Monthly archives: April, 2018

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/SHARE WITH STUDENTS: UIC PRIDE – march in the parade, LGBTQQAI + Ally Training, and t-shirt fundraiser!

The UIC Pride Parade Planning Committee is inviting you to be part of events and programs leading up to Chicago’s Pride Parade and to march with UIC in the Chicago Pride Parade. See below for information on the LGBTQQAI +Ally Training, the t-shirt fundraiser, and info on marching!

LGBTQQAI+ Ally Training – June 22nd, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. in 713 AHSB

  • To honor and celebrate Pride Month, the UIC Pride Parade Planning Committee is collaborating with the Gender & Sexuality Center to offer an educational training open to all students, faculty, staff, and community partners, whether LGBTQQAI+-identified or allies. This training will relate to the theme for this year’s Pride celebrations, “Remember the Past, Create the Future” and will take place on Friday, June 22nd from 3:00-6:00pm in room 713 of the Applied Health Sciences Building (1919 W. Taylor St.) Come find out more about the history of Pride, respecting safe spaces, and how to be an ally. RSVP required:
  • Students, faculty, and staff can purchase a limited-edition UIC Pride shirt for $15 to benefit UIC Pride, an LGBTQQAI+ undergraduate student organization on campus. Shirts will be distributed at this event.

2018 UIC Pride Shirt Fundraiser

  • Students, faculty, staff, and community partners can purchase a limited-edition 2018 UIC Pride shirt for $15 to benefit UIC Pride, an LGBTQQAI+ undergraduate student organization on campus. More information can be found here:

UIC @ Chicago Pride Parade

  • Help represent UIC’s Health Sciences Colleges and UI Health System in the Chicago Pride Parade on Sunday, June 24th to let Chicago know who we are, what we do, and how we support our LGBTQQAI+ community at UIC! Space is limited to 100 marchers. Priority will be given to students in the Health Sciences Colleges and staff/members of UI Health.Please note that marchers will need to purchase a $10 UIC Pride shirt in order to march. Proceeds benefit UIC Pride.Marchers should plan to attend the Pre-Pride Ally Training on Friday, June 22nd from 3:00-6:00 pm to pick up their shirts, return the waiver/consent form, create posters, and hang-out with marchers from around campus!


SHARE WITH STUDENTS: School of Theatre and Music Concerts – 4/28, 4/30, 5/1, and 5/3. Celebrate the end of the year!

The weather is getting warm, leaves are appearing on the trees, and here at UIC we’re gearing up for the end of the semester. With graduation only a few weeks away, it’s natural for students and staff to step back and take stock of where we’ve been––as well as look ahead. Our upcoming concerts take a look at how the traditions of the past inform our world today––from myths of Orpheus and Scheherazade to Mozart’s timeless Requiem to the jazz rhythms of yesterday in ever-changing arrangements and configurations. All concerts are pay-what-you-can admission, with UIC students free with ID.

An Exciting Collaboration with Some of Chicago’s Finest String Players!

A phenomenal group of established string musicians joins the UIC Orchestra for a night of myth, folklore, and adventure told through music. Come and be transported from the remotest parts of the Polish countryside to Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous musical riff on the Thousand and One Nights, concluding with a dip into Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, complete with its famous “can-can” tune.

 April 28th at 7:30 p.m. – UIC Orchestra at the UIC Theatre


See the other events next week as well:

April 30th at 7:30 p.m. – Jazz Ensemble – Recital Hall (L285), 1044 W. Harrison St. – the UIC Jazz Ensemble presents its final concert of the year. Catch UIC’s big band one more time before the summer hits!

May 1 at 7:30 p.m. – Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Workshop – Recital Hall (L285), 1044 W. Harrison St. – Join us for a laid-back evening of jazz, featuring the formidable musical stylings of our Vocal Jazz Ensemble in concert with Jazz Workshop students.

May 3 at 7:30 p.m. – UIC Sings!: Choral Masterworks – St. Francis of Assisi Church, 813 W Roosevelt Rd – Mozart’s glorious Requiem in concert with Steve Dobrogosz’s jazz-influenced Mass.

See the full list of events!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: SUMMER 2018 – PPOL (Public Policy) 231 “Democracy and Social Welfare”

Looking for a class this summer?

PPOL (Public Policy) 231: “Democracy & Social Welfare”

This course provides a basic introduction to social welfare policy in the United States, examines the history of social welfare policies and programs in the US, and explores American cultural values and attitudes.

*The course is listed in the course schedule at PPOL 231: The American Safety Net

12:00 -1:40 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
CRN: 22121
3 credit hours
Instructor: Samuel Kurtz

*Course fulfills U.S. Society


SHARE WITH STUDENTS: University Library extended hours from 4/29 – 5/11!

The University Library begins its extended hours schedule for the end of the semester and finals week on Sunday, Apr. 29.

The Richard J. Daley Library will be open continuously from 10 a.m. Sunday, Apr.29, through 7 p.m. Friday, May 11. During extended hours, only patrons with valid i-cards will be able to enter the building from 9 p.m.-6:30 a.m.

A dedicated Library Shuttle will serve Library patrons from 11 p.m.-7 a.m. every day from Sunday, Apr.29 (11 p.m.) to Friday, May 11 (7 a.m.). The Library Shuttle picks up/drops off at the west (Morgan St.) door to the Daley Library. You must show a valid i-card to use the Library Shuttle.

The Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago will be open 6 a.m.-2 a.m. through 7 p.m. on Friday, May 11. Only patrons with valid i-cards may enter the building between midnight and 8 a.m. More information is available at

Hours for all Library locations are online at

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing and Fair Lending Course- NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2018

If you have any students interested in law, please see the information below, and links to information and application, regarding a course on fair housing and lending at the John Marshall Law School.  According to the information provided, the tuition is covered and the course could be transferable.

Note the deadline is April 30.

On behalf of The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center, I would like to invite your students to apply to the John Marshall Fair Housing/Fair Lending Course. The course is open to all college and university students in the Chicago Metro Area. We are seeking a diverse group of responsible, hardworking students with an interest in law, public service, and civil rights generally, and fair housing specifically. Housing segregation is a major problem in the Chicago Metropolitan area and this course analyses its causes and effects and remedies. The course also exposes the students to law school teaching.

The course is taught by Professor Michael Seng. Only twelve students will be selected to participate from colleges and universities across the Chicago Area. Each student may earn a total of 3 credit hours of transferable academic credit, depending upon your school’s policies. Students will also receive a certificate from The John Marshall Law School upon successful completion of the program. John Marshall will work with your students and administrators to facilitate the transfer and acceptance of academic credit for the program.

The Fair Housing/Fair Lending Course will take place in the Fall Semester of 2018. The course will be taught on Tuesday evenings. The course is fully funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. There is no cost to your institution or to your students. Attached you will find the application, the frequently asked questions for Faculty and Administrators, frequently asked questions for Students, the Informational Brochure and Reference Letter. We would be happy to also mail you hard copies of the attached documents for the course.

As the Program Manager/Attorney, I would be happy to visit your school to speak with any interested administrators, faculty members, classes, or student organizations about the Fair Housing/Fair Lending Course at The John Marshall Law School for college and university students. Feel free to contact me by e-mail or telephone.

Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2018.

On behalf of John Marshall and the Fair Housing Legal Support Center, I look forward to the opportunity to work with your institution and your students.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Art courses available to non-Art majors

We are looking to increase enrollment in the following Art courses:

ART 350 Advanced Topics in New Media Arts: Digital Fabrication M/W 9-11:40 AM
This course offers a comprehensive exploration of rapid prototyping as it applies to the creation of new media artworks from concept development to execution. Students with a variety of interests and skill levels are introduced to art historical and contemporary artworks that incorporate technology. Students are also taught fundamental skills in digital fabrication, including laser cutting, 3d printing, and CNC milling/routing. Topics surveyed in the course will be tailored to student interests, and may include: computational form-generation, wearables, locative media, mold-making and casting, and other topics/ techniques. Through a small number of exploratory assignments and a public capstone project, students will bolster interdisciplinary problem-solving abilities and explore digital fabrication and computation as a media for curiosity-driven experimentation. Through self-directed research, class discussions and critiques, students will develop projects using the concepts and skills learned to augment the student’s own practice and interests.

ART 454 3D Space I: Modeling M/W 1-3:40 PM
Introduction to 3D modeling, texturing, lighting and rendering. Students develop a cross-media skill set that can be used for visualizing sculptural and/or architectural installations, filmic animation and compositing, gaming and object design.

Students should email Amanda Grant with their full name, UIN, and the name of the class they want to request departmental approval:

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Library Research Prizes for Students – Deadline is May 14th!

Call for Applications
$300 Library Research Awards for Students
***Apply from April 11-May 14, 2018.***

Are you a student currently working on a:

  • Poster for the Research Forum or Engineering Expo?
  • Research paper for your Capstone course?
  • Presentation or performance drawing on resources you found in the UIC Library?
  • Any other kind of research project?

Consider applying for one of these awards to recognize outstanding research completed using University Library resources:
Special Collections & University Archives Student Research Award

This award recognizes students who incorporate original resources from Special Collections and University Archives
Best Use of UIC Library Research Tools and Materials Award
This award recognizes students who use tools and materials from any area in the Library

Details can be found at this link:

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Become a Peer Success Coach!

We believe the right person, at the right time, can change a life. Success peer coaches help other students adjust to college life, realize true potential, and assist in accomplishing dreams. A Peer Coach empowers students to thrive both inside and outside of the classroom. We want you to be a part of our team!

$12 per hour
Up to 15 hours per week
Flexible hours/schedule
Help fellow students


  • Experience or involvement in a leadership role at UIC and/or in the community
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse groups
  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong customer service, problem-solving, and relation management skills
  • Must be able to attend in-person training August 20–24
  • Must be at least a second-year student in good academic standing
  • Minimum G.P.A. requirement of 3.0

Please submit the following documents, in addition to your completed application to:
Unofficial transcript(s)
One-page resume
Cover letter
Letter of recommendation from former/current supervisor or faculty


Dowload the flyer to post for students!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Commuter Crew Leader Opportunity for Students as the CSRC and other CSRC programs!

Greetings Campus Partners – I hope this message finds you all well.

I wanted to take a moment to highlight a unique volunteer opportunity with our office: Commuter Connection Crew Leader. We have recently received the social media marketing image for this opportunity and wanted to be sure to share along. This would be an ideal experience for any student you think could benefit from taking on a leadership position. We encourage you to share this image with interested students and through your general channels.

Have Someone You Recommend? We’ll Reach Out

If you have a student in mind that you believe may need some additional encouragement, please let me now. We will reach out to them directly and mention your reference. We are excited to engage students who have not yet “plugged into” campus. Students will receive training on how to support peers and will also learn more about on-campus resources.

Please feel free to let me know if you have any additional questions. Kristina Garcia, Associate Director, Commuter Student Advocacy and Student Engagement –

There are other CSRC Opportunities as well! Check them out here (downloadable flyers for the programs and events are available):

Connect with Campus Advocacy Network (CAN)
Mon. April 23, 2018
11AM-1PM – Commuter Student Resource Center Main Lounge

Commuter Living Room (Flyer Attached)
Wed. April 25, 2018
2:00PM-5:30PM – Commuter Student Resource Center Main Lounge

Commuter Meet-Up: Kinjaz (Flyer Attached)
Wed. April 25, 2018
5:30PM – Commuter Student Resource Center Main Lounge

Commuter Appreciation Day – April (Flyer and Social Media Image Attached)
Thurs. April 26, 2018
Connect with Argo Tea (Main Lounge), Pancake Station (Main Lounge), Massages (Quiet Room), DIY Succulent (Main Lounge)

UIC Commutes: TV Trivia (Flyer and Social Media Image Attached)
Mon. April 30, 2018
1PM-3PM – Commuter Student Resource Center, Multipurpose Room


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: ORSS Student Success Lecture Series – College On-Track and Early Warnings of Student Difficulties on 5/17 – SAVE THE DATE


Thursday, May 17, 2:00 p.m.

Daley Library, Room 1-470

College On-Track and Early Warnings of Student Difficulties

Can an on-track indicator be created for college? What are the early signs that students may be at-risk for not persisting and graduating? Dr. Sue Farruggia will present UIC’s studies leading to the development of an on-track indicator and discuss its components. She will also present new research on other early factors associated with students not persisting to their second year and not graduating from college.


Sue Farruggia, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs


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