Monthly archives: May, 2018

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Art History courses offered during UIC Summer Session

There are two Art History courses being offered this summer:

AH 122 History of Chicago Architecture (4-week summer session; fulfills Understanding the Past gen ed category)
This intensive course explores the development of Chicago as the center of architectural and urban innovation. It focuses on its architecture: its residential, commercial, public, and industrial buildings as well as its infrastructure: the railroads, transit systems, and highways.

While we will examine the role of well-known architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the history of urban and architectural form, we will consider more quotidian innovations in engineering, communication, and manufacturing such as the steel frame.

As a lecture course, the survey aims to provide students with the complete but broad understanding of the city’s history, introducing them to the methods and terms of art and architecture history. Students develop these by engaging with actual object in the built environment through field trips.

AH 263 Latin American Colonial Art (8-week summer session;
fulfills World Cultures gen ed category)
This course surveys the visual and material production resulting from ongoing cultural exchanges between the United States and Mexico. The class develops chronologically in its exploration of the following themes: colonial contact zones; issues of cultural appropriation; the politics of representation; notions of the family; intersections of race, ethnicity, class, and gender; vernacular cultural expressions; and Latinx artists in contemporary art.

Please email Amanda Grant at for departmental approval. Students should include their full name, UIN, and the name of the class they want to take in their email.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Submit to UIC’s Undergraduate Research Journal

UIC’s undergraduate students are invited to submit papers to the Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Journal (IURJ). IURJ is an annual publication of the University of Illinois at Chicago Honors College and Library that publishes the diversity and creativity of scholarly research of undergraduate students. UIC undergraduate students who conducted research in any field at any university with correspondence with or guidance from a faculty mentor are encouraged to submit. The primary author must be an undergraduate student. Manuscripts may be submitted up to one year after graduation for research conducted during the undergraduate years. Submit your work at:…/index.php/IURJ/about/submissions

For any enquiries regarding the journal and submission process, please contact:

FOR ADVISORS’ INFORMATION: Preferred First Name is not used on Diplomas or Transcripts

Dear Advisors:

As we approach the end of the semester, questions regarding diploma names arise.  Preferred First Name has been in use at UIC for some time, and I wanted to communicate on a few important things.

  • Preferred First Name will not appear on the diploma.
  • Preferred First Name will not appear on the academic transcript.

We use the Legal First and Last Name, with Legal Middle Initial, on the diploma.  Students can request certain adjustments to a legal name.  Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Diplomas can be found at  Our Records Department at 312=996-4381 is a resource for questions on diploma processing.

The University of Illinois Preferred First Name Statement can be found at

With text pasted below.

Thanks for the guidance you provide to students as they complete their studies at UIC.


Rob Dixon

Preferred First Name Statement

What is my preferred first name, and how can I set or change it?

Students may designate a preferred first name*, which certain University systems will then use. These systems include class rosters, the display name in Banner Self-Service, and the display name in a number of learning management systems (e.g., Blackboard, Compass, and Moodle), most online phone directories, and on the University i-card. The University will also retain your full legal name, which is used when required by the University, such as in tax documents, contracts, academic transcripts, diplomas, and certain health records. For further details (including information about surname changes), students can refer to the Office of the Registrar.

To set or change your preferred first name:

  • Students: Using campus portal or other resources, enter Banner Student Self-Service and under Personal Information options, select Preferred First Name.  Follow prompts.

Acceptable uses of preferred first names include:

  • A middle name instead of first name
  • An abbreviated name (Rob instead of Robert, Manny instead of Emmanuel)
  • An Americanized name (Wendy instead of Haiyan)
  • A name to which you are in the process of legally changing
  • A name that better represents your gender identity

You may not use your preferred first name to misrepresent who you are, nor may you use any profane or offensive language in your preferred first name. Your preferred first name is subject to approval by University administration, and those who intentionally misuse the preferred first name option may be subject to disciplinary action.

A preferred first name may take several days to appear in all systems that display preferred first names.

*Note:  UIC undergraduates have the option of setting a preferred first name during the application process and the preferred first name will carry forward to University systems.