Category: Upcoming Events


You are all invited to stop by the L@S GANAS Office Warming Party and Open House.

Thursday, August 31st
3 – 5 pm
Suite 2190 Student Services Building

Please come visit our new space, meet the L@s GANAS staff, and learn more about our program.

We will have snacks.

Please RSVP at our website: and share this information with anyone you think should be there.


Thank you!

Veronica I. Arreola

Latin@s Gaining Access to Networks for Advancement in Science UIC Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM Program
1200 W. Harrison Street, Suite 2190 SSB (MC 359)

Phone: 312-355-3160
www: HSI.UIC.EDU<>


SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Weeks of Welcome (WOW) Information – join us and share with your students!

Hello UIC Colleagues!

We had a great day for Move-In and Commuter Connection Day! Please feel free to review the Weeks of Welcome website for many programs and events.  Weeks of Welcome (WOW) is a campus-wide series of events designed to welcome both new first-year, transfer and graduate students to UIC, as well as to welcome back returning students. The calendar of events spans the first few weeks from August 23-September 29th.  It provides a variety of options for new students from which they may choose. Programs of personal interest; skills and involvement; social events; and activities planned by academic units, student service departments and student organizations are represented during WOW. Please post on social media and use #UICWow. Below are some upcoming events!

  • Student Organization Conference
  • Flames after Dark
  • Flames Friday
  • Back to School Tailgate
  • Weeks of Welcome Service Project
  • Flames in the City: Pentatonix
  • Meet the Greeks
  • RecFest
  • Involvement Fairs featuring the Major & Minor Block Party; Leadership & Volunteer Expo
  • Spark in the Park
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life Recruitment
  • Diversity Career Fairs

October 2017:

  • Revelry Carnival
  • Family Weekend
  • Wild n’ Out with Nick Cannon

You can get event details in various ways:

As a way to increase school spirit, we have created UIC wallpaper images for your desktop/mobile devices.  Please feel free to share and download them:

Let’s get fired up!


R. Joy Vergara, M. Ed
Executive Director
Student Affairs | Center for Student Involvement (CSI)
University of Illinois at Chicago
750 S. Halsted Street, Ste 340
Student Center East
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 413-5070

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Third Annual Advisors’ BBQ moved to Thursday August 31st (Week 1)! Join us!

Are you ready for our Third Annual Advisors’ BBQ? We had so much fun the past two years we’re doing it again! Due to some conflicting events, we’ve moved our date to the Thursday of Week 1 because what better way to say we’ve survived than to barbecue together!

Join us as our advisors show off their cooking skills and let us know if you want to show off yours!

Date:  Thursday, August 31st

Location: Ph.D. Pub (South Campus)

When:  5:00 p.m. (or a bit earlier if you are ready to come earlier)


We’ll be celebrating the kick off of the new 2017 – 2018 year and ending our summer together! It will be a great way to kick off our new year!

Email Joey if you want to help plan the event!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: SAVE THE DATES – OAD’s Fall 2017 Events including Advising Summit (10/6), OAD Networking Event (10/6); TT Common Readings and NACADA Webinars!

We are looking forward to a great year with a number of events! The full Fall 2017 calendar is coming soon and will be updated regularly. We’re securing dates for brown bags/coffee talks and other activities are being organized and added.

Here’s a preview of what we’re planning so please SAVE THE DATES:

Advisors’ End of Summer/New Year Kick-Off BBQThursday, August 24th at 5:00 p.m. at Ph.D. Pub

TT Advisor Common ReadingsTuesday, September 19th on Faculty Relationships

ILACADA Drive-In Conference (OAD Transportation Provided) – Friday, September 22nd (Northern Illinois University) – we’re leaving early in the morning and providing transportation!

Advising Summit **NEW TIME** – Friday, October 6th – LUNCH (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.) and then Summit (1:00 – 4:00 p.m.) – we’re following Summit up with a networking event so you can continue conversations!

Fall Colors Networking EventFriday, October 6th – we’ll be at a local establishment after Advising Summit so you can continue your conversations and network. More details soon!

TT Advisor Common Readings – Tuesday, October 17th on Undeclared Students

TT Advisor Common Readings Thursday, November 16th on Testing Culture

NACADA Webinar – Monday, December 18th on “Building Advisor Competency: Introduction to the NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model” – (Viewing Recording)

For more information contact Joey Volpe ( and watch for the 2017 – 2018 Events for Advisors coming the first week of August!


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: OAD Goes to the Movies in Millennium Park for “Hidden Figures” on August 15th – RSVP available!

Did you miss Trivia and Game Night? You missed a lot of fun. And the OAD team won the trivia contest…so you should join us next time!

If you missed it, there’s still time to connect with your fellow advisors and spend some quality time! Our next event will be a visit to Millennium Park for the award winning movie Hidden Figures. Here are the details:

Date: Tuesday, August 15th
Location: Millennium Park
Time: 5:00 p.m. if leaving UIC with us; 6:30 if you’re meeting us at Millennium Park

RSVP to let us know you’re planning on coming!

We’ll leave UIC around 5:00 p.m. and head over to get seats on the lawn – and enjoy watching the film with some great snacks and refreshments! We hope you can join us!

About the Film: The three-time Oscar Award-nominated film about the incredible, untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – three brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains in the historic launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The film is presented in conjunction with the Chicago Air and Water Show, happening August 19 and 20.


Are you ready for our Third Annual Advisors’ BBQ? We had so much fun the past two years we’re doing it again!

Join us as our advisors show off their cooking skills and let us know if you want to show off yours!

Date:  Thursday, August 24th

Location: Ph.D. Pub (South Campus)

When:  5:00 p.m. (or a bit earlier if you are ready to come earlier)

We’ll be celebrating the kick off of the new 2017 – 2018 year and ending our summer together! It will be a great way to kick off our new year!

Watch for the RSVP over the next few weeks and email Joey if you want to help plan the event!

FOR ADVISORS’ INFORMATION: REMINDER – 2017 UIC New Student Convocation on 8-27-17 – SAVE THE DATE!

REMINDER – 2017 UIC New Student Convocation

In order to positively impact the success and first year experience of our new students at the University of Illinois at Chicago, faculty and staff are encouraged to be a part of the UIC Convocation ceremony. Join us in welcoming the new UIC Class of 2021!

Date:  Sunday, August 27th

Time: Check in at 2:30

Location: Check in at the Pavilion Parking Lot to line up for the processional, which begins at 3:00 p.m.

Dress for the event is casual. Please wear UIC colors.
Chancellor’s Welcome Picnic

The Chancellor’s Welcome Picnic will immediately follow the UIC Convocation ceremony. Join us in the SRC Autocourt for food, fun, and games while we continue to welcome UIC’s new students.

For more information visit the 2017 Convocation Website at –


SHARE WITH STUDENTS: ARABAMCC hosts “Resources, Rights and Resistance” on 3/14 – 3 to 5 p.m.

The Arab American Cultural Center (ARABAMCC) is hosting an event THIS WEEK:

Resources, Rights and Resistance: The Muslim ban and the culture of racism and surveillance.
March 14, 3-5pm
Lower Level, Stevenson Hall
Please download the flyer here.
This event is organized by UIC’s new Arab American Cultural Center.

Please visit our website for more information and to join our e-mail list here.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Tuesday Topics: Connection vs Control, 9/13/16 in Daley Library room 1-470

Welcome back, and happy September!

Starting this week, our monthly advisor common reading discussions will be back in full swing. No RSVPs are necessary, but we hope to see you there!

Topic: Connection vs. Control
Article: “Applying Choice Theory to Academic Advising”
Go to: to retrieve the article.
Discussion Leader: Eliza Callahan
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 13 at 12:05-12:50 p.m.
Location: Daley Library room 1-470

Starter Question: How do you support students in developing their own ideas of success?

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 Jill Huynh,

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”).

UPCOMING EVENT: UIC Latino Cultural Center Celebrating 40 Years – September 14th and 15th

Join the Latino Cultural Center for their 40th Anniversary Celebration. Information on the events:

Celebratory Event:

Wed., Sept. 14th, 5pm-7:30pm

  • Meet the Social Pollinator artists and enjoy musical performances
  • Taste food from the LCC’s 40 Recipes Project, on sale to benefit the LCC
  • Bid in the Aerial Advocacy Auction to benefit the Fearless Undocumented Alliance (FUA) scholarship
  • Reconnect with old friends and meet new people
  • And more…

Open Houses:

Wed., Sept. 14th, 1pm-5pm & Thur., Sept. 15th, 1pm-5pm

  • Explore 40 years of archives on display in the LCC Gallery
  • Watch the Social Pollinators Project in process with 10 Latina/o artists
  • Purchase the LCC 40 Recipes Cookbook, a great gift for the holidays
  • And more…

Poster: Honoring 40 Years of Art, Culture, and Social Change! [PDF]

All audiences are welcome to join us at this program. Captioning, ASL Interpretation and Audio-Description services will be available upon request by contacting the number above.

Contact Info

Name: Mario Lucero
Phone: (312) 996-3095


Thank you to our funders and UIC co-sponsors: The Chicago Community Trust & USDA Forest Service International Programs. Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos (CCSL), Great Cities Institute (GCI), Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) Program, Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES) Program, Office of the Chancellor, Office of Diversity, Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Office of Public and Government Affairs.