Summer College at UIC | Seminars and Events

Summer College students participate in two required events — a large lecture on June 30, 2014, and a seminar of your choosing on July 14, 2014.

Each event features a free lunch in the Quad.

Blackboard 101

This Summer, The CHANCE Program offers Blackboard 101, an interactive hands-on workshop that provides a comprehensive introduction to the Blackboard learning platform used in most UIC classes. Students will learn how to navigate Blackboard, enter chat sessions, use discussion boards, take advantage of tools, and become aware of trouble shooting issues.
Students: Register for Blackboard 101 today!

UIC Summer College Lecture Day

Date and Times

Monday, June 30, 2014
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
No registration required - students will be assigned to one of the following lectures.

1. Traveling the World in Search of Fear, Joy, and Adventure.

Location: TBD
Professor: Joel Brown
Professor Joel Brown, is a faculty member in UIC's Department of Biological Sciences. At this demonstration of what a college lecture is really like, you'll learn more about his adventures as a wildlife biologist. Professor Brown has studied animals from A to Z — aardvarks in South Africa, snow leopards in Nepal, gerbils in Israel, rhinoceros in Kenya, zebras at the Brookfield Zoo, and even the squirrels you find in your own backyards. With his research comes adventure, such as facing down a charging elephant, and important relationships, such as those with Nama goat herders, Nepali mountain villagers, and a diverse collection of researches and scientists from around the world. In his Summer College Lecture, you'll learn not only about Professor Brown's experiences, but how to get the most out of a college lecture. You'll also come away with a better understanding of what it means to be an undergraduate at a major research institution such as UIC.

2. Life and Death in a Prescription Bottle

Location: TBD
Professor: Stephanie Crawford
Stephanie Crawford is a faculty member in UIC's Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy. It is likely that you or someone you know has been prescribed medicine. Have you wondered how new drugs get approved in the U.S. or what considerations go into decisions about medication use? Professor Crawford's research examines how we can make the drug-use process safer and better. She serves as a frequent advisor for the Food and Drug Administration. Regardless of your undergraduate major - e.g., health sciences, communications, information technology, business, education, psychology, social justice, chemistry, biology, mathematics, anthropology, art, pre-law or ethics, economics, cultural studies, criminology, physics, statistics, politics, urban or rural affairs, or others - this Summer College Lecture will discuss how a team approach is needed in clinical practice (e.g., medication prescribing, dispensing, administration). This presentation should provide food for thought - before you open that medicine cabinet again!

UIC Summer College Seminars 2014

Dates and Times

Monday, July 14, 2014
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

1. USFSCO Student Money Management Center: Cash at College - Managing Your Finances

Brief Description: The Student Money Management Center will cover methods of effectively managing your money while in college, the basics of banking, options for paying your college tuition, and understanding credit through Cash at College-Managing Your Finances, an interactive workshop to help you get the basics before tuition is due. Cash at College offers an important guide to managing your finances while in school, so don't miss out!
Location: TBD
Name of Presenter: Alex Ziskind
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2. Career Services and Student Employment: Jumpstart Your Career

Brief Description: This seminar will provide tips, tools and pointers to jumpstart your professional development while undertaking your academic career. You will learn about the importance of activities, part-time jobs and internships, how they assist in your future endeavors, and the resources and people that can help you along the way.
Location: TBD
Name of Presenters: Stephanie Birk and Monica Gerhardt
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3. College of Nursing: Careers in Nursing

Brief Description: This seminar will provide participants with an overview of career options in nursing and admission requirements for the College of Nursing.
Location: TBD
Name of Presenter: Michael Behlker
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4. Campus Housing: Healthy Relationships

Brief Description: Let's face it-UIC is a big place-with 27,000 students and 10,000 faculty and staff, we're bigger than many people's hometowns. While it's unlikely that you'll interact with everyone here, there are still a lot of relationships to develop. And research has shown that the best indicator of graduation (besides going to class and doing your homework) is having a strong network of relationships on campus. Campus Housing wants to help you build a large network and make that network strong. So whether you're already going to be living on campus, interested in finding out more about how Housing can help you succeed, or just want to take advantage of an example of the help we provide our residents, come learn about building healthy relationships. This session will go over what healthy relationships look like during your first year of college. Roommate relationships, relationships with significant others, friendships and family relationships all contribute to how successful your first year in college will be. At the end of this session, we hope that students will leave with knowledge on how to identify and engage in meaningful relationships with others. Presented by UIC Campus Housing.
Location: TBD
Name of Presenter: Dr. Nick Ardinger
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5. Academic Center for Excellence (ACE): Managing Your Time for Academic Success

Brief Description: Your UIC experience will give you significant personal freedom but will also challenge you to make good decisions about using your time effectively. Do you know how to manage your time in such a way as to maximize your academic performance? In this seminar, we'll discuss how you can plan and schedule your UIC and personal activities so that you can successfully perform important academic tasks-attending classes, doing homework assignments, preparing for examinations, and completing writing and other projects-while reserving enough time for sleep, exercise, fun, and perhaps a job.
Location: TBD
Name of Presenter: Jon Mann
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6. Wellness Center: College 411: Tips for life and academic success!

Brief Description: This is a fun and interactive presentation that gives you answers to life questions that you've always wanted to know. Here's your chance to get the real scoop on your questions about safe sex, responsible drinking, healthy relationships, eating right, and of course how to succeed in college. You'll learn tips and facts that will give you a safer more satisfying college experience. Presented by the Wellness Center. All attendees will receive a free copy of the book Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run into in College.
Location: TBD
Name of Presenter: Carol Petersen, Associate Director of the Wellness Center
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7. Study Abroad: Experience the World Beyond Your Classroom

Brief Description: Whether on a short-term six-week program or for a full semester or year, studying abroad enhances your academic plan and career track. It engages you with the diversity of the world outside your classroom. Learn what studying abroad means, where you can go, and how to fit it into your curriculum for credit toward graduation.
Location: TBD
Name of Presenter: Chris Deegan
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8. African American Cultural Center: Negotiating Difference

Brief Description: An important aspect of UIC's mission is to foster scholarship and practices that reflect and respond to the increasing diversity of the U.S., in a rapidly globalizing world. Using role-play and improvisational exercises that explore the AACC Gallery Installation commemorating the 120th anniversary of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, this workshop will encourage students to draw from their diverse cultural perspectives to create, share and apply knowledge that has the potential to transform how we understand and change the world.
Location: TBD
Name of Presenter: Lori Barcliff Baptista
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9. UIC Library: Getting a Jump-start on College Level Research

Brief Description: Early on in your college career, you will most likely be expected to use research tools available though the UIC Library to do research for your classes. If you want to know where and how to find books and scholarly articles (beyond Google), or if you are unsure of what a scholarly journal is, this workshop will demystify the research process and give you head start in navigating the UIC Library. You will learn the basic differences between high school and college-level research, what types of sources you will be expected to use in college, and how to go about finding them. In addition to learning how and where to begin searching for academic sources, you will learn about RefWorks, a tool for managing your research and generating bibliographies that will save you hours of time in preparing bibliographies for your research papers. Presented by the UIC Library.
Location: TBD
Name of Presenter: Annie Pho
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10. Commuter Student Resource Center (CSRC): Smart Commuting: Tips for Students Who Live Off-Campus

Brief Description: Commuting is a reality for most students who attend our urban institution. This workshop will introduce those of you who do not live in campus housing to tips and "tricks" related to being a smart commuter directly from seasoned UIC commuters. The workshop will also explore ways that you can connect socially with other commuters and give an overview of technology resources to aid in the daily commute. Presented by the Commuter Student Resource Center.
Location: TBD
Name of Presenters: Elizabeth Kubik and Jacob Schulz
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11. Latino Cultural Center: Gotta Live Together

Brief Description: The UIC campus is a microcosm of Chicago's rich cultural diversity. Your personal and academic growth at UIC will be shaped by encounters with familiar as well as "different" people on campus. In this workshop, you will learn some basic tools to help you look into the reasons for cultural differences and to uncover connections to people you may think of as very different from yourself. Presented by the Latino Cultural Center.
Location:LCC – Lecture Center B2
Name of Presenter: Rosa Cabrera, Director of Latino Cultural Center
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12. UIC Counseling Center: Transitioning to College

Brief Description: This program, hosted by the Counseling Center, will review some of the challenges of transitioning to college. Common mental health concerns and services provided by the Counseling Center to address such concerns will be reviewed.
Location: TBD
Name of Presenters: Lauren Hussar, MA and Melissa Heinemann, MA
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13. Gender and Sexuality Center: Understanding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Ally Communities - and Everything in Between!

Brief Description: Whether you identify as gay, straight, or anything in the middle, you are welcome to participate in this interactive workshop, which will challenge gender stereotypes, discuss homophobia and heterosexism, explore the "coming out" process, and share how to be a straight ally on a university campus. We'll talk about social identities and the intersection of race, class, geography, ability, and immigration status. Understanding yourself and others at a large, diverse public university is an important part of students' academic success, safety, health and well-being. Presented by the Gender and Sexuality Center staff.
Location: TBD
Name of Presenter: Moises Villada, Coordinator of Gender and Sexuality Center
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14. Asian American Resource and Cultural Center and Asian American Studies: Who Are Asian Americans? Looking at UIC, Chicago, and the U.S.

Brief Description: Did you know that 21% of UIC undergraduates are Asian Americans? What ethnic groups make up this population at UIC and in the Chicago area? What is Asian American identity and what stereotypes do Asian Americans face? This seminar explores these questions and highlights Asian American contributors to U.S. history who are oftentimes marginalized within our school curriculum. Presented by the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center.
Location: TBD
Name of Presenter: Jeffrey Alton
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15. Urban Health Program: UHP Career Development Seminar

Brief Description: The Urban Health Program (UHP) is the top producer of health care professionals in the USA. UHP provides a team of health sciences career advisors, internship opportunities, a health disparities course, peer mentors, volunteer opportunities, and strategies for selecting classes and choosing a major. The Urban Health Program Career Development Seminar is designed to introduce individuals who aspire to be doctors, nurses, pharmacists, occupational therapists, nutritionists, dentists, biomedical researchers, biomedical and health information scientists, policy makers or community health educators to the skills necessary to successfully complete your undergraduate program to gain admission to the health science colleges and the services provided by the Urban Health Program Undergraduate Resource Center.
Location: TBD
Name of Presenters: Dr. Jamila Rashid and Tarri Strickland, MA
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16. Disability Resource Center: Building an Accessible Campus

Brief Description: In this seminar, you'll learn about UIC's commitment to access for people with disabilities. The seminar will cover a number of ways to thinking about disability, accessibility issues on campus. We'll help answer the question, "Why learn about/from people with disabilities." You will learn more about the language of disability and some of the legal issues surrounding discrimination. Above all, you'll develop an awareness of disability issues at UIC and the responsibilities all of us share.
Location: TBD
Name of Presenters: Roxanna Stupp, Director and Sara Vogt, Disability Specialist for Disability Resource Center
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17. Undergraduate Success Center: Know Yourself, Know Your Advisor, Know Your College

Brief Description: The Undergraduate Success Center will present Summer College students with tips on navigating advising at the university based on their particular interests and needs. They will then describe the different types of advisors on campus (college, departmental, support program and supplemental) and what sort of information each type of advisor can provide. Students will learn how to access their advisor, how to establish a beneficial relationship and how to prepare for an advising session. Finally, students will be presented with an opportunity to ask questions about the advising process and they will be given contact information for peers that can answer any of their student-to-student questions.
Location: TBD
Names of Presenters: Joey Volpe and Cortney Alexander
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18. Campus Advocacy Network: Bystander Intervention: Be The Change You Want to See In the World.

Brief Description: The goal of the bystander intervention workshop is to empower you to make a difference in your community by reducing interpersonal violence and other bias crimes like harassment, assault, abuse and hate crime. You can and do make a difference every day by stepping up and stepping in when you encounter incidents of bias or potential violence. We will learn the theories behind bystander intervention and brainstorm ways that we can all act and make a difference on and off campus!
Location: TBD
Names of Presenters: Rachel Caidor, Dan Cairo
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