LAS 110 News

August 19, 2020
Welcome to LAS 110: Experience UIC!

You are a part of the UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences community — wherever you may be this fall: in the classroom, meeting with faculty, using our great tutoring resources; across the campus, the city of Chicago, Illinois, and beyond; and online with our weekly LAS 110 classes and this resource, LAS 110 News. Each week LAS 110 News will share tips, help you navigate your first-semester, and explore how to Experience UIC during this unique fall semester.

LAS 110 is designed for first-year students to:

  • Identify and utilize UIC programs, resources, and services that will support their academic success, personal needs, and co-curricular campus involvement.
  • Explore strengths, abilities, values, and motivation and apply this self-knowledge to personal and academic goal-setting.
  • Practice professional and effective ways to communicate with UIC faculty, staff and peers to build a sense of belonging, foster community, and create a support network.
  • Learn about the value of a liberal arts and sciences education and the purpose of general education. Students will develop a plan that demonstrates their responsibility for their own education and how the academic curriculum connects to their personal and professional interests.
LAS 110 is online!
We look forward to virtually meeting everyone in class next week.

Blackboard & Zoom:

Blackboard is the learning management system used by UIC students and faculty. Take time before classes begin next week to become familiar with Blackboard features and learn how to use Blackboard to complete assignments, view class announcements, and participate in discussions.

Your LAS 110 Blackboard site will include all your LAS 110 assignments, course resources, and a link to our LAS 110 Zoom classroom where we will host live, synchronous classes and discussions each week. To help you get started with Zoom, check out this UIC Zoom Student Guide.

Your LAS 110 instructor will notify you via UIC email when your Blackboard site is live and post an announcement with the Zoom link for you to join your first LAS 110 class next week.

Check out UIC's tips on basic technology requirements for fall 2020.

If you do not have reliable access to a computer or need a cellular hotspot to complete your UIC classes, UIC Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC) may have a laptop or hotspot to lend to you. Please fill out the request form at
Managing Online Courses
First-at-LAS provides tips to get you started to make your home environment e-friendly, determine your fall 2020 class format, tackle your classes effectively, and take good care of your mental health.
Experience UIC
What's happening over the next week at UIC...

  • Weeks of Welcome: Full list of campus events to welcome you to UIC!

  • August 23: New Student Convocation, 2:30pm, Pre-Show and 3pm, Ceremony: Convocation is an official ceremony welcoming new students and famiilies to the UIC academic community.
UIC New Student Convocation will be hosted virtually this year. Join Chancellor Michael D. Amiridis, current faculty and staff, UIC student leaders, and your fellow new students to start fall 2020. Check your UIC email for registration information and the Convocation website.

  • August 24: First Day of UIC Classes!

  • August 24-28: First Day of LAS 110. We'll see you on Zoom. Check your LAS 110 Blackboard site for the Zoom link.
Start One of Your First LAS 110 Assignments
Want to get involved at UIC? There are many ways to be engaged at UIC with your classmates (even virtually) this fall, including service, campus recreation, academic clubs, and student organizations.

Complete the Involvement Calculator to start to explore your UIC options:

Advising Online Drop-Ins
Questions about your fall 2020 classes?

Visit your LAS Advisor during online drop-in advising:

  • August 24-28
  • August 31-September 4

Advising Hours:
  • 8:30am to 11:30am
  • 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Hours:
  • 8:15am to 11:30am
  • 12:45pm to 4:00pm

LAS Advising to sign in to the waiting room during these hours. Your LAS Advisor will email your UIC email address with a link for you to join the virtual meeting.
UIC Resources
Registration Help
Do you get error messages when trying to register for a course, or is the registration system hard to navigate? Before the semester begins, please see your UIC Orientation Leader during their Drop-in Registration Sessions for assistance. You can find instructions of how to sign up for an Orientation Leader Registration Drop-in session here: Orientation Leader Registration Drop-In.

If you are having any issues signing up for classes in the registration system, you can also contact the Registration Helpline at throughout the registration period. The Registration Helpline is open Monday- Friday, 8:30 am–5:00 pm CST.

Meet This Week's Featured LAS 110 Instructors
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