SHARE WITH STUDENTS: OIS Special Announcement – Applications for the Laurette Kirstein Scholarship are Live

To:       UIC Department Administrators
From:   Jim Hammerschmidt
Associate Vice Provost for Global Engagement & Executive Director, Office of International Services

Date:    February 27, 2018

Re:       Special Announcement | Applications for the Laurette Kirstein Scholarship are Live

Please read the following special announcement from the Office of International Services. If there are any questions, please feel free to contact the office at or 312-996-3121.

Laurette Kirstein Scholarship

The Office of International Services would like to announce that the Laurette Kirstein Scholarship application for the 2018-2019 academic year is now available on our website. Five awards of $5,000 each (pretax)* in the form of student account credit for tuition, books, and living expenses will be offered to UIC international students who display academic excellence and meet the following requirements:

  1. An international student** currently enrolled full-time at UIC pursuing either an undergraduate or graduate degree.
  2. A minimum UIC cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Must have completed at least one semester of coursework at UIC at the time of application.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

Please visit the OIS website for more information on the scholarship and to access the application form.

Questions regarding the Laurette Kirstein Scholarship can be emailed to or you may call OIS at (312) 996-3121.

*Non-qualified scholarship payments (i.e. living, or travel expense) made nonresident aliens for tax purposes (NR) are subject to withholding and IRS reporting.

**The term “international student” encompasses any student enrolled at UIC who is neither a U.S. citizen nor a permanent resident, who holds a valid non-immigrant visa status, and is maintain his/her status.  In addition to those individuals who entered the U.S. on student visas, this population includes students in dependent status who are eligible to enroll full-time in an academic program.
Office of International Services
The University of Illinois at Chicago

1200 West Harrison Street
2160 Student Services Building, MC 326
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (+1) 312-996-3121 / Fax: (+1) 312-996-9432
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SHARE WITH STUDENTS: ARABAMCC 1 Year Anniversary and International Women’s Day Celebration on 3/6!

ARABAMCC 1 Year Anniversary & International Women’s Day Celebration

Date: Tuesday, March 6
Location: Arab American Cultrual Center (111 Stevenson Hall)
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Suzanne Adely
Suzanne Adely is a global labor organizer who has made pioneering contributions to feminist and labor struggles in NY, Chicago, India, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Birthday celebrations include custom screenprint tote bags, free Arabic food, performances, and red carpet photos with ARABAMCC founders!

Download the flyer to share with your students!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: NACADA News – NACADA Region 5 Conference and CBA’s Dominique Thomas-Green is running for NACADA Illinois Liason. Voting starts 3/5!

We have news from NACADA Region 5:

NACADA Region 5 Conference “The Art of Advising” 

NACADA Region 5’s annual conference will be held on April 11 – 13 in Columbus, OH. We have some advisors presenting and also advisors attending. If you’re going to Region 5 give a shout to Joey at  Visit the Region 5 web page for more information and registration info – Early Registration ends MARCH 21st.

Dominique Thomas-Green is running for NACADA Region 5 Illinois Liason

NACADA Region 5 is seeking a new Illinois liason for the Region Steering Committee and one of our very own UIC advisors has put her hat in the ring! View Dominique’s platform statement on the Region 5 Elections page and if you’re a voting member, voting opens on March 5th.



This year’s Advisor Week will be held from March 26th – March 30th during Spring Break and we have many exciting events being planned for you. A full schedule of events will be coming out very soon, but you can reserve time for some of the events NOW using this quick-view schedule:

Monday, March 26th

  • Unit-based Activities and AHSIE Conference (don’t miss it)!

Tuesday, March 27th

  • 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Poster without the Poster Roundtable Discussion Event and KICK-OFF BREAKFAST
  • 12:00 – 1:30 a.m. Advisor Common Readings #1 with LUNCH
  • 3:30 – when we’re done p.m. GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK: Paint, paint, paint – Painting Pottery with Creativita *There’s a fee.

Wednesday, March 28th

  • 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Advisor Conference with HONORS COLLEGE LUNCH (Even if you can’t make it to Conference, you should come to lunch!)

Thursday, March 29th

  • 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Coffee Talk: Re-visiting Optimizing Impact “External Fellowships” with Kim Germain of the Office of External Fellowships
  • 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Advisor Common Readings #2 with LUNCH
  • 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Student Success Research Lecture “Housing students: What do we know? What can we know?” with Nick Ardinger
  • 4:30 – when we’re done p.m. LAGUNITAS Brewery Tour with food and beverages

Friday, March 30th

  • 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Unit-Based Activities
  • 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. West Side event with LUNCH – more details soon!
  • 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Summer Session sponsored NETWORKING EVENT – more details soon!

The Full Schedule of Events with RSVP is coming this week, but reserve time in your calendars now!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Spring 2018 Advising Summit presentations now available for download!

Our Spring 2018 Advising Summit focused on financial aid and payment options for students while also providing updates about new programs and initiatives. Our Spring 2018 Summit was held on February 23, 2018.

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
Flames Leadership Network (Elizabeth Houlihan, Office of First-Year Initiatives)
Non-Cognitive Profiles (Sue Farruggia, Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Academic Programs)
Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (Kiely Fletcher, Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships)
University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations (Melody Wheeler, University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations)

We had a great time at our Winter Wonderland Networking event post-Summit and we’re looking forward to Advisor Week.  

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

If you are new to the advising community since last year’s Advisor Week and we didn’t get your advisor glass delivered to you this week, please contact Joey at

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: REMINDER Spring 2018 Advising Summit is next Friday, February 23rd with LUNCH! RSVP by 2/20!

REMINDER – Please RSVP for the Spring 2018 Advising Summit and our Winter Wonderland Networking Event by TOMORROW – Tuesday, February 20th!

We hope you can join us on Friday, February 23rd for the Spring 2018 Advising Summit (Friday afternoon of Week 6) and lunch.

We have a number of items on our agenda including meeting our new director of the Office of External Fellowships, information on financial aid and billing, the Non-Cognitive Profiles Pilot, and much more!

Following are the details so that you can plan to attend:

Friday, February 23rd
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. LUNCH and Check In
1:30 – 4:30 Advising Summit

*ROOM is SSB Conference Rooms (The good news is we’ve outgrown our SCE 302 space.)

Also, don’t forget that we’re also doing a Winter Wonderland Networking Event directly following Advising Summit at Wise Owl so that you can relax together and continue the discussions you’ve begun at Summit.

Please RSVP at by Tuesday, February 20th.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: February Career Services Events: Pop-Up Career Advising (2/20 and 2/23) and NEW Interview Essentials Workshop (2/22)!

There are a number of opportunities for your students from Career Services – please share them with your students!

FEBRUARY POP-UP CAREER ADVISING EVENTS (co-sponsored by Career Services & LAS Career Development & Internship Office)

The Office of Career Services and LAS Career Development & Internship Office are sponsoring NEW pop-up events during spring semester to share career-related resources with UIC students.

We will be popping up in different locations on campus with snacks and resources to support students with how to create professional resumes and how to use search for a job/internship on Please see our attached flyer and promote this information to students whom you think would benefit from our pop-up events.

Our pop-ups next week:

Tuesday, February 20th 12-2 PM, Commuter Student Center, Student Center East
Pop-Up Resume Advice (with snacks!)

Friday, February 23rd 12-2 PM, Commuter Student Center, Student Center East
Tips & Treats with

Post the flyer!


NEW INTERVIEW ESSENTIALS WORKSHOP (co-sponsored by Student Employment & Career Services)

Acing a job interview is an essential component of landing a great job, internship or fellowship opportunity. Attend our workshop to hear from employers and career advisors on how to appropriately prepare for upcoming interviews. Students will learn about what they can do before, during and after interviews to present themselves in the best way possible way to future employers.

February 22, 2018
SCE, Room 605

Please download the flyer and promote this event to students whom you think would benefit from attending the workshop.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: America Needs You applications due March 1! ANY holding office hours 2/20 and 2/27.

Please share with your eligible students!

Dear Students,

There are still a few weeks to submit your America Needs You (ANY) application! One of the top things we know students are looking for is help securing internships. ANY is here to help you achieve this goal – check out some of the internships our Fellows have secured at the link below!

ANY Fellows Interships

Do you need help on your application? Call in during one of our upcoming Application Office Hours and speak with an ANY-IL staff member. This is a great chance to get expert advice from the people who review applications!

To participate, call during one of the times below at the designated number. If you can’t get through, leave a voicemail and we’ll call you back as soon as we can.

Date Staff Person Phone Number
Tuesday, 2/20, 4pm-6pm Samantha Robinson 312-240-2727
Tuesday, 2/27, 4pm-6pm Char Figueroa 312- 240-2949

If you have any questions you can reach out to me directly. The final deadline to apply is March 1st.

You can only apply to the ANY Program during your freshman year. I strongly encourage you to apply and take advantage of this unique opportunity!



Liz Buerger
Illinois Program Coordinator
America Needs You
200 East Randolph St, Suite 63
Chicago, IL 60601
Direct: (312) 297-7581
Cell: (914) 552-0829


SHARE WITH STUDENTS: CUPPA Intercollege Transfer Info for Spring 2018

If you have students interested in transferring to the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, you can let them know that the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs will host info sessions by appointment.

Please send an email to to set up a session and to begin planning your transfer to CUPPA.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Save the dates for Advisor Week (March 26th – 30th)!!

Are you ready for it? It’s our Sixth Annual Advisor Week and you need to save the dates!

This year’s Advisor Week will be held from March 26th – March 30th during Spring Break and we have many exciting events being planned for you. A full schedule of events will be coming out very soon, but you can reserve time for some of the events NOW:

Advisor Conference and Luncheon (sponsored by the Honors College) – Wednesday, March 28th 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday Thursday Topics Advisor Common Readings with LUNCH PROVIDED – Two different topics covered in two events – first is on Tuesday, March 27th and second is on Thursday, March 29th both held from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Give Yourself a Break – Painting Pottery with Creativita – Tuesday, March 27th 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

We’re also planning a west side event, networking events, specialized workshops and plenty of fun in addition to the events lists above. A full schedule will be coming soon and we’re super excited about it!

In the meantime, if you have questions for our Advising Week and Advisor Conference Planning Team, email Joey at