Campus News: leadership, service expo
INTERNSHIPS AND VOLUNTEERING
Learn about internships and volunteer opportunities from representatives of 40 nonprofits today at the Spring Leadership and Service Expo.
All students, faculty and staff are welcome at the event, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center East concourse. Agencies at the event include youth, the environment, the arts, animals, human rights, community development, health and more.
RIDE BIKE, HELP OTHERS
The Chicago Campus Cyclers is recruiting bicycle riders who enjoy doing good while having fun.
The group will have an information table Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UI Hospital lobby to sign up riders for the Multiple Sclerosis Tour de Farms, which benefits the Illinois National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Chicago Campus Cyclers has raised more than $110,000 over the last 10 years in the Tour de Farms. This year’s rally will be held June 28-29, based at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Funds raised by the event support research and direct aid to the 20,000 Illinois families affected by the disease. For more information, contact team captain Charlie McShane, firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than 50 employers will be represented at the Spring Semester Internship and Part-time Job Fair Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Illinois Room, Student Center East.
The free career fair is open to UIC students and alumni only. Students must show current i-card. Two workshops will be offered: Building a Better Résumé, 10:30 a.m., and Successful Interview Tips, 11:30 a.m. The job fair is sponsored by the Student Employment Office and Office of Career Services.
ACCC WANTS YOUR OPINION
The Academic Computing and Communications Center is looking for volunteers to give feedback in redesigning its website at a Feb. 17 workshop. Deadline to RSVP is Feb. 6 for the workshops held throughout the day at the Benjamin Goldberg Research Building.
CHOCOLATE, DRINK OF THE GODS
Learn about the history of your favorite food at the lecture in the series “Chocolate, Drink of Gods, Food of Mortals,” 3 p.m. today in the Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B. Joel Palka, associate professor of anthropology and Latin American and Latino studies will explain how the ancient Maya used and wrote about chocolate in their rituals and daily lives, as early as A.D. 500. The program is free and there will be refreshments.
SOCIAL JUSTICE SCHOLARSHIP
Deadline is Monday to apply for a new $1,000 scholarship for a UIC undergraduate, offered by the Social Justice Initiative. The Nesbitt, Carrasco, Unzueta Border Crossing Scholarship will be offered to a UIC student who is engaged in activism that transcends borders and boundaries of identity, geography and disciplines.
FREE FLAMES BASKETBALL
Free tickets for Saturday’s Flames women’s basketball game against Green Bay at the UIC Pavilion are available to faculty, staff and their families. The game starts at 7 p.m.
To receive free tickets, contact Kyle Decker at email@example.com or 312-355-1330 by 5 p.m. Friday.
IT’S ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE
The Fund 2040 Proposal drafted by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning outlines the need “to support prioritized infrastructure investments that help the region meet its goals for quality of life and economic prosperity.”
Learn more about this ambitious plan Feb. 18 at the presentation “Presenting the Fund 2040 Proposal,” with agency principal planner Erin Aleman. The event will be held from noon to 1:30 pm at the Great Cities Institute, Suite 400 CUPPA Hall. Lunch will be provided. The presentation is co-sponsored by the Great Cities Institute and Urban Transportation Center at UIC. For more information call 312-996-8700.
BE A CATALYST
The Catalyst Leadership Retreat, a free one-day event for UIC students, offers discussions of leadership, integrity, change and possibility. Applications are due Feb. 2 for the next retreat, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 7. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE LATEST WoRD
Next up for WoRD, UIC’s campus book group, is The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by civil rights attorney Michelle Alexander.
The group, open to all UIC employees and students, will meet to discuss the book at noon March 18, 507 Disability and Human Development Building, 1640 W. Roosevelt Road.The book is available at a 20 percent discount in the UIC Bookstores and from the UIC Library.For more information, contact Kris Zimmermann, email@example.com
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS
Deadline is Feb. 20 to apply for awards from the Office of International Affairs to encourage international program development. Six awards are available and all UIC academic units can apply. Proposals typically involve presentations or discussions with an international aspect, either in Chicago or abroad.
FREE DENTAL SCREENING
Free dental screenings are available Feb. 21 by dental students taking their licensing exam. Screenings are 9 a.m. to noon at the College of Dentistry. Patients must be 18 years or older and have one form of ID and current list of medications. Patients who don’t speak English must bring an interpreter. Patients cannot be allergic to latex.
GREEN FOR GREEN
The first step for student proposals to help make UIC a greener campus are due Feb. 16 to the Sustainability Fee Advisory Board.
The Sustainability Fee, $3 per semester paid by all UIC students, funds small, short-term projects, helps subsidize larger, long-term projects, offers discounted Divvy memberships to students and helps fund student travel to related conferences. The advisory board includes students, faculty and staff. All UIC students and student organizations are eligible to apply.
Deadline is March 7 to apply for the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy’s policy and social engagement fellowship. The fellowship, up to $10,000 per year, is given to faculty members who work with community organizations on community action projects related to race, ethnicity and policy. All adjunct, clinical, research, tenure-track, tenured and visiting faculty members are eligible.