Third Annual Advisor Week RE (March 23 – 27) – Join us for our final day of events tomorrow (Thursday – 3/26 – Scholarship Advising Session, Thursday Topics on “Digital Distractions in the 21st Century,” and Painting Class)!

It’s our final day…but we will not go quietly! Learn about scholarship advising…debate about technology and millenials…learn to paint!

Celebrate…learn…network…exercise…relax… Join us this week for our Third Annual Advisor Week activities!


I hope that as you read this if you are not already planting seeds for your garden, you are planning to close up and walk down to Lalo’s to join us tonight.

It has been a busy few days, and our official UARC activities end tomorrow, but not before some exciting and lively discussions and a chance to become the next Monet or Cezanne! Our final day of activities begins at 10:00 a.m. with a special presentation by a panel of advisors and faculty who will bring their expertise in working with students on scholarship advising. Many of us have students with whom we work on scholarship applications and Beth Powers has organized an opportunity for advisors to leverage the knowledge within our community to help us collaborate better to help students be the best possible scholarship applicants.

You will have an hour break to catch your breath before a lively discussion at 12:00 p.m. with the Thursday Topics Common Reading Group where participants will be discussing technology and advising millennial students. UARC is pleased to be providing lunch so you will have the stamina to consider these questions in a discussion format led by Viviana Kabbabe-Thompson.

Finally for tomorrow, to cap off our activities, it’s time to relax and enjoy a creative enterprise – painting! Do you want to try your hand at becoming UIC’s next great artist…or at the very least bringing home something new for your home or office? I can tell you from personal experience that Andrea Reyes from Scamp Studios is a joy to learn from and it’s a really fun activity to do with colleagues and friends. Join us after work, and for your trouble you can bring home a painting! We will enjoy some sweet refreshments and creative fun! I challenge even those who think they can’t paint, I surprised myself last year and had a ball doing it!

It has been our privilege and our pleasure to bring you activities this week and we look forward to next year’s Advisor Week! Thank you for all you do!

Following is a complete schedule with descriptions of all that is being planned by UARC for you!

Please visit if you haven’t already to reserve your space for our activities this week. You may RSVP throughout the week!


2015 Third Annual Advisor Week Schedule

March 23 – 27

Monday, March 23:

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Unit-Based Advisor Activities and the beginning of Advisor Gift Distribution


Tuesday, March 24:

8:30 a.m.  – 10:00 a.m. – Honors College Open House/Advisor Week Kick-Off Breakfast for UIC Advisors

LOCATION:  Honors College (Room 114, Burnham Hall)

The Honors College is pleased to host their annual spring open house for UIC advisors. Please enjoy a warm coffee, a lovely pastry, and conversation with the Honors College staff.  This is a perfect way to kick off Advisor Week, get energized to start your day, and catch up with advisors across campus!

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ADVISOR CONFERENCE –with lunch on your own.

LOCATION:  B21 Burnham Hall (Honors College, Basement Level)

This special three session mini-conference is designed to be UIC staff led presentations with our theme of identity.

10:30 – 11:30 “Creating a Global Community: Culture, Compassion, and Advising” Presenter: Ashley Stone (AAAN)

This interactive workshop will provide advisors with an opportunity explore the relationship between their social identities and their professional roles. Participants will reflect critically about how they navigate their identities as they advise students. In addition, advisors will be provided with tools that support them in acknowledging and embracing the diversity of UIC’s student population.

11:30 – 12:30 “Advising Undocumented Students”

Presenter: Jennifer Juarez (LARES)

Presenter will discuss how UIC professionals can tailor their services to address the needs of undocumented students- from policies, enrollment, financial aid, to academic advising and career planning- to ensure that undocumented students have a successful college experience at UIC.

12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:30 – 2:30 “Making Decisions: Our Students, Ourselves” Presenter: Nick Ardinger (Campus Housing)

Everyone wants to do their jobs better, but who has time to read all the great books out there? This session will give you a working knowledge of the main insights of Chip & Dan Heath¹s latest book _Decisive: How to make better choices in life and work. Chock full of helpful tips, tricks, advice and mnemonics, it¹s a great resource for aiding in making one¹s own decisions and in coaching others to understand how to better approach the decisions they face. And let¹s face it, advisors spend a lot of time helping others make decisions.

4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Recreation Center Climbing Wall

LOCATION: Campus Recreation Center

Want a special opportunity to use the climbing wall? Feel like you need to stretch your muscles? Need to relax and have some recreational fun? The Campus Recreation Center wants to show its appreciation for all that advisors do by making the climbing wall available for you. As you know the recreation center is open through the end of Thursday, March 26th for you to use the lazy river, the machines, and anything else available and open to you! Just mention your name and that you are with “Advisor Week” at the registration desk!


Wednesday, March 25:

8:30 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. – Unit Based Advisor Week activities.    

Your college, department, or unit may have decided to host Advisor Week activities, so if you’ve heard about them, feel free to partake!

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Brown Bag Event – UIC Discussion Follow-Up to NACADA Webinar “Advising Strategies for Students on Probation” – Bring your own lunch but dessert and drinks are provided.


As a follow-up to NACADA’s recent webinar “Advising Strategies for Students on Academic Probation”, we will be holding a Brown Bag 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, bring your lunch 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:

RSVP requested – Please visit

3:30 p.m.  – 5:00 p.m. – Give Yourself a Break – “Cultivate your Green Thumb: Seed Planting” with Jessica Rinks of Purple Leaf Farms

LOCATION:  James Stukel Towers (JST) Training Room

Have a green thumb and want to enjoy time with fellow gardeners? Have a black thumb and want to make it green? Get started on your spring and summer 2015 garden! Come, learn about, and plant seeds with our award-winning farmer Jessica Rinks of Purple Leaf Farms.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ADVISOR SPRING Networking Event held at Lalo’s sponsored by Florencio Diaz, Nick Ardinger, and Josephine Volpe

LOCATION:  LALO’S on Maxwell Street

Need a way to get over hump day and don’t have your very own camel? As a celebration of advisors and a great way to continue evening Advisor Week activities, come join fellow advisors at Lalo’s with refreshments provided! Introduce yourself to new members of our advising team. This is a great chance for advisors to get away from our desks and enjoy conversation in Lalo’s jovial atmosphere!


Thursday, March 26:

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – FEATURED TALK – “Scholarship Advising: A Campus Wide Collaborative Effort” Presenters: Beth Powers, Nancy Cirillo, Eliza Callahan, and Jennifer Juarez


UARC is pleased to host this lively presentation and discussion featuring four of our trusted colleagues regarding scholarship advising. Their presentation will focus on advising as a means to encourage student engagement and how that intersects with readiness for scholarship applications. A variety of scholarships will be introduced and panelists will offer tips from their experience advising students to apply for scholarships.  Student essay writing and interviewing tips will be discussed.

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. “Digital Distractions: College Students in the 21st Century” Tuesday/Thursday Topics Advisor Common Reading Group with LIGHT LUNCH PROVIDED

LOCATION:  Daley Library room 1-470 (located on the first floor in the northwest corner of the library)

This advisor-to-advisor common reading discussion will focus on the topic of technology and millennial students as framed in the article, “Digital Distractions: College Students in the 21st Century,” which is accessible at: Viviana Kabbabe-Thompson (Academic Support and Achievement Program, College of Applied Health Sciences), co-chair of the advisor common reading committee, will lead the discussion.

RSVP requested

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. “Give Yourself a Break After Work” – Painting Class with Andrea Reyes from Scamp Studios

LOCATION: James Stukel Towers (JST) Training Room

*There is a $20 fee for this class. All painting supplies are provided.

In response to a need for some after work relaxation and advisors’ need to learn something new or reinvigorate their past hobbies, we are bringing painting back to campus. Do you want to learn to paint and enjoy time with other advisors? You get to take home your wonderful creation and relax and get to know other advisors or catch up with longtime colleagues.


Friday, March 27:

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Unit-Based Advisor Activities and Advisor Gift Distribution


The Undergraduate Advising Resource Center gives enthusiastic thanks to our partners who have generously donated their time to provide programs, and to our co-sponsors the Illinois Alliance for Minority Participation, Florencio Diaz, the Honors College, Dr. Nick Ardinger, Campus Recreation, the UIC Bookstore, and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs.

We hope to see you!

The UARC Advisor Week Planning Team