Monthly archives: November, 2015

UARC Daily News: Sorry, I didn’t hear you…

“Two monologues do not make a dialogue.” – Jeff Daly


UARC Daily News: Happy Thanksgiving! We are grateful for you and your work!

On behalf of the Undergraduate Advising Resource Center Steering Committee and our campus colleagues, we say thank you to you for all that you do. Our students are lucky to have you in their corner. We appreciate your dedication, hard work, and teamwork.

In this time of celebration, reflection, and giving thanks, our thoughts are with you and yours this Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving Advisors!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Wellness Center hiring a student worker to be a presenter and general office aide – application due 11/30.

Please share with your students and you can download their poster to send along to students.

The Wellness Center is hiring a student worker to be a Presenter and General Office Aide. Candidates must be a registered undergraduate.

Job Description: Presenter and General Office Aide: Work on campus! Help the UIC Wellness Center educate UIC students about healthier living! If you’re seeking a degree in a healthcare field, education, or psychology this job is a great opportunity to learn how to convey information to an audience. Candidates in this position will present Wellness Center workshops on a variety of health education topics including: safe sex, responsible drinking, nutrition, stress management, women’s health, and men’s health. The duties of this positon also include working in the center itself, doing general office tasks (answering phones, helping students who walk into the center, and assisting with implementing center programs. Hours: 10-15 a week. Location: UIC Wellness Center 750 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60607.

Qualifications: The candidate for this position must be a registered UIC undergraduate. The preferred candidate will have good writing and communication skills, be reliable, responsible, detail oriented, and be able to work independently or as part of a team.

How to Apply: If you are interested in pursuing this position please send a short cover letter and resume to: Jacob Schulz Program Service Aide

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: New downloadable poster for Spring 2016 ASP Courses offered by ACE

Please see below the ASP offerings from ACE. You can download their updated flyer and share it with your students:

Start Spring ’16 on the right track!

Sign up for an ASP course today!  These courses are designed to help you sharpen your academic skills.  Each class gives either two or three hours of non-academic semester credit which are good for keeping full time status. Grading is Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

Courses for Spring 2016:

Courses for Undergraduates that promote effective learning strategies and help students get connected!

NEW!!!  ASP 060:  Resources and Strategies for College Success

Do you want to turn the spring semester into an exceptionally successful one and bring up your GPA?  Register for this 16- week class in which you will learn study strategies in such areas as time management, test taking, and study skills.  Get connected to campus resources that are designed to help you succeed at UIC.

3 Hours

NEW!!!  ASP 062:  Semester Refresh: Strategies to Finish Strong

Specially designed course that introduces and provides practice in special topics related to reading, writing, learning, and quantitative reasoning strategies. Promotes positive study techniques that can be applied throughout the semester.

2 Hours

Courses that Boost Communication Skills!

ASP 050: English Communication Skills in Reading, Writing and Speaking for English as a Second Language Students.  ASP 050 is a course designed to help students develop strong English communication skills through weekly reading and writing exercises that include studying grammar, vocabulary and topics pertaining to American culture.  3 Hours

ASP 055:  Communication Skills for International Graduate Students. This course develops and increases listening/speaking fluency for English as a Second Language students.

3 Hours

 ASP 092:  Vocabulary Enrichment (or Vocabulary Bootcamp!)

Are you preparing for a standardized test or just hoping to impress people with your vocabulary?  ASP 092 is an eight-week intensive course for students who want to expand their vocabulary for greater facility in reading comprehension, writing skills and standardized tests preparation.  Register for this class today. In just a short time, you will learn over 400 words.  2 Hours

Courses that focus on Writing Success!

NEW!!!  ASP 090Critical Strategies for Reading and Writing Success – Undergraduate

Critical reading and thinking strategies for comprehending, writing about, and learning textbook material representing different academic disciplines. Instruction in writing summaries and syntheses of readings included.  3 Hours

ASP 095: Academic & Professional Writing for International Graduate Students focuses on formal, academic styles and advanced grammar for English as a Second Language upper level undergrads, grads, & visiting scholars.  3 Hours


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Fall 2015 Advising Summit Presentations available on Summit web page.

For those of you who attended the Fall 2015 Advising Summit, you should have received an email providing you with information from the Summit and an opportunity to provide feedback.

For all who were unable to attend the Summit on November 6th, the Advising Summits page has been updated and all of the presentations are available for download. Please keep in mind that for the presentation on the research on UIC First Generation Students, downloading that presentation is restricted to those advisors, faculty, and staff on the advising listserv. If you would like access to that presentation and you cannot currently download it, please contact Joey Volpe ( to obtain access.

UARC Daily News: Compassion fatigue and advising…let’s support each other, we are a team.

Self care is always important, but especially at this time of year when stress levels are high, we want to remind all of our advisors that in order to support our students we must make every effort to take care of ourselves.

A recent presentation on “Improving Compassion Satisfaction and Understanding Compassion Fatigue Among Academic Advisors” by Joshua Morrison, NACADA grant winner, of IUPUI presents some interesting findings.

We should all be aware of the symptoms of compassion fatigue as referenced at, which include for individuals being mentally and physically tired, sadness or decreased satisfaction, and difficulty concentrating among others.

If you are feeling these effects, reach out to your office colleagues, supervisors, and other advisors on campus. It’s important to also try to get adequate rest and exercise. Seek out UARC members and we can work on getting a sharing group together. Don’t suffer in silence. We’re a team.

UARC Daily News: It’s time for intense time management!

It’s that time of the semester where our students are feeling the pressure…resources to provide them with tools to manage their time and themselves can be a key to success.

Check out this time management exercise packet from Utah State University. It’s got a number of different options for students to actively manage their time…

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: ACE and FYI Drop-in Final Exam Prep (November 30th – December 4th) sponsored by ACE and the Office of First Year Initiatives

Please share this information or flyer with your students:

Academic Center for Excellence is offering Drop-in Final Exam Prep

Are you ready? Finals are right around the corner! Come get prepared with the Academic Center for Excellence and the Office of First Year Initiatives

November 30th – December 4th
Office of First Year Initiatives
Stevenson Hall Room 111

Instructors will be able to help with time management, test preparation, stress, and test anxiety. Drop in for up to 30 minutes during the final week of classes.


Mon. November 30th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tues. December 1st, 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wed. December 2nd, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thurs. December 3rd, 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fri. December 4th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Academic Center for Excellence and the Office of First Year Initiatives

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Student Orientation Leader Applications due November 19th (Round 1 of Hiring)

Please share with your students that they can apply to be a Student Orientation Leader for 2016 now through November 19th for the first round of hiring. There will be a second round of hiring in January, but for those who want to get a jump on planning their summer next year, this is a great time to apply.

You can download the information flyer and the application or send it along to your students!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Student ACCESS Bill Launch on Wednesday, November 11

You are invited to attend a press conference to announce the launch of the Student Access to College and Career Education for Statewide Success (ACCESS) Bill. This bill will help undocumented students by allowing them to receive institutional aid in public universities.

Following the press conference, a student-led “Walk in my Shoes” walk through the UIC campus will be held. We ask all to walk in solidarity with students and supporters from across the state of Illinois to promote and highlight this bill.

When: Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Time: 1:30pm
Where: Student Center East Tower, Room 302, then to the Quad
750 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60607
Facebook event HERE
or email