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Who we are: 
*UIC students and alumni
*A UIC professor of marketing and her family

We are work hard, play hard professionals who are "gritty" and have a true zest for life. We have lots of love for family, friends, and our community.

What we do:
Work | Play | Serve | Laugh | Love | BBQ | Enjoy Homemade Phở

Founder:  Lan Nguyen Chaplin, Ph.D.
Team Leader:  Allan Rodriguez (Senior) 
Team Leader: Laura Nicolescu (Senior)
Social Media Manager: Brady Zabala (Senior)
Operation Odyssey Fundraising Manager: Samantha Payne (Senior)
Secretary:  Karla Wence (Junior)


Allan Rodriguez
Laura Nicolescu
Alan Gomez
Samantha Payne
Jennifer Romo
Sierra Saulsberry
Karla Wence
Brady Zabala

From Lan Nguyen Chaplin, Ph.D.:  

WHY Team Chaplin?
Team Chaplin was born out of a need to mentor high performing students who might otherwise not realize their potential if not pushed by a professor to aim higher, think creatively, and dare to fail. I have taught ~ 600 students since arriving at UIC 5 years ago. I quickly realized that I had some  students who didn't realize they weren't aiming high enough. I began to host extra office hours to discuss professional development with one or two students. My office hours soon grew into small informal workshops, which then grew into more structured workshops for 20 students at a time (complete with a Powerpoint presentation, demonstrations, and pizza).

Team Chaplin continues to grow but I remain highly selective in whom I invite. Team Chaplin is comprised of 30 students and alumni, representing a diverse group of thinkers and do-ers, with a lot of spunk. 

I encourage my team to care deeply about personal and professional development. In doing so, I present them with various opportunities to step out of their comfort zone--professional development workshops, team building activities, and most importantly, civic engagement. Each time they step out of their comfort zone, I am prepared to work and learn alongside them.  Team Chaplin likes a good challenge and embraces failure.  We're a pretty "gritty" bunch!


Selection Criteria:

  • professionalism
  • resilience
  • strong work ethic
  • creativity
  • time management
  • teamwork
  • effective communication
  • self-motivation
  • willingness to embrace failure
  • ability to act on feedback
  • committed to civic engagement
  • competitive
  • respectful
  • kind
  • fun
  • gritty
  • spunky