Monthly archives: February, 2017

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Student Success Research, Transition Coaching at UIC Lecture, 3/13/17

Monday, March 13, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Daley Library, Room 1-470

“Transition Coaching at UIC: Research and Practice”

In an ongoing effort to strengthen student support, the Office of First Year Initiatives established the Transition Coaching Coordination program followed by the Transition Coaching High School Partnership program. The panel will discuss why the programs started, what involved parties are learning during the experience, and how the programs are utilizing the information acquired.

Panel participants include:

  • Tom Moss is the Associate Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Affairs at UIC. Moss assists in the coordination of a number of student success initiatives, including transition coaching.
  • Elizabeth Houlihan serves as the Assistant Director for the Office of First-Year Initiatives (OFYI), which houses the coordination and high school partner transition coaching programs, as well as Summer College.
  • Bonnie Solomon is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and works on transition coaching research.
  • Melissa Connelly is the Vice President of Program at OneGoal, a non-profit organization that helps low-income high school students attend and complete college.

In addition, a UIC student will participate in the panel to discuss personal experiences with transition coaching.

The OVPUA’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: Join UIC Athletics at the Port Center Open House on April 5th!

Spread the word:

Port Center Open House 2017

April 5th, 2017

Physical Education Building (PEB), Port Academic Center B60

11AM – 2PM

  • Come meet the staff
  • Get a tour of the facility
  • Talk with some of our student-athletes
  • Receive a UIC souvenir pin

Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you here!

RSVP to Lexi Brown at

Download the flyer and share it!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: SLDVS 2017 LeaderShape Institute – now accepting applications!

Student Leadership Development and Volunteer Services is excited to announce we are now accepting applications for the 2017 LeaderShape Institute. The Institute, provided by LeaderShape, is a six-day, five-night leadership retreat teaching visioning, relationship building, and the importance of leading with integrity. The Institute will take place May 6 to May 11 at an off campus retreat center. The only requirement for attendance is you must be returning to UIC in the Fall Semester. Applications are due March 9, 2017.

A full album of pictures from last year’s Institute can be found here, and check out our promotional video here.

Apply by visiting
Any questions can be emailed to or feel free to call 312-996-4500

Q: What is the cost?
A: There is no cost to students attending.
Q: Will transportation be provided?
A: There will be some form of transportation provided to and from the UIC East Campus.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: 2017 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) – for first-years and seniors!

In an effort to increase awareness of the 2017 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) launch, the following email is being sent to UIC advisors to encourage your students who may have received a NSSE survey request.

The University is participating in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). For more information on NSSE please visit NSSE gathers information from first-year and senior students about their undergraduate experience. The survey measures the extent to which students engage in effective educational practices that research has shown to be linked with student learning and other desired student outcomes. By participating in the survey, the university will not only gain information about our students, but we will also be able to benchmark ourselves against similar institutions.

NSSE administration began on Tuesday, February 7th and will continue until mid-March.  We would greatly appreciate your assistance in reminding students about the survey. To that end, we ask that you encourage first-year and senior students to participate.

If you have any questions about this project at the University of Illinois at Chicago or how we plan to use the results, please contact Bill Hayward at


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: 2017 NACADA Annual Conference Call for Proposals due 2/23!

The 2017 NACADA Annual Conference Call for Proposals is open for submissions.  This year’s Annual Conference is scheduled to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, October 11-14, 2017 at America’s Center.  Planning is underway for another great conference in an exciting city!

This year’s conference theme is “Meet Me in St. Louis: The Gateway to Student Success“.  Proposals will be accepted until February 23, 2017.   Presenting is a terrific way to help advance the field of academic advising.  Join in an opportunity to share ideas and practices, learn from other professionals working on similar issues, establish relationships with colleagues, and gain international exposure for your ideas.

Advisors, administrators, faculty, counselors, career development specialists, researchers – we want to hear from you, whether you are a novice or experienced presenter.  Further the body of knowledge in your area of expertise and gain international exposure for your institution.  We encourage you to submit a proposal to present at this year’s conference while there is still time!

NACADA:  The Global Community for Academic Advising
Kansas State University
2323 Anderson Avenue, Suite 225
Manhattan, KS  66502
T:  785/532-5717
F:  785/532-7732

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: LAS Spring 2017 Transfer Thursday Events

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences hosts Transfer Thursday Events for LAS transfer students. Download the flyer for all of the dates and locations!

Here is a snapshot of events we will be hosting for Transfer Students this Spring:

Registration Refresher: Will provide information about registration, degree progress, and policies including time-tickets, late drops, GPA recalculations, credit/no credit options, accessing and understanding your Degree Audit Report (DARS), and how to schedule an advising appointment with your advisor.

What’s Next?! LAS Internships: Gives you an amazing opportunity to meet with the LAS Internship Coordinator, Gina Selmo, and learn how to not only begin your internship search, but how to earn credit for your intended internship. Employers recommend at least 2 internships before graduation, so don’t miss out on how to get started!

Work Values: Why consider work values?  Values help us understand what is important to us in terms of job satisfaction.  They help provide a framework to assess and evaluate options.  Within this workshop, we will dive deeper into identify your core work values and how to apply them toward your major and career exploration!

Exploring Educational Goals: Discover how to maximize your educational goal at UIC during this workshop. Topics will include information about the pre-health team, what educational goals are offered, and resources you can utilize during your time in LAS.

Interested in one or all of these sessions? Go to, sign in, and click the “Events” tab to see the dates, times, and locations of the sessions and RSVP! For more information please contact your assigned general advisor for more information about Transfer Thursdays. 

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: LAS Spring 2017 Intercollege Transfer (ICT) session dates and information.

LAS is hosting ICT sessions for current students interested in transfering to LAS.

The links for registering can be found on the LAS ICT website,

The deadline to apply for summer 2017 is April 28, 2017.

Here are the session dates and times:

Thursday, February 16th, 3-4pm
Wednesday, February 22nd, 1-2pm
Thursday, March 2nd, 3-4 pm
Monday, March 6th, 10-11 am
Wednesday, March 15th, 11am-12 pm
Monday, March 27th, 1-2 pm
Thursday, March 30th, 1pm-2 pm
Wednesday, April 5th, 2-3pm 
Friday, April 7th, 1-2pm
Monday, April 10th, 10-11am
Thursday, April 13th, 2-3pm
Monday, April 17th, 1-2pm
Wednesday, April 26th, 1-2pm

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: College of Education Spring 2017 Intercollege Transfer Info Sessions

The College of Education welcomes interest from students currently enrolled at UIC who with to transfer to the College. Visit for information on the BA Urban Education – Elementary Education program and for information on the BA in Human Development and Learning program, including transfer requirements.

Students are invited to discuss their academic interests with a COE academic advisor during scheduled info sessions through the spring semester. All session take place in ETMSW 2219:

Thursday, February 28 1 – 2 p.m.
Thursday, March 30 12 – 1 p.m.
Monday, April 10 3 – 4 p.m.
Friday, April 21 12 – 1 p.m.

For information on minimum requirements for admission and application timeline, review the downloadable info sheet. For questions, please contact Rodney Matthews at

SIT and SFS Study Abroad Undergraduate Research Presentation on Thursday, 2/16!

On Thursday, Feb. 16th 12:30-1:30pm in Burnham Hall 121 there will be a presentation on Field-Based Research Opportunities Abroad presented by the School for International Training (SIT) and the School for Field Studies (SFS).

Both academic partners offer semester and summer study abroad programs that focus on critical global issues such as natural resource management, global health, and human rights. Students engage in hands-on learning, work with local communities, and conduct field-based research projects utilizing natural and social science research methods. Please join our info session where SIT and SFS representatives will share program details, research examples, and special scholarship information exclusively for UIC students.

The session welcomes students, advisors, and faculty. A link to the flier for the event is in the Events section of the SAO website <>

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: NACADA Region 5 Conference (3/15 – 3/17) – early bird registration ends 2/14!

Greetings Region 5!

Can you believe we are just a little over a month away from the 2017 Region 5 Conference!  Our committee is busy with last minute details but we wanted to give you and update and provide you with some reminders as you make your travel plans to join us in Rosemont at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center March 15-17!

The hotel is located in the MB Financial Park at Rosemont which is a 200,000 square foot entertainment and dining complex with upscale dining, live music, comedy, bowling and more! This area is located near O’Hare International Airport and is a 20 minute drive from the Chicago loop.  The area is a quick walk from the CTA Blue Line Rosemont Station.  For more information about the area visit, dining and entertainment options, and for more information go here: .

Registration early bird deadline for both the conference and the hotel is February 14th!

o Registration Information

o Hotel Information When making your room reservation, be sure you indicate NACADA hotel block to qualify for the 5.00 overnight parking rate.

  • If you are planning to attend a preconference session, you can do that on your registration form.  If you have already registered for the conference, contact the NACADA Executive Office at 785-532-5717 for assistance with adding it on to your existing registration.
  • Conference sessions are all set!  For the lineup, access the schedule online.
  • Are you interested in serving as a volunteer?  The success of our conference depends upon the volunteers that help make it run smoothly.  To volunteer, go here: for more information about volunteering
    please contact Jenni Kotowski at 217-244-4324 or
  • Expect to see some NACADA leaders while you are at the conference!  The NACADA President, Dana Zahorik, Former Region 5 Chair and NACADA Board member, Brody Broshears, NACADA Board Member Shannon Burton, and Jennifer Joslin from the NACADA Executive Office are all planning to attend!
  • We still have a few slots open for Mentors if you are interested in participating in the Region 5 Conference Mentoring Program!  If interested, contact Miichela Buccini at

The 2017 Region 5 Planning Committee hopes to see you in Rosemont!