Monthly archives: April, 2016

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: RSVP Open for UARC’s Workshop discussing changes in math pathways, chemistry courses, and physics placement being held on 5/17.

Are you familiar with the new math pathways and placement policies? Interested in hearing more about the changes to general college chemistry? Have you heard about the new physics placement test and want to know more?

UARC is hosting a workshop/discussion about the changes in these areas, so please save the date:

Date: Tuesday, May 17th
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: 2550 UH


Please contact Joey Volpe at with questions.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: ILACADA 2016 Conference is being held May 20th at Illinois State University – registration now open!

The 2016 ILACADA Conference is one month away on May 20th and will be held at the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University. This year’s conference theme is Celebrating FIVE Years of Progress: Fostering and Inspiring a Vision for Education.

The conference gives you a chance to 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 keynote speaker is Dr. Karen Myers from St. Louis University. Dr. Myers is an Associate Professor and Director of the Higher Education Administration graduate program at St. Louis University. She is also the Director of The Ability Institute, home of the award-winning international disability education project, Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit and the Ability Ally Initiative. You can view Dr. Myers’ full bio here.

The conference registration including ILACADA membership is $90.00.

You can register online at the ILACADA Conference web page.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Let us know which events at Millennium Park are of interest to you for UARC Events!

Summer is coming so let’s take advantage of it! We had a great time when we went to see The Breakfast Club in Millennium Park last year so we’re not going to miss our opportunity to take advantage of what Chicago has to offer us!

UARC will be hosting a summer event series at Millennium Park and we want YOUR opinion about which events you want to see so that we can plan outings for all of us.

There are two concert series and a film series with over 30 events to choose from:

*Do you want to see Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? Or is A League of Their Own more your speed? How about a classic like West Side Story or Grease? The Millennium Park Summer Film Series has a great lineup this year.

*Feel more like some music? There’s two different concert series to choose from! There’s the Millennium Park Summer Music Series featuring world reknowned artists from all over the world and the Grant Park Music Festival, which is celebrating its 82nd year.

Let us know what you’re interested in doing so that the UARC Steering Committee can make plans. Send Joey an email at with the films and concerts you’re interested in before UARC’s May 12th planning meeting and we’ll use your feedback.

We can’t wait!



Register today for the 10th Annual Lavender Graduation ceremony on Friday, April 29th, 2016. This year we will celebrate at the National Hellenic Museum and our keynote speaker is Tania Unzueta Carrasco, Policy and Legal Director for Mijente and an organizer with the Not1More Campaign and Chicago’s Organized Communities Against Deportations.

Lavender Graduation is a unique convocation ceremony that honors the academic achievements of UIC’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and allied (LGBTQA) graduating class. The event is open to students from every college at UIC and our graduate pool grows larger each year. Lavender Graduation is one of the Gender and Sexuality Center’s hallmark programs. Students throughout the years have testified that the prospect of walking in “Lav Grad” motivates them through tough times with juggling classwork and other obligations. In addition to several other programs we offer, Lavender Graduation supports the attraction, retention and successful graduation of many LGBTQA students each year.

More information about Lavender Graduation:

REGISTER TODAY! This year’s ceremony will be at the National Hellenic Museum!!!! The museum is located at 333 S. Halsted St. and is located off of the UIC- Halsted Blue line. Please check our Facebook and listserv for regular updates about the event. Did I mention there will be food and post ceremony celebrations with music immediately following?

When you have a moment, follow this link to a beautiful video from the 2014 event:

Please also join our event on Facebook:  

Friday, April 29, 2016
10th Annual Lavender Graduation
Ceremony: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Food: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Post Ceremony Celebrations: 7:30 – 9 p.m.

GRADUATES Register Here:


For registration and event related questions, contact S Simmons at OR 312-413-8619.


UPCOMING EVENT/SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Summer Session Picnic for students & advisors this Saturday, April 16th

UIC Summer Session invites you and your students for some free food and beverages at our first Summer Session picnic.

When: Saturday, April 16 from 12:30 – 2:00 pm

Where: UIC’s Curtis Granderson Stadium

Come cheer on the Flames during the UIC women’s softball and men’s baseball that day and have lunch on us (bring your i-card for free game entry).

The college advising units will have a chance to win prizes based on student attendance. See contest rules for more details.

Details about the picnic, student tickets, and the contest found here:

Questions? Contact Natalie Kokorudz, or 3-9075

SHARE WITH STUDENTS/UPCOMING EVENTS: Student Research Forum is this Tuesday 4/12.

The 2016 UIC Student Research Forum (SRF) is being held this Tuesday, 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. Join us to view the students’ research!

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: LARES Tuition Award deadline is April 15th.

Please encourage students to apply:

Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES) program is currently soliciting applications for the Fall 2016 LARES Tuition Award. The goal for this award is to assist LARES students in obtaining a baccalaureate degree. Candidates are considered based on merit and leadership. Recipients may receive full or partial tuition waivers, depending on funds available.

Note: Award does not cover university fees or study abroad.

The LARES Tuition Award application is available in the scholarship section of the LARES website:

The application and all supporting documents must be submitted to the LARES office (1200 W. Harrison, Suite 2640) by 4/15/16 by 5pm.

*Students must have earned a minimum of 24 credits toward graduation at the time of application.

*Transfer students must have earned a minimum of 12 credits toward graduation at UIC.

*Students must maintain a full-time course load during the Fall 2016 semester.

*Students must be in good academic standing with a recommended cumulative GPA of 3.00 minimum.

*Be a US citizen or legal permanent resident.

*See application for additional requirements and instructions.

For more information please contact Iliana Miranda at

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/UARC EVENTS: Fourth Annual Advisor Week – thank you for attending activities and your feedback requested.

We are gathering the presentations and doing follow-up with our presenters, and will be uploading the presentations and documents to our Advisor Week website over the next few weeks.

As we review this year’s Advisor Week and begin planning for next year, your feedback is always helpful. Please visit to provide feedback on Advisor Week.

Thank you to everyone who attended events during our Fourth Annual Advisor Week!

We look forward to seeing you at future UARC events including our final Brown Bag for the academic year and some of our exciting summer events including trips to Millenium Park!


SHARE WITH STUDENTS: AANAPISI Advising & Registration Workshop being held on 4/6 at 4:00 p.m.

Encourage students to attend an AANAPISI Advising & Registration Workshop!

April 6, 2016
4:00 p.m.
UH 1050

Topics will include:
*Important dates and policies
*Registration and class scheduling tools
*Academic planning and degree requirements

Refreshments will be served.

ALL undergraduate students welcome!

Do your students have other questions, concerns, curiosities? They can request an appointment with Jill Huynh, UIC AANAPISI Undergraduate Advisor:

Learn more about the UIC AANAPISI Initiative:

The UIC AANAPISI Initiative is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education. UIC is federally recognized as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) through its status as a funded Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/SHARE WITH STUDENTS: IALHEA Diversity Dialogue and Research Forum on 4/6 – registration open!

Please download the conference flyer to share with colleagues and students! Following is the information for the upcoming IALHEA event:

IALHEA Diversity Dialogue and Research Forum
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Building and Creating Better Communities: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health
University of Illinois at Chicago
Student Center East – Illinois Room

You are cordially invited to the IALHEA Diversity Dialogue and Research Forum. The Illinois Committee on Black Concerns in Higher Education (ICBCHE) and the Illinois Latino Committee on
Higher Education (ILACHE) together with campus partners are involved in a collaborative effort to increase the participation of students-of-color on college and university campuses across the state of Illinois. The goals are to increase faculty-student research collaborations; facilitate mentor relationships between faculty, professional staff, and students of color, and increase the persistence of students-of-color in academia and enhance their research skills. The event will showcase the scholarly work of underrepresented students from Illinois.

Registration: The conference schedule is listed below. You can join us for the Dialogue, Keynote, Networking Lunch, Research Posters/Reception or all of these.

Tentative Conference Schedule
10:00 Registration

11:00 Welcome Diversity
Dialogue and Panel

12:30 Networking Lunch

1:30 Research Plenary

2:30 Research Posters Session

4:00 Reception