Tag: USG

Keeping in touch with the student body

As some of you readers may know, I am the chair of the communications and recruitment committee for the UIC Undergraduate Student Government. As I hold this new position, I’ve been working hard to assure that undergraduates are aware of USG and how we serve as the official voice for the undergraduate student body.

I love my position because I get to apply the same skills that I learn about in my communication courses. Some of the new ideas my committee members and I have brainstormed will help assure that our image is projected throughout campus in a variety of ways. We will utilize our digital screen on the 2nd floor of SCE to project biweekly updates of what we are currently working on for the student body. Also, I am thankful that UIC News will also put some of our updates in the paper whenever there is room. We’re also working on getting our news updates on campus televisions in the student centers. We’re also going to be purchasing stand-up banners in the student centers as well.

Recently, we also started having our members go throughout campus to talk directly to students. The past couple of weeks, we have been in the Daley Library set up at a table with a USG tablecloth, giveaways and other promo material. This is a great way that will get the word out there about USG. So keep an eye out on our website about the next promo table location.

Let me know if there is anything else we can do to get the word out about USG! Feel free to comment below.

Until next time…


Student elections 2013

As some of you may know, this week UIC is holding its annual student elections. During student elections, undergraduates vote for the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) president and vice president. Additionally, both undergraduate and graduate students vote for their choice for student trustee. This year, the only position that has two candidates is the student trustee position.

I’m writing this blog to encourage all of you students to vote! Vote today and Wednesday for your favorite candidate! Here are links to the two candidates. Please review them and their platform and decide who you will vote for:

 Ponnu Padiyara

Danielle Leibowitz

The True UIC Experience

Last week I talked about stepping back and taking a breath. This past week, I was able to step back and look at situations from another point of view — and this is going to impact our student body. It also made me realize the true value of combining extracurricular involvement and good studies at UIC.

As Vice President of the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), I was able to attend the American Student Government Association (ASGA) national conference in Washington, D.C., from September 27-30th. The conference allowed me to really understand the tremendous impact that USG, and I, can have on our student body.

I attended various workshops at the conference that aimed to help student leaders examine problems at their campus and the best way to respond to them and apply theory and practice to campus. Since my career goal is to be in the field of public relations and my role in USG entails PR, I attended a workshop on PR with student bodies. The speaker really taught me the ways to effectively reach out to the student body at UIC. One sweet idea I was able to exchange with other campus leaders particularly stuck out to me — how cool would it be for USG members to drive a golf cart around campus and take students from class to class while all the meanwhile discussing with them about what they want to fix in the university? Something so fun can have such a big impact! All it takes is creative theory and practice.

The conference also made me realize that I wouldn’t be as successful in USG without the solid background of studies in Communication and Management that I have taken at UIC. The true experience of UIC is a true statement of the university — every student should partake in organizations on campus and really apply what they learn to whatever area of interest they have. Only then will you get the full UIC feel. I may come off as a “nerd” saying that, but I wholeheartedly believe in it. The role of USG is to be student advocates and representatives of the undergraduate student body. The workshop helped me realize the importance of this not only for us, but for students as a whole. We have the power to really make a difference in the university as long as we take a step back, analyze a situation and proceed with innovative ways to go about making change in the university.
I’m grateful for the opportunity I had to attend the ASGA conference. Now, I’m even more ready to use my creativity, apply it to different ways of communication and representation of the student body, and making good use of education and time at UIC!

Wait…I’m Half-Way Done With College?

Two years ago I was a freshman on a train on my way to classes at UIC for the first time. Today, I’m 20 years old, in my junior year of college.

Let me introduce myself – the name is Mike Queroz and I am now a junior here at UIC. I am majoring in Communication and minoring in Managerial Skills. I hope to be involved in the some type of media or corporate public relations management after I graduate in May 2014.


I’d like to say I have made the most of my time in college so far. Since I came to UIC I’ve been heavily involved on campus. I’ve been a part of the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) since freshman year and I am currently in my second term as the Vice President. In USG I’ve done some amazing things like lobby in Springfield and co-organize the Undie Run. Last year, I was also a social media intern for the Office of Sustainability and wrote for HerCampus UIC.

I feel like now is one of those times I’m going to have to take a step back. Not only do I have junior-level classes this semester and my Vice President duties in USG, but I’ve added on a couple of more things, too! I was able to snag a great internship at a record label this semester and have also took on a part-time job doing childcare. Yeah, yikes! However, I’ve been managing well so far and just have to keep my head in the game of success.

But I’m ready to go full force at it, and I know that I want all of you to go along this journey to success with me. On the way, I hope to share with you all some of the things I’ve learned (and I am learning) on how to succeed at UIC.

As Chris Brown would say…”Leeeeggo!”

Some members of USG and I (far left) in Springfield talking to Rep. Ken Dunkin