Monthly archives: August, 2016

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/NETWORKING EVENT: Advisors visit Millennium Park for “Grease” TOMORROW NIGHT! RSVP still open!

Hey Advisors!

Are you a fan of Danny Zucco? Which of the T-Birds or Pink Ladies were you the most like in high school?

Are you ready to rock the night away under the stars? This is a REMINDER that tomorrow, AUGUST 9TH, “GREASE” is being shown in Millennium Park and we’re going. Bring your lawn chairs and your blankets.

For those of you who have RSVP’ed, we’re excited you’re coming, for those who haven’t, don’t you dare miss this opportunity!

You can RSVP until noon tomorrow, and Joey will provide all of the details about where to meet. Be there or be square!



* Even if you come at the last minute, that’s ok too (just be sure to email Joey at!


Save the date on your fall calendar for the Kickoff Event and Reception celebrating the inauguration of the new

Global Asian Studies (GLAS) Program

Wednesday, October 26, 4 pm, in the Cardinal Room, SCE 

GLAS combines Asian American Studies and Asian Studies into an innovative new field that examines Asian migration and diaspora in the context of globalization and transnationalism
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Vivek Bald, writer, scholar, and documentary filmmaker and author of Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America

Refreshments provided

Please note that all previous Asian American Studies (ASAM) and Asian Studies (ASST) courses can now be found under GLAS.

For any questions and further information, contact:
Mark Chiang
Interim Director
Asian American Studies Program
Associate Professor
Asian American Studies and English
University of Illinois at Chicago
ASAM Program (MC 231)
1020 University Hall
601 S. Morgan St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Ph: (312) 413-0463

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Save the date for the Midwest First Year Conference on 9/23!

Save the date 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


Did you enjoy last August’s first annual summer bbq?

Although we’ve had to postpone our event from this Thursday, August 11th to the second week of school, it means we can celebrate both the end of summer and the beginning of the 2016 – 2017 academic year! So we’re excited to host our Second Annual BBQ again during Week 2 of the semester! It will be a great way to kick off Labor Day weekend!

We’re working on our new date and will keep you posted over the week, but don’t forget that we are going to Millennium Park this Tuesday, August 9th to see “Grease” – RSVP by noon on August 9th!