Category: Professional Development

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Class Scheduler Overview and Demo Slides are available.


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.  OAD and OSSS recently partnered together to host an overview and demo of the Class Scheduler.

You can now download the slides and directions for using the Class Scheduler.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Join us for the OAD Holiday Networking Event on Monday, December 18th!

Need a break and want to have some holiday fun? We’re looking forward to celebrating the end of the semester with one last gathering before the holiday break!

Monday, December 18th 2018

Bracket Room (South Campus)

5:00 p.m.

Please RSVP:

As you know, we like to have RSVP’s so we know about how many of us to expect, but even if you don’t RSVP, you’re welcome to join us! Don’t miss out on the fun….

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Student Legal Services has two new immigration attorneys! SAVE the DATE for the OAD Brown Bag on 1/10!

SAVE THE DATE: OAD Brown Bag with Student Legal Services on January 10th 2018 at 12:00 p.m.!

STUDENT LEGAL SERVICES is pleased to announce our new immigration staff attorneys, Rocio S. Becerril and Bonita Cho.

UIC’s Student Legal Services (SLS) is a full-service law office dedicated to providing legal solutions for currently enrolled students.  SLS can help you in legal matters, including:

  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Expungement of Records
  • Family Law
  • Some Criminal Matters
  • Traffic Issues
  • Orders of Protection
  • Employment Agreements
  • Immigration (new)

Our service is free for currently-registered students, because it is paid for with Student Fees.  If you have a legal concern, make an appointment to come speak with us.  We assure you that your communication with us will be completely confidential.

To make an appointment or to visit Student Legal Services, please call 312-996-9214 or visit us

Download the flyer and post it for your students…


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Class Scheduler Overview and Demo – 11/30, 12/1 and 12/8. Third date confirmed!

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

Friday, December 8th 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. in LC D5 (JUST ADDED)

Please let Joey ( know if you have questions!

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”).

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: NACADA Region 5 Conference – Call for proposals! (Due 1/5/18)

The OAD Steering Committee wants you to consider submitting a proposal for NACADA Region 5 in Ohio in Spring 2018! See below for the call for proposals. OAD will be hosting proposal workshops in November and December so stay tuned!

Join us in Columbus, Ohio, April 11-13, 2018, for the NACADA Great Lakes Region V conference.

This year’s theme, “The Art of Advising”, provides the opportunity for you to present on key advising issues related to creativity, ingenuity, and application at the conference. Potential topics include: student retention, student recruitment, 1st year programming, probationary students, first generation students, technology, as well as topics of your choice.

The online proposal application system is open; please visit the NACADA Region V Conference website to submit your proposal:

Deadline for all proposals is January 5, 2018.

If you would like to volunteer to read submitted proposals in January and/or volunteer to help at the April conference, you can sign up at the Great Lakes Region V, Conference Web site at:

We look forward to seeing you April 11-13, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio!
Yours truly,

Melinda McDonald and Amy Treboni
Program Chairs

Todd Taylor, Peg Steele, and George Steele
Region V 2018 Conference Chairs

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: African American Academic Network (AAAN) Open House – this Wednesday 10/25!

The African American Academic Network invites you to our Open House

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Student Services Building
Suite 2800

Meet our staff and student leaders to learn about our services, programs and upcoming events. Our Open House will be filled with activities that promotes community and academic success.

The first 100 students in attendance will receive a complimentary, Midterm Survival Kit. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by Monday, October 23rd here.

Thank you and we look forward to your attendance.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Join us for DACA Discussions (East Campus – 10/24 and West Campus – 10/25)!

The Provost’s Taskforce for Immigration Issues is presenting DACA Discussions – two forums during the Week of October 23rd. Download and share the flyer!

This is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to learn what DACA is and how the DACA rescission will impact our campus.

UIC experts on the legal, psychological, and financial effects of DACA’s termination will explain what we can expect next and provide advice on best practices to support affected students, staff, and patients.

Please join us and bring questions.

Each forum will feature a panel of presenters with different expertise. Q & A will follow.

Tuesday, October 24th
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
302 Student Center East (SCE)

Wednesday, October 25th
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Room 158 (1st Floor Auditorium)
College of Nursing

List refreshments will be served.

Forums can be viewed live using the following links:

Tuesday, October 24:

Wednesday, October 25:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Fall 2017 Advising Summit presentations now available for download!

Our Fall 2017 Advising Summit focused on providing updates about new programs and initiatives and providing information about advising international students.

Thank you so very much to our presenters and to you for spending the afternoon learning with us! The agendas, presentations, and materials from our speakers are available on or can be downloaded below:

Summit Agenda

Career Services News (Thy Nguyen, Office of Career Services)

Best Tips for Advising International Students (Presentation) and Tips Handout (Ana Hoban and Megan Ward, Office of International Services)

Resources for Undocumented Students and Update (Tanya Cabrera, Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity)

Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy (Dr. Kathleen Yang-Clayton and Sharon Hayes, Department of Public Administration)

New Class Scheduling Grid (Erin Brady, Office of Classroom Scheduling)

Intercollege Transfer Process and Website (Eileen Doran, College of Applied Health Sciences)

If you attended Summit, we want to hear from you. Your feedback is valuable, so please complete a survey for our planning team: