Monthly archives: September, 2015

UARC Daily News: Don’t forget to let your students know about the Grad and Professional School Fair tomorrow (10/1)!

The Office of Career Services is pleased to host the annual CHICAGO GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FAIR, featuring over 200 programs.

Thursday, October 1, 2015
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

UIC Forum
725 South Roosevelt Road
No advance registration is required. UIC students, UIC employees, and the general community are all welcome!

Find contacts from across the country and the world ready to speak with you at the 2015 Chicago Graduate and Professional School Fair. Even in our connected world, there is no substitute for face-to-face interaction to get your questions answered, and it’s FREE.

This year, representatives from more than 200 graduate and professional programs will be available to answer questions and offer information about their specific programs.

To learn more about the event and view the list of participating schools, visit

Students, please bring your iCard for quicker entrance.

If you require any accommodations to participate in the event, please contact Christine Corral, 312-996-2300,

The Office of Career Services is a unit within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs – “Engaging Students for Success”

UARC Daily News: How a 21-year-old undergraduate helped discover water on Mars…is your student next?

If you’ve seen the news lately, you’ve likely heard the new research that NASA reported about the likelihood of liquid water on Mars. And you now know that Matt Damon isn’t the answer to the question”what did NASA find on Mars.” So now you’re wondering what that has to do with you?

Well, advisors, here’s one of the key parts of the story: One of the first steps to this discovery was made when Georgia Tech graduate student Lujendra Ohja was an undergraduate in 2010 at University of Arizona. He wrote an algorithm that cleared up photos of MARS. This was the first step in a process of following and tracking the landscape. Now he is the lead researcher on the new reporting from NASA this week.

Yes, you heard it right, he began this work as an undergraduate. Here’s a wonderful example of what we know to be the true when working with our students – the power of engaging academically in college changes lives. Undergraduate academic inquiry within and outside the classroom at a research university like UIC can result in groundbreaking, life-changing discovery.

Is it too much of a leap to say that the power of college is making potential life on Mars a possibility? Hmmm…we’ll have to see what happens.

(For more information, please refer to the following: EAB Daily Briefing (9/28/15), Landau, CNN (8/05/11), and Roston, Bloomberg, (9/28/15).

UARC Daily News: Have you heard about “slangry”? Why we need sleep…

By now, many of us have heard the term – “hangry,” which is hungry + angry….but have you heard about the new term – “slangry”? This one mixes sleepy + angry…

This new colloquial term tells us something important we should pay attention to – THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP.

When we’re tired, we have less control over our emotions, concentration is more difficult, and eventually our bodies break down.

Sleep helps your body and brain work properly. It allows us to reset for the next day. Find out more about why sleep is important at



SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Career Services Fall Events Information – Grad School Fair is Thursday, October 1

The Office of Career Services wants to highlight some of their fall programs for you to share with your students:

Career Connections

Diversity Career Fair:
Wed, Sept 23rd, 10:00am-2:30pm, UIC Forum

Meet face-to-face with a diverse group of company representatives from various industries -over 140 expected. Click here for the list. Students are encouraged to click here or stop by for advice in advance.

Grad School Fair:
Thurs, Oct 1st, 3:00pm-7:00pm, UIC Forum

A free informational event for those interested in exploring various grad school options. Over 200 schools representing Masters/PhD programs nationwide present to provide information and answer questions. For a list of registered programs and to RSVP, visit

Mock Interview Day:
Fri, Oct 2nd (Deadline to Apply: This Fri, Sept 18th), SSB 3050

Valuable real-world, but pressure-free interview practice with employers and career professionals. Sign up on with key word “MOCK” under the advanced search “ALL INTERVIEWS” tab.  View this video to learn about the benefits of participating.


  • Entry-Level Microbiologist (Pace Analytical)
  • Public Health Analyst (RTI International)
  • Art/Design Assistant (International Children’s Media Center)
  • Arts Coordinator (Hubbard Street Dance Company)
  • Business Communications Consultant (Sears Holdings Corporation)
  • Designer (Illustria)
  • Sales Representative (Total Quality Logistics)
  • Retail Sales Representative (Verizon)

Career Exploration

Sept 30th Interest Session, 3:00-3:30pm (multiple Fall sessions), SSB 3050

A supportive and educational 4-session group for assistance in connecting strengths & interests to UIC majors and career options. More info at

Choosing a Major:
Oct 14th, 3:00-4:30pm, Daley Library 1-470

An interactive 1.5-hour session supporting undecided or exploring students by asking important questions and offering valuable resources to aid in career decision-making. Co-facilitated by Career Services and LAS Advising.  Registration:

One-on-one Appointments:
Ongoing, M-F, 9:00am-4:00pm, SSB 3050

Tailored and personalized 50-minute sessions with a career counselor to guide and support students through the process of identity development and belonging. Call 312.996.2300 to schedule.

Career Services has many additional programs, which can be viewed on their online calendar at

FOR ADVISORS’ INFORMATION: New Director for Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs is pleased to announce that we have a new director of the Office of Undergraduate Research – Professor Sara Hall.

For your review, below is the message we received this week from Vice Provost Emanuel Pollack:

Dear Colleagues:

I’m delighted to announce that Sara Hall has been appointed Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) effective August 16, 2015. The Office is an integral part of the Center for Student Success Initiatives with undergraduate research being a high impact practice affecting student success.

Professor Hall is associate professor in the Department of Germanic Studies, where she has been instrumental in furthering the involvement of students and faculty in faculty-directed research. In her home department, she supervised numerous Writing in the Disciplines students, independent studies, LAS Undergraduate Research Initiative projects, senior theses, and Honors College capstones. She has supported several student applications for research-focused post-baccalaureate fellowships, such as those funded by the Fulbright Foundation. She also inaugurated an undergraduate poster session and competition as part of the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics annual interdisciplinary conference. She was the recipient of the 2004 UIC Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Teaching Recognition Program Award and is concurrently chair of the minor in Moving Image Arts.

*From 2011 through the summer of 2015, Professor Hall was also an associate dean in the UIC Honors College, where she accomplished a great deal to promote undergraduate research, including spearheading the creation of the Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Journal, a student-run open-access publication featuring groundbreaking undergraduate work from UIC students. She also was instrumental in recruiting as many as thirty new Honors College faculty fellows per year to mentor an increasingly large and diverse student body in the Honors College.

In her new capacity as Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, Professor Hall will be reaching out to faculty across campus to promote undergraduate research and assist faculty as they develop strategies for involving students in their work. Please see the OUR website at for more information, to ask questions, or to provide feedback.

Professor Hall is the first faculty director of the OUR. The Office had been led by Dr. Aginah Muhammad, who administered the popular and successful Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Award, coordinated “Posters under the Dome,” an event recognizing excellence in undergraduate research held at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, and directed other initiatives supporting undergraduate scholars. She now takes on new responsibilities as Director of the Office of First-Year Initiatives. I thank Dr. Muhammad for all she has done to encourage undergraduate research at UIC.

Emanuel Pollack
Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Upcoming event on DACA and Resources for Undocumented Students hosted by AARCC (9-30-15)

The Asian American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC) will be hosting an event on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and other resources for undocumented students.

DACA allows for:

  • Deportation Relief
  • Work Authorization
  • Certain Scholarships
  • In-State Tuition (for some campuses)
  • Emergency, Employment, and Educational Travel

Our key presenter will be Nayoung Ha from the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center a member of the Asian American and Arab American Collaboration on Deferred Action. We will also have Jennifer Juarez, from Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services, covering campus resources for undocumented students. Members of the student organization, Fearless Undocumented Alliance, will describe how they fit into the UIC support network.

The event will be held on:

Wednesday, September 30th
Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center (Lecture Center B2)

SHARE WITH STUDENTS/FOR ADVISORS’ INFORMATION: EXTENSION – Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Nominations now being accepted until 10-7-15

The Office of Special Scholarship Programs invites you to nominate students:

Each year, every four-year degree-granting higher education institution in Illinois chooses ONE senior to receive the prestigious Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award and becomes a Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy. Laureates are honored for their leadership, overall excellence in both curricular and co-curricular activities, and service in pursuit of the betterment of humanity.  Nominations are due by Friday, October 2.

As a faculty/staff member I invite you to nominate one or more graduating seniors who have demonstrated these qualities. Students may also self-nominate. All applications require at least one letter of nomination along with a short essay from the students and a resume.  If you would like to nominate a student, please notify him/her and request that the student visit this website
and respond to the questions asked as well as upload YOUR name and email address. You will then receive an email message asking you to upload your letter.  Student and faculty information must be entered and uploaded by Wednesday, October 7.

The UIC Lincoln Student Laureate will be invited and required to attend a ceremony on November 7, 2015 in the House of Representatives of the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. Each of the Student Laureates will receive a Lincoln Academy Medallion and a financial award of $1000.

To be considered applicants must apply by Wednesday, October 7, 2015. Please direct any questions to Beth Powers at

UARC Daily News: Are you representing for Flames Friday? If not, think about it for next week!

Advisors represent your UIC spirit!

Yesterday we were introduced to the concept of Flames Friday! Let’s paint the campus UIC red! Or you can represent with your Flames gear…

Here’s the real question – who still has one of the Flames hair flames wigs in their office and can break that out for Flames Friday? We know there’s at least one person…

Flames Hair Cropped

UARC Daily News: Why it’s important that we remember Jane Addams in our role as advisors…

How often do you think about Jane Addams as a UIC advisor? It’s something to think about…

Founded in 1889 as a social settlement, Hull-House played a vital role in redefining American democracy in the modern age. Addams and the residents of Hull-House helped pass critical legislation and influenced public policy on public health and education, free speech, fair labor practices, immigrants’ rights, recreation and public space, arts, and philanthropy. Hull-House has long been a center of Chicago’s political and cultural life, establishing Chicago’s first public playground and public art gallery, helping to desegregate the Chicago Public Schools, and influencing philanthropy and culture.

The Museum and its many vibrant programs make connections between the work of Hull-House residents and important contemporary social issues. (Excerpt from CADA’s web page on Jane Addam’s Hull House Museum “About the Museum.”)

Advising as a social justice endeavor to ensure the success of all of our students is in keeping with the goals of Jane Addams…

When you need a reminder or a breath of fresh air, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum just outside Student Center East can refresh you…take a peek one day, you just might see one of your students giving tours!


UARC Daily News: Are you going to NACADA’s Annual Conference in a few weeks? Let us know!

It’s that time again – NACADA is hosting its annual conference in a few weeks!

Just as it’s getting cool outside in Chicago (or not), some members of our advising community are heading out to warmer weather for a great experience in advising – NACADA 39th Annual Conference – What Happens in Advising Stays with Students being hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada October 4th through the 7th.

Are you attending? Other UIC advisors and staff will be going and UARC wants to connect you!

Please let us know by Friday, October 2nd if you will be going to Las Vegas so that we can ensure that others know you’ll be there. Strategizing about sessions is a great way to maximize conference attendance with an agenda as packed as this one!

You can let UARC know by emailing Joey Volpe at