Monthly archives: November, 2017

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Success Coaching for UIC Students :: Additional Hours and New Locations

The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) will be offering new locations and additional hours for Success Coaching leading up to final exam week beginning Dec 4, 2017 and going through Dec 8, 2017. There is also more information about coaching below.

Student Center East (SCE) Locations:
1st floor: Information and Appointments
6th floor: Coaching sessions in rooms 603, 610, 611, 613

Schedule Online: >> Book Now

Please share the Success Coaching online schedule with your students. It’s open to all, those who are already excelling to stay ahead as well as to those who need that extra support to get them ready for final exams!

Share with:

  • First-year students
    • Freshman
    • Transfer students
  • Out-of-state students
  • International Students
  • First-generation college enrolled
  • All other students

Happy Final Exams Season,
Dr. Rudy M. Molina, Jr. and ‘The Success Team’


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Success Coaching?
We believe the right person, at the right time, can change a life. Success coaches help students adjust to college life, realize true potential, and assist in accomplishing dreams. A Coach empowers students to thrive both inside and outside of the classroom. Success Coaches offer free academic support, information, skill development and advocacy. These coaches know first-hand the challenges and obstacles first-year students are facing and work closely with them to help form good study habits, solve problems, adjust to the demands of college life and more.

Who are the Success Coaches?
A team of Master level professionals who know how to help students take complex situations and turn them into action steps. To learn more about our team, visit:

Where do the coaching sessions take place?
The short answer is, where it’s most convenient for you!…Online, in-person, over the phone. We prefer to meet with you in-person for a few sessions before we get too fancy with technology. Our offices are in the Student Services Building on Harrison and Racine but we also hold hours at Student Center East (SCE). Soon we will be at the UIC Library and in the Residence Halls. If you need us to pop-up somewhere else, let us know and we’ll do our best.

When can I meet with a Success Coach?
Perhaps today! Find availability by using our online appointment scheduler:

Isn’t it too late to meet with them right before final exams?
Nope! Definitely not too late. We’re holding these special session hours and locations because we know at this time, more than ever, is when you might need support the most. “Crunch time” and being a “clutch player” are expressions that speak to how important it is to step up at the right time. When it counts most, what are you going to do to prepare? How do you do become someone who delivers at the most important time? The answer is simple – preparation. Work with your coach today to be prepared for final exams.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: A Palestinian Folkloric Dance Workshop! This Thursday Nov. 30, 4:30-6 pm, ARABAMCC

Please share with students including the downloadable flyer:

Layali al-fam Series – Do You Think You Can Dabke? A Palestinian Folkloric Dance Workshop

Come join us for an interactive and fun evening of dabke, an Arab folk dance led by Ahmed Hamad as part of our monthly Layali Al Fan series. Layali Al Fan is a monthly event that bring the oral, dance, & musical traditions of the Arab region to our community at UIC. Ahmed Hamad is a Chicago based performer and instructor. Hamad’s work is inspired by both cultural resistance and preservation.

Time: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Date: Thursday, November 30th

Location: Arab American Cultural Center (Stevenson Hall 111)



PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Class Scheduler Overview and Demo – 11/30, 12/1 and 12/8. Third date confirmed!

Have you heard that there is a new class scheduler that students will use for Spring 2018 registration? 

Attend an Overview of Class Scheduler!  

Class Scheduler is a tool that students use to build the optimal schedule based on course preferences and setting aside time for breaks during the week.   Students use Class Scheduler to generate the class schedule that fits their schedule.  A brief overview of the new portal will be included in this demonstration.

OSSS and OAD are partnering together to offer three different dates and times for the Class Scheduler Overview. Our first two sessions will be offered on:

Thursday, November 30th 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in LC D5

Friday, December 1st 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in LC E101

Friday, December 8th 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. in LC D5 (JUST ADDED)

Please let Joey ( know if you have questions!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Clinical Skills Workshop for Pre-Health Students on 11/28

Clinical Skills Workshop

UIC Colleges of Applied Health Sciences (Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy), Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Public Health and Rush University Physician Assistant Program

Tuesday, November 28th 2017
4:30 to 8:15 pm

UIC College of Pharmacy
833 S. Wood St

Registration Opens at 12:30 PM Wed, 11/15

Form Available at that time on Our Website:

*First-Come, First-Serve*

*Registration Required for Participation*

Search “UIC Clinical Skills Workshop” (for 2017) on Facebook
Questions? Email Katherine at

Hosted by the College Of Pharmacy’s APhA-ASP
Funded in Partnership with the UIC Wellness Center and the Health Professions Student Council

Please share the downloadable flyer!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: LCSL Spring 2018 Flipbook of Gen Ed courses!

The School of Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics has again provided a unique, informative format for students to learn about the general education courses being offered by the School for Spring 2018.

Please share their Spring 2018 LCSL General Education Flipbook with your students!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: November is Career Development Month!

Career Services is planning events to offer additional career-related services to UIC students in celebration of Career Development Month.

You can take a LinkedIn Head Shot, have your resume reviewed and attend a workshop to learn job search strategies.

NOVEMBER 13: Pop-up Resume Review & LinkedIn Photo Booth
12 – 2 pm in SCE Commuter Resource Center

NOVEMBER 15: Pop-up Resume Review & LinkedIn Photo Booth
12 – 2 pm in SCE Commuter Resource Center

NOVEMBER 28: Job Search Strategies Workshop
3 – 4:30 pm in Daley Library Room 1-470

NOVEMBER 29: Ask the Employers & Walk-In Resume Review
12 – 2 pm in Career Services

DECEMBER 1: Job Search Strategies Workshop
12 – 1:30 pm in Daley Library Room 1-470

Please share this flyer with your students!


SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Art courses for non-Art majors interested in New Media/Digital Arts

ART 150- Creative Code, M/W 4-6:40pm
Through this interdisciplinary course, students will learn the code-based tools used to shape raw data into interactive audio and visual projects. Students will investigate the ways in which social media, data, and code have been instrumental in reconfiguring the nature of social relationships in our society. This includes fundamental shifts in how we work, socialize, participate in culture, and interact with the spaces and communities around us. A close look will be taken at the evolution of visual strategies used to frame social data over the past decade. Surveyed topics include strategies of navigation through the new landscape of data-driven imagery – imagery intent on ‘meaningfully’ reflecting back on us who we are through our data. Readings and in-class discussions will delve into the ethical implications related to the use of data as a medium, and to methods of data collection, generation, curation, processing, dissemination, and use. Coding tools include Processing, HTML, Javascript, and Python. Final projects are interactive and tablet-based. Laptops are required. No prior programming experience required. Take-home tablets are provided to enrolled students.

ART 250 – Topics in New Media Arts (Game Play), M/W 1-3:40 PM
This hands-on course offers an exploration of contemporary art works constructed as games. Games represent a rapidly emerging medium, the history of which must be analyzed through the lenses of art history, new media studies, and game studies in order to be fully contextualized. Students will discuss methods by which game authors extend the visual traditions and conceptual ideals of contemporary art into the gaming medium. In this course, students will simultaneously gain the technical skills needed to create their own games and participatory projects as well as explore different game genres including text-based games, puzzles, strategy games, simulators, and abstract games of chance. Students will analyze, develop, play, and even hack games in order gain an understanding of their frameworks and programmatic strategies. The course is intended to incite an active and critical perspective on contemporary game practices in art. No prior programming experience required. Laptop Required.

Contact Amanda Grant at to obtain departmental approval. Students should include their full name and UIN number, along with the name of the class they are requesting.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Study Abroad Undergraduate Research in Africa 11/14 event is part of International Education Week!

As part of the celebration of International Education Week, the Study Abroad Office invites students, faculty, and staff to join in conversation with distinguished faculty who lead study abroad program centers in sub-Saharan Africa. See:

Study Abroad Undergraduate Research in Africa
November 14, 2017
121 Burnham Hall
Nov 13-17 is International Education Week. See calendar of events at:

ADVISOR NEWS: Congratulate our 2017 CAPE and Award of Merit winners!

We are very pleased to congratulate three of our valued members of the advising community on the recognition of their dedication, contributions to UIC and their community, and overall excellence.

Eileen Doran, College of Applied Health Sciences – Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award

Luis Duarte, Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES) – Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award

Carmen Garza, Career Services, Award of Merit

We hope that you were able to see Carmen, Eileen, and Luis as they were honored this past week at the 2017 Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony. Congratulation Carmen, Eileen, and Luis!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: NACADA Region 5 Mentoring Program is looking for mentors!

Thinking about going to NACADA Region 5 Conference in Ohio in the spring? Interested in mentoring another advisor. You should consider the NACADA Region 5 Mentoring Program.

The NACADA Region 5 Mentoring Program is looking for mentors for spring 2018-spring 2019.

What is the Region 5 Mentoring Program?

The Region 5 Conference Mentoring Program is a way for graduate students and new advising professionals to become connected with a mentor who has been in the field for seven or more years. The program begins at each Region 5 conference and ends a year later at the conference. It is designed for anyone who is looking to network, gain professional development, develop an advising philosophy, learn about research or publishing strategies, or build skills as a mentor.

What are the Requirements of the Program?

  • Membership Status: NACADA member at the time of application and the through the year of the program
  • Attendance at the NACADA Region 5 Conference and the Mentoring Program Preconference Workshop
  • Participate in the Mentor video conference on Tuesday, December 5 from 12-1:30pm
  • If selected, submit a copy of your resume and a photo

Time Commitment:

The program begins at each Region 5 conference. Participants will commit to being a mentor until the next Region 5 conference.  The mentors and mentees will decide:

  • How frequently they will meet
  • How they will meet- in person, over the phone, Google Hangout, etc.

How Do I Become a Mentor?

  • Mentors will have seven (7) or more years in the field of higher education and/or advising
  • Fill out the Mentor Application by November 1, 2017
  • NACADA Region 5 Mentor Application

How are Mentors and Mentees Paired?
The mentees and mentors will be given profiles of each other that are generated from the survey. Both groups will rank their top three mentors/mentees and the pairings will be created based off those requests.


Please e-mail Michela Buccini at


Michela Buccini

Chair, Region 5 Mentoring Program