Category: Advising Weekly Updates

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Class Scheduler Overview and Demo – 11/30 and 12/1 (3rd Date TBD)

Have you heard that there is a new class scheduler that students will use for Spring 2018 registration? 

Attend an Overview of Class Scheduler!  

Class Scheduler is a tool that students use to build the optimal schedule based on course preferences and setting aside time for breaks during the week.   Students use Class Scheduler to generate the class schedule that fits their schedule.  A brief overview of the new portal will be included in this demonstration.

OSSS and OAD are partnering together to offer three different dates and times for the Class Scheduler Overview. Our first two sessions will be offered on:

Thursday, November 30th 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in LC D5

Friday, December 1st 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in LC E101

*Our third session is planned for early December between December 6th and December 13th and once finalized, we will send along a SAVE THE DATE!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Clinical Skills Workshop for Pre-Health Students on 11/28

Clinical Skills Workshop

UIC Colleges of Applied Health Sciences (Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy), Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Public Health and Rush University Physician Assistant Program

Tuesday, November 28th 2017
4:30 to 8:15 pm

UIC College of Pharmacy
833 S. Wood St

Registration Opens at 12:30 PM Wed, 11/15

Form Available at that time on Our Website:

*First-Come, First-Serve*

*Registration Required for Participation*

Search “UIC Clinical Skills Workshop” (for 2017) on Facebook
Questions? Email Katherine at

Hosted by the College Of Pharmacy’s APhA-ASP
Funded in Partnership with the UIC Wellness Center and the Health Professions Student Council

Please share the downloadable flyer!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: LCSL Spring 2018 Flipbook of Gen Ed courses!

The School of Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics has again provided a unique, informative format for students to learn about the general education courses being offered by the School for Spring 2018.

Please share their Spring 2018 LCSL General Education Flipbook with your students!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: November is Career Development Month!

Career Services is planning events to offer additional career-related services to UIC students in celebration of Career Development Month.

You can take a LinkedIn Head Shot, have your resume reviewed and attend a workshop to learn job search strategies.

NOVEMBER 13: Pop-up Resume Review & LinkedIn Photo Booth
12 – 2 pm in SCE Commuter Resource Center

NOVEMBER 15: Pop-up Resume Review & LinkedIn Photo Booth
12 – 2 pm in SCE Commuter Resource Center

NOVEMBER 28: Job Search Strategies Workshop
3 – 4:30 pm in Daley Library Room 1-470

NOVEMBER 29: Ask the Employers & Walk-In Resume Review
12 – 2 pm in Career Services

DECEMBER 1: Job Search Strategies Workshop
12 – 1:30 pm in Daley Library Room 1-470

Please share this flyer with your students!


SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Art courses for non-Art majors interested in New Media/Digital Arts

ART 150- Creative Code, M/W 4-6:40pm
Through this interdisciplinary course, students will learn the code-based tools used to shape raw data into interactive audio and visual projects. Students will investigate the ways in which social media, data, and code have been instrumental in reconfiguring the nature of social relationships in our society. This includes fundamental shifts in how we work, socialize, participate in culture, and interact with the spaces and communities around us. A close look will be taken at the evolution of visual strategies used to frame social data over the past decade. Surveyed topics include strategies of navigation through the new landscape of data-driven imagery – imagery intent on ‘meaningfully’ reflecting back on us who we are through our data. Readings and in-class discussions will delve into the ethical implications related to the use of data as a medium, and to methods of data collection, generation, curation, processing, dissemination, and use. Coding tools include Processing, HTML, Javascript, and Python. Final projects are interactive and tablet-based. Laptops are required. No prior programming experience required. Take-home tablets are provided to enrolled students.

ART 250 – Topics in New Media Arts (Game Play), M/W 1-3:40 PM
This hands-on course offers an exploration of contemporary art works constructed as games. Games represent a rapidly emerging medium, the history of which must be analyzed through the lenses of art history, new media studies, and game studies in order to be fully contextualized. Students will discuss methods by which game authors extend the visual traditions and conceptual ideals of contemporary art into the gaming medium. In this course, students will simultaneously gain the technical skills needed to create their own games and participatory projects as well as explore different game genres including text-based games, puzzles, strategy games, simulators, and abstract games of chance. Students will analyze, develop, play, and even hack games in order gain an understanding of their frameworks and programmatic strategies. The course is intended to incite an active and critical perspective on contemporary game practices in art. No prior programming experience required. Laptop Required.

Contact Amanda Grant at to obtain departmental approval. Students should include their full name and UIN number, along with the name of the class they are requesting.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Study Abroad Undergraduate Research in Africa 11/14 event is part of International Education Week!

As part of the celebration of International Education Week, the Study Abroad Office invites students, faculty, and staff to join in conversation with distinguished faculty who lead study abroad program centers in sub-Saharan Africa. See:

Study Abroad Undergraduate Research in Africa
November 14, 2017
121 Burnham Hall
Nov 13-17 is International Education Week. See calendar of events at:

ADVISOR NEWS: Congratulate our 2017 CAPE and Award of Merit winners!

We are very pleased to congratulate three of our valued members of the advising community on the recognition of their dedication, contributions to UIC and their community, and overall excellence.

Eileen Doran, College of Applied Health Sciences – Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award

Luis Duarte, Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES) – Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award

Carmen Garza, Career Services, Award of Merit

We hope that you were able to see Carmen, Eileen, and Luis as they were honored this past week at the 2017 Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony. Congratulation Carmen, Eileen, and Luis!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: NACADA Region 5 Mentoring Program is looking for mentors!

Thinking about going to NACADA Region 5 Conference in Ohio in the spring? Interested in mentoring another advisor. You should consider the NACADA Region 5 Mentoring Program.

The NACADA Region 5 Mentoring Program is looking for mentors for spring 2018-spring 2019.

What is the Region 5 Mentoring Program?

The Region 5 Conference Mentoring Program is a way for graduate students and new advising professionals to become connected with a mentor who has been in the field for seven or more years. The program begins at each Region 5 conference and ends a year later at the conference. It is designed for anyone who is looking to network, gain professional development, develop an advising philosophy, learn about research or publishing strategies, or build skills as a mentor.

What are the Requirements of the Program?

  • Membership Status: NACADA member at the time of application and the through the year of the program
  • Attendance at the NACADA Region 5 Conference and the Mentoring Program Preconference Workshop
  • Participate in the Mentor video conference on Tuesday, December 5 from 12-1:30pm
  • If selected, submit a copy of your resume and a photo

Time Commitment:

The program begins at each Region 5 conference. Participants will commit to being a mentor until the next Region 5 conference.  The mentors and mentees will decide:

  • How frequently they will meet
  • How they will meet- in person, over the phone, Google Hangout, etc.

How Do I Become a Mentor?

  • Mentors will have seven (7) or more years in the field of higher education and/or advising
  • Fill out the Mentor Application by November 1, 2017
  • NACADA Region 5 Mentor Application

How are Mentors and Mentees Paired?
The mentees and mentors will be given profiles of each other that are generated from the survey. Both groups will rank their top three mentors/mentees and the pairings will be created based off those requests.


Please e-mail Michela Buccini at


Michela Buccini

Chair, Region 5 Mentoring Program

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: NEXT TT Common Readings is 11/16 – article is available!

Join us for our last TT discussion of this fall 2017! Get out of the office and join us for great conversation and snacks.

Topic: Standardized Testing Culture
Article: ” No Child Left Behind: Implications for College Student Learning”

​Facilitator: Kevin Price

To retrieve the article, go to:

Date: Thursday, November 16
Time: 12 pm – 12:50 pm
Location: Daley Library 1-470

Teaser Question:
In a testing culture, “pass or fail” is a common theme. What can we do when students experience failure to help a student make that into a learning experience?


This article examines the impact that the testing culture created by the NCLB is having on students as they enter higher education. Research suggests that students have become passive learners and task-oriented rather than self-directed, life-long learners due to the teaching of the test practices many primary teachers have to succumb to.

The Office for Advising Development will provide treats and drinks, but feel free to bring your lunch.

Questions or comments? Email co-chairs Diana Soriano, and Alex Sainvilier at

The Advisor Common Reading Committee

Do your colleagues want to receive our advisor common reading emails? Encourage them to get added to the list:

The Advisor Common Reading Committee aims to cultivate a collaborative and student-centered forum for the exchange of ideas, resources, and best practices while fostering a sense of community among UIC advisors. This advisor-to-advisor opportunity for continued education and networking is facilitated through our monthly common reading discussions (“Tuesday/Thursday Topics”).

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: America Needs You Fellowships (for current first-year students) – UIC Info Session on 11/6!

Please share with your students:

UIC Freshmen!

Are you a first-generation college student?
Are you interested in securing two internships & learning from a personal mentor?

Apply to the America Needs You (ANY) Fellows Program!

As an ANY Fellow, you receive:

• Internship search support and connections
• Individualized support from a one-on-one Mentor Coach
• Up to $2,000 in professional development grants
• Career development training
• Opportunities to network with a range of industry professionals

Learn more about the program and how to apply from ANY-IL Program Coordinator Liz Buerger & a current ANY Fellow at our upcoming info session!

When: Monday, November 6th from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: Career Services Office, Student Services Building, Room 3050

Download the flyer to share with your first-year students!