Information from the GSC

Archive for January, 2013

Feb 6 – Taxation of Waivers Workshop for Graduate Assistants

UIC Graduate Students,

The Student Money Management Center and the Graduate College will be
hosting two informational workshops on UIC taxation withholding for
Graduate Assistants.  These sessions will be especially pertinent for UIC
Graduate Assistants.  Both sessions will cover the same material.

Option I

What:  Taxation of Waivers Workshop for Graduate Assistants

When:  Wednesday February 6, 2013

Where:  West Campus, CSN 303 (GEMS Suite Classroom)

Time:    12:30 – 1:30 PM

Option II

What:  Taxation of Waivers Workshop for Graduate Assistants

When:  Wednesday February 6, 2013

Where:  East Campus, 650 University Hall, Graduate College Conference Room

Time:    4:00 – 5:00 PM

RSVP for either workshop:  Make sure to register at

Limited space is available please make sure to register.

Campus Maps:

West Campus:

East Campus:

If you have any questions or require any special accommodations, please
contact Theresa at



Graduate Education and the Fiscal Cliff

Dear Graduate and Professional Students and Allies,


 Thank you for making your voice heard through the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students’ Avoid the Fiscal Cliff Campaign!  So far, nearly 1,000 of you have signed on to demonstrate your support for graduate education and funding.  These signatures were a powerful voice to our lawmakers in Washington as they worked to avert the fiscal cliff.


As you may be aware, the agreement reached at the beginning of the year provided a solution for taxes but delayed sequestration cuts until March 1, 2013.  These tax deals provide a number of tax breaks for graduate and professional students including temporary tuition deductions, temporary employer funded education assistance, permanent student loan interest deductions and permanent Coverdell saving accounts. 


Unfortunately, the fight is not over!  Sequestration cuts have been delayed but will still take place!  Congress has until March 1st to reach an agreement about where and how spending will be cut.  For graduate and professional students, this is crucial since the Department of Education and many federal agencies that provide graduate student support such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and Department of Energy are included in sequestration cuts.  If enacted, these cuts could mean billions of fewer dollars for federally-funded research.


We still need more signatures to our petition and we need your help!  Please help spread the word by:


Asking a friend to sign the petition at

Telling us what graduate education means to you. Upload a video:

Following us on twitter: @NAGPS #ATFC


To get more involved in legislative issues affecting graduate and professional students send us an email


Keep up the good work and keep advocating for graduate and professional students!



Meredith Niles
Director of Legislative Affairs
National Association of Graduate-Professional Students
1050 K Street, NW #400
Washington, DC 20001
Mobile: (443) 536-8390

Feb 2013 UIC Blood Drive Schedule

Updated 1/25/13


GOAL for the month of February is 100 blood donors and 15 platelet donors.

Show some love in February and donate because you have a heart.

MAJOR CHANGE: All donors at blood drives must now have an appointment. We will only take walk-ins if there is an open slot.

Remember during emergencies, it’s the blood and platelets on the shelf that matters most.

You can be the difference in saving someone’s life.


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, January 29th, 30th and 31st, 2013. Semi-Annual OCC/Phlebotomy Department  Blood Drive. Drives will be held in the lobby of the OCC Building on West Campus at the corner of Taylor and Wood Streets. Drives are from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day. Goal is 20 donor  appointments each day. Please contact Angela McCluster Phlebotomy Services, 5-3002 or  to schedule an appointment. Contact Drew Ross for eligibility questions.

Thursday, February 7, 2013. College of Medicine Blood Drive. Drive will be held on West Campus in Student Center West in the Thompson Room on the second floor. Drive is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Goal is 25 donor appointments. Please contact Ameera Haamid to schedule an appointment. Contact Drew for eligibility questions.

Mini-Blood Drives: Contact Drew Ross to schedule an appointment for these drives.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Student Center East, White Oak Room, 3rd Floor. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 15 appointments open.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Student Center East, Ft. Dearborn Room, 3rd Floor. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 15 appointments open.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013. Student Center East, White Oak Room, 3rd Floor. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 15 appointments open.

Thursday, February 21, 2013. Student Center East, Ft. Dearborn Room, 3rd Floor. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 15 appointments open.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Student Center East, Ft. Dearborn Room, 3rd Floor. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 15 appointments open.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013. Student Center East, Ft. Dearborn Room, 3rd Floor. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 15 appointments open.

Thursday, February 28, 2013. Student Center East, Ft. Dearborn Room, 3rd Floor. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 15 appointments open.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Tau Beta Pi Blood Drive Student Center East, Ft. Dearborn Room, 3rd Floor. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 20 appointments open. Please contact Megan Wroclawski to schedule your appointment.


NOTES: PLEASE READ!!!!!! Important information.

Please allow 45 minutes to one hour to donate blood.

Please make sure to bring photo ID when you come to any blood drive on campus or at the main center to donate blood or platelets. The FDA requirement is that all donors show identification when presenting to donate blood or platelets. This requirement is regardless of whether the staff clearly recognizes you as a long time donor. So please remember to bring your ID. We would hate to have to turn you away from donating.

We “HIGHLY Recommend” that all potential donors make sure to eat a good meal no more than four (4) HOURS BEFORE PRESENTING TO DONATE  BLOOD OR PLATELETS. And start to drink more fluids than usual at least one day prior to donating. If you have not had anything to eat or drink, the blood donor center staff is going to “highly recommend” (meaning may not let you donate) that you do.

If you have traveled outside the United States within the last three (3) years, please write down the exact timeframe that you were outside the states and when you returned and the exact places that you visited. Bring this information with you. There is a question on the questionnaire that specifically asks for this information.

All platelet donors must be scheduled to donate at the main blood donor center, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, 1740 W. Taylor Street, main floor. Must call for an appointment, 312.996.6970. Monday thru Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System Blood and Hemotherapy Center is the sole facilitator of all blood drives on campus. All blood and platelets collected from donors are solely used for patients at the campus hospital.

Jan 29 – Chancellor’s Status Committees Student Awareness Event

Dear UIC Community,

Please join us for the first Chancellor’s Status Committees Student Awareness event on January 29th, 2013 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the UIC School of Public Health Gymnasium Rm 160, 1603 W. Taylor Street, Chicago IL 60612. 

The Chancellor’s Committees on the Status of Asian Americans (CCSAA), Blacks (CCSB), Latinos (CCSL), Persons with Disabilities (CCSPD), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer People, and Allies (CCSLGBTQA) and Women (CCSW) will host this event seeking to increase campus wide awareness of the committees.

The Status Committees are charged with addressing and making recommendations to the Chancellor regarding campus governance, campus climate, student affairs, representation, recruitment, and retention. The committees promote the academic, social, cultural, and professional welfare of UIC’s students, staff, academic professionals, and faculty.

Guest Speaker: Ms. Jill Rothamer, Director of the UIC Experience and previously the Director of Campus Programs.

All are welcome to join. If any accommodations are needed please email

Please RSVP your attendance to by January 28th, 2013.



Apr 5 – IALHEA Diversity Dialogue and Research Forum: Building a Community of Scholars


IALHEA Diversity Dialogue and Research Forum: Building a Community of Scholars

Friday, April 5, 2013
UIC Student Center East
750 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL  60607

We are pleased to announce the IALHEA Diversity Dialogue and Research Forum. It will showcase the scholarly work of underrepresented students from Illinois. The goals are to increase faculty student research collaborations; to improve mentor relationships between faculty and students of color; to increase persistence among African American, Latino, and other underrepresented students; and to improve research skills among these students. Registration Details


Illinois African American and Latino Higher Education Alliance (IALHEA), Illinois Committee on Black Concerns in Higher Education (ICBCHE), Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE), UIC Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Blacks (CCSB), UIC Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos (CCSL), DePaul University Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity, UIC African American Academic Network (AAAN), UIC Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services Program (LARES), UIC Urban Health Program Administrative Office (UHP), UIC Graduate College, UIC Graduate College Urban Health Program, UIC College of Nursing, UIC Honors College, UIC Office of the Chancellor, UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for External Affairs, Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, UIC Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, UIC Urban Public Policy Fellowship (UPPF).

Free dental screenings!

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My name is Matthew Hamedani and I am currently a fourth year dental student here at UIC. We are currently offering free dental screenings in order to look for cases for our clinical board examination. If you qualify, you will receive FREE DENTAL CARE by a senior dental student under the supervision of other doctors. Please consider taking the time to stop by one of our screening dates I have listed below:

Saturday, January 26th

Saturday, February 9th

Saturday, February 16th

9:00AM to 12:00PM


College of Dentistry


(Corner of Polk and Paulina)

If you are unable to make one of the dates above, please contact me directly and I can try to set up something for you individually. Please check attachments for informational flier. Thank you for your help!
Kind Regards,
Phone: 312-857-3215

Jan 26 – Political Candidate & Campaign Manager Training



Are you concerned about campus issues such as tuition increases, curriculum development, student affairs, and other urgent issues?? Then get involved and have an IMPACT!  Apply for a student governance position for the upcoming academic year!

Student Elections 2013-2014

Students interested in serving the UIC community are encouraged to run for one of the following student governance positions: Student Member of the Board of Trustees; Graduate Student Council President, Vice President, Treasurer, or Secretary; Student Senator or Senate Committee Member of the UIC Senate.

UIC Board of Trustees

UIC Graduate Student Council

UIC Senate

Elections for the UIC Board of Trustees and UIC Senate will be held on March 12-13, 2013. For the election packet, including complete position descriptions, click here.

Elections for the UIC Graduate Student Council Executive Board will take place during the general meeting on March 14, 2013.  If you are interested in one of the offices, please email with your interest.