• 8. Digest of Last Week’s Announcements

UARC and campus partners are pleased to be presenting a series of professional development events about advising first generation college students. These events are being presented in conjunction with NACADA’s planned series of web events beginning 9/16.

NACADA will be hosting a webinar on September 16th “Advising Needs of First Generation Students: NACADA Leaders Share their Experiences.” The webinar is being offered in conjunction with a documentary film “A Walk in My Shoes: First-Generation College Students” produced by the College of Education at Kansas State University.

UARC is sponsoring two viewings of the documentary before the webinar:

Thursday, September 3rd – 3:30. – 4:45 p.m.
Location: 2750 UH

Tuesday, September 15th – 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Location: 1-470 LIB

NACADA WEBINAR “Advising Needs of First Generation Students: NACADA Leaders Share their Experiences”:
Wednesday, September 16th – 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: 636 SEO (Tentative)

Please RSVP at

There will also be events following the September 16th webinar. We will keep you posted as details become available!

More information about the documentary provided on NACADA’s website:

“A Walk in My Shoes: First Generation College Students” is a documentary for academic advisors working with first-generation college students. It was produced by the College of Education at Kansas State University. This powerful film delves deeply into the lives of five current students and three successful alumni who share intimate details of their lives. A few of the topics include family concerns, financial issues, language barriers, socialization, learning disabilities and navigating the college experience.  – See a trailer for the documentary.

For more information contact Joey Volpe (


At the 22nd National Conference on Students in Transition, attendees will share with and learn from each other the latest trends, initiatives, best practices, ideas, research, and assessment strategies focused on supporting student success in the first college year and beyond. The 22nd National Conference on Students in Transition will be held October 17 – 19, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Students experience significant transitions from the beginning of their undergraduate experience through graduation. The 22nd National Conference on Students in Transition focuses on this wide range of experiences, including the first college year, the sophomore year, the senior year, and the transfer transition.

Visit to register or for more information. The Early Bird deadline is September 23.


NACADA Region V has opened the nomination portal for the 1st Annual Region V Academic Advising Awards!

Region V will be recognizing outstanding colleagues in the following areas:

Excellence in Advising – Primary Role
Excellence in Advising – Faculty Advisor
Excellence in Advising – New Advisor
Excellence in Advising – Advising Administrator
Service to Region V Award

Online submissions of nominations and supporting materials will be accepted through November 1, 2015. Awardees will be recognized at the 2016 Regional Conference in Toronto, Ontario (April 6-8, 2016).

In addition, Region V is seeking submissions for Region V Grants and Scholarships as well as Great Lakes Great Leaders program! Again all submissions must be received by November 1, 2015.

Please see the following link for more information and access to the online submission portal:

African American Academic Network is hosting their Open House on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 from 11:30a.m. to 2p.m. at Student Services Building Suite 2800.

Come learn about our services, program initiatives and upcoming events.

Refreshments will be served and raffles for gifts and prizes will occur. Please encourage your students to attend if available!
African American Academic Network
1200 W. Harrison St. Suite 2800
Chicago, IL 60607


Planning to attend NACADA’s Annual Conference in October in Las Vegas? The conference dates are October 4 – 7, 2015.

There were a record number of submissions for presentations at this year’s annual conference. NACADA’s Conference Planning Committee has planned a range of events for advisors to learn, network, and share.

We have some UIC advisors who will be going! If you are planning to join them, don’t miss the early registration deadline. The Early Registration Deadline is September 2nd. See the conference registration site for more information!



Educators committed to student success are continuously looking for ways to improve the college experience. What can we do to better engage students’ curiosity and interest in learning? How can we make choices for academic programs and student services that increase students’ chances for success? What factors matter most in planning for the success of new students?

The keynote speaker, Vincent Tinto, is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Syracuse University and the former Chair of the Higher Education Program. He has carried out research and has written extensively on higher education, particularly on student success and the impact of learning communities on student growth and attainment. His book, Leaving College, published by the University of Chicago Press, lays out a theory and policy perspective on student success that is considered the benchmark by which work on these issues are judged. His most recent book, Completing College,also published by The University of Chicago Press, lays out a framework for institutional action for student success, describes the range of programs that have been effective in enhancing student success, and the types of policies institutions should follow to successfully implement programs in ways that endure and scale-up over time.

This regional one-day drive-in conference provides a forum for academic and student affair professionals to share ideas, resources, and engaging pedagogy to enhance their instruction of first-year students. For more information, visit The conference will be held at Waubonsee Community College.

If you have questions about the upcoming drive-in conference on September 25, please contact Joy Sanders, Conference Planning Chair at 630-466-2938.


Don’t miss out on the events that are part of Weeks of Welcome.

There is a full calendar available for Weeks of Welcome with events going through September 23rd!

WOW will also be sending out updates and events that couldn’t fit on the calendar via social media. We are on Twitter and Instagram @UICWoW and on Facebook –!

For more information about Weeks of Welcome, please contact:
Student Development Services
Suite 1600, Student Services Building
1200 West Harrison Street
(312) 996-3271 or e-mail


Digest of Last Week’s Announcements

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: UARC Sponsored events – DVD Viewings and NACADA Webinar “Advising Needs of First Generation Students” on 9/16

FOR YOUR INFORMATION: OSSP news – new staff, a new website, new scholarship portal and more…

FOR YOUR INFORMATION: Registration Requirements for International Students

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Save the Dates for 2015-2016 Tuesday/Thursday Topics

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: NACADA Annual Conference Early Bird Deadline is 9/2!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: SAVE THE DATE – Midwest First-Year Conference on 9/25/15

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Don’t miss out on Weeks of Welcome events 8/23 through 9/23!