity for continued education and networking includes monthly common reading discussions (“Tuesday/Thursday Topics”).

OAD October Brown Bag

October 23, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
2550 UH

The OAD Brown Bags and Coffee Talks Subcommittee is hard at work planning your fall brown bag and will be back to you very soon with more info, but PLEASE SAVE THE DATE! (We will have light snacks!)

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Fall 2017 Advising Summit on Friday 10/6 – new time and lunch! RSVP is available now!

We’ve made some changes to the time of Advising Summit for this Fall 2017. We hope you can join us for the  Summit, which is now being held on the Friday afternoon of Week 6. Following are the details so that you can plan to attend:

Friday, October 6th
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. LUNCH and Check In
1:30 – 4:00 Advising Summit

*ROOM is 302 SCE

We have a number of items on our agenda and more info is forthcoming!

Also, don’t forget that we’re also doing a Fall Colors Networking Event directly following Advising Summit at a local establishment so that you can relax together and continue the discussions you’ve begun at Summit.

RSVP is available – please RSVP by the end of Wednesday, October 4th!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: ILACADA Annual Conference on 9/22 – OAD is sponsoring transportation. Reserve your space!

OAD will be providing transportation to the ILACADA Annual Conference on September 22nd at Northern Illinois University (NIU). We have two of our advisors presenting, it’s only one day, and it’s close to UIC so you should think about coming!

If you would like to reserve a space for transportation, please complete the RSVP form. If you are interested in attending, but would need funding to attend, please contact Joey Volpe at


This is a reminder that you are personally invited to attend the 2017 ILACADA Annual Conference at Northern Illinois University (NIU).  NIU is hosting the 2017 ILACADA Annual Conference on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 8:00 am – 4:30 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center!  There will also be a networking social on Thursday, September 21st from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. for conference participants.  This year’s theme is Advising: The Root of Student Success. This is a great opportunity for you to engage in an exciting professional development experience close to home!
Session titles include: Advise Despite Distractions (ADD); Strategies for a Successful 2to 4 Year Transition Program; Managing Large Scale Change with Minimal Casualties; Addressing the Unique Needs of College Student Military Veterans; How Frameworks of Campus Ecology Can Inform your Advising Space; Undocumented Students’ Academic Success: Challenges and Opportunities; Strong Roots, Strong Branches: Nurturing Generational Diversity in the Advising Unit; and Supporting Youth from Foster Care in College.

Conference Registration is open!  The fee is $90 for faculty/professionals and $50 for graduate students.  The Conference Registration fee includes the full conference, networking social and an ILACADA membership through September 30, 2018.  To register for the conference, go to: The priority registration date is Friday, September 8, 2017.
We need volunteers!  The Conference Planning Committee is looking for volunteers to make this conference a success! Volunteering is a great way to network and meet new colleagues. We are looking for conference participants to serve as volunteers to assist with the following: check-in, program session moderators, conference evaluations, luncheon hosts and greeters. Volunteers will be assigned two-hour shifts based on their availability and are needed during the following dates/times:

  • Thursday, September 21, 2017       3:00 pm -7:00 pm
  • Friday, September 22, 2017             7:30 am – 5:00 pm 

If you are interested in volunteering or have additional questions, please e-mail Danae Miesbauer at and provide your availability.

For questions regarding the conference, please contact Michelle Pickett at or LaBrian Carrington at  I look forward to seeing you!

Michelle Pickett
Co-chair, Conference Planning Committee