Category: OAD Brown Bag Events

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: UARC Brown Bag “DRC 2.0” rescheduled for Thursday, April 7 at 12:00 p.m.

As promised, we’ve rescheduled UARC’s Brown Bag – Disability Resource Center (DRC) 2.0 for April 7th, 2016 at 12:00pm!

Please join us for a second discussion-based session with the Disability Resource Center. Dr. Sara Vogt, Associate Director of the DRC, will be on hand to answer all your questions!

This conversation is designed to be advisor situation driven and an incisive way for us to learn together from our questions. You can provide us with your questions when you RSVP or feel free to just ask in the moment!

We hope to see you there!

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016 (rescheduled from 2/18)
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 2550
RSVP here:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Spring 2016 UARC Events – save the dates on your calendar for Brown Bags, Webinars, Advising Summit and ADVISOR WEEK!

UARC is pleased to provide you with a robust calendar of events for the Spring 2016 semester. You can review the full calendar at the 2015-2016 events page and save time on your calendar, but we want to highlight some of the events for you:

The Brown Bags Subcommittee is bringing you three webinars this spring all being held from 12:00 – 1:00 pm and will be sending along more information, but SAVE THE DATES:

Disability Resource Center 2.0 – talking through your questions with staff members of the Disability Resource Center being held on on an exact date to be determined during the week of January 25th – Exact Date TBD)

Making the Most of Advisor Professional Development: A Panel Discussion being held on Thursday, February 18th

NACADA Webinar: Advising Needs of First Generation Students: Taking a Closer Look being held on March 23rd (ADVISOR WEEK)

Spring 2016 will see the inaugural UARC Webinars called “Wednesdays at 1,” which will be a monthly webinar series beginning in January and featuring college presenters doing monthly webinar presentations. Currently the dates are normally the second Wednesday of the month (1/13, 2/17, 3/9, 4/20, and 5/11). More information will be coming from UARC in early January.

The Spring 2016 Advising Summit will be held on Friday, February 12th. The Advising Summit Planning Team is hard at work. Please hold the morning between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. for an exciting gathering for all members of the advising community on campus.

It’s back and it’s bigger than ever! The Fourth Annual Advisor Week held during Spring Break is a set of activities and experiences not to be missed! The organized activities will again be held from Tuesday, March 22nd through Thursday, March 24th and it will definitely be our own advisor version of MARCH MADNESS!

The events will kick off with a day long Advisor Conference, followed up by brown bag discussions, presentations, and common readings discussion, etc.

But not to be outdone by the professional development areas, the Advisor Week Planning Team has already secured a fantastic slate of fun activities to enjoy with fellow advisors – join us for cooking class, painting class, dance lessons, and a trip to the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance for MIX AT 6!

This year, if you attend events you get your name entered to win a prize at the end of the week…the more events you attend, the better your chances! And don’t forget, there’s the annual advisor gift too!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – UARC Brown Bag Discussion – The Disability Resource Center Answers Advisors’ Questions on 9-29-15

You asked and UARC listened…UIC advisors have wanted a chance to learn more about the Disability Resource Center and referring students.

Please join us for a great opportunity to talk with Roxana Stupp and Sara Vogt from the Disability Resource Center (DRC). Get your questions answered, talk about how to refer students and the services offered.

Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Location: 2550 UH
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

We will have light refreshments available.

Please RSVP by the end of Monday, September 28th at

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – UARC Brown Bag Follow-Up to NACADA Webinar “Advising Needs of UIC’s First Generation Students” THIS WEDNESDAY (9-23-15)

Were you able to view the NACADA Webinar from last Wednesday “Advising Needs of First Generation Students: NACADA Leaders Share Their Experiences”?

If not, you can view the recording through October 16th at the September 16 Webinar Recording link.
You can also access the handouts from the webinar at September 16 Events Handouts.

Join us for a campus-based discussion about advising first generation students at UIC.

The framing question of our discussion: “What are the advising needs of UIC’s first generation students? What are we currently doing on campus to meet those needs?”

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: 2550 UH

RSVP is available, but please feel free to join us if even if you haven’t RSVP’ed. RSVP’s requested by the end of Tuesday, September 22nd.

There will also be other events coming up related to advising UIC’s first generation students. We’ll keep you posted!


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: UARC Sponsored events – RSVP available for Documentary Viewings (9/3 or 9/15) and NACADA Webinar “Advising Needs of First Generation Students” on 9/16

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 (

UARC April Brown Bags: National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Webinar “Academic Advising and Social Justice” (4/23/15) and Follow-up Discussion (4/29/15)

UARC April Brown Bags: National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Webinar “Academic Advising and Social Justice” (4/23/15) and Follow-up Discussion (4/29/15)


Please join us for our upcoming Spring Undergraduate Advising Resource Center (UARC) Brown Bag Event:

Academic Advising and Social Justice: Privilege, Diversity, and Student Success

NACADA Webinar

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

1:00pm to 2:00pm

320 Lincoln Hall (LH)

Webinar Overview (more information is available here:

Academic advisors and advising administrators must understand social identities in order to identify the challenges students face when interacting with various campus systems. However, advising professionals are often untrained in dealing with issues of privilege and diversity. In this Web Event, sponsored by the NACADA Diversity Committee and led by NACADA Technology in Advising Commission Chair Julie Larsen, our panelists will share information and strategies that can help advisors form stronger relationships with students, identify specific challenges and roadblocks facing students, and create individualized solutions to increase success and retention. In addition, they will discuss ideas for re-conceptualizing advising around issues of social justice which can foster both the ability and the responsibility to be voices for change at our institutions.

Feel free to bring your lunch and light refreshments will also be provided.

In addition to the webinar, we plan to hold a follow-up discussion over the lunch hour for webinar attendees (or later viewers of the recording) on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm (2550 UH).


Please RSVP by April 22nd at the following link:

For more information or questions, please contact Melissa Tag (



ADVISOR WEEK UPDATE ON TODAY’S BROWN BAG EVENT at 12:00 p.m. in 2550 UH – Lunch provided and a conference phone number available if you want to call in!

We have great news if you are planning on attending the Brown Bag today! Or if you thought you couldn’t participate – we have a call in option for you!


We will now be providing lunch for attendees who come in person, but for those who might not be able to leave the office or who might not be on campus today, we have a call in phone number for you to participate in the conversation!

As a follow-up to NACADA’s recent webinar “Advising Strategies for Students on Academic Probation”, we will be holding an open discussion to talk through important issues/questions raised in the webinar as well as discuss what initiatives are already in place at UIC to support students experiencing academic difficulty. Please view the webinar in advance and share in this important discussion.

(For those who were unable to attend the webinar, a recording of the webinar will be available at the following link: Handouts from the webinar are also posted online here:

The event starts at 12:00 p.m. and is scheduled until 1:30 p.m. today in 2550 UH. If you will be calling in, can you let Joey know ( and use the following dial-in information:

Phone Number: 1-877-873-8017

Access Code: 3385630

We look forward to seeing you today and if you can’t join us for the discussion, we hope that you’ll be able to make time to come to the other events today – seed planting and our after-work networking event at Lalo’s.

Thank you,

The UARC Brown Bag Subcommittee

UARC Brown Bag: Advising Strategies for Students on Academic Probation on Tuesday, March 3rd at 1:00 p.m.

UARC Brown Bag: Advising Strategies for Students on Academic Probation
National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Webinar

Please join us for our upcoming Spring Undergraduate Advising Resource Center (UARC) Brown Bag Event:

Advising Strategies for Students on Academic Probation NACADA Webinar
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
1:00pm to 2:00pm
301 Lincoln Hall (LH)

Webinar Overview (more information is available here:
In 2010 and 2013, the NACADA Probation/Dismissal/Reinstatement (PDR) Issues Interest Group sponsored webinars in which panelists shared information and strategies for assisting students who are on academic probation, facing dismissal, or seeking reinstatement. Laying the foundation for this topic, they discussed how we define “student on academic probation,” factors that place students at risk for being placed on probation, typical probationary policies, stakeholders responsible for supporting students on academic probation, and the role and responsibilities of those who advise these students. Institutional programs that are supportive of this student population were discussed and useful resources shared.

Webinar participants have responded to these events with appreciation for the information, ideas, and materials previously shared and requests for additional strategies to assist them in meeting the needs of these struggling students. PDR Issues Interest Group Chair Joy Cox has responded to those requests with the development of a Pocket Guide and recruitment of articles for NACADA’s quarterly e-publication, Academic Advising Today, on this topic. On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, Joy will return to the AdvisorConnect venue with authors from these publications to discuss the good work being done at their institutions to help academically at risk students find their way to successful degree completion.

Topics to be addressed include:
• What happens when chronically struggling students are given another chance?
• Maximizing the use of an early alert system through advisor outreach
• Individualizing an academic probation program through institutional partnerships and selective technology systems

Feel free to bring your lunch and light refreshments will also be provided.

Please RSVP by February 27th at the following link:

For more information or questions, please contact Melissa Tag (

UARC Brown Bag Event: Sharing Advising News from across the Nation Brown Bag next Wednesday, February 4th

Please join us for an Undergraduate Advisor Resource Center (UARC) Brown Bag Event:

Sharing Advising News from across the Nation Brown Bag
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
12:00pm to 1:00pm
2650 University Hall

Several UIC Advisors attended the 2014 National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Annual Conference: Adventures in Advising: Explore, Discover, Collaborate, Transform and are bringing conference highlights back to you! Please join your colleagues as they share valuable information and ideas they gained from the conference.

Session participants include:
• Annette De La Torre, LARES;
• Freedom Nguyen, CBA;
• Sandra Picciuca, LAS;
• Diana Soriano, LARES; and
• Justin Wier, LAS.

Light refreshments will be provided but feel free to bring your lunch. RSVP appreciated at:

If you have questions about this session or would like further information please contact Melissa Tag at