Monthly archives: August, 2016

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/NETWORKING EVENT: REMINDER – OAD Second Annual BBQ is this Wednesday, August 31st. RSVP and join us!

How did your first week go? Did you enjoy last August’s first annual summer bbq? So did we! It was great to see the great cooking skills of one of our own, so…we’re doing it again.

AUGUST 31ST is our Second Annual Advisors BBQ!

We’ll be celebrating the kick off of the new 2016 – 2017 year and ending our summer together! It will be a great way to kick off Labor Day weekend!

Where:    Ph.D. Pub on South Campus
When:    5:00 p.m. (The Study Abroad event that ends at 4:30, so if you’re going to that you can still make it to the BBQ!)

Just like last year, our own advisors will be showing off our cooking skills! We want to see you there. Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, August 30th, but even if you haven’t RSVP’ed join us…we’re planning lots of food and fun! Bring your fellow advisors!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS, YOU’RE INVITED: Study Abroad Special Event on August 31st at 3:30 p.m.

An invitation from Chris Deegan, Executive Director of the Study Abroad Office:

Dear Colleagues:

For some this may be a duplicate announcement, but it this interactive event will be a unique opportunity for UIC students to be in the center of this discussion with government leaders.  U.S. Study Abroad: An Investment in Your Future, a dialogue with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Evan RyanThey will be joined by two UIC Study Abroad alumni for a discussion about the impact of their experiences.  If you have an opportunity to share this announcement with students, please do so.

Thanks in advance for your support.  You can find more detail and a link to RSVP at:

We look forward to seeing you there.


Chris Deegan
Executive Director, Study Abroad


Chris Deegan
Executive Director of Study Abroad
The University of Illinois at Chicago
601 S. Morgan Street
502 University Hall
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 413-7662


OAD Daily News: Welcome to Academic Year 2016 – 2017!

It’s the first day of school and we’re all excited to be here! Welcome new students and welcome back to our continuing students! Students, now is the time to execute your plans and make great habits for this academic year –

  • Find the best study spots for you;
  • Make a schedule for yourself for this week and then review it at the end of the week to make adjustments;
  • Learn your professor and TA’s names and make sure to read all of your syllabi;
  • Ask for help when you need it – there’s no stupid questions!

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” – Plato

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: UPDATE – Student Info Available for download for Career Services’ iFIT Online e-Learning career exploration module for students!

Career Services is pleased to announce that the UIC e-Learning career exploration module, iFIT ONLINE, is now LIVE!

This interactive online career exploration module’s short URL is The location on our website is Please bear in mind that it must be viewed/accessed in the browser INTERNET EXPLORER for full functioning (hours of troubleshooting with Adobe IT has not resolved it and I’ve resigned to using this as the browser of choice).

As we are no longer using FOCUS2, this module serves as an updated, directed, and UIC specific option to replace it.

You can download the advisor’s iFIT ONLINE information included here! An iFIT ONLINE student version is available now!



iFIT ONLINE® is a self-guided, interactive e-learning module for career/major exploration & planning. For maximum accessibility to our unique student population, this tool is accessible 24 / 7 /365 via

iFIT ONLINE® is similar to our in-person iFIT group program, only it is entirely online and accessible to the students who – for various reasons – don’t come in to meet with us. The module is meant to be taken over several weeks in a similar way to a course. There are multiple reflective activities or ”homework” integrated throughout to deepen learning. NOTE: The contract for FOCUS2 – a related tool previously offered – has not been renewed this year, and is no longer available. iFit Online is offered in its place. WHY iFIT ONLINE®?

– Facilitates more appropriate goal setting, academic decision making, and course selection
which heightens commitment, and the probability of retention. (Gardner, 1998, 2003)
– Increases motivation, improves academic achievement, increases retention, and less time
to graduate. (Gillie, S. & Gillie-Isenhour, M., 2005)
– Timely college degree attainment is influenced by the interests / major congruence of
students (Allen, J. & Robbins, S., 2010)

– May use this module/tool in part or in its entirety in a first year experience class
– At the end of the module completion, students will complete a brief survey and
receive a certificate (perfect for tracking engagement/learning)
– As a supplement to one-on-one advising appointments – given as “homework”
to be done between appointments.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – Save the dates for Fall 2016 Tuesday/Thursday Topics – Advisor Common Readings!

Save the dates for this fall semester’s Advisor Common Readings being held – September 13th, October 11th, and November 17th.

All discussions will be held from 12:05-12:50 p.m.

The full 2016-2017 schedule, topics, and locations are:

September 13: Connection vs. Control (Daley Library Conference Room 1-470)
October 11: Academic Achievement & Career Development (Daley Library Conference Room 1-470)
November 17: Advising as Teaching (BH 121, Honors College)
January 31: Peer Advising (Daley Library Conference Room 1-470)
February 16: Advising and Effective Notes (Daley Library Conference Room 1-470)
March 21: Examining Student Experience (Daley Library Conference Room 1-470)
March 23: Silence as Strategy (BH 121, Honors College)
April 18: Sophomore Transition (Daley Library Conference Room 1-470)

For more information about the Advisor Common Reading, sign up for emails at Questions or comments? Email co-chair Jill Huynh,, or Diana Soriano,

The Common Readings Committee’s Mission Statement that guides their activities and discussions is:

The Common Reading Committee aims to cultivate a collaborative and student-centered forum for the exchange of ideas, resources, and best practices while fostering a sense of community among UIC advisors. This advisor-to-advisor opportunity for continued education and networking includes monthly common reading discussions (“Tuesday/Thursday Topics”).

YOU’RE INVITED: Campus Housing invites you to be part of the Chancellor’s Move-In Crew on August 17th

Invitation from Susan Teggatz, Director of Campus Housing:


I want to invite you to volunteer to help to make Freshman move–in day a great experience when we welcome the freshmen on August 17th.

I am also excited to announce that the Chancellor and his wife will again help our resident students move in!

Freshmen are officially welcomed to move-in on Wednesday, August 17th. This day is always an exciting time for the UIC Community as our freshman residents arrive on campus with their families and their hopes and dreams for their future in their hearts.  As we continue to increase Campus involvement, your efforts are crucial to providing support and encouragement to our students and their families during this very busy day.

During freshman move-in day we would like to have you at key places in the south and east residential complex helping us welcome parents and students as they arrive.

Move-in will start at 8am, with the largest part of our students coming in between 9:00am to noon.  We continue to see residents arrive throughout the afternoon and need assistance throughout the day ending at 4:00pm. Plan to join us for at least 2 hours during the day, however even an hour lending a hand works for us! Housing will provide you with a Polo Shirt (unless you still have your shirt from last year) and guidelines for your task that day.

We have a variety of jobs including the Hospitality Station where we will provide water, a T-Shirt distribution station for Freshmen to receive their Campus Housing T-shirt and several Drop and Go Zones where we will help unload cars.

Please respond to Susan Teggatz, copied on this e-mail, with your availability for the day and your shirt size if you need a polo shirt.

Save the Date: August 17th, 2016 – Times and positions will be emailed in a follow-up email on Monday, Aug. 15th.

We look forward to having you!

Susan Teggatz
Campus Housing

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Midwest First-Year Conference (9/23) Early Bird Registration ends August 26th!

Early Bird Registration deadline is August 26th for the Midwest First Year Conference being held at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb on 9/23!

Friday, September 23, 2016

8:00am – 4:00pm

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

The MFYC regional drive-in conference provides a dynamic forum for faculty, administrators, and professional staff to share ideas, resources, and engaging pedagogy to enhance the experience of first-year students on two- and four-year campuses.
REGISTRATION is now open!

Registration Fees (continental breakfast and lunch included):

  • Early Bird: (before 08/26/16): $90
  • Professional: (after 8/26/16): $100
  • Day of Event/ At the Door: $100
  • Graduate Student: $65

Keynote Speaker
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jennifer Keup, Director of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Student in Transition.   In this capacity, she leads a team of professionals who coordinate the Center’s conferences and continuing education, publications, research and assessment activities, public relations, and resource development. Jennifer also serves as an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina, where she teaches graduate courses, advises students, and serves on thesis and dissertation committees.

Jennifer’s research interests focus on two complementary areas of scholarship: 1) the first-year experience and students in transition and 2) high-impact practices and institutional interventions. Under the umbrella of this agenda, she has engaged in scholarly work, teaching, and service on many topics such as college student characteristics; the impact of college on students; student access, development, learning, and success; curriculum and student services; peer leadership; community college and transfer issues; leadership and institutional effectiveness; student performance, adjustment, and attainment; and higher education assessment..

Midwest First-Year Student Champion Award
We invite you to nominate a colleague for the Midwest First-Year Conference Champion Award: Award Criteria and Nomination Process.  The Midwest First Year Conference is eager to recognize higher education professionals who exemplify outstanding service and leadership in working with first-year students.  This award will be presented at the 2016 Midwest First-Year Conference. The winner will receive a plaque and free conference registration to the 2017 Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience (Feb. 11-14, 2017 in Atlanta, GA).

Key Dates:

August 5, 2016 —Deadline for Midwest First-Year Conference Champion Nominations

August 26, 2016—Early Bird Registration Closes

September 23, 2016 – Midwest First-Year Conference
For More Information:

Kelly Smith, Conference Planning Committee Chair (815) 753-0028

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: OAD providing transportation to the ILACADA Drive-In Conference on 9/23 – RSVP open!

OAD will be providing transportation for any presenters and attendees from UIC for this conference, which is FREE for ILACADA members and $25 for non-members.

See more below for more details:

The theme for this year’s conference is, Hitting a Homerun: Helping Students Meet Their Educational Goals.

The conference is one day and will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Sessions will be presentation, interactive discussions, panels, etc.

OAD’s group that are attending will be leaving UIC at 5:30 a.m. on the day of the conference to make it to Springfield by 8:30 and we will return to UIC by 8:30 p.m. Please RSVP to reserve your space!

Applications for financial support for the $25 conference fee are available.

Please contact Joey Volpe ( for questions about financial support and logistics for the transportation OAD is providing to the Fall Drive-In Conference.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: OAD’s Fall 2016 Events – Save the Dates for Advising Summits, Advisor Common Readings, and more!


Our Advisors’ Networking Events continue with the Second Annual Advisors’ BBQ on August 31st.

The Fall 2016 events calendar is coming soon and will be updated regularly.  OAD Steering Committee members are securing dates from presenters for brown bags/coffee talks and other activities are being organized and added.

Here’s a preview of what we’re planning for fall semester so SAVE THE DATES:

Advisors’ End of Summer/New Year Kick-Off BBQ – August 31st at 5:00 p.m. at Ph.D. Pub – join us and bring your fellow advisors! You can RSVP!

Advisor Common Readings – September 13th on Connection vs. Control at Richard J. Daley Library I-470 at 12:00 p.m.

OAD Brings Advisors to ILACADA Drive-In in Springfield – September 23rd – we’re leaving very early in the morning and providing transportation!

Advising Summit – September 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Advisor Common Readings – October 11th on Academic Achievement and Career Development at Richard J. Daley Library I-470 at 12:00 p.m.!

OAD Brown Bags/Coffee Talks #1 – October 18th at 12:00 p.m. – more details on our topic soon!

OAD Brown Bags/Coffee Talks #2 – November 3rd at 9:30 a.m. – more details on our topic soon!

Advisor Common Readings – November 17th on Advising as Teaching at BH 121, Honors College at 12:00 p.m.

For questions, please contact Joey at and check the events page online for more information!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/NETWORKING EVENT: OAD Second Annual BBQ has been rescheduled to August 31st. Join us!

Did you enjoy last August’s first annual summer bbq? So did we! It was great to see the great cooking skills of one of our own, so…we’re doing it again.

Make sure to change your calendar from this Thursday, August 11th to our confirmed NEW DATE – AUGUST 31ST for our Second Annual Advisors BBQ!

We’ll be celebrating the kick off of the new 2016 – 2017 year and ending our summer together! It will be a great way to kick off Labor Day weekend!

Where:    Ph.D. Pub on South Campus
When:    5:00 p.m. (or earlier if your day ends earlier…we’ll be there by 4:30!)

Just like last year, our own advisors will be showing off our cooking skills! We want to see you there. Our RSVP is already available and bring your fellow advisors! It’s going to be a great time!