CBO Newsletter: March 2013

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The Wait Is Almost Over!

If you haven't already heard, UChicago will be releasing admissions decisions on Friday, March 15: by late afternoon Regular Decision and Early Action Deferred candidates will receive emails with instructions on how to view decisions in their UChicago Accounts. Like you, this is the time of year when our efforts are split between supporting seniors in the last leg of their college search and addressing the initial college search needs of sophomores and juniors. To help kick-off your new college conversations, this edition of the e-newsletter features articles about our new community-driven arts venture, a uniquely UChicago academic opportunity and several examples of UChicago students finding extraordinary success pursuing activities they love.

If you are traveling to campus in March or early April please check the Upcoming Events calendar for poetry readings, music performances--even the circus! Be sure to drop me a line when you are here.

Sincerely,

Colin Melinda Johnson
Director of Enrollment Multicultural Outreach

P.S. If you've missed earlier issues of this newsletter, stay tuned: we will start archiving past issues next month.

UChicago News

The Chicago Studies Program Turns the City into a Classroom

The Chicago Studies program started in 2007 as a collaboration between the College and the University Community Service Center. It is designed to help students understand the city they live in and to generate original research about Chicago. Faculty in departments and programs across the University have taught courses related to Chicago Studies, on topics as diverse as "Chicago Blues" in Anthropology, "Prairie Ecosystems" in Biology, and "Reading the Suburbs" in English Language and Literature. Read more »

Influential online magazine The Root awards Jonathan Lykes, BA/MSW '13 a place on this year's Young Futurists List

Every year The Root embarks on a nationwide search for 25 of the brightest African American innovators between the ages of 16 and 22 for their annual Young Futurists List. Announced during Black History Month, the List includes students and recent graduates who use their talents to make the world a better place by making waves in the fields of business, green innovation, social activism, science and the arts.
Read and hear about Jonathan Lykes's social activism »
See Jonathan Lykes's video performance of "This is a Siren" »

UChicago's Arts and Public Life Initiative unveils the Arts Incubator in Washington Park

On March 8 the University of Chicago's Arts and Public Life Initiative opened its new Arts Incubator in the Washington Park neighborhood--providing a dedicated space for artists to grow professionally and build creative connections with the surrounding community. The newly renovated Arts Incubator, envisioned by internationally recognized artist and place strategist Theaster Gates, includes 10,000 square feet of studio space for artists-in-residence, a woodshop for design apprenticeship programming, and additional program space for exhibitions and events.
Read more about the Arts Incubator »

College Third-Year Janice Guzon's Non-Profit Collects Used Eyeglasses to Change Lives Worldwide

"In the summer of 2008, my family received a letter from my aunt in the Philippines asking for money to buy a pair of eyeglasses," says third-year Janice Guzon. "This struck me as odd, as I'd always taken for granted the affordability of eyeglasses." At age 15, Guzon cofounded EYEsee, a nonprofit organization that aims to redistribute to those in need the 4 million used glasses that North Americans throw away each year. Five years later, EYEsee has donated more than 31,000 glasses to people in Haiti, Cambodia, the Philippines and Uganda.
Read more about Janice Guzon's Vision »
Connect with EYEsee »