Thursday, September 30, 2010

Weekly Calendar: October 1 - 7

Friday, October 1

Chicago's first South Asian Film Festival (October 1- 3)

Fall Career Fair
Presented by: CAPS
12:00 PM
Cloister Club in Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th Street

Let’s Talk
Presented by: Student Counseling and Resource Service
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
5710 South Woodlawn Avenue

Student Activities and Resource Fair
Presented by: ORCSA
3:00 PM
Main Quad

Taiwanese Student Association Welcome Reception
Presented by: Taiwanese Student Association
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
5710 South Woodlawn Avenue

Saturday, October 2

South Side History Bike Tour
Presented by UCSC
10:30 AM
Bartlett Quad

Autumn Mixer Latin Dance Party
Presented by: Ballroom and Latin Dance Association
7:30 PM
McCormick Tribune Lounge in the Reynolds Club, 5706 S. University Avenue

Sunday, October 3

Mariarchi Vargas de Tecalitlán
Presented by: the Symphony Center
3:00 PM
220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Las Soldaderas
Presented by: Aguijón Theatre
Through Sunday, October 9
Check the website for production times
2707 N. Laramine, Chicago

Monday, October 4

OMSA Welcome (Back) Reception
Presented by: OMSA
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
5710 South Woodlawn Avenue

OMSA Research Intiative Grant

The Research Initiative Grant is intended to assist undergraduate, graduate, and professional students of color by providing financial support for scholarly projects exploring the multifaceted nature of race, race relations, ethnicity, and/or culture within the University of Chicago, the larger City of Chicago community, and/or Higher Education.

If you have ever thought of conducting original research, need helping with preparing for your BA thesis, want support to finish that really important chapter—the Research Initiative Grant is for you!!

Grant proposals are due Friday, October 15, 2010.

For more information, please contact Rosa Yadira Ortiz at There will be two Office Hours opportunity to ask questions regarding the grant.

  • Wednesday, October 6 from 11:00am -12:00pm
  • Monday, October 11 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Please visit the website for the complete description and the application.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Caras De America: Latina/o Heritage Celebration!

Join the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the University of Chicago in our Latina/o Heritage Celebration aka Caras de América.

The Caras de América events calendar is full of events ranging from lectures, to movie nights, to a comedy show to celebrate the diversity of culture, histories, social and political issues in Latino and Latin American heritage. Please see our Caras de América calendar for campus events as well as the blog to learn more about events that was not on the printed calendar.


Presented by Aguijón Theatre
Through Sunday, October 9
Check the website for production times
2707 N. Laramine, Chicago

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Weekly Schedule: Spetember 24 - 30

Hyde Park Jazz Festival

World Music Festival

Friday, September 24

CAPS Meet and Greet for First-Years
Presented by: Career Advising & Planning Services
11:30 AM – 2:45 PM
CAPS Resource Center, 3rd Floor of Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 East 59th Street

Queer 101
Presented by: Office of LGBTQ Student Life
1:00 – 3:00 PM
5710 South Woodlawn Avenue

Saturday, September 25

61st Street Farmers Market
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
61st Street between Dorchestor and Blackstone

Monday, September 27

Welcome Back Party
Presented by the Family Resource Center
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Third Floor of the Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 East 59th Street

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Weekly Schedule: Sept. 19-23

Sunday, September 19

57th Street Children’s Book Fair
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
57th Street between Dorchester and Kimbark and Kimbark between 56th and 57th

Family Resource Fair
Sponsored by the College Programming Office
12:30 PM
Barlett Quad

Monday, September 20

Harris School Student Organization Fair
Sponsored by the Harris School of Public Policy
2:00 PM
Assembly Hall at International Hall, 1414 E. 59th Street

Tuesday, September 21

Graduate Student Orientation
Sponsored by Graduate Student Affairs
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Grad Student Pub Night
Sponsored by Graduate Student Affairs
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
University Pub, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212E. 59th Street

Thursday, September 23

First Year Student of Color Workshop
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
5710 S. Woodlawn, Avenue

RSO Open Houses
Sponsored by ORCSA
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Bartlett Arts Rehearsal Space, Bartlett Lounge, Reynolds Club and Hutch Courtyard

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Free GRE Prep Course

OMSA is offering students the opportunity to take a free, full-length GRE prep course taught by Princeton Review. Limited slots will be available for graduate and professional school students. This course will run each Wednesday from October 6th through November 17th from 6pm to 9pm.
For more information or for an application, please contact Robin Graham at or call (773) 834-6826. Deadline to apply is September 30that 5:00pm.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Undergraduate Student Organizations Highlights

Below is a highlight of a selection of various undergraduate student organizations. For a full listing of all the student organization, visit the OCRSA website or visit the RSO fair on Friday, October 1 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM on the main quad.

Alpha Phi Omega is the University of Chicago's co-ed national service fraternity. We provide community service opportunities for our members, both on campus and in the city of Chicago. Our Chicago opportunities have included serving food at a community breakfast in Hyde Park, delivering meals to the homeless downtown, and participating in the Earth Day Cleanup in Washington Park. On campus, we have collaborated with the Council on University Programming, the Chicago Swing Dance Society, and Kairos. We also provide fellowship events for members, such as movie nights, shake days, hot chocolate study breaks, along with attending events held by our members' other RSOs.
Information sessions will be Sunday, October 3 and 10, at 5pm in the South Lounge of the Reynolds Club. Please contact our pledgemaster, Emily England, at, or find us at or on Facebook.

Chicago Raas is a competitive, co-ed dance team on campus that wants YOU to tryout! No dance experience is necessary! There is an informational session on Thursday, September 30th, 2010 at 8:30pm at the 5710 S. Woodlawn - free samosas! Tryouts are on Friday, October 1st at 7:00pm at the Ida Noyes Dance Room (basement of Ida Noyes). Come wearing loose clothes and bring a water bottle. Feel free to contact with any questions or scheduling conflicts! Find out more at

CUSA, or Chinese Undergraduate Students Association, is an Asian interest group open to everyone at the University of Chicago. We strive to provide a forum for unity, as well as opportunities to learn about Chinese culture. CUSA members bond through social activities, entertainment, and Chinese cultural events in order to promote social awareness, diversity, and fun.

Stay updated on our events by subscribing to our listhost. Contact us through our main email or through our board members below.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

OMSA Graduate and Professional Student Orientation

All programs take place at 5710 S. Woodlawn Ave

OMSA Lunch and Open House
Friday, September 17 from 11:30am – 12:30pm
Join us for lunch at 5710 and learn more about OMSA.

OMSA Student Panel and Dinner Reception
Friday, September 17 from 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Come hear what current graduate and professional students have to say at the student panel. Then meet and mingle with graduate and professional students, faculty, and staff at the dinner reception.

Welcome (Back) Reception
Monday, October 4 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Come and socialize with OMSA as we welcome new and returning students in the College as well as graduate and professional students. Explore 5710 and learn more about OMSA as we share our goals and calendar of events for the upcoming year.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Featured Campus Resources

  • Culturally-Based Student Organizations | A listing of registered culturally-based student organizations.
  • CMore Identity | You have the opportunity to declare your racial and ethnic identity in the University’s cMore system. This system was created in response to student feedback and is available under “Basic Information.” Declaration is voluntary and not required.
  • Diversity, Civility & Equity at the University of Chicago | This web site highlights the university’s policies on diversity and equity. It also has information on how to report incidents of bias, discrimination and harassment.
  • Experience Chicago | A web site created by students, for students. The web site highlights different neighborhoods in Chicago with information on how to get there, where the cheap eats are and other cultural landmarks in the area.
  • Family Resource Center | The mission of the Family Resource Center is to create a welcoming space where families from the university community can access resources, information, and supportive programming and services.
  • Graduate Student Affairs | A clearinghouse of information for graduate and professional students.
  • University Student Health Insurance Plan (U-Ship)| Each year all students are automatically enrolled in U-Ship. For more information about U-Ship coverage, please visit the Student Health Care Services Web site

Friday, September 3, 2010

Week of September 3 - 9

Around Town:
Friday, September 3

Summer Java Jive
8:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Library of Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th Street

Monday, September 6
Labor Day
University Closed

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Advice from Current Students, Part II

Name: Chase Weldon
Major/Division: English Language & Literature
Year: Third Year in the College
Primary Campus Group Affiliations, if any: Smashing Stats-President/Founder, RSVP, Resident Assistant- Max West Rickert House
Favorite Campus Hangout: C-Shop, Hutch

3 Tips to enjoy the First Year Experience:
  1. Make sure to ask upperclassmen to recommend their favorite classes and professors because you never want to walk into a class blind if you don't have to.
  2. Do get outside of the UChicago bubble every now and then and explore the amazing city we are all so fortunate to have as our backyard.
  3. When you get super stressed and you don't know what to do: STOP- and dance like there's no tomorrow!