Category: Advising Weekly Updates

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Upcoming Events – Flames Flix, Revelry Carnival, Blackhawks and more (09/2018)

Please share with your students:

Flames Flix: Movie on the Lawn featuring Incredibles 1 & 2 | September 19

Students can join us on University Hall’s Lawn at 6:00pm for an outdoor screening of Incredibles 1 & 2. Free admission and free snacks are provided! This is an opportunity for students to unwind and relax from the first few weeks of the semester. Students are encouraged to bring their own blankets. Seating starts at 6:00pm, and the Incredibles 1 at 6:30pm, and the Incredible 2 at 9:00pm

Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL) Fall Recruitment

We’re in the middle of FSL Fall Recruitment here at UIC. As a student who is interesting in joining, it is an exciting time to consider what is important for you personally as you seek the strongest fit and an authentic sense of belonging. An open series of events will offer you as a potential new member the opportunity to get to know students in each organization and ask mutually beneficial questions about a lifelong commitment to supporting fraternal values.

The process to explore membership options in a fraternity or sorority is known as recruitment. During the recruitment period, active members in fraternities and sororities actively seek out new members who have values that align with those of the organization. Please thoroughly review our Recruitment Guide and additional calendar of events to engage fully and take advantage of all opportunities:

  • Latino Greek Council (LGC) Recruitment begins tomorrow (9/17/2018) from 3pm – 5 pm in the Quad. Meet representatives from all nine LGC fraternities and sororities!
  • On Wednesday, September 19, Greek Pan Asian American Council (GPAAC) welcomes alumni back to campus and shares how FSL made an impact on their lives.  It’s not too late to learn more about the FSL community. Join GPAAC at 5:30pm on Wednesday and Thursday in Student Center East 605.
  • National PanHellenic Council (NPHC) will host an event next week Thursday with Black Student Union.  Join NPHC and BSU to learn more about our black Greek lettered organizations and the member intake process.

 Student Organization Registration Workshop | September 20

This is the 2018-2019 Late/New Registration workshop – RSVP required.

Flames in the City:

Flames in the City [FITC] is our premiere Chicago program for our UIC students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We get to explore this great city’s museums, special events, Chicago Champions, and attractions. We have learned from and been transformed by the rich diversity of our surrounding communities. We have some wonderful programs this year!

Flames Student Employee Symposium | September 24-25

The Flames Student Employee Symposium features the following topics: as customer service, workplace norms, networking, and self-care in a busy work environment. Food will be provided. Student employees will be paid for their attendance. Student employees must register to attend by Friday, September 21, 2018, 5:00 pm at:

  • Monday, September 24, 2018, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 4:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Illinois Room, Student Center East

National Voter Registration Day | September 25

Join SLCE and the Honors College in the Quad/Lecture Center Plaza for National Voter Registration Day! Participants can register to vote, apply for an absentee ballot, find their polling location, and more. For more information, visit

Revelry: UIC’s Annual Carnival | September 28-30

Join us for Revelry, UIC’s annual carnival! Food and game tickets can be purchased separately. Three days of fun, food, and festivities during Weeks of Welcome! NO registration or RSVP Required! Don’t forget to invite all of your friends and family! For more information, visit

UIC Students $10 (unlimited rides)

Faculty, Staff, Alumni, & Public – $30 ( unlimited rides)

  • Friday, September 28, 2018
1‪:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Saturday, September 29, 2018
1‪:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Saturday, September 30, 2018
‪1:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Location: UIC Parking Lot 6 [Corner of Halsted Street & Roosevelt Road]

UIC Family Weekend | September 28-30

You and your family are cordially invited to attend UIC Family Weekend, which is an opportunity for students and their families to come together on the UIC campus! Families will discover more about life at UIC by participating in family-oriented events and activities including but not limited to Revelry Carnival activities, bowling, brunches, and UIC Theatre performances and dessert receptions. UIC Family Weekend is no charge for students and their families.

To find more information about Family Weekend events, please visit:

To register yourself and any family members or guests, please visit



Take the Pledge | All IN Campus Democracy Challenge

UIC was recognized as the “Most Engaged Campus” in the All IN Campus Democracy Challenge, a nationwide nonpartisan program dedicated to increasing voting rates among college students. Help our campus get recognized once again by taking the pledge to vote: I’M ALL IN: Take the Pledge

Register to Vote & Sign Up for Election Notifications

Election Day is November 6

If you have not yet registered to vote, sign up for TurboVote at and you will be directed through the online registration process, or receive a completed registration form with a pre-addressed stamped envelope if your state does not have an online process. If you are a resident of Illinois, you are in luck – you can register online until October 21, 2018. If you are already registered to vote, you can also sign up for TurboVote at to receive text and email reminders. Stay up to date with early-voting/election day reminders, along with polling place notifications.

Every Friday is Flames Friday. Wear UIC apparel or colors to show your Flames spirit!  Tag us [@UICCSI and #FlamesFriday] in your social media on Friday and win free tickets to the Blackhawks and White Sox games.

GO Flames!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: LAS has launched its new Career Development website!

It is my pleasure to introduce our new LAS Career Development website to you!

We are proud to launch our new website and share this resource with our students and greater UIC community.

We invite you to access and explore each landing page and subcomponents of the website so you are familiar with the navigation.

As our site is meant to be one of discovery and exploration for students, it was the hope and intention to create a visually strong website that is not only informative but is equally engaging, interactive, and sparks a sense of excitement, curiosity, and understanding of interests and how that could support major decision making and further exploration of career paths.

Thank You,

Gina Anselmo
Director, Career Development and Major Exploration

Academic Advising Center
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The University of Illinois at Chicago
601 S. Morgan Street
University Hall, 5th Floor, UH519
Chicago, IL. 60607
312.413.8577 (fax)

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Graduate and Professional School Fair on Friday, October 5th!

Please share the social media ad and flyer with your students!

ALL college students and college graduates are invited to Chicago’s 14th annual Graduate and Professional School Fair on Friday, October 5, 2018, at the UIC FORUM from 1pm to 4:30pm!

For the past 14 years, this event has hosted hundreds of graduate school programs, law schools, medical programs etc. from throughout the US and other countries.

It is FREE to all participants who are thinking or planning to pursue a post undergraduate education.

More information at can be found at:

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: LAS Pop-Up Advising near East Area Office on 9/19 and 9/26!

Share the flyer with your students!

LAS Pop-Up Advising

Wednesday, September 19th from 11 am – 1 pm
Wednesday, September 26th from 11 am – 1 pm

Come ask LAS advisors any quick advising questions that you have!

Located in front of the East Area Office, 2nd floor Atrium, just north of Student Center East.

Follow-Up appointments in the LAS Academic Advising
Center maybe needed.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Banner 9 Upgrade Advice – Email #3

This is the third email in a series to prepare you for the Banner 9 upgrade. If you miss or delete an email, a PDF of all of the email communications are on the Office of Student Systems Services website ( on the Banner 9 tab.

What are we doing to help with this transition?

What are we doing to help with this transition?

  1. The OSSS website ( has been updated to include Banner 9 information. All of the documents have been updated for Banner 9.  There are documents for the various college and department processes.
  2. A reminder that training will be conducted for the following areas:
    1. Schedule Planners: Beginning in September there will be training for all of the schedule planners.  Sign up will start on September 21 through the OSSS website.
    2. SZACURU: College staff who make curriculum changes will have a training/overview session(s) after the October 14th go live.  Sign up will be late September through the OSSS website.
    3. Graduation Processing: College staff who process graduation applications for students will be offered training/overview sessions in November. An email to sign up through the OSSS website will be sent mid-late October.

What do you need to do this week to prepare for Banner 9?

  1. This week log into the Banner 9 playground that AITS has set up.  The URL is
  2. You should begin now to use the query functions in Banner 9.   You need to learn the navigation functions when the query returns large number of records.    Some sample forms:
    1. Section Planners: SSASECT – Enter the term, next to the CRN click on the “… “.  Enter a term (220188), click on add another field, select subject and enter “CHEM”. Click on add another filed, select course and enter “122”. Click go
    2. Student Users:  Go to the SPAIDEN form.  Click on “…” next to the id field. Click on Person Search.  Enter the last name “Patel” and click Go.
    3. Navigating lists:  For items “a” and “b” only a set number of records will display. You can navigate to other records by using the arrow buttons or entering a record number in the box.  Try both of these methods to navigate through the records. You can change the number of records per page by clicking on the number in the box and selecting a new record number display.
  3. This week’s tips:  The keystroke to move to the next block has changed from Ctrl-Page Down to Alt-Page Down.  There is the ability to search for a page by description rather than needing to know the 7 character page name.  The Search function is the magnifying glass on the left hand side of the webpage.


OSSS will be sending email each week with advice to help you prepare for Banner 9.  You should spend at least an hour per week learning about Banner to prepare for the October 14 go live date.

Please let me know if there are any questions.


Mike Kamowski

Executive Director

Office of Student Systems Services

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: REMINDER – RSVP for the October 5th Fall 2018 Advising Summit by this FRIDAY, 9/28!

Reminder – Please RSVP if you haven’t already done so – we’re looking forward to seeing you! Details on the agenda are below.

We hope you can join us on Friday, October 5th for the Fall 2018 Advising Summit (Friday afternoon of Week 6) and lunch!

Our Advising Summit Planning Team has been hard at work planning our agenda, which will include a range of presentations and discussions including the new NACADA Professional Development Core Competencies model, advising Asian American students, undergraduate recruitment and admissions, and international internships with special guests the Vice Provost for Global Engagement and our Diplomat-in-Residence. We will also include short unit updates.

Following are the details so that you can attend:

Friday, October 5th
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. LUNCH and Check In
1:30 – 4:30 Advising Summit

*ROOM is SSB Conference Rooms 

Also, don’t forget that we’re also doing a Fall Colors Networking Event directly following Advising Summit at Wise Owl so that you can relax together and continue the discussions you’ve begun at Summit.

Please RSVP for both the Summit and networking event at by Friday, September 28th.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: UIC Family Weekend is September 28th – 30th!

Please share the following information with your students about this coming weekend’s activities for Family Weekend:

Hi there UIC Flames,

We hope you are off to a great start in your first semester at UIC!

You and your family are cordially invited to attend UIC Family Weekend, which is an opportunity for students and their families to come together on the UIC campus! Families will discover more about life at UIC by participating in family-oriented events and activities including but not limited to Revelry Carnival activities, bowling, brunches, and UIC Theatre performances and dessert receptions.

To find more information about Family Weekend events, please visit:

To register yourself and any family members or guests, please visit

If you have any particular questions after reviewing the event site, please feel free to contact us at

We look forward to seeing you!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Save the Date for the 2019 NACADA Region 5 Conferece…Call for Proposals NOW OPEN!

Save the date to join us in Detroit, MI, March 13-15, 2019 for the NACADA Region 5 Conference.
We are excited to announce the 2019 Region 5 Conference Call for Proposals!  The theme for the Region 5 Conference in 2019 is “Advising Renaissance: Awakening the  Drive and Passion within Students.” The application of this theme is to spotlight presentations that show creative solutions in the practice, administration, research, and application of theory in the field of advising!

Visit the Region 5 Call for Proposals website for more information and submit your proposal.

We look forward to seeing you in Michigan in March!

Conference Co-Chairs

Paul Beasley
Davenport University

Shantalea Johns
Wayne State University

Heidi Purdy
Michigan State University

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: UIC ATHLETICS and LifeSource Blood Drive on September 19th!

Please download the flyer or poster to post and share with your students! (Facebook/Instagram Image, Twitter Post)

The UIC Athletic Department and LifeSource are hosting a blood drive at the UIC Pavilion, Wednesday, September 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and we’re hoping to collect over 700 units of blood, making this one of the largest blood drives in Chicago.

All participating donors will receive a Get Fired Up Blood Drive T-shirt, free frozen custard from Culver’s, a voucher for a free individual pizza from Lou Malnati’s, and more. Plus, donors will have the chance to meet WGCI’s Leon Rogers, KISS FM’s Rufio, Sa’Rayah from The Voice and Lizzie G. Be the Match will also be on site sharing information on joining the marrow registry.

Please help us Get Fired Up to Save Lives by sharing any way you see fit – via email, social media, website, etc. – Your support and engagement is much appreciated!

Attached are some materials for your use and this is the drive’s page/where to book an appointment:

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: BA in Public Health Fall 2018 Info Sessions

Bachelor of Arts in Public Health

Fall 2018 Information Sessions

Are you interested in exploring an exciting and interdisciplinary field that aims to improve health at the community level? If so, the Bachelor of Arts in Public Health may be right for you! Please come to an information session to learn more about our program and get your questions answered.

Session topics include:

  • What is Public Health?
  • General Education and Major Public Health (PUBH) Course Offerings
  • Prerequisites to the Major
  • Admission Requirements and Application Process
  • Public Health Career Opportunities
  • Q&A

Upcoming Fall 2018 Undergraduate Information Sessions:

  • Tuesday, September 18th: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 304 Stevenson Hall
  • Wednesday, September 26th: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. 304 Stevenson Hall
  • Monday, October 8th: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. 304 Stevenson Hall
  • Thursday, October 25th: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 304 Stevenson Hall
  • Tuesday, November 13th:  3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 304 Stevenson Hall

Download the flyer for your students!