Monthly archives: August, 2018

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Commuter Student Resource Center – Staff Undercover Program!

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

As we speed toward the start of the semester, I wanted to take a moment and share a new initiative for UIC staff to connect with commuting students. This is a unique opportunity for UIC staff to connect with commuter students in an informal capacity and highlight key programs and services. Please read on for more details.

Staff Undercover

Staff Undercover is an opportunity for UIC staff to attend one of our regular community-building events (referred to as “Connect” events) and take part in the activity alongside commuter students. Our Connect events occur every two weeks in our space and are centered on a specific activity, game, or craft. Each Connect event is planned by members of our Commuter Ambassador team and are meant to foster community among students while sharing key information. This is a great way to connect with students who may not be compelled to visit an informational table or attend an event independently. Forging a personal connection in an informal capacity can make all the difference in helping students take the step to be involved and connect with vital engagement resources. Past events have included: UNO Tournament, Mario Kart on Nintendo Switch, Board Game Free-Play, TV Trivia, and more.

Want to be “Undercover”?

The key part of this initiative is to encourage UIC staff to identify an upcoming event on our calendar that fits their interests and or availability. Staff are encouraged to view our schedule, select an event, share their intention to attend, and join us! Staff who go “undercover” can:

  • Make personal connections with students outside of their regular responsibilities
  • Informally promote upcoming deadlines, events, or programs

Our Upcoming Calendar

We are currently in the process of finalizing our Connect activities for Fall 2018. We have dates confirmed but will be confirming the times and topics/activities for each event during our Commuter Ambassador training slated for next week. In the meantime, please feel free to view our “placeholder” spreadsheet which highlights our working dates, here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Fk7KcabC1tiCO2Vuf-BBKqv9Ual7QBkrHSDa73f3mdI/edit?usp=sharing

Once our schedule is set, I will send a follow-up e-mail notifying you that the schedule has been updated and invite you to sign up for the dates that fit your interests and availability.

Should you have any questions regarding Staff Undercover, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Best,

Kristina Garcia

Associate Director, Commuter Student Advocacy and Student Engagement Student Affairs | Commuter Student Resource Center (CSRC) University of Illinois at Chicago
750 S. Halsted Street, Suite 245
Student Center East
Chicago, IL 60607
312.413.8146
kgarcia4@uic.edu
Preferred Pronouns: She, Her, Hers


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Weeks of Welcome (WOW) – events until 9/30!

We’re emailing to let you know about a staff engagement opportunity available the first week of classes. As some of you know, Weeks of Welcome (WOW) is a campus-wide series of events designed to welcome both new first-year, transfer and graduate students to UIC, as well as to welcome back returning students.  The calendar of events spans the first few weeks from August 22-September 30th.  During these weeks, we want our UIC students to have a sense of belonging and connection to UIC.  It is also a great way to show UIC school spirit and learn about Flames Friday!

Leading up to the first day of classes and through the first week we have WOW Welcome Tables throughout different locations on campus. The tables serve as information booths for students to stop by and ask for directions or just to chat about programs offered during Weeks of Welcome.  If you’re available please sign up HERE for at least a one-hour timeslot. The tables will have WOW handbills and campus maps to help direct students. Once you sign-up you will receive a confirmation email with more details.

Please feel free to share many of our Weeks of Welcome posts directly from our social media.  Both UICLife, UICCSI, and SAB will be promoting various events.  There are a number of events from your colleges, units, and Student Affairs on the Weeks of Welcome website.  Email us with any questions and share with your colleagues.

Thank you for helping get the word out to our UIC students, faculty, staff, and alumni!

Joy & Sladjana

Joy Vergara, M. Ed, Executive Director
Sladjana Grbic, Assistant Director
Center for Student Involvement (CSI)
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
sgrbic2@uic.edu | 312-413-5076
750 S. Halsted Street, Ste 340
Chicago, IL 60607


SHARE WITH STUDENTS: L@s GANAS Research Fellowship – seats available!

There are seats available in the L@s GANAS Research Fellowship.

This fellowship is aimed at:

  • Sophomores or incoming transfer students who are majoring in Bios, Biochem, Neuroscience, or Chemistry. We also welcome students whose major may not fit, but career goals do. A great example is that computer science major who wants to work in conservation. The mechanical engineer who wants to build a better medical device.

This fellowship asks students to:

  • Register for a science leadership workshop for Fall 2018 on Tuesdays from 3-5pm
  • Work in a research laboratory 10-12 hours a week beginning Spring 2019 for a total of 4 semesters

Each fellow is eligible for up to $2500 a semester. These students must be FAFSA eligible to obtain financial support.

Full details and our application is at:

http://hsi.uic.edu/initiatives/ls-ganas-research-experience/

Download the flyer to share with your students.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: CHANCE Open House on 8/28 and 9/11 – see the new space!

Join the CHANCE Staff as we welcome the new semester in our New Space! Mark your calendars for our upcoming Open House that will take place on:

Tuesday, August 28th from 10:00am-2:00pm or

Tuesday, September 11th from 1:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Our New CHANCE Office is located in the Student Services Building Suite – #2560

Download the flyer to post!


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: STRIDE Inaugural Conference on 9/12 – flyer and program available!

The STRIDE Conference flyer is available for download! Free admission for all UIC faculty, students, and staff. See the conference flyer for the presentation schedule.


STRIDE (STRategies for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity) INAUGURAL CONFERENCE

The Office of Diversity and the Graduate College invite you to the STRIDE conference on Wednesday, September 12, in the Thompson Rooms at the Student Center West. STRIDE is a network that brings together grant-based and institutional pipeline programs with academic support, student life, and cultural programs and centers. We seek to learn from each other and work together to broaden and deepen our efforts to serve our diverse body of students at UIC.

Starting with registration and breakfast at 8 a.m., there will be four sessions, each 75 minutes long, to accommodate a 10-15 minute response to key questions by each panelist around the main session topics, leaving ample time for Q&A and breakout sessions. Additionally STRIDE programs will host an adjoining, concurrent open house for all UIC students and community members who want to learn more about the programs. The panel descriptions are below:

Session I: lncentivizing Faculty to Identify and Pursue New Grant Opportunities
U/C is encompassed by a large number of distinct, urban communities and is recognized as a diverse center of learning for undergraduate students through MS/ designations. Discussion of the opportunities and challenges for faculty pursuing of new pipeline grant opportunities that help promote student development and research.

Session II: Recruitment and Mentoring
Discussion of the best recruitment practices that are used ta identify and recruit potential and current students who could benefit from new programming. In addition, mentoring is increasingly viewed as an essential tool in retaining students. Analysis of effective mentoring practices and institutional mechanisms thatcan best support mentoring.

Session Ill: Assessment and Tracking of Program Participants at UIC and Beyond
Discussion of how information is gathered and analyzed in order to identify prospective students, and monitor their progress and outcomes after program completion and graduation. Leam about current assessment and tracking practices and challenges at UIC.

Session IV: Institutionalization and Sustainability of Programs
Sustainability is a challenge for any university program, especially for those that do not have dedicated and permanent university funding. Discussion of how grant-based programs and how collaborative networks of common resources can be developed.

Please join us and invite other interested UIC community members.

RSVP at diversity.uic.edu/rsvp-for-stride-conference-2018/

 

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Housing First-Year Student Welcome Dinner on 8/27 – YOU’RE INVITED! RSVP

Join over 1,000 new first-year students as they celebrate their first day on campus!

Housing invites you to join resident students at the First-Year Student Welcome Dinner in the Forum on Wednesday 8/22 at 6pm. After they finish moving in, students will enjoy a casual dinner with faculty, staff, and other new students, and guests like Coach McClain and the Pep Band! Join a table and catch the excitement! Attire is casual, but space is limited, so contact Nick Ardinger at ardinger@uic.edu ASAP if interested.


SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Fall 2018 Design Foundation classes available to non-majors!

There are seats available in the following 100-level Design classes for the Fall 2018 semester:

– DES 140 Design Drawing (M/W 4-6:40PM)
– DES 160 Design Photography (M/W 4-6:40PM)

For more information, please contact Kevin Strickland at kevin3@uic.edu.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: REMINDER – Fourth Annual Advisors’ End of Summer/Fall Kick-Off BBQ – this TUESDAY, August 28th – RSVP!

Happy August everyone! Are you ready for our fourth annual bbq? We’ve had so much fun doing it the past three years, we can’t pass up a chance to kick off the year and celebrate together while it’s still warm out! As you know, we’ve moved our fun and frivolity to the Tuesday of this week – WEEK 1!

And who doesn’t need some great food and beverages if you’ve finished advising during the first two days of classes! Let’s reward our hard work:

Date:  Tuesday, August 28th

Location: Ph.D. Pub (South Campus)

When:  5:00 p.m. (or a bit earlier if you are ready to come earlier)

RSVP:  http://go.uic.edu/oadbbqrsvp

We’ll be celebrating the kick off of the new 2018 – 2019 year and ending our summer together! It will be a great way to kick off our new year!

Email Joey if you have questions!


SHARE WITH STUDENTS/YOU’RE INVITED: AAAN We Are One Retreat/Black 2 School BBQ on August 25th!

The African American Academic Network invites you to attend the We Are One Retreat and the Black 2 School BBQ. Both events serve as a ceremony to welcome, introduce and celebrate the official beginning of our students’ entry to the African American Academic Network and University of Illinois at Chicago community.   We definitely believe your participation will be paramount in meeting and start fostering relationships with our students; but also provide them a stronger sense of belonging to UIC.  To emphasize our commitment to our students, we humbly request your assistance in congratulating and welcoming our first year students as they will be ushered to the Black 2 School BBQ after the conclusion of the We Are One Retreat.    Please register for AAAN’s We Are One Retreat and Black 2 School BBQ by August 18! (Click on this hyperlink to complete needed registration form)

 

We Are One Retreat (Only for First Year Students –Freshmen & Transfer) 

Saturday, August 25th

Afterwards, first year students will participate in Black 2 School BBQ

10am-Noon

Located at the Inner Circle, Student Center East (SCE)

 

Black 2 School BBQ (For First Year Students, Returning Students, Staff and Faculty)

Saturday, August 25th

Noon-4pm

Located at the northwest corner of S. Halsted and W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL  60607

Music, Food, Games, Give-a-ways, and Prizes.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joe Fields.


SHARE WITH STUDENT: Disability Cultural Center Breakfast with Undergraduates on 9/11!

BREAKFAST WITH UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS! Download the flyer to share with your students.

THE DISABILITY CULTURAL CENTER (DCC) INVITES YOU TO OUR PREMIERE BREAKFAST TO CONNECT WITH OTHER STUDENTS AND LEARN ABOUT DISABILITY CULTURE AT UIC

This is a unique opportunity to understand how disability is present across communities and UIC campus life.  This event is open to all students whether you identify as a student with a disability or as an ally.  You are also welcome to join us for the remaining activities of the Fall Semester DCC Premiere Opening Day!

Date:  Tuesday, September 11

Time:  9:00 – 10:00 am.

Location:  Disability Cultural Center at Richard Daley Library, Room 1-461.

Please RSVP to dcc@uic.edu


Don’t forget to let your students know about the breakfast; however, the Disability Cultural Center wants to see you during this special day as well!

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE UIC DISABILITY CULTURAL CENTER (DCC) PREMIERE

JOIN US
A DAY OF PERFORMANCE, LIBRARY AND COMMUNITY DISPLAY OF RESOURCES

DR. CARRIE SANDAHL PRESENTS:
WHAT IS DISABILITY CULTURE?

AN OVERVIEW OF THE DISABILITY CULTURE INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT INTERWOVEN WITH SHORT PERFORMANCES OF LEADING CHICAGO ARTISTS WITH DISABILITIES

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH
10:30 AM. TO 12:30 PM.
RICHARD J. DALEY LIBRARY
ROOM 1-470
Please RSVP TO dcc@uic.edu


Don’t forget that there is a breakfast for students preceding the premiere!

BREAKFAST WITH UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS!

THE DISABILITY CULTURAL CENTER (DCC) INVITES YOU TO OUR PREMIERE BREAKFAST TO CONNECT WITH OTHER STUDENTS AND LEARN ABOUT DISABILITY CULTURE AT UIC

This is a unique opportunity to understand how disability is present across communities and UIC campus life.  This event is open to all students whether you identify as a student with a disability or as an ally.  You are also welcome to join us for the remaining activities of the Fall Semester DCC Premiere Opening Day!

Date:  Tuesday, September 11

Time:  9:00 – 10:00 am.

Location:  Disability Cultural Center at Richard Daley Library, Room 1-461.

Please RSVP to dcc@uic.edu