Monday, January 24, 2011

Connect to Jobs and Internships- UPPSA Presidential Roundup- January 23rd

• Networking Event for Current and Recent Students- The CUPPA Alumni Association's Student Alumni Connections Committee is hosting the 2011 Career Prep Event for students on Friday, February 25th. This popular event allows students to brush up their resume and improve interview skills prior to job hunting season. This is a great opportunity for alumni to help students prepare for their career andstay involved with CUPPA. The event will kick off at CUPPA Hall at 3:00pm followed by a networking social at Jak's Tap. More details to come.
• UPPSA Board Elections- It’s just the beginning of the semester but UPPSA will soon hold its annual board member elections. Be on the look-out for information helpful if you are interested in running for President, Vice President, Treasurer or Secretary. You can learn about the process in the appendix to the UPPSA constitution at We expect to hold an open house for prospective candidates at the beginning of February. If you have questions regarding the process please email us at
• 2010 Urban Innovation Symposium- Friday, February 4th A day–long, 3–part event bringing together pioneering professionals from various industries for a series of interactive discussions and presentations on recent innovations in urban development, technology, and culture. RSVP at as space is filling up quickly.
Opening Session (1pm, Location: UIC Student Center East (Room 602), 750 S. Halsted St.)
Introductory Presentations from: Aaron Renn of Urbanophile, Marcia Caton Campbell of the Center for Resilient Cities, James Patchett of the Conservation Design Forum, Associate Dean Annette Valenta of UIC's Health Informatics and Technology program, Elise Zelechowski of the Delta Institute, And More...
Breakout Session (3pm, Location: TBA)
Innovators hold 1 hour long discussion seminars with symposium attendants
Pecha Kucha/Networking (6:30pm, Location: TBA)
7 minute multimedia presentations from emerging innovators; Dave Snyder of the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project, Jamie Simone of the Wicker Park Business Chamber, Kyle Smith of the Center for Neighborhood Technology
Refreshments Included. Stay tuned for more information!
• CUPPA Blood Drive on February 3rd- The Healthy CUPPA Committee along with the UIC Blood Donor Center is sponsoring a Blood Drive: Date: Thursday, 02/03/2011, Place: Room 110 CUPPA HALL 412 S. Peoria Street, Time: 10am to 3pm. Please visit the Dean's Office (Rm 115 CUPPAH) or email for eligibility requirements and/or to sign up.
• UPPSA Membership- For those students new to the program, those who have been around for a while but haven’t become members and students who became members last spring, enrollment in the Urban Planning and Policy Student Association is open during the first month of the spring semester. Visit to download the membership form. Return it and your check for $15 to Ann Barnds or any UPPSA board member to enroll or renew your membership. Membership benefits include higher reimbursement rates for approved conference travel, the annual UPPSA gift, and the satisfaction of being a part of one of UIC’s most dynamic and good-looking student associations. Email us at with any questions.
• APA National Conference 2011 in Boston Massachusetts April 9-12- The American Planning Association National Conference is right around to corner. Check out the APA website for details on speakers, programs, and student opportunities.
Early registration ends February 10, 2011 so sign up early to save money, or apply to be a student volunteer for a $100 refund if you are an APA Student Member.
UPPSA will be providing more information regarding accommodations, travel, and partial reimbursement in the next few weeks! Join us for a greatnetworking and learning opportunity!
• American Planning Association- Chicago Metro Section Networking Event- Thursday, January 27th, 5:30-7:30pm at Jak’s Tap- Join fellow Chicago area planners for a fun networking opportunity to meet your peers in the profession, or reacquaint with familiar faces. We are bringing together planners from every stage of planning careers, from seasoned professionals to those new to the profession. This reception is also an opportunity for members participating in the Illinois Chapter Mentoring program to meet with students and recent graduates.
Please e-mail by January 21st, please include the number of years of experience you have as a planner or if you are currently a student.
• Book Exchange- As this semester is ending, a new one is going to begin shortly. Don’t forget to sell your books for some extra holiday cash, or rent them out, if you are attached to them. UPPSA book exchange in online! Go to to post your books.
• Academic or Assistantship Advocacy- Any MUPPs with concerns about department-wide academic issues are encouraged to contact UPPSA at with your feedback about the program. The Board of UPPSA meets regularly with the UPP department and the Dean of CUPPA. Let us be your advocate. Also, for those students with assistantships, UPPSA President Bob Fuller is also the Graduate Employee Organization (GEO) steward for CUPPAH. If you feel you have been treated unfairly in your assistantship (Teaching, Graduate or Research) feel free to contact him at to get connected with the GEO’s grievance resources.
• If you have important news for fellow MUPPs and you would like it included in the President’s Weekly Roundup and/or on the UPPSA website email by 2 p.m. each Sunday.

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