Category: Advising Weekly Updates

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Art History courses offered during UIC Summer Session

There are two Art History courses being offered this summer:

AH 122 History of Chicago Architecture (4-week summer session; fulfills Understanding the Past gen ed category)
This intensive course explores the development of Chicago as the center of architectural and urban innovation. It focuses on its architecture: its residential, commercial, public, and industrial buildings as well as its infrastructure: the railroads, transit systems, and highways.

While we will examine the role of well-known architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the history of urban and architectural form, we will consider more quotidian innovations in engineering, communication, and manufacturing such as the steel frame.

As a lecture course, the survey aims to provide students with the complete but broad understanding of the city’s history, introducing them to the methods and terms of art and architecture history. Students develop these by engaging with actual object in the built environment through field trips.

AH 263 Latin American Colonial Art (8-week summer session;
fulfills World Cultures gen ed category)
This course surveys the visual and material production resulting from ongoing cultural exchanges between the United States and Mexico. The class develops chronologically in its exploration of the following themes: colonial contact zones; issues of cultural appropriation; the politics of representation; notions of the family; intersections of race, ethnicity, class, and gender; vernacular cultural expressions; and Latinx artists in contemporary art.

Please email Amanda Grant at for departmental approval. Students should include their full name, UIN, and the name of the class they want to take in their email.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Submit to UIC’s Undergraduate Research Journal

UIC’s undergraduate students are invited to submit papers to the Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Journal (IURJ). IURJ is an annual publication of the University of Illinois at Chicago Honors College and Library that publishes the diversity and creativity of scholarly research of undergraduate students. UIC undergraduate students who conducted research in any field at any university with correspondence with or guidance from a faculty mentor are encouraged to submit. The primary author must be an undergraduate student. Manuscripts may be submitted up to one year after graduation for research conducted during the undergraduate years. Submit your work at:…/index.php/IURJ/about/submissions

For any enquiries regarding the journal and submission process, please contact:

FOR ADVISORS’ INFORMATION: Preferred First Name is not used on Diplomas or Transcripts

Dear Advisors:

As we approach the end of the semester, questions regarding diploma names arise.  Preferred First Name has been in use at UIC for some time, and I wanted to communicate on a few important things.

  • Preferred First Name will not appear on the diploma.
  • Preferred First Name will not appear on the academic transcript.

We use the Legal First and Last Name, with Legal Middle Initial, on the diploma.  Students can request certain adjustments to a legal name.  Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Diplomas can be found at  Our Records Department at 312=996-4381 is a resource for questions on diploma processing.

The University of Illinois Preferred First Name Statement can be found at

With text pasted below.

Thanks for the guidance you provide to students as they complete their studies at UIC.


Rob Dixon

Preferred First Name Statement

What is my preferred first name, and how can I set or change it?

Students may designate a preferred first name*, which certain University systems will then use. These systems include class rosters, the display name in Banner Self-Service, and the display name in a number of learning management systems (e.g., Blackboard, Compass, and Moodle), most online phone directories, and on the University i-card. The University will also retain your full legal name, which is used when required by the University, such as in tax documents, contracts, academic transcripts, diplomas, and certain health records. For further details (including information about surname changes), students can refer to the Office of the Registrar.

To set or change your preferred first name:

  • Students: Using campus portal or other resources, enter Banner Student Self-Service and under Personal Information options, select Preferred First Name.  Follow prompts.

Acceptable uses of preferred first names include:

  • A middle name instead of first name
  • An abbreviated name (Rob instead of Robert, Manny instead of Emmanuel)
  • An Americanized name (Wendy instead of Haiyan)
  • A name to which you are in the process of legally changing
  • A name that better represents your gender identity

You may not use your preferred first name to misrepresent who you are, nor may you use any profane or offensive language in your preferred first name. Your preferred first name is subject to approval by University administration, and those who intentionally misuse the preferred first name option may be subject to disciplinary action.

A preferred first name may take several days to appear in all systems that display preferred first names.

*Note:  UIC undergraduates have the option of setting a preferred first name during the application process and the preferred first name will carry forward to University systems.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/SHARE WITH STUDENTS: UIC PRIDE – march in the parade, LGBTQQAI + Ally Training, and t-shirt fundraiser!

The UIC Pride Parade Planning Committee is inviting you to be part of events and programs leading up to Chicago’s Pride Parade and to march with UIC in the Chicago Pride Parade. See below for information on the LGBTQQAI +Ally Training, the t-shirt fundraiser, and info on marching!

LGBTQQAI+ Ally Training – June 22nd, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. in 713 AHSB

  • To honor and celebrate Pride Month, the UIC Pride Parade Planning Committee is collaborating with the Gender & Sexuality Center to offer an educational training open to all students, faculty, staff, and community partners, whether LGBTQQAI+-identified or allies. This training will relate to the theme for this year’s Pride celebrations, “Remember the Past, Create the Future” and will take place on Friday, June 22nd from 3:00-6:00pm in room 713 of the Applied Health Sciences Building (1919 W. Taylor St.) Come find out more about the history of Pride, respecting safe spaces, and how to be an ally. RSVP required:
  • Students, faculty, and staff can purchase a limited-edition UIC Pride shirt for $15 to benefit UIC Pride, an LGBTQQAI+ undergraduate student organization on campus. Shirts will be distributed at this event.

2018 UIC Pride Shirt Fundraiser

  • Students, faculty, staff, and community partners can purchase a limited-edition 2018 UIC Pride shirt for $15 to benefit UIC Pride, an LGBTQQAI+ undergraduate student organization on campus. More information can be found here:

UIC @ Chicago Pride Parade

  • Help represent UIC’s Health Sciences Colleges and UI Health System in the Chicago Pride Parade on Sunday, June 24th to let Chicago know who we are, what we do, and how we support our LGBTQQAI+ community at UIC! Space is limited to 100 marchers. Priority will be given to students in the Health Sciences Colleges and staff/members of UI Health.Please note that marchers will need to purchase a $10 UIC Pride shirt in order to march. Proceeds benefit UIC Pride.Marchers should plan to attend the Pre-Pride Ally Training on Friday, June 22nd from 3:00-6:00 pm to pick up their shirts, return the waiver/consent form, create posters, and hang-out with marchers from around campus!


SHARE WITH STUDENTS: School of Theatre and Music Concerts – 4/28, 4/30, 5/1, and 5/3. Celebrate the end of the year!

The weather is getting warm, leaves are appearing on the trees, and here at UIC we’re gearing up for the end of the semester. With graduation only a few weeks away, it’s natural for students and staff to step back and take stock of where we’ve been––as well as look ahead. Our upcoming concerts take a look at how the traditions of the past inform our world today––from myths of Orpheus and Scheherazade to Mozart’s timeless Requiem to the jazz rhythms of yesterday in ever-changing arrangements and configurations. All concerts are pay-what-you-can admission, with UIC students free with ID.

An Exciting Collaboration with Some of Chicago’s Finest String Players!

A phenomenal group of established string musicians joins the UIC Orchestra for a night of myth, folklore, and adventure told through music. Come and be transported from the remotest parts of the Polish countryside to Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous musical riff on the Thousand and One Nights, concluding with a dip into Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, complete with its famous “can-can” tune.

 April 28th at 7:30 p.m. – UIC Orchestra at the UIC Theatre


See the other events next week as well:

April 30th at 7:30 p.m. – Jazz Ensemble – Recital Hall (L285), 1044 W. Harrison St. – the UIC Jazz Ensemble presents its final concert of the year. Catch UIC’s big band one more time before the summer hits!

May 1 at 7:30 p.m. – Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Workshop – Recital Hall (L285), 1044 W. Harrison St. – Join us for a laid-back evening of jazz, featuring the formidable musical stylings of our Vocal Jazz Ensemble in concert with Jazz Workshop students.

May 3 at 7:30 p.m. – UIC Sings!: Choral Masterworks – St. Francis of Assisi Church, 813 W Roosevelt Rd – Mozart’s glorious Requiem in concert with Steve Dobrogosz’s jazz-influenced Mass.

See the full list of events!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: SUMMER 2018 – PPOL (Public Policy) 231 “Democracy and Social Welfare”

Looking for a class this summer?

PPOL (Public Policy) 231: “Democracy & Social Welfare”

This course provides a basic introduction to social welfare policy in the United States, examines the history of social welfare policies and programs in the US, and explores American cultural values and attitudes.

*The course is listed in the course schedule at PPOL 231: The American Safety Net

12:00 -1:40 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
CRN: 22121
3 credit hours
Instructor: Samuel Kurtz

*Course fulfills U.S. Society


SHARE WITH STUDENTS: University Library extended hours from 4/29 – 5/11!

The University Library begins its extended hours schedule for the end of the semester and finals week on Sunday, Apr. 29.

The Richard J. Daley Library will be open continuously from 10 a.m. Sunday, Apr.29, through 7 p.m. Friday, May 11. During extended hours, only patrons with valid i-cards will be able to enter the building from 9 p.m.-6:30 a.m.

A dedicated Library Shuttle will serve Library patrons from 11 p.m.-7 a.m. every day from Sunday, Apr.29 (11 p.m.) to Friday, May 11 (7 a.m.). The Library Shuttle picks up/drops off at the west (Morgan St.) door to the Daley Library. You must show a valid i-card to use the Library Shuttle.

The Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago will be open 6 a.m.-2 a.m. through 7 p.m. on Friday, May 11. Only patrons with valid i-cards may enter the building between midnight and 8 a.m. More information is available at

Hours for all Library locations are online at

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing and Fair Lending Course- NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2018

If you have any students interested in law, please see the information below, and links to information and application, regarding a course on fair housing and lending at the John Marshall Law School.  According to the information provided, the tuition is covered and the course could be transferable.

Note the deadline is April 30.

On behalf of The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center, I would like to invite your students to apply to the John Marshall Fair Housing/Fair Lending Course. The course is open to all college and university students in the Chicago Metro Area. We are seeking a diverse group of responsible, hardworking students with an interest in law, public service, and civil rights generally, and fair housing specifically. Housing segregation is a major problem in the Chicago Metropolitan area and this course analyses its causes and effects and remedies. The course also exposes the students to law school teaching.

The course is taught by Professor Michael Seng. Only twelve students will be selected to participate from colleges and universities across the Chicago Area. Each student may earn a total of 3 credit hours of transferable academic credit, depending upon your school’s policies. Students will also receive a certificate from The John Marshall Law School upon successful completion of the program. John Marshall will work with your students and administrators to facilitate the transfer and acceptance of academic credit for the program.

The Fair Housing/Fair Lending Course will take place in the Fall Semester of 2018. The course will be taught on Tuesday evenings. The course is fully funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. There is no cost to your institution or to your students. Attached you will find the application, the frequently asked questions for Faculty and Administrators, frequently asked questions for Students, the Informational Brochure and Reference Letter. We would be happy to also mail you hard copies of the attached documents for the course.

As the Program Manager/Attorney, I would be happy to visit your school to speak with any interested administrators, faculty members, classes, or student organizations about the Fair Housing/Fair Lending Course at The John Marshall Law School for college and university students. Feel free to contact me by e-mail or telephone.

Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2018.

On behalf of John Marshall and the Fair Housing Legal Support Center, I look forward to the opportunity to work with your institution and your students.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Art courses available to non-Art majors

We are looking to increase enrollment in the following Art courses:

ART 350 Advanced Topics in New Media Arts: Digital Fabrication M/W 9-11:40 AM
This course offers a comprehensive exploration of rapid prototyping as it applies to the creation of new media artworks from concept development to execution. Students with a variety of interests and skill levels are introduced to art historical and contemporary artworks that incorporate technology. Students are also taught fundamental skills in digital fabrication, including laser cutting, 3d printing, and CNC milling/routing. Topics surveyed in the course will be tailored to student interests, and may include: computational form-generation, wearables, locative media, mold-making and casting, and other topics/ techniques. Through a small number of exploratory assignments and a public capstone project, students will bolster interdisciplinary problem-solving abilities and explore digital fabrication and computation as a media for curiosity-driven experimentation. Through self-directed research, class discussions and critiques, students will develop projects using the concepts and skills learned to augment the student’s own practice and interests.

ART 454 3D Space I: Modeling M/W 1-3:40 PM
Introduction to 3D modeling, texturing, lighting and rendering. Students develop a cross-media skill set that can be used for visualizing sculptural and/or architectural installations, filmic animation and compositing, gaming and object design.

Students should email Amanda Grant with their full name, UIN, and the name of the class they want to request departmental approval:

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Library Research Prizes for Students – Deadline is May 14th!

Call for Applications
$300 Library Research Awards for Students
***Apply from April 11-May 14, 2018.***

Are you a student currently working on a:

  • Poster for the Research Forum or Engineering Expo?
  • Research paper for your Capstone course?
  • Presentation or performance drawing on resources you found in the UIC Library?
  • Any other kind of research project?

Consider applying for one of these awards to recognize outstanding research completed using University Library resources:
Special Collections & University Archives Student Research Award

This award recognizes students who incorporate original resources from Special Collections and University Archives
Best Use of UIC Library Research Tools and Materials Award
This award recognizes students who use tools and materials from any area in the Library

Details can be found at this link: