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Archive for September, 2012

UIC GSC September 2012 Minutes

UIC GSC Meeting

Student Services Building, Conference Rooms BC

Thursday, September 13, 2012

5:00 – 7:00 pm



Welcome to the UIC Graduate Student Council 2012-2013!

GSC Representative Registration / Grad Student Committee Sign-Up

Speaker Introductions and Presentations

  • The Office of Student Affairs – Dean Linda Deanna, GSC Advisor/ Dean of Students
    • The Office of Student Affairs aims to provide a student-centered, learning environment that offers support, advocacy, and resources which contribute to student success.  The Office of the Dean of Students offers the following services for students:
      • Campus Liaison for Religious Workers Association
      • Student Advocacy Services
      • Student Conduct Process
      • Student Legal Services
      • Student Mediation Center
      • Student Ombuds Services
      • Student Governance Advising
      • Student Veteran Affairs
    • Contact information: 3030 Student Services Building, 1200 W. Harrison St., (312) 996-4857
  • University of Illinois Board of Trustees– Ken Thomas, UIC Student Trustee
    • Ken Thomas represents both undergrad and graduate students on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.  He is also a member of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.  As the governing body of the University, the Board of Trustees exercises jurisdiction in all matters except those for which it has delegated authority to the President of the University, other officers, or agencies of the University.
    • If you have any issues that you would like to communicate with the Board, please contact Ken Thomas via email at
  • UIC Senate– Elizabeth Dooley, Coordinator
    • The University of Illinois Statutes, Article II, Section 1, provide for a senate to be constituted at each campus of the University, to exercise legislative functions in matters of educational policy, such as requirements for admission to colleges and schools, requirements for degrees and certificates, and the academic calendar.
    • The Senate is currently seeking 10 graduate students to serve on the Senate Executive Committee.  There are also senate committee seats to be filled on the following committees.  Descriptions of the duties of each of the Senate Standing Committees is attached to the petition available at: Can also contact Elizabeth Dooley at edooley@uic.eduThe petitions should be submitted to the Senate Office by Friday, September 21.
      • Senate Executive Committee (2)
      • Senate Committee on Educational Policy (1)
      • Research Committee (2)
      • Budget, Planning and Priorities Committee (2)
      • Support Services Committee (2)
  • Student Leadership Development and Volunteer Services – Keith O’Neill, Assoc. Director
    • Provides students with comprehensive leadership and service programming that encourages and facilitates academic excellence and the development of increasingly advanced leadership skills and civic engagement through the promotion of self-awareness, responsible and active citizenship, intellectual growth, and cultural diversity.
    • Contact information: UIC Student Center East, Room 390, 750 South Halsted Street (M/C 330), Chicago, IL 60607; (312) 996-4500; email:
  • UIC Office of Career Services – Thy Nguyen, Director
    • The mission of the UIC Office of Career Services is to provide personalized services that assist UIC students and recent graduates in a process of self-assessment, career planning and preparation in order to facilitate lifetime career development and success.
    • Contact information: 3050 Student Services Building, 1200 W. Harrison St., (312) 996-2969
  • UIC Graduate Employee Organization – Elizabeth Sauer
    • The Graduate Employees Organization is the labor union that represents more than 1400 Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants at UIC. Through GEO, graduate employees at UIC negotiate directly with the UIC administration about tuition waivers, pay, workload limits, health benefits, paid time off, and much more. Run by an all-volunteer Steering Commitee, GEO is your voice at UIC.
    • Contact information: 815 W. Van Buren, Suite 203, Chicago, IL 60607;
  • Innovation Incubator –
    • Our mission is to bring people together to promote and support entrepreneurship and innovation.  Our purpose is to promote awareness of the resources available to the community and to help budding entrepreneurs create a viable business.
    • Contact information: 1240 West Harrison Street, Chicago ,IL 60607;; (773) 706-5057

GSC Officer Introductions and Committee Reports

  • See GSC website or handout for descriptions of each committee
  • Academic Committee
    • Workshops in development include career panels, CV/resume writing workshops, interviewing skills, OPT/CPT applications, etc.
  • Service Committee
    • Clothing drive scheduled for Sept 24-28. Collection boxes located at Student Centers East and West
  • Social Committee
    • Salsa Night was a huge hit! Will continue to host salsa events throughout the year.  Also planning for bowling event at end of the semester
  • Diversity Committee
    • Works closely with the UIC Chancellor Diversity Committees in planning and attending events and programs
  • Sustainability Committee
    • Working to initiative a recycling program for batteries and electronics across campus.
  • Communications Committee
    • Seeking volunteers to assist with cross-campus communication, publishing monthly newsletters, and creating greater visibility of GSC through promotional items
  • Finance Committee
    • Overview of approved budget for 2012-13 AY (see handout)
    • Presentation of travel and project award application process

Project Award Presentation

  • Bernie Issa, Spanish Basic Language Program
    • The 2012 UIC BilForm will be held October 4 and 5, 2012 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The UIC BilForum is dedicated to research in any area related to bilingualism, including theoretical linguistics, code-switching, second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, neurolinguistics, cognitive sciences, heritage languages and bilingual acquisition.