Monthly archives: February, 2016

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: ILACADA Call for Proposals for 2016 ILACADA Conference – proposal call open until March 1st!

Make plans to join us at the Bone Center at Illinois State University for the 2016 ILACADA Conference: Fostering and Inspiring a Vision for Education. Connect with more than 300 advising colleagues from across the state of Illinois to share innovative ideas to support student success and continue to develop your own advising practice.

The combined cost of registration and ILACADA membership is $100.00 which includes appetizers at the Networking Social, continental breakfast, lunch, conference fee, materials, and membership in ILACADA.
Proposals are now being accepted for the 5th annual Illinois Academic Advising Association (ILACADA) conference on Friday, May 20 at Illinois State University. The theme of the conference is Fostering and Inspiring a Vision for Education. Submissions will be open until March 1, 2016. Proposals can be submitted online here:

Conference registration will be available beginning March 14, 2016.
*Need some financial assistance to attend ILACADA? Is it keeping you from submitting a proposal? Contact UARC for more information on the Provost’s Advising Professional Development Grant (

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Spring 2016 Advising Summit – being held next THURSDAY, February 25th. Please RSVP if you haven’t already done so.

The Spring 2016 Advising Summit’s RSVP is available for you to respond. Please let us know if you are attending by next Monday, February 22nd:

Thursday, February 25th
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(Check-in will begin at 9:00 a.m.)
Cardinal Room, SCE


We are planning for presentations and interactive discussions with Summer Session and Career Services.

There will be a short time for brief announcements and updates from campus units so please contact Joey Volpe ( by Monday, February 22nd if you would like to present an announcement.

PLEASE NOTE – the date of our Spring 2016 Advising Summit changed from last Friday, February 12th to Thursday, February 25th so you didn’t miss it!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: 2016 Student Research Forum being held on April 12, 2016

Please encourage your students to participate in the 2016 UIC Student Research Forum (SRF), which will be held on April 12, 2016. This annual event showcases undergraduate, graduate, and professional student research. The SRF provides students with the opportunity to present their research in a one-on-one style to a broad audience. The environment is friendly, and students will also have a chance to win a cash prize. More than 300 students presented at last year’s SRF, and we want to keep those numbers up!

Beyond encouraging your students to participate, please also consider serving as a judge or volunteering for a couple of hours behind the scenes. Serving as a judge is an enjoyable and time-limited commitment. Judges simply spend an hour or two at the event, engaging one-on-one with each student whose presentation they are assigned to judge. You will be given a simple judging evaluation sheet for each of these student presenters. You do NOT need to be an expert in the areas you judge; you will be assessing the student’s work in terms of their ability to convey the subject matter and key background, motivation, results, techniques, etc. You can register as a judge at the following website:  If you want to volunteer instead, please send an email to Jacquie Berger at with a note naming one or more time-slots of at least two hours on April 12th between 8 am and 6 pm when you want to help with student or judge check-in, set-up, break-down, event logistics, etc.

Event details are as follows:

UIC Student Research Forum
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm (Judging and Presentations)
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm (Reception and Prizes)

UIC Forum
725 W. Roosevelt Rd.

Sponsored by:  The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, the Provost/VCAA, the Alumni Association, the Honors College, and Campus Programs.

Thank you for your participation and support of undergraduate research at UIC, a high impact experience with documented positive effects on student learning, satisfaction, and future prospects. Please feel free to email with any questions or ideas for how the Office of Undergraduate Research can support your efforts. And for more information on current opportunities for your students, follow the Office of Undergraduate Research on Facebook ( and Twitter (@UICOUResearch).

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Study Abroad – learn more about studying abroad. Program application deadline is March 18th!


Greetings from the Study Abroad Office!

Advantages of Studying Abroad:

Ø  Set yourself apart as one of the 2%
Ø  Gain cultural competency and work experience in a rapidly globalizing society
Ø  Study content in context for a once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity

Find out more by attending a first-step session:
Visit our website to begin your search:

Important Reminders:

1)      It is not an ‘add on.’  All credit goes toward graduation requirements.
2)      It’s a great way to have an international experience with an internship or research (for credit), complete your language requirement, enhance your major/minor, and/or take elective courses not available at UIC.
3)      If you want a UIC faculty-led program with only UIC students, there are several programs this summer, ranging  from Italian Language and the Arts to Clinical Psychology Internships in Paris.
4)      Our goal for you is to ‘get someone else to pay for it’…last year over $250,000 in scholarships and grant funding went to UIC Study Abroad students.

“My most positive experience was near the end of the program when my Chilean friend told me that he was proud of how much my Spanish had improved throughout the semester.”

-UIC Study Abroad Student

For more information from the Study Abroad Office, read their Spring 2016 newsletter!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: ACE’s COMM 100 Workshop for Spring 2016 starts next Wednesday, February 24th!

Please share the Academic Center for Excellence’s COMM 100 Workshop information with students. ACE has provided a downloadable flyer for you! The information is below to send along to students:

Attention COMM 100 Students!

Preparing for your COMM 100 speech?
Not sure how to start?
Need help choosing a topic, organizing, outlining, and presenting your ideas?

COMM 100 Workshop
February 24 – April 13
2:00pm – 3:00pm
@UIC Comm Department, BSB 1169

Refreshments will be provided!
Register online at

Topics are:
Information Speech (February 24th, March 2nd, and March 9th)
Persuasive Speech (March 30th, April 6th, and April 13th)

UARC Daily News: When life gives you lemons…

The Tuesday Topics Common Reading Group is hosting a discussion next week about how to coach students to their next step once they have been denied from their intended pre-professional programs. Join them for a lively discussion of the article they’ve chosen. Following are the details:

Did these questions get you going?… Read the short article and join the next Tuesday/Thursday Topics Advisor-to-Advisor Common Reading Discussion.

Topic: Advising after Rejection
Article: “Assisting College Students with Career Planning After Denial of Admission to Their Pre-Professional Programs”

Go to:  to retrieve the article
Discussion Facilitator: Stephanie Sattler
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 23 at 12:05-12:50 p.m.
Location: Daley Library Room 1-470
More food for thought: What preventative strategies may reduce the negative impacts of rejection and progress a student towards acceptance of alternative options?


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: First UARC Brown Bags for Spring 2016 next week 2/18 – DRC 2.0 followed by 2/29 Advisor Professional Development Panel

Please see the updated dates for the Spring 2016 UARC Brown Bags below and RSVP for both sessions here:

Disability Resource Center (DRC) 2.0
Please join us for a second discussed-based session with the Disability Resource Center. Dr. Sara Vogt, Associate Director of the DRC, will be on hand to answer all your questions!

Date: Thursday, February 18th (please note date change)
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 2550 UH


Making the Most of Advisor Professional Development: A Panel Discussion
Please join us for a panel discussion on advisor professional development opportunities.

Date: Monday, February 29th (please note date change)
Time:  12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: East Side Location 2550 UH

FOR YOUR INFORMATION, SHARE WITH STUDENTS: New Summer Tuition and Fee Information

The UIC Summer Session Office is pleased to announce a new rate structure for UIC Summer Session tuition and fees. Effective summer 2016, the undergraduate summer tuition and fees will be charged on a per credit hour basis instead of a range tuition basis.

Summer Session provides an excellent opportunity for students to make progress to graduation or to enroll in a single course. New online courses have been added in 2016 to provide even greater access to UIC courses.

In addition, the Summer Session office is working more closely this year with advisors and faculty to ensure that student course selections align with academic goals. Together these changes will provide UIC and visiting undergraduates with more cost effective opportunities to catch up or get ahead in their studies during the summer months.

Please note: Graduate and Professional Program tuition and fees will continue to be assessed under the range tuition structure in summer. Online programs will continue to be assessed under separate per credit hour rates.

Detailed information about 2016 summer undergraduate tuition and fees

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Study Abroad – there’s still time to apply for Summer and Fall 2016 programs! Deadline is March 18th.

Dear Colleagues,

Please remind your students that there is still time to apply for Summer and Fall 2016 study abroad programs. The deadline is March 18. For more information visit our website  or our office at 502 University Hall.

We are looking forward to working with you on increasing the number of UIC undergraduates who have access to an international academic experience. One great way to encourage them to get involved is through participation in a program where UIC faculty are teaching during the summer. For 2016, these offerings include:

  • Italian Culture and the Arts in Siena, Italy with Maria Iusco [Hispanic and Italian Studies]
  • Movement, Mood and the Mediterranean Studies in Barcelona, Spain with John Coumbe-Lilley [Kinesiology and Nutrition]
  • Reimagining Poland: History and Culture in the 20th Century in Krakow, Poland with Keely Stauter-Halsted [History]
  • Applied Psychology Social Services Internship in Paris, France with Kathryn Engel [Psychology]

Financial aid travels with the student and there are many scholarship opportunities. Last academic year the Study Abroad office helped students receive over $250,000 in scholarships and support funding. These funds made studying abroad accessible to many of your students who may otherwise not have been able to take advantage of this valuable undergraduate educational experience.

Thank you for your continuing support.

UIC Study Abroad Staff

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Final deadline for Provost’s Advising Excellence Award is MONDAY, February 15th!

The UARC Advising Awards Committee is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the 2016 Provost’s Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award, which recognizes professional advisors who have demonstrated exemplary skill in academic advising and a commitment to student success at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Eligible nominees include non-faculty professionals who spend a significant portion of their job advising undergraduates, including academic advisors in the colleges and departments as well as advisors in academic support/success programs.  Nominees must have served in an advisory capacity at UIC for at least one full academic year. Award recipients may be selected for the award no more than once every three years.

At this time, the Advising Awards Committee has planned for a deadline of February 15, 2016 for Advising Excellence nominations. The nomination form is available at

The advising awards are administered by the UARC Advising Awards Committee who are in the process of updating the program for 2016. The process for nomination and selection of awards is being streamlined and updated.

Watch for updates to the Advising Awards section of the website where there will be biographies of winners allowing us to continue to honor our awardees.