Monthly archives: March, 2018

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Great news – Dominique Thomas-Green is the new NACADA Region 5 Illinois Liaison! Congratulations!

We want to share the great news with you – Dominique Thomas-Green from the College of Business Administration has been elected as NACADA Region 5’s Illinois Liaison to the Region Steering Committee. We are so very excited for Dominique and congratulate her on her new position!

Congratulate her when you see her during Advisor Week!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: NACADA Region 5 Conference early registration ends Wednesday 3/21!

Following is a message from the NACADA Region 5 Conference Chairs with some great info on this year’s conference. If you’re planning on going to Region 5, let Joey know (!

Hello Great Lakes Region Members!

Our NACADA Regional Conference will be held this year in Columbus, OH on April 11 -13, 2018. This message will provide you with some general information about the conference.

The theme of the conference this year is – “The Art of Advising.” This theme was selected because the Hyatt Regency Hotel, the site of the conference, is located in the heart Short North District, an area known for its art galleries, restaurants, and creative endeavors. The Hyatt is also within two blocks of the Arena District, another great destination full of restaurants and clubs.

The conference will have 4 pre-conference workshops on Wednesday, April 11. We have 54 conference sessions scheduled on Thursday through Friday at noon.

With our theme of Art of Advising, we have decided to be creative and shake-up the usual conference schedule.

On Wednesday night, we will have the Welcome Reception. Desserts and a coffee bar will be available, as well as a cash bar. Please wear your alumni school colors for Alumni Spirit Night. Instead of a traditional “wear your school colors” day, based on where you work, we’ll wear our school colors from our undergraduate or graduate institutions. This will you help identify alumni from your school and participate in school photos and activities during the reception.

Our Thursday morning keynote will be given by the distinguished Dr. Wendy Troxel. Her topic is “The Art of Research: Finding the Fun in the Scholarship of Advising.”

Keeping with the spirit of creativity, the state and province meetings are scheduled before lunch on Thursday. This will give you the opportunity to plan on attending lunch with colleagues from your state or province.  To help you plan lunch, dinner, and any additional outings, Experience Columbus will have a staffed table at the conference site to help you consider lunch, dinner, and entertainment options.

Conference registration for NACADA members is $140 before March 21 and $190 after that date. By following the registration link, information about student/retirees and non-NACADA members fees is also provided.
Travel information is also available on the Conference website.

Currently the hotel has notified us that the rooms we reserved are half full. We will keep you informed of other hotel options as we get closer to the event.

If you have questions, please contact us, the Co-Chairs. From all of the Great Lakes Region planning committee and leadership, we look forward to seeing you in Columbus, OH!


Peg Steele

George Steele

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: ADVISOR WEEK – Poster without a Poster has a few table host slots still available and we want you to host a discussion table – register by Tuesday 3/20!

So you may have heard that we have a new style event this year at Advisor Week! “Poster without a Poster” is a new style session that allows advisors and advising administrators share innovative activities, programs, and initiatives in their units.

Think of it like a conference poster session without the poster – it’s a freeform table discussion style event that allows visitors to visit multiple tables and learn a wide range of things from colleagues all in one event!

OAD will provide the breakfast, you provide the information. We still have a few tables open, so if you have info to showcase, please join us!

If you would like to be a table presenter – we need the following by the end of this Tuesday, March 20th:

  • Please commit to hosting your discussion table from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27th
  • Sign up through the Google doc created for this event;
  • Bring yourself and hand outs (if applicable)!

Post this flyer in your offices in case your colleagues haven’t heard about the session and may want to have a table!



Please RSVP for all Advisor Week activities at

Monday (3/26), and Friday morning (3/30) are reserved for unit-based advisor activities and advisor gift distribution. OAD events will be held from Tuesday, March 26th through Friday, March 30th.

Monday, March 26:
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Unit-Based Advisor Activities and the beginning of Advisor Gift Distribution

Tuesday, March 27:

10:00 a.m.  – 11:45 a.m. – POSTER WITHOUT THE POSTER – Discussion Table Event with LIGHT BREAKFAST PROVIDED
LOCATION: 605 Student Center East (SCE)

*Advising t-shirt distribution will happen at this event – don’t miss it!

This discussion table event provides a similar experience to conference poster sessions, just without the posters! It’s an opportunity for individuals or groups to showcase some of the innovative projects, activities, or initiatives you have developed and implemented. The event is designed so that attendees can visit each table to learn about the table host(s)’ topic. Breakfast will be provided and attendees can attend for any length of time they would like!

There is a wide range of topics including LAS’s cohort advising model, LAS’s collaboration with LARES in cohort advising, LAS’s African American Advising Community, LAS’s probation and Student Success Plans program, LAS’s intercollege transfer practices, LAS’s grad certification processes, LAS’s transfer success program, OFYI’s Flames Leadership Network, the Engaged Humanities Initiative, and Honors College first-year initiatives.

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – “Social Media and Advising” Tuesday/Thursday Topics Advisor Common Reading Group with LUNCH PROVIDED from Artopolis 
*Lunch sponsored by Illlinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (IL-LSAMP) grant.
LOCATION:  Daley Library room 1-470 (located on the first floor in the northwest corner of the library)

Discussion Leader: Kevin Price
Topic: Social Media and Advising
Article: Academic Advising via Facebook: Examining Student Help Seeking

To retrieve this article go to:

Synopsis: Students were asked to use Facebook as an additional way to contact their academic advisor. The respondents noted that Facebook was a helpful tool to get quick advice and to learn of changes and other prescriptive advising questions.

3:30 p.m. – when we’re done p.m. “Give Yourself a Break: Paint, paint, paint…” – Painting Pottery with Creativita from Forest Park
LOCATION: James Stukel Towers (JST) Training Room

Have you been creative with us before? We’re painting pottery again this year! If you made something last year, you can make a matching item this year! Or if you’re new to this, you’ll see how much fun we’ll have!

Are you looking for a new mug for your desk? Do you want to have some fun painting pottery with none of the hassle of heading off campus to do it…and you’ll get it delivered back to campus. No muss, no fuss…other than the enjoyment of some snacks and beverages with your fellow advisors to kick off our social events for Advisor Week.

We will have Creativita from Forest Park join us with pottery pieces for you to choose from and get your artist groove on. Then once you’re done, we’ll make sure we know it’s yours…they will take and fire them in the kiln and we will get them back to you on campus.

*There is a fee for this class. Fees will range from $15 – 25 depending on the pottery piece you pick to paint. All pottery and painting supplies are provided.

Wednesday, March 28:
ADVISOR CONFERENCE – Innovate, Explore, Grow!
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This special four session mini-conference is designed to be UIC staff led presentations with our theme of innovation, exploration, and growth.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  208 and 209 Burnham Hall (BH)

  • 10:00 – 10:50 “It Takes a Village: Building momentum for students to seek career advising earlier in their UIC careers”  Presenter: Melissa (Missy) Frazin, Office of Career Services
    • This session will discuss strategies Career Services uses to encourage UIC students to utilize its services (both in person and online) earlier in their UIC experience as well as challenges the office encounters with utilization. Attendees will also learn the rationale behind the student-centered focus of Career Services’ new website including new resources/ videos. Advisors are encouraged to bring career-related questions they hear from students to the workshop.
  • 11:00 – 11:50 “Increasing Student Engagement” Presenter: R. Joy Vergara, Center for Student Involvement
    • This 50 minute presentation will provide you a brief overview of student engagement and how student involvement contributes to students persisting to graduation. Learn in an interactive session how your role as an advisor can help shape an impactful experience at UIC.  Let’s brainstorm together how we can collectively make this the best moments of their college experience in the heart of Chicago.  Go Flames!

12:00 p.m.  – 1:30 p.m. – “Food Fiesta” Honors College Open House/Advisor Week Lunch for UIC Advisors 
LOCATION:  Honors College – First Floor of Burnham Hall (BH)

The Honors College is hosting a lunch of yummy Mexican food for all advisors!

We know it was a bit crowded last year and we’ve expanded to using multiple rooms of the college and extended lunch time so there’s plenty of time and plenty of room for all who want to attend. This is a great way to enjoy some yummy food, network, and meet the Honors College staff and see the College if you’ve never been there!

Please join us even if you can’t make it to the Advisor Conference sessions, just don’t be surprised if we try to twist your arm to join us for a conference session or two!

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  208 and 209 Burnham Hall (BH)

  • 1:30 – 2:20 “If They Were in Charge: How Transfer Students Would Change Orientation and Engagement” Presenter: Ashley Stone from African American Academic Network, and Melissa (Missy) Frazin from Office of Career Services
    • Transfer students often experience roadblocks during their college experiences, especially because they must learn how to navigate college at multiple institutions. In this session, we will learn about the transfer experience from the perspective of current students who began at UIC as transfer students. Student panelists will discuss challenges they encounter and what has made the difference for them as transfer students; which programs, individuals and departments helped them find success and connection to UIC. They will also share their guidance on how advisors and advocates can empower transfer students in college and beyond.
  • 2:30 – 4:00 “Express Reads: Radical Candor” Presenter: Nick Ardinger, Campus Housing
    • People often avoid holding others accountable out of a fear of damaging the relationship. This book’s stories and engaging framework can help your communication and team building. This presentation will summarize the “radical candor” approach of Kim Scott, a former manager at Facebook, Google, and several startups who has worked to develop a method of communication that drives results and effectively deals with conflicts. Get (almost) as smart as you would if you read the book, in just over an hour! And there will be prizes!

Thursday, March 29:

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – COFFEE TALK – “Re-visiting Optimizing Impact: Office of External Fellowships” Presenter: Kim Germain, Office of External Fellowships
LOCATION:  208 Burnham Hall (BH)

This session will provide advisors with an opportunity to learn from one of our newest campus leaders, Dr. Kim Germain, who directs the Office about External Fellowships. If you were at Spring Advising Summit, Kim briefly introduced herself, but this extended coffee talk session will provide much more opportunity to learn about external fellowships and how advisors can help identify students who would be great candidates!

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – “New Advisors/Wiz of Oz” Tuesday/Thursday Topics Advisor Common Reading Group with LUNCH PROVIDED from Pompeii Pizza
LOCATION:  Daley Library room 1-470 (located on the first floor in the northwest corner of the library)

Discussion Leader: Jeff Alton
Topic: New Advisors
Article: Academic Advisors and the Wizard of Oz

Synopsis: Using the classic film, “The Wizard of Oz”, the author extols life lessons on advisors working with students- that they already possess the skills they need to succeed in college, they just need to be shown and told it. Much like the film, advisors play the wizard, who have the power to grant the ‘brains’, ‘heart’, etc.; but like the movie, the characters possessed what they needed all along, it just had to be shown to them. The heart of the article is that advisors should help instill confidence in students by being very supportive of students- saying you can do this!

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – ORSS LECTURE SERIES – “Housing Students: What do we know? What can we know?” Presenter: Nick Ardinger, Ph.D., Campus Housing
LOCATION:  Lecture Center C3

Did you know that Housing collects data that informs us about who is likely to struggle as early as the third week of the Fall semester? Housing collects data through surveys, focus groups, and institutional data, and uses that data to tailor how it works with students. This talk will review some of the data the Campus Housing department has collected about its residents, and what that data can tell us about our students and our programs.

**We are very pleased to be able to offer advisors the opportunity to attend this special session, which is part of the OVPUAAP’s Office for Research on Student Success (ORSS) 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.

4:30 p.m. – when we’re done p.m. – NETWORKING EVENT – UIC Advisors Enjoy a Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ – LAGUNITAS Brewery Tour

Oh, yes, we’re doing it – we’re going over to one of our local breweries and we think you should come with us! In fact, we’ll even provide the transportation there. We’re going to Lagunitas for a brewery tour, some nice beverages, and enjoyable food! The brewery tour starts promptly at 5:00 p.m. so we need to leave campus around 4:30 p.m. If you’re meeting us at Lagunitas, make sure you get there a few minutes before 5. If you’re going with us, please make sure to arrive at Student Center East at 4:30. (If you’re coming from the ORSS lecture, we’ll all walk over as soon as it is done.)

Friday, March 30:
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Unit-Based Advisor Activities and Advisor Gift Distribution

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Brown Bag Lunch without the Brown Bag: NACADA Webinar Viewing “Building an Advisor Competency: Conceptual Understanding Component” with LUNCH PROVIDED from Thai Bowl
*Lunch sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement

In February, we showed the introduction to the new NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model (2017), which has three major components – Conceptual, Informational, and Relational.  In this 57-minute videocast presentation, presenters continue the conversation with a deeper look at the Model’s Conceptual component. The competencies included in the conceptual component provide context for academic advising. The conceptual component addresses the ideas and theories that academic advisors must understand about students, their institutions, themselves, and their environment in order to appropriately convey the critical nature of academic advising to their stakeholders. The presentation is designed to help them learn more about the six core competency areas included in the Conceptual component.

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. “Let’s Play Ball – literally! Or just enjoy watching…” ADVISOR SPRING Networking Event sponsored by SUMMER SESSION and UIC ATHLETICS
LOCATION: UIC’s Granderson Stadium Skybox

Don’t miss the grand finale of Advisor Week! You’re invited to UIC Summer Session’s Advisor Networking party at the luxury skybox in UIC’s Granderson Stadium. Come enjoy free food, beverages and a great view of the city. Our baseball team’s away so our friends in Athletics and Summer Session are giving you the opportunity to do some batting practice in Granderson Stadium (if you want) and we’ll watch a classic “A League of Their Own” on the flat screens while enjoying a great end to a great week!


Dear Colleagues,

The call for proposals for ILACADA’s annual spring drive-in is now open! The theme for this year’s conference is, “May the 4th be with you: Acknowledge, Implement, Motivate: AIMing for self care to awaken your inner Jedi.” Submissions on any and all topics are welcome, but topics focused on the conference theme are preferred.

Who Should Submit a Proposal:
We encourage novice as well as experienced presenters to submit a proposal. Advisors, administrators, faculty, counselors, career development specialists, researchers, and graduate students are all welcome to submit proposals. If you have advanced techniques or proven practices to share that address higher education’s academic advising needs, please consider submitting a proposal.

Include in your submission: Name, address, school, email, and phone number, along with title and abstract and proposal of the session.

For more information on creating a presentation proposal and the evaluation criteria used by the reviewers, please view the NACADA tutorial guide.

Submission: Please submit your proposal online click here.

Session Formats:

  • Presentation: One-hour session that can include lecture, demonstrations, and/or participant discussion about topics relevant to the field of academic advising.
  • Panel Discussion: One-hour panel session where speakers address a specific advising topic from their own perspective. Panel sessions are highly interactive with panelists representing multiple points of view from different institutions. Time is allowed for audience input and questions.

Important Deadlines:

  • March 15, 2018 – Proposal submissions due
    Week of March 19, 2018 – All potential presenters will be notified of their proposal status
    NOW – Conference registration opens

Questions and Submission:
For questions regarding your proposal, please email Michele Aurand at

Michele Aurand
ILACADA Spring Drive-In Committee Chair
Western Illinois University

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Request for Proposals for Student Success Innovation Fund – due April 16

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Academic Programs is pleased to announce a request for proposals for a newly established Student Success Innovation Fund, which aims to support projects that closely align with UIC’s goal of assuring the timely graduation of all UIC undergraduate students. The solicitation is open to all campus units.  Funds may be used to pilot new programing or enhance existing programing.  Proposed projects should target activities and approaches that have high potential for increasing student success as measured by first-to-second-year retention and/or graduation rates and/or parity among racial and ethnic groups in terms of academic achievement.

For more information on the solicitation and instructions for proposal submission, please visit the Student Success Innovation Fund website.

Please feel free to share widely this information with those who may be interested. The deadline for proposal submission is April 16, 2018.  For questions, please email


Nikos Varelas
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Academic Programs

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: GLAS Career Kaleidoscope: Multifaceted Careers for the 21st Century on 3/22!

GLAS Career Kaleidoscope: Multifaceted Careers for the 21st Century

Our panelists will share perspectives from the health sciences, non-profit, and education. Come hear how they chose and prepared for their career paths, how they use their knowledge of Global Asian Studies in their fields, and glean tips for pursuing your future career.

Open to all students interested in the added value of Global Asian Studies for your future career! Refreshments will be served.

If you need more information or disability accommodation requests, please contact Glenda Genio at or 312-996-2241.

Date: Thursday, March 22
Time: 4pm-6pm
Location: Institute for the Humanities Conference Room | Lower Level, Stevenson Hall | 701 S. Morgan St.

Roundtable Panelists:

Susan Hong, MD MPH FACP, Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery, Director of Cancer Survivorship at UIC Cancer Center

Greg Calip, PhD, MPH, PharmD (UIC) Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy, UIC College of Pharmacy, Former Pharmacist

Naomi Salcedo, BA, Sociology and GLAS minor (UIC) Operations and Program Manager at AFIRE (Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment)

Henna Vohra, MA, College of Ed; BA English, Psychology, and GLAS minor (UIC) Substitute teacher in Chicago Public Schools

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: U and I Care Week is THIS WEEK (3/12 – 3/16)!

UIC is hosting “U and I Care Week” from March 12–16 to address issues such as fighting homelessness and hunger, financial literacy, celebrating diversity, mental health awareness, and practicing self-care.

View a complete list of events online.

The events are sponsored by the U and I Care Program, which provides a network of care for UIC students. An initiative of the Office of the Dean of Students, the program offers options for students facing personal difficulties.

Resources are available for free on topics ranging from work-life or school-life balance, transportation, housing, financial assistance and more.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: ORSS Lecture Series- “Housing Students: What do we know? What can we know?” on 3/29/18


Thursday, March 29, 3:00 p.m.

Lecture Center C3, Room C003

Housing Students: What do we know? What can we know?

Did you know that Housing collects data that informs us about who is likely to struggle as early as the third week of the Fall semester? Housing collects data through surveys, focus groups, and institutional data, and uses that data to tailor how it works with students. This talk will review some of the data the Campus Housing department has collected about its residents, and what that data can tell us about our students and our programs.

Presenter: Nick Ardinger, Assistant Director for Residential Education


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

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: NEW Career Services Workshops – week of March 5th and All Majors Fair on Thursday, March 15th

Career Services offers 3 workshops during the week of March 5th to help students prepare for success at the All Majors Career Fair (March 15th):

Brief Resume Workshop & Resume Review – Monday, March 5th, 12-1:30 PM @ Daley Library (Room 1-470) – Students will participate in a brief workshop about resume best practices AND have the opportunity to have their resume reviewed by a Career Advisor.

Power Networking Workshop – Wednesday, March 7th, 12-1:30 PM @ Daley Library (Room 1-470) – Students will learn about the importance of networking to their careers and HOW to network and build relationships with professionals.

Navigating a Career Fair Workshop – Thursday, March 8th, 12-1:30 PM @ Daley Library (Room 1-470) – Students will learn best practices related to interacting with employers at career fairs and how to present themselves professionally at fairs.

All Majors Career Fair – Thursday, March 15th, 10 AM-2 PM @ UIC Forum – Students will have the opportunity to interact with 100+ employers who want to hire UIC students and recent alums.
Download the flyer to share with your students!