Monthly archives: October, 2016

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: NACADA Region 5 – awards deadline (11/1), conference info, and conference proposal deadline (11/28)!

NACADA Region 5 Awards nominations are due next Tuesday – November 1st! See below for more info and other news and info from Region 5:


NACADA Region 5 planning committee wants you to know that they look forward to seeing you in Rosemont IL for the 2017 Great Lakes Region V Annual Conference!  The theme is Destination Advising: Exploring Endless Opportunities.

Save the Date
Please mark your calendar to preserve this time to attend: March 15 – 17 2017 at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare in Rosemont, IL.  The conference hotel is located near the Chicago O’Hare International Airport.  There are lots of restaurants and attractions available to make this trip worth a day or two extra for enjoyment!

Look for registration information to be sent the first part of November.

Call for Proposals
Deadline is November 28, 2016.  Click HERE for more information or to submit your proposal.

Hotel Reservations
Online: Click HERE to reserve your room at the Crown Plaza O’Hare
By Phone: Call 1-877-337-5793 and provide the Group Name “NACADA” or the Group Code “N00” (N zero zero)

Volunteers Needed
It takes many volunteers to run a successful conference.  We anticipate a huge turn-out with the location and venue selected. Sign up HERE.

Awards, Grants, and Scholarships
Deadline is November 1, 2016. Several awards include conference registration fees, so check out the options and apply or nominate a colleague today! Find more information HERE.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Drop in for a CUPPA Coffee! Info Session on Public Policy and Urban Studies on 11/9

Please share with your students:


Drop in for a CUPPA Coffee!

Are you interested in making positive change in your city, state, nation, or the world?
Are you a UIC student who is trying to decide on your major or looking to change your major?
We have majors that can transform you and the environments we live in.

You are cordially invited to attend an info session on our undergraduate programs in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA)

PUBLIC POLICY and URBAN STUDIES Info Session by UIC’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
CUPPA Hall, 412 S. Peoria Street, Room 110

Stop by to grab a CUPPA coffee and learn more about our undergraduate degrees in Public Policy and Urban Studies. CUPPA also offers minors in Public Policy, Urban Studies, Sustainable Cities and Geographic Information Systems. Learn more about declaring a major or minor in CUPPA.

CUPPA’s undergraduate programs will help you develop critical skills to make a more just, resilient, and livable world.
Inherit Yesterday. Imagine Tomorrow.

For more information on the info session or CUPPA, please send an email to

Learn more about CUPPA by registering for a class. The following classes will be offered in Spring 2017:

Public Policy courses offered Spring 2017 (please check prerequisites)

PA 100 – Individual Action and Democratic Citizenship

PA 210 – Introduction to Policy Process

PA 211 – Policy Analysis and Alternatives

PA 230 – Nonprofit Organizations in U.S. Society

PA 305 – Urban Government II: Managing the External Environment

PA 309 – Public Budgeting and Financial Management

PA 401 – Public Administration Theory

PA 403 – Economics for Management and Policy

Urban Studies courses offered for Spring 2017 (please check prerequisites)

US 101 – Introduction to Urban Studies

US 130 – Principles of Urban Sustainability

US 202 – Planning Great Cities

US 230 – Practices for Sustainable Cities

US 306 – Urban Policy Analysis Methods

US 308 – Globalization in Urban Studies

US 361 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems I

US 362 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems II

UPP 460 – Introduction to Geospatial Analysis and Visualization

UPP 461 – Geographic Information Systems for Planning

UPP 462 – Intermediate GIS for Planning

Find more info about CUPPA at

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: UIC College of Pharmacy Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Please share with your students (downloadable flyer):

The College of Pharmacy at UIC invites undergraduate students to apply for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. The objective of this program is to introduce undergraduate students to biomedical research in order to heighten interest in science as a career and increase the number of young scientists entering the biomedical research disciplines.

The SURF program is located on UIC’s West Campus, in the center of the Illinois Medical District–one of the largest concentrations of advanced health care facilities in the nations– and just minutes from downtown Chicago. Our location gives us convenient access to a diverse range of cutting-edge research, collaborators and patient populations.

The SURF Program is funded by an institutional award from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET).

Program Dates:

The SURF program runs for 10 weeks, starting on Thursday, June 1, 2017 and ending on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

SURF Program Description:

ASPET-sponsored SURF program is for undergraduate students interested in biomedical research.  Students will work on independent research projects in the laboratories of their faculty mentors.  Before beginning work, students will attend relevant laboratory safety training.  In addition to individual mentoring, the program offers number of enrichment activities:  research seminars, advanced research instrumentation workshops, career day at a local pharmaceutical company, instructions on how to prepare a scientific presentation, practice talks and a mini-symposium where all the participants present their research projects in front of the College audience.  SURF participants will receive compensation of $3,000 for the 10 week period.

The 2017 Application Cycle is now open. Please read the application instructions carefully and apply by February 1, 2017.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Sophomores or juniors majoring in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or related field.
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students should have a strong desire to pursue an advanced degree (PhD or PharmD/PhD) and must be available for the full 10 weeks of the program.
  • The program is open to all US Citizens and Permanent Residents. Undergraduate students from groups underrepresented in health-related sciences, i.e. individuals from ethnic or racial groups (African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Alaskan and Hawaiian Natives); individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and individuals with physical or mental disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Components and Process:

  • Application form. Download the form and instructions.
  • Personal statement
  • Transcripts (unofficial are acceptable)
  • 2 letters of recommendations

Submit completed application form, personal statement, and transcripts as a SINGLE PDF file by e-mail to by February 1, 2017.

Request that your letters of references are e-mailed to by February 1, 2017.


Notification: All effort will be made to notify applicants no later than April 14, 2017 regarding their status. Applicants chosen to participate in the 2017 SURF program will be sent an offer letter via e-mail.


Contact Information: Please contact us by e-mail to

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Study Abroad deadline for Spring 2017 is October 28th. CIEE Global Institute Grants still available.

The Study Abroad deadline for Spring 2017 programs is Friday, October 28th.  Students still have time to attend a First Step and/or make an appointment with an SAO advisor.

The CIEE Global Institute grants I referenced at the advising summit remain on the table.  From a total available of 10 grants worth $60,000 there are currently only 5 applicants going after $25,000.  We would prefer not to lose the $35,000 that’s left.  It does not roll over into the next term.

This is just one example of the kinds of scholarship and grant funding available for Spring.  Thanks for spreading this message to your students.
— 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

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: LARES Tuition Award Spring 2017 deadline is November 11th.

Please encourage students to apply:

Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES) program is currently soliciting applications for the Spring 207 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 11/11/16 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

You can also download the application and flyer to share with your students.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Words Matter! Next workshop is November 8th.

Words Matter! is designed to raise awareness about the power of language as well as offer opportunities for UIC campus members to engage with the concept of inclusive language and its connection to identities, inequality, and power.

The workshop series is open to students, faculty, and staff across campus who are interested in learning more about the power of word choice and how to make their classrooms and workplaces more inclusive. Workshop participants will engage in dialogue with their fellow campus members, watch short videos, review current literature, and have an opportunity to discuss strategies for change.

During Fall 2016, there will be seven workshops offered. All workshops will be from 12-2PM and lunch will be provided.

The next workshop is Tuesday, November 8th at 12:00 p.m. at the Daley Library 1-470. You can download the poster!

Register at the Words Matter! website.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Global Asian Studies Program Opening Ceremony on October 26th. You’re invited!

You are invited to the inauguration of the new Global Asian Studies Program, which reflects the coming together of two academic programs – the Asian American Studies and Asian Studies programs at UIC beginning this fall.

It is an exciting moment for all of us and we hope that you can join us in the festivities.  The keynote speaker is Prof. Vivek Bald, scholar, filmmaker, and author of Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

4:00–6:00 pm, SCE Cardinal Room, University of Illinois at Chicago

FREE Event, Open to the Public Reception will follow

You can download and share the flyer for the event!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: FALL 2016 Student Conduct Committee Training

The UIC Student Conduct Committee, managed through the Office of the Dean of Students, is responsible for hearing cases of alleged violations of the UIC Student Disciplinary Policy. Members are directly responsible for deciding if a violation occurred and determining appropriate sanctions. This panel has the distinction of protecting the interests of the campus community and the students’ rights. In this capacity, prospective Student Conduct Committee members should be free of bias, judgment, or prejudice.

The Student Conduct Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and student members. This provides the opportunity for students, faculty, and staff members to work collaboratively for a common purpose. Prospective student members must be in good academic standing at UIC. Through participation in the Student Conduct Committee, participants will:

  • Enhance active listening skills
  • Learn ethics and conflict resolution skills
  • Utilize analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Formulate well-reasoned questions and decisions
  • Strengthen understanding of the UIC Student Disciplinary Policy

In order to become a member of the Student Conduct Committee, you must attend one of the following trainings:

Session #1
Wednesday, October 26th
12:00PM – 3:00PM
Student Center East (SCE) Room 713


Session #2
Thursday, November 3rd
5:30PM – 8:30PM
Student Center East (SCE) Cardinal Room


Session #3
Thursday, November 10th
12:30PM – 3:30PM
Student Services Building (SSB) Conference Room C

Members of the Student Conduct Committee are expected to participate in a minimum of three hearing panels in order to remain an active member. If you are ready to become a member of the Student Conduct Committee, please complete the form:

Lunch/Dinner will be provided at each session so please note any dietary restrictions when you RSVP. The deadline for all form submissions is Friday, October 21, 2016 at 12:00 PM. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions about the Student Conduct Committee, please contact me at or 312-996-4857.

Yours in Conduct,

DuJuan E. Smith
Assistant Dean of Students

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: REMINDER – Student Success Research Lecture on NSSE 2015 Findings is this Tuesday 10/18/16!


“The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) 2015 Findings”
Bill Hayward, Associate Vice Provost and Director, Institutional Research

Tuesday, October 18, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Daley Library, Room 1-470

Findings will be presented from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) conducted in the spring of 2015 with UIC undergraduates who were first-time or senior students. NSSE is a national survey that was first launched in 2000 and more than 1,500 universities and colleges have participated. UIC participated in NSSE for the first time in over a decade in 2015, along with more than 500 other institutions. NSSE covers four major student engagement themes: 1) academic challenge, 2) learning with peers, 3) experiences with faculty, and 4) campus environment. Findings from these themes will be presented along with peer comparisons. We will conclude with a discussion of plans for conducting NSSE in the spring of 2017.

The VPUA’s Office for Research on Student Success (ORSS) is pleased to announce the next installment of its campus lecture series, showcasing research being carried out across UIC to better understand and ultimately improve the success of UIC students. The ORSS Lecture Series on Student Success Research grew out of the UIC Student Success Initiative, and has the dual purpose of opening a cross-disciplinary dialogue among researchers employing different perspectives and approaches to answer related questions about student success at UIC, and putting that research into the hands of practitioners who can make use of it for the benefit of our students.

For questions, please contact Sue Farruggia, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, at

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Fall 2016 Advising Summit presentations and documents available for download.

Our Fall 2016 Advising Summit featured a presentation from LAS Pre-Professional Advising, announcements from campus units, and table discussion.

Following are links to the agenda, presentation slides from our presenters, information from announcements, and documents distributed at the summit. All of these are also available online on the Advising Summit page on

If you attended, your feedback is always helpful. Please visit to provide feedback on this fall’s Summit.

Thank you to Misty Huacuja-LaPointe from LAS Pre-Professional Advising and all of our campus unit presenters for partnering with us for this fall’s Summit.