Monthly archives: March, 2017

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: L@S GANAS is now recruiting peer mentors and student researchers!

L@S GANAS now recruiting students:

  1. Peer Mentors: We are looking for current students to mentor incoming students for the Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 semesters. This is part of our yield strategy, thus mentoring will begin this semester. Please ask student leaders you know to apply at
  1. Research Experience: This experience introduces students to research culture through a one semester seminar and then placing them in a research laboratory experience. Students may qualify for up to a $5,000 a year stipend. In addition we have travel funds for presenting at a professional conference or meeting. Please suggest students to learn more and apply at

L@s GANAS is UIC’s Latin@s in STEM office funded through a Hispanic Serving Institution STEM grant. Our mission is to primarily serve STEM students who identify as Latinx, Latin@, Hispanic, and Chicana/o, as well as low-income students. Learn more about our program at

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Advisor Week pics and documents available online!

Did you miss Advisor Week events? Did you want to pick up one of the flyers that you missed getting a copy of? Looking to review some slides you saw one of our presenters show?

We’re continuing to upload documents and slides as our presenters provide them, but we’re got a number online in the schedule of events and links are also below:

There will be a follow-up April Coffee Talk on April 12th “Optimizing Impact II” so please RSVP!

We are looking forward to begin planning our Sixth Annual Advisor Week and your feedback on this year’s Advisor Week is welcomed!

YOUR RESPONSE REQUESTED: The Student Research Forum (SRF) needs more advisors to be judges and volunteers next Monday, April 3rd!

It’s that time of year again! The Student Research Forum needs your help!

If you can volunteer to help with logistics in the morning or act as a judge in the afternoon, we need you! It doesn’t take too much time and can have a great impact on the students participating. It’s also a fantastic chance to see your students in action!

If you can volunteer or judge, please contact Jacquie Berger ( ASAP! Info for the event is below:

Student Research Forum
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
UIC Forum
725 W. Roosevelt Road

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Two upcoming OAD Brown Bags/Coffee Talks: April 6th NACADA Webinar and April 12th Coffee Talk

The OAD Brown Bags/Coffee Talks Subcommittee invite you to join us for two Brown Bag/Coffee Talk events over the next few weeks:

NACADA Webinar – “Nudging Students to Success:  The Integration of Academic Advising and Motivational Psychology”

Presenters from past highly-rated NACADA conferences come together to address this question: How do academic advisors effectively motivate students to take advantage of student success offices and academic planning tools?

Presenters will discuss the micro and macro factors that contribute to this issue, and will argue that academic advisors play an essential role in the solution. Utilizing techniques found in Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein’s “Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness,” advisors are able to nudge students into making good decisions by altering predictable behavior through incentives such as intentional acts of persuasion and guidance to produce outcomes while maintaining a student’s agency.

Thursday, April 6, 2017
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
2750 UH

RSVP: NACADA Webinar April 6th Brown Bag RSVP

OAD Coffee Talk – Optimizing Impact II: More UIC Student Research Opportunities

Were you able to join us for our Advisor Week session “Optimizing Impact: Advising students toward Undergraduate Research at UIC and new opportunities with Las Ganas” with Dr. Sara Hall and Veronica Arreola? If so, we’ve got a follow up event for you! If you missed it, we’ve got another event regarding student opportunities in research for you!

Join us as we feature discussion with some of our programs that offer research opportunities for our students including Bridges to Baccalaureate, Health Professions Navigator Program, and PAP STEM.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
ACE Classroom #4 – Student Services Building

RSVP: OAD Coffee Talk April 4th RSVP

YOUR RESPONSE REQUESTED: Career Services is asking for your First Destination Student Success Nominations – DEADLINE 3/31


Dear Colleagues –

In Spring 2017, Career Services will be releasing results of the Class of 2016 First Destination survey which summarizes career outcomes of bachelor’s degree graduates.   As part of “telling our story” about the Class of 2016 and 2017 graduates, Career Services will be partnering with Student Affairs Marketing to launch a campaign promoting the survey findings as well as the personal success stories of UIC bachelor’s degree graduates.  This is a an opportunity to celebrate the diverse outcomes of UIC graduates and their journeys in achieving their career goals.

We are seeking your assistance in nominating graduates from the Class of 2016 or 2017 who have successfully achieved or are in the process of fulfilling their post-graduation plans to be showcased as student success stories.   This includes graduates who have successfully secured a career outcome which may include employment, military service, volunteer/service program, and/or continuing education at a graduate level.  We ask that you consider graduates who represent the diversity of our campus and different career outcome(s).   Please send your nominations by completing a short submission form [] by March 31.

We are excited about the opportunity to share our graduates’ outcomes.  If you have feedback or questions regarding this process, please contact Associate Director of Career Services Assessment and Evaluation, Tatjana Rapajic (


Thy Nguyen
Director of Career Services
Tatjana Rapajic
Associate Director of Career Services Assessment and Evaluation

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Take PSCH 100 Online This Summer!

Time Tickets for Summer and Fall have begun. Get ahead this Summer or stay on track for graduation. Take PSCH 100 online during Summer Session, June 12th to August 4th.

PSCH 100 is one of the most interesting, interactive courses you will ever take:

– taught by enthusiastic global expert Dr. Daniel Cervone
– fully online, and features experiments, team projects, and video lectures that are fully integrated into the course readings
– lectures, assignments, and exams are flexibly timed to fit your schedule
– 100% academically equivalent to the on-campus course
– fulfills the UIC general education requirement “Understanding the Individual and Society”

For more information, visit:

We look forward to seeing you online this Summer!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: UIC Black Tech Scholars applications due April 3rd!

Dear Colleagues,

In collaboration with Productive Edge, a dynamic and innovative technology company, the University of Illinois at Chicago’s African American Academic Network has partnered to implement a program that will foster diversity in the technology space through coding opportunities.  The Black Tech Scholars Program is geared to provide UIC African American undergraduate/graduate students (2nd Semester Freshman/Sophomore/Junior/Senior Classification) in good academic standing with the opportunity to acquire business acumen to start your own business and gain valuable hands-on experience building mobile-friendly websites.

Starting in September 2017, this program will be featured as a UIC Experience co-curricular opportunity that will enhance students learning and development.  In addition to gaining relevant technical skills that can eventually prepare them for careers within the tech industry, Scholars also learn critical leadership, entrepreneurship and life skills under the guidance of staff members and mentors who are professionals working in the field.

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

◦Possess and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.40 and above

◦Have a strong interest in learning and applying web and mobile applications

◦Have exhibited involvement and utilization of AAAN services and programs

The UIC Black Tech Scholars Program is currently accepting applications for the next cohort for Fall 2017.  The application deadline is April 3rd, 2017.  To access the application, please go to the following hyperlink  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: “Almost Sunrise” A Documentary Screening sponsored by Student Veteran Affairs, SVA, and VITAL on April 4th!

Student Veterans Affairs, Student Veterans Association (SVA) and VITAL are partnering together to show the documentary Almost Sunrise, which is a documentary that can make a difference in veteran’s lives and educate us about some of the common struggles of returning veterans while dispelling myths of the “broken veteran” or opposite “homecoming hero.”

Almost Sunrise: A Documentary Screening

This film follows two Iraq Veterans on their 2700 mile walk across the country as they reflect on their experiences of war and learn to overcome their struggles of depression.

A panel discussion will follow immediately after the film.

April 4, 2017
5PM — 7PM
Student Center East
Illinois Room AB
750 S. Halsted


SHARE WITH STUDENTS, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: IALHEA Conference “Diversity Dialogue and Research Forum” including HPN Breakfast for Pre-Health Advisors on April 12th

The Illinois African American & Latino Higher Education Alliance (IALHEA) is hosting their annual conference:

Diversity Dialogue & Research Forum: Building a Community Scholars

There will be a full day of conference events including a research plenary and poster session, a keynote address, and a special breakfast with the Health Professions Navigator for pre-health advisors:

Breakfast Workshop: Advising Students for the Health Professions

Keynote Address: “The Health Status of African Americans and Latinos: The Affordable Care Act, Progress and Challenges”
Aida Luz Maisonet Giachello, Ph.D.

April 12, 2017
UIC Forum
725 W. Roosevelt Road

Register for the event at:

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SHARE WITH STUDENTS: The Arab American Cultural Center (ARABAMCC) hosting event “Rise Up: An Immigrant Rights Legal Clinic” on April 6th

Please share this information and downloadable flyer:

The Arab American Cultural Center is hosting an event on April 6th from 5-7pm called Rise Up!.

We will have an immigration attorney at this event to answer questions that come up.

For this, people can fill in their questions ahead of time as well through this form. Please help us get any lingering questions from the UIC community for this attorney.

After a legal clinic on immigration law, we will center healing justice, poetry performances, poetry writing, and art making, as we work together to end anti-muslim racism and all forms of phobia, targeting, racism, and violence. Art is our ongoing practice for building a community defense system, solidarity, and relationships that will sustain us. #UnityatUIC

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