Monthly archives: June, 2018

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Award application for AY 2018 – 2019 is now open!

Students: The Office of Undergraduate Research in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Academic Programs is pleased to announce that that the application for the AY 2018-2019 Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Award (CURA) is now open. The CURA supports the research activities of students who have accepted Federal Work Study as part of this coming year’s financial aid package. Read more about the program at

To participate in the CURA program, you will need to identify a faculty member with whom you are interested in working and who agrees to supervise and mentor you on a project related to their work. You can search by department, name or keyword in the Undergraduate Research experience database at The faculty member then completes the online application on your behalf at

Awards are available for one semester or the entire academic year. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis in the order in which they are received. CURA is not intended to be combined with other major campus-based funding programs such as LASURI, Honors College research grants, etc., other than those that will meet additional expenses unmet by CURA.

Applications will be accepted until the fall CURA fund is depleted or the end of the fourth week of the fall semester, whichever comes first. A spring semester application cycle will open in November. Thanks to the backing of university leadership, last year CURA funded over 130 student-faculty collaborations at no cost to faculty or their departments.

If you are interested in research but do not have Federal Work Study this coming year, you should speak with an academic advisor or Director of Undergraduate Studies to find out about options for course credit or other funded or sponsored programs in the degree-granting college. You can also refer to this webpage: or they can email Various sponsored and structured programs are listed here:

If you have questions, feel free to email us in the Office of Undergraduate Research at The high-impact practice of undergraduate research enhances the student experience and contributes in a multitude of ways to positive educational outcomes for you and many other UIC students.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Extra tutoring support through AAMP and GLAS Gen Eds – please refer students!

Advisors, especially New Student Orientation Advisors, please recommend two great opportunities below to incoming students:

The ASIAN AMERICAN MENTOR PROGRAM (AAMP) is a unique program designed specifically to support Asian American or Pacific Islander-identified incoming students at UIC by connecting them to a peer mentor.

Students may participate in Summer AAMP through Summer College and get connected early. We are especially trying to connect to students taking Summer Enrichment Writing or Math:

and/or Fall AAMP:

Fall AAMP provides extra tutoring and academic support for students who were eligible for Summer College and placed into preparatory classes for English, Math, or Chemistry. We would like to connect with them in the fall especially if they did not participate in Summer College.

AAMP students enroll in a one-credit Global Asian Studies seminar, GLAS 105. To join Fall AAMP, students should first fill out an application at: Then they will receive an override to enroll in the class that fits their schedule.

Please help encourage students to join AAMP to build their academic success and get connected to a vibrant community at UIC. For questions or information, please contact Jeff Alton at

GLOBAL ASIAN STUDIES GEN ED courses GLAS 100 (Intro to Global Asian Studies) and GLAS 120 (Intro to Asian American Studies) also provide embedded writing tutoring for students. They are uniquely designed to serve students who are looking for extra writing support. For questions or information, please contact Prof. Anna Guevarra at

These two programs are part of the UIC Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Initiative.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Open seats in ART 150 Introduction to New Media Arts for Fall 2018

Any student is welcome to register, regardless of major. No departmental approval is required to register.

ART 150 Intro to New Media Arts, meets M/W, 9-11:40 AM.

This studio course introduces fundamental skills used to create interactive art, sound, light, and responsive environments, including circuit making and bending. Hands on exercises enable all students to explore and master the use of basic electronic components, sensors, and programming for interactive installation projects. Class lectures introduce students to the most innovative and provocative new media artists. No prior experience required. Students will need to have a laptop computer.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – OAD Goes to the Movies in Millennium Park for GROUNDHOG DAY – next Tuesday, June 26th – RSVP NOW!!

Well, it’s summer and rather than sun, fun, and events under the stars, it looks like this past week has largely brought us summer rain instead!

As you know, we moved our event “OAD Goes to the Movies at Millennium Park” to NEXT Tuesday, June 26th for the movie Groundhog Day. 

You should join us!

We’ll leave around 5:00 p.m. from UH and make our way down to Millennium Park to enjoy the classic and hilarious Groundhog Day under the sun (hopefully) then the stars…we are counting on the weather cooperating or it’s, well, Groundhog Day.

The RSVP is available – please RSVP by Monday, June 25th! It just gives us a sense of how many snacks to provide.

We hope to see you there!

SHARE WITH INCOMING STUDENTS: Summer College 2018 starts THIS MONDAY, June 25th – Registration is open – visit the Summer College website for more info!

Summer is here and so is Summer College!

Summer College begins this coming Monday, June 25th, but keep in mind that there are a number of programs that are one day programs starting throughout July and that MATH has a three week program starting on July 16th.

Summer College Website
For information on programs, visit the Summer College website, which will provide you with descriptions of all of the offered programs. There are some fantastic opportunities for incoming students in a range of areas.

The Summer Enrichment Math Workshop is now offered as a 3-week session! There will be two options so students can select Session 1 (June 25 – July 13) or Session 2 (July 16 – August 3).

The Summer College registration system is now open so please encourage your new first-year students who are eligible to register for one or more Summer College programs! Registration for Summer College happens through the my.UIC portal so incoming students can log in and register there. Invitations to eligible students have begun as well.



PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: BANNER 9 is arriving in October 2018 – AITS has provided online overview tools.

The countdown is on! Banner 9 goes live 4 months from today on October 14, 2018.

How can you get ready for Banner 9?

  1. Watch the 20 Minute Navigational Video.

This will help to familiarize you with the new look of Banner 9 and describe the navigational differences from Banner 8.

  1. Play in the playground!

We’ve created a playground environment so that you can see for yourself what Banner 9 looks like. This is a test environment so feel free to make changes & do anything you do in your daily work.

  1. Refer to Help Documents.
    A Navigational Overview document, Keyboard Shortcuts document as well as FAQs are available for your reference.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: OAD Goes to the Movies – KINKY BOOTS – at Millennium Park on Tuesday, June 19th! RSVP OPEN

It’s summer and it’s the time for sun, fun, and events under the stars!

Join us as “OAD Goes to the Movies”! Kinky Boots is showing at Millennium Park on Tuesday, June 19th  and you should come with us!

We’ll leave around 5:00 p.m. from UH and make our way down to Millennium Park to enjoy the popular Kinky Boots under the sun then the stars…

The RSVP is available – please RSVP by the end of Monday, June 18th! We hope to see you there!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Fall 2018 – 100-level Art courses available to non-Art majors (Creative Arts Gen Eds)

There are two 100-level Art courses open to non-Art majors at this point (no departmental approval required, count as a Creative Arts gen eds):

ART 190 Introduction to Socially Engaged Art
M/W 8-10:40 AM
Introduces the concept of socially engaged art, a practice that blurs the line between art and life, emphasizing participation, dialogue, and action. Includes field visits and dialogue with artists. Students design and realize a public art project. Field trips required at a nominal fee. No previous art and studio experience is necessary for this class. Field Trips Required: Mess Hall, Dorchester Projects and Rebuild Foundation, Threewalls, Hyde Park Art Center, Experimental Station, and South Side Community Art Center, are all site-specific resources for this course. Students will visit at least two of these sites as part of their analysis and exploration of socially engaged art practices. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 160.

ART 151 Introduction to Creative Coding in New Media Arts
M/W 8-10:40 AM
Under the professional instruction of an expert in coding languages, students will investigate the ways in which social media, data, and code have been instrumental in re-configuring the nature of social relationships in our society. Course Information: Extensive computer use required. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Students will use coding languages such as Processing, HTML, and JavaScript. Moving through beginning and intermediate levels of coding, students will explore creative new avenues of applying these tools. Students will gain skills to expand upon traditional uses of coding by aligning it with the contemporary art practices of New Media, a field in which technology and contemporary art combine.

Remaining seats in 100-level Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, New Media Arts, Photo, and Film classes are reserved for incoming Art majors. In August after orientation is finished, non-Art majors are again welcome to register for these 100-level courses.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/SHARE WITH STUDENTS: SAVE THE DATES – The War that Made Today: An Interdisciplinary Commemoration of the End of World War I (11/1/18 – 11/11/18)


The War that Made Today:
An Interdisciplinary Commemoration of the End of World War I

Eleven days of programming on November 1 – 11, 2018, spearheaded by the Honors College, will explore the global and local impact of World War I and its role in shaping the contemporary world.

Programming will start November 1 in the Institute for the Humanities with three Interdisciplinary Conversations (11am – 3:45pm):  “WWI, Nationalism and the New Global World Order,” “Art at War: The International Avant-Garde and World War I,” and “Healing the Walking Wounded: Shell-Shocked WWI Soldiers through a Contemporary Cultural Lens.”

On November 2 at 3pm, poet Tom Sleigh will give a poetry reading and discuss writing about the trauma of war, while looking back at the WWI poets.

A program on west campus on November 7 at 2pm will explore “the Nurses of World War I: A Chicago Story.”

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum will host a roundtable discussion about The International Women’s Peace Movement, then and now, on November 8.

A finale performance of music, theatre and prose will be held at the UIC Theatre on November 9 at 6pm.

In addition, New Media artists will exhibit works responding to the war, and the Student Veterans Association will curate their own exhibition.

Complete details will be announced later.  Watch your calendars!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Center for Student Involvement 2018-2019

We are proud to share the Fall 2018 events… so far! We have dates for Student Org Conference, Involvement Fairs, Meet the Greeks, Spark, and much much more.

Go to:

You will also find information at UIC Impact, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Student Organizations, and Campus Programs. A great resource for new staff and faculty.

Connect with CSI on social media: @UICCSI
Phone 312-413-5070