Monthly archives: September, 2017

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: UIC Health and Wellness Academy

Please share with your students that are interested in the health professions who also might want to work with children:

The UIC Health and Wellness Academy is a 3 credit community outreach experiential learning course. UIC students participating in the course created and facilitated lessons that focused on nutrition and movement for 3rd-5th graders at Smyth Elementary school (Chicago Public School). This year there is an additional school sight, Altus Academy.

You can download the flyer and share it with your students!


SHARE WITH STUDENTS: BA in Public Health Info Sessions for Fall 2017

Bachelor of Arts in Public Health Information Sessions

Information sessions for prospective applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Public Health are offered throughout the year. Topics of the session include: overview of the public health field; general education and major course offerings; prerequisites to the major; admission requirements and application process; public health career opportunities; and time for questions and answers.

Upcoming Dates and Times:

  • Thursday, September 21st – 2:00pm to 3:00pm in 101 Lincoln Hall
  • Monday, October 9th – 2:00pm to 3:00pm in 215 Lincoln Hall
  • Tuesday, October 24th – 3:30pm to 4:30pm in 303 Stevenson Hall
  • Wednesday, November 8th – 4:00pm to 5:00pm in 207 Lincoln Hall
  • Tuesday, November 21st – 3:30pm to 4:30pm in 303 Stevenson Hall

RSVP for these sessions (appreciated but not required) at the following link:

A downloadable flyer is available for sharing wit students!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Newberry Library Seminar Spring 2018

The Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar, Spring 2018 is a great opportunity for our undergraduates. As you may know, the seminar is a 6-credit hour course co-taught by two area faculty. The course is open, by application only, to undergraduates from UIC, Loyola, DePaul, and Roosevelt Universities. It’s a wonderful opportunity for advanced students, particularly those who might be considering graduate school, to be initiated into research and writing in the context of one of the best research collections on the early modern period.

This year’s theme is “Censorship and Freedom of Expression in an Era of Religious Change: Western Europe, 1450-1789.” The instructors will be Valentina Tikoff, Associate Professor of History at DePaul, and Glen Carman, Associate Professor of Spanish in the Modern Languages Dept., also at Depaul. The class also runs simultaneously with exhibits and other events on related topics.
Please distribute information and the application for the seminar this spring 2018!


The Arab American Cultural Center welcomes the UIC community to check out their newly redecorated space and get to know their programs and upcoming events.


Wednesday, September 27th
12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
111 Stevenson Hall

Facebook Link:

There is a downloadable flyer!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Office of Undergraduate Research is pleased to release the first of its quarterly opportunities lists for AY 17-18. This link will lead you to a PDF presenting program descriptions and URLs for a range of funded and for-credit, on-campus and off-campus opportunities for students to engage in independent or mentored scholarly, scientific or creative work.
Please share this link with your students. The OUR tries to post upcoming deadlines on our Facebook and Twitter feeds, but when things get really active in the world of undergraduate research between November and May, they can’t always keep up. We hope you and your advisees can bookmark this link and return to it regularly for the latest deadlines.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Fall 2017 Advising Summit on Friday 10/6 – new time and lunch! RSVP is available now!

We’ve made some changes to the time of Advising Summit for this Fall 2017. We hope you can join us for the  Summit, which is now being held on the Friday afternoon of Week 6. Following are the details so that you can plan to attend:

Friday, October 6th
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. LUNCH and Check In
1:30 – 4:00 Advising Summit

*ROOM is 302 SCE

We have a number of items on our agenda and more info is forthcoming!

Also, don’t forget that we’re also doing a Fall Colors Networking Event directly following Advising Summit at a local establishment so that you can relax together and continue the discussions you’ve begun at Summit.

RSVP is available – please RSVP by the end of Wednesday, October 4th!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: GLAS Fall Mixer/Open House 9/20

Dear GLAS Community,

As we welcome a new academic year and continue to build and grow the Global Asian Studies Program and the Minor at UIC, I invite you to come to our Fall Mixer/Open House. Come meet our tireless and brilliant faculty, staff, and students, learn about the courses we offer, find out about exciting opportunities for off-campus and on- campus internships, be part of our vibrant community, and perhaps, even take home one of our exciting raffle prizes!

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 in 1050 University Hall (10th floor) from 11am – 1 pm

Refreshments provided!


Feel free to bring a friend and pass along this flyer!

I hope to see many of you there!





SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Passport Caravan – a Study Abroad and CIEE Initiative – deadline is 11/1!

Dear Colleagues:

The Council on International Educational Exchange [CIEE] is one of the largest and oldest academic consortiums in the US for study abroad and a highly valued partner of the Study Abroad Office.  They have repeatedly shown their commitment to making an international academic experience accessible through targeted grant and scholarship funding for UIC students.

To increase accessibility further, this generosity is now being extended to a CIEE initiative: The Passport Caravan.  CIEE will financially support up to 100 FREE PASSPORTS for UIC undergraduates.  This is a $135 value benefit to students.

This initiative is open to any UIC undergraduate who will be a first time passport applicant [no renewals]. Specifics for applicants are posted on the Study Abroad website at:  The deadline for submitting complete applications to the Study Abroad Office is Wednesday, November 1st.

Getting a passport may be the first hurdle to even thinking about studying abroad for some students.  We would like your help in sharing this information with any of your colleagues who have contact with students, especially those who are Pell eligible, 1st gen, and under-represented.  I have attached a flier if you’d like to distribute that way.

Thank you in advance for your help in this effort.



SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Diversity Career Days – 9/19 and 9/20

Diversity Career Days – September 19 & 20

September 19, Engineering and Computer Science Career Fair – Students majoring in the areas of engineering and computer science will be welcome to engage with employers in technically oriented fields.

On September 20, All Majors Career Fair –  Students from all UIC Colleges are welcome to engage with employers across various industries.

Collectively, up to 170 employers are expected to attend.  Both days will be from 10am to 2:30pm at the UIC Forum.  All UIC students and alumni are welcome to attend.

Students, please bring your i-card for entry.

A complete list of registered employers can be found at

For more information about the career fairs, please contact Thy Nguyen, Director, Career Services at

FOR ADVISORS’ INFORMATION: Office of International Services (OIS) Fall 2017 Update

August 31, 2017

From:  Jim Hammerschmidt, PhD, Associate Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Executive Director, Office of International Services
Subject:  Registration Requirements for International Students

With the arrival of Fall 2017 semester, the Office of International Services would like to provide the following reminders to all department administrators that may work with international students.


All international students who are sponsored in F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant visa categories should be reminded of the following items in order to ensure they maintain their immigration status.

In order for international students to maintain their immigration status, they must be registered full time.

Full-Time Enrollment:

All undergraduate students who are enrolled at UIC and sponsored in F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant status must be registered for 12 credit hours to be considered full-time.

All graduate students who are enrolled at UIC and sponsored in F-1 or J-1 student status must be registered for at least nine credit hours to be considered a full-time student. Please see the Graduate College’s website for other policies regarding full-time status:

In addition, information regarding immigration regulations on registration is also available at the OIS website at

Graduate students who hold a 50% Graduate, Teaching or Research Assistantship at UIC are eligible to register for eight credit hours to be considered in status for immigration purposes, but would need to register for nine credit hours to be eligible for the CTA U-Pass Ventra Card (full-time status). Students with any other percentage assistantship appointments must register for nine credit hours to be considered in status and full-time.  Students who have a GA, RA, or TA must submit the assistantship letter to OIS so their I-20/DS-2019 reflects their current funding.

All international graduate students who are awarded a fellowship or a Graduate College tuition and service-fee waiver (without an assistantship) must register for twelve credit hours.


Only one online course (up to 3 credits) can count toward the full-time enrollment requirement. Preparatory courses with the prefix ASP carry no graduation credit and do not count towards establishing an international student as a full-time student for immigration purposes.

International students may take academic preparatory courses and additional online courses during the semester once their full course of study requirement is met.


All international students must request a program extension of their I-20/DS-2019 if their document will be expiring before the end of this semester and they need additional time to complete their academic requirements. To learn the steps on how an international student can extend I-20/DS-2019, please visit the OIS website at:

A program extension can only be requested prior to the end date on their document.


Students wishing to change their major or degree level must notify OIS once it has been approved by the appropriate academic department and/or college.  OIS will make the necessary updates to their I-20/DS-2019. For more information on how to update their document, visit the OIS web site:


J-1 students must obtain authorization from their program sponsor to engage in up to 20 hours per week of on-campus employment. Once authorized, UIC employment cannot exceed 20 hours per week while school is in session; this amount includes all other authorized employment. J-1 students may work more than 20 hours per week during official university breaks only (Winter Break, Summer).

J-1 students are required to report all on-campus employment to the Office of International Services (OIS) in 12 month increments. If you currently have J-1 students and working in your department, please remind them to consult with OIS to determine if authorization approval or renewal is needed.

Note: Graduate Assistantships correspond to a percentage of hours to be worked each week:

  • 50% = 20 hours per week
  • 33% = 14-15 hours per week
  • 25% = 10 hours per week


All international students sponsored in either F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant visa status who are planning on any type of educational experience outside the classroom, whether it is paid or unpaid, must be sure to have the proper authorization before they begin. Visit the OIS website to learn more about applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) at


F-2 dependents of F-1 students in the United States may now study part-time in any certified program at an SEVP-certified school at the post-secondary level, as long as it does not amount to what regulations define as full-time study for an F-1. F-2 dependents can still participate full time in vocational or recreational studies, such as hobbies. F-2 minors must still comply with compulsory education requirements in attending kindergarten through 12th grade. However, an F-2 dependent who wants to enroll full time in a course of post-secondary academic or vocational study must apply for and obtain approval to change non-immigrant classification to F-1 before beginning their full-time study.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office at or 312-996-3121.