Category: Advising Weekly Updates

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: NACADA 2018 Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona – registration brochure info and early bird deadline!

NACADA wants you to know:

We are looking forward to the 2018 NACADA Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on September 30 – October 3, 2018! You can view the registration brochure highlighting some of the excellent sessions and exciting activities planned for this year’s conference. We are certain this will be another great professional development opportunity and memorable NACADA event!

If you are planning to attend, be sure to register for the conference before the early deadline of August 30 to save money! Registration details can be found at the conference information web page.

We hope to see you in Phoenix for the 2018 NACADA Annual Conference!

Don’t forget that OAD administers an Advising Professional Development Grant Program, so if you are considering attending NACADA’s Annual Conference and you need some assistance with funding, you may visit the OAD Advising Awards web page for more information and to apply for a Professional Development Grant.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: OAD’s 4th Annual Advisors’ Fall Kickoff BBQ (7/21) and Fall 2018 Advising Summit (10/5) – SAVE THE DATES

We know you’re still in summer mode (hopefully), but the OAD Steering Committee wants to ensure that you are saving the dates for some of our already planned fall events:

Advisors’ 4th Annual End of Summer/Fall Kickoff BBQ at Ph.D. Pub
Tuesday, August 21st at 5:00 p.m. (or earlier)
*We’ll be gearing up for the academic year, but we also need to continue to take advantage of the warm weather and great summer barbecue for our fourth annual gathering! Grill and chill with us…really we’ll do the grillin’ and you do the chillin’!

Fall 2018 Advising Summit and After-Summit Networking Event
Friday, October 5th – Lunch starts at 12:30, Summit begins at 1:30 p.m.
*As in past years, we’re holding our Fall Summit on the Friday of Week 6, and because we enjoyed the opportunity for networking so much, we’re going to provide lunch, learn together for the afternoon, and those who can make it can join us at a local establishment to relax and continue our discussions.

Watch for the dates for our Fall 2018 OAD brown bags and for TT Advisor Common Readings, they’re coming soon!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: OAD’s next summer event – “Music of the Summer with OAD at Millennium Park – Aimee Mann” on July 30th – RSVP Available

For those of you who haven’t had the chance to share some summer fun with us, you need to join us for our next OAD summer outing to Millennium Park – we provide beverages and snacks and you can kick back and enjoy the music and the beautiful views of Chicago! Put the following in your calendars:

Music of the Summer with OAD at Millennium Park – Aimee Mann
Monday, July 30th
We’ll leave UIC at 5:00 pm but if you’re meeting at Millennium Park, see us anytime after 6…

RSVP at by Friday, July 27th

It’s summer fun and summer sun…don’t miss it!



PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: OAD Summer Game Night and Trivia on 7/12 – RSVP available!

Did you save the date in your calendar for this Thursday, July 12th where we’ll yet again engage in fun and frivolity as we try to win ourselves prizes playing trivia.

We know that trivia at our local establishments sometimes starts a bit late for folks, so we’ll again enjoy time right after work playing board games (just ask the advisors who played last time to tell you about it) and if you want to stay for trivia you can.

OAD Summer Game Night and Trivia
Thursday, July 12th
Wise Owl Drinkery and Cookhouse
5:15 p.m. – when we’re done p.m.!

Please RSVP by Wednesday, July 11th – we hope you can come!

SHARE WITH INCOMING STUDENTS: Late start and one-day Summer College programs still open for registration!

Summer College started last week for the six-week programs and Summer Enrichment Math’s first session, but don’t forget that there are programs that start in July as well. There are a wide variety of one-day programs being offered in July that are still open for registration. Here’s a preview:

Summer Enrichment Mathematics Workshop – 3 Week Program – Don’t forget that there’s a second three week session starting on July 16th and students can still register for the second session.

TRIO Fire Start – 1 Week Program – Two different sessions are being offered for this exciting one-week program for qualifying students that includes trips to local organizations like 1871, etc.

Council on Teacher Education – CTE Ignites – New this year, this one-day program is ideal for future teachers who want a jump start to achieve their goals.

Critical Thinking for College Success – Don’t forget this veteran of one-day programs – there are two more dates still available for this excellent program.

Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services Program (LARES) – LARES will offer a one-day program on the importance of Latino electoral participation and civic engagement in Illinois and Chicago that is open to all incoming students.

Making the Connection: Research, Inquiry and Discovery at UIC – The Office of Undergraduate Research returns with another of our veteran one-day Summer College programs this July.

Urban Health Program: Preparing for Academic Student Success (UHP-PASS) Pre-Health Day of Exploration – UHP’s one day exploration for pre-health students with presentations and tours is being offered on two different dates this July.

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 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: OAD Summer Game Night and Trivia on 7/12 – SAVE THE DATE!

We’re taking a bit of a break this week from our summer events because you’re likely taking a bit of a break too!

But you NEED to save the date in your calendar for Thursday, July 12th where we’ll yet again engage in fun and frivolity as we try to win ourselves from prizes playing trivia.

We know that trivia at our local establishments sometimes starts a bit late for folks, so we’ll again enjoy time right after work playing board games (just ask the advisors who played last time to tell you about it) and if you want to stay for trivia you can.

SAVE THE DATE – JULY 12TH – We’ll leave campus at 5:00 p.m. and festivities end when we win trivia!


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!